We Need The Rain

by The Bye Bye Blackbirds

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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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Track Name: All In Light
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
Track Name: Like A Thief
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)
Track Name: Don't Come Back Now
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)
Track Name: Butterfly Drinks
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
Track Name: Brand New Sitting Still
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)
Track Name: Waiting For The Drums
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
Track Name: Secret Ride
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
Track Name: Shook Down Softly
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
Track Name: Spin Your Stars
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