Oklahoma Rain

by Dara Tucker

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Oklahoma Rain is Dara Tucker's 4th studio album. It features a collection of 12 original songs that reflect on love, loss and healing. The album is an eclectic mix of jazz, R&B, soul and singer-songwriter.

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released April 30, 2017

Matt Endahl
Greg Bryant
Kevin Whalum
Derrek Phillips
Marcus Finnie
De Marco Johnson
Mason Embry
Josh Hunt
Joe Davidian
Alicia Enstrom
Liz Estes
Jon Estes
Rahsaan Barber
Roy Agee
Emmanuel Echem
Giovanni Rodriguez
Kris Karlsson

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Dara Tucker Nashville, Tennessee

From opening for Gregory Porter to appearing on the Tavis Smiley show to winning the prestigious, “NIMA” award for best jazz vocalist, Tucker is making her mark in the world of jazz and beyond with a blend of soul, Americana, Gospel and jazz that is uniquely her own. Her 2017 album, Oklahoma Rain, showcases her as a formidable songwriter, able to express love, loss and healing in one fell swoop. ... more

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Track Name: Oklahoma Rain
Chorus 1

Gimmie some of that Oklahoma rain
And let me know that spring will come again
To wash away the sorrow and the pain
Calling out my name
Oklahoma rain

Chorus 2

Gimmie some of that Colorado snow
And drive me down that winding mountain road
Rejuvenate the fallow earth below
Life will surely grow
Colorado snow

Verse

I’m waiting for the New Year
Cause there’s nothing left to do here
With these dreams
Cause this cold and grey December
Has me trying to remember
What they mean
And I’m thinking in the meantime
I’ll be better off by springtime
Wait and see
‘Cause these days of sweet rebellion
There just ain’t no tellin’
What they’ll do to me

Bridge

There’s a place I know
Where summer souls
Bloom wild and bright and free
Take me to the place where
Time extends into eternity
Track Name: Moving On
Verse 1

Time changes, through ages
In stages, we understand
Our story, Your glory
Although we can’t see the plan
And though you leave me here
I still can feel you near
Your presence is my guide
Direction you provide
I still will speak your name
Though I will never be the same

Chorus

I feel time gently leading
With its hand against my back
Saying move slowly forward
There’s no time for looking back
As the waves of constant anguish
Circle round this lonely path
I would like to say
I’m moving on

Verse 2

Time moves in circles
The purpose is found deep within
Through every change let me
Never forget where I’ve been
And if I leave you here
Will I still feel you near
Will I have surety
That you will be with me
I know I must move on
Somehow I know I must be strong


Bridge

Don’t stop changing
Life will always show you the way
Rearranging
Love will never lead you astray
Track Name: All I See is Love
Chorus

All I see is love
Love is all I see
All I see is love
Love is you and me

Verse 1

Though the winds may blow
Clouds may fill the skies
Seeds of life will grow
And love will surely rise

Verse 2

And when the night is come
And sorrow fills my days
To your arms I’ll run
And you will hear me say

Bridge

Tearing down these walls
Seeing now your light
I will hear you call
Shelter me from sight
Keeping you from harm
Clothing you in grace
Harbored in my arms
In this sacred place

Vamp

Any day, any day
I will find my way back to you
Any day, any day
You will hear me calling for you
Steal away, steal away
To the place where time waits for you
Break away, break away
To the space that leads you back to me
Track Name: Heartache
Verse 1

“Don’t be afraid
I will stay by your side
Live for today
Let your heart be your guide”
The words you speak
Only reflect the pain
My heart already knows, whoa
Seeking shelter
From the thing that left
My broken heart exposed, whoa
Wish I could find a way
To keep it out of sight
Keep the cover on my pride
Still inside
I know you left me with a

Chorus

Heartache
Bigger than my heart
Bigger than my soul
It won’t let me go
And if I lose faith
I’m gonna play it smart
Wanna let you know
I won’t let you go

I will be careful not to close my eyes
I’ll see it coming, I won’t miss the signs
If you look closely, read between the lines
You’ll know you left me with a
Heartache bigger than my heart

Verse 2

Come, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
If I should wake
May each breath that I take
Be a reflection of the love
You left inside my heart and soul, whoa
I wanna love until
It blooms into a flower fully grown, whoa
I’ll hang a photograph
Inside this broken soul
You will never have to know
You have left me all alone
To feel this

Chorus 2

Heartache
Bigger than my heart
Bigger than my soul
It won’t let me go
And I won’t lose faith
I’m gonna play this part
Wanna let you know
I won’t let you go

I’ll square these shoulders and I’ll toe the line
Collect these memories running through my mind
Repair the damage that was left behind
Just know you left me with a
Heartache bigger than my heart

Vamp

“Heartache
Careful if you listen to it
Don’t wait
Time will fade if you don’t use it
Each day
Brings redeemption if you choose it”
Track Name: Radio
Chorus 1

Songs that woulda made it on the radio of yesteryear
Been so long since I could turn it on and hear those songs so crystal clear
So I'll say it like I really wanna say it
But today I think they'd really never play it on the radio

Repeat Chorus 1

Songs that woulda made it on the radio of yesteryear
Been so long since I could turn it on and hear those songs so crystal clear
So I'll say it like I really wanna say it
But today I think they'd really never play it on the radio

Verse 1

Just want to play that music loud and clear
That kept me singing long ago
I'll write a melody so you can hear
And the whole wide world will know

Chorus 2

Singing songs that woulda made it on the radio of yesteryear
Been so long since I could hear those songs so crystal clear
So I'll say it though I know they'll never play it
Safe to say I know I'll probably never make on the radio

Verse 2 (Not Heard on Demo)

Can't tell you what that music means to me
No time or season can destroy
I swear it echoed like a symphony
As it filled our hearts with joy

Chorus 3

Songs that woulda made it on the radio of yesteryear
Been so long since I could turn it on and hear those songs so crystal clear
So tonight I'm gonna go ahead and write it
But I'm certain that you're never gonna find it on the radio

Tag

So I'll say it like I really wanna say it
But today I think they'd probably never play it on the radio
So I'll say it though I know they'll never play it
Safe to say I know I'll probably never make it on the radio

Vamp
They'll never play it on the radio
We may as well just turn our lights down low
They'll never play it on the radio
We'll have to find another place to go
They'll never play it on the radio
We'll sing this melody from long ago
They'll never play it on the radio
Do do do do do do do do do do... (Repeat)
Track Name: I Fall
Verse 1
You say you’ll be
Just what I need
But lately, you seem
Caught in between
I’m not trynna make it right
I don’t wanna say it wrong
I just want you to know how I feel
I’m not giving up the fight
This is where my heart belongs
I just need to know that it’s real

Chorus
That’s when I fall
Into your loving arms again
You called
Just when I needed a friend
I fall
Into your arms
‘Cause I know you’ll catch me
When I fall

Verse 2
I’ve been searching
All of my life
Burdened, hurting
Broken inside
Then you came into my life
And I just wanted you to know
I will give you much more than I take
I will never leave your side
Give you shelter in the night
This is where my heart will stay
Track Name: Any Time Your Heart Breaks
Verse 1
Just like the morning dew
Greets the day anew
Welcoming you home
I will abide with you
In everything you do
No matter where you roam

Chorus
And I will find you
Anytime your heart breaks
Just you wait and see
And if I find you
Anytime your heart breaks
Will you return to me (remember me)

Verse 2
And in the afternoon
In the misty blue
Fading into gray
You’ll call my name in June
When the flowers bloom
And I will lead the way

Verse 3
And like the evening star
Shining in your heart
Always tried and true
Whether near or far
No matter where you are
I will be with you
Track Name: Oklahoma Rain Fall
Verse 1
When that Oklahoma rain
Meets the Oklahoma wind
And the lightening and the thunder
Make me wonder if I’ll ever smile again
And from that Oklahoma sky
A swirling terror now descends
Casting houses into rivers
Leaving broken pieces
Everywhere it’s been

Chorus
Oklahoma rain fall down
Saturate this hallowed ground
Lightning and thunder
Pulling us under again
As the river starts to rise
I write your name across the skies
Who knows where we’ll go
Lost among heroes and friends
When that Oklahoma rain
Starts falling again

Verse 2
You can feel it in the air
Frozen memories everywhere
Sifting through the scattered picture frames
That line the streets that brought our dreams to bear
You could hear them falling down
Spirits shattered on the ground
Will we gather all the pieces
Of the life we lived
And find redemption there
Track Name: The Road
Did you find another road
Another hand to hold
Did you find a star
To take you where you are
Did you reach another heart
Another place to start
Did you make a pact
Without even looking back

Tell me where will I find you
Wandering there, just behind you
Chasing shadows roaming
Swiftly through the night
Walking softly I meet you
Hesitating to greet you
Will you know me
As I knew you in this life

And as I reach for your hand
You surround me
And the world is ours again
You wander farther along
I entreat you
With the silence and a song
While I wait
Track Name: The Penny
Verse 1
He found a treasure
That his heart could hold
A simple pleasure
Worth more than gold
A secret remedy
A curiosity
It was his and his alone
But soon he wondered
How to make it stay
With grown up thunder
And a childlike grace
He cried out, “Mama, help me please”
She dropped down to her knees
And she could feel him going under
And she said, “Baby, let go”
‘Cause there’s some things you don’t know
You’ve got a gift right in front of your face
But you’re hanging on
You’re holding on
To a penny in a priceless vase

Verse 2
Well, I’m no better,
And it’s plain to see
Chained and fettered
To a lesser me
Visions of a grand design
Running ‘cross my mind
But remain just out of reach
Taking chances
And I squander time
Dodging glances
From this heart of mine
She knows I take the easy way
Same as yesterday
Ignoring lessons I could teach
You would think I don’t know
That we reap what we sow
And there’s a danger in running in place
Feels like I’m hanging on
Holding on
To a penny in a priceless vase

Bridge
Learning again
Turning the pages of a story
Without an end
Making amends
Seeing the life that’s waiting for me
To comprehend
What You can send
Around the bend

Verse 3
One thing’s clear to me
Though we sacrifice
Nothing comes for free
We must pay the price
Our hopes and dreams could truly be
Much more than fantasy
But instead we roll the dice
We don the joker’s hat
And we play the fool
We take the handicap
And we break the rules
Just one more trip around the sun
Trynna have some fun
But we end up feeling used
But if we learn to let go
Of the pleasures we know
We’ll find a treasure that can't be replaced
Instead of hanging on
Holding on
To a penny in priceless vase
Track Name: Rest Your Eyes
While you're resting your eyes
I'll play you a lullaby
I'll sing you to sleep tonight
And it will be alright

I won't tell you goodbye
I'll see you in the morning light
Don't you worry, we'll be alright
While you rest your eyes

Daddy you've been working
And striving everyday
We know you deserve to
Have some time away

Don't be afraid to tell us
You need time
To elevate your soul
And still your mind

Just take all the time you need
And we'll be here
We'll be here
And we won't leave you