Crossing Borders, Driving North (Deluxe 2CD Anthology)

by Nibs van der Spuy

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Nibs releases deluxe anthology album.

In June 2013, acclaimed South African troubadour, Nibs, is set to release his first comprehensive anthology album (1998 – 2010), ‘Crossing Borders, Driving north’. This re-mastered 2 CD package includes his creative highlights, spanning a 15 year recording period.

Disc 1 features riveting performances taken from his illustrious 9 solo albums, featuring such gems as, ‘Counting Stars’, ‘Beautiful Feet’, Anna Rosa’, Felix’, ‘May you shine’ and ’Cry for you’.

Disc 2 is entitled, ‘Catching Trains’ – Nibs solo live through Europe. This traces his footsteps through numerous tours through France, Germany and the UK. Never released before, these selections of ‘live’ performance were handpicked by Nibs himself. They feature him in intimate theaters, music halls, open air festivals and within the walls of a maximum security prison.

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released June 10, 2013

Produced by Nibs
All songs written by Nibs, published by Greenhouse/Sony
All songs engineered by Brent Quinton, except;
Lines on my face by Angus Kerr and Lebombo Mountain drive by Howard Butcher
Mastered by Dave Collins, except;
Tracks 1 4 5 6 7 11 15 & 17 by Peter Thwaites and Track 10 by Howard Butcher
Design by Carey-Lee Gale
Photography by Kevin Fitzgerald

Bonus Disc 2

Recorded in various locations in Europe between 2008 and 2010

Tracks 1 2 3 4 14 & 16 recorded at Moments Club, Bremen, Germany on 8 December 2008
Tracks 5 9 11 & 12 recorded at Mont de Marsan Prison, France on 25 November 2010
Track 10 recorded at Cafe Music, Mont de Marsan, France on 25 November 2010
Track 6 recorded at Jersey Arts Centre, St. Hellier, Jersey, UK on 7 October 2009
Track 15 recorded at Autre Canal, Nancy, France on 29 March 2009
Tracks 7 8 & 17 recorded at Electric Cabaret, Le Havre, France on 8 June 2010
Track 13 recorded at Rio Loco Festival, Toulouse, France on 21 Jun 2010 (featuring Piers Faccini – Vocals, Guitar, Gareth Gale – Drums, Kieran Smith – Bass)

All songs written by Nibs, published by Greenhouse/Sony, except;
Song to the Siren, written by Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett, published by Third Story Music Inc. (BMI),
Little Martha written by Duane Allman, published by Unichappel l Music Inc. (BMI),
Tramp on the street written Grady Cole and Hazel Cole, published by Dixie Music Publishing Company (BMI),
Melissa written by Gregg Allman and Steve Alaimo, published by Warner Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) & Elijah Blue Music (BMI) & Longitude Music Co. (BMI)
Play with fire written by Nanker Phelge, published by Abkco Music Inc.

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Nibs van der Spuy Durban, South Africa

South Africa guitarist, singer-songwriter Nibs has been touring the world for well over a decade. Journalists from all over the globe and predominantly Europe have cited Nibs as a fresh voice in the ‘Nu folk’ movement. With his virtuosic acoustic guitar style and mesmeric voice he has enchanted listeners from small intimate theatres to large festival stages. ... more

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Track Name: Anna Rosa
Anna Rosa

Driving north through the cane fields
In the heat of the day
I came across an angel praying
Like a sign on a cross road
That no words can explain
Was through her smile that she whispered her name

Anna Rosa will you find me in your dreams
Beneath the light of every dying day
Into the next as it fades away
Leave it behind then you will find
Only love will come
Love will come your way

Take me across your border
I want to sail through your eyes
With our first kiss we opened the skies

Where it rained an emotion
Mozambique on my mind
You are that girl on the song off 'Desire'

Anna Rosa will you find me in your dreams
Beneath the light of every dying day
Into the next as it fades away
Leave it behind then you will find
Only love will come
Love will come your way

Take me to your garden
Can I see what you grow
Just as in life you will reap what you sow
Just as in life you will reap what you sow

Anna Rosa will you find me in your dreams
Beneath the light of every dying day
Into the next as it fades away
Leave it behind then you will find
Only love will come
Love will come your way
Track Name: Counting Stars
Counting Stars

Have you ever felt the calling of the wind
Where you pack your bags and heart for everything
On a border town I laid my eyes on you
Drawing water from an ancient wishing well
Felt love that day which shone onto my soul
To reap the crop of those already sown

Midnight stars I know your names
I counted you through endless days

The doldrums stayed the seasons never end
Your patience wilts the hunger endless prayer
Does hope still count when love has lost its way
Like dormant seed the rains of spring await

Midnight stars I know your names
I counted you through endless days
Upon this hill I sit and pray
Now count on you to light my way

This beauty of this land I couldn’t trade
Like a basket full of bread for those who wait
Beyond the bush a bird flew in my hand
Then I saw your face on a tiny grain of sand

Midnight stars I know your names
I counted you through endless days
Upon this hill I sit and pray
Now count on you to light my way
Track Name: A house across the river
A HOUSE ACROSS THE RIVER

There’s a house across the river which turned my world around
There's a house across the river which made me dream out loud
Through the window when I saw you my heart began to pound
And I found myself on higher ground

There’s a house across the river where the trees they stood so tall
There’s a house across the river with your painting on the wall
Always walking on your own were you waiting for the one
Who would row that boat and steal your heart away

When the winter winds came blowing and the waters became cold
The night sky was a blanket to warm your aching soul
The smell of a fire burning that memory lingers on
And your treasured smile worth more than gold
One night a swam from shore to shore
To hear your voice and your breath so close
To find out where your eyes were lost
The dark of night will play your heart beat’s song
And would I be that one who would row that boat back home

There’s a house across the river which stands so empty now
There’s a house across the river and the trees they all cut down
Through the ruins there lies a memory of a house that was a shrine
A sacred place of heart and mind
Track Name: Beautiful feet
Beautiful Feet

There is beauty in the feet of a wise man
Bringing hope to a hungry soul
I didn't know that you were dreaming
There is beauty in the heart of a woman
open arms to the lost and the poor
A homeless child sat there weeping

Shine a light on a thousand thirsty nations
They’re crying out for something to believe in
Trying to work their way to find salvation
and the sounds of the beautiful feet

There was a man of water
Who spoke of the one to come
Who would fill the world with hope and glory
So we will write it on the hearts of children
On the hearts of the broken ones
Say a prayer for the blind man walking

The shield of faith to walk into the nations
To hold the sword of words that never leave you
The belt of truth to lead them to salvation
Shoes of peace of the beautiful feet

We’re going to write it on the hearts
We’re going to write it on the hearts
Forever we will follow you
We’re going to write it on the hearts
We’re going to write it on the hearts
Forever we will follow you

Shine a light on a thousand thirsty nations
They’re crying out for something to believe in
Trying to work their way to find salvation
and the sound of the beautiful feet
Track Name: Lines on my face
Lines on my face

I’ve got lines on my face
Never thought I’d wake
To a world of empty space
Bound by all those chains

Feels so sad
The wind and the rain
I closed my eyes
to say a little prayer

And there she stood
Filled with heavenly grace
I couldn’t talk
As she slowly moved away

Feels so sad
The wind and the rain
I closed my eyes
To say a little prayer

I’ve got lines on my face
Never thought I’d wake
To a world of empty space
Bound by all those chains
Track Name: Felix
Felix

Felix left his home in Mozambique
Without a kiss upon the cheek
When the light was low

To the mountains of the king
He stood his ground of holy men
Through a bitter wind

And through the distance of the years
Did you feel your mother's prayers
Touched a weary soul

I will miss you now you’re gone
In these taxis they play your songs
Silhouetted on the souls
Through the township drive

When you're searching for the truth
You will lose your worn out shoes
Felix played beyond the rules
Like a shining star

Crossing borders driving north
Along the paths that Felix walked
I feel him all around

The more you try to understand
I feel the love of saving hands
Why the good die young?

I will miss you now you’re gone
In these taxis they play your songs
Silhouetted on the souls
Through the township drive

When you’re searching for the truth
You will lose your worn out shoes
Felix played beyond the rules
Like a shining star

Felix left his home in Mozambique
For the mountains of the king
Track Name: Topper
Topper

I’m standing on an old airstrip where my father learnt to fly
He earned his wings in Tiger Moth and a license to the sky
He fought up north in the Great Big War where so many of them died
But you knew that Topper made it home when he threw his washing down

From a silver shining bird
May your voice always be heard
When your mission was complete
Did the bells of Zeerust Ring?

There's a story that you’d always tell of how they shot you down
You landed in a mealie field like the ones you knew so well

From a silver shining bird
You graced the heavens and the earth
When your mission was complete
Did the bells of Zeerust Ring?

Out loud reaching the clouds
Where you sailed up above from the cares of the world
And singing the songs of your heart
On a beat up guitar you passed on

In the still of night I hear the sound of a plane circling round and round
In a distant dream Topper’s come back home to throw his washing down

From a silver shining bird
May your voice always be heard
When your mission was complete
Did the bells of Zeerust Ring?
Track Name: Once I climbed a lion mountain
Once I climbed a lion mountain

Once I climbed a lion Mountain
In a quest to find the truth
Through the mist and the rain of Cape Town
I got water in my shoes

I feared the narrow pathway
And the sheer drop down below
So I called on my guardian angel
To lift my weary soul

Hope is your only friend
When everything disappears
And the memory of all you had
Was a childlike shimmer in the wind

Before the war of roses
You learnt by hard mistakes
Now your eyes are always open
To what the whispering winds will say

That voice will always guide you
If your heart it bears the truth
And you shed your skin of yesterday
No harm can follow you

Hope is your only friend
When everything disappears
And the memory of all you had
Was a childlike shimmer in the wind

Did you hear about the fire on the mountain
So wild and out of the blue
A heavy smoke came rolling into Cape Town
I got ash upon my shoes

The slopes were a fiery furnace
No mercy no escape
So I called on my guardian angel
To keep my loved once safe

Hope is your only friend
When everything disappears
And the memory of all you had
Was a childlike shimmer in the wind

Just a childlike shimmer in the wind
Track Name: Dreams of believers
Dreams of believers

Faith on the mountain
Faith through the eye of the storm
Faith in the garden
Faith for the unborn

Dreamed I saw your face
Caught between two worlds
In a brothers prayer
to climb that hill

And the dreams of all believers
All came home
And the lies of all deceivers
Over thrown

So you wait in vain
For the coming rain
To cleanse your soul
To cleanse your soul

And the dreams of all believers
All came home
And the lies of all deceivers
Over thrown

Someday a light
Will shine on your tomorrow
Lead you home
Lead you home
As I look through life’s' reflection
There’s an aching in my bones
It took so long
Took so long
As the twilight brings a whisper through the trees
You can hear that silent voice across the years
It never leaves you
When you are homeward bound

Faith on the mountain
Faith through the eye of the storm
Faith in the garden
Faith for the unborn

And the dreams of all believers
All came home
And the lies of all deceivers
Over thrown
Track Name: Cry for you
Cry for you

Won’t you carry my heart
Renew my strength unto thy power
In the moments before dawn
I had to face my darkest hour

Won’t you carry my heart
This burden feels so hard to bear
I want to make a brand new start
On bended knees and childlike prayer

As I cry for you
In the pouring rain
As I seek the truth
Hear my call hear my prayer

Won’t you carry my dreams
My living hope my destiny
Light the path on which I tread
Each spoken word each living breath

As I cry for you
In the pouring rain
As I seek the truth
Hear my call hear my prayer

I read the good news on the page
And it lift my spirit high
In the clouds and in the stars
In the trees and on the flowers

As I cry for you
In the pouring rain
As I seek the truth
Hear my call hear my prayer
Track Name: May you shine
May you shine

I scent the flower of a garden
A place that I knew long before
The wars they came to steal your soul
Turned your garden into weeds and stone
You crossed the night into un promised land
Through mists of time you left your heart behind
Far behind the tide you’ll find me

May you shine through the hard times
May you shine
Love is blind when it feels so close sometime
May you shine
May you shine for me tonight

Estendo para ti as minhas maos
A minha alma tem sede de ti
Faz-me saber o caminho
Que devo seguir
Livra-me esta noite o Senhor

May you shine through the hard times
May you shine
Love is blind when it feels so close sometime
May you shine
May you shine for me tonight

Holy night through the darkest night you will find me
Track Name: Wind of Goodbye
Wind of goodbye

I’ve got this feeling in my heart
A time to move on
I’ve got this calling in my soul
To sing a new song

I’ve been down in the valley
And my clothes are all torn
Was a pride of the lion who threw me to the floor

In a midnight fire
I heard the cries of war
There were too many flames
saw the writing on the walls

Did I see it coming
My Lord
Did I see it coming
This cruel cruel world

When I reflect across the years
From the ashes of the ruin
I will keep my eyes ahead
And wait upon the wind of goodbye
It will blow your tears away

Across the war torn border
Long before I saw her face
Came a prophet from the valley
With a picture I can’t erase

Was it you in the distance
I am tested through my faith
But the Lord knows my heart
And he will bless me in his grace

At the start of every day
I hold a prayer for you in my heart
It may seem like it’s coming slow
But it’s just waiting on the wind of goodbye
It will blow your fears away

I have this feeling in my heart
A time to move on
I’ve got this calling in my soul
To sing a new song

I’m going to rise above the valley
into the spirit of the wind
I’m going to rise above the valley
Hear the voices of angels sing

I close my eyes it sounds so sweet
Like a thousand symphonies
Resounding through the distant trees
And waiting on the wind of goodbye
It will blow your tears away