Cold Water Warm Hands

by Deacon Raleigh St. James

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Early local acoustic performances and home based experiments pre-Redwing Blackbirds.

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released February 14, 2012

Thanks to my family for supporting and putting up with me. Maren Van Nostrand and Byron Ricks for producing Soundfalls. My dad and mom for raising me in a musical house.

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Deacon Raleigh St. James Carnation, Washington

Feb 4, 2012, singer song-writer Deacon Raleigh St. James performed at Soundfalls, a local music and variety show, held in the Carnation Christmas Tree Farm's historic Thorsen Barn and podcast on podacious.com

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Track Name: The Wound Live@Soundfalls Feb 2012
see the Trailer Tramp Studio recorded version for lyrics
Track Name: Long Slow Embrace
At 17,
I took at trip back home to where I was born,
Indiana.

And I'd forgot how high the corn, the fireflies,
and how warm, it stayed
at night.

I thought that I had "arrived,"
when Grandpa John let me drive,
his new deVille, his new deVille,
how it shined in the streetlights.

He drove a truck long haul for 30 years
and cautioned me,
to watch for their tires against the lines at night,
to see if they were,

comin' over
comin' over
comin' over to me,
repeat

And I can't forget, can't stop thinking about that day,
Will I know the place?
Will we recognize each others' faces?
I just hope that I can step into,
a long slow embrace. repeat.

We carrry 'round
all the sights the touch the taste the smell,
of all the days, passing over us.

And we're so charmed
by the lights the smoke the chimes the bells,
and the spells, that we cast upon one another.

We stumble to these caves,
we pour it, drink it down, get it out. The spoiled fruit, and the gathered seeds of the Earth.

We grow so light, so light
we want to fly. repeat.

But we're always...
crashing to the ground
crashing to the ground
crashing to the ground. repeat.

And I can't forget,
what I learned one day at the low tide.
No I can't forget,
what I learned one day at the low tide.

I think we'll move like starfish, in the end,
to the wet and the dark.
I said I think we'll move like starfish, in the end,
to the wet and the dark.,
Track Name: The Rain
New mother,
Stops in, just for a peek.
Soothes her racing heart,
Just watching him sleep.
How could anybody, so beautiful,
Be so small?
She’s a liar,
When she says,
She won’t let him change, or grow up at all. (repeat)

Chorus:
But you can’t outrun the rain.
You can’t outrun the rain.
You can’t outrun the rain.
You can’t outrun the rain.
You can’t outrun the rain.

Thayer Barn,
Couple miles, north of my place.
Still greets the sun in the south,
With its weathered and peeling face.
They raised some money tryin’ to save it,
But it’s funny how change,
will have its way.
The holes in the roof, grow bigger and softer,
Everyday. (repeat)

Chorus

Bridge
No matter how fast, or how far you run.
You can’t stay ahead of the weather.
Repeat

Two lovers,
At the age of 17,
Held on to each other,
Through the years,
Lean and green.
Three happy children later,
The wallpaper peels in the powder-room.
The morning comes, when he calls to her,
But she can’t answer him. (repeat)

Chorus
Track Name: The Love of Guns
Chorus:
Daddy said no. Daddy said no. Daddy said, "No, don't you touch that thing, leave it alone. (repeat)
Leave it alone. (repeat six times)

Verse 1:
It shined like the warm summer moon. (repeat 3 times)
When it caught the light it really filled the room.
It shined like a warm summer moon. (repeat 3 times)
Like a bride turning to her groom.

Chorus:

Verse 2:
It made a sound, sound like thunder. Made a sound, sound like thunder. Made a sound, sound like thunder, like lightening on the land.
It made a sound, sound like thunder...
like a cannon in my hand.

Chorus:
Track Name: All That I Could Claim (recorded live at Soundfalls show April 4th 2011)
Half child, stills my weapons,
cold as milk and bright as May.
Half wild, gonna be the death of me,
thinkin bout' her, till I'm old and gray.
repeat last line

See the young, runnin to the river.
See the young, floaten down the river.
They won't come home, till the end of the day.
repeat last line

Come the clouds, let's run through the roses.
They open up when it starts to rain.
Kiss me girl, we'll both get wet.
Maybe that all, that I could claim.
repeat last line

I'm old enough to know the way from here.
I'm old enough to know how it goes from here.
I'm old enough to know where to go from here.
But not how it ends...

Half child, stills my weapons,
cold as milk and bright as May.
Half wild, gonna be the death of me,
thinkin bout' her, till I'm old and gray.
Track Name: Hungry River Live@Soundfalls Feb 2012
Sometimes something calls to me, and I can sit for hours,
watching the water hurry by.
Like to watch the Kingfishers callin', and dragging their feathers cross the sky.
One day I let the sun burn down behind the hill, and the light turned strange. (rpt)

And I heard the voice of the river, she whispered my name, she said, "Come on out on the bridge... and throw yourself in."
Oh no. Oh yes.
I said, "I ain't goin' swimming. The water's cold dark and fast this time of year."
I said, "I love you river, but I ain't ready to die today."

But it made me wonder, (rpt)
How high this year? (rpt)

Erik show the man with the clipboard, the line on the barn wall.
That's where by the grace of God, the water began to fall.
Oh No, Oh yes. Oh yes, oh no, oh yes.

Thank God Mr. Magnochi's babies got a critter pad.
Cuz one night we drove 60 head down the state highway at 3:00 am, in the rain.

But it made me wonder, (rpt)
how high this year? (rpt)

So when I leave this place, bring my white body down,
dig a hole, and lay my bones, in the soggy ground.

Maybe it won't be so high that year...
Track Name: Someday You'll Call My Name (Live cover of Hank Williams @ Soundfalls in April))
This is a Hank Williams cover. Lyrics available widely by internet and other published sources.
Track Name: My Jesus
Open your eyes. (repeat)

In that great a'gettin' up mornin',
faire thee well, fair thee well. (repeat)

Are you gonna wake up joyful?
Are you gonna wake up glad?
Are you gonna wake up joyful
when the beast is on the ground.

Are you gonna wake up joyful?
Are you gonna wake up glad?
Are you gonna wake up joyful
when the beast in on the path.

Faire thee well, faire thee well. (repeat)
In that great a'gettin' up mornin',
faire thee well, fair thee well. (repeat)

Are you gonna wake up joyful?
Are you gonna wake up glad?
Are you gonna stand on the dunes
and watch the waves, crashin' over your head?
(repeat last phrase)

In that great a'gettin' up mornin'
Faire thee well (repeat)

I want to see my Jesus.
Want to see'im right now.
Goin' out to see my Jesus,
push the way through the crowd.

I want to see my Jesus.
Want to see'im today.
Want to see my Jesus.

Faire thee well. (repeat)
Track Name: The Blacksmith (Traditional; Live recording at Soundfalls in April 2011)
Available in varying forms widely.
Track Name: Summertime
Girl you know I love you,
yes you know it's true,
everytime you come around,
don' know what to do, no...
I don't know what to do, Good Lord,
I don't know what do do.

Everytime I try to,
throw a look your way,
I stumble and I falter,
don' know what to say, no...
I don't know what to say

Girl you know you send me,
up into the sky,
when I get up to the clouds,
feels like I could fly, Lord
feels like I could fly,
Good Lord

Waiting... waiting... waiting...
waiting, waiting, waiting,
for you to be mine.
I'll hold you tight all through the night,
feel like summertime.
Oh it'll feel like summertime, Good Lord,
feel like summertime.

Summertime... oh...
Oh summertime.
Track Name: Trouble
This was going to be a song about my first fight.
Track Name: The Wound
Oh Children,
in the light of the dawn,
I saw your mother,
she'd come and gone.
She'd come and gone,
come and gone.

Oh Children in the light of the dawn,
I saw your mother she'd come and gone.
Come and gone,
come and gone.

She'd taken the form of a big black crow,
and I watched her shadow skim the snow.
Skim the snow,
skim the snow.

Now I sit and wait,
with the cold, cold moon,
on a mountain high,
on a mountain high.
I still wait and watch for her,
to cross the sky,
to cross the sky,
to cross the sky.

Oh Father Time make me a knave.
I'll take that mornin' to my grave.
Oh my sons, raise your voice,
call your mother back to her boys.
The wound is clean but the wound is deep.
The wound is clean but the wound is deep.

And I just can't find a way,
and I just can't find a way,
and I just can't find a way,
to begin to heal... line repeats

When I dream, and I awake,
when I dream and I awake,
I feel black feathers on my face.