I Scratch The Million Out Of Black Rain

by Halfblind Henry & His Instabilities

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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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Track Name: Missing The Feel
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
Track Name: October´s November Blues
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
Track Name: Someday Babe
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
Track Name: Barkin´ Sparrow Blues
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
Track Name: I´m Drinking
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
Track Name: A Word About Design
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
Track Name: My Friend Has Got Pretty Eyes
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
Track Name: A Happy Tune
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
Track Name: Ship & Crew
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
Track Name: Clown Of Creation
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
Track Name: Between Here And The Universe
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
Track Name: (No More) Corporations
(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