Past Your Past

by Raine Hamilton

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To you, dear reader, listener, appreciator, host and helper. Joyful thanks!

To all the musicians who played on this album, for the many hours and ideas and notes you contributed

To Quintin Bart and Julian Bradford for your significant contributions to the string arrangements

To Bill Hamilton, sound engineer, guitar player, producer and my very own Dad. For this life you gave me, the music you taught me, and for your phenomenal contribution to this project

To Rayannah, my friend, graphic designer, and all around amazing artist and human I am proud to know

To Megan Steen for her dynamite photography

To Heather Bishop, for modeling an artistic life authentically lived, and for daring me to make a plan

To Daniel Jordan, for believing in me, for somehow knowing me better than I know myself

To Friends and family, you are all wonderful!

Thank you always and in all ways <3

credits

released May 21, 2015

o Words and Music by Raine Hamilton
o Sound Engineered at Dream Directions Studio by Bill Hamilton
o Produced by Bill Hamilton and Raine Hamilton
Mastering by Resosound (HOW TO CREDIT THIS?)
o Quintin Bart, Bass (All except Lay Me Down)
o Julian Bradford, Cello (January, Time, My Own Way, Paper Cranes, Everything, Strangest Thing)
o Donovan Locken, Mandolin (Time, My Own Way)
o Daniel Péloquin Hopfner, Banjo (Time), Guitar and Mandolin (Mes Mains)
Bill Hamilton, Guitar, (All except Lay Me Down)
Shannon Little, Trumpet (Everything)
o Raine Hamilton, Lead Voice (All) and Fiddle (Strangest Thing, Time, January, I Read Your Book, Lay Me Down)
o Daniel Jordan, Drums and Percussion (I Read Your Book, Knots in Wood, Time, My Own Way)

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Track Name: Time
Time

Oh the past is right behind you
Right there to remind you it’s moving fast, it goes right past
There’s the future bright and distant
You’ll know it in an instant when its gone, it moves along

Where’s the time, time, the precious time

It’s a two-step in fast forward
A rumble on the floorboard, and it steady, its here already
There’s a circle running round you
It will run you to the ground you need to move, what’s there to prove

Where’s the time, time, the precious time

It’s loud and its revealing
Sometimes hurtful sometimes healing, it’s a mystery, one we don’t get to see
Sometimes laughing sometimes crying, sometimes willful law defying, it goes onward

Where’s the time, time, the precious time

And I have dreamt it
In the night’s most peaceful slumber
I have heard it
From the sky’s laugh, loud as thunder
I have known it
When my heart felt full with wonder
East was west and up was under
I have seen it, with my eyes

But where’s the time, time, the precious time

Life’s work is never ending
When you’re broke you’re still stuck spending, it’s consistent, always persistent
But the rules are made for breaking
And these walls are made for shaking, can I slow it down

Where’s the time, time, the precious time
Track Name: Knots in Wood
Knots in Wood

Like knots in wood the hardest part of knowing you is cutting through
And wish to know you as I might, I’ve set the course to throw the fight

Like leaves that grow upon the tree, they whisper that they’re mostly free
But freedom there can barely be, when she sees you and you see me

Like water flowing down below, to depths one person cannot know
The breath I’m holding I let go, it pulls us in the undertow

Like earth that lays below our feet, at once abundant and discreet
I cannot quell my heart’s desire, to blow the bellows, stoke the fire

I told you that I would not, told you that I could not
I told you that I would not, be your alibi

You put me in a corner, I could not leave to warn her
You put me in a corner, to be your alibi

You may have had a way with words, but she has run away with hers
Her promise was at best skin-deep, one she did not intend to keep

Like water flowing down below, to depths one person cannot know
The breath I’m holding I let go, it pulls us in the undertow
Track Name: Lay Me Down
Lay Me Down

Bowing cedar take my breath, take it far away
Take my spirit, take my flesh, should I cross today

Lay me down, lay me down

Mother maker, speak to me, tell me what I see
Take me to the wild things place, between the land and sea
Mother I will know the pain, and I will tell the tales
I’ll tell them of the fish and birds, I’ll tell them of the whale


Until you lay me down

Sure of heart and fleet of foot, I walk the weary stones
land my sight on broken white, and council with their bones
Listen far and listen wide, listen cross the great divide
Hear them whisper faint and high, they’re yelling on the other side

Raise my body bleach my bones, set them far apart
Dear ones worry not for me the day my soul departs
Take me to the wild things place, take me there to stay
Hear me whisper faint and high, I’m yelling on the other side
Track Name: January
January

Though past your past you could not see, you knew that you would marry me
And sure enough my heart could tell, I knew that I would love you well

And I’d never break your heart
I am yours, you are mine

I knew not then what life would bring, see here my finger’s missing ring
Where once our hearts entwined had laid, time a deeper fissure made

But I’d never break your heart
I am yours, you are mine

A love like this is hard to find, harder still to leave behind
And though I loved you far and deep, my promises I could not keep

That I’d never break your heart
That I am yours, you are mine

And so the task upon me fell, to part our ways and wish you well
And though I loved you far and deep, my promises I could not keep

That I’d never break your heart
That I am yours, you are mine

A love like this is hard to find
Harder still to leave behind
Track Name: Strangest Thing
The Strangest Thing

It’s the strangest thing to close the door
When the view is so sublime
Here I trust my heart above my eyes lest they be blind

I hear your shadow on the wall
Built before the fall
Bricks and stones and judgment there divide us
Because you know right from wrong
One is weak, the other strong
Until the tilting of the earth becomes apparent

Turning over
That’s how time goes
That’s how faith grows
Where we all falter
At the altar
Where we fault ourselves

Each is paid in kind
Each one knowing the divine
Where the safety of forgiveness knows us deeply
Step the left foot then the right
Dancing through the fear and fright
Lilting to the edge of what is known

Turning over
That’s how time goes
That’s how faith grows
Where we all falter
At the altar
Where we fault ourselves

Wave comes after wave
Looking for someone to save
Sweeping willing hardships out to sea
Still, I can see into your heart
I can see the broken part
Where the mysteries of believing have betrayed you

Turning over
That’s how time goes
That’s how faith grows
Where we all falter
At the altar
Where we fault ourselves

It’s the strangest thing to close the door, when the view is so sublime
Here I trust my heart above my eyes lest they be blind
Track Name: Everything
Everything

Everything that they told you is true
All the stories, and the love stories too
And the night time is the safest of times
The night time, brings us quiet and still

You will be joyful and courageous, a sight to behold
And we’ve held you in the crooks of our arms
You will be brilliant in the sunlight that catches your eye
On a mountain or some high up place

Chorus

You will be painting all the forests a new shade of green
Where we’ve seen you, we’re pleased to have seen you
You will be counting all the sources of light in the sky
Even then as you’re moving among them

Chorus

Show your strength in her hour of need
Go to her with your heart on your sleeve
Everything that you told her
Everything that you told her
Believe

Chorus
Track Name: My Own Way
My Own Way

I’m looking for a way to walk, a way to hold my head up high
To chisel out the stars and then suspend them
I’m looking for some way to talk, someone who will apprentice me
In the art of conversation and arrival

It’s hard to leave the comfort that the arms of strangers lend
It’s hard to see a different way, instead of breaking, bend
But I will make my own way

When I cross the river Jordan, the veil pulled from my eyes
I will see and face the many truths reflected
When the tide that pushed me forward, flows back out to sea
I’ll send with it all my postures and pretending

And I’ll see what can happen when there’s no one left to be
And I will walk a different road that suits the likes of me
I will make my own way

When the heartbreaks worthy of my worry I set down
I will know the weightless wonder of forgiveness
And everything that I regret, I will myself forgive
The heart that I’ve kept broken will be mended

It’s hard to leave a certain life I fit so tightly in
It’s hard to see, a different way, instead of breaking, bend
I will make my own way
Track Name: I Read Your Book
I Read Your Book

You were careful in the telling of the stories of the people you knew
None the less I read them and I recognized myself in a few
Where you were the one, with all the answers
And I was the one, with her heart held in her hand

I read your book, I read it line by line
I read it twice, reading between each time
You said that she was the one, and that your love was true
But I was the one you told your secrets to

I read your book, I read it letter by letter
There came a point, I realized I’d met her
Some things I think, are better left unsaid
While other things are better left unread

I read your book
I read it cover to cover
And I began, to see how you could love her
After all, her eyes were jewels rare and fine
Her face that of an angel, left behind

You were lonely you were loving I can tell its here, you wrote it all down
But the places you were looking, all too often they let you down
And you were the one, with all the answers
You were the one, with all the verses in his pen

I read your book, I read it on the plane
What a joy, to hear your voice again
Still, some things I think are better left unsaid
While other things are better left unread
Track Name: Mes Mains
Mes Mains

Chaque défi, déjà réusis
Chaque point de vu, ils sont bien compris
Chaque livre sur l’étage, déjà ecrit
Chaque mot de chaque leçon, déjà appris

C’ était clair au commencement
reconnu dans un instant
Mais à la fin, où on se trouve, c’est différent

Et quoi faire avec mes mains
Les garder vides, les garder pleines
Tu ne sais non plus quoi faire avec les tiennes

Toutes les histoires sont maitrisées
Tout les voyages, déjà voyagés
Chaque joie, chaque tristesse, déjà partagées
Chaque surface, déjà naviguée

C’est vrai, ça vaut la peine
De voir ton Coeur, de voir le mien
De les avoir, ensuite perdre, c’est mieux quand-même

Peux-tu me pardonner
Sachant tout ce que tu sais
Que l’amour, trouvé tout seul, n’est pas assez

C’ était clair au commencement
reconnu dans un instant
Mais à la fin, où on se trouve, c’est différent

Et quoi faire avec mes mains
Les garder vides, les garder pleines
Tu ne sais non plus quoi faire avec les tiennes
Track Name: Paper Cranes
Paper Cranes

Look towards the night’s full moon
A silhouette’s stark wonder, illuminating
Starlight tops the ever green,
Shining through the in-between, captivating

You can say it with your eyes
You are the sayer of goodbyes
You can heal it with your heart
Even the one that’s torn apart

The kindest hands with greatest care
They read you books, they braid your hair
The letters and the finding games
a thousand folded paper cranes

How much can one heart take
How many loads to break it
How much can one love make
Enough to compensate it

You didn’t have to say the words
Silently the news was heard
The meaning hung still in the air
With each of us our hearts held there

You can say it with your eyes
You are the sayer of goodbyes
You can heal it with your heart
Even the one that’s torn apart