raha

raha

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

with influences ranging from classical to folk to jazz to rock and more, raha's songs are layered with instruments and voices, and escape the conventional musical structures. when playing live, she uses a loop station to perform the piano, violin and vocal parts simultaneously.

Biography

as far as she can recall, raha's musical career began somewhere between the ages of 3 and 5 when she performed 'Twinkle Twinke' (or possibly a different work of the same or similar caliber) on the violin, in front of a most attentive and interested audience of pre-schoolers somewhere in Iran. since then, music = life, though she only started writing her own songs and playing all her instruments simultaneously about a year ago.

raha made her singer/songwriter debut on July 24, 2006 at O'Grady's in Toronto, and has played several shows since along artists such as Sleep the Season, Jamie Hunter, Tiny Danza, Casey Baker (of Sleeper Set Sail/City in Colour), Brett Friesen and the Great Lakes, Twilight Hotel and more...

On December 21, 2006, raha released her first CD, a 5-song EP entitled 'ticket to...', featuring songs off her upcoming album, to be released sometime soon in 2007.

raha is a member of 'not in london Productions', a Toronto-based arts company that promotes good theatre, art, music, and photography. she is proudly the resident musician, and has composed and recorded musical scores for past 'nil' theatrical productions. www.notinlondonproductions.com

raha's been played on Rear Window Radio (a not in london radio show) as well as on several shows on CKLN Radio.

Lyrics

wish

Written By: raha

his hair was sweating so hard from the heat in his head
his shoes...they cried where the holes were made
he took his beard off before he came to bed
and he smiled at me when we ate

and i will kneel here in front of you till my knees bleed
i will cry painful apologies till my tears make a sea
and i will drown myself in the blood and the tears
until your anger and your darkness disappear

then i will make a wish
yeah....i will make a wish!
yeah....i will make this wish:
that the next time i look into your beautiful eyes,
they will smile back at me.

his hair was sweating so hard from the heat in his head
his shoes...they cried where the holes were made
he took his beard off before he came to bed
and he smiled at me when we ate

in the paper, this morning, there was news of:

nuclear iran
and a plane crash in ukraine
and war crimes
and sex crimes
trials and charges
dues and fines

lost soldiers
and lost children
and lost cats
and lost dogs

lost dreams
and lost wallets
and lost buildings
and a lost cause

Party of God??
oh god's having a party!!
and drugs treating problems
and treatments for drug problems

money for our trains
and money prizes for math brains
and a creep on a plane
and snakes on a plane!
and hurry hurry hurry it's a hurricane!!

oh....and tom and jerry gotta quit the nic

but there was no news of us.
no there was no news of the hurricane that hit us
no there was no news of us

there was no neeeewwwwwwwws....

of the apartment waiting for us in the upper west side
it's got one door, one bed, and two coffee cups
and nothing to hide
it's got our pictures on the walls
and the window has no pane
pain
and in the corner sits
a nondenominational holiday gift...

his hair was sweating so hard from the heat in his head
his shoes...they cried where the holes were made
he took his beard off before he came to bed
and he smiled at me when we ate

and i will make this wish:
that the next time i look into your beautiful eyes
they will smile back at me...

My Fever

Written By: raha

i'll write a song for you
a special song for you
but what kind of chord am i going to strike
that you've never heard before?

i see you standing there with her
and i hear you sniff sniff sniffing her hair
and i know it smells like your bed
and i wish it were growing on my head.

i'll piece you together
from city treasures found
my blue and black fever
will cool the fuck down!

my hair smells like booze but if i care no one's gonna know

i'll piece you together
from city treasures found
i'll bring you back to me
that bitch is going down

I'D LIKE TO BITE HER LITTLE FINGERS OFF
AND SPIT THEM IN HER FACE
AND I'D LIKE TO STAB HER PRETTY EYES
OH SO BLUE!
AND WATCH THEM BLEED RED
ON HER SHOE!!!
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

i'll piece you together
from city treasures found
my blue and black fever
will cool the fuck down

i feel you whisper she's the best
and red balloons go bursting in my head
that piece of you belongs to me
and i watch you give it away willingly

my hair smells like booze but if i care no one's gonna know
outside the snow is beating my hope
and insane thoughts turn into smoke

i'll piece you together
from city treasures found
i'll bring you back to me
that bitch is going down

i'll write a song for you
a special song for you
but how long will it take for me to get you straight
and for you to come through
...i'll wait.

Sewer Soul

Written By: raha

is reality gonna hit me in the face?

like a stone flying stray through the sky
gonna hit the guilty one who's waiting to die
gonna smack her in the face, yeah, knock her down
say all your wrongs have brought your knees to the ground

have i lost all sense of what is right?
when did the worst wrong become the best feeling you have felt in so long?

pretty soon, this cloud i'm floating on's gonna rain me down
and i'll fall face first into the gutter bellow
yeah i'll fall face first into the gutter bellow
yeah i'll fall face first
and i'll seep into the sewer
and i'll sink so low

then all the dirt and the grime and the piss and the guilt is all gonna go
swimming through me, swimming over me, swimming under, all around me all around me....

"...best feeling you have felt in so long!"

all the dirt and the grime and the piss and the guilt
all the dirty dirty guilt is gonna go
swimming through my soul
my dirty soul
my sewer soul

my melted
clouded
rained down
broken
broken
broken soul

then reality is gonna hit me in the face.
but it'll be too late
yeah...it'll be too late...

and i know what i have to do to make right of this wrong
but i don't wanna say it...
don't make me say
'so long.'

Discography

1 CD released: a 5-song EP entitled 'ticket to...'

track list:
Tick Tock Diner
Sinking
Wish
Sewer Soul
Part ii :: gone...

The following singles have been released on myspace:
Amelia Green
My Fever
Frosted Universe

Set List

a set is typically between 45 min to 1 hour long and consists of roughly 10 songs.

example:

Frosted Universe
Tick Tock Diner
My Fever
Laughing Song
Amelia Green
Wyatt the Riot
Wish
Sinking
Sewer Soul
part i: going going....
part ii: gone