Whispering Endearments

by Ari Herstand

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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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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: 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: 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: 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: Your Eyes
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
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: Beneath The Moon
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
Track Name: Christian Dear
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
Track Name: Sleep
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