Rock and Flower

Rock and Flower

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Biography

Debra Christiansen and Bruce Goebel have been performing for several years as an acoustic duo, Bruce on double bass, guitar and vocals and Debra on percussion, guitar and vocals. They’ve also performed with various musicians around Alberta. With many years of experience between them, they bring a unique style and repertoire to the stage with their mix of originals and covers.
As songwriters, several of Bruce’s songs have received radio play on various Alberta stations. The songs “Cowboy Bill” and “Dixie” co written by Debra and Bruce were selected for the finals of the 2005 and 2006 Calgary Folk Festival Song Writing Contests.
As well as open stages and folk clubs, they have also performed for the Grandview Stage Music Festival, Stony Plain Cowboy and Poetry Gathering, Edmonton Folk Music Festival Appreciation Events, The Works, Party in the Park and various Alberta fund raising events.
Debra and Bruce’s various musical influences have resulted in the self-titled CD, Rock and Flower. The CD is a collection of original and traditional songs inspired by their life in Alberta. They’ll take you from original folk to a few choice covers and traditional tunes. Produced and recorded by Colin Lay, guest musicians Jeremiah McDade (2007 Juno winner), Stewart MacDougall, Cam Neufeld, Michael Sabourin, Howard McKay and Ken Zellar help to round out the mix.

Lyrics

Mountians Called Love

Written By: Bruce Goebel

Well I saddled my pony in the old corral
And I headed down the trail
I saw her tracks in the sand by the river
She was headed west
I turned my pony into the sun
(And) I gave Ol’ Mac the reins.
(If I) catch that girl by the top of the ridge
Well(maybe) we could start again

Chorus:
And she riding like the wind down a trail they call a “Broken Heart”
Crossing a river they call “Make a New Start”
(I was) halfway up the mountain they call the “Big Hill to Climb”
All scratched up in the willows they call “Makin Her Mine”

Bridge
Well I’m riding to the East
And I’m riding to the West
I’m looking for that woman
That I, I love the best
Oh, I’m riding to the East
And I’m riding to the West
Through those mountains
They call “Love”
Guitar Break:

Well I turned Ol’ Mac and I headed south
I took the shortcut through the creek
I rode along where the eagles fly.
Across the snow capped rocky peaks
I saw the dust from her pinto pony
In the valley far below
I gave a kick and I switched that horse
And I yelled out “Go Mac Go”

Chorus:
And she riding like the wind down a trail they call a “Broken Heart”
Crossing a river they call “Make a New Start”
(I was) halfway up the mountain they call the “Big Hill to Climb”
All scratched up in the willows they call “Makin Her Mine”

Bridge :
Well I’m riding to the East
And I’m riding to the West
I’m looking for that woman
That I, I love the best
Oh, riding to the East
And I’m riding to the West
Through those mountains
They call “Love”
Repeat Bridge

We Are Amigos

Written By: Bruce Goebel and Debra Christiansen

WE ARE AMIGOS ‘Am' (3:44) by written by Bruce Goebel and Debra Christiansen

Vaqueros and horses were gathered at Rancho Capomo
Cartone stood tall, his halter tied to the rail
Saddles were thrown, vaqueros were checking their cinches
Everyone mounted and waved as we rode down the trail

We turned to the south and headed to Ameca River
Past mango trees where the jungle reached to the sky
We rode into a little Mexican village
Hot sun and dust had made our throats dry
CHORUS:
Cantenero pour me a tequila
And one more for my friend
Cantenero, pour me two more tequilas
For we are amigos, right to the end
BREAK: Over Chorus
A story was told of the courage of Pauncho Villa
Born in Durango, a sharecropper’s son
How he came to the rescue of his younger sister
Shot a hacendados, stole a horse and was on the run

A man of the people, but an outlaw for sure
He would rob from the rich and give to the poor
The stories how Pauncho escaped to the Sierra Madres
Had those in the Cantina right on the edge of their chairs
CHORUS:

Night of Terror Near Afton

Written By: Bruce Goebel and Debra Christiansen

A Night of Terror Near Afton
Written by Bruce Goebel and Debra Christiansen

In 1948, barely 25
J.B. White is going out tonight
He’s penned his threats; “I’m going to kill that man”
He’s headed north of Afton with his plan

A call of warning from his brother
To Carl and Steena at their farm
He’s on a rampage…get out while you can
J.B.’s on his way with a gun

Bridge: Just a little man barely 5’4”
No one ever paid him any mind
“I’m gonna to make my mark, I’m gonna to show them all
They’re gonna to remember me now”
Chorus :A night of terror near Afton
Christiansen home burning down
J.B. White standing in the night
Sheriff Ewing in his sights
Break (over Bridge) – run down

Five shots thru the windshield of the car
Cops are on the run, we need more fire power
Shot the dog … and lit the house on fire
J.B.’s gone haywire.

Next on his list, you know his mind was set
Had to get Lacina he wasn’t finished yet
The Thomas’s and Clifford’s they all had to pay
Cause J.B. was crazy that way

Bridge: Lacina awoke to the barrel of a gun
He knocked J.B. to the floor
Dragged him across and threw him out the door
Said don’t you come back here no more.

Chorus:
A posse on land and planes in the sky
Across five states, they searched through the night
Not a single clue, not a man in sight
Till the road gang reported something strange

He’d escaped from Clarinda in 1945
Now Ewing and some farmers had taken him alive
The night of terror came to an end
With J.B. last words…Kill me now

Chorus (2 X’s Vocal) Tag chorus (solo over chorus)

Discography

Rock and Flower (self titled) 2007
Horse Tales (with the Ranger Creek Wranglers) 2006
Beyond the Texas Gate (with the Ranger Creek Wranglers )2004
Still Burnin (with the Ranger Creek Wranglers) 2003

Set List

Originals and Covers