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The Raindance family tell their story in tales, through poetry, songs, art, and dance.

 RAINDANCE

by Uncle John

excerpt

Storyteller:

Liberty Coruzzo wears roses in her hair

She still attracts a crowd

who all cry out at her & stare

get drunk and laugh out loud

Foxy boys chase young girls & chat with

beautiful women with butterfly hairpins

The old timers cheer at the sight of

Liberty on the back of a terrapin

singing like leaves blowing in the wind

 

Daniel:

We were at the carnival fair

and noted when the times were so good

We climbed the stone stairs past the turn in the street

where we recalled our childhood

We ran into Ida Red & the queen of the magazine

Michelle & I

among the crowd and smoke

the endless noise and scenes

 

Storyteller:

Freya Chanteur sings with the band

She holds a tarantula painted on a rouge-colored fan

and with  a wave of her hand

sees the face of Jesse in the crowd

and cries with her eyes clear and loud

She falls in love with his gentle stare

Time passes through his fingers in her hair

In a public act of loyal tradition

she marries the gypsy on a terrapin

 

Daniel:

We went to the Tally-Ho tavern

 to see a fiddler's contest held there

We were amused by this unusual lady &

knocked out by the perfume in the air

We watched from the window the wanderin' and weary

in their chameleon webs in the thick of night

In the distance there is the faint sound of misty bells

while they visit the world through slits of their shells

"Daniel Rafael" Michelle introduces me

 

Michelle:

I'd like you to meet pretty Peggy the mysterious lady

She comes from eastern Europe

Her father's an investor

She's got some money & knows what she's after

She plays in the pool parlor in Breakfast Alley

 

Daniel:

One night she drove Michelle & me & Liberty

out to the valley &

led us to a hermit's cave

where he lit a lantern played guitar and sang

 

Hermit:

It's gotta be all or nothing at all babe

 

Michelle:

His hands are as cold as ice

yet I can see sweat pour from his brow

I look at the lines on his face

He survived an ordeal he wouldn't tell now

 

Peggy:

We were drinking wine on Alligator Mountain

I expressed love greater than mine

and he turned to me in perfect mime

 

Hermit:

My heart is an open book to you

Red sails in the sunset are overlooking you

You better know what you're doing

 

Peggy:

Like true love I never felt like this

 

Storyteller:

He's been on live stages and what he practiced was kind

He knew fugitives and sages & found few of similar mind

He walks out of the pages like a knight on the road that winds

and breaks the cages of ephemeral walls to find

 

Peggy:

He went round about the river and didn't come back till he was grey

He retreated inside a palace on the edge of the old highway

 

Hermit:

There's a voice deep inside of the ancient one calling you

The door's not marked but the light shines through

RAINBOW SKY

Call the day of the rainbow
Flame in the rainbow morning
Call in the morning of the rainbow rain
Flame in the morning of the great rainbow

Greetings with grace
Looking for God´s face
It is within sight of the eye
That puts a bow in the cloud band of colors in the sky

I am a rambler for the trade that travels around
Wind in my back circling south
Buried some words deep in the sand
River runs flowing over the land

How many times should we go through this again?
Know that our love will heal us again
And make us brave,
bold and new
Singing, with mariachi dinner gentlemen

Sit with the sunset next to the moon
With your favorite color of a flower in bloom
Count all the hours listening to tunes
& Image paradise built on a dune

The treasure of sierra
It is not on earth
Not in the cloud
Not in the crowd
It is not made of wall
The voice of the trumpets call
To a river of life
A celestial current
Of conscious awareness
For all the redeemed
The signs follow the vision

On the blue mountain
The treasure they saw
It is not stuck in time to be found
Then for a quick moment it will pass
But the immortal river within us will last

Faith in the future that you can not deny
There is something more here than you can explain
Back to the serenade, yes, you'll manage
And call in the rainbow morning
Flame in the rainbow morning
Call in the morning of the rainbow rain
Flame in the morning of the great rainbow

 

I met Tobey Stein, musician extraordinaire, trading tapes of live concerts of the Grateful Dead. He's writing some of the music for the play "Raindance", and describes an experience he had with one of the songs.I wrote the words to this song in Guadalajara, Mexico and sent them to Tobey Stein,  who plays guitar and pedal steel, to put music to it for the play "RAINDANCE". I received this letter from him:

"Howdy John, I finally finished writing the music to "Rainbow". I've orchestrated it and am trying to get it performed. Things happen slowly you know. Enclosed is a version of it on acoustic guitar. People have been asking me about your words. I tell them they're part fantasy and part true religion. Someone called "Rainbow" a word-picture. The other day I hitchhiked out to the country in Wakulla county where there is a very hip bunch of musicians called the Wakulla band who play a lot of Grateful Dead songs as well as their own. It started raining so I ducked under the porch of a little store in a town called Crawfordville. I started picking a few songs and I got around to playing "Rainbow". As I was playing the end and screaming "Call me in the morning of the rainbow rain" with all the rednecks in the gas station across the street wondering what the hell I was doing. I looked up and there was the biggest most beautiful rainbow I ever saw in the sky. My heart just about jumped out of my chest and took off. Somebody must have been telling me something."

"The rainbow was real."

--Paul Hoffman, Lighting Director for the Grateful Dead

According to news reports that surfaced after this rainbow occurred in Santa Clara, California on June 27, 2015 during the Grateful Dead's show, it was unbelievable to some reporters who raised speculation it was a contrived event. There was a magnificent rainbow arching over the entire stadium, with perfect timing showing up during the final song of their first set on this first night of "Fare Thee Well", and morphing into a double rainbow. Billboard.com stated it was not Divine intervention or Mother Nature's unusual weather. One report claimed the Grateful Dead spent $50,000 to stage this rainbow. An ABC News report stated it was possible. "What a great way to create a buzz, for a run of shows that have been nothing if not buzz-worthy from their very first announcement." After all, the Merry Pranksters were there.  According to reports, the Grateful Dead orchestrated this rainbow by placing 600 special lights on a building two  miles away.  Of course they had to bring in the cloud cover, and a few raindrops fell on this crowd in a rainless drought-stricken time, and for the climax, a spectacular incredible sunset fills the sky. Billboard did a retraction by quoting a Deadhead, "This is the band that jams with God."

UNCLE JOHN

@ Caffè Lena, Saratoga Springs, New York

June 19, 2017

Experimental Theatre

for the play

RAINDANCE

 

BIG WIND IS A-COMING

excerpts from:

Shelter From The Storm >

(Bob Dylan)

Big Wind >

(Marleen Molle Albin, Kevin Morgenstern, Arranged by Robert Hunter & Comfort)

Duquesne Whistle >

(Robert Hunter, Bob Dylan )

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall >

(Bob Dylan)

Looks Like Rain

(John Barlow, Bob Weir)

 

 

DEAD & COMPANY

@ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York

June 20, 2017

Rainbow during Dead & Company's performance of "Looks Like Rain"

 

"SUNDANCE"

Letras y Música por Uncle John
Traducción de Tania Carrasco

desde la obra de teatro "RAINDANCE"

escrito en Mexico

SUNDANCE

Lyrics & Music by Uncle John


Born in the American hills
 Raised in a desert cave
It was not until he was twenty-one
He met Jesus and was saved
He can move like a mountain lion
 Smells like a bear for snakes
Sundance is so daring and strange
 As he is strong and brave


He has half a diamond for an eye
And an eagle to guide his way
And he lived ten years inside the city
And he learned the city way
He had a love for the game
A taste for whiskey
A weakness for pretty women
But he could not understand the cruelty
To lock up so many people inside prisons
He is a man who loves his freedom


He took a simple stone
And at night it would shine
Reflecting on the city
Illuminated the road in the sky
They say he has ten thousand brothers
And all of them believing men
And ten thousand sisters
And many children


He has vision for a river of time
Who can stop the rain at will?
When you find him, he can make it rhyme
And go even better still
Walk within the cities teaching ecology
He painted a rose for a masterpiece
And helps the blind to see


He had a love for the game
A taste for whiskey
A weakness for pretty women
But he could not understand the cruelty
To lock up so many people inside prisons
He is a man who loves his freedom

 
Sundance is smart
And a man with many faces
But he did not risk holding
Aces on aces
Now some say he is a prophet
And some only one man
But I know him as a friend of Jesus
And a child from the desert sand
Asking
 How can the most advanced
Civilization of all times
be so far behind
to be so far behind?


Now Sundance is among you
Who helps the four-winged beast to fly?
Those who live to see
Half diamond for an eye
They have seen golden rain fall from the sky
Golden shower of the sky
Gold from the sky
Gold of heaven!

 

GAMBLING MAN

by Uncle John / Spanish translation by Tania Carrasco

from the play RAINDANCE
We open the bar
Prepare drinks
It gave us all time to think
Wondering who and where I am
Trying to explain this missing link
We had fun all night
And again that morning
We shuffle from sunrise to noon
We have a game in progress
As the sun was rising
And we moved to another room
We are on the train
When you suddenly hear
The highest distributor in the land
Is getting on board
To take on this gambling man

I started drinking back early in life
I learned to bet with dad a long time ago
And if he keeps drinking like there's no bottom
He will be playing on heaven's row

This couple joined in
Her name was Sugar
And her fella's name was Jim
And they called him Mr. Money
He smoked cigars and boasted of sin

Sugar told me
If you have a dollar
Go ahead put it on the line
And old Money turned around
He said that better wait
Because I'm about to raise you
That's fine

I picked up my guitar
Every song that I play
She kissed me like a rose
And I played my cards
Like I know I would win
While Money was still playing his gold

Sugar was one yes Siree
Who was in love with all of life
And I carefully observed her and my cards
I kept my hands close to my life

Mr. Money chose a card from each country
Every color of a clown
His hands were shaking
While he was watching
For the exit out of town

Well, I'm just a man of game
As happy as one can be
While Sugar and Money
When you add some honey
They come for the jubilee
 
Before you know it, everyone else was out
Only the distributor and I stayed in
Looking at it
Rolling in his bottle of gin
He laid out his hand and I could not believe
He bet all his silver and gold
So, I bet the sun, the moon and my heart
The worlds of which I know

I've been waiting three years
On a four-day ride
And I'm tired of this one man band
Standing on the outskirts of paradise
I called and played my hand
 
I looked and I caught two pairs of five
That seems like it just came to life
But I knew he made a crooked deal
But he did not know it was going to die
 
We listen to the band
He could not stop the hand
That took everything he had
The next morning me and the sun
We had our fun
It was a better one
The best we won
 We had lots of fun
It is your song
Because this deal it is hot
And I tell you
I like to gamble
Every chance I got
If it's a card, I'll play one dollar
If it's a lady, I play a lot

 

RAINDANCE

 

Lord they don't how to pray

You see us here dancin' the night away

Let us intercede with rhythm today

With a cloud of faith we humbly sway

For every tree and plant and soul

To feel your rain and make us whole

Lord you know how this place is dry

The rain shall come when you open the sky

 

Keys to the pouring rain Lord

You got the keys to the pouring rain

Keys to the pouring rain Lord

You got the keys to the pouring rain

 

 In one hand she held a knife

In the other hand a cross

It was there she found the question

To all the answers that she sought

She came around

When she comes around

I like to calm her down

She came around

Take the time

Please take the time

You got the time

Take the time

 

If I could pay you back

For all the good days that I’ve spent

I’d lead you right to the river

Where love is never lent

And turn all your tomorrows

Back from where they came

And send you one last witness

To the keys of the pouring rain

 

Keys to the pouring rain Lord

You got the keys to the pouring rain

Keys to the pouring rain Lord

You got the keys to the pouring rain

 

 Lord they don't how to pray

You see us here dancin' the night away

Let us intercede with rhythm today

With a cloud of faith we humbly sway

For every tree and plant and soul

To feel your rain and make us whole

Lord you know how this place is dry

The rain shall come when you open the sky

 

Keys to the pouring rain Lord

You got the keys to the pouring rain

Keys to the pouring rain Lord

You got the keys to the pouring rain

 

THE MISSION

 

Mississippi Captain fell in love

With the distant stars far up above

And got it together to build a ship

And get all his friends together for the trip

One lone dreamer came on by

Said "Mississippi Captain, how high is the sky?

I always had hopes to travel into space

And find new direction for the human race"

Well they got together and made a plan

To find another planet with air water and land

And in one swift stroke find the solution

To the cost of living with climate pollution

 

from the science fiction musical Play "RAINDANCE"

 

email: John@ABCD.casa