I Scratch The Million Out Of Black Rain

by Halfblind Henry & His Instabilities

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1.
Missing the Feel So, how are you? Haven't heard from you in a long time Me, I'm just getting on drifting between the ugly and the sublime Oh yes, it's true I'd still give all I've got for the perfect rhyme But all hope has gone It's just my stubbornness working overtime Hey, won't you tell me what's the matter? Let me know why you are avoiding me Is it that your entire world's been shattered or is it that you only see the silly boy in me? So, how are you? Have you found a place for you to hide? Me, well, I get along I still do a little living on the side But yes, it's true I'm stuck here watching the rising tide It all went wrong but there's still a couple of things I haven't tried Hey, won't you come here to get better? Let me know what has been haunting you Is it that you've been puzzled by my letter or was it my confession that has been daunting you? If I tried to call we could sit all day in some café and watch the stray dogs slide and shiver All my time I pledge to sitting on the ledge but I'll walk the edge to meet you half way on the bridge across the dividing river Hey, won't you try to be on my side? We've been fighting ghosts on our own too long Are you afraid of drowning in the high tide or do you think that all we try can only turn out wrong? Hey, I miss you just wanted you to know, that's all
2.
October's November Blues I cried for you Living a dream one million years living a dream I cried for you floating downstream one million years towards the waterfall Meanwhile I got along just fine with my long time fears My slave and my master Follow the sound were standing side by side follow the sound My slave and my master feeling earthbound were standing side by side heed the piper's call Then they walked away without taking me for a ride Put a chain round my neck Seeing the light put a spike through my heart seeing the light Put a chain round my neck on the coldest night put a spike through my heart wrapped in your pall I will show you where to go if you show me where to start Nothing's gonna heal this wound Living a dream cut down to the bone living a dream Nothing's gonna heal this wound floating downstream cut down to the bone towards the waterfall I hear a thousand voices they're talking on their own It's getting scary here Walking on sand the void is creeping in walking on sand It's getting scary here across the new land the void is creeping in away from it all But if you dare to come with me, Babe I'll show you places I have been
3.
Someday Babe 05:29
Someday Babe Someday Babe we'll keep the dark at bay Someday Babe we'll stop the slow decay Everything will seem so real and you will know exactly how I feel Someday Babe we'll be picking up speed Someday Babe we will have everything we need Someday Babe I'll surrender to your kindness Someday Babe you'll be there for me Someday Babe you will cure my blindness so I can show you the things I see Someday Babe there'll be no more fears The shadows in the doorway will disappear Someday Babe I'll write a better song and this one time nothing will sound wrong Someday Babe we'll drink from a bigger cup Someday Babe all this pain will stop Someday Babe, and I can say this much I'll walk up to you and we will touch There'll be no more secrets to reveal Someday Babe we'll break the final seal Someday Babe we will walk together We'll steal the night and dawn will last forever Someday Babe these times will pass There'll be no more haunted faces in the looking glass No more shapeless figures entering my room and your soft sweet smile will lift the gloom Someday Babe, someday soon Someday Babe there'll be no more sorrows We'll drain the past and we'll skip tomorrow Someday Babe everything will be all right Let's get ready for someday tonight
4.
Barkin' Sparrow Blues There´s barkin' sparrows on my windscreen There´s walkin' shadows on the road There´s barkin' sparrows on my windscreen There´s walkin' shadows on the road Into the screaming air, silent and blue Slowly dragging the overload It´s gonna follow me all morning it´s gonna make me stop and spit It´s gonna follow me all morning it´s gonna make me stop and spit I´m pulling over to the roadhouse If I get back alive this time I´ll quit Ride on, hopeless rider Ride on, ride on, ride on into the blue, blue yonder There´s goat's eyes floatin' on my gumbo I wonder: will they be goin' down There´s goat's eyes floatin' on my gumbo I wonder: will they be goin' down I´m stuck between the millstones in my mind and it makes me sick to see that waitress frown Ride on, hopeless rider Ride on, ride on, ride on into the blue, blue yonder There´s something swimming in my coffee I lean back and watch it jump and dive There´s something swimming in my coffee I lean back and watch it jump and dive but the white lines are calling I gotta get outta here before the shadows come alive
5.
I'm Drinking I'm drinking, I'm drinking again I know it ain't healthy but it helps Some days I'd stay in bed if only I could sleep Some days I'm almost dead I've got nothing I want to keep Couldn't say I'm feeling bad There ain't much left to feel Couldn't say I lost what I had What I had was hardly real I'm drinking, I'm drinking again I know it doesn't get me anywhere But it keeps me going Sometimes I even go out but the outside feels so strange Sometimes I walk about but my circles never change Couldn't face those conversations I prefer to play deaf and dumb Couldn't face your lack of patience with this shadow I've become I'm drinking, I'm drinking again I know my doctors disapprove but why should I care? I'm drinking, I'm drinking again I know it could kill me but it kills the pain first
6.
A Word About Design Talking about our ancestors strange things I hear people say: We were made by some genius maker and nothing ever happenend after the seventh day You say evolution's just a theory a theory you cannot prove I say at least it's a theory not some weird fantasy on the loose If it had been intelligent design what about the likes of you? To build creatures like that is something I'm sure God would never do You go around agitating trying to ban science from schools Instead of educating your children you want to turn them into obedient little fools There's nothing wrong with your belief It just takes a little will and compliance but remember this one little thing: don't mistake religion for science If it had been intelligent design what about the likes of you? To build creatures like that is something I'm sure God would never do There are true believers all around the world and self-ordained preachers on the make On joint account with God they're telling lies and they're selling them without a break If it had been intelligent design what about the likes of you? To build creatures like that is something I'm sure God would never do
7.
My Friend Has Got Pretty Eyes I dreamed I saw you yesterday you were walking towards my door I was so surprised to see you come my way I forgot to ask what you'd come for I said 'Come on in my kitchen' You said 'No quotations, please!' I said 'why don't we stop all this bitchin' as I handed you the keys So here's to you my foolish hidden friend Don't ever think I'm through with you But should I talk about the means to my end it's got absolutely nothing to do with you There's no kind of love I could give you that you are prepared to take But do you know about the pain that I live through trying to maintain the dignity I fake? Yes, you may refuse to be my lover but I won't refuse to be your friend Although I may have to go and love another I will care for you until my very end Your pretty eyes don't scare me now but still I will play the fool for you I'll buy drinks and roses, I'll bend and bow slowly losing my cool for you So if you try to start a conversation don't feel offended if I don't respond It's just my lack of concentration after having been to hell's kitchen and beyond I know you can meet a friendly stranger in places where you would expect them least Standing among the dogs looking for a manger I'm looking for a beauty that's looking for a beast Nothing really matters much to me this song, this bar, or the world outside but for the pleasure of your company I'd trade my soul, my sanity, my pride As the evening sun is shining upon my castle and all its fading beauty come on in, the gates are wide open the sentries are off duty
8.
A Happy Tune 03:37
A Happy Tune This is my happy song I wrote it on demand I'll trade it for your smile and sing at your command I wrote it for you to see what your presence can do for me The morning bird brought me the news He said it was high time to quit this blues He said there's only one way left to go and I believe him I don't even care he was just a crow This is my happy song It's neither soft nor slow I wrote it just for you when I was feeling low It sounds as happy as I can be It ain't just my sense of irony The morning bird brought me the news He said it was high time to quit this blues He said there's only one way left to go and I believe him I don't even care he was just a crow So come on over Help me sing this happy tune come on over Help me sing this happy tune Come on over now I could use your help somehow So come on over Help me sing this happy tune come on over Let's join the laughing loons While I got my grip on it don't leave me alone with it Come on over Come on over Come on over Come on over Help me sing this happy tune
9.
Ship & Crew 05:39
A Happy Tune This is my happy song I wrote it on demand I'll trade it for your smile and sing at your command I wrote it for you to see what your presence can do for me The morning bird brought me the news He said it was high time to quit this blues He said there's only one way left to go and I believe him I don't even care he was just a crow This is my happy song It's neither soft nor slow I wrote it just for you when I was feeling low It sounds as happy as I can be It ain't just my sense of irony The morning bird brought me the news He said it was high time to quit this blues He said there's only one way left to go and I believe him I don't even care he was just a crow So come on over Help me sing this happy tune come on over Help me sing this happy tune Come on over now I could use your help somehow So come on over Help me sing this happy tune come on over Let's join the laughing loons While I got my grip on it don't leave me alone with it Come on over Come on over Come on over Come on over Help me sing this happy tune
10.
Clown Of Creation God created Man in his own image they say When Man took over God slipped into mystery Man made machines trying to force the pace Some day some machine will put him in his place in history Float on the stream of progress watch the flood of information rise Learn something new every day but don't bother to analyse The news is the same I´ve heard it all before Somebody´s starving for somebody´s profit and somebody´s going to war No end to famine no end to disease no end to the means of mass destruction For the sake of a slogan you may kill as you please Just follow the instructions Under constant sedation round and round and round we go The modern way of meditation is watching endless data flow Stuck in our seats comfortably wired In the eternal loop we never ever get tired Every pattern of thought is already laid out Artificial intelligence will make up for the lack of a brain Prefab attitudes leave no room for doubt Readymade answers will keep the thinker sane What are you gonna do when you realise that all this endless time was only borrowed? Where do you want to go today finding out that yesterday there was no tomorrow? Maniacs are gathering in their chatrooms of desire Caught in the web maintaining the absurd they'll even buy truth from a liar It´s all nicely displayed Who would dare to complain? Oblivious to facts, self-destructive and vain Crown of Creation Master of evolution Virgin birth and test tube clones haven't got you very far You overcame gravity You overcame reality Self-obsessed fakers of facts is all that you are I feel like the global village idiot waiting for the last real sun to rise I feel like the global village idiot waiting for the last real sun to rise I want to touch the cold blue sky I want to hear a songbird cry don´t want no carbon copy of perfect paradise
11.
Between Here And The Universe Let me cry until I’m dry then put me on your shelf of antiques and curiosities Hear me squawk, hear me talk until I tangle up myself in permanent verbositiy Hear me call through the wall that has been built to last by the phantoms which surround me You can see the most of me buried in my private past and then you’re sure you’ve found me Between here and the universe my dreams are flying Some are flying high and some are dying and some just linger on Let me ride by your side and I will take the blame if you don’t get along with me Make feel that I am real then make me play your game of guessing what is wrong with me All the while I’ll try to smile to be the one you need should everything come to an end All those years of hidden tears there was a hungry heart to feed and visions to defend Between here and the universe the stars are falling falling down on me I take it all in and the light keeps shining on Between here and the universe the stars are falling falling down on me Of all the voices calling Yours will linger on
12.
(No More) Corporations You watch the virtual super-heroes standing tall and tough in this brave new world while you're still paying off On the highway of success no speed is fast enough You're part of the programme afraid someone might switch it off Commercials repeat the slogans of the underground The meaning is lost but the words are still around Selling heroes by the dozen selling culture by the pound making believe you can have it all and the wheel of fortune's going round and round but it´s no more corporations it's no more co-operation for me Believe in the slogans and lie to yourself Pray to the icons sitting on your shelf Act like a pig getting paid to fly Just do what you do and never ask why How far will you go if jobs are hard to find? Would you rather lose your job or lose your concious mind? We claim nation wide prosperity based on a growing economy We deny that world wide poverty is caused by our hypocrisy Nothing's produced according to need Everything is made to satisfy our greed Say it´s no more corporations it's no more co-operation for me The world is divided into those who want and those who have Everyday there´s a brand new product straight from the lab You might save a child from starving simply by buying it How about saving many more by simply denying it? Did you know your shoemaker is under age She lives far away and she´s walking barefoot It´s no more corporations it's no more co-operation for me Artists sell their art make a million with a fading fart Poets sell out line by line all too willing to twist a rhyme Singers sell their tunes to the ever growing herds of ringtone goons And all the global experts you can watch them on TV talking about global markets talking about investments talking about human resources talking about stagnation talking about the economy But we're talking about global warming talking about the environment talking about human rights talking about starvation talking about integrity talking about the corporation that owns your favourite song about this world gone wrong It´s no more corporations it's no more co-operation for me Ain´t gonna work for them Ain´t gonna die for them Ain´t gonna sell to them Ain´t gonna buy from them You gotta change your life ain´t enough to change your style

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released April 1, 2009

written by Halfblind Henry
recorded and mixed by Thorsten Otto and Halfblind Henry
produced by Halfblind Henry and Thorsten Otto

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Thorsten Otto - guitarron, bass guitar
Christiane Günther - harmony and back-up vocals
Juliane Muschter - percussion
Georg Hoffs - guitar
Frank Lenz - guitar
Rainer Fox - saxophone
Halfblind Henry - vocals, guitars, dobro, percussion, piano, harmonica

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