Gil Raviv

Gil Raviv

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

I'm a singer-songwriter, guitar player, who plays original alternative folk-rock songs about love, life and the world.

Biography

I have written 100's of songs, in many styles, over almost 30 years. Originally, I recorded under the name The Spririt's Present, then changed it to Sound Wisdom (a rock-reggae band), before going solo - acoustic guitar and vocals. My biggest success was writing music for the Dennis Kucinich Presidential Campaign in 2003, which led to selling 300+ CD's of Peace is Possible. I, also, placed as a finalist - Feb. 2007 in the Song of the Year songwriting contest, in the folk genre. My influences are Neil young, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Phil Ochs and so many more musicians.

Lyrics

Watching Leaves

Written By: Gil Raviv

I sit and wait for her at her favorite counter
Looking east to a sunrise like I wished our life together mattered
But she doesn’t show again
It’s like going to a movie and the projector’s broken

But dropping like wild confetti at a party
And sailing to me and away like little boats that float

The leaves are falling
The winter’s coming again
You left me hanging
You left me in the cold again
This watching leaves is like watching you leave again
Oh that’s the way it feels sitting here all alone
Watching leaves

Forgiving her and needing her like trains need tracks for connecting
I'll sit another 20 minutes, I’ll be serving all my loving
Then like a candle does expire, I’ll let this hope retire
But for now I’m watching time, looking for the connection down the line

And floating in the sky way up high like color creations from spin machines
Landing quietly as fingers saying shush at the libraries

The leaves are falling
And the winter’s coming again
You left me hanging
You left me in the cold again
This watching leaves is like watching you leave again
That’s the way it feels to me when I’m sitting here all alone
Watching leaves

Need A Raincoat

Written By: Gil Raviv

I begin to worry because I’m thinking about us and the sky it does darken
In the horizon the rain starts washing the dust down once again
I finally run home just like when I was little in kindergarten
I don’t want to get washed away in thoughts of us now and then
I don’t care to feel that pin prick of provoking
I don’t want to take that kind of soaking

I need a raincoat
Even if it’s rough and scratchy
I need a raincoat
Or the skin of a huge snake
I need a raincoat
I’ll take it plastic cold and slimy
If it protects me, from remembering you, and how you hurt me, baby
I need a raincoat

I splashed around the town as you floated away casually
And time eventually spilled the big bucket of our good memories
I wanted to confront you like lightning hitting a huge tree
But I didn’t want to get drenched in pleading for you and me
I didn’t want to feel the shower of suffering
And I didn’t want to have to wade around in all the moping

I need a raincoat
Even if it’s rough and scratchy
I need a raincoat
Or the skin of a huge snake
I need a raincoat
I’ll take it plastic cold and slimy
If it protects me, from remembering how you hurt me, baby
I need a raincoat

I’ll need to get a big old yellow raincoat now that we are not going to be a couple
I could run straight through the brown mud and the biggest puddles
My heart could learn to try to be more like bouncy rubber
I would give up on figuring you out like you were a life size puzzle
I don’t care to face the truth and hear the explosion
And I don’t want to feel the waterfall emotion

I need a raincoat
Even if it’s rough and scratchy
I need a raincoat
Or the skin of a huge snake
I need a raincoat
I’ll take it plastic cold and slimy
I need a shelter to protect me, from remembering how you hurt me, baby

Minnesota Girl

Written By: Gil Raviv

Minnesota

You’re flying away to Minnesota
I care so much even though I didn’t get a chance to know you so well
And I handed my heart over but I can tell
You’re still flying away to Minnesota

How am I supposed to get you out of my head
When I believed the feelings were so true and had to be said
I never meant to hurt you or make you blue or take advantage of you

You’re flying away to Minnesota
I just wanted to see you talk to you and know you better
And it was just a purely, mostly an innocent matter, mostly flatter, and I know reality
And you’re still flying away to Minnesota

How am I supposed to stop all these feelings of you leaving
When I thought I saw your sweet soul, so special, so dreamy
And in the end, I’m so sorry I lost a friend
I was just trying to be whole, I’m sick of being cold

You’re flying away to Minnesota
I admit, I fell so hard for ya
But love’s a wonder, and time’s got us under pressure, and now I see plainly
That you’re still flying away to Minnesota

How am I supposed to get you out of my head
When I believed the feelings were so alive and not dead
And it disturbs me to upset you
When I was trying to get through and tell you the truth

I know you’re not going to stay, cause you’re flying away to Minnesota

Discography

The Spirit's Present - EP1982
The Spirit's Present CD 1982
Remember Lenny - CD 2000
Peace is Possible - CD 2003
130+ songs to stream/download on www.soundclick.com/gilraviv

Set List

My sets are about 2-10 songs, and the songs vary depending on the venue and time allowed.