The Rain Becomes a River

by Sci-Fi Romance

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This EP of new Sci-Fi Romance music takes a heavier, more urgent turn for heavier, more urgent times.

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released May 8, 2020

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Sci-Fi Romance Los Angeles, California

Sci-Fi Romance is an independent folk band from Los Angeles that blends unique arrangements and a dark, percussive take on acoustic music into a sound that has been labeled "steamfolk." It began as the solo project of singer/songwriter Vance Kotrla.

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Track Name: The Rain Becomes a River
Somewhere in the distance, there’s a town
A beautiful place I’ve always heard about
Though clouds obscure the way
With darkness and with doubt
We’ll never find it if we turn around

The rain streaks the windshield like tears
Til the road blues and lines disappear
I’m too scared of stopping, I gotta move
Lest the rain becomes a river and all of our fears come true

Outside in the blackness torches blaze
But they’re not there to light the way
Each flame is held up high
By hands that clench in rage
But they vanish far behind as we escape

The rain streaks the windshield like tears
Til the road blues and lines disappear
I’m too scared of stopping, I gotta move
Lest the rain becomes a river and all of our fears come true

On the air around us, there's a song
The voice is faint but getting strong
It promises a home
To those who never belonged
And when our journey's over we can sing along

The rain streaks the windshield like tears
Til the road blues and lines disappear
I’m too scared of stopping, I gotta move
Lest the rain becomes a river and all of our fears come true
Track Name: Underground
Underground I found a place to hide
Against the whims and wars of men it's fortified
Many rooms, and many plans
To keep the world outside from coming in

Some find solace in a cocktail glass
Hiding fear and despair behind a drunken laugh
Won't have to admit when all is lost
If you can pretend the party will never stop
...will never stop

Sometimes the dark of night
Seems to fill us up inside
When we race to hide
We guarantee we'll never find a light

I knocked at a door locked from within
I heard a shotgun cocked and a voice's shouted warning:
"Knock again and it's your life to lose.
Got an arsenal I'm not afraid to use."

Down the hall, a door stood open
Heads bent low over work that they could drown in
I called their names as I walked around
But none of them ever heard a sound
...never heard a sound

Sometimes the dark of night
Seems to fill us up inside
When we race to hide
We guarantee we'll never find a light

In the final room I found a man
Cradling his heart in bloody, burdened hands
He smiled at me, said "Join me, friend,
And we'll never have to feel again."

I backed away into the hall
Better to have a broken heart than none at all
Small and scared, they'd lost their purpose
So I left those souls behind and found the surface
...I found the surface

Sometimes the dark of night
Seems to fill us up inside
When we race to hide
We guarantee we'll never find a light
Track Name: I Will Let You Down
I woke in the night
To find you in my arms
In the silence, all I wanted
Was to save you from harm

And I will let you down
I won't break every fall
But if the darkness makes you lose your way
No stars to light the steps you take
I'll still walk by your side

One day you'll turn from me
And I'll see you've realized
I never really could've been
The man I seemed in your eyes

'Cause I will let you down
I won't break every fall
But if the darkness makes you lose your way
No stars to light the steps you take
I'll still walk by your side

A rose
Grows with rain

I will let you down
I won't break every fall
But if the darkness makes you lose your way
No stars to light the steps you take
I'll still walk by your side

A rose
Grows with rain
Track Name: Never Let Me Go
Spent long, late nights making battle plans
For conquering the worlds we saw before us
Waiting for our time to come
Now I lose late nights remembering
Those conversations distant in my memory
We looked away and our time slipped by

I learned eventually
Wish I may and wish I might
It's not every dream
That's destined for daylight

We may never be
In movies or in magazines
But hey, hey that’s all right

We wove stories from the threads
Of everything that lay past the horizon
We knew the parts we'd play
But they were just tall tales we told ourselves
Turns out that the world don't turn that way
And somewhere our lines got lost

There must be some clue
Why it never came off right
I wish I knew
So much for perfect hindsight

We may never be
In movies or in magazines
But hey, hey that’s all right
(Never let me go)

The view, I know, looks different from
The visions that we had for the two of us
And the lives we'd live

But what no crystal ball could show
Was the stillness that I’d feel beside you
And how that's everything I need

So I thank the stars
As I lie awake at night
You're in my arms
When we're wrapped in morning light

We may never be
In movies or in magazines
But hey, hey that’s all right
(Never let me go)
(Never let me go)