Men

by Rain Perry

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1.
Get in the car Words & music by Rain Perry ©2013 Precipitous Music/BMI All rights reserved Everything’s ok Everything is pretty much in its place But it’s not bringing out the best in us We’re on edge I’m trying to fight my way back from the ledge Another week like this is gonna be the death of us Get in the car Let’s go out to the desert Leave the coffee cups in the sink There’s nothing wrong between us, baby That can’t be fixed by some time to think I want the sun to burn right through me I want the air to hurt to breathe Where the rocks hold the heat after the sun goes down Get in the car with me I see the phone cord under the door It’s three am and I’m not asleep I see the mattress on the floor I hear the way that you talk to me Every night when you talk to me You called me “darlin’” - my knees went weak It doesn’t seem like so long ago Now we don’t even have to speak When we’re out on the open road Get in the car We’re going to the desert Leave the coffee cups in the sink There’s nothing wrong between us, baby That can’t be fixed by some time to think I want the sun to burn right through me I want the air to hurt to breathe Where the rocks hold the heat after the sun goes down Get in the car with me Get in the car We’re going to the desert I know it’s gonna save my soul To stand where they burned the Grievous Angel And give our hearts to rock and roll I want the sun to burn right through me I want the air to hurt to breathe Where the rocks hold the heat After the sun goes down Get in the car Get in the car Get in the car
2.
Done 03:04
Done Words by Rain Perry Music by Rain Perry & Mark Hallman ©2013 Precipitous Music/BMI & Blue Racer Music/BMI All rights reserved. In a gilded room In a foreign city I can’t do what I came here to do The girl is willing The girl is pretty But I’m thinking of you I’m done When I get home there’ll be conversations ‘cause I’m gonna tell you the truth What does it mean? Where are we going? That’s up to you That’s up to you I have to leave that up to you ‘cause how do you know if this is the end of an era Or the shape of things to come I knew a lot of women Before I was with you How do you know I’m done? How do you know I’m done?
3.
Umami 03:38
Umami Words by Rain Perry Music by Rain Perry & Mark Hallman ©2013 Precipitous Music/BMI & Blue Racer Music/BMI All rights reserved. The first taste is sour I feel the power I feel the power The first taste is sour The second taste is salt Brave men have fought Brave men have fought The second taste is salt The third taste is bitter But I’m no quitter I’m no quitter Though the third taste is bitter But the meal’s not complete Though the fourth taste is sweet The fourth taste is sweet But the meal’s not complete There’s another one only recently identified What’s the word for the way that I feel so satisfied? Umami Umami
4.
One of those Days Words & music by Rain Perry I am a mess today I don’t know what went wrong Was it only yesterday I was feeling so strong Could I lean into your arms And hide my face? It’s just one of those days It’s just one of those stupid days It doesn’t mean much It’s just one of those days You are a wreck today You’re shaky and sad What could somebody say To make you feel this bad? Lean into my arms And hide your face It’s just one of those days It’s just one of those stupid days It doesn’t mean much It’s just one of those days
5.
Happily Ever After I said I’d love you forever I said we’d always be together Looks like that’s starting to come true Because more of my life than not I’ve been with you Yeah Sometimes I’m hot for you, baby Sometimes I’m cold, cold, cold And there is nothing easy About getting older Sometimes I wonder if I really ought to be With somebody more introspective But no, I’ve already got me And I’m still delighted, baby When I see you walking down the street And that’s as happily ever after As anyone could hope to be If this were a movie We’d be somewhere between the kissing in the rain And the old couple on the front porch Who’s starting to look the same If this were a movie it would end after I gave my heart But how you keep giving it and giving it Oh, they never show that part But I’m still delighted, baby When I see you walking down the street And that’s as happily ever after As anyone could hope to be I still get excited, baby When you’ve got your arms around me And that’s as happily ever after As anyone could hope to be
6.
Photonegative of Love words and music by Rain Perry ©2013 Precipitous Music/BMI All rights reserved. Take a look at this picture The colors are backwards The road is white The sky is black A man is smiling In a greenish hue There’s an orange tear on the purple cheek Of a woman who looks like you He steals a kiss When you’re not ready He leans on you To start going steady He says, “I want you Move in with me” A week goes by And you’re too much company This isn’t love This isn’t love There’s nothing good about it This isn’t love This isn’t love There’s nothing positive about it It’s the photonegative of love Where you see orange It should be blue When he calls on Wednesday To make a date with you Where you seen green It should be red When he’s too tired to go out But he’ll still stay in your bed This isn’t love This isn’t love There’s nothing good about it This isn’t love This isn’t love There’s nothing positive about it It’s the photonegative of love You’ve got the solution Right on the shelf You don’t even have to learn to Trust yourself It’s science, baby If you develop it right I know you’re gonna see the light You’ll see the red flags That once were green And sometimes nice guys Aren’t what they seem It’s gonna be different But don’t despair There might be a friendly face in the background You didn’t know was there
7.
Atlas 06:37
Atlas words by Rain Perry, music by Rain Perry and Mark Hallman ©2013 Precipitous Music/BMI and Blue Racer Music/BMI All rights reserved. Atlas stood Blood running down his chest Knees buckling Arms trembling Trying to hold the world aloft With the last of his strength But the greater his effort The more the world bore down Till one terrible day His broad shoulders shook And he sank to the ground No wind No sound Then a horn Someone yelling The noise of the city The Titan Atlas set the world down And the world just kept spinning He cried out – staggered back And was gone After that Atlas bummed around Grew his hair Who would care? Became a fixture where I work At this little milky way bar A big lunk of a guy Sweet and broken One night at closing he stumbled out to the boardwalk And shook his fist at the sky I said, “You need someplace to go tonight?” He did. He slept like a hurricane He tossed and he turned The Titan Atlas in my room In the morning out the window He was pacing the beach Staring holes in the sea I smiled down at him and he looked back at me It was a strange little, sweet little domesticity He went for light bulbs one day And he came back with paint and a canvas He couldn’t say way They were just on the shelf at the hardware store As he passed by I think he felt kind of stupid, like a poseur As he set it up in the corner of the room But he picked up a brush And painted a thick red line across the canvas It looked kind of cool, Like some kind of rescue symbol Like what identifies a medic on the field Then he picked up the purple Then orange Then red again Red Back to the store for more red for the lie that he’d believed for so long Waves break Gulls cry The world spins on After that came a blue period Blue ocean of sorrow for the years he had lost And that’s when the tears, Oh the tears they finally came And he slept he slept he slept for days One morning at the table with my coffee I felt his smile Nothing special about this day Just another day Just a man Just another working man in the morning Waves break Gulls cry The world spins on
8.
Then Came Lo Mein words and music by Robert Earl Keen, Jr. ©Keen Edge Music/BMI All rights reserved. There were lean times, they were tough There were mean times, they were rough And the good times didn’t outweigh the bad I was sad, you were bitter But you were no quitter When nothin’ was all that we had We were drinkin’ a lot We were thinkin’ of tyin’ the knot Or maybe throw in the towel Make up – have a kid Break up – and we did But only just for awhile Then came Lo Mein and going insane At the Chinese café way downtown I was steamed, I was fried, but you stood by my side When I had my nervous breakdown There were noodles galore All over the floor And hot mustard sauce everywhere You held my hand ‘til I calmed down again And picked out the rice from my hair After that we agreed When in fact what we need Is to pack up and take the first plane Take a bus, take a bike Take care, take a hike Take out, but leave the Lo Mein I remember it now when we order Kung Pao And bow our heads to say grace The day we left town and that nervous breakdown At the all-you-can-eat Chinese place At the Chinese cafe way downtown Then came Lo Mein and going insane At the Chinese café way downtown I was steamed, I was fried, but you stood by my side When I had my nervous breakdown
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Big Train 03:13
Big Train words by Rain Perry, music by Rain Perry and Mark Hallman ©2013 Precipitous Music/BMI and Blue Racer Music/BMI All rights reserved. I was born with a suitcase in my hand I’ve been everyplace across this land When that lonesome whistle starts to blow A certain kind of man has got to go Because a certain kind of man can’t be tied down To a woman or a job or a town A certain kind of man lives to roam But that’s the one who’s never found his home Train, train, keep on flying Go ahead and pass me by Big train, roll on through I’ve got no more use for you I want to wake up with a smile on my face Knowing what it is to love a place Where the water’s sweet and the oaks and the alders sway And the one I love is hoping I will stay Train, train, keep on flying Go ahead and pass me by Big train, roll on through I’ve got no more use for you Train, train, keep on flying Go ahead and pass me by Big train, roll on through I’ve got no more use for you
10.
Let’s Do Something Wrong words & music by Chuck Prophet © Kingsblood Music/BMI All rights reserved. Let’s do something wrong Let’s do something stupid Something we’ll regret tonight Anything but the same old nonsense Anything but the same old grind Well, I once loved a boy He wouldn’t love me I loved him hard And I loved him true He only lives up the hill above me Now what in the world can a poor girl do? I always did the right thing What did it get me? I always did the right thing What did it get me? What did it get me? Let’s do something wrong Let’s do something stupid Let’s do something wrong Let’s do something stupid Let’s do something wrong Let’s do something stupid Let’s do something wrong Let’s do something stupid Let’s do something wrong Let’s do something stupid Let’s do something wrong Let’s do something stupid Let’s do something wrong Let’s do something stupid Let’s do something wrong Let’s do something stupid

about

Angular guitar notes and razor sharp chords start Get in the Car , the lead track from Men, the latest Rain Perry album. The song picks up speed as it takes the quickest highway route out to the glory of the desert; feeling the heat and the burn from breathing in the hot air. Rain Perry songs are, at times, poetic ( Atlas ), folk country ( One of Those Days ), orchestral ( Photonegative of Love ) and always seem personal ( Done ). Her words are dipped in heart ink, keeping the stories familiar. Rain is our inner voice, parcelling out the issues in our lives with one line phrases that move the clouds of doubt away so that action can thrive. Men delivers a ten-song storybook of what has worked well in the life of the author. Rain s voice coaxes and pulls along as she teases with a countdown and searches for satisfaction in Umami , and she traces a line between now and the future in Happily Ever After , letting the good feeling from a hug stretch to sitting on a front porch in old age. Rain Perry uses Folk Rock to create her song foundations. Her website features her music, and expands on her art with stage work, reviews of her book, Cinderblock Bookshelves: A Guide for Children of Fame-Obsessed Bohemian Nomads, and her views on life outside of the song. Rain s tune, Beautiful Tree , is the theme for the CW Series Life Unexpected. --The Alternate Root

Rain Perry, Ojai s favorite female singer-songwriter slash supermom (best known for her song Beautiful Tree, which was used as the theme song for the TV show Life Unexpected) is back with her latest release, Men. The 10-song, fan-funded affair finds the songstress in a reflective mood, musing on relationships and life. The excellent lead track, Get in the Car, possibly Perry s most commercial pop-rock song to date, is reminiscent of the Go-Go s, but the rest of the record heads into introspection, which is where Perry seems the most comfortable. Songs like Done, Happily Ever After and the achingly beautiful Robert Earl Keen cover, Then Came Lo Mein, showcase Perry s Feist-like mellow and honest delivery. Commercial potential abounds; Perry can easily lay claim to being one of the best songwriters in the area. --VC Reporter

credits

released August 6, 2013

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Mark Hallman at the Congress House in Austin, Texas
Additional engineering by André Moran
Security provided by John Pearson

“Get in the Car,” “Photonegative of Love” and “Happily Ever After” – words and music by Rain Perry, Precipitous Music/BMI
“Done,” “Umami,” “One of Those Days,” “Big Train” and “Atlas” – words by Rain Perry, Music by Rain Perry & Mark Hallman, Precipitous Music/BMI and Blue Racer Music/BMI
“Then Came Lo Mein” by Robert Earl Keen, Keen Edge Music/BMI
“Let’s Do Something Wrong” by Chuck Prophet, Kingsblood Music/BMI

Rain Perry – vocals, iPad guitar and bass on “Happily Ever After”
Mark Hallman – vocals, drums, bass, guitars, piano, keyboards, accordion, mandola, clarinet, banjo, percussion, synth strings, whistling

Donna Lynn Caskey – banjo on “Big Train”
Julie Christensen – vocals on “Let’s Do Something Wrong”
Matt the Electrician – vocal on “One of Those Days”
Andrew Hardin – Telecaster on “Big Train”
Sara Hickman – vocal on “Happily Ever After”
André Moran – slide & lap steel on “Big Train,” clarinet and Omnichord on “Lo Mein”
Scrappy Jud Newcomb – Epiphone on “Let’s Do Something Wrong”
Brian Standefer – cello on “Photonegative of Love”

This album was written in Rain’s car, on her couch, at the 29 Palms Inn and the Rancho Cucamonga aLoft.

Music zealots: read the lyrics and get the lowdown on every instrument at rainperry.com/men-liner-notes/

Photograph of Rain © 2013 Elizabeth Sloan
Album Design – Amy Schneider and David Reeser, Ojai Digital
Stylist – Elizabeth Sloan
Photos of Rain’s grandfather Bob and his buddies by her grandmother Kae Herron

Music fills many roles. All an artist can ask is that at least once you put this on during a 40 minute drive and turn it up.

Acknowledgements:

Thank you to my loyal listeners, the sweet and generous men and women who kickstart and cheerlead me, and my loving family and friends.

I adore my warped and beautiful daughters and am grateful for the musical education they give me.

Thank you to the fabulous musicians, artists and designers, and to Robert Earl Keen and Chuck Prophet for two great songs.

I have many compatriots, female and male. This album has me thinking in particular about the men who have directly nurtured and inspired me, and I guess I’m going to get all “Cactus Tree” about it. From the top: there’s the one who gave me permission; the one who taught me to be practical; the professional who took me seriously as a kid; the one who let me at his pianos; the boys in the boy’s room; the guitar duo who reached out way back then and still do; mr. microphone for always asking for an update; the big guy who made a musician out of me; the late great leader of the band; the man from god knows where; the rock god willing to be a folkie with me; my theme-concert cohort; the one who claims (but I know better) only to love me for my husband, and all the wonderful guys who have lent their skill and talent to my performances and recordings, as well as every over-sensitive boy whose songs have saved my soul.

But especially two:

The one who returns what I thought I’d lost (and so much more) with generosity, curiosity and fearlessness

and

The one who married me and is still married to me after all this time.

Thank you.

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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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