WadiRum

WadiRum

 Broomfield, Colorado, USA
BandFolkRock

peaceful but provocative, simple but sophisticated, beautiful but strange, and completely without genre

Biography

WadiRum was named by the band's leader, Stewart Erlich, after traveling for 6 months in the middle east. Wadi Rum is a region in Jordan where Erlich found himself miraculously healed after suffering a debilitating illness during his travels in the desert.

The music is much like the region: raw, powerful, silent and loud in turns, and ultimately healing.

WadiRum's songs build to crescendo, with lush harmony, dark, warm bass and cello, and drums that move from subtle to explosive. Each song is different, but the message is the same- the revelation of the human heart.

Lyrics

Self Imposed

Written By: Stewart Erlich

I don’t want to listen to the radio
I don’t want to watch my TV show
Right now my brain is so loud
All the world is drowning out

House on fire but I can’t see
I shut out what’s in front of me
I don’t want to let you see me crawl
But it’s too damn hard to explain it all

I don’t want tot close the secret door
I don’t want to feel alone any more
Looks so pretty but it’s just as well
Self imposed is no less a hell

I build it up to tear it down
I build it up to tear it down
Drive my nails into the cold, cold ground
I build it up to tear it down

You better watch the second hand
When the first pretends to understand
Grace is great when the world is bright
But can you make it ok when I put out the light

I build it up to tear it down
I build it up to tear it down
Drive my nails into the cold, cold ground
I build it up to tear it down

Look around, you will find I am already gone.

Trouble is as trouble does
Come here, let me show you what the trouble was
Come here let me show you how my voice gets dark
Hear the troubled words of a troubled heart

WaterShine

Written By: Stewart Erlich

Water shine
Constant flow
Open up your eyes and dive inside the undertow
Light will blind
Night will know
Falling from the sky to find the crowded ground below

How many times have we tried to set them all down
But the terrible vision that we hide just won’t drop to the ground
Trap all the water in our eyes and utter no sound
Until we drown

Baby sleep
Safe to dream
Close your eyes and know that I will never ever leave
What they stole
I’ll make whole
Sweetest little boy, take your time to grow

How many times have I tried to wash it all down
But damn this stain inside my mind just follows me around
The rivers will rise and the rush will spill over the ground
Until we drown

Edward's Fields

Written By: Stewart Erlich

Staring at the screen for the best part of a week
Florescent lights sterilize the room
Sighing to herself she says “summer will be here soon.”

And dreams alight her eyes and paint on her a face that would have made Edward proud
But on company time face painting is not allowed
And voices interrupt and pierce through the armor making her clutch at her side
She doubles over and prepares for the ride

And she says “take me to Edward’s fields where hope grows high and strong
Where women’s white dresses wave wild in the air
Where it’s been summer all along.”

She grows tired of computers and the virtually real and windows you cannot look through
These are not the windows that Edward’s women once knew
She says “I’m tired all the time but at the same time I’m restless
I’m too young to be feeling so old
If summer’s here, then why is it so cold?”

And she says “take me to Edward’s fields where hope grows high and strong
Where women’s white dresses wave wild in the air
Where it’s been summer all along.”

New Year's Eve

Written By: Stewart Erlich

I wake up with it in the morning, I fall asleep with it at night
It follows me like a favorite pet, it never leaves my side
It’s a symbol of the mess I’ve made, it’s the part that won’t come clean
I’ve tried before to scrape it off, it’s not as easy as it seems

So I take it out and look at it, and copy it to scale,
I write it all in letters I never plan to mail
But if I did I hope you’d find comfort in the words
A message of intended good, a peace that you deserve

I hope that every weakened state has strength not far ahead
And every time we think to lie the truth comes out instead
Because gravity and weightlessness exist at the same time
For me the only difference is the willingness to fly

I wish that I were purposeful, instead I’m insecure
The locks have all been cut off, I’m naked and unsure
I wish that it was new years eve because then I would declare
From this day on I’ll learn to breathe, stop holding onto air

From this day on I’ll watch the world revolve around the sun
Stop screaming at the weatherman each time he gets it wrong
Stop begging you to see me for more than I really am
Start letting all the children out who live inside the man

I’ll notice what’s around me, appreciate what’s true
And every time I see your soul, I’ll show you that I do
Because honesty is such a prize, what a gift you give to me
And every time you open up you teach me to be free

Freedom can be frightening, sometimes I want to die
Sometimes I am a sloppy mess, sometime I have to cry
But every cry has been a song and every song a prayer
And every word I give to God lifts up into the air
Explodes in every color, turns into energy
And let’s me know the world is bigger than me.

Discography

WadiRum- WadiRum (2005)
WadiRum- Letters I Never Plan to Mail (2008)

Set List

We have plenty of original material. We typically play 2-3 hour shows.