the song
title : Canaan’s land
written by : traditional, arranged by Kate Rusby and John McCusker
song copyright : none; arrangement © 2001 Pure Records Ltd

the performance
musicians
Kate Rusby lead vocal
with :
Ian Carr guitar
Ewan Vernal double bass
Andy Cutting diatonic accordion
Michael McGoldrick whistles, tenor banjo
John McCusker fiddle, cittern, whistle
Malcolm Stitt bouzouki
Keith Angel percussion, marimba
Eddi Reader harmony vocals
John Jones harmony vocal
music
key : A major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 117
form : V C V C V C V C V C C c
lyrics

Canaan’s land

to Canaan’s land I’m on my way
where the soul of man never dies
my darkest nights will turn to day
where the soul of man never dies

dear friends there’ll be no sad farewell
there’ll be no tear-dimmed eye
where all is joy and peace and love
the soul of man never dies

a rose is blooming there for me
where the soul of man never dies
it blooms for all eternity
the soul of man never dies

dear friends there’ll be no sad farewell
there’ll be no tear-dimmed eye

where all is joy and peace and love
the soul of man never dies

{mm-hmm behind:} a love light beams across the foam
where the soul of man never dies {aah-ee-aah}
it shines to light the shores of home
the soul of man never dies

dear friends there’ll be no sad farewell
there’ll be no tear-dimmed eye
where all is joy and peace and love
and the soul of man never dies

my life will end in deathless sleep
the soul of man never dies
and everlasting joy I’ll reap
the soul of man never dies

dear friends there’ll be no sad farewell
there’ll be no tear-dimmed eye
where all is joy and peace and love
the soul of man never dies

I’m on my way to that fair land
{aah-ee-aah behind:} where the soul of man never dies {aah-ee-aah}
where there will be no parting and
the soul of man never dies

dear friends there’ll be no sad farewell
there’ll be no tear-dimmed eye
where all is joy and peace and love
and the soul of man never dies

dear friends there’ll be no sad farewell
there’ll be no tear-dimmed eye

where all is joy and peace and love
and the soul of man never dies


mm-hmm {etc.}

explanations
the music for the verses and the choruses is the same;

there are short instrumental passages between most verse-chorus pairs, but I haven’t considered them long enough for ‘interlude’ status, although the one after the third pair includes a brief Eddi vocalise

Eddi provides the main backing (‘harmony’) vocal, joined by John Jones where shown in magenta; John provides the only backing where shown in dark cyan

the recording
personnel
produced by : John McCusker
recorded by : Andy Seward and Joe Rusby at Pure Records studio, Yorkshire
mixed by : Andy Seward and Joe Rusby at Pure Records studio, Yorkshire
mastered by : Chris Thorpe at Serendipity
technical
track timing : 3:51
song timing : 3:48
released on
album : Little lights track 6