Until the Dawn

by Rick Parnell

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released November 1, 2016

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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: A New Song
A New Song
Rick Parnell

I need to move on
I need to be strong
I need to say something
I should have known all along
I need to find a new song

I don't know who wrote the book of love
Starts sweet, then gets too [F]rough
Is this the end or just your bluff?
Were we ever really close enough?
Maybe... time to find a new song

It will say something like
You're the one to fill my life
And our days are meant to be
Spent together with a family
Sunny days and whispered nights
The past is done, the future's bright
Doesn't matter where, hold me tight
Who knew love could be so right
If you find a new song

It's not about the wedding band
Don't need to own you, - you're where I am
Take in the moment the best I can
Love just one woman - be her man
Maybe... time to find a new [Am]song

This love's tender in your mournful way
The knife cuts - just a price I pay
Dreams - good or bad - slip away
I know you're leaving, I want you to stay
Maybe... time to find a new song

It will say something like
You're the one to fill my life
And our days are meant to be
Spent together with a family
Sunny days and whispered nights
The past is done, the future's bright
Doesn't matter where, hold me tight
Who knew love could be so right
If you find a new song
Track Name: Don't Be Afraid
Don't be Afraid
Rick Parnell

Now I've been waiting since 1963
For that vision on my black-and-white TV
To reappear in our perfected galaxy
Free from hate or the fear of tyranny

I knew it wouldn't happen by 1984
You could raise the ceiling but we're crowded on the floor
Increase the power and still there's want for more
Nasties underneath the bed - and what's behind the door

Don't be afraid
Don't be afraid
Write the end you want and then walk with me
Don't be afraid

When I want to rest my feelings I just stop to think
When those feelings don't rest easy I might take a drink
I turn the music loud 'til it sounds like one of us
Hold your sign up, I'll hold mine - it's paradise or bust

Don't be afraid
Don't be afraid
Write the end you want and then walk with me
Don't be afraid

Now I'm not one of those people that I used to be
Questing for an answer to dilude me that I'm free
Anchored by rejection and green with jealousy
I always want to be with you and you're always here with me

Don't be afraid
Don't be afraid
Write the end you want and then walk with me
Don't be afraid

Won't need to be alone if we say the words that keep us whole

I won't be afraid
You won't be afraid
I depend on you; your here with me - that's all the truth to know I'm free

We won't be afraid
Track Name: Touch the End
Touch the End
Rick Parnell

A breeze for cooler heads
Born and then born again
I'm not mad, though I'm not impressed
Nothing to do and you've done your best

The cost of words unsaid
Fallen soldiers in my bed
Spoiled food and unpaid rent
Nothing to do if you can't start again

So I'm just waiting for a friend
As I discuss how this might end
And watch seeds I planted bend
Roots so deep they touch the end

You can't take my trouble
Though you might add some more
If you'd like to help, well there's a shovel
Move the earth for me once more

I'm just waiting for an end
Discarding each new best friend
Watching seeds I planted bend
Roots so deep they touch the end

Roots so deep they touch the end

Roots so deep they touch the end
Track Name: Too Much on My Mind
Too Much on My Mind
Rick Parnell

I've been the river
I've been the lake
I've been a giver
Too often I take
I'll run for cover
And surrender to my fate

There's too much on my mind
Too much on the line

I've played piano
I've banged a drum
I've left land fallow
I've planted on some
I'll leave until tomorrow
What today I should have done

There's just too much on my mind
Too much on the line

Too much ahead of us
Far too much behind
I'm drowning in mediocrity
With too much on my mind
There's too much on the line

I've lost my temper
I've held my tongue
I got much older
Hoping again I would be young
I'll be hotter and colder
Before this day is done.

There's just too much on my mind
Too much on the line
There's just too much on my mind
Track Name: Cue the Rain
Cue the Rain
Rick Parnell

The ice on the lake doesn't look very safe
I think I'll just stay where I am
And write you this note
Stuff it in something that floats
You'll find it washed up on the sand
I'm not asking for favors
I think I'll remain here
Alone though you say you're still near
With no one to talk to
I might have a breakthrough
Or breakdown by all of my fears

Cause she's already gone
Yes she's already gone
She's already gone
Cue the rain

I've got a new understanding of being alone
No matter - I'm where I should be
And if I should call you
Or write you a thought
It'll be one with which you agree
I won't be finding the way back
I'll be building a new track
To one that gives me just what I need
A someone who wants me
And a license to break free
I'll learn how to run and then walk

Cause she's already gone
Yes she's already gone
She's already gone
Cue the rain

I was gifted with reason
And a passion to fly
Abandon the sunrise
There's clouds in the sky
Abandon this morning
There's nothing left to gain
Don't trust a lover
Find comfort in the rain

Cause she's already gone
Yes she's already gone
She's already gone
Cue the rain
Track Name: Coexistence
Coexistence
Rick Parnell/Nash Parnell

Verses:
If I were to crawl to you
If I didn't fall straight through
Well would you, could you, if I

If I were to promise you
And if I really meant it too
Well would you, should you, if I

Chorus:
Seems to me some things are meant to be
Seems to me some things are meant to be
Well it just seems to me
Some things are meant to be
Coexistence

Verses:
If I wrote a poem for you
And if I listed all the reasons to
Well would you, could you, if I

And if I learned my lesson well
If I gave you a key to my cell
Would you, should you, if I

Chorus:
Seems to me some things are meant to be
Seems to me some things are meant to be
Well it just seems to me
Some things are meant to be
Coexistence

Chorus:
Seems to me some things are meant to be
Seems to me some things are meant to be
Well it just seems to me
Some things are meant to be
Coexistence

Coexistence...
Track Name: Touch Me Now
Touch Me Now
Rick Parnell

I'm cold and still shaken
Never built to be alone
Cracked but not quite broken
Lighted embers losing glow

For now I cling to the darkness
With a coat so clearly torn
Knowing the castoffs and the cover
The little that might keep me strong

If I stand another hour
If I could make just one clear sound
If you know that I'm still human
touch me now


In this life we are all children
Our fears are each our own
A turn is surely coming
The weak now will soon be strong

If I stand another hour
If I could make just one clear sound
If you know that I am human
touch me now


You can feel the wind behind us
You can hear the whispers roar
You can feel this moment's history
You feel the rose above your thorn

If I stand another hour
If I could make just one clear sound
If you know that I am human
touch me now

touch me now
touch me now
touch me now
you know that I'm still human
touch me now
Track Name: Not Running Anymore
Not Running Anymore
Rick Parnell/Ian Lopez

VERSE 1:
I wonder what you're thinking
Are there bits of me
Where are you now
Did I set you free

REFRAIN:
I'm not running anymore


VERSE 2:
You weren't the first love
There to wipe my brow
I remember you best
At least right here and right now

REFRAIN:
I'm not running anymore
No, I'm not running anymore


CHORUS:
Hanging on the phone line
with these dreams that can't come true
waiting for the weekend
though there's nothing left to lose

REFRAIN:
I'm not running anymore


VERSE 3:
Windshield wipers slapping
A forgotten tune
Broken hearts still trapped in
An old abandoned room

REFRAIN:
I'm not running anymore
No, I'm not running anymore


Chorus 2:
Hanging on the phone line
all the dreams that can't come true
waiting for the weekend
though there's nothing left to lose

REFRAIN:
I'm not running anymore
No, I'm not running ...
I'm not running ...
I'm not running anymore
Track Name: Peggi's Jubilee
Peggi's Jubilee
Rick Parnell & Rena Cohen

Every family needs its glue
With who we are, it's what you do
Bind each branch to every tree
If we didn't then we know it now
on Peggi's Jubilee

A middle path is good to find
Every path will sometimes wind
You help us know what giving means
If we didn't then, we see it now
on Peggi's Jubilee

Let's all raise a cup to thank the sister
Let's share another cup of memories
A third looking forward to the future
And it starts right now
with Peggi's Jubilee

You make us each so debonair
With happy socks and underwear
A table filled with food and empathy
If we didn't then, we get it now
on Peggi's Jubilee

Let's all raise a cup to thank the sister
Let's share another cup of memories
A third looking forward to the future
And it starts right now
with Peggi's Jubilee

For one and all we'll come together
Laugh at ourselves and each other
Know what it means to be family
We love it when, we'll do it now
on Peggi's Jubilee

Let's all raise a cup to thank the sister
Let's share another cup of memories
A third looking forward to the future
And it starts right now
with Peggi's Jubilee

Let's share another cup of memories
And it starts right now
with Peggi's Jubilee

It starts right now
with Peggi's Jubilee

Yes let's start right now
with Peggi's Jubilee
Track Name: Until the Dawn
Until the Dawn
Rick Parnell

Sun keeps shining through the pouring rain
If it don't go down it can't rise again
What I'm saying has been said before
You steal your peace - now the world's at war

No need to break down, that's what the money's for
No one gets even - while everyone's keeping score

I don't know what you see in your sleep
Don't want to hear it - gives me the creeps
Black bird in the window - it won't make a peep
'til the dawn

You're not my father
I'm not my son
Won't know who we are
'til the lying is done

Hide behind miles and broken calls
He who climbs highest further falls

I don't know what you hear in the night
I'm seeing past you - but I can't find the light
Black bird at the window - seems just out of sight
Till the dawn

Mat's at the front door
porch light is on
Music is playing
Sun's nearly gone

Sun's nearly gone

Sun's nearly gone

It won't be back until the dawn
Track Name: End of Chapter 1
End of Chapter 1
Rick Parnell

Verse 1:
Verses
You want out
Now I'm in it
And your aching
for the fight

Well if your leaving
Take me with you
We'll start over
We'll get it right

The answers
You are seeking
Won't be given
They are within

You find them
I will listen
Then together
We'll ask again


Chorus
The words that we've been stuck on
Are just the end of chapter one
The book that we're still writing
Begins and ends with both of us


Verses 2
I could be
your secret lover
You might hide
but I will seek

In a place
Down by the river
Where we both wish
to always be

Chorus
The words that we've been stuck on
Are just the end of chapter one
The book that we're still writing
Begins and ends with both of us

Verses 3
I can't say
Where this is going
I know where I'll be
when it's done

In love
with a woman
Who said
she'd had enough

Chorus
The words that we've been stuck on
Are just the end of chapter one
The book that we're still writing
Begins and ends with both of us