In Case It Rains

by Dallas Thornton

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1.
You don’t have to say a word Love is terrifying And anymore, The babble we hold has been getting old What’s the use in lying? Do we like the way it hurts When we’re alone, hiding? All on our way to another place Living this way what’s the use in dying? (We speak not a word, just lying in each other’s presence in ecstasy) You don’t have to say a word You can pacify me another way The tongue is for taste No need to waste it, what’s the use in speaking? Ooh, I’ve got too much to say But you won’t understand me anyway And, anyway, it’s better this way Huh? Nothing. No reason… (Eventually, the beautiful dream fades. The last thing I hear before waking is the singing of angels and the faint scratch of the needle of my mind tracing the familiar groove of loneliness)
2.
Had a dream just yesterday That I was touching her But that dream faded away The way the sea swallows the shallow surf Oh, my my, I don’t know why I’m broken, broken All you are in gold and robe and what you sing Means nothing if you’re lonely And all their praise and hell you raise on holidays Don’t mean anything if you’re lonely Laughing like a lunatic Here in my room Milking a broken cigarette Howling to the moon Is it hopeless, hopeless? All you are in gold and robe and what you sing Means nothing if you’re lonely And all their praise and hell you raise on holidays Don’t mean anything if you’re lonely…
3.
That old bastard time Has got a way of spinning lies around the youth And pulling roots to make them numb That old snake desire Spreads around like wildfire Between the two, they spin the old from threads of youth But I’m afraid the devil is winning And I just can’t stop my sinning For all the world But to be straight and narrow Is no fun, I want the marrow In the spine of broken life Beauty, that big bitch, Has got a way of making stitches In the hearts of every man she wouldn’t love And Bourbon, that big lug, Sings promises of beauty’s love But what tastes good on the tongue Won’t make you young It’ll leave you lonely Like time, desire, and beauty by firelight And I’m afraid the devil is winning And I just can’t stop my sinning For all the world But to be straight and narrow Is no fun, I want the marrow In the spine of broken life That leaves you lonely Like time, desire, and beauty by firelight …Just leave me lonely Like time, desire, and beauty by firelight
4.
When you first met me, I was a mystery Now we’ve got history, and you wish you didn’t miss me Alone is all I know Just me, my diamonds and my gold And in time the evening light chases the sun away from night Liars love and lovers lie Where one can’t love one must pass by Now I’ve got diamonds and I’ve got gold Just not the kind that you’re looking for So, sweetest friend, troubled rose Down your road, on your own Go, baby. Go.
5.
On & On 01:41
I told her that I had fallen out of love with you And if she asks again, this time I’ll tell her the truth I want your world to be anything you want it to But god… I want you to want me I’m in love with an idea that you could lead me back To a time when I thought love was easy and unending And so the story goes On and on and on…
6.
I’m staring out my bedroom window at this bird I used to know Reminding me of all those sinful tricks I used to use to glow If he’d just shut his beak I could get some sleep to go Mama said always treat ‘em with respect Do unto others as you’d have them do you next But I’ve been awake for days Searching for a second that he’d least suspect And if that bird don’t stop his staring I’mma break that birdy’s neck And he sings… “lalalala…” (I see you, Bird.) Mama said always ink over the blade But I can never get enough blood on the page To keep quiet this white-riot of pride In this liquid living in my veins (A standoff ensues between bird and man) He knows the faces when I want to feed him All the spaces in between The fact and fiction pictured in my denizen diction I fall back to the bottom just when I think I’m on top I would get off of this train if I believed it could stop Staring down this bird called Pride Is a one-way, full-time, no-wage job
7.
Doing the best we can Sometimes don’t mean a damn Just carry that weight like you’d carry a friend In the end, all we have is our self, the way that we started Doesn’t that make us whole? Strong gets stronger When made to carry a weight that hurts Know this: no bliss ever came for free Somehow you’ve got to bleed Just like the birds and the bees, as with entropy, We must increase Whether we’re tied to just one fate, I don’t know All that I know is that we must grow And Mama, it’s not your fault. Strong gets stronger When made to carry a weight that hurts Know this: no bliss ever came for free Somehow you’ve got to bleed We’re only as strong as the weight to which we’re wed What doesn’t go to our hearts Blows to the wind or it goes to our head We’re only as strong as the weight we pull through the dirt It’s no measure of worth, it’s cheaper than words But it’s your weight to carry So carry it well mama, carry it well Carry your weight and carry it well A star that works don’t shine so bright as a star that has burst That’s just you, mama, lord knows its true, what you’ve been through That’s just you, mama, God knows its true, what you’ve been through So carry your weight And carry it well. Strong gets stronger When made to carry a weight that hurts Know this: no bliss ever came for free Somehow you’ve got to bleed Somehow you’ve got to bleed…
8.
Reflection 05:19
I don’t know what I don’t know But what I’m holding onto is golden Loneliness don’t ask for correction I’ve just been terrified of my own reflection Break me down to my last atom She is the sunshine and I am her shadow The shady stay cool while the honest catch fire So heaven stays empty and so do the liars Let’s give names to solar-systems You can play God and I’ll play the victim Broken boy: a man in the making Children don’t know the medicine they’re taking Life’s not so complicated, brother We all come to find, in some way or another, That all we need is milk from our mother, Food, water, shelter, music and a lover Made in the image of our favorite fireball We were made to rise and fall back down In case it rains Could you hold this folded moment to my brain So I can see the sun again? In case it rains Could you fold this golden moment In a moleskin or a dirty windowpane? In case it rains I will tear a holy moment From the whole of hell I held for hellfire’s sake In case it rains Could you hold this folded moment to my brain So I can see the sun again?
9.
The Dream 04:36
There is no rest for me Only the spaces in between Dark follows light and light follows pain So when I pray, I pray for rain Rain for me I am my favorite enemy We play as one in times of peace How the nectar in me Turns to blood when our cease-fire ceases She says pieces of me are in everything And the faces in the dream remind me of something (Choir) Only the lonely know the place On the back of the brain where I trace I’d give so much for a touch Of a different mind of a simpler kind Is mine his minus the silence, the blindness, and oblivion? Oh… the faces in the dream remind me of me LONELINESS IS IN YOUR HEAD

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In Case It Rains is a story told through the inner-monologue of a broken-hearted lover and his illuminating catharsis.

I offer this album as a donation-only download. Pay what you can. If the record moves you, the greatest way you can give back is to spread the word to others.

Keep up with me at www.whoisdallasthornton.com

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released August 20, 2015

All songs written, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Dallas Thornton
And all instruments performed by Dallas Thornton except:

Drums - Played by the unstoppable Forrest Raup
and recorded by Silas Mera at The Decibel Garden
Tenor Sax - The magnificent Max Spiro
Violin - The lovely Kenna Tuggle
Cello - The one and only Vela Mrdjen

Album Cover - James Beer

THANK YOU to my dear friends and family who supported me through this strange and beautiful journey. May we never forget that happiness is in our own hands. With love, D.

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Indie-Pop/Rock from Boulder to Los Angeles. Love is the answer and music it's soundtrack.

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