Bleak Is Beautiful

by Bitterwind

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released February 25, 2013

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Bitterwind California

Bitterwind is the solo recording project of Dana Berry, a San Francisco Bay Area musician who is currently singer/drummer/guitarist in local band Night Herons. Time Without Light is the second Bitterwind recording following up 2013’s Bleak Is Beautiful. Berry has played drums in LA band Forrest Lawn, Boston rock punk outfit Eugene & the Poseurs and SF's indie-folk combo Pancho-San among others. ... more

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Track Name: Waiting For The Rain
I see you sitting across the way
I know I’ll never know your name
Thousands of people we pass in the street
How many will we ever meet?
If your heart is just like mine, you’re waiting for the rain

Our lives are easy the days the same
Our dreams are simple but far away
Love is a feeling that goes away
But when it’s gone we miss the pain
If your heart is just like mine, you’re waiting for the rain
I’m waiting for rain / The rain will never go away/I’m waiting for rain to fall again,

Living in cities living online
Keeps us lonely keeps us blind
We pray to get rich Gods of ease
We worship blow-up celebrities
If your heart is just like mine, you’re waiting for the rain
I’m waiting for rain / The rain will never go away/I’m waiting for rain to fall again,

Glimpses of greatness in the past
Hang like anchors from our feet
We drag ourselves through each day
Without seeing the steps we take
If your heart is just like mine, you’re waiting for the rain
Track Name: Pretty Baby
She’s got a nun’s habit turned inside out
Kicked out of childhood, right into the night
All she needs is someone to love her
All she needs is someone to care

She’s got lazy values, she’s gone morally broke
She’s jaded and faded, she’s only twenty years old
All she needs is someone to love her
All she needs is someone to care
Pretty baby, she’s alive
Pretty baby, she’s alive

Shot down and broken, she can’t even whore
She’s lost that loving feeling, she can’t pretend anymore
All she needs is someone to love her
All she needs is someone to care
Pretty baby, she’s alive
Pretty baby, she’s alive

Go on ask her something, she’ll nod her head like a pez
She’ll spit out the answers, make you wish she was dead
All she needs is someone to love her
All she needs is someone to care
Pretty baby, she’s alive
Pretty baby, she’s alive
Track Name: Hanging Chair
Once in a lifetime is enough
He was a diamond in the rough
They told her he was no good
Just the type to rough her up
Two young lovers starting their lives, one is broken the other is blind

She said she’d tame him of his ways
All he needed was the Lord
She used to wait out on the porch
Swinging in the hanging chair
Sooner or later that diamond’s gonna break, and she can’t hide her black-eyed disgrace
Don’t talk about it, don’t talk about her sad eyes

Then one night he came home
Closed the curtains and locked the door
The night was punctured by her screams
The wind was sucked from the trees
They say he’s living just west of Baton Rouge, she is buried in her parent’s tomb
Don’t talk about it, don’t talk about her sad eyes

They say the wind never came back
Around the house it’s just too calm
But sometimes in the late afternoon
The hanging chair swings back and forth
Track Name: Invisible Man
There’s a man sitting on the sidewalk
Half a cigarette is all he’s got
He’s humming the Star-Spangled Banner
As the sightseers’ avert their eyes
He’s not looking for your charity, he’s not looking for sympathy

He had a Mohawk back in the eighties
Back when punk rock was a way of life
He used to squat at the crystal mansion
Now he’s just another faded tattoo
He’s not looking for your charity, he’s not looking for sympathy
he’s not looking for a better way, he’s not looking
But he’s not about to leave
He’s not the crazy man
He’s not the lazy man
He’s the invisible man

Down in the walkway to the Muni station
He’s either passed out or putting on a show
He likes to sing this old Irish folk song
Sometimes he’ll even quote Lenny Bruce
He’s not looking for your charity, he’s not looking for sympathy
he’s not looking for a better way, he’s not looking
But he’s not about to leave
He’s not the crazy man
He’s not the lazy man
He’s the invisible man

You can find him down the Ferry building
With the skaters and the bucket drum band
He wears a sign around his neck
‘kick me’ is all it says
Track Name: Staring Into The Sun
Lonely are the people who look inside their hearts
All they find is loneliness, all they want is love
They’re tired of missing something
All they ever wanted was to feel something more
Staring into the sun looking for more

All us alcoholics stare into our bottles
All we find is emptiness, all we want is peace
We’re tired of never enough
All we ever wanted was to feel something more
Staring into the sun looking for more

All the hopeless romantics look into their mirror
All they see is sadness, all they want is love
Finding the perfect someone
All they ever wanted was to feel something more
Staring into the sun looking for more
Track Name: Leave It All Behind
Here I sit under the great oak tree
The western sky rumbles in the heat
Bleeding light soaks the clouds red
Black with crows the night comes too soon
I got so high I jumped over the moon
I got so low I buried myself alive

A dusty road crawls back through the heat
I shade my eyes from the raging sun
The river bed runs dry like an ancient scar
The desert moon is reflected in your eyes
I got so high I kissed the stars goodnight
I got so low I fell into myself
I wrote a letter and left it all to you
Leave it all behind

A photograph fades in the light
We see the past only in black and white
Rays of sun shine through the dust
A lonely winter waits for all of us
I got so high I jumped over the moon
I got so low I buried myself alive
I pulled a lever and fell into the noose
Leave it all behind

I pulled a lever, I pulled a lever and fell into the noose
I wrote a letter, I wrote a letter and left it all to you

Leave it all behind
Track Name: Losing My Mind
Somebody tell me why I do the things I do
Somebody tell me how before I break myself in two
Am I losing my mind – tell me now
Heavy is the day when the world spins away
Leaving me standing still or falling backwards into space
Somebody’s in my head peeling back the layers of dread
Somebody pull him out before he takes over
Am I losing my mind – tell me now
Track Name: Perfect Getaway
Starlings singing and I am drifting away
Down into blissful thinking
Sunshine wraps around my neck
Slowly I am dreaming
Of the perfect getaway

Children playing in the yard next door
I remember everything
I still have a crush on that girl
What was her name?
Clouds pass slowly I awake
From the perfect getaway
Track Name: Let It Come To You
In time you’ll see the wasted tears you always do
It’s just the dying self that melts inside of you
Let it come to you

These heavy lids of suffering make it hard to blink
It’s such a crying shame that we can never win
Let it come to you
All the reasons that you’re reeling and feeling no good
Are just empty bottles waiting to be filled
It’s the light that shines under the door
It’s the Lord

All those people telling you the formula for life
All you need are ingredients the rest you can decide
Let it come to you

And you find you’re so wrapped up in packaging your life
You forget to open up the peacefulness inside
Let it come to you
All the reasons that you’re reeling and feeling no good
Are just empty bottles waiting to be filled
It’s the feeling that we’ve been here before
It’s the Lord

When you feel that the silver lining is torn
Don’t despair, breathe in air
When you feel that you’re lost in the woods
Don’t despair, breathe in air

Help me Lord I’m through with being cast upon the shore
Now I’m starting to see the light it’s love that’s shining through
Track Name: Ferris Wheel
I don’t know much about the world except that maybe it turns too fast
Or maybe I’m just too slow
I envy birds that fly away all I’ve got are wings of clay
I swim through quicksand everyday just to get to a safe place
I get tired of being adrift on a raft made of twigs
I’d build a sail but there’s no wind, the sun is bright but it’s not my friend
Ain’t no big deal
Hey, a Ferris wheel takes you to the stars and leaves you hanging there
Hey, a Ferris wheel takes you nowhere new just a different view

All the answers in my head don’t mean anything when I’m dead
I’d rather just look around then figure out what it’s all about
Ain’t no big deal
Hey, a Ferris wheel takes you for a ride and spins you round and round
Hey, a Ferris wheel takes you back in time leaves you where you were
Hey, a Ferris wheel takes you to the stars and leaves you hanging there
Hey, a Ferris wheel takes you nowhere new just a different view