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The first half of the last Voice Of The Rain album. Recorded to four track MiniDisc in 1998 and mixed to D.A.T. that same year. Remastered in 2014.

We've split the original in two as thirty odd tracks and nearly two hours was a bit unwieldy for a download.

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released May 13, 2014

All songs by Robert Boole & Richard Knowles.

The digital image, Hotel de la Brinvilliers, l'empoisonneuse Rue Charles, by Eugène Atget is courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program

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Voice Of The Rain UK

Faute de Mieux

1980s, 90s, 2015.

Mainly of an acoustic bent but known to wind up the distortion on occasion.

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Track Name: Prologue
This song was written for you
It carries our love and my pain
Now let it go where it will
We'll hear its voice in the rain
And it will be with us still
Track Name: Feminist Fatale
You don't want to track my pupils
You don't want to catch my eye
You don't want to show you realise
You won't start a conversation
Won't ask a friend my name
So our paths won't accidentally cross
And in a way

That's why I really want to know you
That's why I'm dreaming the improbable
That's why I really want to tell you, hey
All men are not the same

You don't show the slightest inkling
But your aloofness is blasé
You don't look like you've go much to say, to me
But a manner that's defensive equally invites approach
Though I doubt that I'm a subject you would care to broach

That's why I really want to know you
That's why I'm thinking the improbable
That's why I really want to tell you, hey
I'm really not the same

This is the way that we find hope in despair
This is the girl who changes so into yeah, yeah, yeah

That's why I really want to know you
That's why I'm dreaming the improbable
That's why I really want to tell you, hey
You're beautiful

That's why I really want to know you
That's why I'm dreaming the impossible
That's why I really want to tell you, hey
You're beautiful
Track Name: A Typical Day In The Life Of An Invisible Man
My waking thoughts are thoughts of you, some set scenarios
That get fine tuned inside my swoon, caught in traffic I'm all she sick
And at my screen I seem to see your face in Windows
There's no escape, there's no release and there's no respite, try as I might

So it's what I live for on a typical day
Hoping to see you, hoping to say

I'm alive, I'm alive, I'm alive,
Don't you know, don't you know, don't you know?
And I want to be part of your life
Don't you know, don't you know, don't you know?

And so on my way home I dream our meeting
Undo the day, the choices made that got me nowhere but this same armchair
And start again as if the end weren't self-defeating
Because it seems I can't be seen, I'm never sighted just unrequited

But it's what I live for on a typical day
Hoping to see you, hoping to say

I exist, I exist, I exist,
Don't you know, don't you know, don't you know?
I go most of my life unnoticed
Don't you know, don't you know, don't you know?

Well it's what I live for, though you're unaware
You can't even hear me saying my prayer

This year - next year - sometime - never
Will we ever get together?
Grace and all the saints above her
Would it hurt her to discover

I'm alive, I'm alive, I'm alive,
Don't you know, don't you know, don't you know?
And I want to be part of your life
Don't you know, don't you know, don't you know?
Track Name: Fanmail
Jennifer, Sylvie
You're my prescription, see
World without end maybe just a dream
I'm charmed by your face it's true
But it's purely arbitrary
For every sky there's a million stars

I follow your footsteps
Your moves in the headline world
While I'm in the darkness, where I can't be seen

But I love you as if I knew you
And I pray for you as if you were my own
But you're not and I don't know
What could make us meet, bring us together, to be alone
It's never who you are but who you know...

Julliette, Julie
I think you were made for me
And maybe I'd suit you, you should try me on
I don't have a lifestyle removed from the commonplace
It's written on my face, can't you read the lines?

They say I love you as if I knew you
And I pray for you, as if you were one of my own
But you're not and I don't know
What could make us meet, bring us together, to be alone
It's never who you are but who you know

It's never who you are but who you know
No it's never who you are but who you know...
Track Name: Mezzo Cammin
Things roll on in the self same way
Life's on track from A to B
And single is the way you want to stay
But that's not how it's going to be

'Cause cruel convention always lies in wait
You see it in the eyes of friends
Who introduce you as 'confirmed' on dates
To girls who want it all to end

They say I really, really, really like you
You'll do, you'll do, you'll do so I do

Before you can say no
You're being measured for your morning suit
Everyone you meet must smile
Relations gather with the absolute
But it's too late too hide because here comes the bride up the aisle

For better or for worse...

You've made your vows and now
You'll have to keep them if you can
Annulment is the other course
You may live happily forevermore
But if that's not to be you can divorce
Track Name: Endgame
They say that breaking up is hard to do
I do it all the time
It's my niche, my forte
Or some might say that it's my crime
If something real rears its ugly head
I will be long gone
On that you can depend

Where there's a will there is a way
Where there are ways are always means
All the best exits go unnoticed
What's the point in parting scenes?
To deliver lines that we've all heard before
When there's nothing left to say
And there's no-one keeping score

And if sometimes all through the night
I'm kept awake by guilt or shame
Those scared regrets are only shadows on the wall

You always want the things you don't have
That are problems when you do
And if one remedies the other
The exact opposite is true
And whose to judge, if it's all just the same?
I will take my risks
And I will take the blame

And if sometimes, all through the night
I'm kept awake by guilt or shame
Those scared regrets are only shadows on the wall
Shadows on the wall

And if sometimes the darkness tries
To make me feel the need is real
I'll strike a match and blind the shadows on the wall
Shadows on the wall
Track Name: Skyscraper
Higher and higher

Let there be love, falling like a little manna
Or let there be something there for us
We'll catch a plane to see the sky
We need it just to get that high
To be that high

Let there be rope, just enough for us to hang on
Let there be elevator dreams
They carry us into to the light
We need them just to reach that high
To be that high
To reach so high
To get that high

We're stuck on the ground, earthbound
And tied to what will keep us down here
I reach for the keys and unlock the door
This road is not my road but I will drive it
Deeper and deeper and over and over

Higher and higher

We need it just to be so high
To get that high
To be so high
To reach so high
To be that high

Or nothing at all...
Track Name: Byron
Living to understand in every boy there's a man
And in every man a child
That some things lost are gone for good
And for some we must wait a while
In every life in turn there's a lesson to learn
One we couldn't learn before
If I've been blind to many things
Now I'm absolutely sure

I have been looking for you from the day I was born
And now that I've found you I see what life is meant for

Though we don't have them around we get closer somehow
To the ones we left behind
I carry you everywhere I am
I carry your heart in mine
And I don't know why we're here or if I'll conquer my fear
Or if anybody can
But I had a friend and though he's gone
He helped me understand, he's helping me understand

That I've been in love with you for the whole of my life
When I am with you I see the purpose of life
And time holds no fears for me now, I'm free of its ties

I've been in love with you for the whole of my life
When I am with you I see the purpose of life
You are a part of me now, soul, body and mind
And I want to wake up beside you
And know you're my wife

I'm going to make you my life
Gonna make you my life
Gonna make you my life
Track Name: On The Rocks
You won't say it but I will
Yeah, yeah, yeah
It's gone wrong, gone wrong
I see my life at this standstill
Yeah, yeah, yeah
For so long, so long

All these years for cash and careers
It's fool's gold of the dullest veneer
Well it bought us our valour
And sold us our fear

I never flinch but now I know
Yeah, yeah, yeah
It's gone wrong, gone wrong
I've seen my life at this cross-roads
Yeah, yeah, yeah
For so long, so long

Unhappy the man who sticks to the plan
Though two weeks on the Med. have put horns on his head
He went looking for girls, afraid of the woman in his bed

I see it clearly through cut glass
On the rocks
It's gone wrong, gone wrong
I've seen my life at an impasse
On the rocks
For so long, too long

You won't say it but I will
Yeah, yeah, yeah
It's gone wrong, gone wrong
I see my life at this standstill
Yeah, yeah, yeah
For so long

Raise your glasses high, it's mud in you eye, we're broken hearted
Here's to absent friends and those still here taken for granted

Raise your glasses high, it's mud in you eye, you? broken hearted
Here's to absent friends and those still here taken for granted
Track Name: A Scar Is Borne
Ten years gone by in a blink
No replay
What's gone is gone or so you think
For some things stay

Well I used to know a girl
My fingers used to trace
The outline of the world
On her face

Whole years gone by
Yet some days still stand clear
Brief episodes from a life
Now disappeared

And things will always seem
Much better then than now
So we try to hold the dream safe somehow

Well I used to know a girl
My fingers used to trace
The outline of the world
On her face
Track Name: McCrackity
Shame
That I've started falling upwards now
That you're not here
Shame
That life that put a light in mine
Has disappeared
It's a shame
That I always end up losing
Maybe I'm too cavalier

Well I didn't know just what I'd find
But I never had this love in mind
Everything seemed simple then
Now I never want to feel again

I've been hurt before now I'm back for more

And it's your face
That I wake up every morning too
I think you know
And it's your name
That I can hear the whole world through
My love that shows
But I can't sing my dreams for you
If you want to get up and go

Well I didn't know just what I'd find
But I never had this love in mind
Everything seemed simple then
Now I never want to feel again

I've been hurt before now I'm back for more

Tell me
Can you hear me now
Was I close to something
Help me

Long gone lover come back to me
You're we're I'm meant to be
Long gone lover come back to me
You're we're I'm glad to be

Well I didn't know just what I'd find
But I never had this love in mind
Well everything seemed simple then
Now I never want to feel again

No I really never want to feel again
Track Name: Klara's Hair
Klara, when you put your hair down
It suits you better, it's very beautiful
The grown out bob you wear becomes you
Fits like a door key in whispers around you

Seems I'm always looking for you
Never to find you, always to miss you
So now my heart has found it's target
With fate's intervention, these arrows won't hit you

But I want to know the things about you
Little things a life amounts to
How you looked before you looked at me
Is it still there to see or now hidden to deep?


Klara, every time I see you I fumble for words
To convey how I'm feeling
My hopes lie along Shiroka
They're floating like bubbles, and I hope that you see them

As I hope to learn the things about you
Little things a life amounts to
How you cried at sixteen like the rain
Do you still feel the pain? Or remember his name?

Klara, when you put your hair down
It's the deep red of Autumn
It's very
Beautiful
Track Name: Millennium
The ghost in my machine plays with my peace of mind
It gives credence to my dreams, puts the matter into time
Offers up its needs, physics turns it on
Doesn't like beliefs; says I don't belong
I hope it's wrong

But I findd myself suspecting it's true, so it goes on
And there's nothing much more I can do

But I hope you can hear me
I hope you can hear me
I hope I'm getting through


My nights are filled with stars and lay mans eternity
Spinning endlessly through space, guessing at it's boundaries
And what the future holds, say a thousand years from now
I'll be sinking into soil or floating through the clouds
Haven't you found

That progress moves much faster than you?
Well It gets me down
'Cause my favourite theories all lack proof


But I hope you can hear me
I hope you can hear me
I hope I'm getting through

I hope you can hear me
I hope you can hear me
And I hope that you're there, too
Track Name: Sunday's Best
Monday, I must learn my lesson and recuperate
Tuesday, I want to shoot the world right down and you'll be home late

Meet me on Sunday,
At the usual place
I will be counting the days

Wednesday, I want to build the future out of paper and ink
Thursday, when your deadlines start to loom it helps you think

Meet me on Sunday, at a quarter past three
Well it's the one day we're free

Meet me on Sunday
I know there won't be a bus
But it's the one day for us


Meet me on Sunday
At a quarter past three
Well it's the one day we're free

Friday, when the weekend offers a night on different towns
Saturday, when the bric-a-brac of life spins like a merry-go-round

That leaves us Sunday
I know there won't be a bus
But it's the one day for us

Meet me on Sunday
At the usual place
I will be counting the days
Track Name: Dog Years
I'm the someone on the edge of your life
And though you don't know me you know what I'm like
A crumpled up diviner of fate
Who knows recognition will always come late

And I want to sing my radio blues
But no one will listen to yesterday's news
And if I start up on the end of the world
We're all deaf to a future we've already heard

Not today, we'll keep it in mind and then wish it away
But if I've known it, you'll know it
You can't hang on to what you're meant to lose
The dog years run away with you

And I know you throw a little cash in my cup
Thinking the devil take you, I feel sure he will do
Now that heavens booked up
We're trying to find ourselves by shedding our guilt
But we've got a taste for the tragic
And we're drinking our fill and singing

Not today, we'll bear it in mind just to wish it away
But if I've seen it, you'll see it
You can't hang on to what you're meant to lose
The dog years run away with you


Not today, we'll keep it in mind just to wish it away
But if I've learnt it, you'll learn it
You can't hang on to what you're meant to lose
The dog years run away with you
Track Name: The Survivor
Here, at the end of the world
I sat down, on the brink, over the edge
I looked into the stars
And thought of diving into them

I was broken, lost, crushed, and alone
Out of hope, I looked up and I saw you
And though I don't say why
I immediately knew

That I'd been saved, I'd been freed
I'd been handed my reprieve
I'd been changed by a life
So much sounder than mine

Here on the back of your smile, I aspire
I could fly to think of you
I'm not afraid of life cause no matter what I do

I've been saved, I've been freed
I've been handed my reprieve
I've been changed by a life
So much sounder than mine

The ground beneath me gave, I was falling
I took the hand you gave, now I'm soaring
High

I've been saved, I've been freed
And I'm grateful for my reprieve
I've been changed by a life
So much sounder than mine
Track Name: Breathing Space July
Sometimes a look becomes a thought
Keeps coming back until it's caught fire
And slowly you get burned

Well I've had my hand inside the flame
Held out for love but it never came through
And you, do you recognise the word?

Well I don't think this can go on
I've reached my Rubicon
I need space to breathe in
The cool air of evening

Given I've given my self to you
Broken you've broken my life in two...

Can't seem to sleep this summer
Caught in some undercurrent
I need space to breathe in
The cold air of leaving you

Given I've given my self to you
Broken you've broken my life in two
Something to nothing is nothing new...

Sometimes a look becomes a thought
It keeps coming back until it's caught fire
Track Name: Novemberland
No way over (I've gotta get back gotta bet back somehow)
No way under (I hope that we can meet this year)
No way round it (Half my time is spent remembering)
? boundaries (You might not even know me now)
There's no crossing (The streets all have new names)
There's no bridge (I know you still feel the same)
There's no tunnel (Please tell her for me)
No exit (I turned around and lost myself)

It's close at hand, it's close at hand
Our time's at hand
Novemberland

No way over (All streets they have new names)
No way under (I hope you still feel the same)
No way round it (Please hold her for me)
? boundaries (I turned around and lost my way)
There's no river (Gotta get back, gotta get back somehow)
There's no ford (I hope that we can meet this year)
No false ceiling (Half my time is spent regretting)
No trap door (I might not even know you now)

It's close at hand, it's close at hand
Our time's at hand
We'll make a stand, let's make a stand
Change of plan, you'll understand
Our time's at hand
Novemberland