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by Kate Flanigan

A unique mix of country, folk and blues; some cute upbeat love songs, and others with a more lyrical ballad style. Featuring vocal harmonies and instruments like the ukulele, fiddle and dobro. Enjoy!
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. These Country Roads
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2. We're Done
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3. Fallin' Fast
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4. Cantare
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5. Hun, We'll Be Fine
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6. I Met a Boy
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7. Life of Love
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8. Tired
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9. Funny Thing
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10. Fly With Me
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Album Notes

This album is a compilation of originals written over the past couple years. Some are lighthearted love songs, like “Funny Thing” which was the first song I ever wrote, while others have a deeper meaning. “Hun, We’ll Be Fine” was written from the perspective of a woman who has little time left with her husband, who is terminally ill – inspired by one of the closest and dearest couples of my childhood. “Life of Love” incorporates three true stories of looking for hope and peace in a situation of heartache - to choose love when times are hard.

The album’s title track, “Cantare” was written about an experience I had while exploring the beauty of Italy and Switzerland during my semester abroad in college. I met many amazing people along the way, but one encounter was especially inspiring. My traveling companion and I were in Luca, Italy at the station waiting for a train that would take us to our next destination. As I gently strummed my ukulele, a homeless man approached me and said, “Cantare! Cantare!” so I started singing. He stopped me and said, “Iyo cantare, iyo cantare” – meaning “I sing, I sing.” He was speaking Italian, but it was clear that he wanted me to play as he sang. I didn’t know what to play, but eventually thought of “Ave Maria.” Everyone knows Ave Maria! He looked at me and with a twinkle in his eye and a pointed finger, he responded, “Schubert.” After singing the song together, the man pulled two wrinkled and torn papers from his bag revealing the fact that he, too, was an opera singer when he was younger. Music truly is the universal language.

I want to thank all my family and friends, who have provided support, inspiration and their own musical talents during the making of this album. Without their love and kindness, this album would not have been such an enriching and fulfilling experience. Special thanks to David Kaye, for encouraging and enhancing my vision.

Songs by Kate Flanigan
Recorded and Mixed by David Kaye at Creeksound Studio

Sean Bowen: Fiddle
Bobby Csugie: Bass
Kate Flanigan: Acoustic Guitar and Ukulele
Kerry Flanigan: Back-up Vocals
Kevin Flanigan: Mandolin
Margaret Flanigan: Back-up Vocals
Jordan Jancz: Cello
David Kaye: Electric Guitar, Banjo, Pedal Steel, Dobro, Baritone Guitar,
Acoustic Guitar
Jordan Jancz: Cello
Ted MacInnes: Percussion
Daniel Rabinaw: Percussion

Kate Flanigan’s Pages:
Facebook: facebook.com/kate.e.flanigan
YouTube: youtube.com/bbkate15
Reverbnation: reverbnation.com/kateflanigan
Twitter: @KtFlanigan


1. Country Road
I’m driving down these country roads
It warms the heart and soothes the soul
It warms the heart and soothes the soul
Oh, these country roads

These roads are thin, and windy too
So I’ll drive them slow, as I think of you
I’ll drive real slow, as I think of you
Oh these country roads

The day is young so I’ll keep on driving
Got nothing to do, so I keep on smiling
Got the wind in my hair, sun on my brow
Not a care in the world that can turn me round.

2. We’re Done
The minute’s midnight and my mind’s a mighty mess
Bottle’s half empty and the envy’s got what’s best
Of my sanity, your vanity is vile
To be your second best it’s cool, but I guess it’s not my style

Restless no I can’t relax and the rage is running deep
Deep inside of me and I know that I won’t sleep
Knowing you’re with her after what you’ve said to me
Who’d trust a guy like that, they say that a cheat will always cheat

No, this ain’t right, tonight’s the night
I’m done being your muse, done being confused
We’re done

I sit here wondering, I’ve got one thing on my mind
To tell your lady friend to stop wasting her time
I want nothing more than to expose every lie
But I’m moving on, and plus she aint blind


3. Fallin Fast
I’m supposed to be working on my portfolio
But there are a few things that I wanted you know,
I want you to know that you mean the world to me
Even though we’re separated by the sea
You mean the world to me

I’m fallin hard, yeah I’m falling fast
Falling for a thing I never thought could last
I’m telling you, boy I’m telling you
I appreciate everything you do

For me you were always there
The way you listen, showing me you care
You’re always there
You help figure out what’s right from wrong
Support me yeah, you keep me strong
You keep me strong


4. Cantare
I met an old man at the station
He had no dollar to his name
I didn’t speak his language
But we spoke just the same
He said, “Cantare” so I sang a little song
I saw the joy spread in his smile
He looked at me and asked if he could sing along
Just for a little while

So we sang Ave Maria, our own duet
Was this Ave Maria, a song in a world where two hearts met

Our song was sung but then he reached into his bag
Pulled out two papers, they were tattered and torn
They told of younger years of times different than these
Of a life not yet forlorn
One was a picture of a boy about my age
I recognized his familiar, gentle smile
The other a concert flyer, his name in big black
He pointed to himself and gave me a wink

He used to sing Ave Maria, I brought him to his past
Singing Ave Maria
The reminisce of a dream that didn’t last

I left that old man at the station
He had no dollar to his name
I didn’t speak his language
But we spoke just the same
Cus we sang Ave Maria
Gratia plena, Maria gratia plena
Maria gratia plena Ave, Ave dominus
Dominus tecum, Ave Maria, Ave Maria

5. Hun, We’ll Be Fine
I couldn’t sleep so I wrote you this song
I wrote it for you cus I know we belong
Now I don’t have much time to sing it for you
So listen and know that what I say is true

Hun we’ll be fine
Close your eyes
And we’ll fly
I’ll be yours for all time

I had you, and you had me
And then we had ourselves a family
A life full of laughter and good honest love
Every moment with you is a gift from above

There are natural disasters and our county is at war
I know it sounds dumb but nothing scares me more
Than you not being with me, beside me one day
I know if you could that you’d turn and say


Now I can sleep cus I’ve sung you your song
I know next time that you’ll sing along
We’ll sing it together, not just for a while
Together we’ll sing and together we’ll smile
Close your eyes, and we’ll fly
I’ll be yours for all time


6. I Met a Boy
I met a boy, I met a boy and he needs to know
He needs to know why he makes me smile so much when I’m with him
Maybe it’s cus we don’t mind going cross-eyed
Or sticking our tongues out, giving a loud shout
When we’re walking, when we’re talking yeah

1I found something comfortable, I found something good
I can be myself and act just like I know I should
Oh I, I met a boy

This boy, oh this boy although he’s coy I do enjoy
All the time I get to spend with him
He’s half Welch, he’ll tell you so
The other half is cowboy, I’ll have you know
The perfect combination for a great temptation, yeah


I left this boy, I left this boy
And he needs to know, he needs to know why
I’ve been feeling incomplete and down
It’s because he’s the guy who blew my mind
And in those few nights changed my whole life
With his smile and that English style, yeah


7. Life of Love
A young girl cries herself to sleep one last time
She never knew her love could be such a crime
That a mother could tell her son, who he could and could not wed
So she called him up to say choose your family or choose me instead,

She said, “I’ve seen it, I’ve felt it, oh, I’ve dealt it
The pain in this world is unreal
So please choose a life of love, now and forever more”

A boy is tucked into his bed all warm and tight
His parents know they are going to lose the fight
To keep him there with them is what they long to do
But God has other plans, and so their prayer to God is true

They pray, “We’ve seen it, we’ve felt it, oh we’ve dealt it
The pain in this world is unreal
We ask for the strength to love and let him go
And for peace when he’s with you
A priest walks into his church late one night
He finds an old man singing in the balcony light
He said, “Can I help you sir, could I ask why you’re here?”
The man smiled and said, “I’m just singing for my God up there”

He said, “I’ve seen it, I’ve felt it, oh I’ve dealt it
The pain in this world is unreal
So I’m singing a song for my God,
He could use it right now.”

We see it, we feel it, oh we deal it
The pain in this world is unreal
But we can choose a life of love
Now and forever more.

8. Tired
Twice now I’ve had a dream that you came to me
And you said, “Baby hold me close now, closer than the day
The day we held each other and the day when I walked away.”

I try to love with my whole heart and with you I wanna start
But it breaks me to not be able to love you endlessly
You’ve got her and she’s got you and I, I’ve got me.

And as the sun and the moon take turns in the sky
My heart and my mind try to tell each other why
Why I stay, why I go, why I show the love that you won’t show
Why I am tired

So sing to me and tell me that you’re free
Oh tell me that you love me, that you need me, that you’re mine
Tell me that your thoughts and dreams are of me, of me all the time


9. Funny Thing
I’ve got a funny thing for you
And I know that you like me too
I know that you’re leaving, but tell me it aint true
Cus I’ve got a funny thing for you

You’ve got that crazy kind of smile
Your brown eyes and freckles drive me wild
And to add to the list, you’ve got great style
Plus you’ve got that crazy kind of smile

You’ve got me in a kind of daze
With your charm and spontaneous kind of ways
If you wanna slow down you better change those ways
Cus you’ve got me in a kind of daze

Don’t tell me I’m special cus I won’t care
Come tomorrow night you wont be there
I know you’ve got plans boy, but remember what we’ve shared
And that we make one hell of a pair

I’ve got a funny thing for you
I know that you like me too
I know that you’re leaving, but tell me it aint true
Cus I’ve got a funny thing for you

10. Fly With Me
Ooh baby, ooh baby you’re driving me so crazy,
I had to let you know
That you’ve got me, you’ve got me where
I never thought I would be
I never thought I could be

So come and fly with me tonight,
Come away with me in the morning light
And we’ll fly to where our dreams come true
Sail on a silver, come sailing with me
And we’ll sail to where our hearts can be free.

Ooh my love, ooh my love you’ve got me flying above
What I used to know
You’ve shown me, you’ve shown me what it feels to feel so lonely
When you’re not here with me




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Dan Hill

Wow, this young lady is amazing! I can't wait to hear more.

Shelly Stefanik

A true and talented artist
Wonderful! Great to see this album and a pleasure to listen to as well.
I was sure this would happen one day-glad that day is here. Wishing you all the best.