River of Rain

by Stephen Connella

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Songs of Life,Love,Living and Loss.

Recorded over a 3 year period on Kauai at Black Bamboo studios and in Bellingham,Wa. at Binary Studios, Sharp Nine Studios and The Downtown Underground Studios

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released September 30, 2011

All songs written and arranged by: Stephen Connella
Produced by: Allan Thomas and Stephen Connella

Cover Art by Frances Marino / fineartamerica.com

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Track Name: RainSong (for Aurora)
RainSong (for Aurora)
Mr. can you hear the mothers sigh,
her crying on the wind?
Mr. don’t you feel her anquished heart,
and prayers that never end?
Lord can you feel the fathers pain,
that pours down with the rain?
Why’d you send the whole damn sky
like a broken water main?

Rain, Rain, rain comin down, rain, rain, comin down
Rain, Rain, rain comin down, rain, rain, comin down

Thru the night the rain came down,
after days without end.
After 5 am the phone rang,
the voice of a friend.
You better get on over here,
you better come right now.
A terrible noise just woke us up ,
a loud and frightening sound

The damn had breeched and the water came,
like a demon bearing down.
Father searched for a sign as the sun came up,
that his kids got to higher ground.

Rain, Rain, rain comin down, rain, rain, comin down
Rain, Rain, rain comin down, rain, rain, comin down

As they searched in the light of day,
the breaking of the dawn
All the tree’s and the houses and the cars swept away,
everyone was gone.
Their sweet young daughter, and her baby,
her husband and closest friend.
Another young man and his pregnant girl,
wedding planned next weekend.

Rain, Rain, rain comin down, rain, rain, comin down
Rain, Rain, rain comin down, rain, rain, comin down

How can you heal these broken hearts,
how can you stop the tears?
Wrap a lonely child in a warm blanket
and take away it’s fear.
Life gives a bit and it takes away,
we never know when or why.
But love lies just around the bend,
it cannot be denied.

Rain, Rain, rain comin down, rain, rain, comin down
Rain, Rain, rain comin down, rain, rain, comin down

Kauai
December 08
Track Name: End Of Love
The End of Love

The winds are blowing westerly
A picture of tranquility
As I stand here looking out from my front door

You left unexpectedly
On the first day of the new century
You couldn’t stand the silence anymore

1000 days in Tuscany
I tried to give my heart to thee
Now I look where you once walked before

Now the end of love is testing me
Loneliness takes the rest of me
The end of love
The end of love

I came to you when your song called me
Loving you so eagerly
Giving all my heart, all my soul

Our life became a tapestry
Of children, work and family
But nothing I could do would fill up that hole, in your heart

Your heart kept looking out to sea
In search of some unknown mystery
A destiny I could not control

And ,now the end of love is testing me
Loneliness takes the rest of me
The end of love
The end of love

And now the end of love is testing me
Loneliness takes the rest of me
The end of love
The end of love
The end of love
The end of love

The winds are blowing westerly
A picture of tranquility
As I stand here looking out from my front door

Bellingham,Wa.
July 09
Track Name: River of Rain
River of Rain

(1st verse)
Dark clouds roll in
Like the middle of November
Darken down the landscape
Of your heart

You stand at this crossing
Trying to remember
Just how your kingdom
Fell apart

(Bridge)
You’ve felt the teardrops falling
You’ve felt the pain
Let them wash away now
Like a river of rain
Let them wash away now
Like a river of rain

(Chorus)
Can’t you hear
That train in the distance?
Can’t you hear
That lonesome sound?
Can’t you see
Your putting up resistance?
Can’t you see
Your homeward bound?

(2nd verse)
She crossed all the t’s
After years, it’s a work of art
She finally signed those papers
It’s a brand new start

Lay down that cord
That ties you to the past
Let the train run over
And cut it right in half
(Bridge)

(Chorus)

(3rd verse)
Big world gone mad
with lust and rampant greed,
Expecting endless growth
Way beyond our need.

Do we demand the same of love
But never feed the fire
Expect it to grow
Forever getting brighter
(Bridge)

(Chorus)

(lost verse)
In the far off distance
Mountains touch the sky
They draw you to a new life
Open, big and wide

There’s no more waiting,
No more asking why
It’s time to cross on over
To the other side

Bainbridge Island, Wa.
April 08
Track Name: Texas Flower
Texas Flower
She came from heaven to the Texas plains
3 months early, just in time for the rain
They kept her in a small box, in the oven warm
Brought a lot of joy to that old Texas farm

She liked to help in the kitchen, especially making pies
Said her prayers to Jesus every single night
Youngest of three sisters, father had passed on
Mother and her grandma raised them all alone

She was a Texas flower, she was a breath of spring
Carried a piece of heaven hidden underneath her wings

She fell in love to early in grandma’s eyes
Eloped to California with a gangly guy
She prayed a lot to Jesus to make it all alright
They worked real hard there and made themselves a life

Had a couple of children, made it through the Great War
They were the light of her life along with the Lord
Never forgot her family back on that Texas farm
Kept the whole flock embraced in her loving arms

She was a Texas flower, she was a breath of spring
Carried a piece of heaven hidden underneath her wings


As her life unfolded and loved ones slipped away
Always kept her eye on the beauty of each day
She always thought of others first, loved us all from the start
Grandkids, cousins, great-grand children, kept ‘em all in her heart

She loved to say, “I love you darlin”, whenever she had the chance
Even when we disagreed she’d give me that loving glance
She really loved this old world but it was time to go
She faded like the evening star but she left a rosy glow

She was a Texas flower. She was a breath of spring
Carried a piece of heaven hidden underneath her wings
And to the very end, she loved the life she lived
She lived her life with loving, always there to give

Avila Beach, Ca.
September 09
Track Name: Forgiveness
FORGIVENESS

You turn away from the hurt
Cast your fire in the dirt
Rage against the one you love
Rage toward where rage comes from

Drop the hat and love is gone
She meant to share but you heard it wrong
Pierce your heart just like a sword
Walls go up and we have war

Forgiveness heals the deepest wound
Wets scorched earth like a monsoon
Find the gift in every slight
And it will take away the bite

Your feeling hurt, afraid, and mad
Why does it make you feel so bad
See the fear where she comes from
Her father left when she was young
Then he died
Suicide

Forgiveness heals the deepest wound
Wets scorched earth like a monsoon
Find the gift in every slight
And it will take away the bite

Two towers fall before our eyes
Three thousand people grope for sky
One man sits there in a chair
While Forty children sit and stare
Ten thousand bombs fall on Iraq
For we’ve just got to get them back
Five billion hearts now filled with fear
At every backpack that comes near
One big blue planet spinning round
Only God knows where we’re bound

Ashes, Ashes
Ashes, Ashes
Ashes, Ashes
Ashes, Ashes
All fall down.

Forgiveness heals the deepest wound
Wets scorched earth like a monsoon
Find the gift in every slight
And it will take away the bite

You turn away from the hurt
Cast your fire in the dirt
Rage against the one you love
Rage toward where rage comes from

Palomar Mt., Ca.
March 08
Track Name: Tag On My Toe
Tag On My Toe

Deep blue sky lies above me now
The earth is down below
As they lay this body down
There’s a tag upon my toe

What did I do between earth and sky
As I moved from Birth to Death?
Did I give my love away
Before I drew from my last breath?

There’s a light that beckons me to go…
As they put the tag upon my toe

As I walked with my fellow man
Did I lend a helping hand
To the ones less fortunate
Did I ever take a stand?

I was born into the house
That sits upon the hill
In precarious luxury
Where we all get our fill

In the far off distance down this hill
Voices rise up to my window sill
On CNN their faces show how they feel
I wonder when that child had her last meal

Light, like a million diamonds, fills the world.
Fills the billion smiles, the billion tears
Of the rich and the poor
I see it now, like never before

There’s a light that beckons me to go
As they put the tag upon my toe.

Costa Rica
March 06
Track Name: Whisper
Whisper

I like our look
I like our laugh
I love sitting with you in the bath

I like our walk
I like our taste
Your hair on the pillow in my face

Whisper in my ear
As the Rising sun shines on the tear
That glistens in my eye
As the darkness slips from the sky

You say you love me
I say I love you
The look in our eyes
Says, “oh yes, it’s true”

We met here
In this crazy world
A lucky guy
And a lovely girl

Life is short
Let’s live it long
Let’s love each moment ‘till it’s gone

Whisper in my ear
As the Rising sun shines on the tear
That glistens in my eye
As the darkness slips from the sky

You say you love me
I say I love you
The look in our eyes
Says, “oh yes, it’s true”

I like your smile
Let me kiss your head
Let’s heal the planet from this bed

It’s cold outside
A long winter run
Let our laughter be the sun

Whisper in my ear
As the Rising sun shines on the tear
That glistens in my eye
As the darkness slips from the sky

You say you love me
I say I love you
The look in our eyes
Says, “oh yes, it’s true.”

Bainbridge Island, Wa.
February 2006
Track Name: That Look
That Look
Cloudy morning. 6am dread
Standing at the ferry. Wishing we were back in bed
With that look in your eyes,
that look in your eyes, I love

Holding you tight. Shiver in first light
Goodbye tears. Glisten in your eyes
That look in your eyes, that look in your eyes, I love

Crossing the water, sail away from your love
Crossing the water, Away

Now, far across the ocean. Life took me away from you,
You wanted someone steady. Like a river running through
That look in your eyes, that look in your eyes, I love

Crossing the water, sail away from your love
Crossing the water, Away

Cold heart away, It’s all right
I’ll survive another night
Cold heart away, It’s all right
You’ll get by, with a little light
A little light,
I will send you, a little light

I remember when we met on Freemont Street. We hugged until we sighed.
Now 3 years and 300 Ferry rides. We’re saying our goodbyes….
To that look in our eyes. That look in our eyes. We loved.

Crossing the water, sail away from your love
Crossing the water, Away

Cold heart away, It’s all right
I’ll survive another night
Cold heart away, It’s all right
You’ll get by, with a little light
A little light,
I will send you, a little light

Cloudy morning. 6am dread
Standing at the ferry. Wishing we were back in bed.


Kauai
March 09
Track Name: Inconvenient
Inconvenient
Remember being young in 1962
Fly-by’s over Cuba photos from that U-2
The look on Mothers face as she came through the front door
“Honey, I think we’re on the verge of the Third World War”
I went out on the front lawn and stared up at the sky
And hoped that somewhere out there was the Catcher In The Rye
As the world fades, as the world fades, fades away

They cleanse them from the land their blood runs in the street
It’s all there on the evening news for all of us to see
It’s not enough that there’s no rain food or running water
But some guy’s got to make it worse and have a bloody slaughter
If they had some crude oil the Powers might step in
And save the last few victims cause losing money is a sin
As the world fades, as we let it fade, fade away.
(chorus)
So much change painful to hear
It’s uncomfortable to feel the fear
Colors your life like an aching tooth,
It’s hard to swallow such inconvenient truth.




Sitting with our children reading “Goodnight Moon”
While “Planet In Peril” is on in the other room
I wonder what the future holds as I look in their sleepy eyes
As Greenland’s getting smaller they just grow in size
Will we find the wisdom to reign the monster in?
Will we leave the world intact for our grandkids to live in
As the world fades, will we let it fade, fade away
(Chorus)
So much change painful to hear
It’s uncomfortable to feel the fear
Colors your life like an aching tooth,
Hard to swallow such inconvienient truth.

So, meet me at the arch to the King Charles Bridge
I’ll walk with you thru the Old Town to the top of the ridge
We can make a toast to the lights of the town
And the last setting sun as it is going down
We’ll lie there in the grass like it’s 1984
And make love one last time at the foot of heavens door
(Refrain)
Can we hold a moment in the palm of our hands
Can we even find one breath to frame the moment in
As the world fades, as we let it fade,
As the world fades, as we let it fade,
As the world fades, as we let it fade, Fade Way

Bellingham, Wa.
February, 2010