Prairie Soul

by Colleen McCubbin

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about

In 2001, I thought I was moving to China, so I went into the studio to record this collection of songs to leave behind with friends and family.

I didn't move. I stayed right there on the prairie in Saskatchewan. "Maybe there will come a settling time," I muse in the song Urgent Bells. I did settle on the prairie (re-settle, really) in many ways.

One of my students told me that when I had started teaching at Briercrest I "had the scent of the Orient" on me, but after I thought was leaving and ended up staying, that scent no longer lingered. I still would go to China or Cambodia in a heartbeat if given the chance, but it no longer has that same sense of urgency.

Now I am more settled than ever, married and living in Calgary. It's still a struggle not to keep looking for something new around the corner. The new opportunities are less dramatic than getting on a plane to another country and more ordinary--like planning dinner and making a home. It's a good place to be. And the foothills of Alberta provide plenty of wide-open spaces for this prairie soul.

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released August 1, 2001

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Colleen McCubbin Calgary, Alberta

Colleen (Taylor) McCubbin is a prairie soul with a heart for the world.

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Track Name: Poetess
Poetess
by Colleen Taylor McCubbin

I used to doubt the theory
that the love of a good woman
could set a man free
But when you understood who I was
I knew then the same had happened to me
Though you are leaving
I'm still believing in who you saw in me

I am a poetess
and one day I will take my place
among the grandmothers and wise women.
I am a poetess;
between the silences
I hear stories and find the words to speak.

I thought you would stay here
and listen as I discovered my voice
I hope you're watching
when I am standing, declaring my choice
to take my calling, now I am following
after resisting for so long

I am a poetess
and one day I will take my place
among the grandmothers and wise women.
I am a poetess;
between the silences
I hear stories and find the words to speak.

Bridge:
How can I tell you what it means?
You drew my heart out and encouraged me to say ...

I am a poetess
and one day I will take my place
among the grandmothers and wise women.
I am a poetess;
between the silences
I hear stories and find the words to speak.
Track Name: Prairie Soul
Prairie Soul by Colleen Taylor McCubbin

I’ve been away from the prairie for a long time now,
But it never leaves my soul
I feel the rhythm of the grain blowing in the wind
When I watch those big waves roll

I love the sea for it’s broad never-endingness
Waves rolling wild and free
Away from the city I dream of the prairie
Expanses are calling to me

Feed my prairie soul
Make my senses overflow
Take me to the fields
Run with the wind
Sky take me in

How I look forward to wide open spaces
And driving for hours on end
Loved ones awaiting me, pouring me coffee
And silence, a beckoning friend

Feed my prairie soul
Make my senses overflow
Take me to the fields
Run with the wind
Sky take me in

If I never stand on another mountain
If I never live in a crowded town
If I only look from a distance
I won’t frown, sit me down and …

Feed my prairie soul
Make my senses overflow
Take me to the fields
Run with the wind
Sky take me in
Track Name: Urgent Bells
Urgent bells begging me back to where I've been
Places and needs I long to fill
To be where hearts are yearning
To be part of what God's doing
I want to throw myself into it all

But I turn and go away
What can I say?
I can't stay
I've got to walk with Jesus

So don't hold too tightly
Don't melt my heart this way
Aching with eyes that go right through me
Please don't divide my love
'Cause if I have to choose
There's only one thing left to do

I turn and go away
What can I say?
I can't stay
I've got to walk with Jesus

Maybe there will come a settling time
A time to stay somewhere
And put down roots
Maybe someday
What can I say?
I can't stay
I've got to walk with Jesus
Got to walk with Jesus
Following Jesus
Got to walk with Jesus
Track Name: Speak Softly Love
Speak softly, Love, quiet my heart.
I'd gone astray, now set me apart.
Tell me the way that you love me again
Let me allow you to clear away the sin.

You are so faithful, I want to be faithful, too
You are so lovely, make me like you.
Track Name: Impromptu Wedding/Busking Violinist
By the bridge, they were married
While the sun tried to shine
In her dress she foreshadowed its rays ...

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