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Live At The Pause

by Ari Herstand

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1.
The pillow loses volume below you I move to give it life The blanket has now fallen all on you The breeze gives my mind sight I could rest here always Wide eyed I lie and sigh because I know the moment our feet meet the ground i t’s over and I’m closer to being bound to the blanket-go-round Timidly I whisper I kiss her begging for some life Asleep she cannot hear me or feel me I wait and watch the sun rise I could rest here always Wide eyed I lie and sigh because I know the moment our feet meet the ground i t’s over and I’m closer to being bound to the blanket-go-round Last week was the dancer Next week I’ll have my answer how we fit inside Blankets serve one purpose and I am very nervous I’ll never find the one that keeps me warm I have fooled my brain into thinking blankets change with each new owner they find I curl up underneath this week’s blanket and I sleep thrilled but chilled again tonight I could rest here always Wide eyed I lie and sigh because I know the moment our feet meet the ground it’s over and I’m closer to being bound to the blanket-go-round
2.
So much is in the center of a kiss It doesn’t matter whether it exists An optimistic wish is the sentimental basis of the kiss A piece of a sentimental wish sinks the calm - this hormonal driven bliss And incandescent eyes stare at my grieving little smile But we go And I know the treading in the water I’ll be drowning in the water We say goodbye I have yet to find that special kiss where I will build up the sentimental wish and grinning little eyes will meet a gazing simple smile But we go And I know the treading in the water I’ll be drowning in the water We say goodbye
3.
In the town of the street where I keep a parking place for me to sleep I wake up look around Something’s changed and something’s frayed the city sound Walk outside watch the trees and their whispering a message to me They say “follow the sound of peace Return to the road where you used to sleep In seconds that last for many years sounds will fade to an itch inside your ear” As I climb to the top of my telling tree I see the city stop I call out I need some help I am stuck in a tree and nobody can hear me yell I give up, sink back down to my branch and I block out the city sound Singing “follow the sound of peace Return to the road where you used to sleep In seconds that turn to many years sounds will fade to an itch inside your ear” And a leaf has fallen down It’s blowing all over town It’s looking for a home to feel comfortably sound But the buses and the cabs blow the leaf into the crowd it loses coloring Afraid and decayed the leaf rests in dismay only to be joined by a million more the same getting raked up in the crowd Then I hear an angel sing She is singing a faint sweet melody I tune her in tune my thoughts out She is far from where I stand but still I shout “Come to me set me free I am stuck in a tree and my city’s turned on me" She sings “follow the sound of peace return to the road where you used to sleep In seconds that turn to many years Your city sound was that itch inside your ear” Inside my ear My city sound was that itch inside my ear
4.
Float On By 08:50
Float on by my street Here I’ve come to meet Why I lost my way to fear Many hopes long ago Float on pass the woods Smelling nature’s goods Lifting all them up As they pass one by Float on by my car A million drives I now recall My permit to drive back home Has passed on by This river I float on by All the dreams I left behind Regrets too tiresome What makes sense this tune I hum So many fears so many years Waiting for tomorrow Remember on back to school How I’d been such a fool Where are all my peers Probably living my dreams Now where are my dreams That I had been so keen On making them come true They’ve washed all away I waited for the way They promised to show me some day I waited one day too long Now here I’m left alone It’s a sad day that will come When we’ll have forgotten to have fun We’ll look back on our pictures And we’ll laugh on by So many fears so many years Waiting for tomorrow It’s time to float on to another place I’ve gone so fast, so much is left behind There’s nothing left for me to live by Nothing’s here Float on ‘till tomorrow
5.
One Bell 04:06
In the very beginning I fell For so long I’d been waiting for one bell But a sleigh ride came through on the back there was you tugging the horses to halt You glanced right at me asked to play harmony with one bell We know just one bell won’t suffice each note comes in pairs just like dice For harmony I can see no one else but you and me I jumped on hesitantly but I fell Holding on very gently to my bell You turned back to me said don’t get too comfy right here This ride was for me thanks for the company my dear You’re stops just up there Without me you can share one bell We know just one bell won’t suffice each note comes in pairs just like dice For harmony I can see no one else but you and me I ring my bell right beside You hold your bell locked inside So I’ll burn down this Christmas tree Set fire to this harmony of bells The beginning has come to an end I once fallen so madly now spent I have learned to turn off all my feelings and block my bell I can’t push you to ring I have tried now it stings to tell It’s now your new beginning you fell Coming back to me ringing your bell Thanks to you I can’t fall I’ve put back up my wall with one bell We know just one bell won’t suffice Each note comes in pairs just like dice For harmony I can see no one else but you and me
6.
What’s the name that you speak when you close your eyes and fall to sleep Am I the one in your dreams or when you wake will you leave me Last night you breathed into my ear whispering endearments unclear You never spoke that way to me before I just hope it’s me you meant them for I’m waiting for you to break my heart so I can move on with life and restart I am lost inside your every move I’m waiting for you to break my heart We go out on the town I take your hand spin you around You turn to me and lock eyes and for a moment I lose my sight I’m waiting for you to break my heart so I can move on with life and restart I am lost inside your every move I’m waiting for you to break my heart It’s not that I can’t be alone on the contrary I’ve lived till now on my own But every time I make you laugh you tickle my heart and I’m right back in love I’m waiting for you to break my heart I am stuck and don’t know what to do I’m waiting for you to break my heart
7.
Inside my dresser I keep five drawers filled with linens and sweatshirts I keep them labeled Top to bottom my style enabled But inside number six I keep old letters and photos and snippets From times I'd like to forget but my future nostalgia persists If I fall asleep in the middle of my favorite film If the walls should cave in will you find me with a satisfied grin No I'll climb out I'll reach out and grab your foot and pull you in Because I won't fall asleep then until I'm gray with wrinkled skin Inside my grey car the cases in back reveal my true cause It's just me and Amy The cornfields mock our city replacement But as I shift to fifth my coffee days I reminisce But this job I won't quit knock me out with this If I fall asleep in the middle of my favorite film If the walls should cave in will you find me with a satisfied grin No I'll climb out I'll reach out and grab your foot and pull you in Because I won't fall asleep then until I'm gray with wrinkled skin I spent the last hour untying this knot lodged deep in my stomach I nearly spun off the road off a cliff in a ditch in a bitch of a blizzard that's blowing cold I guess I didn't mind that much yeah I was startled but I caught up with my breath If I'm gonna go I want to go when I'm on my way to a show
8.
Last Day 05:43
If you knew this was your last day what would you do If you knew this was our last kiss how would your lips move If I should end up at the end of this day sealing that letter we send when there’s no more to say I’d lick the stamp, leave no return address so when it finds its way there there’s no room for regret I don’t know why I can’t provide the post script inside I can’t decide the sound of my sigh the moment I die If you knew this was your last day what would you do If you knew this was our last kiss how would your lips move In church they must say just let go and pray When we ascend to the gates there’s nothing more we can say I can’t disagree What we’ve done we accept Every choice is a leap Every decision a step I don’t know why I can’t provide the post script inside I can’t decide the sound of my sigh releasing all sin and letting fate win If you knew this was your last day what would you do If you knew this was our last kiss how would your lips move
9.
Hey, I've been thinking about yesterday Now I just remembered how long it’s been since the day we played Here I’m here and it’s very clear that what is right is what I fear But I believe someday we’ll be lazing peacefully underneath a tree and I will smile and you will speak it’ll be like our hearts never missed a beat Just when I leave promise to me you’ll leave your front door cracked just enough for me Because I left without ever saying goodbye I didn’t even have time to thank your smile for beauty and love and giving me life Please let’s return before we waste away Look at me beneath this tree I won’t ever let free this last memory I reenact the last supper of our bliss I leaned over the food and gave you one final kiss Now there’s nothing left and my last breath secures the love that has sealed my death Here revived we sit and this flower I pick to present to you It’s a promising gift Because I left without ever saying goodbye I didn’t even have time to thank your smile for the beauty and love and giving me life Please let’s return before we waste away A beautiful flower will wither and die if the neighboring weeds choke the struggling cry for food and life and peace and soul A rose stained red deserves little more This haunted flower takes a tiny little breath and then is crushed away and receives a painful death But I believe you and me should return and live happily Because I left without ever saying goodbye I didn’t even have time to thank your smile for the beauty and love and giving me life Please let’s return before we waste away everything that makes us sane That's the way
10.
Wonderwall 05:16
Today is gonna be the day that they're gonna throw it back to you By now you shoulda, somehow, realized what you gotta do I don't believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now Back beat, the word is on the street that the fire in your heart is out I'm sure you've heard it all before but you never really had a doubt I don't believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now And all the roads we have to walk are winding And all the lights that lead us there are blinding There are many things that I would like to say to you But I don't know how Because maybe You're gonna be the one that saves me And after all You're my wonderwall Today was gonna be the day but they'll never throw it back to you now By now you shoulda somehow realized what you're not to do now I don't believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now And all the roads we have to walk are winding And all the lights that light the way are blinding There are many things that I would like to say to you But I don't know how Because maybe You're gonna be the one that saves me And after all You're my wonderwall

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released February 26, 2010

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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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