The Fire Plays

by Ari Hest

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    Ari's 7th full length album, it was recorded in the summer/fall of 2012 and released november 13, 2012 on Ari's independent label Project 4 Records.

    Song list:
    1 - Untitled Part 2
    2 - Winter Of Yes
    3 - Concrete Sky
    4 - Know Where
    5 - All Because
    6 - The Fire Plays
    7 - For A Little While
    8 - Couldn't Have Her
    9 - Set In Stone
    10 - Last So Long
    11 - Something To Look Forward To

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"The Fire Plays" is Ari's seventh album and was released independently on November 12, 2012.

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released November 12, 2012

Produced by Gerry Leonard
Recorded and Mixed by Michael Tudor

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Track Name: Untitled Part 2
I wanna make good on promises
I wanna make good I will resist
I wanna do right no matter what
Even if right feels so wrong

I wanna be part of what could be
I wanna be part of what I see
I wanna do right no matter what
Even if right feels so wrong

Hello?

I know that I’ve made the same mistakes
I know that I’ve had so many takes
I know I’ve had opportunities
Some of you’ve given up on
I know that I’m almost out of time
I know that I’ve almost been defined
I wanna do right no matter what
Even if right feels so wrong

Hello?

I know that I’m almost out of time
I know that I’ve almost been defined
I wanna do right no matter what
Even if right feels so wrong
Track Name: Winter of Yes
I’ve been bored, cynical and ready to burst
Daylight has fallen asleep, as if it’s been cursed
my face is so cold that I tear
But I won’t let this be like any old year
This is the winter of yes

I may not find reason to smile
I may search in search of love and find no one worthwhile
But it's better than moping around
kicking pieces of ice off the ground
this is the winter of yes

If I get invited
To a party
That I may or may not like
I'm going to that party
And If when I get there
Everyone is lame
Nobody's happy
I won't feel their strain
This is the winter of yes

Whatever it is, however it goes
It may fail to draw me in, I won’t let it show, no no
I have thrown away too many days
and concluded there's no other way
This is the winter of yes
Track Name: Concrete Sky
In a photo of you
I see myself
Smile unstuck
Calling out for help

I see
What no one gives a damn about
And I will put up

In a stubborn fit
You’ve muscled in
Built a barbed wire fence
Albeit thin

And someday
I’m gonna cut through to you
And you won’t put up a fight


Through a concrete sky
I’ll drill a hole
and slowly scrape away
at this frozen mold

cause I see now
What I didn’t give a damn about
And I will put up a fight
And I will put up a fight
And I will put up a fight
Track Name: Know Where
Stayin in like the weatherman said
Don’t like it so cold
Thawin out by the radiator
Watchin the day grow old

Do you know where you are, know where you are
And where you wanna go now?

I’ll think of something I guess
Something is bound to unfold
Faces I may never see again
My world is gathering mold

Do you know where you are, know where you are
And where you wanna go now?
Do you know where you are, know where you are
And where you wanna go now?

To the white of the water
It will beckon you
To the light left over
and burn for you
Through the night
And you’ll grow colder
And come back round again, round again, round again

Time swarms like pollen in spring
Follows you where the wind blows
Stands still when you want it to run
and when you hesitate it goes

Do you know where you are, know where you are
And where you wanna go now?
Do you know where you are, know where you are
Track Name: All Because
If I woke, in a dream not knowin
If I was, if I was still dreamin
Would I still feel the way I feel right now?
slip away, I don’t really know how

With every heartbeat I can’t look back
With every step there’s a new direction
Leading me somewhere I never been
All because I loved you

Maybe we were two rivers flowing
Take a breath and look at where you’re going
Do you see the end of me and the start of you?
I guess that was the best we could do

With every heartbeat…

And the stars will all fall down
And the moon will slide to the back of my heart
And the world will spin around
Makin room for the light

With every heartbeat…
Track Name: The Fire Plays
He pulled away
Into the long night
Hard to complain
he got what he came for

Stopped at a light
Revved up the engine
Idle inside
He made his way out of town

I play with fire
And the fire plays with me

Dark empty road
Leading to nowhere
She's running away
Cause there's no other way
And she tears through the wind
Like a star across the night sky
It's all in your head
She keeps saying to herself

I play with fire
And the fire plays with me
I play with fire
And higher it rises
I play with fire
And the fire plays with me

The drawbridge is down
but soon separating
Step on the gas
It happens so fast
Track Name: For A Little While
Its the same it's the same scene playin
Playin out all around you
One hand tucked in a blue jean pocket
One lace tied on two torn shoes
Holdin out, holdin out hope that someone will cramp your style

Could I, could i get to know you for a little while?

It's the light, its the stoplight cookin
Cookin dreams up inside you
Feet are tapping a tired rhythm
Sweat still blacking your old blues
Holdin on to some set of rules
You're dying to leave behind

Ch

All day long, scheming up ways
To lift yourself off the ground
All day long, for goodness sake
Doesn't it bring you down?
So I, I think we should go

Thin green papers are stacked together
In a big hollow mountain
All too easy to stack them higher
Till there's no one around well
I wanna go, where nobody cares for building a bigger pile
Track Name: Couldn't Have Her
We talked about beginning
Forgot about the end
We held to each other
There was no pretend
We filled all the spaces
That used to be years
With sounds of forever
The stop to our fears
But her eyes in the summer fell suddenly gray, And i

Couldn’t Have Her
Couldn’t have her
Why must we run like horses

I asked for a reason
And she gave me none
Could not have been more certain
That she was the one
I looked to my loved ones
For answrs for strength
And no one could tell me
How to handle the day
Now I can’t sleep without her, I never thought that I, Oh that I

Couldn’t Have Her, couldn’t have her
Why must we run like horses
Fallin to pieces it forces
Me to listen up

It’s not a religion
It’s just how you feel
You don’t know till it’s over
If it was real
And you want to embrace it
You cannot deny
That all of those moments
Were just a goodbye

Couldn’t Have Her, couldn’t have her
Why must we run like horses
Fallin to pieces it forces
Me to listen up
Track Name: Set In Stone
Stranded by this open window
All my debts unfold
I couldn’t hear through the wall
When my conscience called

I have visions of falling branches
Touching down one by one
As I let them go
Water cries for my soul
Stripping me down to the bone

Oh, think of the pain I caused
All for the gain of my own
Time can’t take the blame for me
My crooked path is set in stone

Friendships soured, lost and hollow
I cling dear to my home
the weeds overgrown
And the roof wearing thin
the shirt on my back
tearing holes through my skin
but if I tried going now
wouldn’t know where to begin

I hear voices of my brothers
Start to fade one by one
And as I let them go
Water cries for my soul
Stripping me down the bone
Track Name: Last So Long
All along I was just what I thought I should be
Never finding out if I ws real

Living on plans to come hopin that in the end
She would take me where I need to be

Not now, that can only last, that can only last so long

Well here we are throwing stones, strongest arm wins the thrown
Smartest and the richest will succeed
But stones sink so low and touch the sand, nothing in them makes a man
Even though we’re told it’s what we need

To the bottom

Here we are throwing stones
Track Name: Something To Look Forward To
Don’t have to go too far
Don’t have to make it last
Don’t have to change my world
Don’t have to hide my past
That’s the only thing that I will ask of you
Is gimme something to look forward to

Don’t have to shine the sun
Any brighter than before
Don’t have to bring the one
Right up to my front door
All it is im wishin you would do
Is gimme something to look forward to

Cause oh ive been so lonely
Sittin here and waiting for a moment to come upon me
Take my breath away
And though I know that it won’t find me
Right here where I lay
Im still pretending that it may

But you don’t have to give me much
Just a little taste
Gimme just enough
To put a smile on my face
That’s the only thing that I will ask of you
Gimme something to look forward to
That’s the only thing I’m wishin you would do
Gimme something to look forward to