Springtime Johnny

Sharon Anderson
sharon's tune


'In the blue Canadian rockies
spring is silent through the trees
and the golden poppies are blooming
round the banks of lake Louise.'

In the mid 80’s against a backdrop of staggering beauty that was the skyline near Whistler mountain,

An ol cowboy sang to Bow and I, songs that he wrote ; sweetly reminiscent of ‘The Blue Canadian Rockies ‘’
and “Four strong winds”; songs that he had shared amongst the hearty ranch hands of northern Alberta
in the 50’s and 60’s in the bunkhouses and around the campfires of those mystic prairie lands.

I could see how thoughts like “This is my Sky” could have welled up in the heart of a young Ian Tyson as Johnny’s voice and simple guitar strokes trailed off softly into the night. 
His was a timeless contribution to what would become a trilogy for the Canadian West;
It’s iconic free spirited minstrel Canadian cowboys.

And so it was that in his last years, Johnny had wondered back into the Squamish country,
and befriended a duo of impressionable songsters playing at a café in Whistler. 
Johnny was to fall on the ice and break his hip that winter. 
He had no money, and I helped him pay his hospital bill. 
He was determined in the months that followed, to try and pay me back somehow. 
He relentlessly wrote letters to the Tommy Hunter show until at last I was signed up to sing my song Calahoo;
a song I had sneaked in through a back door and dropped onto the desk of Larry Donohue at CFCW radio in Camrose. 
Thus  was started a career for me.    Twenty six years later, Johnny has drifted into my dreams giving me this little song. 
Let us lift up our hearts and salute the sons of our rich musical heritage.
Let us not forget the springtime, or Johnny Fulton.


Springtime Johnny

sun was on the hillside    snow was all around
but for the crackling of the campfire   you couldn't hear a sound
then his eyes would twinkle   his chin on his guitar
and in the time it took to sing  my heart was on the wing and our back door wasn't far

Springtime Johnny    blue Canadian Rockies
I been kinda lonesome   play that song for me
your voice has found a trail that goes
through the acres of the sweet grass hills I know
dreams that never fade   happy children played   four strong winds ago

miles fell behind us   years flew out ahead
harsh winds have torn the canyons   leaving grey upon my head
spring had turned to summer   then winter crept in slow
was it just a dream  did i just see a gleam  within the fire's glow

Springtime Johnny    blue Canadian Rockies
I been kinda lonesome   play that song for me
your voice has found a trail that goes
through the acres of the sweet grass hills I know
dreams that never fade   happy children played   four strong winds ago


Sharon and Ollies's book "Between the Twilight and the Rim" is now available as an ebook online.


 Also, the Audio companion  free mp3 download can be accessed above under the audiobooks tab. (This features Sharon reading the book out loud. Ouite inspiring with the gentle music of Swami Kriyananda in the background)  And, Ollie's little characters illustrated in the book,ebook, or youtube video, are not to be missed also!


Music video and commentary slideshows at





see a super album review in the Jan. COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS.. SEE PRESS/REVIEWS PAGE!!

on amazon or cdbaby  

"the bottom line" album mp3 download, and       "Life and times" albums or downloads are available  "bringing it home" also available as mp3 downloads



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 This one is mostly my memories and musings, and you are always welcome here too..

Recent news: Sharon Anderson Life and Times has been pressed and you can click the  LIFE AND TIMES FACTS page above for info on the whole 24 song album.  There's also a RADIO page above that features an interview and radio play on the singles, etc.


NEW SINGLE folks (March 2012)  see Radio Page -and it's The Video on the lower left (Home page view)  "I Got Love" written by Dobro great Chas Williams and myself.  Chas produced, engineered and played most of the instruments on this cut.  You can see more videos at www.youtube.com under SharonLenoreAnderson.


see new movie video on Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda under the Spiritual Endeavors page


  as some of you know, i have a large library

of songs, and have done some recording with Capitol, Curb, and Royalty.   i've also written some books that i hope will be available soon. i'd like to take the opportunity to thank all of you  who have been supportive of the music i've been a part of all these years.I started writing and recording again with producer/engineer/musician George Bradfute in Madison, just outside of Nashville and have also been writing and working at Chas Williams studio.

The youtube page and the cdbaby links here and at my main website feature some of my new material for download etc.  I'll try to keep you up to date.

love you best                                   S