Justin Rayfield

Justin Rayfield

BandAlternativeFolk

Justin Rayfield writes lyrics that you'll think you've written yourself, and music that feels like home. It's comfort food for the ears and the soul.

Biography

Biography
Musical Genre: Alternative/indie/folk
Origin: Eugene, OR
Current Location: Portland, OR
Website: www.justinrayfield.com

The sound was born from a marriage of '90s punk rock and a younger generation of indie-rock. Beginning as a writer in punk rock bands, Justin Rayfield always leaned toward the melodic, harmony driven variety. The melodies and harmonies have evolved into a softer style and, while little of the punk roots are still showing, the passion remains with a vocal intensity that could only come from such a high-energy beginning.

The gradually building works written by Rayfield are often about personal change, but don't shy away from topics of a more social nature.

For more than ten years, Justin Rayfield has played all over the Northwest and Southwest of the United States.  Rayfield has played festivals such as the Mowich Festival in Myrtle Creek, OR and the Downtown Sound Music Festival in Bend, OR, and countless bar shows, concert halls and coffee shop gigs with the likes of Kimberley Freeman, Nico Vega and Rich Kids on LSD.  With band mates or as a solo act, Rayfield has brought laughter, tears and musical escape to many from Seattle, WA to Austin, TX.

With three full-length albums under his belt and a constantly growing catalog of original music, Justin Rayfield puts on a show that is high-energy and always fresh.

“It's like getting out of warm water into the sun. Somehow it's cold and you want to go back, but you can't and you won't because you know that part of your life is gone.”--Justin Rayfield

Lyrics

Home For Me

Written By: Justin Rayfield

Ain't no candle in the window at home for me
'Cause she don't want me coming back
Ain't no candle in the window at home for me
The light was off before I left

I don't need to tell the story
We've all heard this one before
It goes from sleeping close and cozy
To sleeping alone on the floor
From having someone to hold
To having someone to hold you down
She packed up all of my clothes
And I headed out of town

(chorus)

Now I thought I might feel alone
It turns out I've felt this way before
Every day leading up to the time
When I heard her lock the door

Fall

Written By: Justin Rayfield

I've had this feeling before
Like I needed to run
And I can't pretend
It's not real

Turn back the clock
The beginning of fall
Another hour of sleep
And I'm tired still

And it's dark again
And I go nowhere
I don't want to be alone

And I'm afraid of starting over again

Beneath the southern sky
Under a cloudless night
I wait for a distant call
To travel through the years

Another hour of time
To watch the leaves fall
But they're not falling here
No they don't fall around here

I drank the sweetness and sailed unseen
The one-way streets of a pale city
The taste of home on my tongue and teeth
The walk too cold in a pale city

(chorus)

Sabotage

Written By: Justin Rayfield

You could be my next muse as I move around in circles
You know I haven't a use for a thing that's not hurtful

I'll listen all day as I slide in your direction
I'll fall by the way as you sever the connection
Before it had time to grow
And I'll...

Know that I've rigged it like a circus fight that went awry and no one knew that's how it was planned to go
So tell me...

Do you want to be my partner in a sabotage
We could pretend so hard
We won't know to expect it when it all goes wrong
Because we've let down our guard

And I love my life as I sit alone and cry

Oh woe is me I've got a sentimental streak that'll feed until it's sated and I'm all dry
Don't ask me why
Just love me tonight

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Written By: Justin Rayfield

Change...
It comes to everything we have
But it's okay
Everyone knows that it can't all be bad

Tell me you don't mind
And I'll keep it all inside
Look at me with those eyes
And tell me it's alright

I'll close my eyes and try to keep them dry

Change...
It comes to everything
All those things they say
It turns out they don't mean me

I'll close my eyes and try to keep them dry

It's like getting out of warm water
Into the sun
Somehow it's cold and you want to go back but you can't and you won't because you know...
That part of your life is gone

If It's Gone

Written By: Justin Rayfield

If you're never going fling yourself upon me
And wrap your wanting arms around me
And tell me if I wanted to that you wouldn't let me go
If that's gone I need to know

If you're never going to kiss me like you used to
In such a way that lets me know you want to
Do you remember how that felt 'cause I do
And if it's gone I need to know

Because there are forces trying to pull me away
Like a wind trying to push my sale
And now I'm giving in to that lonely road

So if you're ever going to wrap your arms around me
If you're ever going to kiss me like you need me
And tell me that you just can't be without me
Do it now before I go

Last Thursday

Written By: Justin Rayfield

If you're going where I'm going
Out of all this mess
If you're going where I'm going
Could you take along a friend

If you're tired like I'm tired
You should lie down with a friend
If you're tired like I'm tired
You need someone to lie down with

So take a breath and take one last look around
And tell me are you feeling better
Pull up your blanket where you're safe and you're sound
Make the same mistakes as ever

If you're going where I'm going
Out of all this mess
If you're going where I'm going
Could you take along a friend

So take a breath and take one last look around
And tell me are you feeling better
Pull up your blanket where you're safe and you're bound
Make the same mistakes as ever

Take a sleeping bag and cheap sunglasses
And a coat in case the weather turns
Write down where they ought to put your ashes
There might be a price for what we learn

So take a breath and take one last look around
And tell me are you feeling better
Pull up your blanket where you're safe but you're bound
To make the same mistakes as ever

Don't Look at Me

Written By: Justin Rayfield

Are you finding what you're looking for
Are you finding what you need
Are you finding what you're looking for
Well buddy don't look at me
Did you wander off the beaten path
Did you go too far alone
Did you spend so much time looking back
That you don't know where you've gone

Maybe you could just wake in the morning
Feeling like somebody else
You can pretend but you better take warning
You don't last long on the shelf
I wish I had a couple words of wisdom
From one who's been there before
All I can say is that I'm right there with you
Stuck in an elevator on the bottom floor

Are you finding what you're looking for
Are you finding what you need
Are you finding what you're looking for
Well honey don't look at me
Did you think you might be getting old
Did you think you had to run
Did you think by now you'd be getting sold
By a man with a silver tongue

Maybe you could just wake in the morning
Feeling like somebody else
You can pretend but you better take warning
You don't last long on the shelf
I wish I had a couple words of wisdom
From one who's been there before
All I can say is that I'm right there with you
Stuck in an elevator on the bottom floor

Are you finding what you're looking for
Are you finding what you need
Are you finding what you're looking for
Well buddy don't look at me
Are you finding what you're looking for
Are you finding what you need
Are you finding what you're looking for
Are you just as lost as me

The Last Thing

Written By: Justin Rayfield

'd rather be alone... Tonight
Than go out on the town... And chase the lights

I'd rather drink away my cash... Listen to my songs
Swallow the troubles of the past... That I've held for so long

But the last thing I want to do
Is push you away... Push you away... Push you away

I want to pull you in… While you pull back
And the soul I've given… Turns to a heart attack

But the last thing I want to do
Is push you away... Push you away... Push you away

Sometimes the wrong stories fall out of my mouth
Sometimes I get worried that the light's going out
Sometimes you're the fall and I am the ground
Sometimes you're a wall that I try to break down

So I'll put on a smile... Try to make it become
No more a denial... Than an act of love

Because the last thing I want to do
Is push you away... Push you away... Push you away...
The Last thing I want to do
The Last thing I need
Is to push you away... Push you away... Push you away... From me

Discography

"...and the Pain that It Brings"-2011 (band) On itunes, Amazon and other retailers.
"Justin and the Long Walk"-2009 (band)
"Walk Without Right EP"-2007 (band: "Made Of Skin")
"Things We Used To Know"-2005 (solo)
"Here's to Being Four"-2004 (band-"Outspent")

Set List

Last Thursday
Have You Seen Me Lately
Should've Stayed in Bed
Pictures
Like Nothing
Start a Fire
Over
Sabotage
Fall
Sure
SUV
If It's Gone
Home For Me
Emerald City Blues
W