Brave Enough

by Ari Herstand

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released 29 March 2014

Produced by Paul Marino and Ari Herstand
Mixed by Paul Marino
Engineered by Paul Marino
Additional engineering by Joe Christenson
Assistant engineering by Zach Hollander at The Pearl and Rob Osterlin at The Terrarium
Recorded at The Terrarium, Minneapolis, MN, Marino Jones Studios, Northfield, MN, The Pearl Recording Studio, Minneapolis, MN and Fuzzy Slippers Studios, St. Paul, MN

Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Los Angeles, CA

the band:
Ari: vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, beat boxing, trumpet, percussion, programming
Jim Anton: bass
Jake Hansen: electric guitars
Joey Kantor: keys
Dave King: drums

other musicians:
Joe Christenson - acoustic guitar on "San Vicente", "Untitled" and "Float", percussion, programming, gang vocals
Tonia Hughes - vocals on "Brave Enough" and "Let Me Be Alone"
Paul Marino - programming, gang vocals
Alicia Wiley - vocals on "Maybe" and "Love Hangs Around"

All songs written by Ari Herstand and Chris Koza

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Track Name: Say What You Will
Say what you will about me
Say what you will
Say what you will about me
Say what you will

You say this is the time to sit back and wait
You say this is the time to pray
You say nothing i do will make any change
Everything stays the same

Say what you will about me
Say what you will
Say what you will about me
Say what you will

I’m not afraid to take a stand
To make a different plan
We’re being led to repeat our mistakes
The system must be changed

Say what you will about me
Say what you will
Say what you will about me
Say what you will

This is our time to occupy
Everything's out of place
The voice of the crowd is starting to shape
the state of the human race

Say what you will about me
Say what you will
Say what you will about me
Say what you will
Track Name: San Vicente Blvd
I have seen winter storms
so extreme they bury cars
But this January is not what I’ve known
so far from home

I’m taking a walk down San Vicente Boulevard
Where palm trees line gated yards and driveways keep expensive cars
I fell in love with California
I’d like to say I wasn’t warned
But January’s never felt like this before

Amy and I looking on
through the gates with intercoms
We fantasize that we’re on the inside
On this street that we belong

I’m taking a walk down San Vicente Boulevard
Where palm trees line gated yards and driveways keep expensive cars
I fell in love with California
I’d like to say I wasn’t warned
But January’s never felt like this before

I wonder how success is measured
I don't care
We'll find ourselves and what we treasure
We'll get there

I’m taking a walk down San Vicente Boulevard
I’m taking a walk down San Vicente Boulevard

I’m taking a walk down San Vicente Boulevard
Where palm trees line gated yards and driveways keep expensive cars
I fell in love with you again
I’d like to say I wasn’t warned
But January’s never felt like this before
Track Name: Keep Fighting
I don't fully understand how i'm supposed make a plan
with you a part of every choice you've given me our only voice
I want you to make up your mind without the help of me this time
If you decide you're better off just letting go and giving up
tell me now to let you be
I’ll leave tonight you won't see me go
You're giving me too many signs
I can't read between the lines you know
All i want is for you to be
strong enough to drive
I'll sit in back and ride
I want us to survive

But we can't keep fighting I won't keep fighting
We can't keep fighting the love that's in us hiding
I can't stop loving I won't stop loving
We can't stop loving the fight that keeps us coming back for more

You came back on new years eve you brought with you a ripped up sleeve
Remnants of your heart remained and no one else but me to blame
You don't share much anymore you kept me locked outside your door
I wouldn't huff I wouldn't puff I couldn't blow down hard enough
I fell down on to my knees
You cried through the door please just go
I knew you that you meant to stay
and convince you that the pain would help us grow

I'm not sure we'll ever stop
Pushing through the gears
Grinding through the tears
Shifting down our fears

But we can't keep fighting I won't keep fighting
We can't keep fighting the love that's in us hiding
I can't stop loving I won't stop loving
We can't stop loving the fight that keeps us coming back for more

I can see the road ahead
The paint is wet
There's nothing set
Drive on through with no regrets

But we can't keep fighting I won't keep fighting
We can't keep fighting the love that's in us hiding
I can't stop loving I won't stop loving
We can't stop loving the fight that keeps us coming back for more
Track Name: I Hope I Never Know
I'm in our home battling a cold
A bowl of soup and movies in our bed alone
This blanket's not enough
I'm missing your sweet touch
to cure my straying heart

A little distance and I begin to slip
It's not that I'm lonely it's not that you're not it
I won’t heal on my own
I’m wishing you'd come home
to shake me from this

I’m scared
I'll fall in love again but not with you
To fall in love again with someone new
I hope I never know that

When I leave to go on tour you help me to pack
A week and a half later I find your note in my bag
You knew when I found it
it’s all that i would need
to feel you next to me

I'm scared
I'll fall in love again but not with you
To fall in love again with someone new
I hope I never know that

I pray that we make it and together we will grow
But I wonder what would happen if we were to let this go
Maybe you'd be stronger
Maybe I'd be fine
I hope I'll never know

I'm scared
I'll fall in love again but not with you
To fall in love again with someone new
I hope I never know that
Track Name: Minnie and Me
She had me the moment that we first met
Behind the counter at Al’s
The pancakes burned as she dialed in the radio
She said “nice hair” and dropped the check
l left concert tickets as a tip
And she came to the show!

Now she’s my baby
She’s my baby

She quit the diner for late nights at an uptown bar
and we stopped going to shows
When I picked her up with our favorite song all cued up
She rolled her eyes and turned the dial
She said I haven’t liked them for awhile
I guess some things will change

But she’s my baby
She’s my baby

PBR’s and vintage boots
She can dye her hair and hide her roots
She bikes to work on her single speed
But I know who she used to be
Now we just don’t fit

She was my baby
She was my baby

She’s not my baby
anymore
She’s not my baby
anymore
Track Name: Brave Enough
You came in through an unlocked door
The one that I left unsecured
now you’re here - I wont ask you to leave
I might as well be welcoming

I’ll take your coat
Let me show you around
Please don’t get too close
because my walls are fragile
They start to rattle
I know they wont withstand this battle

I feel so confused
My love’s not brave enough to fight you
I’m about to lose for good the only thing I’ve understood
My love isn’t brave enough

Midnight on the beach
The sand is too cold for our bare feet
I play a song to warm you up
but I break a string interrupting

I should take you home
We’ve been here far too long
Its time to go
But your eyes are telling
My palms start sweating
We’re giving in to where this is heading

I feel so confused
My love’s not brave enough to fight you
I’m about to lose for good the only thing I’ve understood
My love isn’t brave enough

I can’t cross the line
If I turn back now it will be fine
‘cause I’m about to lose for good the only thing I’ve understood
My love isn’t brave enough

I didn't expect this
Will I regret this
Is this a test I’m taking
if i've been unfaithful
If I am unable to see the mistake I’m making
How will I know
When I’ve gone too far
Whats the point of starting over
A second chance is just a broken promise in disguise

(I can’t keep fighting
I won’t keep fighting
My love’s not brave enough to fight you)

I’m about to lose for good the only thing I’ve understood
My love isn’t brave enough
I feel so confused
My love’s not brave enough to fight you
I’m about to lose for good the only thing I’ve understood
My love isn’t brave enough
Track Name: Let Me Be Alone
The only way to know
The only way to know
If Love is real
If Love is real
The only way to know
The only way to know
If Love is real
If Love is real

Is to try
to survive
without It
Try to survive
without it

The only way to know
The only way to know
Is to be alone
To be alone
And If this love is real
And if this love is real
Let me be alone
Let me be alone

Let me try
To survive
without it
Try
to survive
alone

Just let me be alone
Track Name: Cold Water
I will find the artist inside me
Now the walls are swaying and crumbling
I swing out, the bricks come falling
In my hand the hammer is bloody

I will find the artist inside me
Now it’s done the walls are bricks at my feet
I reach down, a man is dying
In my hands I’m holding my body

I will find the artist inside me
Now I run, the scene I am leaving
Clench my fists, the blood is drying
Cold water
wash away my hearts deed

Cold Water
Track Name: Candy Of Survival
On the border of Kentucky and Ohio
I can’t recall the day, the month, or where I am tomorrow
I left my heart 3000 miles from this hotel room
Unwrap the plastic cup, sipping jack I wait for my sorrow

Every night I think of how much I still I love you
But I don’t call to tell you this
I leave the room and walk the hallway towards temptation
Turning my back on sustenance for the candy of survival

Send me home send far away from this drug
It’s sweet on my tongue
It dampens my soul
Send me home
I don’t want to taste this no more

When I left our home she said "baby don't you worry
you'll be back before you ever knew you left"
But on the road she's not here to keep me steady
I move in different patterns and I put my heart to rest

Send me home, send me far away from this drug
It’s sweet on my tongue
It dampens my soul
Send me home
I don’t want to taste this no more
Track Name: Maybe
On a street in Nebraska
I find some quiet to call
You pick up and you’re crying
Please come home, please come home, please come home

Maybe I’m not as strong as I thought
Maybe it’s the road
Maybe I was crazy to leave you back waiting
I forgot that you’re my home

Maybe I’m afraid to tell you the truth
Maybe you’d understand
but I’m not okay always away
I forgot that you’re my plan

Watching old friends get married
Helping new friends start a life
Saying I love you for the first time
Swearing that heartbreak is all left behind

Please come home
she said please come home, please come home, please come home

Maybe I’m not as strong as I thought
Maybe it’s the road
Maybe I was crazy to leave you back waiting
I forgot that you’re my home

Maybe I’m afraid to tell you the truth
Maybe you’d understand
but I’m not okay always away
I forgot that you’re my plan

In the dark of California
In our bed where I am not
Close your eyes and feel me hold you
This is love this is pain this is sacrifice

Maybe I’m not as strong as I thought
Maybe I was crazy to leave you back waiting
Maybe I’m afraid to tell you the truth
Maybe you’d understand
but I’m not okay always away

I’m not okay always away
I’m not okay
I’m coming home
Track Name: New Day
I put on cologne today
to meet a new friend
To make a good impression

You called as I was on my way
You asked why I made such an effort

We both know what you meant
We both know its the end
But we keep going

I never will forget
the moment we first met
I told myself you’re it

But the moment we lose trust
is the moment that we must
start over

But tomorrow's a new day
and in the morning when we wake up
I'll kiss you on the cheek you'll say you love waking up next to me
We'll lay for one moment of bliss
Then reality will kick in

Tonight we didn't speak
We made out on the beach
It was different

You didn’t seem like you
We both were someone new
But we keep going

How do two best friends
pretend to begin

But tomorrow's a new day
and in the morning when we wake up
I'll kiss you on the cheek you'll say you love waking up next to me
We'll lay for one moment of bliss
Then reality will kick in
Track Name: Muggy Minnesota
In the Summer of muggy Minnesota
Biking down the greenway
Walking the trails around the Isles
Track Name: Circles
All I see are names and flowers
and dates finalized in stone
The plot dug yesterday for Michael
with dirt left to fill the hole

His father grabs the only shovel
Throws dirt atop his only son
His mother grabs his only sister
Weak I join the Rabbi’s song

Years ago I listened
To the song that Michael wrote
His hands accompanied my mother’s voice
She sang his melody for loss

And I learned to play it on the piano
For months this song was all I knew
“Circles” running through my fingers
played inside me as I grew

Names recited once a year
We light a candle on the date
For years I never had a reason
Today his name burns through my flame

And I learned to play it on the piano
For months his songs was all I knew
“Circles” running through my fingers
Played inside me as I grew
Track Name: Love Hangs Around
Love hangs around me

Was gonna write you a letter but I wrote it once before
where I professed the things I never did but should have years ago
Searching through my sent box I found what I wrote
Although it hurts to read, I meant it then - now i mean it even more

I can't disregard what pains me the most:
there was a deep love in the distance that we never reached and won't
Was gonna write you a letter but I wrote it once before

And the love hangs around me
even more