The Rosalines

The Rosalines

BandFolkBluegrass

Bluegrasss meets classical! With a startingly full sound, Caroline Clarke and Rosa Ernst have arranged their original songs in a unique and captivating style. Both singers and multi-instrumentalists, Caroline and Rosa create a sound which is rich in instrumental nuance and vocal harmonies.

Biography

Caroline's background is in bluegrass and folk
music. She has played with many local musicians including Andrea Monro, Scott Goudie and with the Bluegrass band, Five for Silver. Rosa is classically trained on the violin, and since arriving in Newfoundland in 2004 has shared a stage with musicians such as Duane Andrews and Blair Harvey. Rosa and Caroline have been playing together for two years as part of the band The Rosalines. They are now bringing their skills to the foreground in this duo, playing in a variety of instrumental configurations.

Lyrics

Lately

Written By: Caroline Clarke

Lately
Words and Music: Caroline Clarke (Caroline Vocal/Guitar Rosa Harmony Vocal/Fiddle)

A song to my husband of 13 years.

Guitar Intro

Bb Bb7 Eb C7
Lately I’ve been feeling like I’m getting old
C7 F Bb
Baby are you feeling that way?
Bb Bb7 Eb C7
Feels like I’m standing in the middle of the road
C7 F Bb
Baby are you going my way?

Chorus

Eb Bb
And I said Baby, oh sweet Baby
Bb7
Are we running out of time?
Eb Bb
I’m hoping maybe, oh maybe
C7 F
We have one more chance to shine

Fiddle Solo

I know you’re looking at me not for the first time
Baby are you looking my way?
Yes, it’s true we keep loving without even trying
But Baby can it change any day?

Chorus

Deep dark thoughts in the middle of the night
Baby are you lying awake?
Is it safe to believe everything is alright?
Baby, do we got what it takes?

Guitar Outro

Winter's Been Easy

Written By: Caroline Clarke

Winter’s Been Easy
Words and Music: Caroline Clarke (Caroline Vocal/Guitar Rosa Harmony Vocal/Fiddle)

A song to remind me that things aren’t that bad.

B C#m
Settled back in your chair
F#m A
Wondering what’s happend here
B C#m A
How could things go so wrong?
B C#m
You didn’t count on a time
F#m A
When Winter wouldn’t let the sun shine
B C#m A
A sun that made you feel strong

Chorus
E
You can change your clothes
B
And you can change your ways
A
But the ice still flows
C#m B
In the harbour in spring
E
And as spring thaw warms up
B
A land that’s freezing
A B
It’s hard to remember
A B
That this Winter’s been easy

Small Break

Dim is the light outside
Dim success to things we’ve tried
Dim is the view to fair weather
You forgot Winter doesn’t last
Your dark beliefs coming from your past
But spring is just around the corner

Chorus and longer break

Grace is just bitter gall
When measured against a worst of all
Grace is what you get when you’re living
You’re settled in your chair
Your words on the table just thin air
Don’t realize what you’ve been given.

Chorus

Old Black Crow

Written By: Caroline Clarke

Old Black Crow
Words and Music: Caroline Clarke (Caroline Vocal/Guitar Rosa Harmony Vocal/Fiddle)

This come came out of a love for crows and superstition. Written to sound like the original bluegrass/old time style.

Guitar Intro

Old black crow in a tree, in tree
One for sorrow looking at me
One dark shadow over me
Over me
Ah mmm ah mmm ah mmm ah

Two black wings up and flew away
Flew away one fine fall day
Up and took my burden away
Burden away
Ah mmm ah mmm ah mmm ah

Guitar/fiddle break

Fine fall day made me think to roam
Think to roam and leave my home
This poor girl left all alone
All alone

Fiddle Break

As I wandered alone through the trees
Wishing for some company
Aimless though I seemed to be
Seemed to be

As I wandered through the trees I saw
My old crow
Coming back to me
Coming back to me
Ah mmm ah mmm ah mmm ah

Old black crow in a tree, in a tree
Ah mmm ah mmm ah mmm ah

Discography

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Set List

This is just a sample of a set - it really varies. Typically, our sets run about an hour. Covers would be from a Blues/Bluegrass repetoire.

1) Lately (C. Clarke)

2) Old Home Place (Mitch Jayne)

3) Even the Sky is Blue (C. Clarke)

4) Winter’s Been Easy (C. Clarke)

5) Blues Stay Away From Me (Delmore)

6) Old Black Crow (C. Clarke)

7) It’s Not Me (R. Ernst)

8) Double Stop Scale (R. Ernst)

9) Home Beneath the Sky (R. Ernst)

10) Crow 2 (R. Ernst)

11) In the Rain in the Morning Early (C. Clarke)