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Streets Before the Fall

by Jim Cain

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Limelight 03:17
To you the truth was overrated And now I can see why Your stories lose to history Along with the names you’re going by You were holding onto secrets That you buried on the page Covered them up with broken pieces The ones that come with age You were wild and you were willing But always with a bit of blue Grabbing hold of your attention Put me among the chosen few When you’re wild and you’re willing There’s nothing a man can do It was written in the scriptures You were only passing through And we’ll sing into the limelight I promise there will be no one there See, no one’s here But to you the truth was overrated Only now I can see why
Love's There 03:35
When there’s a shoulder left to sigh on And lonely eyes that keep the lights on Holding hands watching the water flow Neath a whisper hushing you to take it slow Don’t despair And you’ll see love’s there, love’s there When there’s a slow song for every scene Words of truth tell us where we’ve been One forgotten tune will bring you home To all the joys you’ve ever known Don’t despair ‘Cause you’ll see love’s there, love’s there When morning breaks you talk to the rain Making the promise that’s never to change Round here things will always stay the same It’s up to you not to change their name When you don’t despair And you play life fair The heart’s everywhere It will travel with you And you’ll see love’s there, love’s there Love will be there now for you, love will be there if you try
Mary 03:00
Right around midnight Mary’s raising Cain Eyes beaming her half-light into the open vein Of the passing prophet reaching out his hands As the chosen one who finally understands Mary where did you run to Oh and where did you go Did you really think through Taking a heart out on the road Always a hunter, on the prowl looking for prey Whenever you hit the road but be that as it may You do your dance with Jack as a dirty whore To woo all us fools stumbling cross this floor Mary where did you run to Oh and where did you go Did you really think through Taking your heart out on the road Mary you can’t just shrug this off some later day Mary now you can’t be freed by trying to break away Mary with this dance there’s nothing you can say Cause that restless hungry longing is here to stay Mary where did you run to Oh and where did you go Did you really think through Taking our heart out on the road Mary where did you run to Oh and where did you go Did you really mean it too Or did you just sink this low Oh Mary
There’s new light in our mind But a chain around our heart And that noose around our neck Warns us of treason in the dark Winds blow past my tongue Stream pours down your cheek There’s no way now to stop the flood No way out of Faithful Creek The breeze that night was lovely Close your eyes and we’ll be there We’ll stay hidden in the long grass Till time tells us to play fair The trees they whisper secrets The leaves sing what you seek It’s no use staying in the dark Out here on Faithful Creek Make your way down this broken path Take heed of the burning aftermath Draw blood from half the words we speak Dripping into the streams of Faithful Creek
I’m coming close to a crossroads A road sign’s standing near Carries the name of the place you live Says it's still seventy-two miles from here Most nights I just get going I go chase some western star Not sure what it is I'm looking for Maybe figuring out just where you are I remember you in the distance, longing love but facing fear You said “don’t try and find me, there's nothing for me here" I’ve stopped at this crossroads There’s not much out here to see But that roadsign in the evening light And you seventy-two miles away from me And you’ll always be All those miles away from me
There was a light up in your window Though I knew you weren’t there In the morning I saw you leaving Like the one that never cared Now there’s others at your table Neath kitchen smells of leaves of tea Before sleep comes they close the curtains Where your lover’s bed used to be I don’t know what makes me go back Wait for you down in the hall Maybe to heal whatever’s hurting Or to make some sense of it all Out here on the streets before the fall Heard a bird say you are returning At least some twist inside your head Maybe you’re tired of all your hiding Want to risk a heart again instead So you return to roads and highways To early rain on a summer’s day To time before you packed your life And left with nothing more to say On you went, forever on your way In times of need you’re coming back Or thought of things you forgot to steal But what’s left is an empty promise Still your only thing that’s real So whenever at this door you stand Don’t expect these eyes to show I’m still holding up my bargain’s end You let yours go long ago Too long ago I don’t know why you came back Maybe to hear my voice’s call I won’t let you ruin one more thing Please forget about them all They’re lost on the streets before the fall
Longing Days 04:43
Now there’s one new morning She never knew Yeah one new morning To get through But her life's been waiting Deep down her mind It keeps my love waiting Somewhere behind Tough to find But I learned spring is coming From a lone bird’s tune I heard that spring is coming And it’s coming soon There’s always one new morning To end our ways One new morning In these longing days i might go and find you if you've come to find me I might go and find you if you dare to find me


Jim gathered some old songs from his notebooks and recorded them during the lockdown period...here's a little EP that hopefully you'll enjoy. Thanks for listening!


released July 13, 2020


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Jim Cain Ghent, Belgium

Jim Cain is a singer-songwriter from Ghent, Belgium.

Endlessly fascinated by his heroes he writes songs about love and hate, illusions and revelations, doubts and hopes ... without ever taking himself to seriously.

With his guitar and warm voice he brings together musical styles balancing between folk, soul, country and rock.

Inspired by many heroes, but even more by his own stories to tell.
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