MUSIC FOR A RAINY TOWN

by Ryan McAllister

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Ryan McAllister’s career began as the lead singer/songwriter for Dakona, a young Vancouver band that found themselves the subject of a seven label bidding war. They signed with Madonna’s Maverick Records and toured North America extensively. Following a massive reshuffling at Maverick, the band lost their deal and McAllister found his accidental profession, recording indie bands in the little rehersal space the Dakona boys had built with their record deal advance.

Today McAllister runs Five Acres, a professional recording studio in a converted barn a few steps from his home in a sleepy corner of Southwest B.C. He has taught himself the art of producing and recording, and has written plenty of music along the way. McAllister wrote, produced, recorded and mastered Music for a Rainy Town, his first solo effort. It is an honest, vulnerable and diverse record that covers the genre gamut between southern pop, story-telling folk, and straight-up rock. At times, it is reminiscent of artists like Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and John Mayer, but McAllister’s unique vocal stylings set it apart as something all its own. In an age of 99 cent singles, Music for a Rainy Town is a powerful 12 song album from front to back, with each track showcasing strong, seasoned storytelling, engaging melodies and lyrics steeped in imagery.

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released September 13, 2011

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Singer/songwriter, producer, and former Maverick recording artist, Ryan McAllister is returning to his roots with his new gospel EP The Way Home.

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Track Name: Bell Tower
Bell Tower

Hey where’d you go
It’s a Tuesday morn
Usually we would meet at the park
By the train station by the lake
Now you’re gone and the weather has turned
Serves me right
Tried to hold on tight
To the tail of a bright shooting star

Where have you gone
In some foreign direction
Gone away like the soul of this town
I’ve been calling your name from the top of a bell tower
You been saving this up for a rainy day

Serves me right
Icarus am I
If only I wasn’t drawn to the sun
There’s the moon
Could she make me sing?
I’ll never know ‘cause I’ve lost both my wings

Chorus
Track Name: This Black Heart
This Black Heart

I was building an island in the heart of a black sea
Where no one could bother and you couldn’t find me
Then you drifted in softly just under my radar
Now I’m into your lifeboat
Like a castaway sailor

I, I, I
I’m coming over
I won’t take no from you
This black heart
is going under
and coming up new

I have taken the long way down a dark lonely alley
Then the rain made a river and it carried me downstream
To a dark place inside me where you didn’t matter
Surrounded by black cats and fire escape ladders

CHORUS

I’m so tired of walking blind in the middle of the night
Won’t you come and bring the spark
To light this black black heart

CHORUS
Track Name: Music for a Rainy Town
Music For A Rainy Town

I feel the rain
I feel the rain it’s coming down
I’m searching through the lost & found
For a coat to keep me dry
I want to hear some music for a rainy town
Don’t pick me up I’m feeling down
And it’s where I’d like to be for now

Got a house out in the country
Little house cut in the trees
Felt the best this world can offer
Felt the warmest summer breeze
Got a love that wars were fought for
Ships sent across the sea
Yeah but I’m still looking for the place
For the place I ought to be

I watched the rain
It made a river on the ground
I rode it to the farthest town
To a land across the sea
They prayed for rain
To liven up the deadend ground
I was unaccustomed to the sound
And I wished they’d prayed for me

Chorus

It’s been a long November
And the rain the rain the rain…

Chorus
Track Name: Winding Road
Winding Road


I knew a girl just like the wind
She’d blow away come back again
She’d drift as softly as the snow upon December streets
I asked her when she got to town / she said a storm just blew her down
And it was threatening again to take her back to where she’d been
and she says…

I will walk this winding road until this road stops winding
This old winding road I’ll walk until this road winds down

I knew a boy just like the sun
Looking for something to shine on
But if he’d stay one place too long he’d burn the ground that he shone on
We’d sit and talk about the past
He’d say the good times never last
His eyes drift off towards the sun I know that he’s already gone
and he says…

I will walk this winding road until this road stops winding
This old winding road I’ll walk until this road winds down

There’s a place for me and you
A place for us it’s true
A place where all the lights keep burning
Don’t you worry don’t you fear
The lights becoming clear
It’s wonderful and beautiful

I will walk this winding road until this road stops winding
This old winding road I’ll walk until this road winds down
If the sun should call my name toward some far horizon
I will follow every flame until the sun burns out
Track Name: River Jordan
River Jordan

When the whistle blows and I take my seat on the train
The engine steams and pulls out from the station in the rain
And the ones that I’ve loved
Wave their hands from the side of the tracks
Some laughed, some smiled but you cried
Cause you knew I wouldn’t be coming back

The porter man that punched my ticket gave me a wink and a smile
He said the takeoff can get a little rough
But you’re gonna feel better in a little while
There’s a bar at the back of the train a place to drown your sorrows
And once they’re gone they won’t be coming back for a million tomorrows

And today is the first day of the rest of your life

Well the train lifted off of the ground and said goodbye to the land
Like a dust cloud swept off of the rocks pulled by some unseen hand
I looked down to the town far below thought I saw you waving your hands
I shouted out to let you know that I’m alright
Then my breath fogged the glass

And today is the first day of the rest of my life

I moved on to the back of the train
Bartender pour me a drink now
I held it high in my hand and made a toast to the love that I leave now
I’m moving on from the earth to the sky you won’t see me no more
I’ll make a place for the both of us to stay just across the River Jordan

And today is the first day of the rest of your life
And that day will be the first day of the rest of our lives
Track Name: Yellow Line
Yellow Line

The highway is cold and the cold don’t forgive
And each yellow line only leads to the next
And I’ll follow that line like an old treasure map
And X marks the spot the place where you’re at
I’m going…

Home home / I’m coming home soon
And each yellow line brings me closer to you

It’s 45 miles to the rest stop ahead
Ain’t no time to stop I’ll rest when I’m dead
And the radio plays about a runaway train
So I sing along cause I’m feeling the same
I’m going…

Home home / I’m coming home soon
And each yellow line brings me closer to you
Home home it’s just a matter of time
I get a little bit closer with each yellow line

There’s a full moon tonight and a wide open road
I can see all these words ‘cause the heater is broke
But I’ll keep myself warm with a memory of you
And a map on the dash brings closer to…

Home home / I’m coming home soon
And each yellow line brings me closer to you
Home home it’s just a matter of time
I get a little bit closer with each yellow line
Track Name: Life Everlasting
Life Everlasting

When the longest of rest
Only makes you more weary
When the brightest of suns
Only make you feel cold
When the blackest of nights
Comes in to surround you child
There will be a light
And you got to grab hold

There’s a place in the life everlasting
Where the father will sit by the side of the son
And after the desert has dried up the water
Yeah the river will flow and the river will run

When the song that you sing
Feels worn out and tired
When the baby that’s born
Already feels old
When the blackest of nights
Comes in to surround you child
There will be a light
And you got to grab hold

Chorus

Until the moon turns red
Until the kingdom comes
Until justice shines it’s light over everyone
Until it all goes right in a world gone wrong
You got to hold on

Chorus

Don’t keep away from the light
Don’t keep away from the light
The place where you’re going, it’s gonna be alright

I know you’re tired cause you’ve come so far
Still you’ve got a long way
You’ve got a long way to go
Track Name: Mystery White Boy
Mystery White Boy

Did you find yourself that evening
On the eve of twenty-nine
Did you hear your father calling
Did you say your last goodbye
Did the feeling overtake you
In the midnight Memphis breeze
Were they singing hallelujah
Could you hear it in the trees?

And it feels like
Yes it feels like
Don’t it feels like
We almost knew you
And the earth shakes
And their hearts break
When they hear you whisper hallelujah

As the radio played softly
You strummed that old guitar
And the moon shone Mississippi
Like the headlights of a car
And then you walked into the water
And you lay down in the waves
And a thousand hallelujahs
Came and carried you away

Chorus

And there’s no pain anymore
And there’s no shame anymore
There ain’t no fear anymore
There’s only grace now

Chorus
Track Name: Too Many Pills
Too Many Pills

The sun bleeds to death
On the nights are the worst these days
It takes too many pills to control this
Then I hear your voice ringing out
Through these telephone lines again
And you say

Hey love, come home
I’ll protect you
As if you control tomorrow

This sweet talking devil
That lives on my shoulder
He looks so damn fine
In his three piece red suit
And he sounds so convincing
When he tells me I’m drowning
I know that the only thing keeping my lungs filled with air is you
And you say

Hey love, come home
I’ll protect you
As if you controlled tomorrow
And you say
Hey love, come home
I’ll protect you
As if you controlled tomorrow
And I almost believe you
I almost believe
Track Name: By Your Side
By Your Side

Looking out over this city at dawn
There’s a light somebody’s mother left on
We’ve been waiting here all night to find out
If someone’s gonna put it out

The hours have slipped away once again
I can’t recall the places we’ve been
Well I guess that this is some sort of sign
I was born to be by your side


It’s the light upon your face in the morning in your imperfection
And I was born to be here right here by your side

There’s a cloud that’s overtop of the moon
There’s mess to clean in our living room
Just an ordinary Saturday night
I was born to be by your side

Chorus

When we’re older we’ll have lines on our face
Don’t you cover them or hide them away
Every one will mark a laugh that we had
Or a tear that fell when times were bad

Chorus

It’s the light upon your face
It’s the light upon your face
It’s the light I can’t embrace
Cause it keeps on movin’ on
And it all keeps slipping by
Won’t you stay right by my side
We will watch the world go by
From the corner of our eyes
Track Name: Lean On Me
Lean On Me

Well I found a friend how lucky I am
I found me a friend I can lean on
A heart to call home wherever we roam
No matter how far we may wander

When the weight of the world is dragging you low
When the ways of this world seems so heartless & cold
When the weight of the world is too much to hold
You can lean on me

You got a friend from now ‘til the end
To have and to hold and to lean on
The hills we will climb I know we’ll be fine
Because you got that spirit to keep on

When the weight of the world is dragging you low
When the ways of this world seems so heartless & cold
When the weight of the world is too much to hold
You can lean on me