Crossing Borders, Driving North (Deluxe 2CD Anthology)

by Nibs van der Spuy

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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