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at Rio's Attic:

John Phoenix

Mexico

Running on Empty

Fire and Rain

James Taylor
Rio's Attic: Celebrating the Life and Times of a Dearly Missed River Phoenix
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"We moved around a lot. When I was four years old I heard 'Fire and Rain' a lot. So we were in Mexico and I was playing with a flashlight that was going dead, and we couldn't afford anymore batteries. My father asked me to please stop, but I wanted to see how far I could push someone so I kept on turning it on and off. He said, "Could you please stop this?" with a stern voice and took it out of my hand, put it in the glove box and slammed it. The song was playing the whole time and it's something that stuck with me. I felt this tremble, this fear of authority and I felt I understood that you have to respect people. That there was a reason behind it. That was the first concept of reality as far as relationships go. I saw that there is not just this world of vagueness that you can just bounce off of."



River Phoenix on growing up in Central America, living in a old van that had been converted into a mobile home.




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"Fire and Rain"

By James Taylor


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(From Running on Empty)

Just yesterday morning, they let me know you were gone,
Susan the plans they made put an end to you,
I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song,
I just can't remember who to send it to.

I've seen fire and I've seen rain,
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end,
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend,
But I always thought that I'd see you again.

Won't you look down upon me, Jesus,
You've got to help me make a stand,
You've just got to see me through another day,
My body's aching and my time is at hand,
I won't make it any other way.

Oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rain,
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end,
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend,
But I always thought that I'd see you again.


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