Enough Blue to Go Around

by Will Rainier

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1.
Spinning out of control I keep stumbling where I wanna go I can’t pick the truth out of all the noise Even myself I seem to annoy Spinning all around my head So many ideas that sink like lead I drag a few out into the light But they’re only a flicker in the night Chorus: I feel crazy all the time I gotta sever the cord and untie the line Push myself out into space I gotta see if I can get back in the race They came knocking at my door I couldn’t tell ya what it was for They’re speaking a language I don’t understand It’s like a lost track from that Sonic Youth band Chorus I never know just where to begin Or what direction I’m going to spin I’m spinning further and further down Couldn’t get much lower except underground I keep trying to think more positively But that couldn’t be much more unlike me Chorus
2.
I’ve been going over my list of all the things I forgot It keeps growing longer it feels like it just won’t stop Sometimes I wonder if it’s just me Like I somehow misplaced the key I see others live it up like they’ve got it all figured out What do they know that I don’t What do they have that I don’t What do they do that I don’t What do they see that I don’t I feel like my life is stuck on repeat It was something Bill Murray was able to beat But as I go through my dusty files Searching for answers to fill those miles That I’ve racked up on this road I still just can’t find What do they know that I don’t What do they have that I don’t What do they do that I don’t What do they see that I don’t I’m at that age where I keep trying to look back Find out where I went wrong and how I got off track But that ain’t no way to live You gotta move on and try to forgive Yourself because you’re all you’ve got So live it up while you can What do I know that they don’t What do I have that they don’t What do I do that they don’t What do I see that they don’t What do I know that they don’t
3.
Hey there friend I got a favor to ask Can I catch a ride I don’t know if I can last out here on my own Have we started or is this the end I’m not sure just where I’m supposed to begin to find my way back Everything feels so strange and the lights Through the raindrops on the windshield color the night a kaleidoscope of fear As I nod off and on over the rumbling road And I fight back the tears that are ready to unload is this just a bad dream I see the signs everywhere Trying to tell me things of which I should care Is it safe for me to close my eyes for a while I don’t want to wake up if this has all been a lie My mind is racing with so many dark thoughts I can’t remember the way so please just don’t stop until we’re far away from here I looked in my journal and I studied the words But the meaning escaped me it all seemed a blur like it was written by someone else I gave up my last buck with a pull of a tab And everything else that I thought I had turned out to be just a mirage It feels like the end is finally closing in As I search deep inside trying to figure out my sin is there a way out of this I see the signs everywhere Trying to tell me things of which I should care Is it safe for me to close my eyes for a while I don’t want to wake up if this has all just a lie
4.
Enough Blue 03:57
Pass the magic eight ball doesn’t matter where you fall We’re strangers together lost in this world Show me where it hurts tell me why it didn’t work I’m lost with you and I’m lost without you Enough blue to go around I’m not trying to bring you down Closets full of skeletons we can’t seem to keep them in Life wants to pile on just when you’ve had enough Keep the lights down low I don’t want to see when you go How did we get here and how do we move on
5.
Ruins 02:50
You think you’re better than me You believe you’ve got something I need But I see right through your fragile game When it crumbles down you’ll have no one else to blame There’s no going back this time I want to show you I have the spine To follow through throw it all away And never look back no matter what you say But I want you to know that I’m sorry Those feelings are no longer a part of me This goodbye has always been there waiting You think you’re better than me You believe you’ve got something I need But after all this time I finally realize There was no escaping our demise
6.
This is an intermission song Here to entertain you until something better comes along If you need to walk out and clear your mind It’s okay I’ll save your place here in line This is another long goodbye Words become smudge marks as they cry Broken promises trail back to me Held under water out of air they need And when the second act begins Where will you be when the lights go down I think I saw you slip away Only the remnants of yesterday This is an intermission song Time will run out on you before long I hope you find what you’re looking for The embrace the world has in store
7.
Do not fail me now ‘Cause all I feel is doubt There’s a fear that’s been growing deep inside And there’s nowhere left I can hide Almost jumped the sun You get up high but how do you know when you’re done ‘Cause it’s a long long way down out of the clouds They obscure your path and surround Until you hit the ground I let everybody down I just keep moving the same puzzle pieces around Every way out splits into two roads Every moment a chance that it all erodes I guess this was always my path Never sticking around to see the aftermath But maybe you can look the other way So you don’t have to watch me waste away With another day Hold on to me tonight Before I lose my way in the dimming light Before the picture fades away Memories blurring from day to day
8.
Dreaming of dive bars at the end of the line If I ever get out of here I’m gonna spend some time Trying to make some sense of all that we’ve been through And now the bridge out of this place is crumbling too Come on and warm yourself over the whiskey fire I wanna know your every dream and desire And if any mixed drinks or mixed feelings come between us Let’s forgive each other quick before the damage can turn to rust We’re going nowhere fast not sure how long it’s gonna last I hope that you’re by my side for as long as we’re on this crazy ride You say you sometimes think you got a raw deal Well these days especially I know it’s easy to feel And I think it’s safe to say we’re all in the same boat I know it seems kind of leaky but I think it will float At the end of a long hard day I hope we can agree that things might be tough but we’ll all try to stay And maybe we can get together and have a drink first We need to formulate a plan but I gotta quench my thirst We’re going nowhere fast not sure how long it’s gonna last I hope that you’re by my side for as long as we’re on this crazy ride
9.
Jeremiah 02:56
Did I hurt you look into my eyes there’s a story written for you Did you realize that all the world can’t hold you down anymore Are you alone in a crowded room you keep looking down at the floor Should I lie to you do you want to be someone who gets away Oh Jeremiah please hurry home Did you hear things you didn’t want to hear oh will you lose your nerve again You keep counting ways I’ve let you down well I know it’s too late for me
10.
All the stories we tell Ourselves along the way All the different ways to disguise The truth of every broken day When I look around At all the glowing eyes Lost in some other world so far From something that feels more alive Oh who do you make the deal with today You don’t even seem to understand To hide from the world is to hide Hide from yourself You let ‘em drift away so you can forget A less than perfect time and all the things you regret You squeeze the meaning out until there’s nothing left Except you alone You make the deal with today You don’t even seem to understand To hide from the world is to hide Hide from yourself
11.
Don’t change your mind you’re looking for answers you’ll never find There’s nothing to talk about the words don’t seem to wanna come out Do you really wanna run away or be the martyr who has to stay Fight the unwinnable fight and slowly fade into the night Don’t change your mind the rules aren’t working out this time The wounds you carry around are buried deep never to be found So many wasted years washed away with all those midnight tears But you never let ‘em see the person you were always meant to be Don’t change your mind you gotta leave yourself behind And walk out into the light ignore everything they say is right But when your back’s against the wall will you crumble or will you fall You got an ace up your sleeve that’s how you’ll make the devil leave
12.
Hold on to me tonight Before I lose my way in the dimming light Before the picture fades away Memories blurring from day to day
13.
We’re all alone don’t you tell me how I feel Wandering the streets of my mind looking for a home The endless reel in the loop we’re all caught in The internal war zone with no way to win Dark steals light

credits

released October 1, 2021

All songs written & recorded in Seattle, Washington by Will Rainier

Additional recording by Kevin Suggs, Raymond Richards, & Chad Yenney
Produced by Will Rainier & Chad Yenney
Mixed by Raymond Richards (except Bridge to Nowhere, mixed by Chad Yenney)
Mastered by Adam Gonsalves

Will Rainier: drums, bass, guitars, vocals, piano, organ, trumpet, lap steel, percussion

Jen Garrett: vocals on Spinning, Jeremiah, Enough Blue, Last Midnight Ride, What Do They Know, Bridge to Nowhere; handclaps on Don't Change Your Mind

Christine Hager: piano on Almost Jumped the Sun, Enough Blue, Ruins, Jeremiah

Kevin Suggs: pedal steel on Spinning, Last Midnight Ride, Almost Jumped the Sun, Jeremiah

Chad Yenney: electric guitar on Spinning; Bass VI & keys on Almost Jumped the Sun; handclaps on Don't Change Your Mind

Raymond Richards: bass on Happy for a Limited Time

T.J. Troy: vibraphone on Bridge to Nowhere

Artwork & design by Vladimir Verano, Vertvolta Design
CD images: ‘Road,’ Igor Spacie; ‘Bushwick Stop,’ Jason Thibault; ‘Lights at night,’ Jennifer Kramer – all cc (cc by 2.0) via Flickr.com

SPINNING VIDEO PREMIERE:

Featuring the pure, soaring voice of Jen Garrett alongside Rainier’s dreamy vocal, this song aims for the cosmos. Rainier begins: “Spinning out of of control // I keep stumbling where I want to go // I can’t pick the truth out of all the noise,” and Garrett answers: “Spinning all around my head // So many ideas sink like lead.” There’s an otherworldly feel as they sing back and forth, but the song is truly elevated when they come together for the chorus: “I feel crazy all the time…push myself out into space,” the melody slipping and sliding over atmospheric sonic layers. The guitars echo and weep gently while Rainier and Garrett manage to be both weary and uplifting at the same time. The accompanying video is delightfully playful with the duo dancing, singing, performing as the sun bursts through the trees. As they smile and laugh with one another, enjoying one another’s company and getting lost in the music, it’s hard not to be carried along by their mood. Rainier says the song is, “…less doom spiral, more dancing with goofballs.”
americana-uk.com/video-premiere-will-rainier-spinning-feat-jen-garrett

ALBUM REVIEW:

"...Tarantino-esque elements...echoes of Neil Young...An engaging blend of genres with Americana flavours, with unexpected twists.: Full review at: americana-uk.com/will-rainier-enough-blue-to-get-around

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Indie rock with a side of twang.

"...beautiful musicianship, fine songcraft and Will Rainier’s richly textured sound"
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