Slow Joe Rain


Give your ears a taste: 

Lyrics By: Robert Hunter

I'm Slow Joe Rain from Lake Champlain 
I like my oysters raw
I like my women fat and mean
I don't obey the law

I didn't come to stand around 
And practice on my grin
When I'm knocking on your door,
Get up and let me in

I'm Slow Joe Rain from Lake Champlain,
A thistle in the wind
I'm Slow Joe Rain from Lake Champlain,
I won't tell you again

This is not my story, 
Which it would not do to tell
This is not the history of
My nine foot chain in hell

It's just my observation
You can take it for what it's worth
If you can't fix a busted heart,
Don't try to save the earth

I'm Slow Joe Rain from Lake Champlain,
A thistle in the wind
I'm Slow Joe Rain from Lake Champlain,
I won't tell you again

I got no ambition
But to get an honest break
And try to give back
Just as good as I might ever take

When it comes to lovin',
I'm jealous in my pride
That's why I walk my way alone,
With no one by my side

I'm Slow Joe Rain from Lake Champlain,
A thistle in the wind
I'm Slow Joe Rain from Lake Champlain,
I won't tell you again

I'm Slow Joe Rain from Lake Champlain,
A thistle in the wind
I'm Slow Joe Rain from Lake Champlain,
I won't tell you again

I say I won't tell you again
I say I won't tell you again
I say I won't tell you again
I won't tell you again
I say I won't tell you again

© 2012 Ice Nine Publishing (ASCAP)

Sounds of the Universe

Slow Joe Rain’s underlying pulse is punctuated by cosmic microwave background radiation, the lingering ripples in the fabric of the universe dating back to the Big Bang. The spectrum of this radiation shows wavelength on the horizontal axis represents wavelength with the intensity of the wavelengths shown on the vertical axis. It looks something like a funnel: the leftmost, shorter wavelengths are fainter (less intense) than the rightmost, longer wavelenths. To sonify this spectrum, each the height of each point is translated to pitch. We listen to the points moving from right to left. They form a sort of sound cloud, at first all similar in pitch for a phasy quality, and gradually expanding until they fill the range from 25 to 2000 Hz. 

 

DATA SOURCE: Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics

 

Slow Joe’s sound bed also includes percussive sounds based on sunquakes (described in Heartbeat of the Sun).

National Optical Astronomy Observatory http://www.noao.edu/education/ighelio/solar_music.html

DATA SOURCE: Global Oscillation Network Group http://gong.nso.edu
 

The sound bed also also has rhythmic chimes based on the spectra of galaxies (described in Starlight Starbright). Two galaxy “windchimes” are included in this one: the Dusty Spiral Galaxy (NGC4414) found in the constellation Coma Benenices, which was given a sound resembling wooden windchimes, and NGC5866, a spiral galaxy in the constellation Draco, which was given a sound resembling a sort of metal chime.

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DATA SOURCE: NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database https://ned.ipac.caltech.edu/

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DATA SOURCE: NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database https://ned.ipac.caltech.edu/