We Need The Rain

by The Bye Bye Blackbirds

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1.
All In Light 03:50
All In Light (Skaught) (C)I'm all in light With love and you In all seasons bright For love, for you Poor kids on the corner Fall in wrecks all over town Hearts attack all night Mom's in with the house shut Closing in on fading lights All the days we slept and danced away The future's gone (C) Do you ever wonder How our hearts got turned around And burnt out in the sun Now we share some wishes For every step down rocky roads All the days we slept and danced away The future's gone (C) Stay with me darling now there's nothing we can't do We'll stay up till the morning comes
2.
Like A Thief 04:52
Like a Thief (Skaught/Robertson) Full up on words that don’t say Much about the games people play Alone in the night When the wrongs Won’t come right Stole all our dreams for a game Filling the holes up with rain So you bought a mansion To keep us warm And inside (chorus) Don’t ever ever pray for love Don’t ever ever pray for love Don’t ever ever pray to win my love Roar into town you summer breeze Roll out of town like a thief So we won’t come running When the whole town’s Set alight (chorus) (bridge) All we’ve got left is enough Alone in the night When the wrongs Won’t come right (chorus)
3.
Don’t Come Back Now (Skaught) Take your picture with the light already spent Fathoms deep but still we walk the plank again Hold dear All you spirits now resigned But don’t come back I won’t be around Blazing autumn’s fallen leaves still in her hair Kicking stones to find a spark still left somewhere No prayers Only sick and cold inside But don’t come back I won’t be around (chorus) Heart don’t make a sound Don’t come back now Now Heart don’t cry out loud Don’t come back now Now I’m a sinner now I’m learning to believe Gathered trinkets full of light I’ll never need No seers Just the sparkle in your eyes But don’t come back I won’t be around (chorus) (bridge) I’m alone but I’m not lonely I’m alone but I’m alright I’m alone but I’m not lonely I’m alone but I’m alright (chorus)
4.
Butterfly Drinks (Skaught) Stumble in spring to the party Have-a-go girls come and get your love Butterfly drinks on the floor with Butterfly wings come all undone (chorus) They’re talking about us like we’re rare and shining stars We’re sweeter than candy, honey Meet me where the light looks better on me I’ll meet you where the light looks better on you, girl How can you ring all the eardrums Look at these moths put out these flames Maybe there’s blood in the fixtures Maybe there’s gold stitched in your name (chorus) (bridge) Fire away, girl, f-f-fire away Fire away, girl Fire away, girl, f-f-fire away Fire away, girl Meet me where the light looks better on me I’ll meet you where the light looks better on you Meet me where the light looks better on me I’ll meet you where the light looks better on you, girl Just a few drinks for the nerves and Just a few drinks for the road
5.
Brand New Sitting Still (Skaught/Carino) Take a walk around autumn fields Step a little softer Say a prayer ‘til summer yields And slam the door I entered wrong last time Wading through a diamond pool Feel the sting in my eyes Rising up clear and cool Same old city brand new boundless sky (chorus) I feel the way her skin still feels I let a patient star shine down a minute I leave an empty song unfilled Same old motion, brand new sitting still I couldn’t sleep a wink last night I sat and watched the sky move Golden in the morning light Lovers waking all over the world (chorus) (bridge) Same old spinning world, brand new tumble ‘round the house (chorus)
6.
Waiting For The Drums (Skaught) Two sad eyes Soaking up a desert Look around Nothing's getting better Listen to the verse Waiting for the drums Aching in your heart Playing like you're numb (C) But now that you've found you're in love Will you surprise me? Is now the time to talk about the weather? This much is clear The storm is here Two sad eyes Holding back an ocean An endless sea Won't set you free
7.
Secret Ride 03:14
Secret Ride (Skaught) And out of our heads we ride Through silver and snow and stars that shine We cross that bridge at night A little less sure, all right With nothing so true alone but tried And hearts so close we cried (chorus) All the waves roll by All the waves roll by All the waves And out on the town we’re shy We trip through the fog and light We drink up our wine and tip-toe ‘round We’re on our secret ride (chorus) (bridge) No one knows what we don’t know Out on our secret ride
8.
9.
Shook Down Softly (Skaught) What are we gonna do now? The stars are cold and blue now Shook down softly Falling sweetly All the peace in a cruel world Are diamond smooth for you, girl (chorus) And I’m waiting, waiting And you’re waiting, waiting And I’m waiting, waiting Let’s get undressed Let’s get undressed What are we gonna say now? There’s no room left for words anyhow Shook down softly Tears dry quickly Blinking hard in the new sun With every knot of sleep undone (chorus) (bridge) All we know is that storms fly and storms roll All rattled and wild All we know is that storms die and storms go Let’s get undressed Let’s get undressed Come around, honey, it’s sweet when you’re coming around Come around, honey, it’s sweet when you’re coming around Come around, honey, it’s sweet
10.
Spin Your Stars (Skaught/Garfield) Child, raise your head Light a candle Dull your pain Cold morning bells Called the ships out in the rain (chorus) Call and change me Call and save me Call and change me Leave this world behind Child, stormy seas Toss our little boat around Tired world, and mean How its boot heels hold me down (chorus) Come and change me Come and save me Come and change me Leave this world behind (bridge) Lost in a driving rain Ice in the meadow Dead letters who can say what spring might come? Lord, rain your tears Spin your stars and wind your time Love born in fear Cools in kettles Curls like vines (chorus) Call and change me Call and save me Call and change me Leave this world behind

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Recorded in late 2012 and early 2013, We Need The Rain is the realization of frontman/songwriter Bradley Skaught’s musical vision. The smart pop of 80’s college radio heroes and 60’s pop forbearers is filtered through the greasy blues rock of the 1970’s and the garage pop revival currently percolating all over The Bye Bye Blackbirds’ hometown of Oakland, California. It’s thinking man’s rock’n’roll without any of the apparent contradictions – catchy as hell and buzzing with electricity, but soulful and rewarding in its lyrical and thematic depth, too.

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released November 12, 2013

Performed by Bradley Skaught, Aaron Rubin and Lenny Gill

with Ian Robertson, Chuck Lindo, Ian Lee, KC Bowman, Lindsay Paige Garfield, Paul Tyler, Gina Sperinde and Gil Ray

Produced by Paul Tyler
except “All In Light” and “Waiting For The Drums” produced by KC Bowman

Recorded by Paul Tyler, KC Bowman, Chuck Lindo and Bradley Skaught

Mixed by Pat Kearns at PermaPress Recording (Portland)
except “All In Light” and “Waiting For The Drums” mixed by KC Bowman at Timber Trout (Oakland)

Mastered by Myles Boisen at Headless Buddha (Oakland)

All songs by Bradley Skaught (BMI) except
“Like A Thief” by Bradley Skaught and Ian Robertson (BMI),
“Brand New Sitting Still” by Bradley Skaught and Paula Carino (BMI/ASCAP), “Spin Your Stars” by Bradley Skaught and Lindsay Paige Garfield (BMI) and “Broad Daylight” by Fraser/Rodgers (Blue Mountain Music Ltd/PRS)

Art and design by John Conley

For Scott Miller

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