There are kids, lots of kids, who put the law inside a circle
As they jump, I hope that you will up and down, up and down
When did you cave into this role that you were cast in
When did dress-up turn to fashion, throw your gown up and down

There's always the sky, let it hear what you're saying
For all that you are saying
And let it take you apart, to the elements of praying
Till we are only playing to the firmament
Till we are only playing to the firmament

In the rain, in the rain, people rush around on cold streets
Here's a shell to hear their heartbeats very loud, very loud
Where's the pain, it's only rain, it's only slowing down a work day
Only singing happy birthday to a crowd, very loud

So turn on the sky, let it hear what you're saying
For all that you are saying
And let it take you apart, to the elements of praying
Till we are only playing to the firmament
Till we are only playing to the firmament

And when did sex get so mean, when did crime get so clean
You know I just can't seem to find the soul in this striving
Why not play to a dream, cause the world is too green
For all this bad driving

What's the rush, dip your brush into this twilight
There are leaves upon the skylight, trace your hand, trace your hand
Mr. Ed, he shot ahead, he shot ahead inside a circle
On a bad day, who would you kill, take a stand, trace your hand

There's always the sky, let it hear what you're saying
For all that you are saying
Let it take you apart to the elements of praying
Till we are only playing to the firmament
Till we are only playing to the firmament


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    my mom is a weslyan alum (several years before dar), and my great uncle is a prof. there. somehow, through some alumni feature, my mom started listening to dar. and, at about 6, i loved my mom, so i did too. i first heard this song at one of my moms reunions where dar played- i remember it because it was the only song i didnt know. since then, ive seen her maybe 3 times at ravinia and such? i have a picture of me with her when i was like 8.

    for the longest time, i didnt listen to any of her songs, and then recently, i started again. and i thought, 'wow, i listened to this so many years ago and i missed so much meaning, etc. thats kind of cool.'

    i love this song; i love the rain

    brain.damageon May 21, 2006   Link

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