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released May 17, 2011

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Rick Parnell Vancouver, British Columbia

Rick Parnell is an original voice, with intriguing lyrics in the tradition of Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Donovan, with some Lennon, Nillson, Harrison and even Johnny Cash mixed in for good measure. Inspired by these musical heroes, Rick’s own music is textured and nuanced, blending a mid-lifetime’s experience with a youthful, poetic soul. ... more

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Track Name: Off the Wall
Off the Wall
Rick Parnell

It’s only gravity
Holding me down
Depending on perspective
I am lost or I am found
If no one hears me
Did I really make that sound?

And who will answer the call?
Who wants to put me
back up on the wall?

CHORUS:
I’m off the wall
No one hears me when I speak
Learning to crawl
Got no reason left to drink
I’m off the wall
It doesn’t matter what I think
Please hold all my calls
I’m off the wall

It’s not a tragedy
When you feel the need to fold
But if you stop laughing then
Be sure you’re getting old
If you can’t take the heat
Try standing in the cold

Please don’t answer the call
I’m happy here
off the wall

Chorus
Track Name: For a Song
For A Song
by Rick Parnell


Well I meant what I said,
but I know I was wrong,
Truth is still there
but the feeling is gone
I know what went right
and I know what went wrong
I don't understand why
I can't get it down in a song.

We were witness to visions
of walls coming down
The curtain revealed
what was left to be done
Freedom's alright
when everybody's got some
They can't take it back,
so suck it up and spread it around

We sat in the sun sipping long tea
and drinking tequila
When the sun burnt our skin
we left the pool to go and have dinner
With what I was eating,
it's a wonder I didn't get thinner
When the week ends
we turn it up and fight for a song

Closer to the end we still argue
about the beginning
Without a good story, we'd all feel
guilty when winning
I can't see it your way,
does that really make me guilty of sinning
I can't help my case,
should I pack it up and move on?
It might help my case
if it's packed up in a song

We sat in the sun sipping long tea
and drinking tequila
When the sun burnt our skin
we left the pool to go and have dinner
With what I was wearing,
it's a wonder I didn't look thinner
When the week ends
we turn it up and fight for a song
Ya when the week ends
we'd turn it up and fight for a song
Track Name: 16 Days of Rainfall
16 Days of Rainfall
by Rick Parnell

16 days of rainfall,
24 to go

There’s a whiskey on the table
Left by someone I used to know
The mark that’s underneath it
Was left there long before
Hide behind your T-shirts
Your two-day stubble growth
Hope there’s no one with the nerve to ask you
Where your story goes

Many layers of sweet onion
Photos rotting under wraps
You thought that you could keep them
As a record of your past
The sports car that defined you
is rusting in the back
You boarded doors and windows
So the story goes

And the river flows,
While your story grows,
Does somebody know,
Where a river goes


There’s a highway in your future
Not like the free ways of your past
You’re sure that if she finds you
This time you’ll make it last
You hope the things she sells you
Will make up for what you lack
But you know you won’t dare ask her
Where her story goes

And the waters flow,
And the river grows,
Who will control,
Where your story goes…

As you contemplate a darkness
On a sunny Sunday afternoon
You pull the weeds from her garden
Cause you know she’ll be here soon
New curtains on your front door
The new shoes on your feet
Won’t hide the full uncertain of
Where this story goes

And the waters grow,
And so the river flows,
Still nobody shows,
Where your story goes…

16 days of rainfall,
24 to go….
Track Name: Love Like War
Love Like War
Rick Parnell

A winter's melody
Twisted in my ear
I tried to look away
But the vision remains clear

Beauty never worked so hard
Or tried to burn so deep
Blue eyes never looked so dark
Or kept me from my sleep

There's something in this love
That looks like war
There's a smoking gun
A heart left on the floor
There's no light outside the door
She makes love ...
feel like war

I see my baby flash those teeth
With a growl too deep inside
No defense to save my neck
There's no safe place to hide

I never saw her coming
She wouldn't let me go
I stepped inside that night
And I'll never walk out that door

There's something in this love
That feels like war
There's a smoking gun
There's a heart left on the floor
There's no light outside the door
She makes love ...
look like war

I never saw it coming
I can't let her go
I stepped into the night
But I never got out the door

There's something in this love
That looks like war
There's a smoking gun
There's a heart left on the floor
There's no light outside the door
Loving her feels like war
She makes love ...
feel like war
Track Name: The Red Chair
The Red Chair
by Rick Parnell

The stars that light up the night sky
Are washed with electricity
My sight grows weak dear
I'm not sure of all that I see

Is that the red chair in the garden
But for tonight it would not be there
Such imperfect beauty
What a color for wood to wear

There was magic in the garden
With the moonlight on your face
The lipstick on his collar
Had a very familiar shade

And now the night air might be blamed


Will you tell him that you need him
Or did you save that line for me
Will you tell me I'm mistaken
Will you beg me not to leave

I was lonely when I found you
I'm not sorry that you [stayed
We were happy in our moment
To love and lose, it holds no shame

There was magic in the garden
With the moonlight in your eyes
With what I saw there
It should come as no surprise

This time the night air won't be blamed
For what the red chair did betray
Should a love that doesn't blossom be replaced
I think I saw the answer in his face
Track Name: Desire
Desire...
I feel the echoes when I close my eyes
Your fragrance lingers when we’ve said goodbye
What I wanted before you, no one really knows
With you I have all I desire

Freeze time …
Stop the clock and hold this moment tight
Don’t let the morning steal away this night
I’d gladly give up everything I had before
If I could keep this one desire

Chorus:
Keep all my senses busy
Stop what you’re doing and save me
With you I have all I desire

Wake me …
Gently from this dream I never knew
Its just too early for this to fade to blues
Help me hold onto this dream
And be all that I desire


Chorus

Let me go …
Never leave me alone
Keep the fire burning when I’m gone
Keep the spaces between us short or not at all
And be right where I desire

Chorus x2
Track Name: I Do Believe
Verse 1:
Open the door and let the breeze in
Now is your time, this is your season
Not long ago we would be freezing
Now close the screen or you'll let the flies in

Tag:
I'm not given to superstition
I rely on my intuition
I may not follow my every ambition
But I'll always show up to the audition

Verse 2:
A word can change its meaning once said
That might have been in a book that I once read
Not every meaning can be trusted
And you're the one to tell me when enough's said

Tag:
I'm not given to superstition
I'll rely on my intuition
I may not follow my every ambition
But I'll always listen to the proposition

Chorus:
And I do, I do believe in you
I believe, and so it's true
I will trust everything that you do
Because I do - I do believe in you

Verse 3:
Cross the floor and give me the answer
You've got some moves, I sure ain't no dancer
Not long ago I craved something faster
But she's not my type, I already asked her

Tag:
I'm not given to superstition
I rely on my intuition
I may not follow my every ambition
But I'll always show up to the audition

Chorus:
Yes I do, I do believe in you
I believe, and so you know it's true
I will trust everything that you do
And I do - I do believe in you

Yes I will trust everything that you do
Because I do believe in you
Track Name: Let it Rain (feat. Carl Korytko)
Verse 1:
Waiting for my favorite song to play,
The radio gets in my way
You used to be my closest friend.
Who knows, maybe you will be again
Pre-chorus:
Time feels wasted spent this way.
And soon they say ...
It's supposed to rain

Chorus 1:
Well let it rain, let it rain.
Let it rain, let it rain
The sun will rise again
Until that day ...
It's supposed to rain

Verse 2:
There are too many strings
Attached to this old guitar
Too many things
Pulling us apart
I never meant to cause you any pain
By now we both know I was to blame
If only we weren't there when it all began
Either way ... It's supposed to rain

Chorus 2:
Well let it rain, let it rain.
Let it rain, let it rain
let it rain, let it rain.
Let it rain, let it rain
The sun will rise again
Until that day ...
It's supposed to rain

Let it rain ... Let it rain ...
Track Name: One For You
One For You
Rick Parnell

I could be the one you need
I might be that guy indeed
I like everything you do
And I might be the one for you
 
You could tell me what you know
You could tell me where to go
Just don’t tell me that we’re through
Cause I might be the one for you
 
I could hold you when you scream
I could watch you when you dream
You  could make my morning tea
Then you could be the one for me
 
I’m not saying that I’m great
I’ll be worried when your late
Inside you know it must be true
I might be the one for you
 
Even when the skies are grey
When others say I’m in your way
You’ll think “if only they knew”
I might be the one for you 
 
I could hold you when you scream
I could watch you when you dream
You  could make my morning tea
Then you could be the one for me

Let me get straight to the point
I think it’s time that we joined
One can’t be as good as two
And I might be the one for you

You could be the one for me
And I must be the one for you
Track Name: She's the Wind
She's the Wind
by Rick Parnell

She's the wind, she's my friend
I want to catch her if I can
But she's the wind - let me catch the wind
I just want to hold her once again

Chorus:
Time is a witness, time is the thief
Sometimes time is what you need

A message sent, a moment spent
With the blink of an eye she came and she went
A summer wind, in fall turns cold
The whims of youth too soon grow old

Chorus

Feel the wind, she's still my friend
And I know she'll be one to the end

Chorus

It's what I need
Time's what I need
Time
Track Name: Remnants
Remnants
By Rick Parnell

verse 1:
She doesn’t hear quite what I’m saying
Sighs through every tune I’m playing
If someone’s happy someone else is paying
Refrain:
With the remnants of her pain
No one leaves but no one stays

Verse 2:
Chewing gum that’s lost its flavor
Counting beads could never save her
Soon she’ll nail another savior
Refrain:
With the remnants of her pain
No one leaves but no one stays

Chorus:
Looking over her shoulder
Brighter days there to discover
A sunny day next to her brother
It all fades away

Verse 3:
There’s a window beyond the curtain
What’s beyond that she’s just not certain
She thinks its bad until it worsens
Refrain:
The remnants of the pain
No one leaves but no one stays

(Solo):

Chorus:
Looking over her shoulder
Brighter days there to discover
A sunny day next to her brother
It all fades away

Verse 4:
I wonder if she’ll remember
The gifts of all her Decembers
The snow that’s melting now behind her
Refrain:
The remnants of her pain
No one leaves but no one stays

Chorus:
Looking over her shoulder
Brighter days there to discover
A sunny day next to her brother
It all fades away
Track Name: I'll Write You a Love Song
I'll Write You A Love Song
Rick Parnell

Some think love is for beginners
Passion fades when you're old
Happiness, there's none for sinners
At least that's what I've been told

Chorus:

Well I'll sing for my supper
And I'll sing for my crimes
And I'll write you a love song
It will last for all times

I know that life is but a moment
The time we share less than that
Maybe love is like wtater
It takes the rain to bring it back

Chorus:

I'll sing for my supper
And I'll sing for my crimes
And I'll write you a love song
It will last for all times

(Interlude)

Chorus:

I'll sing for my supper
And I'll sing for my crimes
And I'll write you a love song
It will last for all times

You know I loved you in the morning
Before we were awake
And I will love you in the evening
On that, my life I'd stake

Chorus

I'll sing for my supper
And I'll sing for my crimes
And I'll write you a love song
It will last for all times

And then I'll sing you that love song
And we'll last for all time