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dS vid: Train to Jackson

Fandom: due South
Pairings: Fraser/Canada, Fraser/Canada/Kowalski
Summary: There and back again, Ben Fraser style. It's a ghost story, and love story.
Song: "Train to Jackson" by Jeffrey Foucault
Rated: PG-13
Thanks to: My beta, fenlings, for telling me what was and wasn't working.

Download the 23 MB DivX avi from my website.

Train to Jackson from keerawa on Vimeo.

Dead before the sun could rise
I stole the silver off my lover’s eyes
Rolled out on the dark demise
Of midnight’s breaking day
Born full grown and raised up wild
All mortal bones and passions piled
Upon my head the blessed child
The father of the man

I cut my hair and caught a train to Jackson
I took a name and found the range
Where my voice will make no sound
I met a man he told me “Son,
I can see you’re on the run,
If you tell me where you’re going
I’ll tell you where you’re bound.”

They put me off outside of town
A cold black rain was falling down
I lay my head on the red clay ground
And slept for a thousand years
I woke into a fever dream
Where silence talked and money screamed
And nothing was but only seemed
And nobody seemed to care

I cut my teeth on the bread of pure temptation
I tried it all, I learned to fall
Like I would never hit the ground
I met a ghost who looked like me
I asked him, “Is it plain to see
Or is it hidden?”
But he never made a sound

I was a lion in the circus when
A scarecrow dressed up like a king
Innocent of anything
Like love and going blind
So I set all my clothes on fire
Sold my soul to any buyer
Wrapped my heart in concertina wire
And showed it for a song

I cut and run
I ran until I stumbled
I struck out alone, a rolling stone
Forty days came up and down
I chased the river to the source
I met a girl on a pale horse
She pressed her fingers up against my lips
And I fell down dead and gone



( 29 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 20th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)
Look forward to watching it!
May. 20th, 2007 05:40 am (UTC)
I look forward to hearing your reaction, Ith!
May. 20th, 2007 05:52 am (UTC)
Oh, my, this is gorgeous. I like the metaphors you've made with the words and the imagery. These are also some of the best, clearest clips of Fraser I've seen in any vid. Very nice.
May. 20th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you, primrose burrows! Once I got the idea of Canada itself being a character in the vid, those gorgeous lanscape shots from the pilot and CotW really inspired me.
May. 20th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
Ohh, that's really great. So beautiful! And so atmospheric. The first half, with Fraser dealing with Bob's death and then coming to Chicago, and Victoria, and the explosion that killed Louis...all those scenes taken together have a certain desolation about them that conveys the tragic side of Fraser's story so well. And then, yay...the advent of RayK and lasting happiness in Fraser's life. Love that! My favorite moments are those overlapping clips of Fraser and Ray smiling from the scenes in the North (during the pursuit of Muldoon). You really transformed the vid's whole atmosphere at that moment, and it worked so well!

I have to watch this again before I comment further, because I think there were bits I missed on first viewing, or things I didn't quite understand, like the inclusion of the scene with Maggie where Fraser shoves Ray. I've only seen it once at this point, but I think if I don't comment now I might forget for a few days, and I don't want to do that. This is terrific. I LOVE the song. So perfect for what you were portraying here, and the guitar adds this sense of traveling over distance. It all works together beautifully. Kudos!
May. 21st, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
That first half is pretty grim - grief over his father's death and life in exille don't a pretty picture make. The second half (where he shoves Ray) has Fraser being attracted to Ray, but resisting and rejecting it, fearful. Then, once they're in Canda, it all comes together.

It really love the guitar work in this piece, glad it created that sensation of journeying for you, too.

Thanks so much for the feedback, js!
May. 20th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
Lovely vid. I liked both the music and what you did with the lyrics. I'm struggling to find a favourite part because I like all of it, but if I really had to choose then it'd be the end. Like j_s_cavalcante says, it changes everything. And I'm a sucker for a happy ending. Thank you very much for making this.
May. 21st, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
Thank you, revbiscuit! I was SO glad this one had a happy ending, after my last vid was such a downer. Who would have guessed, "And I fell down dead and gone" would lead them to the happy place?
May. 21st, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
I love this vid! It was a great look at Fraser's journey from losing his dad to learning to love to finally being able to return to Canada. You made the lyrics so well and I liked the timing. My favorite part was the end with Fraser being so happy to be in Canada but yet having those overlays of Ray with him showing what he gained and how he came full circle. Great work!
May. 22nd, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
Thank you, Anoel! This vid is all about Fraser's journey - I kept Campbell's "Hero with a Thousand Faces" in the back of my mind as I was vidding, considering the show in the light of hero mythology.
May. 21st, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. This is the best dS vid I've seen in a long time. I love the song. And the vid just has the whole arc of Fraser's history in the series. All the Canada stuff in the beginning, and then coming back to it in the ending, with the zooming in on Ray and Fraser together. Sorry, I'm not coherent here. You made me happy. : )
May. 22nd, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
Well, that is a lovely compliment, considering the great dS vids out there. Fraser's return to Canada with Ray, and that joyous look on his face, just get me every time. I'm so glad that it makes you happy, too!
May. 22nd, 2007 10:06 am (UTC)
Ok, now I've watched it a couple of more times (ok, a lot more), and I think you've done a really good job of matching the lyrics with the clips. It's great that you spend such a long time in the beginning with Fraser-in-Canada. Mmm. I need to rewatch the pilot.

I think vid-appreciating for me can really be blocked if I don't like the music, but this song is so great. I'll have to look up the artist.
May. 23rd, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
It's great that you spend such a long time in the beginning with Fraser-in-Canada. I played around with the timeline a bit to show all of the Canada pieces before Fraser headed to Chicago - in the pilot, he returns to Canada to confront the killer of his father. But I think it works better this way.

I know I'm doing something right when folks rewatch my vids. Thanks for letting me know, luzula!
May. 22nd, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
OMG I love all the changes you made! The snowglobe shot especially hit me in the chest--great choice, and I liked Janet Morse too. The new map worked really well, and I loved the ending! Really emphasize Canada and bring it back to the beginning. The ciiiircle of character developmeeeent! Ah, that was great. Good job.
May. 23rd, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
The snowglobe is a change I feel really good about - I needed to emphasize WHY Fraser is rejecting Ray. And the untouched snowscape at the end resonates much better with the beginning. Thanks for the ideas on how to make it better, fenlings!
Oct. 27th, 2007 10:21 am (UTC)
Just thought you might like to know that this vid is how I got my sister to start watching due South. I showed it to her and she was all "wow, I need to watch this series!".
*ponders how to introduce her to the concept of slash in a good way*

And this vid is definitely on my list of top five favorite due South vids (or it would be if I were to actually make such a list), for the way just summarizes Fraser's whole history. And I love the beautiful clips of Fraser looking vulnerable that you've got at the line But he never made a sound.
Oct. 27th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
That's great, luzula, I never thought of this one as a recruitment vid. I'm feeling really low about my vidding right now, so this was the perfect time to get such positive feedback.
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Dec. 10th, 2007 06:15 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, Jesse!

Any balancing of the directional panning was purely unconcious, but I'm glad that it worked out well for you.
Feb. 19th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
I absolutely love this video!
Feb. 19th, 2008 07:22 am (UTC)
Thank you for the comment, sol! This one makes a nice antidote to "An I Getting Through?"
Mar. 29th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
That is a nice vid. Thanks for sharing.
Mar. 30th, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)
Thank you for the comment, roadrunner, I appreciate it!
Nov. 16th, 2009 12:08 pm (UTC)
Hi whenever I try to access your site it appears to be down. Is there any chance for an alternate upload of this as I'm really interested in watching it?
Nov. 17th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
Absolutely! I've uploaded it to vimeo, so you can stream or download it. http://www.vimeo.com/7652737
Nov. 20th, 2009 11:55 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the upload. Your vid is beautiful, powerful and lovely to watch (over and over and over)!
Nov. 20th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, whoisus! I think 'Train to Jackson' is my favorite of the vids I've made, so I'm always thrilled when other people appreciate it.
Jun. 13th, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
Jun. 13th, 2011 01:39 pm (UTC)
Why thank you, kuonji12! This vid is one that I've always been proud of.
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