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Much More Black

by The Raventones

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Intro 00:08
Bully 04:43
nine-dollar bill in a two-bit town, nobody knows how to make that kind of change watch your back when the sun goes down, you're a new fish and sharks are coming into range fat kid, skinny kid, new in town, the kid with glasses the kid without a home, the boy who loves other boys the smart girl who'd rather be left alone why in the hell did they put us here? we don't belong and they never let us forget it hope I make it ‘til my sentence is over only five years, four months now mom works two jobs and daddy's gone, home's far across the great divide bell rings, school's out, walking home, a new fish trapped by the sinking tide the sharks are waiting they're right outside and you try and you try but they still won't let you get by and you cry and you cry but they still won't let you get by out on the street, back in the alley, they knock you down and they make you crawl gimme your lunch money kid, gimme them shoes gimme your violin, let’s play the blues I ran I ran I ran - I got free and I found the key it was around my neck on a string, I'm safe this time - this time a new fish trapped by the sinking tide the sharks are waiting, they're right outside and you try and you try, but they still won't let you get by and you cry and you cry and you try and you try but they still won't let you get by I am free, in the dark I found the key, it was in the strings upon this neck the whole damn time - You tossed me a line so it's my turn this time, to be more than kind.
floating 'cross the friendly skies, me myself searching for i and i and i every mission another starstruck enterprise - indubitably. Immune from all that's commonplace, i got wormholes in my inner space an eccentric orbit intersecting the upper left edgeof the northern quadrant of the human race yeah - looks like chaos! inevitably colliding with wayward sons & bright and stormy class-M planets strange attractors in dangerous quadrants, feels to me like subspace distortion, the atmosphere is quite poisonous, Yeager would say i'm augerin' in. looks like you bought the farm, girl, yet again. beam me up Scotty, beam me up right now, i think you maybe left me on the wrong planet, the natives don't grok me and Mr. Spock down here anyhow! beam me up Scotty, take me to a kind and gentle place, where they love you for the groovy thing inside your skull, not the dots and lines upon your face. out here in space not much really matters grokking God and soaking up these blessed cosmic rays........ bridge to engineering! Scotty! " aye Captain..." Scotty, we gotta get to the Vegas quadrant immediately! "aye Captain, i don't think you can do that, i just barely got her patched together from the last time we did some crazy stuff like that, got the mains bridged, looks like a Christmas tree the warp core's patched back together, i canna hold'er, Captain, she's breakin up! you been dependin' on the dilithium of dangerous alien love" there's one right now off the starboard bow, got a Romulan cloaking device wrapped tightly round the heart capable of an interstellar Vulcan mind-meld of epic hyper-intelligent proportions an event horizon of this magnitude has not been encountered by Federation starship "Captain what shall we do?" "Open a hailing frequency!" - "oh Captain all the frequencies are jamming incontrollably!" "...sensors indicate the presence an intense life form with an emotional disruptor, a tractor beam, a photon torpedo!" "Mr. Sulu - evasive maneuvers! Mr. Chekhov ...", "The wessel's outta control Captain, my shields are down!" i lost another one - a direct hit! what am i gonna tell the Federation, that's the ninth ship in a row you think i'd find myself a friendly planet instead of letting my heart boldly go beam me up Scotty, take me to a kind and gentle place where everybody tells the truth and love don't make anyone afraid love don't make anyone afraid infinite diversity in infinite combinations don't make anyone afraid Mr. Scott - one to beam down to the surface of the love planet - energize
they say that life is a circle no beginning and no end and if you want to get around it better find some trusted friends ones to stand beside you ones to cheer your way share your joy and sorrow brightest night and darkest days when i journey with you anywhere we can go you can lead or you can follow don't be just another rock in the road they say that life is a circle no beginning and no end and if you got any hope of making it around it better find some trusted friends
Supernova 05:56
I got drunk and i dialed your number just because i was home alone i did not know what to do when you answered so i just screamed and hung up the phone i slammed the door, i ran down the backroads i ran until i could not breathe but I can't run from this hold that you have on me i thought i saw you walking down the street i almost crashed my car i try to drive on the streets i think i know where you are but it only happens that way in the movies and we're the wrong kind of stars bitter bright blue brilliance goes nova, don't you know, - supernova when i'm pulled to the point of breaking i ring true like an open string my voice is fire my hands are bleeding, consumed by what it does to me two deep souls to seek the question, four strong hands to find the key now i know why it had such a hold on me sweet lies it's all the same excuses all the lies until it fades away until i run away it always fades away and then you run away i get drunk and i dial your number i never reallythink that you might be be home i still don't know what to do when you answer guess i should quit drinking and just stay stoned
Terrified 06:13
Johnny, i know why you had to face the train Johnny, i know why you had to face the train the whiskey wasn't working to drive away the pain and there ain't no use in sleeping when you just wake up again you could have picked a high bridge you could have picked a gun the engineer said you saw him but you didn't try to run now everyone's so sorry and everyone's so sad but i don't think it hurt you quite as much as what you had now Johnny did you think about that railroad engineer? he's gonna see your eyes in nightmares for the rest of his years he'll hear the thump and rattle as you went under his train he'll see his locomotive standing bloody in that rain Johnny i know why you had to face the train Johnny i know Johnny no
Sequins 02:33
the sun shines in Seattle - silver sequins on the Sound sometimes sunshine sounds like silver on the Sound
Moses 06:48
i can see you think him irresponsible but you don't know how it is to be born wide awake in a world still sleeping a hapless drifter from a distant long-lost starstruck galaxy when your mind is born open and your soul can really see the trials that they'll force on you to try and keep you down must not keep you from your sacred destiny Moses on the mountain talking to the greenery opened as a channel for the One born to lead his people out of slavery he said "Pharaoh let 'em go!" by faith and word Thy will be done when your mind is blown open and your soul begins to see the trials that'll they'll force on you to try and keep you down will not keep you from your sacred destiny waiting for the words to come down there's Moses on the streetcorner singing to the sky commuters shy away from those truth-filled eyes in a world without spirit we got shamans on the dole saviors in the nuthouse all the saints out on parole not for too much longer the light deep inside us is getting stronger waiting for the Word to come down that's me on the park bench just feeding the birds can't be distracted by the concerns of the greater herd there's too many things inside of me won't fit into letters, lines and boxes and words and all the indoor things they want me to do when i'm a bird because when your mind becomes open and your soul can finally see the illusions you were living for no longer keep you down won't keep you from the call can't keep you from the Word can not keep you from your sacred destiny
you may walk, or you may roll you may stagger or you may stroll - unimpeded cruising down the highways and byways of life you may speak or you may sign you may communicate so far outside the lines nobody knows what you’re saying just because you don't talk don't mean you don't got nothing to say it ain’t right it ain’t wrong just a counter-harmony in the cosmic song i’m not you so don’t you try to be me we’re made different, we're different kinda human beings i know! you know! nobody’s perfect - No! i don’t think that’s what we’re supposed to be each one on a journey of body mind and spirit and we’ll all get to the end eventually you take the high road, i'll take the low road we gonna get there, yes we are we got some big ones and little ones and short ones and tall ones and skinny ones and round ones and mighty black and brown ones white and red and yellow too, and you and me and you and you a walkin' and a-rolling and a-runnin' and a-strollin' yakkin' chattin' talkin' with their hands all those human beings love those human beings


A song-cycle, a concept album, a rock-opera memoir - the classic Outsider's journey.


released September 9, 2016

All Rights Reserved Worldwide
All music & words © ℗ 2016 TR Kelley/Darkwater Music
except "Rock in the Road" - words by TR Kelley,
music by Randy Hamme © ℗ 2016

Produced by TR Kelley & Randy Hamme
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Don Ross
@ Don Ross Productions
Editing & additional recording by Randy Hamme
@ TraXide Studio
"Starstruck Enterprise" vocals recorded by Steve Burkle
@ Bear Tracks Studio
"Journey Over the Dunes" recorded by Randy Hamme
@ Hole-in-The Roof Studio

Aradia Farmer - additional harmony vocals on 5, 6, 10
Foamer Jane - lead acoustic guitar & banjo on 8; violin on 2
Matt Petersen - atmospheric electric guitar on 5

Randy Hamme - First acoustic guitar on 5, "B-B-Beam" on 4
Matt Petersen, Carol Petersen, Sharron Innes, Tifani Lauzon,
TR, Randy, Jane, Yoder -hand-claps & crowd vocals on 10 & 11
Sharron Innes - opening laughter & end voice on 11
Brekin Peterson, Easton Lauzon - playground kids on 2
Zequoia - "Pharoah" on 10
Sound effects design, production, field recordings by TraXide Studio
Technical advisors - Diana Robson, Don Ross, Randy King, Steve Burkle

Exploding light bulb cover photo - Dane Vetter/LinsenSchuss.de Fotografie
"Raven on Hydro Pole" photo - Paul Lantz, Ontario, Canada
Austa covered Bridge, Hwy 36 RR xing, M.V. Walla Walla ferry photos
- Photophoam (R. Hamme, A&B Farmer)
Band headshots, and "The Light Shines on Fruits & Vegetables" - TR Kelley
Graphic design & direction - Foamer Jane w/ Artie Fufkin, Polymer Records
Proofreading & graphic design assistance, (technically!) Aradia Farmer-

Gracious flapping thanks to everyone who helped make this album possible, especially Nadine Greenholt, Ray & Jean Hamme, Sharron Innes, Tim Mueller, Nel Applegate, Brian Hodgson,
Chico Schwall, Tifani "Band-Aid" Lauzon, Brandon & Aradia Farmer, Zane Kelley, Mike Kraemer, Bella Lebinski,
all our epic crowdfunders @ Indiegogo,
all our beloved People at Kindtree/Autism Rocks Summer Retreat,
and our families, friends, & fans near and far,
regardless of species, color, gender, ability, orientation, diagnosis,
meow, blah, et cetera.
Be more than kind.


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The Raventones Springfield, Oregon

TR Kelley & Randy Hamme - Western psychedelia & melodic low rock from the backwoods of outer space. Lyrics of love, death and healing. The Raventones don't tour, but they do migrate seasonally between Western Oregon and Baja Arizona, living off-grid in an RV, recording studio and all. ... more

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