RETROGRADE, EP

by Raina Rose

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Paul Curreri and I made this 5 song record in the back house studio of Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt’s house in February of 2015. I came in and played guitar, then the next day I came in and sang all the vocals. For which I am much grateful, Devon Sproule hung out with my little baby Benny. Then my husband Andrew came in and played bass. Flash forward a couple weeks and Paul sent back these songs all strung up in xmas lights, glitter, beats, background vocals. Photoshopped into these songs were kitties and dinosaurs. Then Dan Grissom made that awesome cover art and Robin MacMillan mastered the album.

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released November 3, 2015

Produced by Paul Curreri
vocals & guitar by Raina Rose
all songs copyright Raina Rose music BMI 2015
electric guitars, background vocals, drums/beats, sounds by Paul Curreri
bass by Andrew Pressman
art by Dan Grissom
mastered by Robin MacMillan

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Raina Rose Austin, Texas

As the second daughter of a country music historian and a Jewish poet, Americana musician and songwriter Raina Rose revels in sharing with you her beautifully twisted, yet refreshingly optimistic perspective on the world.

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Track Name: Northern Lights
I have seen the northern lights
That's the closest i been to god
I have swum upon the sea
And let the waves inside me nod
I have loved another with every
Lost & Drunken dream I ever had
And the stars were ours solely
And solemn were we when it went bad

I have caught a bird
As down she fell from her only nest
God I hope I have some
Days ahead so good I could call best
baby if i go tonight, at least i seen
the northern lights

I have cracked open on the ground
And poured into the dark night
As the rain was tumbling down
and i understood the light
when i woke and saw the world
with eyes upon the wildwood
my hands held the beating heart
of everything that is good

I have caught a bird
As down she fell from her only nest
God I hope I have some
Days ahead so good I could call best
baby if i go tonight, at least i seen
the northern lights

I want to see everything
I want to be everything
I want to never want no more
I want to never want no more

I have caught a bird
As down she fell from her only nest
God I hope I have some
Days ahead so good I could call best
baby if i go tonight, at least i seen
the northern lights
Track Name: Silver Moon
The silver moon is always full
we only see what's seen the sun
stars are always shining
We can only see em when day is done

The silver moon is always out
Swinging round in breathless space
The stars are always shining
But mostly so when I see your face

The silver moon is always sad
Pulling at the rushing tide
The stars are always shining
Even when your hearts inside

You can't touch the sun
It'll burn your lonely bones
But it feeds the flowers
Blooming around your family home
Track Name: The Mountain
I am not on fire
I have made atonement
When shooting for the bullseye
I landed way below it
This is what I'm handed
Never never alone
I have been to the mountain
And now I'm coming home

This is not a lost art
Just simple trade skill
When the moon becomes the morning star it's just an uphill
Battle to contain it
Or let you it slowly own
I've been to the mountain
And now I'm coming home

I've been to the mountain
I saw the dark green valley
Every step a mile
Every night a bounty
And if I were to stay there
My heart a standing stone
See I've been the mountain
And now I'm coming home

Did you ever see the sky like this?
Did you ever see the sky?
Did you ever close your eyes and still see it shine?

I was once on fire
Now On the wire warmed by sunshine
Dried upon the line
And smelling of the summertime
See back here children laughing
Is the music we have known
I've been to the mountain
And now I'm safe at home
Track Name: Look What Love
I got ripped out
Of my heavy bed
And I lost count
Thought maybe I was dead
But the sun kept moving circles around
the moon sighed "don't look at me
i'm half here, there's nothing to see"
but you see what goes up must come down

Look what love has made of me?
An empty river that fills up
When the rains come and suns gone
Look here love has made a spade of me

I was land locked
I was hip checked
I was stranded on
A sinking deck
Over ocean water I oughtta come back in
But the waves here
Are a shining jewel and I'm laughing cuz I don't know what else to do
Without you here I'm no good

ain't we doing ok
ain't we making our way
ain't we savoring the day
ain't we treading on glass
trembling til the storm has passed
ain't it going too fast

I am behind you
Every small step
I will guide you
If your sight left
You standing on a busy city street
I believe in you
When our money's gone
When oldage has got us
Carrying on and the world falls down I will pick you up

look what love has made of me
look what love has made of me
Track Name: Albatross
I laughed so hard I criedAnd I wanted to keep on crying
a storm inside me trying to break out
And I cried so hard it hurt
Thunder inside my shirt
Lightning trying to burn me out

I am lost
Under Roads that cross
Albatross hanging round my neck
I'm a ball of string
Stuck all on things
The roses growin up through the mess

This unfamiliar garden
Tall fences guarding
Flowers are secrets i long to know
But there's no telling
The busy streets of hell in
Which you could be calling home

Ain't no prey that looks like an angel
Through the hunter's eye
Ain't no name that you could call it
That would change the sky

This sad so long
A night that's come and gone
Pavement painted from the rain that fell here
If you wonder where's my heart
It's complete yet come apart
Its a dead star shining through the atmosphere