Balance

by Rain Perry

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Refreshing and unaffected." -- Ojai Valley News

I can't remember the last time an album brought me to tears..."Balance" is exceptional debut album and Perry is the real thing. -- Cinescene: an eZine, October 1999

Its a dark, moody debut, spackled with the wry humor and hope of songs such as "Say Yes" and "Four Cylinder Love." An absolute jewel, "Yosemite"... -- Ventura County Star, August 31, 1999

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released August 10, 1999

Thank you to:

—the musicians who contributed their talent and goodwill to this project. The more we mixed, the more we appreciated your great playing: Charlie Benton, Michael Bolotin, Reb Bradford, Jim Calire, Patricia Cardinali, Lewis Carlino, Steven Cooley, MaryAnn Grayson, Richard Hardy, Andro Kotula, Gary Peterson, Lee Rollag, Alan Thornhill & (all the way from Nashville) Martin Young;

—the visual artists whose wonderful work is represented here: Christine for the painting, Timothy for the pictures, and Bob & Paty for the graphic design;

—those who gave a push, a needed connection, or vital encouragement: Ozzie Ahlers, Jana Anderson (for introducing me to Emmet), Eric Barnet for help with the drums on “Balance,” Patricia Clarke, Chris Columbus (for letting us invade his living space), Dale Eucker, Denzyl Feigelson, Alex Kopf, Terry Mettala, Leah Rose, Sasha Stone, David Tate, and a special thank you to Sara Hickman, Jo Miller, Angela McCluskey & Mary Sharp for offering thoughtful and heartfelt advice just when I needed it…and another one to Nancy Bertlesen and David Gamble, for a very sweet and unexpected boost, as well as your enduring friendship;

—my friends and family, whom I tried listing by name, but got scared I’d accidentally forget someone, so I hope you all know just how much I love and appreciate you;

Most of all, thank you from the bottom of my heart to those people without whom this album would not exist: Karen Beasley, mom #2 — you allowed me to not be mom in my mind so I could do this; Emmet Sargeant, for your skill and great attitude and for cheerfully enduring all the smut; Lewis Carlino, for your strange and wonderful ideas, which were key to everything that came next; Richard "Reb" Bradford, for appearing at just the right moment and dedicating yourself with generosity and humor, as well as dramatically increasing the coolness of the whole project; Sally Kopf, my friend & the world’s hippest suit, for making this all possible, and with style too, and...Mikey - there's no way I can adequately acknowledge one of the most generous gifts I'll ever receive, so the best I can do is pledge my love and gratitude forever - that's from cirque to terminal moraine...

I love you, Woogie & Stelly-Boo. Thank you for not only putting up with this, but dancing and singing along too.

My sweet Billy, your love and support are the foundation on which this whole thing is built. Consider this the equivalent of one of those “Fourteeners” cards you always leave for me…

This album is dedicated with love to John Hazen Perry and Melody Anne Perry.

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Rain Perry Ojai, California

Rain Perry’s “Beautiful Tree” was the theme for the CW Network’s Life Unexpected, on which she also had the surreal pleasure of appearing as herself. She has released four albums on her own Precipitous Records, as well as writing and touring a solo play about her childhood. In 2016 she completed The Shopkeeper, her first film. She teaches a series of classes called Songwriting for Civilians. ... more

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Track Name: Say Yes
Say Yes
words by Rain Perry
music by Rain Perry & Michael Bolotin
© 1998 Precipitous Music/BMI & OogieBoo Music/BMI
All rights reserved.

Early in the morning down by the sea
The fishermen have been up since long before me
You kiss me good bye sleepily
Then you roll back to your dreams — back to sleep
Last night something inside
Told me it would be alright to say Yes

So I said Yes, Yes, Yes
I've been clinging to No 'cause I needed it
But now it's time to let go
No has been good to me - It's kept me safe
But sometimes you gotta say yes

Part of it is you, baby — and part the way the air is here
But driving along by the water, it's all coming clear
I was staying inside because I'd stepped out too far
And I finally felt secure
But something you said last night made me see
That's only part of the picture
You said security can keep you from being free
So I said Yes

I said Yes, Yes, Yes
I've been clinging to No
No no no
But now it's time to let go
No has been good to me - It's kept me safe
But sometimes you gotta say yes

Oh, No is the foundation
You need it by your side
But be able to let it go
You can learn to trust yourself enough
To sometimes say Yes

Say yes, yes, yes
You can hold on to No
When you need it
But then it's time to let go
No will be good to you
It keeps you safe
But sometimes you gotta say yes

Yes I said yes I will yes
Track Name: Four Cylinder Love
Four Cylinder Love
words by Rain Perry
music by Rain Perry & Michael Bolotin
©1999 Precipitous Music/BMI & OogieBoo Music/BMI
All rights reserved.

I drive a four-cylinder car
It makes up in pep what it lacks in power
It gets me to where you are
Even if it can't do a hundred miles an hour

I know it's not a Mustang or a GTO
But here I am with you
And it’s where I want to go

I bet you thought I’d choose a V-8
But whatcha got must be good enough
'Cause you got me with four cylinder love

You’ve got a four-cylinder voice
You make up in heart what you lack in muscle
You don't have to make too much noise
You don't gotta make too much fuss

You’ll never be Aretha — no body could be
But let my voice reach ya
‘Cause you’re strong enough for me
I bet you thought I’d choose a V-8
But what I got must be good enough
'Cause I got you you you with four cylinder love
Track Name: Yosemite
Yosemite
words & music by Rain Perry
© 1999 Precipitous Music/BMI
All rights reserved.

Behind the backstop
And at the breakfast table
On the school bus
And other assorted torture chambers
The temperature drops
The snow falls
The glacier forms

Ten thousand tons of ice
Are crushing you
Into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind boy
The thaw will come
And you will be
Yosemite

Year by year
Hour by hour
Insults scrape
Lonlinesses scour
Leaving erratics
And striations
A glacial terrain

I've seen the brightest sparks
Glowing from the faces
Of my friends whose lives have been
The biggest mess
They don't make landmarks
Out of ordinary places
Only landscapes that have seen
The most distress

Someday you'll dare
To open your heart
And you'll melt one like mine
Because you are worth knowing
Worth loving
After all
Track Name: Balance
Balance
Words & Music by Rain Perry
©1999 Precipitous Music/BMI
All rights reserved.

Don't tell me you're not satisfied
'Cause I've got nothing more to give
Go on, retreat to your own side
And dig your heels in
And pull to the left
And I'll pull to the right

It's been this way for you and me
No lack of passion or sensitivity
And sometimes, you know, it really seems
We're going down, down, down
But somewhere in the sliding sand
The skinned-up knees and the rope-burnt hands
We find a way to make our stand
On the balance
The balance

Lost inside a song
The second verse won't work
And something must be done
It probably won't take long
But that means nothing to a little one
Who needs me now
Can't you give me
Just a minute?

Oh, my little angel, I want to be
If not everything you want, at least what you need
But judging by how you look at me
I'm going down, down, down
Come over here and let me hold your hand
It's a different life than the one we planned
And I'll do my best to help you understand
About the balance
The balance

When I was young I knew my life would be
A tango with success
But no one taught the dance to me
So now I'm picking out the steps
You set one foot down
Then you set down the other
It feels more like a high-wire walk
And I do my best with what I've got
Nothing ventured without the thought
"I'm going down, down, down"
And in the first part of life upon the rope
I've been terrified by the ground below
But I'll be a little less, I hope,
In the balance
The balance
Track Name: Girl in the Doorway
Girl in the Doorway
words by Rain Perry
music by Rain Perry, Michael Bolotin & Lewis Carlino
©1999 Precipitous Music/BMI, OogieBoo Music/BMI & Elysium Arts Music/BMI
All rights reserved.

My girl in the hospital doorway
Saying goodnight to me
I say I'll be here in the morning
But you know I won't be

Oh
I'm letting you go
You're on your own
Make your way

In a year you'll feel steadier
But in ten years you'll fall
In twenty years you'll be frightened
And grateful
At tiny cracks in your wall

Oh
I've let you go
You're on your own
Make your way

You will put yourself to right
Every day and in the night

My girl in the doorway
You won't be alone
I'll come to the surface
When you have a girl of your own

Oh
I let you go
You're on your own
Make your way
Track Name: Let's Burn Down the Cornfield
Let's Burn Down the Cornfield
Word & Music by Randy Newman
© Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Let's burn down the cornfield
Let's burn down the cornfield
And we can listen to it burn
You hide behind the oak tree
You hide behind the oak tree
Stay out of danger 'till I return
Oh, it's so good
On a cold night
To have a fire
Burnin' warm and bright
You hide behind the oak tree
You hide behind the oak tree
Stay out of danger 'till I return
Let's burn down the cornfield
Let's burn down the cornfield
And I'll make love to you while it's burnin
Track Name: Dance With Me
Dance With Me
Word & Music by Rain Perry
c1999 Precipitous Music/BMI
All rights reserved.

When you were young they said you were loved
The great man in the beard and the robe smiled from above
But at the same time you were taught
Every thought mattered and you'd always be caught

You gave your best shot to comply
But that's impossible, no matter how you try

So you decided God is gone
He set this world spinning and then he moved on

And now you feel you're alone
And anything you need you gotta get on your own

It's a lonely way to be
So you're looking for a connection
Well, the connection is me

When you don't know what to believe in
And faith is a dated theory
While you're looking for an answer
Take my hand and dance with me

Well, there are reasons to be afraid
It's a frightening world that whoever-it-was made
A dam in China a mile long
Evangelists who can make you change the words to a song

We give our best shot to stand tall
When there's so much in this world to make you feel small

But there are reasons to take heart
Like the things that happen between us in the dark
'Cause I suspect if God exists
It's in the way you love me — it's in the way we kiss

That's what I'm banking on
When I'm down and I can't find the means to go on

When I don't know what to believe in
And faith is a dated theory
While I'm looking for an answer
Take my hand and dance with me

When we don't know what to believe in
And faith is a dated theory
While we're looking for an answer
Take my hand and dance with me
Dance with me...
Track Name: Dance With Me
Dance With Me
Words & Music by Rain Perry
c1999 Precipitous Music/BMI
All rights reserved.

When you were young they said you were loved
The great man in the beard and the robe smiled from above
But at the same time you were taught
Every thought mattered and you'd always be caught

You gave your best shot to comply
But that's impossible, no matter how you try

So you decided God is gone
He set this world spinning and then he moved on

And now you feel you're alone
And anything you need you gotta get on your own

It's a lonely way to be
So you're looking for a connection
Well, the connection is me

When you don't know what to believe in
And faith is a dated theory
While you're looking for an answer
Take my hand and dance with me

Well, there are reasons to be afraid
It's a frightening world that whoever-it-was made
A dam in China a mile long
Evangelists who can make you change the words to a song

We give our best shot to stand tall
When there's so much in this world to make you feel small

But there are reasons to take heart
Like the things that happen between us in the dark
'Cause I suspect if God exists
It's in the way you love me — it's in the way we kiss

That's what I'm banking on
When I'm down and I can't find the means to go on

When I don't know what to believe in
And faith is a dated theory
While I'm looking for an answer
Take my hand and dance with me

When we don't know what to believe in
And faith is a dated theory
While we're looking for an answer
Take my hand and dance with me
Dance with me...

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