The War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness

by Julean and the Rai

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The PRE-RELEASE of the Julean and the Rai album "The War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness", to be officially released in summer, 2017.

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releases June 17, 2017

Julean Rai: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Cajon. Drum, cello, oboe, tabla, and drum programming by Julean Rai. Drew Sowell: Drums, Trumpets, additional background vocals. Jon Pickett: Upright bass, additional background vocals. Caleb Hall: Banjo, additional background vocals. Tony Milano: Electric guitars. Lyrics and music by Julean Rai. Mixed and engineered by Drew Sowell at Dead Canary Studios in Englewood, Colorado. Produced by Julean Rai and Drew Sowell. Album art by Luna Lynch; Copyright 2015 Julian 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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Track Name: Underground
Underground

Lyrics From the LP "The War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness", 2017

I've a palm full of fingers and a fate on my hand ...
I've got a pocketful of things I'm rememberin' ...
I've a little while yet, still, to see the Sun;
I've got a lifetime, yet, to be One.

The music, in a way, is a sleight of hand ...
You've got to time the song just to beat the train ...
I've got a little while left 'till the people "spill";
Five minutes to find some time to kill.


It's been a long time.
I've come a long way.
Spend a lot of time alone
these days ...
Just haunting the train.
Just haunting the same old stations.


I tend to keep my head above the clouds ...
But to make a few I go Underground.
I've got a little while left still 'till evening comes;
I've got a long night, still, before I'm done.


It's been a long time.
I've come a long way.
Spend a lot of time alone
These days ...
Just haunting the train.
Just haunting the same old spaces.

Just haunting the same
Just haunting the same old places.

Just haunting the trains
Playing the same old stations.

Just haunting the trains
Just haunting the same old places.

It's been a long time healing, now
Playing down here, underground. (Say it) (x 8)


Lyrics copyright 2006, 2015 Julian D. Rai (BMI); . All rights reserved.
Track Name: Go On
Go On

Lyrics From the LP "The War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness", 2017


Woke up to an empty room
Half expecting you, and
Signs up life ...

Drive the 'wagon out to the desert
Down past where the road subsides ...


And I drove through heat
Like an oven on
The mountainsides
The scattered bones
Should I stay the road,
Or just go home?

So I drove the 'wagon out to the trailhead
Got out just to kick around
Some dirt ...

And I know you well enough to know
You understand, but I gather that it hurt, love.

See, what I did
Was belly up
And Shanna, dear
She came up, because
Of the will to quit
And faith in us.

So when it
Seems like it could go on like this
But the thought is just like dancing
On a land mine ...

When kids like us grow up like this
It's hard not to believe the lies,
Sometimes.

Like believing we could ...
It never did the world of "Us" any good,
Or I would.

So I think back to the dissonance
Try to hold on to the
Resolute side ...

Like when you get where you aren't listenin'
And destroy, sabotage, deny ...

I think you love my ways,
But twist my head ...
It's good some days,
And like hell the rest ...
With a wick'd tongue
That song has blessed.

So when it
Seems like it could go on like this
But the thought is just like dancing
On a land mine ...

When kids like us grow up like this
It's hard not to believe the lies,
Sometimes.

Like believing we could ...
It never did the world of "Us" any good

Like believing we could ...
It never did the world of "Us" any good,
Or I would.

Like believing we could ...
Like believing we could ...
Like believing we could ...

Or I would.
Track Name: The Way that Leaving Goes
The Way That Leaving Goes

Lyrics From the LP "The War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness", 2017

The Way That Leaving Goes
Music and Lyrics by Julean Rai (BMI)
All Rights Reserved.


Passing under shadows;
Steady as it gets.
Abandoning the highway
For the sticks.

We haven't passed that barrier;
We haven't crossed that bridge.
That'll be with some other boy,
I guess.


Still got a little while
Left to go.
No need to calculate
The distance.
And I'm no alternate
Road.
It's just the way that leaving goes.


Don't worry 'bout the time it takes;
Pull over for some gas.
Still shot of quiet ...
Let it pass.


Let's pull up to station;
We'll make a meal of
What we get.
And have ourselves a time
To forget.
And nobody's waiting ...
This was never said,
But we both know
It's just the way that
Leaving goes ...
It's just the way that
Leaving goes ...
Just the way that leaving goes.


Lyrics copyright 1996, 2015 Julian D. Rai (BMI); . All rights reserved.
Track Name: The Exchange
The Exchange

Lyrics From the LP "The War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness", 2017

We had a party in the den downstairs
I mostly disappeared in the easy-chair
I was enamored by her fragrance:
Something by Givenchy they call "Amarige"

Now, it was somebody's home and not a party house
I tried to play it cool, but I chickened out...
She caught up with me on the front stoop;
Knock-knock-knocking on my aloof...

I had to make a move, tried to touch her hair
She wrapped it all around me
And we kissed right there.
She wasn't even slightly embarrassed:
Born in France and raised in Paris,
And our time is wasted.

Could we retain
The student we exchanged?

We made a date for the following night
She had a thing before and she needed a ride.
I got it all together and I dressed real nice...
I didn't really plan on spending time inside;

Well, nothing really happened on the night out.
I didn't know girls, and she kinda' found out
Spent time in the cold, cuddled up for warmth
Just hands and face, arms stomach and waist
And now she's leavin'...

Could we retain
The student we exchanged?


Could we retain
The student we exchanged?

Hey, I don't like to sound like the boy who falls
But I stumble down the stairs ev'ry time she calls'
There's a feelin' in my belly like a lizard who crawls
Can't sleep can't eat can't think at all

I'm gonna' meet her downtown at the coffeehouse
Sit down for a minute, but we'll both slide out
Down in the deepest dark corners of town
But it's too late now, 'cause she's headed out
Now she's leavin'.


Could we retain
The student we exchanged?

Could we retain
The student we exchanged?

I can't picture her leavin'...
And me afterward, just breathin' in
The scent of her, just lin-gerin'
Hey I just
Can't stand waitin' for the shoe to fall
You'd betta' give me somethin'
Or it's nuthin' at all, Hey-

Hey, I don't like to sound like the boy who falls
But I stumble down the stairs ev'ry time she calls'
There's a feelin' in my belly like a lizard who crawls
Can't sleep can't eat can't think at all

I'm gonna' meet her downtown at the coffeehouse
Sit down for a minute, but we'll both slide out
Down in the deepest dark corners of town
But it's too late now, 'cause she's headed out
Now she's leavin'.

Could we retain
The student we exchanged?

Could we retain
The student we exchanged?

Could we retain
The student we exchanged?

Could we retain
The student we exchanged?

Lyrics copyright 1996, 2015 Julian D. Rai (BMI); . All rights reserved.
Track Name: First Light
First Light

Lyrics From the LP "The War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness", 2017

I'm down at the precipice.
Door's locked, and I'm pissed.
And I've knocked and jerry-rigged...
I can't believe it would come to this.

Mike's probably sound asleep, or
Following that girl again, who wants
Nothing to do with him...
Sometimes you'd think he'd just 'pack it in'.


Been on my own six weeks,
Didn't even think to get a key.
Didn't think it applied to me, 'cause...
Someone's always gonna' be inside, and now

I'm locked out of the house again;
Stuck out on the porch tonight...
Someone better be coming in soon, like...
Don't wanna' be here 'til first light.


So I
Walk down to the coffeeshop
To maybe try to sit and have a cup, but the
Coffee-man was closing up.
Shook out the rug and the door shut!

Mom stopped by this afternoon.
Brought some clothes and a box of food;
Said 'They really miss me up at school', but she
She didn't speak of what she do...


Aw, but I can guess her
Apology by the gesture, you see--
Apologies are not her...
After a fight.

I'm locked out of the house again;
Stuck out on the porch tonight...
Someone better be coming in soon, like...
Don't wanna' be here 'til first light.


So many people sleeping on the floor,
You'd think that somebody'd be home, right?
A little thing I counted on...
A little thing I counted on...

So I'm gonna' learn to be a star;
Just a little kid with a big guitar.
And I'll break it out and play wherever we are.
I'll break it out and play wherever we are.

'Cause up against the buildings I project
That probabilities are endless...
No point in getting any less.
No point in getting any less.

But can I find my way alone?
Or will I only feel alone?
And can I at least fail alone?
Can I at least fail alone?

I'm sitting here alone, alone, alone.
Sitting here alone, alone, alone. Alone.
Sitting alone.
Sitting alone.

Positively independent.
Positively independent;
Because I'm all alone.
Because I'm all alone.

I think we're really alone.
We're positively alone.

We're positively alone.

Lyrics copyright 1995, 2015 Julian D. Rai (BMI); . All rights reserved.