Brave Enough

by Ari Herstand

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Untitled 00:37
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Brave Enough 03:07
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
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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
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Float 01:45
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Cold Water 04:01
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
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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
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Maybe 03:45
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
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New Day 04:19
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
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In the Summer of muggy Minnesota Biking down the greenway Walking the trails around the Isles
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Circles 05:53
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
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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

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released March 29, 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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Ari Herstand Los Angeles, California

Ari Herstand’s most recent offering, Like Home, explores the idea of what home means. And where to find it when the concept has been shattered. In a period when so many have been confined to their homes, this is an exploration that couldn’t be more worthy of the times. ... more

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