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Darlene Lyrics From the LP "Darlene" (European Release: "Here.", 2008) Lyrics and Music by Julean Rai VERSE I ------- Darlene... You waited as long as they Expected you. Here's my apartment key. The Day of Decision, I've awaited you... Just come in and Wake me up. Pre-Chorus I ------- Still a little Undecided? Well, that's alright Darlene. And if you decide to go That's alright Darlene And if you never show Still alright Darlene... And if we decide to Go through with things, that's Surely alright-- VERSE II ------- Darlene... And everyone thinks that You're the crazy child. That's our little secret I swear. But we've played with the other And the issue, now... ...and what a mighty-fine Time it's been. Pre-Chorus II ------- Still a little Undecided? Well, that's alright Darlene. And if you decide to go That's alright Darlene And if you never show Still alright Darlene... And if we decide to Go through with things, that's Surely alright-- CHORUS ------- We're going out in a Blaze of Glory, I See the folly in Our Own Life Stories, and If the moment escapes, It will not let me down. We're going out like a Motion Picture, don't Run away Boogie-man'll get ya', and If the moment, it fades It will not let me down It will not let me down. BRIDGE ------- I can hear you Pacing down the halls... Now... Pulling it together Like it's Now or Never... Like it's Now or Never... Just like it's Now or Never... It's never Now or Never... No, it's never Now or Never Darlene. VERSE III ------- Darlene... You steady yourself as You climb in with me... I pretended to be asleep. You climb up on my shoulders As you wake me And I steady my eyelids to see Pre-Chorus ------- You're still a little Shaky, darlin'? Well That's alright Darlene. You got things to figure out? Well, that's alright, Darlene. You just wanna' mess around? That's still alright, Darlene. You're moving closer, now, and that's Surely alright... CHORUS ------- We're going out in a Blaze of Glory, I See the folly in Our Own Life Stories, and If the moment escapes, It will not let me down. We're going out like a Motion Picture, don't Run away Boogie-man'll get ya', and If the moment, it fades It will not let me down It will not let me down. We're going out in a Blaze of Glory, I See the folly in Our Own Life Stories, and If the moment degrades, It will not let me down. It will not let me down It will not let me down It will not let me down, Darlene, Copyright 1996, 2006 Julian D. Rai (BMI); Julean Rai (BMI); Julean and the Rai (BMI). All rights reserved.
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The Dance Lyrics From the LP "Darlene" (European Release: "Here.", 2008) Lyrics and Music by Julean Rai Star is the name You took in the wake Of the changes. Patient, like sand Reaching, like trust For my hand. Caught in a sway Swaying, I've waited For this dance. Hoping anonymously Glancing quite furtively At you. And there... There has been nothing but air... And now just the cold of your hair... In the wake of your stare. Oh, patient, I've been-- Star, we've got Star, we've got Nothing by time. I have been keen for This dance... Here, in the shadows, and light... Patiently, patiently-- And everyone's here Watching us Watching us Move 'round the space Gawd only knows This is right... ...and maybe, now, you understand... Then you took Him to your Room. In a slow motion Drinking it in, Touching the warmth Of your skin. And maybe quite soon Soon, we'll be further Within you. Follow, mysteriously Furtively Disappearing Soon. But I'm weak... Weak from the ashes, and dust... Now, just the portrait of us... And the weight of your touch. Oh, seriously-- Star, you'll have Star, you'll have Mountains of fame. Time has just slowed For this dance... All will remember Your name. Seriously, seriously-- Everyone thinks Gawd only Gawd only Knows what they think. We're all alone In this swoon... This just may Be our one chance... Then you took Him to your Room. Then you took Him to your Room. Copyright 1996 Julian D. Rai (BMI); Julean Rai (BMI); Julean and the Rai (BMI). All rights reserved.
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Sin Lyrics From the LP "Darlene" (European Release: "Here.", 2008) Lyrics and Music by Julean Rai VERSE: Time... Yeah, we're a waste of it. This is a temporary thing And there's the taste of it All over you in the basement; In the house of the lady With the scar on her belly And the red hair and the skirt. I met you By accident. There was an epidemic of That happening. Yes, you were sensual And cognizant... And a break from the drama Since Panana robbed me Of my boy-ish good-ness... CHORUS: The Mona Lisa is "In" I don't know where my drama went I'm curling in the cold, And I am spent Underneath Your grandmother's blanket And here we go again... VERSE: Spread... This time, traditional. And I swear I'm not The least bit cynical Of the impractical, Or the mystical Or the cycles of my soul Here we go, luv... CHORUS: The Mona Lisa is "In" I don't know where my karma went I'm curling in the cold, And I am spent Underneath Your grandmother's blanket And here we go again... BRIDGE: One-two-three-four Hey what the hell are we waiting for, luv? Lock the candles, light the door... Let's not wake the landlord. Lies... And avarice... Oh, and a few over-estimated Friendships Caused you to quit; Return to the farm from whence you split-- And I was pissed. CHORUS: The Mona Lisa is "In" I don't know where my drama went I'm curling in the cold, And I am spent Underneath Your grandmother's blanket And here we go again... What we do is sin I can't tell you how long it's been Stuck in the car with "The Freshman" Signaled the beginning of the end. Copyright 1996, 2006 Julian D. Rai (BMI); Julean Rai (BMI); Julean and the Rai (BMI). All rights reserved.
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Like This Lyrics From the LP "Darlene" (European Release: "Here.", 2008) Lyrics and Music by Julean Rai Verse I I don't want to remember this... Can't you see the shape I'm in... I don't want to remember you Like this. So much anger in my heart, That I sing... Verse II You said we had forever, then... You said it by the tree that day, you said 'Who needs a watch when we've got Now', you said. Well, maybe we've got 'now', you say... But then again, you leave today. Aw, anyway. Chorus And I held it down As faithful as you were To me I was Missing the parts of you I really never should have missed. You're calling me a chicken-shit And I don't know if I love you But I know I don't Like this. Verse III Well, you make 'LOVE' from a cigarette carton (Cardboard and shapes) And I cannot blame you, girl (We all do these things) 'Cause everyone's got a "lucky" (Everyone says) Everyone gets lucky (Smoke while you stand) You stand in the doorway By the screened-in porch, outside When the lights are out. Verse IV Well, I'm-- Sitting on your Front Porch Swing (Sitting on your Back Porch Swing) And I-- I can tell you anything (I can tell you anything) If you could-- Lean a little closer, (Lean a little closer...) If you would-- Utilize my shoulder, and you're You say it seems the Moon is full... Can't say I believe this, but I know I Don't like... And I held it down As faithful as you were Faithless as it were Missing the parts of you I really never should have kissed. You're calling me a chicken. Don't know if I love you But I know I don't Like this. Copyright 1996 Julian D. Rai (BMI); Julean Rai (BMI); Julean and the Rai (BMI). All rights reserved.
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Without the Kiss Lyrics From the LP "Darlene" (European Release: "Here.", 2008) Lyrics and Music by Julean Rai --- INTRO Has Laura always been this strange? But whay talk about the rainy days? Verse I Laura went outside While I watched her go Her parents packed the truck to leave, and Just one more load to go... Verse II I found the premise frightening I found my stubborness torn Could you believe I was Falling for you, love With one more load to go... Chorus So pack your bags, it's time to leave This old town, anyway, and If and when you come back I'll be well-along-my-way, and To a new life 'cross the country And it takes a time Like This To remember what I felt Without the Kiss? Verse III So I'm the stage and the scenery. You're as real as it gets. We were fools for never starting this We were fools... Chorus So pack your bags, it's time to leave This old town, anyway, and If and when you come back I'll be well-along-my-way, and To a new life 'cross the country And it takes a time Like This To remember what I felt Without the Kiss? Verse IV I Remember the Winter And the Long Walk Home And I rescheduled out time that sunday eve With another girl, I believe... ...it was a quiet meal, I had to leave... Chorus So pack your bags, it's time to leave This old town, anyway, and If and when you come back I'll be well-along-my-way, and To a new life 'cross the country And it takes a time Like This To remember what I felt To remember what I felt... To remember what I felt Without the Kiss. Outro Has summer always been this strange? But why talk about the rainy days? Yes, why talk about the rainy days? So why talk about the rainy days? Well, I talk about the rainy days. Copyright 1996 Julian D. Rai (BMI); Julean Rai (BMI); Julean and the Rai (BMI). All rights reserved.s
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Down, the River Down Lyrics From the LP "Darlene" (European Release: "Here.", 2008) Lyrics and Music by Julean Rai --- Verse I There was a stream. I used to float sticks down there When I was a boy Staying at my grandparent's home. Verse II And I'd run with it -- -- like everybody else here does... I'd have fun with it And never have my troubles on. Bridge I And there I go again Talking 'bout the days gone by... But they're hoverin' right over me... That little stick has sailed so long Chorus Down, the river down, down... Down, the river down... Verse III Runs through this town. Locking all the people in; Freezing during wintertime. Verse IV And I've got my dreams -- -- like everybody else here does... I've got Big Plans for me I've got it all Worked Out. Bridge II And there I go again Talking 'bout the yet to come... But it's bearing right down on me... And I'm feeling right at home Chorus Down, the river down Down, the river down Down, the river down Down, the river down Verse V Don't know my friends. And I guess I seem paranoid But I've seen both sides of them. Verse VI They wear their masks -- -- like everybody else here does ... They turn their truths around And spit it out backwards-like Bridge III And there I go again Pointing out the negative... But it's pointing right back at me... It's like they don't know Right from Wrong... Chorus Down, the river down Down, the river down Down, the river down Down, the river down Down, the river down, down... Down, the river down. Copyright 1996 Julian D. Rai (BMI); Julean Rai (BMI); Julean and the Rai (BMI). All rights reserved.s
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Flop House Lyrics From the LP "Darlene" (European Release: "Here.", 2008) Lyrics and Music by Julean Rai --- Verse I Jenny hits the floor, with a broom... Landlord's gonna' be Here, soon... With the City Man, and the Fire man, too... Chorus You see We're all getting kicked out Of our little Flop House. Verse II The sentence was for condemnation. They left a notice on our front door screen... (The neighborhood is up for changes.) Chorus So We're all getting kicked out Of our little Flop House. Verse III Wait... ...don't bother with the ashes. ...or the cans, or the dirt, or the broom-- Let's just throw a party and crash it. Chorus Because We're all getting kicked out Of our little Flop House-- Bridge TAKE A PIECE OF WALL AND TEAR IT DOWN... HERE'S A HAMMER, HERE'S A SLEDGE USE YOUR FEET...USE YOUR HANDS AND TEAR IT DOWN AND TEAR IT DOWN RIP UP THE CARPETS TAKE DOWN THE DOORS, NOW... YEAH AND JUST BURN IT AND GRIND IT AND TAKE IT (AND KEEP IT) DESTROY IT DESTROY IT THIS FLOP HOUSE WE COVET THEY CAN'T HAVE IT THEY CAN'T HAVE IT DESTROY IT DESTROY IT AND TEAR IT DOWN... JUST TEAR IT DOWN... Verse IV ...in the only room that's left-- Landlord and the City Man 'aint here yet... After these final cigarettes Chorus We're all getting kicked out Of our little Flop House We're all getting kicked out Of our little Flop House We're all getting kicked out Of our little Flop House We're all getting kicked out. Copyright 1996 Julian D. Rai (BMI); Julean Rai (BMI); Julean and the Rai (BMI). All rights reserved.
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Mountains of Anastasia Lyrics From the LP "Darlene" (European Release: "Here.", 2008) Lyrics and Music by Julean Rai --- Verse I Cry a mountain Bleed a river, yeah Swimming in my own illusions ...didn't claim to know you, now did I? Verse II Falling I should Know by now, I should Dream of you, when I Dream of flying ...but these things fetter with twists of Bridge I Fate Is my favorite word And lately It's my just reward I pace the middle ground A lot more, and Here's my fiddlestick Verse III You said nothing You believed them Now, did I seem a Little too clingy to you? Oh, these things fetter with Verse IV Time We're talking Fourty days, and Fourty nights, many Fights to go I didn't Think you'd be moving on I feel like questioning things like Bridge II Fate Is my favorite word And lately It's been my just dessert I pace the middle ground A lot more, and Here's my fiddlest-- Chorus Well, I need Nothing to guide me Here in these Mountains of Anastasia Reguarding your brother The hand of your lover Know he's still bleeding After the War... Bridge III Fate Is my favorite word And lately It's my just reward I pace the middle ground A lot more, and Here's my fiddlest- Chorus II Hell, I need Nothing to guide me Here in these Mountains of Anastasia Reguarding your brother The hand of your lover Know he's still bleeding After the War, And now he's reluctant Taking your promise And now he's detaching To even the scrore And he is not Angry Yes, he is Rasputin Here in the safety Of Her Four Walls... Verse V Oh, it takes a lot Just to give a bit Now do you think of me When you think of putting on Your favorite song? Copyright 1997 Julian D. Rai (BMI); Julean Rai (BMI); Julean and the Rai (BMI). All rights reserved.
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A Wedding for Laura Lyrics From the LP "Darlene" (European Release: "Here.", 2008) Lyrics and Music by Julean Rai --- Verse I She can't find the feeling again As she puts on her face Straightens her hair Loosens her walk Monitors her talk And cries in her bed when there's no one To laugh along Verse II And this was something she said To only chosen few And then it takes a few beers... ...emotionless You To learn to stand upright But we talked all night Seemingly to laugh at ourselves As the dawn wore on... Bridge ...and in that little time could you fall in love without ever wanting to? ...and in that little time could we fill it up? Would she fall in love with you? Like say "I do"... Chorus I ... And I remember the winter Remember your voice As we lay on our sides The letters I'd write That I don't intend to send her... Laura Emotionless You Lying motionless, to you Verse III I guess I won't see her again And then I'll never find Reason To miss her at all But would she stand to watch me fall? (Or do nothing at all... ...but look in these eyes for some Reason for all of this?) Verse IV And where was the kiss? And where was the Justice? And where was My Logic? When I know how she feels? When faultless, she stands And thoughtless, she gazes High up on that hill... ...is that a mansion in mazes? Bridge ...and in that little time could you fall in love without ever wanting to? ...and in that little time could we fill it up? Would she fall in love with you? Like say "I do"... horus ... And I remember the winter Remember your voice As we lay on our sides The letters I'd write That are marked 'Return to Sender'... Laura Emotionless You Lying motionless, to you Copyright 1996 Julian D. Rai (BMI); Julean Rai (BMI); Julean and the Rai (BMI). All rights reserved.s
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Here. Lyrics From the LP "Darlene" (European Release: "Here.", 2008) Lyrics and Music by Julean Rai --- Here. Many logical reasons to stay. There, Where nothing but ghosts may remain. There is a hint of nostalgia On everything that you know And everyplace that you go to Here. Here. A recording of things that we said There, Where we waited for school to begin-- It was mostly Ifs, Ands, and Buts... Yeah, it was pretty absurd... How we tarried, and carried on Here. Chorus --- We were the silhouettes of patriots Plotting 'gainst the time. Up against our parents, Up against the sky. We were the AXIS of the SIDEREAL In our moment, and our time Here. Verse II --- Here. Is the place that we gathered upon. There, Where the city was hiding her young. Below the lights of the faded Things were never so clear Now, there are nothing but shadows down Here. Here. Is the rooftop I carried you on. There, With the pomenade thriving below. You were august and lovely I was boyish and young These are the moments that time forgot Here. Chorus II --- Ah, ghosts and reservations Memories of things Of failures and of friendshipts Although nothing much remains Of the fear and trepidation Of the carelessness of things Of the riverside apartment Of the strength of mind, intact And of the images of those Who are never coming back Here. Verse III --- Here. Many logical reasons to stay. There, Where nothing but hope can remain. There is nothing like Fear To keep your feet planted Standing where you fear Here. ... Yes there is nothing like fear To catch you red-handed Standing where you fear Here. Here. Here. Here. Copyright 1996, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007 Julian D. Rai (BMI); Julean Rai (BMI); Julean and the Rai (BMI). All rights reserved.

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In album II of "The Muse" semi-autobiographical quasi-mythology, our main character moves into moods of love, the beginnings of darkness, and nostalgia at the fading content of his previous year in "The Muse Tree"; the tailwind of his childhood quickly waning in reflection. Written between the years of 1996 and 1997, this album also tells the semi-true stories of the songwriter in those moments; at least in part.

During the 2007 recording studio sessions for "Muse Tree", "Disconnect" and "Alexandria, Falling", Julean also managed to carve out what were intended to be demos for the following album, "A Wedding for Laura". In the final 10 days of the 40-day intensive lock-in period, the songs for the album were established; tracked in one or two takes each and meant to be listened to over the next year in preparation for a more focused session.

"...but when I heard just the raw and final mixes, I kind of felt like the album might be done, just as it is," Julean recollects. "I always wanted these earlier songs to sort of a mix between how I would have performed them in 1996 and how I would approach them now, and that's just what it was. It was also the most consistent album set of the entire session, song-by-song. and I wanted to be able to move on to focus on the 1998 songs, too. Plus, when I was going to Europe, I knew I'd be needing new material fast. So I just kept it, quickly mixed it down without mastering it, and released it."

"Here." was sold at concerts and at streetside, open-air performances in Europe by Julean between 2008 and 2010 and traveled widely thereafter, returning to U.S. audiences before he himself did in 2010. It was later professionally remastered and released as the U.S. album "Darlene" in 2011.

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released August 1, 2008

Engineering and performances by Julean Rai. Album photo by A. Urban. Lyrics and music (c) Copyright 1996, 2007 Julian Rai (BMI); Julean Rai (BMI); Julean and the Rai (BMI); All rights reserved.

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Julean and the Rai Denver, Colorado

Julean and the Rai is a genre blended, songwriting heavy, acoustic based indie folk quartet with a powerful lead singer and a wide range of sounds.

Founded in 2006 in NYC by frontman Julean Rai, Julean and the Rai pulls from influences from everywhere from prog rock legend Peter Gabriel to alt country songwriter John Hiatt, and bringing to mind musicians like Richie Havens and Ravi Shankar.
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