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How Many Fires

by Sarah Hiltz

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On a day as dark as night When I faced trouble all alone Before that day was through I could not stand up on my own Poised to surrender Submit to the foe When you appeared in time To hand me grace and hope The snow will come That we might miss the rain The moon sings patience To pass through our shadows The secret of words Preserved in a look Is where I found A love as strong as death
Wake to see the sun I’m on my way Cycle begun I’ll have to pay I burn to sleep Where I dream I’m on my feet Where I sing It’s that sullen feeling Haunts me for your sake Placed right it’s in everything that I do But I do not give Place to you Could you break me out Let me try hard To gain some ground Is it far Til I see your face I dread the look But thank god for grace Please say I’m good Chorus Could you break me out Let me try hard To gain some ground Is it far Chorus
Homesick 03:37
I’ve got six weeks to go Six weeks til I’m home Six bags to pack Six Q’s on my phone There’s still six days until September And then five weeks more To say good bye to six reasons I stayed on these last four Three instruments I’m missing Two guitars that need stringing And one wish held over I wanna be home by the sixth of October I can’t see six feet ahead I move in inches instead Can’t think past the bells Or the noise in my head Gallo calls and answers loudly The wolves won’t stay outside I’ve spent my time in a prison green cell And I can’t tell if it was worthwhile I admit by now I’m finding Should’ve took the road less winding Caught a plane and headed southeast A thousand miles didn’t rid me of my worries
Kicking new tires Spinning old wheels in the sand List of stock lines You never let your guard down You met someone new Gotta catch up on your sleep And this time it’s true Could you finally Fall in love You’ll fall in love You go into hiding But I’ve got work lined up til the dawn I need the strong type I need someone I can count on Chorus How many fires do you want Or do you have the fuel to burn two You know I keep three burning Because we don’t have to play by the rules Chorus
Amnesia 03:21
Guess it’s good bye but we had a good run I did all that I could to keep you here with me Guess it’s goodbye to a million and one Chords I’ve grown to love Maybe this time I’ll learn to back up Tunes I don’t think I should live without Words I write to conquer my self-doubt Songs I can’t finish now A page of life ripped out Thrown away history undone And things that can’t be said Reduced to ones and oh’s all gone All that was lost cannot be regained There’s only moving on and starting over again Guess it’s all good if you see it that way But I’ve always been nostalgic The real book didn’t turn out to be so real And a thousand words turned out to be so few Time with you has lost all it’s appeal And I don’t know what to do Chorus
Thinking softly in the silence Warring with my heart Aching, faking, rearranging Ending at the start I can't think of myself There’s more to us now They don't understand Mend these tattered sails and fill them Wind and iron collide Nothing moves me, nothing proves me, I am on your side Firing, aimless, so abrasive Lying from your heart You, who knew me, saw right through me How we've grown apart You believe in our love And yet you hold out I need to let go Chorus I surrendered all that's in me I have nothing left Broken promises surround me And I can't go back You who own my heart, sweet lover Wherefore art you now I have followed in the silence But I’m lost somehow I believed in you so I’d never let go You’re pulling me down Chorus
There are radiant nights Unexpected joy in the thought of you But it isn’t enough It isn’t enough What you need I do not have to give away Ultimate inadequacy I hate to be Not enough for Love to last For us to live As we were asked Are the mysteries solved now You looked straight into my soul And what did you fail to find I’m not saving no one I can’t create a love We’re not gonna see Heaven come to be on earth Chorus
I’m standing on guard for all my memories Someone has come to rob from me What I bled for Was it so bad to ask for your help To honour the good to give due gratitude To the mother You don’t know what good is Legacy don’t come oh so easy To give it to one who can’t see beauty Would be failing Have you ever heard that saying goes like Don’t cast your pearls before a swine Well that’s for you You don’t know what truth is You don’t keep promises Honesty isn’t in your vocab Tell me a lie but tell me you’re leaving Just leave then But take this away carry it with you Remember that what I asked of you was Was A task not hard A charge not small Request not great And still a promise not kept
Rosita 04:12
She sings like a fiend And there ain’t no in between I know she’s crazy But you haven’t seen the work A day will bring If you did you’d know What has she got to give without regret That’s right, nada And still you can say how wrong she is today And yesterday She sings in the tones of love She speaks with a voice of love While working from dawn til dusk She can’t change what she’s born into But sings not a song of blues Can you say the same of you What have you got to offer to those below To widen their chances of Living with more than love Would you give them the chance to be Be more than you have been More than you have been Chorus For better or worse she’s leaving And though I will miss her smile A life of her own she’s finding And she’s getting married Chorus
Maker of desire Tell me is this what you meant When you left me burning Fire everywhere I went Left to water Left to soil What remains Is black as coal At least it keeps me moving I’d rather burn than turn to stone But when all that’s left is ashes Will you want what’s left to own Left to water Left to soil What remains Is black as coal If you could not follow Please remember what I said I could take you with me Take you to the end of time Up above your Thoughts of self You are not Alone


Recorded between May 10th and June 7th 2009 at Eyrespace Studios.


released July 31, 2009

Music by Sarah Hiltz
Lyrics by Sarah Hiltz
except Strong As Death by Sarah Hiltz and Jordan Michaelis
Wind and Iron Collide by Amber Chudy.

Franklin Fitz--Vocals
Byron Harrett--Flute, Saxophone
Leanne Hessel--Cello
Bob Hiltz--Bass, Organ
Sarah Hiltz--Vocals, Guitar, Kalimba, Keyboards, Percussion
Jeff Johnson--Drums
Graham Kivell--Keyboards, Organ, Piano
Jordan Michaelis--Drums, Percussion, Bowls, Vocals
Linz Ross--Vocals
Dan Stronks--Banjo
Tim Tanner--Drums
Andy Tattersall--Guitar

Strings on Homesick and Ultimate Inadequacy arranged by Sarah Hiltz.
Horns on Thank You Mr. Yorke arranged by Byron Harrett.

Produced by Sarah Hiltz
Engineered by Bob Hiltz
Assisted by Sarah Hiltz
Mixed and mastered by Bob Hiltz
Photography by Tim Cooper


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