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Eastmountainsouth — Rain Come Down
Album: Eastmountainsouth
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Released: 2003
Length: 3:59
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dark clouds a'risin'
thunder bolts a'rollin'
master jesus ridin' around
with a rainbow 'round his shoulders

seek on, oh, seeker
come go to glory with me
and you shall wear a starry crown
come join the band of angels

rain come down, rain come down
hear him above ridin' around.....
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A thing is a thing. Not what is said of the thing.
Just listening after TS Imelda hit Houston yeaterday. I didn't get the Jesus part, but the "rain come down" part hit home today.
I don't identify with any organized religion but last time I checked, Jesus may have been a pretty cool guy. A rebel. Some even call him a zealot. The problem is that PEOPLE got hold of his message and retold, rewrote, edited, reedacted and basically appropriated it over the millennia to suit whatever purpose they had and now we end up with people arguing, battling and often killing each other over whose version is right. Jesus has become a brand and I don't think Jesus would be too happy about it.
This album ranks very high up on my "one album hit wonders" list.  Truly stunning from beginning to end and what a great period sound they have. Shame they broke up or at least quit recording. 

No religious connundrum for me!
SAVE ME JEEBUS!
Frack, is this a music station or what?  Gospel and spirituals are music last time I checked.  My faith traditiion (not one I really practice) is NOT in line with the lyrics, but I had to stop what I was doing to see who this was.  I agree with Shawkitten 1/2014 comment below.
I never thought there would be so much negativity as in put-downs and making fun of people in the comment space. Musical critiques are great, but lighten up, folks!
 whitebuffalo wrote:
I bought this CD after I heard them on Morning Becomes Eclectic and then Goodwilled it when I listened more more closely and realized that it was stealth Christian rock. I felt like the church organist who accidentally ordered the Frank Zappa songbook online. There should be some kind of a PMRC sticker on stuff like this. With a picture of the dude from Creed.



 
That's ironic, because I was in a goodwill recently and found a copy of the Eastmountainsouth album with the song "Rain Come Down" on it.  Looks like it was just played once or twice, and I can't believe that someone could actually listen closely to this album and discard it like it was just a Frank Zappa songbook or something.  So I bought it, and immediately ejected my well used Creed CD and played it the whole ride home on full blast.  It wasn't until I pulled into the driveway that I turned it down so I could continue in "Stealth Christian Rock" mode and not wake anyone up. 




 fredriley wrote:

{#Lol}

 
Yes indeed.  Besides, what those 'fan clubs" fail to understand is once they start presuming to know the mind of the Creator, and then act upon that presumption with rules and indicts all must follow, they are then abandoned by that Creator.  I have no fear of this because I don't have such hubris..  I leave God to do what Creators do, as I would imagine the same has been give to me by this life.  Such hubris.......hell I have a hard enough time just presuming to know myself....heh!
 mrgus wrote:

Illustrates why I like the phrase,"I don't have a problem with God, it's the fan clubs I can't stand."
 
{#Lol}
 SmackDaddy wrote:

 

Illustrates why I like the phrase,"I don't have a problem with God, it's the fan clubs I can't stand."
 shakitten wrote:
I'm blown away by all the religious comments. This is an amazing album, and some songs are period pieces. In Civil War times, this type of Spiritual was common. Please, folks...we all have hot buttons about our beliefs. But sometimes it's just history, and to yank out the references would not be authentic. Enjoy it for what it is.
I am not a Christian by any stretch, but I can enjoy gospel, old spirituals and choral/hymnal work when it's passionate, historically accurate,,beautiful and well-done.
 
Your comment is more open minded than most on RP. Thank you .People get so bent out of shape as soon as some sort of religious /spiritual reference comes into play..too bad. I'm no Christian, but I'm not a "God" hater and I'm not a believer either.  W/ out "spiritual " music, we'd be in a darker place for sure. Whatever god you worship is fine w/ me, just don't cram it down my throat..rock on
 shakitten wrote:
I'm blown away by all the religious comments. This is an amazing album, and some songs are period pieces. In Civil War times, this type of Spiritual was common. Please, folks...we all have hot buttons about our beliefs. But sometimes it's just history, and to yank out the references would not be authentic. Enjoy it for what it is.
I am not a Christian by any stretch, but I can enjoy gospel, old spirituals and choral/hymnal work when it's passionate, historically accurate,,beautiful and well-done.
 
Amen. {#Wink}
I'm blown away by all the religious comments. This is an amazing album, and some songs are period pieces. In Civil War times, this type of Spiritual was common. Please, folks...we all have hot buttons about our beliefs. But sometimes it's just history, and to yank out the references would not be authentic. Enjoy it for what it is.
I am not a Christian by any stretch, but I can enjoy gospel, old spirituals and choral/hymnal work when it's passionate, historically accurate,,beautiful and well-done.
"Goodwilling" a CD with Christian themes is tantamount to rejecting western civilization.  Of course that's par for the course these days, but it isn't exactly the tolerant thing to do.   In contrast, Christians (other than perhaps Old Order Mennonites and Amish), seldom reject wholesale what the culture at large has to offer.  That fact certainly ought to make one wonder about who is intolerant and who isn't.
 
 whitebuffalo wrote:
I bought this CD after I heard them on Morning Becomes Eclectic and then Goodwilled it when I listened more more closely and realized that it was stealth Christian rock. I felt like the church organist who accidentally ordered the Frank Zappa songbook online. There should be some kind of a PMRC sticker on stuff like this. With a picture of the dude from Creed.
 
{#Roflol} I like the song but your post gave me a chuckle! (Creed; eeyew.)

on, oh, seeker
come go to glory with me
and you shall wear a starry crown
come join the band of angels

<rant> Can't tell you how often this has come up. Last four family funerals, a well meaning person places their arm on mine

"Don't worry, he's an angel now"

I have no problem with any belief system that causes no harm and leaves those of other persuasions alone, but c'mon Christians: know a little about the structure of your own faith! The dead do not become angels, angels are not and never were human within the canons of the creed.

Satan = angel Michael = archangel My dead family member ≠ angel

I wonder if these are the same people that thinks all of Islam demands honor killings of female relatives because a few fundamentalists engage in the practice. </rant>



 lwilkinson wrote:
You can live your life as an agnostic or atheist if it makes you feel better but no one dies an atheist; laying on your death bed gives you a whole new outlook, something I learned sitting death watch on 4 grandparents and 2 parents. This is the biggest BS statement I've read in a long time. Believe it or not, many aetheists and agnostics are just as committed to their lack of belief as you are to your belief.

Accept that 80% plus of Americans believe even if you don't and then accept that belief is a natural part of existence and the human condition. Following what 80% do isn't being a very rugged individualist.

That may mean pulling back on that "in-your-face cause I don't believe" arrogance but in the end, life will have less conflict for you. What "arrogance"? Just because someone doesn't believe in your views, that makes them arrogant? BTW Arrogant Aethiests is the name of my new band.

Just enjoy the music because it speaks to the soul; even if atheists don't have one. If one human has a soul, they all have a soul regardless of their beliefs. You can't pick an choose how the universe works based on your preferences.
 


 whitebuffalo wrote:
I bought this CD after I heard them on Morning Becomes Eclectic and then Goodwilled it when I listened more more closely and realized that it was stealth Christian rock. I felt like the church organist who accidentally ordered the Frank Zappa songbook online. There should be some kind of a PMRC sticker on stuff like this. With a picture of the dude from Creed.
 
I figured lyrics containing "Master Jesus" would be warning enough. 
 whitebuffalo wrote:
I bought this CD after I heard them on Morning Becomes Eclectic and then Goodwilled it when I listened more more closely and realized that it was stealth Christian rock. I felt like the church organist who accidentally ordered the Frank Zappa songbook online. There should be some kind of a PMRC sticker on stuff like this. With a picture of the dude from Creed.
 
Well..... after all, what would life be without surprises?

I bought this CD after I heard them on Morning Becomes Eclectic and then Goodwilled it when I listened more more closely and realized that it was stealth Christian rock. I felt like the church organist who accidentally ordered the Frank Zappa songbook online. There should be some kind of a PMRC sticker on stuff like this. With a picture of the dude from Creed.


 Poacher wrote:

I have a soul and I am an atheist. I also watched both my parents die. I also believe religion is a virus.  

Just because you may have your own beliefs, do not presume that is the same for other humans.
 
You are so right, absolutely do not like it when people try to push their beliefs onto you, as if your own statements can't be true...

How rude to tell somebody who's an atheist he/she doesn't have a soul, how dare you?! {#Rolleyes}

When i die, i know it's over with my life. I'm a creation of nature and not of something fiction as a god. Animals die and it's over, they don't worry about there being a god or belief or something like that. The "high" intelligence of us humans makes us capable to imagine stuff like that, but no one can ever convince me that there's something/someone "up there"...
As for this song... Sounds very nice!!!

9

thought the end there was a segue into Mercy Street, peter gabriel!
 lwilkinson wrote:
You can live your life as an agnostic or atheist if it makes you feel better but no one dies an atheist; laying on your death bed gives you a whole new outlook, something I learned sitting death watch on 4 grandparents and 2 parents.

Accept that 80% plus of Americans believe even if you don't and then accept that belief is a natural part of existence and the human condition.

That may mean pulling back on that "in-your-face cause I don't believe" arrogance but in the end, life will have less conflict for you.

Just enjoy the music because it speaks to the soul; even if atheists don't have one.
 
I have a soul and I am an atheist. I also watched both my parents die. I also believe religion is a virus.  

Just because you may have your own beliefs, do not presume that is the same for other humans.


Great song for a rainy day in South Carolina...

Too bad this group broke up after this cd/album...one of the first purchases I made because I heard a song or two on RP...
Interesting conversation on faith, or the lack thereof.

I actually envy people with faith, and would never criticize them for having it.  To the contrary.

Crash Davis said in Bull Durham, "We're winning.  If Nuke thinks he's winning these games because he's wearing a garter belt under his baseball pants, then he is.  Our job is not to mess with that."

So, if it works for you, by all means believe it.


 lwilkinson wrote:
You can live your life as an agnostic or atheist if it makes you feel better but no one dies an atheist; laying on your death bed gives you a whole new outlook, something I learned sitting death watch on 4 grandparents and 2 parents.

Accept that 80% plus of Americans believe even if you don't and then accept that belief is a natural part of existence and the human condition.

That may mean pulling back on that "in-your-face cause I don't believe" arrogance but in the end, life will have less conflict for you.

Just enjoy the music because it speaks to the soul; even if atheists don't have one.
 
I don't understand this absurdity "no one dies an atheist", not only it's false and a piece of propaganda, but you could die anytime in your life from an accident or like me, doing extreme sports... that changes nothing. It's illogical believing in something completely unproven or verified by any kind of data. I would prefer believing in Tor and other Nordic gods if I were to just go wild with my imagination... </rant>

You can live your life as an agnostic or atheist if it makes you feel better but no one dies an atheist; laying on your death bed gives you a whole new outlook, something I learned sitting death watch on 4 grandparents and 2 parents.

Accept that 80% plus of Americans believe even if you don't and then accept that belief is a natural part of existence and the human condition.

That may mean pulling back on that "in-your-face cause I don't believe" arrogance but in the end, life will have less conflict for you.

Just enjoy the music because it speaks to the soul; even if atheists don't have one.
 surreal1221 wrote:
I must say that the first 5-10 seconds of the song were wonderful and spectacular.  It'd (IMHO) make a great instrumental. . .BUT. . .

The first mention of God really put me off, and I'm not necessarily an atheist I'm just not very religious and would much rather not hear it so obviously in my music. 

Still gave it a 7, maybe if I hear it a few more times my opinion will change.     
 
I have to agree on the religious nature.  If you can get past that part, I found it a very enjoyable mellow out album.  It was worth the effort to track it down.  I finally found it new in the used bargain bin while Tower still existed.  Very happy to have tracked them down and related Hem, among other RP finds like PT.  For me it's a great chill out album and worth the effort to find.  Thanks again to RP broadening my listening experience.


I must say that the first 5-10 seconds of the song were wonderful and spectacular.  It'd (IMHO) make a great instrumental. . .BUT. . .

The first mention of God really put me off, and I'm not necessarily an atheist I'm just not very religious and would much rather not hear it so obviously in my music. 

Still gave it a 7, maybe if I hear it a few more times my opinion will change.     
No, I think "Propaganda" is the perfect word here.
 anniebear wrote:
I am an atheist. I hate Xtian propaganda music. However, I freekin love this song. Weird.
 
I don't get this comment. Some of the greatest music in Western culture, traveling back at least a millennium, has been and continues to be inspired by various notions about god and/or gods. The key here is the inspiration and the result. I also have no use for any attempted message (propaganda also seems to be the wrong term here) that simplistically tries to explain this Universe in terms of whatever facile and mysterious fairy tail is being used, but your appreciation of the music should have no relationship to the philosophy of the composer or performer. Now, if you want to try and make me like Jesus Christ Superstar, maybe the theme of the rather pedestrian music flavors my distaste for it. 
I picked up this album a few months back after hearing a tune of theirs.  I should have saved my money.  The songs are original and well produced, but it's depressing.  If you're hankering for that morning dose of melancholy, fire this up.  You'll be sitting at a rainy window in nothing flat!  {#Undecided}
Sounds like a melancholic Sheryl Crow.

joan osborne wannabes.
Very nice!
First time listening, pretty nice.
Some might find the LOLCatz Version of the Bible more accessible.
I'm impressed. Nice sound, great flow... Totally likeable.
Am totally non-religious, but I really like this :yes:
I am an atheist. I hate Xtian propaganda music. However, I freekin love this song. Weird.
bokey wrote:
First the newage set and now we're gonna do Jesus?It's saturday night and I have no life.
What are WE, chopped liver? c.
Ah, heavenly track indeed! Nice to be looking up at the stars occasionally...........
Is that a hammered dulcimer in the background?
praise the lord and get out your bibles!
First the newage set and now we're gonna do Jesus?It's saturday night and I have no life.
It's certainly comin' down tonight :umbrella: Torrential! This song is a perfect match.
jules44 wrote:
Reminds me of Mindy Smith....who we NEVER HEAR on RP!
I recently noticed Mindy getting batted around over in the LRC...
Reminds me of Mindy Smith....who we NEVER HEAR on RP!
She has a beautiful voice! Never heard of this band-- thanks once again RP for introducing me to new music!!!
I also found this song inspiring on a personal level. :biggrin: :wave:
... Here's one for you dundidit; Rain Come Down ... :umbrella: ... Softly on ya ...
Got this CD a couple years ago (after hearing cuts from it here on RP), and it's still getting quite a bit of play at home and in the car. This particular song is one of my favorites from the album.
Cool. I was just thinking , I hadn't heard these guys in a while... 10.
str8nochaser wrote:
With all due respect, what an ignorant response. I think you might want to look into some of J.S. Bach's or W.A. Mozart's stuff. You may want to start with "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring."
Oh for sure... I guess I was just thinking about 'Christian Rock' which generally sucks.
pdhski wrote:
Anyone else hear Joan Osborne's "Saint Theresa" in the verses here??
Possibly. Those of us who resonate with anguish find it wherever it may be trying to hide. I think I discovered this band here. Wish I had the time to hear all of their albums. That goes on my To Do list, alas.
str8nochaser wrote:
With all due respect, what an ignorant response. I think you might want to look into some of J.S. Bach's or W.A. Mozart's stuff. You may want to start with "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring."
And not just classical hymns; there a plenty of new liturgical settings (Marty Haugen's assorted Lutheran liturgies come to mind) that have an excellent contemporary sound and inclusive lyrics and are also all about Jesus.
larz wrote:
Some of the best lyrics have 'Jesus' in them. It's just when the entire song becomes ABOUT Jesus... that's when it's generally no good.
With all due respect, what an ignorant response. I think you might want to look into some of J.S. Bach's or W.A. Mozart's stuff. You may want to start with "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring."
yashpheh wrote:
boring
Out with you now. If every tune's boring, and you've posted the same thing for several songs now, go away and stop bothering those of us who come here to listen and learn. Or offer up something more substantial than a self-assessment. Still an excellent tune. I kinda tired of this album after a while, but it's still a worthwhile purchase.
Best Gospel Ever.
boring
I really like the old church manner of phrasing this band practices in their songs. It reminds me of the more nativist preaching styles that one could still hear in the Midwest when I was growing up in the 70's. Like gospel, it has a power and rhythm unique to the background of the rural US.
This wasn't the track that made me buy the album, but, boy, was I happy when I first heard it. Excellent tune.
I LOVE IT!!!
trekhead wrote:
Here,here on all points! Only, Protestant myself, fell away from the Group Church mentality. Salvation is more personal and important now than when I attended. Neo pagan states it well, too. Amazed at the disdain for the mere mention of His name.Worship is as Worship does. B&R don't have to play these tunes, they help keep it eclectic. Nice social experiment, watching the reactions. Great tune , btw.
Some of the best lyrics have 'Jesus' in them. It's just when the entire song becomes ABOUT Jesus... that's when it's generally no good.
Mugro wrote:
Yes. I am really growing to like this band. It is also good to know that the word "Jesus" has not been banned entirely from our culture. Before you knee-jerk neo-pagans start for your reply button, let me tell you that my self designation is "Lapsed Catholic" (for those of you that don't know the phrase, it means that I was raised Catholic, but rebelled against the strictness of the church and its hierarchy, and now I go to church only at holidays to make my parents and inlaws happy). I do respect the rights of others to worship and believe as they wish, even if I decide not to so worship.
Here,here on all points! Only, Protestant myself, fell away from the Group Church mentality. Salvation is more personal and important now than when I attended. Neo pagan states it well, too. Amazed at the disdain for the mere mention of His name.Worship is as Worship does. B&R don't have to play these tunes, they help keep it eclectic. Nice social experiment, watching the reactions. Great tune , btw.
Mugro wrote:
Yes. I am really growing to like this band. It is also good to know that the word "Jesus" has not been banned entirely from our culture. Before you knee-jerk neo-pagans start for your reply button, let me tell you that my self designation is "Lapsed Catholic" (for those of you that don't know the phrase, it means that I was raised Catholic, but rebelled against the strictness of the church and its hierarchy, and now I go to church only at holidays to make my parents and inlaws happy). I do respect the rights of others to worship and believe as they wish, even if I decide not to so worship.
Bible basher :nyah:
deadmessengers wrote:
Every time I hear this song, I like it more, religious theme or not.
Yes. I am really growing to like this band. It is also good to know that the word "Jesus" has not been banned entirely from our culture. Before you knee-jerk neo-pagans start for your reply button, let me tell you that my self designation is "Lapsed Catholic" (for those of you that don't know the phrase, it means that I was raised Catholic, but rebelled against the strictness of the church and its hierarchy, and now I go to church only at holidays to make my parents and inlaws happy). I do respect the rights of others to worship and believe as they wish, even if I decide not to so worship.
I love the feel of old-style appalachian song themes combined with a skillful female voice and very polished guitar work. It puts me in mind of Pentangle among others.
OK, just got this, (through RP), it is one of those discs that are more enjoyable than you had imagined...and I hoped they were GOOD. Like the reviewer said, check out MARK'S SONG. Sweet/sad. Altogether 9 of 10. Kat sounds a lot like Amy Grant (vocals) in a few tunes, all good.
iamnotmad wrote:
oy, jesus music again
Yup. While you're at it, more NICKEL CREEK, please!
oy, jesus music again
This song gets better and better with every listen.
razorwriter wrote:
Are you kidding? I happen to think the detailed percussion elements here are beautiful - the crowning touch on this gorgeous track!Posted 14 years ago by JJAB    [ Reply ]
Gordon wrote:
Dreary and uninspiring. RP is better than this!
I find it very inspiring. I guess not everything is the same to every person
JESUS!
Get rid of the electric drum track, and I'd think highly of it.
Are you kidding? I happen to think the detailed percussion elements here are beautiful - the crowning touch on this gorgeous track!
Not bad at all. quite "Joan Osbourne"y
Joyfulchristine wrote:
As a "Jesus-y" person, I love it too!
You go girl. Good group, good tune.
MuadDib wrote:
change the channel.
Hey play nice, kids! I agree with jokes. It seems like these days listening to RP is more and more like going to church, to the point that I have written the masters of this domain to figure out if it's just me or what... BTW, how can anyone like "Dune" that much??
JokesandJokesandJokes wrote:
RP is only as good as the dreary and uninspiring songs it plays
change the channel.
I bought the album the first time I heard this on RP and I still think they are brilliant. Full volume here in England...
fncll wrote:
This really reminds me of a thinner voiced Joan Osborne... not bad
good comparison. When she's soft there's a bit of the whispery Beth Orton sound too.
Get rid of the electric drum track, and I'd think highly of it.
This really reminds me of a thinner voiced Joan Osborne... not bad
xkolibuul wrote:
Bill is apparently a Weather Channel junkie too. The perfect song for a foggy, wet morning here on the eastern edge of North America...
Or a wet dreary, rainy afternoon here in South Carolina where we are getting the remnants of now Tropical Storm Frances.
rah wrote:
as a non-jesus-y person, i have to say, i love the poetry of "master jesus riding around with a rainbow 'round his shoulders"...
As a "Jesus-y" person, I love it too!
Gordon wrote:
Dreary and uninspiring. RP is better than this!
RP is only as good as the dreary and uninspiring songs it plays
Dreary and uninspiring. RP is better than this!
:evil:
Every time I hear this song, I like it more, religious theme or not.
Bill is apparently a Weather Channel junkie too. The perfect song for a foggy, wet morning here on the eastern edge of North America...
Doesn't get any better than this!
One of my favorite new groups/album. I got to hear them playing live on XM Radio a few weeks back and it transported me! I just sat in the car and *listened*.
Just heard them do this live on the radio on KUT here in Austin. And it's raining. Cool tune.
I think it's kinda strange that people were harping on Joseph Arthur's "Redemption's Son" because of it's religious imagery but no one mentions it here. If you are going to criticize, please be consistent.
This song wraps you in sound like something off of the Sundays' Static and Silence. I love that.
Anyone else hear Joan Osborne's "Saint Theresa" in the verses here??
veddy veddy nice :nodhead:
as a non-jesus-y person, i have to say, i love the poetry of "master jesus riding around with a rainbow 'round his shoulders"...
I bought this CD on the strength of the tracks I've heard on RP over the last few weeks, I wasn't disappointed; there isn't a single bad track on the album! I can't remember when I could last say that about an album!! Outstanding.
I purchased this CD a few months ago. It's great. As mentioned in other threads, it's a bit overproduced, but the melodies and the perfect blend of their voices make it a winner. I'd like to hear them stripped down a bit...
This seems to be a RP favorite. I think I've heard it every day this week!
Very nice. I'll be looking for more from "eastmountainsouth".
I'm really enjoying all the cuts I've heard from this album. This is definitely going into my Amazon wishlist. Thanks Rebecca and Bill for introducing me to this wonderful band.
My new favorite band! Can't wait to catch a show! THANKS so much for the introduction!!!