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Studio masters, live recordings and rehearsal bootlegs culled from November 1996 to June 1997.

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released June 15, 1997

The Rains: Jake Fern, Dave Hunt, Steve Barber, David Davis, Donk Brayshaw, with Miriam Nelken.
This album compiled and mastered by David Davis at Feline HQ, 2010.
All sound recordings ℗ 2010 Bad Nurse Recordings/Pyrococcal Records
Due to the archive nature of these recordings, the sound quality may vary. A lot.

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Alternative rock band from Brighton, UK.

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Track Name: Web
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 [or ‘meant to be here’]
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!!!!!!!!
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: Unseen Moon
verse 1
Somewhere outside you, oh
Safe in here I breath my moon unseen
This I breathe

chorus1
I saw what was light, I saw what was dark
And what keeps objects apart

verse 2
Somewhere outside you, oh!
Safe in here breath by moon unseen
This I grieve

chorus 2
Now I owe myself the truth, I owe myself the pain
or I might live this moment over again
Now I’m heading for the base, I’m heading for the third
Where there are voices that no-one has heard, calling...
(Calling to the foreground!)

chorus 3
Now I’m heading for the base, I’m heading for the third
Where there are voices that no-one has heard, calling...
Oh, la, la la la lah, la la la lah, aaah ...
oh
Track Name: Monument
verse 1
Running was ran
More monuments rose in the night
All towers all eyes
Somewhere a finger traced the arc of the moon

verse 2
Love was pinned down
No centre of heart was found
Lying close to the ground
Won’t somebody please take those cameras away?

Which side are you on?
Who has divided you?
Which side are you?
Easy now, take a flower, take a bow

verse 1 repeat

chorus:
No saviour bound, no [or ‘Eagle low, stark’ ?!]
No form is found, yeah [or ‘No saviour found’]

instr verse

Love was pinned pinned down (Take it’s time)
All objects are moved in the night
Centre heart to the ground
Won’t somebody please take the camera away?

Bridge & climb:
All love is found
Loved you more than before
All love is found
Loved you more than before
And they’re taking the seasons, they’re taking the time,
they’re making the reasons and they’re making them rhyme
They’re taking the seasons,
there is now no more than here.

chorus
No more than here, yeah
No more than here, yeah
Ride arms and go
Arms side ease and watch you roam
Track Name: In These Days (4-track demo)
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: Unseen Moon (4-track demo)
verse 1
Somewhere outside you, oh
Safe in here I breath my moon unseen
This I breathe

chorus1
I saw what was light, I saw what was dark
And what keeps objects apart

verse 2
Somewhere outside you, oh!
Safe in here breath by moon unseen
This I grieve

chorus 2
Now I owe myself the truth, I owe myself the pain
or I might live this moment over again
Now I’m heading for the base, I’m heading for the third
Where there are voices that no-one has heard, calling...
(Calling to the foreground!)

chorus 3
Now I’m heading for the base, I’m heading for the third
Where there are voices that no-one has heard, calling...
Oh, la, la la la lah, la la la lah, aaah ...
oh
Track Name: Web (viola frenzy version)
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 [or ‘meant to be here’]
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!!!!!!!!
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: Beefbone (tractor-grind version)
the lyrics to Beefbone are largely made up :)
Track Name: Monument (viola version)
verse 1
Running was ran
More monuments rose in the night
All towers all eyes
Somewhere a finger traced the arc of the moon

verse 2
Love was pinned down
No centre of heart was found
Lying close to the ground
Won’t somebody please take those cameras away?

Which side are you on?
Who has divided you?
Which side are you?
Easy now, take a flower, take a bow

verse 1 repeat

chorus:
No saviour bound, no [or ‘Eagle low, stark’ ?!]
No form is found, yeah [or ‘No saviour found’]

instr verse

Love was pinned pinned down (Take it’s time)
All objects are moved in the night
Centre heart to the ground
Won’t somebody please take the camera away?

Bridge & climb:
All love is found
Loved you more than before
All love is found
Loved you more than before
And they’re taking the seasons, they’re taking the time,
they’re making the reasons and they’re making them rhyme
They’re taking the seasons,
there is now no more than here.

chorus
No more than here, yeah
No more than here, yeah
Ride arms and go
Arms side ease and watch you roam
Track Name: Easy (viola version)
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: In These Days (viola version)
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: Unseen Moon (sprightly version)
verse 1
Somewhere outside you, oh
Safe in here I breath my moon unseen
This I breathe

chorus1
I saw what was light, I saw what was dark
And what keeps objects apart

verse 2
Somewhere outside you, oh!
Safe in here breath by moon unseen
This I grieve

chorus 2
Now I owe myself the truth, I owe myself the pain
or I might live this moment over again
Now I’m heading for the base, I’m heading for the third
Where there are voices that no-one has heard, calling...
(Calling to the foreground!)

chorus 3
Now I’m heading for the base, I’m heading for the third
Where there are voices that no-one has heard, calling...
Oh, la, la la la lah, la la la lah, aaah ...
oh
Track Name: Beefbone (Transcendent glee version)
the lyrics to Beefbone are largely made up :)
Track Name: P45
[instrumental]
Track Name: Beefbone (Hansa sawteeth version)
The lyrics to Beefbone are largely just made up :)
Track Name: 'Driving thru the city night…'
[instrumental]
Track Name: Unseen Moon (smooth polysix version)
verse 1
Somewhere outside you, oh
Safe in here I breath my moon unseen
This I breathe

chorus1
I saw what was light, I saw what was dark
And what keeps objects apart

verse 2
Somewhere outside you, oh!
Safe in here breath by moon unseen
This I grieve

chorus 2
Now I owe myself the truth, I owe myself the pain
or I might live this moment over again
Now I’m heading for the base, I’m heading for the third
Where there are voices that no-one has heard, calling...
(Calling to the foreground!)

chorus 3
Now I’m heading for the base, I’m heading for the third
Where there are voices that no-one has heard, calling...
Oh, la, la la la lah, la la la lah, aaah ...
oh
Track Name: Steel Eagle (live at the Albert, Brighton, April '97)
[instrumental]
Track Name: When I Was A Boy (live at the Albert, Brighton, April '97)
Ever since I was a boy
Thought what it means to be a man
All the things I’d like to change
And the places where I would stand

And it all comes back to me
But it all seems like a dream

Ever since I was a child
I felt the pressure of a hand
Moving through my life
It cast a shadow of an end of night

But the hand must make retreat
for the moment to be complete

And I feel the wind blowing through those years
And I saw the rains falling back to sleep
And I feel then that all is well
that there’s a truth hidden in each day
The secret is hard to kill
for it’s the one thing I have known, it’ll set me free


And I feel the wind blowing through those years
And I saw the sun, and I knew the we
Got a long, yeah such a long, long way to go...
Yeah such a long, yeah such a long, long way to go…
Track Name: Web (live at the Albert, Brighton, April '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 [or ‘meant to be here’]
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!!!!!!!!
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: Beefbone (live at the Albert, Brighton, April '97)
The lyrics to Beefbone are largely just made up :)
Track Name: In These Days (live at the Albert, Brighton, April '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 (live at the Albert, Brighton, April '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: Monument (live at the Albert, Brighton, April '97)
verse 1
Running was ran
More monuments rose in the night
All towers all eyes
Somewhere a finger traced the arc of the moon

verse 2
Love was pinned down
No centre of heart was found
Lying close to the ground
Won’t somebody please take those cameras away?

Which side are you on?
Who has divided you?
Which side are you?
Easy now, take a flower, take a bow

verse 1 repeat

chorus:
No saviour bound, no [or ‘Eagle low, stark’ ?!]
No form is found, yeah [or ‘No saviour found’]

instr verse

Love was pinned pinned down (Take it’s time)
All objects are moved in the night
Centre heart to the ground
Won’t somebody please take the camera away?

Bridge & climb:
All love is found
Loved you more than before
All love is found
Loved you more than before
And they’re taking the seasons, they’re taking the time,
they’re making the reasons and they’re making them rhyme
They’re taking the seasons,
there is now no more than here.

chorus
No more than here, yeah
No more than here, yeah
Ride arms and go
Arms side ease and watch you roam
Track Name: Unseen Moon (live at the Albert, Brighton, April '97)
verse 1
Somewhere outside you, oh
Safe in here I breath my moon unseen
This I breathe

chorus1
I saw what was light, I saw what was dark
And what keeps objects apart

verse 2
Somewhere outside you, oh!
Safe in here breath by moon unseen
This I grieve

chorus 2
Now I owe myself the truth, I owe myself the pain
or I might live this moment over again
Now I’m heading for the base, I’m heading for the third
Where there are voices that no-one has heard, calling...
(Calling to the foreground!)

chorus 3
Now I’m heading for the base, I’m heading for the third
Where there are voices that no-one has heard, calling...
Oh, la, la la la lah, la la la lah, aaah ...
oh
Track Name: On Top Of The World (passionate version)
Lucy on top of 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


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 ... repeats

(NB the lyrics in this early version of the song are still in development and don't always match the official set above)
Track Name: Beefbone (bass-pedallated version)
The lyrics to Beefbone are largely made up :)
Track Name: Unseen Moon (ambient version)
verse 1
Somewhere outside you, oh
Safe in here I breath my moon unseen
This I breathe

chorus1
I saw what was light, I saw what was dark
And what keeps objects apart

verse 2
Somewhere outside you, oh!
Safe in here breath by moon unseen
This I grieve

chorus 2
Now I owe myself the truth, I owe myself the pain
or I might live this moment over again
Now I’m heading for the base, I’m heading for the third
Where there are voices that no-one has heard, calling...
(Calling to the foreground!)

chorus 3
Now I’m heading for the base, I’m heading for the third
Where there are voices that no-one has heard, calling...
Oh, la, la la la lah, la la la lah, aaah ...
oh