Sunshine

by Rain Johannes

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Alix McGill I think this album has something that other singer-songwriters don't. It just hits you right in the heart and has a soulfulness to it. Favorite track: See You Hit the Waves.
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about

a record of junior/senior year songs

recorded in my dorm and in my bedroom

credits

released November 4, 2016

Rain Johannes - vocals, guitar, bass, midi, mixing, mastering
Andres Valbuena - drums
Nicky Young - electric guitar
Jonah Bobo - electric guitar
Steven Bartashev - drum engineering

(See songs for specific credits)

Special thanks to my parents Christine Mundy and Nandi Johannes for their unconditional love and support, to Robert Apostle for giving me and many other kids the priceless opportunity that is the New Music Ensemble, and to Julia Gargano, without whom these songs would have never been written. I am endlessly thankful for all of you.

Additional thanks to everyone who has performed these songs with me at some point (Aiden Berglund, Michael Eliran, Daphne Gampel, Danny Eberle, Max Beirn-Shafer, Brendan Smith, Laszlo Horvath, Nick Dunston, Leo Didkovsky, Sage Leopold), and to John Hamilton, Jim Pugliese, Michael Schillaci, Imani Russell, Simone Reisman, Julian Soto, Demi Ramos, Jamila Drecker-Waxman, Jolee Gordon, Jhakai Deshong, Alissa Jackman, Jake Zall, Sean Scotto, Abdulah Amir, Joe Ippolito, Tim Regis, Jonah Pomerantz, Ilan Natter, Charles Michie, Caroline Wallis, Siena Rafter, Kristin Acerra, Sam Truglio, Alyssa Fogliani, Dana Saperstein, Nick Veneziano, Antonio Anello, Sofia France, Elise Bell-Alexander, Morgan Bielawski, Justin Wilde, Olivia Zorn and Melina Young. In one way or another, you've all encouraged me to keep making music, and I want you to know that I love you and your encouragement means more to me than anything. This album is for you.

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"With occasional classical / jazz tangents on guitar, Johannes holds up the minimal bedroom song with profound heart stirring soul" - Nadeem Salaam

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Track Name: Magazine
Magazine
Thundercloud coming and it makes me wanna scream
Nobody wants to hurt you
Nobody ever wanted to hurt you, magazine

Baby maybe I can learn to take it easy
Baby just maybe I can learn to break the wall

Magazine
Earthquake shaking and it makes me wanna scream
No you don't wanna hurt me
No, you never really wanted to hurt me, magazine

Baby maybe I can learn to take it easy
Baby just maybe I can learn to break the wall
You'd think maybe now that we're so close together
That maybe I could read you, magazine

Backbone's breaking it makes me wanna
Everyone's watching
I feel like everybody's always watching
Magazine
Track Name: See You Hit the Waves
Either it's alright, either it's all broken
Days when it's all clear, days when it's unspoken

See you coming down
Let me break your fall
Let me be the one to catch you
See you hit the waves
Saw you crash the shore
Let me be the one to hold you
Forget the one that sold you

Either it's all night, either it's the daytime
Summer lit by moon, summer lit by sunshine

Sunshine, we follow 'til it's gone

See you coming down
Let me break your fall
Let me be the one to catch you
See you hit the waves
Saw you crash the shore
Let me be the one to hold you
Forget the one that sold you
Someone really should've told you

Sunshine, we follow 'til it's gone
Sometimes we follow 'til we fall
Track Name: Seven Oceans
Seven oceans under you
That kind of view
Can open your eyes

Seven seas are under me
I still can't see
I chose to be blind

Wrapped around
Like a vine
That can't unwind

Got this hole in the bottom of my soul
What is one to do
When I know the hardest part
Is listening to your heart

Seven wonders of the world
They're all my girl
They're all my girl

Seven monuments for her
I wasn't sure
It's so hard to be sure

Wrapped around
Like a vine
That can't unwind

Got this hole in the bottom of my soul,
What is one to do
And I know the hardest part
Is listening to your heart

Got this hole in the bottom of my soul
What is one to do
Track Name: While I'm Alive
Hold me close
Explain to me why lately I've been seeing ghosts
Body in a bag
Tell my why my father isn't coming back

I don't understand, I don't understand
I don't understand, I don't understand
Never will I know when I'll hold your hand for the last time
While I'm alive

Rising sun
The moon will tell you when your darkest day is done
Go to sleep
Love is real when you can feel it in your dreams

I don't understand, I don't understand
I don't understand, but I will understand
Never will I know when I'll hold your hand for the last time
While I'm alive
Track Name: The Blue
Every night
It's getting harder to put out the lights
Every fight
Saying sorry when you know you're right

It may be, that the poison is a part of me

I know it's true
The more that I do
The more the blue

Just a dream
Isn't really what you think it means
Just a scene
From a movie on the silver screen

It may be, that the poison is a part of me

I know it's true
The more that I do
The more the blue
Track Name: Confiding in Flowers
Confiding in flowers and telling lies
To the people you thought were your friends
Isn't it sad how lonely you can feel with them
Oh

Confiding in flowers, you live your life
The way God said he wanted you to
All the while I lay in bed and pray for you
Oh, oh

Confiding in flowers, they sing so soft
As they breathe through the breath that you waste
It's hard to be hateful when they lay across your face
Oh

Confiding in flowers when life is lost
And they sleep on the stone of your grave
They say that regret is born when gratefulness is late
Oh, oh

Rid me of my demons
The root of all my evils
Oh so tired of swimming in this constant sea of people
Track Name: My Youth Is Escaping Me
Oh man, overwhelming
Even God would've cried

Cuz you're walking over water like a dream
Suddenly the things around you colored green

And the day's almost over now
And the sun's fallen through the trees
I'm older than you can see
My youth is escaping me

You can know and still not understand
What a smile's to a broken man
It's not what you thought it'd be
My youth is escaping me

Oh no, happy birthday
Oh my, where's the time?

Cuz you wanna stop and rest a little while
But the marathon to run's a hundred miles

And the day's almost over now
And the sun's fallen through the trees
I'm older than you can see
My youth is escaping me

What’s a wave to a grain of sand
What's a smile to a broken man
You’re older than you can see
My youth is escaping me
Track Name: Heaven Will Know Me Soon Enough
Every day you live will leave you
Even the best ones
Especially the best ones

But every picture you've ever taken
You'll have it forever
You know I'll love you forever

Heaven will know me soon enough
What am I going to do
Heaven will know me soon enough
But I never thought it'd happen to you

Only a dream last night as always
It's every night now
It's almost every night now

But that dream it sounds familiar
I think it's your heartbeat
I'm dancing to the drum of your heartbeat

Heaven will know me soon enough
What am I going to do?
Heaven will know me soon enough
But I never thought it'd happen to you
Track Name: Beneath the Moon
A slave against the grain
Feel it ache within my bones
Feel it itch across my skin
And everything I own

One day will turn to dust
And float on air away
And all that's left is you and me

You and me succeed
I'm weak beneath the knees
One look across the room
Is a star beneath the moon

A maze that lasts for days
One light against the dark
Two eyes that light a fire
In everybody's heart

I'm dazed by disbelief
Still surprised by smiling teeth
When all that's left is you and me

You and me succeed
I'm weak beneath the knees
One look across the room
Is a star beneath the moon

A thought that keeps you sane
A drug that makes you dream
Of endless summer suns
Setting right behind the stream

That flows like locks of hair
A color that I've I've never seen
And all that's left is you and me

You and me succeed
I'm weak beneath the knees
One look across the room
Is a star beneath the moon

You and me succeed
I'm weak beneath the knees
One look across the room
Is a star beneath the moon
Track Name: Looking Through the Glass
Leave me in amazement
Every time she's near to me
But I'm still
Waiting for the day when
Her and I are clearer to me

But this is all I know
My energy's been spent
Compared to all I know
Everything seems bent

It's like looking through the glass
You see your life the way you want it to be
Stop looking through the past
For answers to the questions that you hold in your hand

Time is independence
Every time, she's got something to do
But I'm still
Pushing for the day when
Her and I have got nothing to do

This is all I know
My energy's been spent
Compared to all I know
Everything seems bent

It's like looking through the glass
You see your life the way you want it to be
Stop looking through the past
For answers to the questions that you hold in your hand

It's like looking through the glass
You see your life the way you want it to be
Stop looking through the past
For answers to the questions that you hold in your hand