Bring On The Rain

by Chris Rawlins

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“Chris Rawlins isn’t exactly a household name within Americana music just yet but as you listen to his debut album Bring on the Rain you quickly come to understand that he will be very soon.… Rawlins himself is a truly stunning song-writer who doesn’t just use his deft hands for his finger-plucked guitar strings but also for his writing. His lyrics aren’t simply lyrics, they are more like tales, stories and poetry; all of which he has penned and adapted to suit his music and creating an album that reads like a mildly surrealistic novel” (Artree Magazine)

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released February 8, 2019

Recorded and mixed by Steve Dawson at Kernel Sound Emporium, Chicago, IL.

Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering, Chicago, IL.

Chris Rawlins: Acoustic and electric guitar, vocals, songwriting.

Steve Dawson: Electric guitar, lap steel, bass, organ, Wurlitzer, drums (track 1).

Dave Sims: Drums (tracks 3 & 8)

Brian Wilkie: Pedal steel

Mickey McDonald: Viola

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Chris Rawlins Chicago, Illinois

Chris Rawlins is a folk and roots based singer/songwriter from Chicago, IL. His debut album "Bring On The Rain" released February 8th, 2019.

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Track Name: Gravity or Something
I've been watching the skeletons
frames of buildings going up and then
coming down

I love your kisses they don't make a sound
I hear the people walking all around
I'm falling and I'm waiting to hit the ground

I've been waiting for me to live
at least that's what I've been calling it
waiting to die

I love the smoke resting in your eye
it linger there and it billows high
sometimes I wonder why it never ever makes you cry

What's that light, is that the moon in your window
you think you love me and I love you too
what is love if not gravity or something
weighing down on you

Is that the person you've been sleeping with
you won't know him till your sick of it
what comes around

he loves you because you keep him down
a rock waiting on the burning ground
you love him because he never ever makes a sound

What's that light, is that the moon in your window
you think you love me and I love you too
what is love if not gravity or something
weighing down on you

The stars are shining through the trees again
shining white like a skeleton
what keeps you down?

you love the smoke rising all around
you rise up and something holds you down
you're falling and you love the feeling when you hit the ground
Track Name: Bring On The Rain
Clouds are lifting
Like smoke that’s drifting
You said you could make a man out of me

Your teeth are showing
The full moon glowing
You said you had everything you need

Hey, but look at me I’ve even stopped my crying
Look at you sitting there so fine
Maybe you could bring on the rain some time

Bulldog walking
And you’re not talking
You knew it would end up like this

Crickets whispering
And you’re not listening
You expect way too much from this

Hey, but look at you, you tied up both your shoes
Everything is going to be fine
Maybe you could bring on the rain some time

The magpie swooping and the willow drooping
You barely felt the wind before it’s gone
And though the summer goes to fast, you pray for the heat to pass
You think I’m lying
You think I’m lying to you now

But time escapes you
And the sound of laughter brakes you
Wouldn’t want to live forever if you could


All that waiting
Would have you shaking
Shaking the ground where you stood

Hey, but look at you, you haven’t even started crying
There’s just a shiver on your spine
Maybe you could bring on the rain some time.
Track Name: Almost Anytime
Neon candy glow
Even the neon moon is low
I can’t close my eyes

If I do you’ll be there
Beyond my eyelids there’s the air
Where everything hides

This could be almost anytime

I see shadows on your face
The world in your place
I love you like a light

The stars in the dark
It’s the spark that breaks your heart
Such is the night

This could be almost anytime
This place is cruel with it’s shine
Love you when you’re on my mind
Almost anytime

This neon afterglow
Electricity I know
Still I want you like the moon

Or just the flicker of a sign
Some place is open all the time
It’s never too soon

This could be almost anytime
This place is cruel with it’s shine
Love you when you’re on my mind
Almost anytime
Track Name: Leave
Then comes the bad weather
We could leave or stick together
Somebody cried to me last night
And I closed my eyes
Was that the best you could do
To shed a lonely little tear for me
It wasn’t good enough

The kids are sleeping in their beds
Dreams inside their heads
They hear our voices call
Each other names and all
You shut the window tight
But the cold and water Seeping through
Tell me why do I love you like I do

You can leave if you want
I’m not going anywhere
What made you think that anything was new

Maybe the rain will flood the city
It’s never looked so pretty
Was that thunder or the El
I really can’t tell
Should I be wondering
If I’m living life in vain or just pretending to?
Tell me why do I love you like I do

You can leave if you want
I’m not going anywhere
What made you think that anything was new

There’ll be days of bad weather
We could leave or stick together
You’ll cry to me at night
and I’ll close my eyes
You’ll shut the window tight
And hold me and love me like you do
Tell me why do I love you like I do
Tell me why do I love you like I do
Track Name: Cold Night
It’s a cold night I come to talk to you again
Wind blows the bus won’t stop for me again
Empty eyes of houses looking down on me
It’s just the night when everybody sleeps

You’d leave a cold blue kiss upon my grave
I know you would so what else can I do?
It’s a cold night I come to talk to you

It’s a hawk that screeches in the winter wind
Soars at my face where your lips have been
From far away where I will never be
It’s just the heat everybody needs

You’d leave a coal black kiss upon my cheek
I know you would so what else can I do?
It’s a cold night I come to talk to you

It’s only city lights and dreams stay open all the night
The cold will take the feeling out and tear your eyes
Time is frozen deep beneath the ice

And now it’s Sunday morning and the snows have come
Like something now covers everything that was
And your face buried deep beneath the sheets
It’s just the morning everybody needs

You’d leave me if you knew me better than you do
And what do I know maybe I would too
It’s the cold nights that slowly turn to days I know they do
And here I am I came to talk to you
Track Name: Tomorrow
When you’re lonesome as can be
And there’s someone that you need
You’ve been here before
You recognize the scent of sweet magnolia

And I think I might be drunk
But the leaves touching my arm
Feel like losing track of time
I’ll know you’re in the dark if you keep me from falling

So cut me loose
Hang me up
Ring me out
Because I’ll be home tomorrow

When you’re lonesome as can be
And there’s somewhere that you need
Well maybe that’s tomorrow

Can I offer you some more
Would you like one for the road
Is there someway to convince you
Even if you don’t I’ll say you did

I’m staring at the crow
That’s been waiting by the door
It’s been there for some time
And I can’t imagine waiting any longer

So call in greed, desperation
Call it love
But I can’t help but want it all

I’m coming home tonight
And I’m going to treat you right
Or maybe that’s tomorrow

A good rain will wash the mud
Until the sidewalk is bare
You’ll stare through a corridor
Of rain and trees
Maybe time is all you need
To pretend you’re on your own
Someone alone
who gazed out on a night

And there’s something that you see
Down the rows of dripping leaves
A star shines in a pool
Of water by the side of the road

And the sun will rise
I’ll live and die
And you’ll touch me when I get home tomorrow

That parting in the sky
The star caught your eye
Maybe that’s tomorrow
Track Name: Don't Forget
It’s not so much dying but the fear of it
That makes you want to leave this place
Pick up your turntable move to California
Instead of disappearing in this endless space

Don’t forget me when I’m dead and gone
If you can

Your disappointment is going to fuel your dreams
You’re gonna mope your way to fortune and fame
You’re not another, not just another one
You can forget someone and still know their name

Don’t forget me, don’t forget me, love
When I’m gone

Don’t forget me when I’m dead and gone
Days and days will go on and on
What you wanted you knew all along
And you’ll carry on

This all comes down to a change is scenery
An ocean for this alley in the rain
You’ll swear you haven’t seen the sun in years
Just because you’re gone don’t mean you won’t come back again

Don’t forget me, don’t forget me love
When I’m gone

Don’t forget me when I’m dead and gone
Days and days will go on and on
What you wanted you knew all along
And you’ll carry on

It’s not so much dying but the back of your mind
Catching your breath, staring at your feet
A drop of rain water, touch of a hand
The eyes on everybody that you meet

Don’t forget me, don’t forget me love
When I’m gone
Track Name: You and Your Heart
It’s all in your mind
You’re crazy like a wind that’s blowing
Screaming like your heart is showing
Blood all down your arm

Funny how I feel
My face is like a sound gone silent
Dragging like a song behind it’s time
Lord it’s time

You and your heart come around
Lit up like a pretty town
The stars explode and you don’t hear the sound
But you know

It’s all in you mind
Your eyes are like a window breaking
It’s cold out and your skin is shaking
Bone, you know you are

Funny how I feel
The city with its eyes all glowing
Rooms with all their insides showing
Clothes all on the floor

You and your heart come around
Lit up like a pretty town
The stars explode and you don’t hear the sound
But you know

The walls are grey and lifeless
Don’t know what to say I’m helpless
I see the dawn outside in your eyes
You know the stars don’t really disappear

It’s all in your mind
You’re teary but you’re far from crying
Bleeding but you’re not done trying
Your blood is all you have

You and your heart come around
Lit up like a pretty town
The stars explode and you don’t hear the sound
But you know
Track Name: All You Are
I think you caught me waiting for some time to pass
Looking for a leaf in all that late green summer grass
Happy just to see your eyes
Even if we’re born to die
I don’t mind

I think you caught me being lonely in my room
Staring at the leaves and how they all fall off too soon
All you are is all I need
How these old wounds start to bleed
I don’t mind

I think we can make it if we try
I think we can make it if we try
How I want to pull the rain out of that sky
But I haven’t tried

I think you caught me singing to myself again
Feels like you haven’t heard me since I don’t remember when
Morning dew out on the vine
You know all you are is time
Never mind

I think we can make it if we try
I think we can make it if we try
How I want to pull the rain out of that sky
But I haven’t tried

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