Cover Songs

by Ray Powers

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My interpretations of some of my favorite songs from other artists.

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released November 6, 2012

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Ray Powers Ojai, California

Ray Powers is a composer, producer, and songwriter living in Ojai, CA.

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Track Name: Washing of the Water
Washing of the Water – Peter Gabriel

River, river, carry me on
Living river, carry me on
River, river, carry me on
To the place where I come from

So deep, so wide, will you take me on your back for a ride
If I should fall, would you swallow me deep inside
River, show me how to float, I feel like I'm sinking down
Thought that I could get along

But here in this water, my feet won't touch the ground
I need something to turn myself around

Go-ing away, away toward the sea
Ri-ver deep, can you lift up and carry me
Oh roll on through the heartland 'Til the sun has left the sky
Ri--ver, ri--ver, carry me high

'Til the washing of the water, make it all alright
Let your waters reach me, like she reached me tonight

Letting go, it's so hard, the way it's hurting now
To get this love untied
So tough to stay with this thing, cos if I follow through
I face what I denied
I'll get those hooks out of me
And I'll take out the hooks that I sunk deep in your side
Kill that fear of emptiness, that loneliness I hide

River, oh river, river running deep
Bring me something that will let me get to sleep
In the washing of the water will you take it all away
Bring me something to take this pain away.
Track Name: Walking at Night
WALKING AT NIGHT
(words adapted from Wendell Berry’s “The Country
of Marriage”)
How many times have I come to you,
Out of my head with joy.
As freely as I breathe
the air that was the wind,
Dreaming I see you there
Along the streams of the country of my birth,
Warm blooms and the night songs of birds
Opening around you.
Walking at night, the water flowing,
Walking at night, through the regions of the dark,
Walking at night, it does not hold us,
Walking at night, we keep returning,
Walking at night, returning thirsty, returning thirsty.
You are the known way leading always to the unknown,
And you are the known place
To which the unknown is always leading me back.
How many times have I come to you,
Out of my head with joy.
To approach you I have given up the light,
A man lost in the woods,
Standing still, saying nothing,
There arose in me like the earth’s empowering brew,
Rising in root and branch,
The words of a dream of you.
Walking at night, by the dark water,
Walking at night, the steam is rising,
Walking at night, the moon and the chasing clouds,
Walking at night, the stream of blessings,
Those heavenly blessings, those heavenly blessings.
You are the known way leading always to the unknown,
And you are the known place
To which the unknown is always leading me back.