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    Default The Rankin Fmaily: R.I.P. Raylene Rankin 1960 - 2012

    Not many people will know of The Rankin Family, but they are a group of vocal strong brother and sisters who are from Nova Scotia, Canada (which happens to be where I'm from) who sing mostly folk music. I found out a few days ago that one of their family/band members, Raylene Rankin, passed away. I found this yesterday and figured I would share with everyone.

    R.I.P
    Raylene Rankin
    1960 - 2012




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    Quote Originally Posted by http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/music/raylene-rankin-singer-in-the-rankin-family-dies-of-cancer/article4578168/

    Raylene Rankin, singer in The Rankin Family, dies of cancer

    HALIFAX — The Canadian Press
    Published Sunday, Sep. 30 2012, 6:32 PM EDT
    Last updated Sunday, Sep. 30 2012, 7:19 PM EDT


    Raylene Rankin of the internationally acclaimed Nova Scotia musical group The Rankin Family died Sunday after losing her fight with cancer.

    She was 52.

    Marlene Palmer, group’s tour publicist, said Ms. Rankin’s sister confirmed the death.

    Ms. Rankin and her four siblings — John Morris, Jimmy, Cookie and Heather — formed the group more than 20 years ago and are credited with taking Cape Breton Celtic music to the mainstream.

    In a statement provided by Palmer, Heather Rankin said her sister fought “a very long and courageous battle with grace and dignity and was an inspiration.”

    "Throughout her struggle with cancer she never ceased to show her concern for her friends and family," she said.

    "Right up until her last hours of life she was still expressing concern for others. She worried for all of her family and friends, a beautiful lady indeed."

    Heather Rankin described her sister as generous and kind hearted.

    "She was a little bit older and she took on the role of protector of the younger members of her clan," she said.

    "She was a very bright lady and a strong leader and I often looked to her for guidance and I will have a very large void in my life now that she is gone."

    Members of Canada’s music community were mourning Raylene Rankin’s death on Sunday.

    Fellow Cape Breton singer Rita MacNeil said she was devastated when she heard the news.

    "I’ve known Raylene a long time. We have lost a great musician and a wonderful person," Ms. MacNeil said in a statement. "It’s a lasting legacy. An inspiration to all women."

    Singer Anne Murray added that Ms. Rankin will "live on through her music."

    "It is a sad loss of a fine talent from a family who has endured so much tragedy already," she said in a statement.

    In 2000, John Morris Rankin died when his truck plunged into the icy Gulf of St. Lawrence near Margaree Harbour, N.S. He was 40.

    Federal Heritage Minister James Moore offered his condolences to Raylene Rankin’s family and friends on Sunday.

    "Her musical talent charmed the nation," he said in a statement which highlighted the many Canadian music awards won by The Rankin Family.

    Father Angus Morris of St. Mary’s Parish in Mabou, N.S., said Ms. Rankin is survived by her husband Colin Anderson and her son Alexander.

    Ms. Rankin grew up in the close-knit community of Mabou with her mother Kathleen, her father Alexander and 12 siblings, The Rankin Family website said.

    The family band first formed under the name The Rankins and won a host of awards over a 10 years period, the website said.

    In 1999, the group went their separate ways, with many members pursuing solo careers, it said. But in 2007, the four siblings reunited to form The Rankin Family.
    The Rankins have been a very important part of Nova Scotia Music and have always been a favourite of mine for many many years. Sad to hear this.

    My condolences go out to this family who have offered so much to the music community.


    The Rankin Family - Fare thee well love



    Fare thee well love, Fare thee well love
    Far away, you must go
    Take my heart love,Take my heart love
    We will never meet, again no more

    Far across love, Far across love
    O'er the mountains and country wide
    Take my heart love, Take my heart love
    No one knows, the tears I've cried

    So I'll drink today love, I'll sing to you love
    In paupers glory my time I'll bide
    No home or ties love, a restless rover
    If I can't have you, by my side

    Oh come back love, Oh come back love
    The sun and moon refuse to shine
    Since I've gone love, gone away love
    This lonely girl has had no peace of mind

    So I'll drink today love, I'll sing to you love
    In paupers glory my time I'll bide
    No home or ties love,a restless rover
    If I can't have you, by my side

    Fare thee well love, Fare thee well love
    Far away, you must go
    Take my heart love, Take my heart love
    We will never meet, again no more
    Rankin Family - Rise Again


    When the waves roll on over the waters
    And the ocean cries
    We look to our sons and daughters
    To explain our lives
    As if a child could tell us why

    That as sure as the sunrise
    As sure as the sea
    As sure as the wind in the trees
    We rise again in the faces
    of our children
    We rise again in the voices of our song
    We rise again in the waves out on the ocean
    And then we rise again

    When the light goes dark with the forces of creation
    Across a stormy sky
    We look to reincarnation to explain our lives
    As if a child could tell us why

    That as sure as the sunrise
    As sure as the sea
    As sure as the wind in the trees
    We rise again in the faces
    of our children
    We rise again in the voices of our song
    We rise again in the waves out on the ocean
    And then we rise again

    We rise again in the faces
    of our children
    We rise again in the voices of our song
    We rise again in the waves out on the ocean
    And then we rise again
    Rankin Family - North Country



    I'm heading back to the north country
    With the cold wind in my eye
    I'll be there by sunset
    Before the first snow flies

    Rustlin' leaves are on the ground
    This crazy feeling hangin' round
    I'll remember now and then
    But don't ask when I'll be back again

    Had this dream late one night
    'Bout working on the gang of the
    Mull River drive
    Danny, me and Freddie Wright
    Making a dollar a day justto stay
    alive
    Rustlin' leaves on the ground
    A cold rain coming down
    Sleeping there on the dark, damp earth
    For what it's worth
    no reason can be found

    So if you're heading back to the
    north country
    WIth the sunset in your eye
    You may find me on the rocky shore
    of that lonely isle

    Rustlin' leaves on the ground
    A cold hard rain coming down
    Sleeping there on the dark, damp earth
    For what it's worth, no reason
    can be found

    I'm heading back to the north country
    With the cold wind in my eye
    I'll be there by sunset
    Before the first snow flies

    Rustlin' leaves on the ground
    A cold hard rain coming down
    I'll remember now and then
    But don't ask when I'll be back again

    Rustlin' leaves on the ground
    A cold hard rain coming down
    I'll remember now and then
    But don't ask when I'll be back again

    I'll be back again

    Rankin Family - Mo run geal dileas



    There is a few of there song I thought I would share with everyone.

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    You come from nothing, You're going back to nothing. So what have you lost? Nothing! So always look on the bright side of life.

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    Default Re: The Rankin Fmaily: R.I.P. Raylene Rankin 1960 - 2012

    Beautiful tribute babe. *hugs*



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