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Whispering Endearments

by Ari Herstand

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1.
One Bell 04:12
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
2.
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
3.
Last Day 03:43
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
Your Eyes 06:03
First glance I had on you I couldn’t move I forgot everything I’d planned to do First glance I was caught staring, but I lost caring You silenced me and locked me with your eyes I tried to protest but reason gave me the test and I did what I thought best and released But we lapse again We crash again I can’t beg the birds to sing I can’t wear your comfort ring Oh my sight is lost in your eyes Last night you and me felt like we were meant to be when I was inside But then we spoke I knew what I was about to do would end with you pushing me aside But I spoke, I bumped the glass, it spilled out fast Everything I held inside You tried to protest but reason put you to rest and you did what you do best and released You turned to me, face to cheek, I couldn’t see but felt on me I made you cry But we lapse again We crash again I can’t beg the birds to sing I can’t wear your comfort ring Oh my sight is lost in your eyes This time I thought the seas would change for me but the current tugged I gave up and shrugged Again I’ll lose Don’t make me choose I’ll be fine
8.
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
9.
My sheets are tangled around my legs inside my room I twist my angle to free my thoughts and lose this tune that’s been tugging from that night I left my necktie in your room that’s been humming in the air each night I lay awake beneath the moon A different battle Every night a tangle war My thoughts are shadows darkened by your light with more sleepless nights staring at the moon The same light that once lit the hammock where we first kissed that June beneath the moon If you could feel the loss that has been blinding me You wouldn’t be so quick to make me lose my sleep But you don’t help me hold onto that night I lost my sight beneath the moon I bought a new necktie the first since I lost the last for good I made it a black tie This won’t stain like the last one could The moon is falling sun’s coming up Another night I lost looking up I can’t let go of your melting smile I can’t let go of my inner child I lie Awake I try Too late to cry Away you fly
10.
I’m sifting through pictures revealing your past life and the further back in time I see I am reminded of my insignificancy I’m a new friend a new man and your photos reinforce so simply I’m a no one in a lone frame of what makes you and me I can’t believe how quickly I fell just the other day I rang the bachelor bell Swinging on the rope with my mallet held tight but a spark lit the strings and burned a brighter light I’m a new man with a new plan I’m taking my time like a kid in the sand I have new tears with new fears I’m falling in love with a Christian dear Just hold the light a little bit higher I can’t read your eyes I’m growing blind I’m hanging on thread that last a thousand miles I’m helpless here a dripping tear I’m falling in love with a Christian dear My dear She left me for a day at the beach her ex boyfriend went to accompany I sat in my room cutting photographs piecing her in where my heart fell out I am home sick alone with the unfamiliar feeling of jealousy’s gift It’s a wrapped fear a trapped tear I’m keeping inside from my Christian dear Just hold the light A little bit higher I can’t see your eyes I’m growing blind I’m hanging on a thread that lasts a thousand miles I’m helpless here a dripping tear I’m falling Just hold me tight A little bit longer I can’t help my eyes I’m falling blind I’m hanging on a thread but you’re giving me the ties I’ve let down my guard it’s time to start a reason why and lift our fear and volunteer our secrets in the vault where the walls have become clear I’m helpless here a drying tear I’m falling clear of reason’s steer I am shifting gears lifting fear I’m falling in love with a Christian dear My dear I’m sifting through pictures revealing our new life
11.
Sleep 08:46
Slipped out of bed Six in the morning I’m all out of dreams 4 hours ago I went to sleep feeling the morning will bring peace Here I melt another day another way holding just warming your heart as you sleep Frost has begun on time as scheduled I thought this year might be a change The presence of winter burns through my finger touching the window sill’s glass Here I melt another day another way holding just warming your heart as you sleep First night in ages I dreamed of the places you and I will travel in time Who you are I’m not sure but that doesn’t matter When we’re old we’ll both feel the same Here I melt another day another way holding just warming your heart as you sleep Sun has now seeped right through my window The frost has left a light glow Inches from simple Miles from smiles I sit staring hopelessly and wait Here I melt another day another way holding just warming your heart as you sleep I won’t let go Sleep We’re all alone Sleep

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I spent the first 6 months of 2008 working on this album. Enjoy!

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released September 28, 2008

Acoustic Guitars, Piano, Keys, Synth, Trumpet, Vocals, additional Percussion, claps and everything else - Ari
Drums - Jay Corkran
Bass - George Hadfield
Electric Guitars - Zack Carroll
Female Vocals - Breanne Duren
Violin/Viola - David Davidson
Cello - Lucas Shogren
Percussion - Greg Schutte
Additional Keys, Guitars and Vocals - Chris Kalgren

Produced by Chris Kalgren and Ari Herstand
Engineered and Mixed by Paul Marino
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound Mastering
Recorded at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, MN
Additional Recording/Mixing at Xeojax Production Studios in Northfield, MN

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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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