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What is Your Favorite Compass Song?

Compass 3
Water is Wide 1
The Landing 7
Solid Ground 2
Guinevere 2
Call and the Answer 0
Fairy Dance Jig 9
The Whistling Gypsy Rover 3
A Song for Lark 2
Feast of the Elven King 6
Danny Boy 0
Flying Sails 6
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Compass

Compass is a is a Celtic-folk musical adventure weaving elements of celtic, folk, pop, rock and world influences with the sisters' signature youthful sprinkle of joyful exuberance, Mozart and fairy dust. Both new arrangements of beloved songs in the folk tradition and sparkling originals are included in this joyful new exploration by the Gothard Sisters.

Lyrics and Credits

1. Compass
(W. Gothard)

Greta Gothard - guitars, electric guitar, bass, synths, drums, hand claps 
Willow Gothard - violins, mandolin, hand claps 
Solana Gothard - bodhran, cajon, tambourine, percussion, shaker, bongos, hand claps

2.  Water is Wide
(Traditional, arr. G. Gothard)

Greta Gothard - guitars, cajon, djembe, bongos, bass, violin, vocals 
Willow Gothard - octave mandolin, violin, vocals 
Solana Gothard - vocals

Lyrics
The water is wide, I cannot cross o'er / And neither have I wings to fly 
Give me a boat that can carry two / and both shall row, my love and I 

A ship there is, and she sails the sea / she's loaded deep, as deep can be 
But not so deep as the love I'm in / I know not if I'll sink or swim 

O Love is handsome, and love is fine / the sweetest jewel, when first it's new 
But love grows old and waxes cold / and fades away, like morning dew 

Must I go bound, while you go free / must I love a man, who does not love me 
Must I be born with so little art / as to love a man who'll break my heart 

The water is wide, I can't cross o'er / and neither have I wings to fly 
Give me a boat that can carry two / and both shall row, my love and I 
And both shall row, my love and I

3.  The Landing
(The Landing / The Contradiction)
(W. Gothard / Traditional Folk Reel)

Greta Gothard - guitars, violin, hand claps 
Willow Gothard - cajon, violin, dance taps, bodhran, bass, hand claps 
Solana Gothard - violin, tambourine, dance taps, hand claps

4.  Solid Ground
(D. MacLean, arr. The Gothard Sisters)
Greta Gothard - guitars, synth, vocals, bass 
Willow Gothard - vocals, lead violins 
Solana Gothard - chimes, percussion, vocals, cajon, octave violin 
Darin Watkins - drums

Lyrics
Where is the honest truth, where is the open soul, where is the simple smile 
A friendly word or two for the passing stranger who may rest a while 
Across the Arlick face the amber sun beats down upon the vivid green 
I hear it wide and loud feel it wild and proud the way it's always been 

My fathers they have walked this road, and now I know, yes didn't they know 
There is no great and heavy load, and now I know, yes didn't they know 
CHORUS: Fa-la la la we stand on solid ground, on solid ground 
Fa-la la la we stand on solid ground, on solid ground 

My fathers they have looked this way and now I know, yes didn't they know 
No clever words we have to say, and now I know, yes didn't they know 
CHORUS 

It's the land it is our wisdom 
It's the land it sees us through 
It's the land, it feeds our children 
It's the land - you cannot own the land, the land owns you 

My fathers they have said these things, and now I know, yes didn't they know 
The joy that shared friendship brings, and now I know, yes didn't they know 
CHORUS 
CHORUS

5. Guinevere
(Traditional Slip Jig, arr. G. Gothard, S. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - violin, guitars, bass, bells, djembe, cajon, keys 
Willow Gothard - octave mandolin, bodhran 
Solana Gothard - penny whistle, octave violin, tambourine 

6. Call and the Answer
(Phil Colcough, arr. The Gothard Sisters)
Greta Gothard - guitars, bass, strings, vocals 
Willow Gothard - octave mandolin, violin, strings, vocals 
Solana Gothard - cajon, vocals, strings, background vocals

Lyrics
You called and I ran / wild as the wind which rolls across the moor 
All we need is each other / with the eagles we will soar 
CHORUS: You are the call, I am the answer / You are the wish and I am the way 
You the music, I the dancer / You are the night and I am the day 

You and I, we're like two rivers / run and fall down to the sea 
When we meet, we're lost forever / lost forever, you and me 
CHORUS 

Lay your head upon my pillow / let your heart beat close to mine 
With no past and no tomorrow / two hearts lost in space and time 
CHORUS

7. Fairy Dance Jig
(W. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - violin, guitars, cajon, bass 
Willow Gothard - violin, mandolin, bodhran 
Solana Gothard - violin, percussion

8. The Whistling Gypsy Rover
(Traditional Folk Song, arr. The Gothard Sisters)
Greta Gothard - guitars, bass, cajon, keys, strings, backing vocals 
Willow Gothard - strings, violin 
Solana Gothard - vocals, backing vocals, strings, pennywhistle

Lyric
A whistling gypsy came over the hill, down through the valley so shady 
He whistled and he sang 'til the green woods rang, and he won the heart of a lady 

She left her father's castle fine, she left her handsome young lover 
She left her servants and her estate, to follow the gypsy rover 
CHORUS: When the whistling gypsy sings, when the whistling gypsy plays / when the whistling gypsy sings, I'll run away 

Her father mounted his fastest steed, to search the valleys all over 
He searched for his daughter at great speed, and the whistling gypsy rover 

He came upon a castle fine, down by the river so shady 
And there was music and there was wine, for the gypsy and his lady 
CHORUS 

He is no gypsy, my father she said, but lord of all these lands over 
With him I'll stay 'til my dying day, in love with the gypsy rover

9. A Song for Lark 
(W. Gothard, G. Gothard, S. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - guitars, violin, strings, bass, keys 
Willow Gothard - mandolin, strings 
Solana Gothard - strings, violin 
Ruth Vanden Bos - piano, violin
10. Feast of the Elven King
(W. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - violin, guitars, bass, harpsichord 
Willow Gothard - mandolin, violin 
Solana Gothard - bodhran, percussion, djembe, violin 
Darin Watkins - drums

11. Danny Boy 
(Traditional English, arr. G. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - violin, guitar, strings, keys, bass 
Willow Gothard - strings, violin 
Solana Gothard - vocals, violin, strings

Lyric
Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling 
From glen to glen and down the mountain side 
The Summer's gone, and all the roses falling 
It's you, it's you, must go and I must bide 

But come ye back, when Summer's in the meadow 
Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow 
And I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow 
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy I love you so 

But when ye come, and all the flowers dying 
If I am dead, as dead I well may be 
You'll come and find the place where I am lying 
And kneel and say an Ave there for me 

And I shall hear, though soft you tread above me 
And all my grave shall warmer, sweeter be 
For you will bend and tell me that you love me 
And I shall sleep in peace until you come to me

12. Flying Sails 
(W. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - guitar, bass, keys, strings 
Willow Gothard - violin, strings 
Solana Gothard - bodhran, sticks, strings
Recording
Kent Harrison (Sammamish Sounds Recording)

Mixing
Willow Gothard and Kent Harrison

Mastering
Rick Fisher (RFI Mastering Seattle)

Art and Design

Photography
Ruth Vanden Bos, Ruth H. Photography (website)

Design
Jim Bockstall (Bockstall Design Associates)
Greta Gothard