Live At The Pause

by Ari Herstand

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released February 26, 2010

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Track Name: Blanket-Go-Round
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
Track Name: Center Of A Kiss
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
Track Name: Itch Inside Your Ear
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
Track Name: Float On By
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
Track Name: One Bell
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
Track Name: Whispering Endearments
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
Track Name: Wrinkled Skin
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
Track Name: Last Day
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
Track Name: Rose Stained Red
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
Track Name: Wonderwall
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