The Stone Coyotes

Church Of The Falling Rain

by The Stone Coyotes

Released 1998
Red Cat Records
Released 1998
Red Cat Records
  • 03:40 Lyrics Church Of The Falling Rain
    Well, it 's days like these
    Make you fall down to your knees
    Beauty sometimes takes your breath away
    There's a wind wrapped around my feet
    I can feel the earth through the concrete
    And I bow my head and pray

    In the church of the falling rain
    The keepers of the flame
    Kneel at the altar of the rising sun
    Just another schoolgirl
    Caught out in the modern world
    Listening for the songs of the holy ones

    Hello, Evening Star
    I wonder how you are
    I was taught but I forgot your name
    I'm down here still scared
    Putting ribbons in my hair
    All grown up and just the same

    Baptized with closed eyes
    Where the misty waters rise
    And I'm running out of time
    Read a book, lost my place
    Waiting for a saving grace
    And I'm looking for a sign


  • 03:11 Lyrics The Mark Of Cain
    One night I went out walking
    Down a dark, untravelled street
    And by a house all boarded up
    A man I chanced to meet

    I asked him as I passed him by
    "What brings you to this place?"
    For the lamplight clearly showed
    His pale and haunted face

    He said' "A woman lived here long ago
    The fairest of them all -
    I remember she wore a light blue dress
    he night I came to call

    In one hand I had a diamond ring
    In the other hand a gun
    When she turned me down, I shot her to the ground
    And no one saw me run"

    He said, "I do not dress in prison blues
    I wear no ball and chain
    But wherever I go, and whatever I do
    I bear the mark of Cain"

    His words made me back away
    He said, "You have nothing to fear from me
    For you're looking at a man whose soul is damned
    Throughout eternity

    In my dreams I see her still
    Lyin' by me dead
    I wake up in a cold sweat
    The flames of hell around my bed

    You can carve it on my headstone
    That all may read it plain
    'This dust that once was flesh and bone
    Still bears the mark of Cain'"


  • 03:16 Lyrics Hammer On The Nail

    Something's breathin' down my back
    The sky outside has turned pitch black
    There's a storm cloud gathered on the hill
    And a hairline crack on my windowsill

    Oh - Have I gone beyond the pale?
    Even as we speak, I hear the hammer on the nail

    Saw a coffin open wide
    With a little baby child inside
    Beckoned to me with a white bone hand
    Said, "Come a little closer, you'll understand

    Do you You'll be a tear in Jesus' eye?"
    Once you think along these lines
    It all unravels, it all unwinds

    You ask me how I feel
    There's a hound dog snappin' at my heels
    And all these fears, once ignited
    Come back uninvited

    I've been lookin' out, I've been lookin' in
    I've been runnin' down the road in a howlin' wind

  • 03:32 Lyrics My Little Runaway
    I met a boy on the street the other day
    He was walkin' all around out in West L.A.
    He showed me a picture - "Have you seen this girl?
    She's the dearest thing in the whole wide world

    It doesn't seem so very long ago
    We listened to Del Shannon on the stereo
    I never thought it would be my turn to say
    'Has anybody seen my little runaway?'

    She was too pretty for her own good
    Said, 'I'm gonna make it out there in Hollywood
    A man said he would make me a star
    I'll be comin' back home in a big white car'

    And people like to say they knew
    That she'd go wrong, but that's not true
    Everything they know is just hearsay
    Has anybody seen my little runaway?
    My little run run run run runaway

    She went out there and they used her up
    They threw her aside like a broken cup
    Poor baby, she's gone gone gone
    Walkin' the streets with her eyeshadow on"

    He said, "Darlin', if you hear my plea
    Will you please come runnin' back to me?
    Don't stay out in that cold world alone
    Do you hear us callin', 'Baby, please come home'?"

    I left the boy on the the streets that day
    He was walkin' all around out in West L.A.
    And if I listen, I can still hear him say
    "Has anybody seen my little runaway?
    My little run run run run runaway"


  • 02:42 Lyrics On The Riverbank
    I remember nights
    When I'd rush to meet you
    By the light of the moon
    Hangin' down low
    You'd push back my hair
    And softly whisper
    "Love's made in Heaven
    Now don't you know?"

    On the riverbank
    Where the water splashes
    We swore our love
    Would never die
    But the fire
    Burned down to ashes
    The devil smiles
    And the angels cry

    We threw stones
    In the bright blue water
    Like lovers' lies
    They leave no trace
    Your eyes are cold
    Under the streetlight
    And all our dreams
    Are laid to waste


  • 04:27 Lyrics Saw You At The Hop
    Let me see now - what was that year?
    1956 comes back clear
    I said to my friends, "There's a party goin' on
    Let's get there late and not stay too long"

    I went back home to put on my dress
    I arrived later in the one that looked the best
    I was tappin' my feet to a Muddy Waters song
    When you walked in the door with a white shirt on

    I saw you at the hop
    Saw you at the party
    I saw you at the hop
    Saw you at the party

    And I said to my friends as you walked by
    "Did you see that boy? I think I'm gonna die"
    My friends said to me, " He's lookin' your way
    What are you gonna do? What are you gonna say?"

    But time went by without a word to me
    I said to my friends, "Come on, let's go
    - Some things aren't meant to be"
    So we went out just drivin' around
    Found ourselves on La Cienega northbound

    And who do you think should pull up alongside
    But that sweet boy sayin', "I've been lookin' for you
    everywhere - do you want to take a ride?


  • 03:37 Lyrics Odessa
    Ten years is a long time
    Ten years is the blink of an eye
    Three chords and a million miles
    With a dream that just won't die

    I remember the oil rigs churnin'
    Saw the world from a back porch swing
    By the light of the gas fires burnin'
    Daddy'd say, "You oughtta hear my little girl sing"

    Underneath the Texas sky
    Do you hear me when I cry?

    Playin' to the radio hour by hour
    Guitar too big and hands too small
    Spent a whole summer pickin' Wildwood Flower
    Mother Maybelle, she was ten feet tall

    Kids in school used to whisper out loud
    "Do you see that girl over there?
    Poor little fool's got her head in the clouds
    Yeah, she thinks she's goin' somewhere"

    I don't care about fame and fortune
    Camera in your face and a dollar in the bank
    I want to go runnin' through the fields
    Drinkin' hot water from a railway tank

    Hotel rooms and smoke-filled bars
    No, this ain't no back porch swing
    I want to go home but I've come too far
    Daddy, you oughtta hear your little girl sing


  • 04:03 Lyrics Out Of Harm's Way
    Come away from the window
    Be sure the blinds are drawn
    I've got a feeling in my bones tonight
    Another mother's child is gone

    Another soul departed
    For the sweet unknown
    In the arms of angels
    Bound for Heaven's throne

    We lie down on a bed of thorns
    Walk through fire on feet of clay
    Read a book with the pages torn
    Sayin', "Keep us out of harm's way"

    For every starry-eyed dreamer
    For every warriors' truce
    There's a madman in the alley
    And a killer on the loose

    Can we be delivered?
    Can we be saved
    From a fatal blow
    And a shallow grave?

    History's been written
    With a pen dipped in blood
    Held in a hand that trembles
    Amid the tempest and the flood

    With those who've gone before us
    And those to follow bye and bye
    Add our voices to the chorus
    Of the everlasting cry


  • 04:11 Lyrics The Changing Of The Guard
    Can you hear it?
    Can you hear the sound
    Of a heavy tread?
    Can you feel it in the ground?

    All we held dear
    We have set aside
    But with victory near
    We will not be denied

    It's the changing of the guard
    It's the marching to the drum
    To the beating of our hearts
    Here we come

    Past farm and field
    Mile by mile
    With a sword and shield
    Lord, we're the rank and file

    We've come to visit
    Yes, we have come to call
    We've come to see
    Your empire fall

    If I should not return
    And in some far-off kingdom lie
    Here's a single white rose
    To remember me by

    And oh, darling
    Don't look that way
    'Cause if you do, it will haunt me
    Until my dying day


  • 03:24 Lyrics Little White Lies
    Oh, it's all clear in hindsight
    But it wasn't at the time
    You were whispering in my ear
    "I love you darlin'- please be mine"

    All those sweet-sounding words
    Wedding bells beckoning
    How was I to know what was to come?
    The day of reckoning

    It was lies, lies, little white lies
    That tore our world apart
    Lies, lies, little white lies
    Drove a dagger in my heart

    Till death do us part
    You vowed to cherish me
    When the first lie was spoken
    I guess the rest came easily

    Oh, I wish you all the best in life
    And may all your dreams come true
    These are a few of my little white lies
    I'm about to tell to you


  • 04:26 Lyrics Stealing My Thunder
    In the good old days
    At times like this
    I would have been inclined
    To reminisce

    But not now
    And it seems so strange
    Since the revelation
    I've been rearranged

    You've been stealing my thunder
    You've been blocking my light
    And it's been making me crazy
    It's been driving me wild tonight

    Torrential rains
    Do not abate
    When lightning strikes
    It illuminates

    All around me
    Rack and ruin
    You want my love
    Nothin' doin'

    I once was strong
    But now I'm weak
    From your cold kiss
    Upon my cheek

    I'm walkin' away
    From the scene of the crime
    I lost the thought
    I tripped the rhyme


  • 03:17 Lyrics Folded Wings
    From this cage
    Some call my home
    I see the world
    That I used to roam

    And something still
    Within me sings
    A faded bird
    With folded wings

    I long to fly
    Where the four winds blow
    But the savage years
    Have laid me low

    Yet somewhere hope
    Eternal springs
    In a faded bird
    With folded wings

    I'll beat my wings
    Against these bars
    Till they release me
    To the sun, moon and stars

    Or until death
    To Heaven brings
    This faded bird
    With folded wings


  • 03:09 Lyrics Wake Up, What's The Matter
    'Wake up, what's the matter?
    What have you seen?"
    "Nothing, my dear, go back to sleep
    It's something from my wildest dreams

    I was climbin' up the white cliffs of Dover
    Staring into certain death
    When I called your name
    With my last breath

    And it's just, it's just
    That I've tried and failed to recall
    When it was that the bullet struck
    With nothing to break my fall

    And I heard your sweet voice call
    From far,far away
    Sayin', 'It's all right - this will fade
    In the cool clear light of day'

    And who among us has not shivered
    When that ancient wind blows cold?
    And who among us has not felt
    Every terror that the dark can hold?

    And cried out and cried out
    In the middle of the night
    "No No No No-
    Turn on the light! Turn on the light!"


  • 02:55 Highway 61