Rose Avenue Lyrics

Abraham, Martin And John

Words and Music by Richard Holler – Arranged by Joel Rafael

Anybody here seen my old friend Abraham?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people, but the good they die young
I just look around and he's gone.

Anybody here seen my old friend John?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people, but the good they die young
I just look around and he's gone.

Anybody here seen my old friend Martin?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people, but the good they die young
I just look around and he's gone

Didn't you love the things that they stood for?
And didn't they try to find some good for you and me?
Someday we'll be free.
Someday I know

Anybody here seen my old friend Bobby?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
I thought I saw him walking high upon the hill
With Abraham, Martin and John

Joel Rafael – acoustic guitar, lead vocal
Marty Rifkin – bass, pedal steel, dobro
Edo “The Tank” Tancredi – drums
Eliza Gilkyson – harmony vocal

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Strong

Words and Music by Joel Rafael, Jason Mraz, and Michael Natter

I am here to stand with you in solidarity
To give a hand to help our mother and our human family
For our waters and our daughters the time has come to master peace
And give a damn about poor people made poor by bureaucracies
We stand waist deep in rivers and through the winter we will stay
Discomfort don't mean danger that's the price we have to pay
We stand up for the water, we know what life is worth
And in our hearts we know it's right to stand up for the Earth
We are strong 
We're standing tall
We have everything we need to calmly carry on
We're standing up 
We're moving forward
Standing here to save our sacred water
Nothing can stop us now 
‘Cause we are strong
They say all dreams reside just on the other side of fear
But we are not afraid so the time for dreams is here
Corporations cannot make us turn back with their guns and jokes
Yeah heroes always end up being ordinary folks

We are strong 
We're standing tall
We have everything we need to calmly carry on
We're standing up 
We're moving forward
Standing here to save our sacred water
Nothing can stop us now 
‘Cause we are strong

We are strong 
We're standing tall
We have everything we need to calmly carry on
We're standing up 
We're moving forward
Standing here to save our sacred water
Nothing can stop us now 
‘Cause we are strong

Joel Rafael – acoustic guitar, lead vocal
Marty Rifkin – bass, pedal steel, lap steel, electric guitars
Edo “The Tank” Tancredi – drums
Jason Mraz – harmony vocal

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Float Downstream

Words and Music by Joel Rafael

My heart cried out but no one knew it
There I was all alone again
I felt it break but something clued it
That’s when I knew that I would make it to the end
I don’t mean to bring up the past
Some times go by too fast
And it makes it easier for me to remember
Now I’m here in my September

I couldn’t change a thing
The grass ain’t greener on the other side
It’s an optical illusion thing
Avoid confusion and float downstream

Thinking about you and the times we had
Some were good and some were really bad
But we both know there ain’t no gladness
If you can’t compare it to a little bit of sadness
Carry us back out to the desert
Back to the place where we used to go
The high one with the big rock canyon
Up on top of the wide plateau

I couldn’t change a thing
The grass ain’t greener on the other side
It’s an optical illusion thing
Avoid confusion and float downstream

We used to live in the Cascade Mountains
Look out the window and watch the snow
I could feel the cold wind shake my shingles
Wait for spring’s first sun to show
I’m not the man I used to be
Spinning ‘round like a southern storm
My circles run much closer to the center 
To keep my home fires burning warm

I couldn’t change a thing
The grass ain’t greener on the other side
It’s an optical illusion thing
Avoid confusion and float downstream

Joel Rafael – acoustic guitar, lead vocal
Marty Rifkin – bass, pedal steel, lap steel
Edo “The Tank” Tancredi – drums
Beth Fichet Wood and Steve Wood – background vocals

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Back Along This Highway (Crossroads)

Words and Music by Joel Rafael

Once there was a time
I thought I could remember 
Every detail of my life
That time is far behind me now
Once there was a way
To get back to the place
That I was coming from
But now I find that I’ve forgotten how

It’s not that distant memories are needing me
But there is something in my past that’s still there leading me
Back along this highway to a crossroads
Back along this highway to a crossroads
Back along this highway to a crossroads
Where perhaps I lost my way

Riding toward the west
I know I’m racing just to catch
The setting sun to grab some light 
Before my day is done
Beneath a fading sky 
Of swirling blue and white
Where I can see the ocean 
And the land turn into one

And it’s not just to walk along her sandy shore
But there’s a place that I must go that I have been before
Back along this highway to a crossroads
Back along this highway to a crossroads
Back along this highway to a crossroads
Where perhaps I lost my way

Before the light of dawn 
Finds its way through the slats 
Joel Rafael – acoustic guitar, lead vocal
Marty Rifkin – bass, pedal steel, mandolin
Edo “The Tank” Tancredi - drums
Joel Rafael – acoustic guitar, lead vocal
Marty Rifkin – bass, pedal steel, mandolin
Edo “The Tank” Tancredi - drums
But I will not be late
Returning with the evening 
Stars will sparkle in the eastern sky
To guide me safely back here 
To your garden gate

And it is not my wish to spend time on my own
But there are places that each one of us must go it alone
Back along this highway to a crossroads
Back along this highway to a crossroads
Back along this highway to a crossroads
Where I just might find my way

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Secrets of the Heart

Words and Music by Joel Rafael

There are times when men are tempted
And from righteousness depart
When led by the head 
Instead of following the heart
And if they find their way back home
They’re luckier than some I’ve known
Who search but never find
The place that love is from

I see the homeless refugee
On my evening news
And I hear my nation’s pundits 
And the language that they use
As I look back through history
At people struggling to be free
My family is much more 
Like those refugees

Planets spinning ‘round the sun
Circling with no end or start
A little part of everyone
Searching for the secrets of the heart

There’s an echo in the alley
There’s a whisper in the wind
There’s a new wave on the ocean
And it’s quickly rolling in
You can see it with your eyes
You can hear it with your ears
Don’t believe in foolish lies
Feel your neighbor’s tears

Planets spinning ‘round the sun
Circling with no end or start
A little part of everyone
Searching for the secrets of the heart
The secrets of the heart
Searching for the secrets of the heart

Joel Rafael – acoustic guitar, lead vocal
Marty Rifkin – bass, pedal steel, lap steel, electric guitars
Edo “The Tank” Tancredi – drums
Beth Fichet Wood and Steve Wood – background vocals

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Under Our Skin

Words and Music by Jason Mraz and Joel Rafael

I want to walk a mile in my neighbor’s shoes
I’d like to make you smile when you’ve got the blues
You don’t look like me, I don’t talk like you
No matter where we're from or where we've been
We are the same underneath our skin
I want to harmonize with our voices
Still be free to make my own damn choices
I don't talk like you, you don't look like me
No matter where we're from or where we've been
We are the same underneath our skin
Under our skin we are blood we are muscle
Under our skin we are human we all hunger
Under our skin we are one and we all wonder
Under our skin we are sisters and we are brothers
If you look within at my skeleton
Do you think you’ll see the color of my skin
If you look into my eyes you'll know me by my heart
You'll see that I'm a light in the dark
We're all born naked into this place
Each one a part of the Human race
We all laugh the same we all cry the same
No matter what we dream or what we believe in
We are the same underneath our skin
Under our skin we are blood we are muscle
Under our skin we are human we all hunger
Under our skin we are one and we all wonder
Under our skin we are sisters and we are brothers
Under our skin

Joel Rafael – acoustic guitar, lead vocal
Marty Rifkin – bass, pedal steel, dobro, electric guitar
Edo “The Tank” Tancredi – drums
Jason Mraz – harmony vocal

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Never Needing

Words and Music by Joel Rafael

Inside of my self
Finding my own sage
Learning how to grow old
Accepting my own age
The things I do not need soon fade away

Down some other road
One I’ve not yet known
So let my eyes be shown
Where my time has flown
The things I do not need I need not own

Yesterday’s a memory
Fade to distant sky
River rolls down to the sea
Needs no rhyme nor reason why

We have found a place
To slow down the race
And to the bitter end
Time spent with a friend
And never needing to pretend

Yesterday’s a memory
Fade to distant sky
River rolls down to the sea
Needs no rhyme nor reason why

We have found a place
To slow down the race
And to the bitter end
Time spent with a friend
And never needing to pretend
Never needing to pretend

Joel Rafael – acoustic guitar, lead vocal
Marty Rifkin – bass, pedal steel, acoustic lead guitar
Edo “The Tank” Tancredi - drums

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Glory Bound

Words and Music by Joel Rafael

I went down to Money town
A place I’d never been
It’s the place my family’s from
A place we still have kin
I’m not sure just how I knew
That I had to go
Go down south to Money town
Where cotton fields still grow

And I never knew when I came down
That they’d take me down in Money town
You can lay your money down
I am glory bound.

I come from the city streets
North of here by train
And it’s two days down to Money town
In the sun and wind and rain
My family tried to warn me
I was just fourteen
And on my big adventure to
A place I’d never seen

And I never knew when I came down
That they’d take me down in Money town
You can lay your money down
I am glory bound.

What you think don’t matter much
If words don’t leave your mouth
When Jim Crow is still the law
Down here in the south
They lynched me down in Money town
I was just a kid
And guiltier than hell they never
Paid for what they did

And I never knew when I came down
That they’d take me down in Money town
You can lay your money down
I am glory bound.
Joel Rafael – acoustic guitar, lead vocal, harmonica
Marty Rifkin – bass, pedal steel, electric 12 string guitar
Edo “The Tank” Tancredi - drums
Joel Rafael – acoustic guitar, lead vocal, harmonica
Marty Rifkin – bass, pedal steel, electric 12 string guitar
Edo “The Tank” Tancredi - drums
You can lay your money down
I am glory bound

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Out on a Fine Line

Words by John Trudell ~ Music by Joel Rafael

Out on a fine line
Between sunshine 
And sorrow
Yesterday waiting for
Answers from tomorrow

Today another day
On the sun while 
Left over incompletes
Can’t get over what should’ve 
Should’ve already done

Where stories are looking for
Stories that can be told
About chasing a crooked road
With a heart that rolled

Like when a fool
Playing a fool
Can’t decide who he was
And no clue where the time went
Doing whatever time does

Where stories are looking for
Stories that can be told
About chasing a crooked road
With a heart that rolled

Out on a fine line
Between sunshine 
And sorrow
Yesterday waiting for
Answers from tomorrow

Joel Rafael – acoustic guitar, lead vocal, harmonica
Marty Rifkin – bass, pedal steel, electric 12 string guitar
Edo “The Tank” Tancredi - drums

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All My Relations

Words and Music by Joel Rafael

We all have our history
We all have our past
Sometimes so easy to forget
When life blows by so fast

All my relations
When I’m all alone
All my relations
Calling me home

We all come from some place
Some where on the earth
Here awhile and then return
Our death the same as birth

All my relations
When I’m all alone
All my relations
Calling me home

Sometimes so unprepared
We find ourselves on roads
Sometimes the road we’re on
Finds us on our own

All my relations
When I’m all alone
All my relations
Calling me home

There is nothing wrong with you
Just be who you are
Each of us was sent here
From a distant star

All my relations
When I’m all alone
All my relations
Calling me home

Joel Rafael – acoustic guitar, lead vocal, piano
Marty Rifkin – bass, pedal steel, electric baritone guitar
Edo “the Tank” Tancredi – drums
Pat Humphries and Sandy O – background vocals

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Album Credits

Joel Rafael
ROSE AVENUE

1. Abraham, Martin, and John
2. Strong
3. Float Downstream
4. Back Along This Highway (Crossroads)
5. Secrets of the Heart
6. Never Needing
7. All My Relations
8. Glory Bound
9. Out on a Fine Line
10. Under Our Skin

Produced by Joel Rafael and Marty Rifkin
Recorded and Mixed by Marty Rifkin, Rifkin Productions, Santa Monica CA
Mastered by Gavin Lurrsen at Lurrsen Mastering, Hollywood CA

Art Direction and Design Brian Porizek
Executive Producers: Donald Miller & Cree Miller

© ℗ 2019 Inside Recordings LLC

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