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Lyr ADD: Raven in the Storm (John Gorka)


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Henrik W. 28 Aug 00 - 08:01 AM
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Subject: Raven in the Storm
From: Henrik W.
Date: 28 Aug 00 - 08:01 AM

Does anyone have the lyrics for John Gorka's "Raven in the Storm"?
I only have fragments of it - it would be nice to be able to fill in the missing parts...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Raven in the Storm
From: Henrik W.
Date: 28 Aug 00 - 08:35 AM

Well, I nearly beat myself to it...ahem...
here it is.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Raven in the Storm
Date: 28 Aug 00 - 09:51 AM

Henrik, I don't think you can get credit for a record response time if you set yourself up.

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Subject: Lyr Add: RAVEN IN THE STORM (John Gorka)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Nov 22 - 11:35 AM

The link above is dead. So I found the lyrics online and checked them against what my ears hear:

Written by John Gorka
As recorded by John Gorka on “Land of the Bottom Line,” 1990.

I'm the latest apparition,
Cutting slices in the night.
I come through without permission,
Moving in and out of human sight.

I'm the tapping on your shoulder.
I'm the raven in the storm.
I'll take shelter in your rafters.
I’ll be the shiver when you're warm.

I'm the gold in California.
I'm the well in Mexico.
Like the vultures in the valley,
I will wait for you to go.

I'm the gypsy in your pocket.
I'm the horseman in your dreams.
I'm the reason dogs are[n’t]* barking.
I'm the hand that stops the scream.

I'm the baby's cry that isn't.
I am the distant relative.
I'm the scratching in the ceiling.
I'm advice you shouldn't give.

I'm the ghost of a traveling salesman.
My foot will be there in your door.
Though I can walk through walls and windows,
I will knock just like before.

I'm the darkness in your daughter.
I'm the spot beneath the skin.
I'm the scarlet on the pavement.
I am the broken heart within.

I won't take a train to nowhere.
I will not touch just anyone.
Ask a stranger why I'm waiting
In the chamber of a gun.

- - -
* It’s ambiguous whether he sings “are” or “aren’t.” I figure it’s spooky either way.

This song was also recorded by:
Sarah Stockwell on “Dark of Moon,” 1993.
Mary Black on “Circus,” 1996.
Ben Walker and Chris Knowles on “Of Glory and War,” 2013.
The Celtic Spoons on “The Celtic Spoons,” 2018.

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