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Demo recordings and live bootlegs, Summer 1997–Summer 1998.
Compiled and mastered by David Davis at Feline HQ. Due to the archive nature of these recordings, the sound quality may vary. A lot.

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released April 1, 1998

The Rains: Jake Fern - Donk Brayshaw - Steve Barber - Dave Hunt
All sound recordings ℗ 2010 Bad Nurse Recordings/Pyrococcal Records
Cover photo by Spiros

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Alternative rock band from Brighton, UK.

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Track Name: America
She’s gone …to America…
Took a child and the song
Our song, our song

And she’s gone…
And she’s gone…

She’s gone… to America…
Took a step to the side…
Moving by, moving by...

And she’s gone…
And she’s gone…


She’s gone to America
Took a child and a song
It was our song, it was our song
Always one, moving on

And she’s gone, but the bruises remain
And she’s bound to bruise again
Playing the same game, all things change
Playing the same game, always…

And when you move what will you find?
After all, you were born on the other side
Some people say we are alive
And next world war will be for the migrants and the bored
You’ll find a mark on your door

Only I see inside, only eyes have seen
I only want... read on…
roving…roving…
Track Name: Wired Arms
She is old, wired arms and bible skirts.

There is a law that says that all things move in a pattern of exchange
And I’ve come to believe that to take control we must let go of the reins
Oh rise again, I think the time has come for us to take the strain,
Take a chance, set our heels to the silent line,
I do not known where I am going now, but I admit that I was wrong

We’ve been trained to sit in a tower and watch for the wind
We’ve been caged by an image of ourselves that we are moving within
We’ve been chained, but listen now, we will hear her sing,
across the valleys, the fields and the motorways,
turn down the lights tonight, they’ll be in the way, yeah, see see see!


All she’ll sing,
tonight these walls will fall,
Come down and watch it all,
Watch it fall into one,
only one...
And we shall sleep now more,
In the fields our minds will storm
And form the centre of love,
Only love...

In the light of, in the light of, in the light, in the light of love...

All she’ll sing,
tonight these walls will fall,
Come down and watch it all,
Watch it fall into one,
only one...
And we shall sleep now more,
In the fields our minds will storm
And form the centre of love,
Through the eye of the storm
Track Name: On Top Of The World
I once was a stranger to the world
My feet wouldn’t touch the earth
I was so high that it hurt
Moon shine high no shadow will fall
Moon shine high, yeah

Well the seed feeds of the earth, its arms go deep down, deep down
But I couldn’t see, I couldn’t feel, I didn’t know how
The far side is the right side,
The thin line leads all the way heavenbound

Oh!
Oh!
Yeah!
Now it feels alright
Oh
Here turns the world

Well I put myself here way back when
I voice came and blew the walls of a barricade to the ground
Everything came down
I voice so low I cried
Although I know I will cry again
What will you send to break me?
To clear my mind of dreams
To show me what you mean
To see all things one moment in time
To open my eyes, to change
Once I crawled on the floor
That was long before I heard you name

Oh m’allah alieee
You know the white river runs, and it’s running with me
You know the white river runs, and I’m running to see
You know you don’t need a reason to be clean
Now it feels alright
Here turns the world
And I’m standing onboard

Oh lord, the merry-go-round, round and round ...
Time to jump the horse
Track Name: Landmark to Pill
verse
No more goodbye, until New Year
but I cant stop sliding back,
back to when you were here.
Victoria, move, as I know you will
from landmark to pill,
and i’ll see you, in between two yeah…
(choppy bit)

Verse
In time, we’ll cross the boards
we will reach the line, between memory and desire
Falling from the city inside
where we dream,where we lie hypnotised
by the lights, that shine so bright
we'll be forgiven
for thinking they were real

Choppy bit
I loved you, long before you came
you heard me, and I was calling out your name
green boughs broken by the wind

verse
In their place and in their time we'll leave behind
both memory and desire and we won't have to carrya thing
No ticket, no pill, we will see more
just by standing still, we'll be together until...
well, tell me how long...until the end of time

choppy bit repeat

Bridge
Oh, how the satellite fell into the sea—imagine all it has seen
Oh how the satellite fell, into the sea
well it's not easy coming down from here..

Outro:
I belong to you, we'll see it all
i surrender to you
Track Name: In These Days
In these days where the sky aches too hard
And the sea is rolling low, moving slow, anxious to reveal

Aaah, ahhh…

Walk a while
Walk with me, we could try to decipher stars
Throwing stones at the sea, we will try to spark an age.

How you going to feel?
How you gonna pay?
How are you going to feel when it all fades away?

It may take a long time
It may take a long time
Back where the wind cracks those fires
Back where the wind cracks those fires

Easy see, only me
Above, above, the angels offer songs of love, songs of truth
Above, above, the angels offer songs, some are coming through
I see a jet plane turning round

Waltz in time

In these days…
We will rise…

How are you going to feel?
And how are you going pay?
How are you going to feel when it all fades away…?
Track Name: Wallhanging (live at The Mean Fiddler)
Not to see, yeah, rolling on
Not to hear, yeah, coming home… I long be here again

Not to feel, yeah, coming home
Not to fear, yeah, letting go… I long to do it again

No more riding on the train
No more staring the dark star again

Voices in the breeze, I long to hear
Voices in the breeze, yeah, I was born here, where the air begins to clear

Seed unseen, the seed was sown
Seed unseen, the seed was sown, I long to know

No more riding on that train
No riding more riding the dark star again,
not to see,
not to worry, don’t worry about a thing

Because I long to have all of the longing gone
If I pray for hell
Then give hell Lord, if I pray for paradise
If I pray for paradise, take paradise away
Who has seen?
Who has saved?

... only I, lonely eye, it’s only…I…
Track Name: Heat
Walk in, and know that you don’t see,
My dark side,
My body in space and time,
My night side,
My body in space and time

I’m in training, the question is: who will I be?
I’m in training, the question is: what shall I be?
How do I find out? How do I understand it? – my body is heat.
Forever, my body is heat.
Track Name: Wired Arms (bootlegged live at The Albert, Brighton, Dec '97)
She is old, wired arms and bible skirts.

There is a law that says that all things move in a pattern of exchange
And I’ve come to believe that to take control we must let go of the reins
Oh rise again, I think the time has come for us to take the strain,
Take a chance, set our heels to the silent line,
I do not known where I am going now, but I admit that I was wrong

We’ve been trained to sit in a tower and watch for the wind
We’ve been caged by an image of ourselves that we are moving within
We’ve been chained, but listen now, we will hear her sing,
across the valleys, the fields and the motorways,
turn down the lights tonight, they’ll be in the way, yeah, see see see!


All she’ll sing,
tonight these walls will fall,
Come down and watch it all,
Watch it fall into one,
only one...
And we shall sleep now more,
In the fields our minds will storm
And form the centre of love,
Only love...

In the light of, in the light of, in the light, in the light of love...

All she’ll sing,
tonight these walls will fall,
Come down and watch it all,
Watch it fall into one,
only one...
And we shall sleep now more,
In the fields our minds will storm
And form the centre of love,
Through the eye of the storm
Track Name: Web (bootlegged live at The Albert, Brighton, Dec '97)
Well I’m looking up, looking down and around
We scoured the walls, we scoured the ground
Collecting threads that once had covered me
I forged, to keep me warm, a holy shroud of history
From fibres and DNA

Well this now is the web that’s so hard to define
The centre was a bed, where you and I would hide - yeah!

Now the trip is set to wire, hooked up back into the board,
the floor we left a mesh, of tautened wires and cords

No more...
And I never understood what it was to be there
I never understood what it was to be there
I never understood what it was to be there
I was just a leech…
Now when I see the time, I must turn around and I don’t mind, ohhh...

Yeah!!!!!!!! and various other vocal ejaculations
ssssssshhh!
Who’ll give me a life for a life...?

Now I won’t say a word until I know it’s the right word
And I have to listen hard, for the silence in my heart to be heard

And if I understood what it was to be here
If I understood what it was to be here
If I understood what it was to be here
Comin’ to the ground, comin’ to the word
I’ll hear
Track Name: In These Days (bootlegged live at The Albert, Brighton, Dec '97)
In these days where the sky aches too hard
And the sea is rolling low, moving slow, anxious to reveal

Aaah, ahhh…

Walk a while
Walk with me, we could try to decipher stars
Throwing stones at the sea, we will try to spark an age.

How you going to feel?
How you gonna pay?
How are you going to feel when it all fades away?

It may take a long time
It may take a long time
Back where the wind cracks those fires
Back where the wind cracks those fires

Easy see, only me
Above, above, the angels offer songs of love, songs of truth
Above, above, the angels offer songs, some are coming through
I see a jet plane turning round

Waltz in time

In these days…
We will rise…

How are you going to feel?
And how are you going pay?
How are you going to feel when it all fades away…?
Track Name: Easy (bootlegged live at The Albert, Brighton, Dec '97)
verse 1
Easy, it was all too easy to find
Across the car I came, and came after some time
To find myself inside
Scratching on the paint, scratching in our names again
All we tried to do, all we tried to do was
Explain to ourselves why we were there

chorus
And now it’s all so hard
But it’s easy to see
And if you don’t know how you got here
Then you won’t know how to leave

verse 2
And I wonder who followed who,
who caught the other as they left
We said we led each other, leading nowhere
But knowing that until we fell, neither could we rest
Oil, it takes me back, I feel you might be near
But the smell is stronger than the bond, that no longer keeps you
Clear in thought, skin or even in fear.

chorus repeat

And I see there and I see roses
And I see you, I see roses
And I see it, I see rain
Track Name: On Top Of The World (bootlegged live at The Albert, Brighton, Dec '97)
I once was a stranger to the world
My feet wouldn’t touch the earth
I was so high that it hurt
Moon shine high no shadow will fall
Moon shine high, yeah

Well the seed feeds of the earth, its arms go deep down, deep down
But I couldn’t see, I couldn’t feel, I didn’t know how
The far side is the right side,
The thin line leads all the way heavenbound

Oh!
Oh!
Yeah!
Now it feels alright
Oh
Here turns the world

Well I put myself here way back when
I voice came and blew the walls of a barricade to the ground
Everything came down
I voice so low I cried
Although I know I will cry again
What will you send to break me?
To clear my mind of dreams
To show me what you mean
To see all things one moment in time
To open my eyes, to change
Once I crawled on the floor
That was long before I heard you name

Oh m’allah alieee
You know the white river runs, and it’s running with me
You know the white river runs, and I’m running to see
You know you don’t need a reason to be clean
Now it feels alright
Here turns the world
And I’m standing onboard

Oh lord, the merry-go-round, round and round ...
Time to jump the horse
Track Name: Waltz Macabre
[instrumental]