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It's been 44 years since I last played with The Rusty Dusty Brothers, a country-rock band from Sydney. We had good times playing around the city in a range of venues including The Bondi Lifesaver, French's and many others. 
To cut a long story short, a year or so ago, the idea of doing a "reunion album" was raised, and Rainman is the first completed track for that album. 
Interestingly, this ticks off a few "firsts" for me, most notably: my first vocal with the band and; the first song of mine that RDB has played. 
This band is made up of 4/6 of the original personnel in the first two incarnations of the band plus Roger's family (Penny and Jordy) and Mike Watkins from Virginia in the US, with whom I've done quite a bit of online recording over the past 15 years. 
I'm very pleased with how Roger has produced the song, and look forward to being involved with many more.

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Bye Bye Rainman 
©2019 Neil Porter  

Rainman crossing the street last night 
Looking to the left, leaning to the right 
Big truck coming at the speed of light 
Bye bye Rainman 

Mirror mirror 
What do you say? 
Lost as lost in a Rainman way 
Deep in thought 
Far away 
Can Rainman last for another day? 
Lost in a dream 
So you say 
Lost as lost in a Rainman way 
What’s the cost of the Rainman days? 

Rainman getting on a big jet plane 
Airforce One take him home again 
Jet comes down in a ball of flame 
Bye bye Rainman 

Mirror mirror 
What do you say? 
Lost as lost in a Rainman way 
Deep in thought 
Far away 
Can Rainman last for another day? 
Lost in a dream 
So you say 
Lost as lost in a Rainman way 
What’s the cost of the Rainman days? 

Pleading with Her Majesty 
Wishful thinking it may be 
Slip something into his royal tea 
Bye bye Rainman 

Mirror mirror 
What do you say? 
Lost as lost in a Rainman way 
Deep in thought 
Far away 
Can Rainman last for another day? 
Lost in a dream 
So you say? 
Lost as lost in a Rainman way 
What’s the cost of the Rainman days?

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from Temporarily Jiggy, released April 18, 2019 
NEIL PORTER lead vocal. acoustic guitar, bass guitar 
JOE CANNON backing vocals 
JED HUDSON mandolin 
J.D. ILOTT pedal steel 
MIKE WATKINS drums 
PENNY DAVIES backing vocals 
ROGER ILOTT Fender Telecaster, acoustic guitar, backing vocals 

Written by Neil Porter, Produced by Roger Ilott 
Photo by Brian Funnell

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5 Responses to “Bye Bye Rainman”

  1. The production on this tune is great. Tele is righteous and the steel lines support the vocal, but if I had to nit, might need a boost on the keyboard which could go down the center of the stereo field? Congratulations on the vocal performance mate! The vocals are all in tune and in, (I can’t believe it), the pocket! Bravo!

    Daug

  2. Thanks for listening Daug, and pleased that I surprised you with the vocal. The “keyboard” you’e referring to is a mandolin, and yes it could have come up in the mix a tad and more centred. It’s been interesting to have someone else mix a song of mine – even though it’s different to what I might have done, it certainly works for me.
    Hope you’re safe and well.
    Cheers from Oz

  3. one can hear that the band members have a long record of playing, great playing by all
    Good vocals and nice background vocals
    A nice warm mix
    Looking forward to hearing more stuff by you guys
    KC

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It's been 44 years since I last played with The Rusty Dusty Brothers, a country-rock band from Sydney. We had good times playing around the city in a range of venues including The Bondi Lifesaver, French's and many others. 
To cut a long story short, a year or so ago, the idea of doing a "reunion album" was raised, and Rainman is the first completed track for that album. 
Interestingly, this ticks off a few "firsts" for me, most notably: my first vocal with the band and; the first song of mine that RDB has played. 
This band is made up of 4/6 of the original personnel in the first two incarnations of the band plus Roger's family (Penny and Jordy) and Mike Watkins from Virginia in the US, with whom I've done quite a bit of online recording over the past 15 years. 
I'm very pleased with how Roger has produced the song, and look forward to being involved with many more.

lyrics

Bye Bye Rainman 
©2019 Neil Porter  

Rainman crossing the street last night 
Looking to the left, leaning to the right 
Big truck coming at the speed of light 
Bye bye Rainman 

Mirror mirror 
What do you say? 
Lost as lost in a Rainman way 
Deep in thought 
Far away 
Can Rainman last for another day? 
Lost in a dream 
So you say 
Lost as lost in a Rainman way 
What’s the cost of the Rainman days? 

Rainman getting on a big jet plane 
Airforce One take him home again 
Jet comes down in a ball of flame 
Bye bye Rainman 

Mirror mirror 
What do you say? 
Lost as lost in a Rainman way 
Deep in thought 
Far away 
Can Rainman last for another day? 
Lost in a dream 
So you say 
Lost as lost in a Rainman way 
What’s the cost of the Rainman days? 

Pleading with Her Majesty 
Wishful thinking it may be 
Slip something into his royal tea 
Bye bye Rainman 

Mirror mirror 
What do you say? 
Lost as lost in a Rainman way 
Deep in thought 
Far away 
Can Rainman last for another day? 
Lost in a dream 
So you say? 
Lost as lost in a Rainman way 
What’s the cost of the Rainman days?

credits

from Temporarily Jiggy, released April 18, 2019 
NEIL PORTER lead vocal. acoustic guitar, bass guitar 
JOE CANNON backing vocals 
JED HUDSON mandolin 
J.D. ILOTT pedal steel 
MIKE WATKINS drums 
PENNY DAVIES backing vocals 
ROGER ILOTT Fender Telecaster, acoustic guitar, backing vocals 

Written by Neil Porter, Produced by Roger Ilott 
Photo by Brian Funnell

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all rights reserved
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