Album lyrics: Songs From The Rain


This Is It (Your Soul)

Hothouse Flowers/Dave Stewart


You've been disturbed from your sleep
You've been laid down on the floor
You've been looking around for your family
Now your body's tired and sore
Well there's rest that's in the water
And there's an answer on the streets
And if you take the time to listen
There's a chance you will meet
Your soul
This is it
This is your soul
This is it

When your world falls down around you
Not the most comfortable place
You've been looking into a room full of strangers
But now you recognise one face
It's a reflection on the water
It's the word that's in the street
Say it now is the time to listen
Take the time to meet

Your soul
This is it
This is your soul
This is it
And they're talking at you not with you
And you're bored with what's around
And you've tried all the quacks, all the doctors and all you really need
And all you really need is a healing sound

But just listen to the waters
Find the answer on the street
Because now it's time to listen, now it's time to meet
Your soul, now this is it
It's time to meet your soul
Your crying soul
This is your soul
Set free your soul

This is it, set it free, let the light inside
Shine from the inside out
Oh let the light inside shine
From the inside out
Let the light inside

One Tongue

Hothouse Flowers


What in the world caused this distance?
And what in the world hurt our hearts?
And what are we to do about it?
And what are we to start?

We have an answer and it is language
It might be silence it might be words
It includes some understanding
And it includes the will to learn
To be talking, talking, talking one tongue
Talking, talking one tongue

And give us the strength to look straight at you
Let doubt be the furthest from our minds
So we can continue to be and know that we should be here
And we can see the light inside
And as it gets more complicated, simplicity must arise
So we can follow in this feeling
And we can keep this song alive
To be talking, talking, talking one tongue
Talking, talking, talking one tongue

Yes there are many many questions
Yes there is red tape on the ground
Yes the simple truth can cut through anything
Just touch base and make this sound
I said yes there are too many questions
Yes there is red tape on the ground
Yes the simple truth can cut through anything
Talking, talking, talking one tongue

An Emotional Time

Hothouse Flowers/Dave Stewart


It came in a dream you and I were there
You found me while I was frightened
You said
Change should not be difficult
You said change should lead us home
To an emotional time
Songs from the rain
Falling on our faces
And lifting the pain
To see us home

Is there a voice
To soothe the storm
I'm still learning
And you're still there

Forever beautiful

There to lead us home to an emotional time
Songs from the rain
Falling on our faces
And healing the pain
An emotional time
Songs from the rain
Calling on listeners to listen again

To see us home

An emotional time
Songs from the rain
Falling on our faces
And healing the pain
It's an emotional time
Songs from the rain
Calling on listeners
To listen again
To see us home

Be Good (Wholly Loving Eyes)

Hothouse Flowers


Well we went out past the city limits trying to get a better point of view
You were staring hard at me, I was staring back at you
And you said I was being secretive, said yes may be you're right
But if there is logic in any of this madness you'll find it in my eyes

And be good, be kind, be truthful and feel free
And keep your wholly loving eyes on me

I've got a history of questions, the truth I can only feel
What matters to me the most is what is there and what is real
We could start by shaking each other and talk about something else
And I know in the end we can get to the point and we can go and get some rest

And be good, be kind, be truthful and feel free
And keep your wholly loving eyes on me

Is it not written in the music, is it not painted in the skies
It's time we stopped talking about soft drinks started talking about our lives
There are answers in the music and there are answers in the words
And if we stopped talking in circles we might get closer to the earth
And be good, be kind, be truthful and feel free
And keep your wholly loving eyes on me

Good For You

Hothouse Flowers


I've spent my life watching sky and sea change colour hypnotised by
The beauty of it all
And you ask me why I'm singing
Well it is good for me, it can be good for you

I've hoarded all experiences I've had
Written down all memories on a train
And you ask me where I'm headed
It can be good for you
And it's been good for me

I've seen a face in a thousand nights of dreaming
It's been calling me to take up on the road
And I'll go I will I'll keep on believing
'Cos it is good for me
It can be good for you
I've begged my family to take me
Asked them to see my point of view
And I will, I will stand my ground and face you

'Cos you are good for me
I can be good for you

I've seen a thousand nights of ardour
Got frozen by the winter of my soul
But I'm not afraid of sorrow
'Cos it's been good for me
It can be good for you

And I've woken to the sound of sweet dawn music
Where a hundred thousand songs are sung
While the earth and ocean changes
Four thousand million into one

Isn't It Amazing

Hothouse Flowers


Isn't it amazing (2)
We follow a winding path
Through towns of tears in laughter
Moved by the one spirit
And the spirit's moving faster
Closer as the great eagle soars
And we follow...steady
Steady as she goes

And every cry is a song
And every song is a prayer
And our prayer must be heard
Fill the air (repeat)

Got to find the right note
How to make the right tone
How to keep it true to ourselves
Where we are coming from
What matters most is us
What matters most is now
What matters is this
How it comes and where and how

Every cry is a song
Every song is a prayer
And our prayers must be heard
To fill the air

Help us make peace
Amazing grace, Morning has broken, Imagine, Trumpets, Knocking on 
heaven's door, In the garden, Forever young, No woman no cry, Ag 
criost an siol, Open up, open up the doors to your heart, You might 
need somebody, you might need somebody, Thank you for letting me be 
myself again

The closing lyrics are references to the following songs:
Help Us Make Our Peace (Hothouse Flowers); Amazing Grace (by John Newton); Morning Has Broken (Cat Stevens); Imagine (John Lennon); Trumpets (Waterboys); Knocking On Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan); In The Garden (Van Morrison; also the title of a hymn); Forever Young (Bob Dylan); No Woman No Cry (Bob Marley and the Wailers); Ag criost an siol (The Seed Is Christ's - traditional Irish/Gaelic); Open Up The Door To Your Heart (Freddie Scott), You Might Need Somebody (written by Will Jennings); Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (Sly and The Family Stone). Thanks to the HF mailing list for these.


Thing Of Beauty

Hothouse Flowers


Look out your window on a winters morning
Your breath is steam and there's frost falling
And the sun casts a spell upon the road
A thing of beauty is not a thing to ignore
Great song of beauty

Stand by the river on a moonlight evening
Lovers are loving and grievers are grieving
And the water does a dance upon the stones
I sit and listen, I will not ignore

A thing of beauty is not to be ignored
Can't you see, (can't you see)
It in the secrets of the dawn (thing of beauty)
Can't you feel (can't you feel)
Can't you feel it in the place that you come from (thing of beauty)

Face up to morning
Face up to day
Face up to reality
And face up to your ways

There is so much to breathe, see, know, understand and do
And I believe in things of beauty
Do you, do you?
Can't you see
Can't you see it in the secrets of the night (thing of beauty)
Can't you feel
Can't you feel it in the wonder of a birds first flight
Thing of beauty
Can't you see, can't you see it
See it in the gentle falling of the snow
Can't you feel, can't you feel
Like a mother feels when she knows her child has grown

Come to conclusions
I believe we all do
To look around us and the taste of the fruit
Set free your morals
It should be written on every door

A thing of beauty is not a thing to ignore
Can't you see (can't you see)
It in the magic when a boy meets a girl (thing of beauty)
Can't you feel it, can't you feel it
In the wonders of the changes of the world (thing of beauty)
Can't you see (can't you see)
It when right comes out of wrong (thing of beauty)
Can't you feel (can't you feel)
It as it goes on and on (thing of beauty)
Can't you see (can't you see)
It in what's left beneath the ground (thing of beauty)
Can't you feel (can't you feel)
It in the mystery of sound (of sound, thing of beauty)
Can't you see
Can't you see it in the glory of the sun (thing of beauty)
Can't you feel, can't you feel it in the wonder of the one...
One
Can't you feel one and only
One and only
Can't you feel it, can't you feel it, feel it
Thing of beauty

Your Nature

Hothouse Flowers


You sang so softly
I closed my eyes
Like snowfall on the water
I the only child

You had been walking
And your skin was cold
You took the night with you
And I was enthralled
By the power of the light
And the sound of the changing tide of your nature

And it was evening
I saw my breath
And I was needing to hear your tenderness
I was blinded by the sight, the power of the changing tide of your nature

And it was evening
I saw my breath
And I was needing to hear your tenderness
I was blinded by the sight, the power of the changing tide of
Your nature
Stay singing softly
You take me home
Like a slow boat on the water
Like an old stone

I was blinded by the sight and the power of the changing tide
Blinded by the night
The sweet sound of the changing tide of your nature

Spirit Of The Land

Hothouse Flowers


Have you been touched by the spirit of the land
From a far away call into the palm of your hand
It's inside every woman, it's inside every man
It's time to look and listen to know and understand

The news is getting further and the word is getting round
We will end another people if we keep taking from the ground
You'll see it in the symbols and the songs with ancient sounds
You'll find it all connected if you take the time to look around
Look around

There's a gathering of races and a gathering of soul
There'll be a choosing of direction and a distribution of roles
Earth is turtle island
And air is isle of green
Water is in Indian, fire is aborigine

Gypsy Fair

O'Maonlai/O'Toole/O'Braonain/Will Jennings


Blazing eyes bareback horses and a redhead smile
I'm tempted strongly, strongly tempted by the call of the wild
Going to the gypsy fair I'm going to find some freedom there
I want to dance 'til I don't care
At the gypsy fair, at the gypsy fair

Are coffee stains the total colour of my mind
I see a plane I look up and wonder if it should be flying

Going to the gypsy fair I'm going to find some freedom there
I want to dance 'til I don't care
At the gypsy fair, at the gypsy fair

Legend written not written only passed on through time
Of a people walking, walking people and they're dreaming
Dreaming of flying

Going to the gypsy fair
I'm going to find some freedom there
I want to dance 'til I don't care
At the gypsy fair
At the gypsy fair

Stand Beside Me

Hothouse Flowers


He has been living through the pages of our time
Known as a true man
Pure and sublime
Comes from the earth
And out of the skies
From the four corners of the compass
And into our lives
He is followed
He who is true
To what there is to be believed in
To the spirit of you
Comes from the day
And out of the night
It's in all things natural
It's in all things right
Oh
Sometimes it's just not that easy
Oh
Sometimes I go to call you, call you
Stand beside me God
Stand beside me
Stand before me
And behind me
So I can follow in love

And it all sails so smoothly with a prayer at each hand
We all carry our stones, our good books
On the Holy ground, we stand
True to the day, true to the night
It's got to be natural, it's got to be right
Oh
Sometimes it's still not that easy
No
Sometimes I'm not the man I think I am
Feel I am
Hope I am
Know I am
Stand beside me
Stand beside me
Stand before me
And behind me
So I can be true, so I can be true to my word

Stand beside me
Stand beside me
Stand before me
Stand beside me