Always Yes

by Michael On Fire

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    "a sound and style that epitomises all that is so good about the Americana genre. This is honest roots music by a veteran artist who makes music on his own terms regardless of current fads and fancies. We celebrate artists like that - especially when the music is of such uniformly high quality." - Maverick Magazine

    " a distinctive brand of Americana rock music, with 13 songs that span a broad range of rootsy styles." - Urban "Wally" Wallstrom (Rock United)

    "an affirmation of brilliant melody, poetry, insight, creativity and conviction." - review by Beth Robinson at No Depression

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(Note to fans - this is not a new album release. This album, originally released in January, is being offered on bandcamp for the first time)

… When it comes to a deep, clear, unwavering sense of purpose, an unmistakable knowingness - regarding one’s prime reasons and natural inclinations; … When it comes to talent, and having an innate feel for it from early on, and going with it, and sticking to it; … When it comes to being creative and having original thoughts, and the willingness, nay the compulsion, to express them; … When it comes to conviction, and constancy, and courage, to face the world and not back away, from one’s principles, ideas, and ideals, and aims and intentions, and to face oneself and not back away, from the images reflected in the mirror of self-scrutiny; … When it comes to strength, humanity, fallibility, and integrity; … When it comes to relentlessness, in the pursuit - of passion and the path of the soul, the dictates of the heart; … When it comes to caring, listening, empathizing, responding, empowering, and inspiring, holding on to and injecting hope and hopefulness and possibility, a different perspective, a different kind of wind; … When it comes to rejection, and disappointment, and hardship, and loss, and being out of time - with the time, and at odds with society, swimming against the raging river; … When it comes to losing, to getting knocked down, beat down - to the canvas, and when the question is can you, should you, will you – get up, knowing that you’re sure to endure more punishment and wondering how much more you can take, and give, and dish out; … When it comes to the artist, the dreamer, the lover, the fool; the superior man, the good man, and the good woman too, to which we aspire and which resides within us; ... When it comes to all this, the answer – to each of these questions and all these considerations, is yes … always yes.

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released April 21, 2014

All songs, words and music, by Michael on Fire
© Michael on Fire 2010
(p) Prisma Galacti Music (BMI)

Produced by Michael on Fire and James Ascenzo

Performed by:
Michael on Fire – lead vocal, guitar, piano, organ, harmonica, banjo
James Ascenzo – drums, bass, dobro, harmony vocals, percussion
Ced Curtis – Fender Stratocaster guitar
David Reinstein – tenor and soprano saxophone
Tyson Leonard – violin

Recorded at Reel Sound Audio – Novi, MI
and Black Box Sound Studio – Atascadero, CA

Executive Producer: Ron Colone for Real Eyes Productions

Thanks to: Carole Ann Colone, Kelly Elm, Frank Blundo, The Artist Advocacy Foundation, Deb Haverfield, Colleen Pobur, David Katz, John Poitras, Charles Wiltsie
Anthony DiBattista

Released by Real Eyes Productions - 2011
REP No. 34
PO Box 1672,
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805)688-0383

www.michaelonfire.com; www.YouTube.com/MichaelonFireMusic for Mario Colone vaya con dios

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Michael on Fire, singer, songwriter, musician, and storyteller, is lauded by his fans and fellow musicians alike for his powerful lyrics and profoundly emotional performances.
For the past four decades he has toured relentlessly, constantly creating, performing and recording original music with an unswerving singularity of purpose, telling his truths in song and story.
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Track Name: Chief Redbird's Violin
Chief Red Bird’s Violin
I learned to play the Fiddle on Chief Red Bird’s violin
A gift to me when I was 21
He had long since left this world and it sat for many years
And gathered dust and longed to play again---
I could feel those Northern Nights—long laced gowns and smoke filled rooms
I could see those young brides and young grooms and hear those old tunes
I learned to play the fiddle on Chief Red Bird’s violin
Only wish that I could play like him

Never even met the man but I could feel his soul
Every time I held his violin
When I touched that ancient wood the past would seem to sing
When I touched that horse hair bow to string
Maybe he was Chippewa—Ottawa or Wyandot
From the Huron—the Iroquois—Pottawatomie
I learned to play the fiddle on Chief Red Bird’s violin
Only wish that I could play like him

Something seemed so mystical when I held his violin
And smelled the inside of his beat up case
I could just imagine as I watched my clumsy fingers
Dancing gracefully across those strings
He was touched when he was born with the amber blood of the burgundy maple tree
Anointed by the autumn dance when the trees turned gold in 1933
Learned to play the fiddle on Chief Red Bird’s violin
Only wish that I could play like him
Track Name: Marlboro Country
Marlboro Country
Ain’t got nothing up my sleeve. Ain’t got nothing in my pocket
Got some worn out old blue jeans.
I keep knocking, someone please unlock it
I keep a record of the places, and I think about the faces
of the folks that done me good

Smoking filtered cigarettes. Lost in Vegas making bets
Drinking whiskey feeling blue. I keep wondering what to do
I left a number if you need me. If I’m hungry could you feed me
Could you tell me something new?

Thank God I’m here again – in Marlboro Country

Holiday inns and Texaco gas
When my ship comes in I’m going first class
I gotta keep believing that my blues won’t last

I’ve been hanging round so long, must be doing something wrong
Can’t remember my last fight, must be doing something right
I keep growing, I keep changing, And I’m always rearranging
All the thoughts I have for you

Thank God I’m here again – in Marlboro Country
Track Name: Violet Skies
Violet Skies
Whirl like a dervish howling at a moon. Someday looks like pretty soon
Speed strength stamina. Looks like I'm having a dream
Go get Goliath and David's on his way
I think something good's gonna' happen today
Twenty years from Tuesday. Looks like I'm having a dream

The sun was red in violet skies

Pray to the one who answers all your prayers
Wear what you want but avoid all the stares
Call out the Calvary. Looks like I'm having a dream

Hold back the water with your thumb in a dam
Look in the mirror and guess who I am
Say something simple. Looks like I'm having a dream

The sun was red in violet skies

Say 10 20 30 40 50 million. Words can be as deadly as any gun
Can you believe it. Looks like I'm having a dream

Open up the closet let the skeleton out
You're living in the present while the past still shouts
Close out my calendar. Looks like I'm having a dream

The sun was red in violet skies
Track Name: Silence
Silence
Nightclub eyes like candles burn. Ghosts of smoke at every turn
Psychic hands of revolution. Talk in tongues of cruel confusion
Rain reflects the neon signs. Headlights, horns, the daily grind
Lonely street just caught on fire. cRide that street car called desire

Silence – I need silence
Solitude and peace of mind
All alone I need to find
Silence

Passing strangers, ice-like eyes. Circumstance turns truth to lies
Bleeding hearts and tears of passion. Last year’s fad is next year’s fashion
Running down the avenue. Naked city, cold as blue
Front page headlines made me wonder. Blatant lies as loud as thunder

Silence – I need silence
Solitude and peace of mind
All alone I need to find
Silence
Track Name: Look Me in the Eye
Look Me in the Eyes and Tell Me Who I Am
A lifetime of playing, working like a dog
Driving in the fast lane, walking through the fog
I gotta lotta friends who let me spend the night
Gotta lotta miles walking in the light

I’m a father, I’m a man, I’m a citizen trying to make a stand
Look me in the eyes, look me in the eyes
Look me in the eyes and tell me who I am

Ten hours Monday, ten hours Tuesday
Overtime Wednesday, 80 hours a week
Gotta go to bed, gotta get some sleep
I pray the lord my soul to keep

Chorus

When did young cowboys turn into lawyers
When did young angels turn into whores
When did fun turn into pain
When did things get so insane

Chorus
Track Name: Apache Wind
Apache Wind
Seems we’re living on the edge of a shadow,
Seems we’re living in the colder times
When the truth becomes a point of view and the law becomes a crime
In the crossfire of opinion when all virtue turns to sin

Swim against the raging river
Fly upon Apache Wind

When the holy ones are laughed at
When the old ones go to sleep
When the buildings start to crumble and the trees begin to weep
When the birds are lost in winter, and don’t know where they’ve been,

Swim against the raging river
Fly upon Apache Wind

To reward with fame and fortune when an artist sells his soul
When it’s time to bury magic in some long forgotten hole
When the eagles become portraits or sculptures made of tin

Swim against the raging river
Fly upon Apache Wind
Track Name: Good Man
Good Man
Everyone will lend a hand If you’re a good man
Life is so much easier If you’re a good man
No more lies do you have to tell
No more times do you have to sell
Living in a time bomb cannot bother you
Cuz now is the time for all good men
And now is the time for all good women too

Tell the truth now, who can judge you
Clean your closet too
Everybody’s got their problems and their point of view
Living in a good time, hope you have a good time too

Anything you want is here if you’re a good man
No more do you have to fear if you’re a good man
No more games do you have to play
No more words do you have to say
Living like you want to is the only thing to do
Cuz now is the time for all good men
Now is the time for all good women too

Tell the truth now, who can judge you
Clean your closet too
Everybody’s got their problems and their point of view
Living in a good time, hope you have a good time too
Track Name: Breathing of the Sun
Breathing of the Sun
The crystal earth. The indigo moon
The five lost days between May and June
The diamond throne. The turquoise walls
The serpentine bones. The amythest halls

The ancient caves. The golden horn
Protected by time, a spirit unborn
As it began, so shall it end
Nothing to fight for. Nothing to defend

And now it's happening. It's finally begun
Suddenly one night. The breathing of the Sun

The red inspiration. The seasons of gold
All that you know, that you've never been told
The purest of children. The wonder of light
A time of forgiveness, the time is so right

And now it's happening. It's finally begun
Suddenly one night. The breathing of the Sun
Track Name: Thank You For Today
Thank You For Today
Thank you for today. Thank you for today
For all those times that you never heard me say
Thank you for today

So many things I could have said. So many things I could have done
For all those times you were alone, these things dwell deep inside my soul

Chorus

I didn’t know just what I had. Seems like I threw it all away
If I could change the past I would
So here’s to you straight from my heart

Chorus

I wish I knew the things I’ve learned from loss
I wish that I could turn back time
I’d tell that stupid boy that was your man
And I wish you could know the man I am

Chorus
Track Name: Into Your Destiny
Into Your Destiny
Yellow flowers, golden dreams, diamond towers, faded schemes
Rainbow people, black and white, oriental shining light
Lonely soul mates, hungry minds, competition, lucky finds
Friendly strangers, evil friends, I need one, I don’t need ten

Dreamed I talked to Moses standing by the sea
He said if you can’t swim walk along with me
Into Your Destiny, Into Your Destiny

One sees beauty, one sees cash
One needs quiet, one needs flash
One’s a dreamer, one’s awake
One must give and one must take

Light a candle, breathe some fire
Climb the mountain, walk the wire,
In the water wash your sins, wash your sins

Dreamed I talked to Moses standing by the sea
He said if you can’t swim walk along with me
Into Your Destiny, Into Your Destiny

Save your money, spend your time
You take yours and I’ll take mine
Got no use for Madame Ru
Just get paid for what you do

Dreamed I talked to Moses standing by the sea
He said if you can’t swim walk along with me
Into Your Destiny, Into Your Destiny
Track Name: Before the Wind
Before The Wind
Before the Fire, Before the Wind
I bowed my head, drank to my friends
I tried so hard, I'll try again
Before the Fire, Before the Wind

Before the Winter, Before the Fall
Before the Fences, Before the Wall
I pledged my love to you again
Before the Fire, Before the Wind

Hold Your Glasses High
Hold Your Glasses High

I Swear My Love Will Never End
Before the Fire, Before the Wind
Before the Color, Before the Light
Before the Storm, Before the Night
I love you Now, I loved you Then
Before the Fire, Before the Wind

Hold Your Glasses High
Hold Your Glasses High

I Swear My Love Will Never End
Before the Fire, Before the Wind

Before The Sun, Before the Pain
I prayed the Sky would send some Rain
It's coming down, I don't know when
Before the Fire, Before the Wind
Track Name: Watch the Show
Watch the Show
Sometimes I say the words to say what I feel
Sometimes I don’t feel a thing
Sometimes I hear the bells inside of my head
Sometimes the bells they don’t ring
Sometimes I feel both hot and cold
Sometimes I feel both young and old
So many things I’d like to know
I just stand back and watch the show

Sometimes I need a place where nobody goes
Sometimes I’m lost in a crowd
Sometimes the voices whisper low in my ear
Sometimes the voices are loud
Inside my dreams sometimes I fall
Sometimes I cannot dream at all
So many things I’d like to know
I just stand back and watch the show

Sometimes I lay awake and can’t fall asleep
Sometimes I dream through the night
Sometimes I let go and throw up my hands
Sometimes I hold on so tight
Sometimes I like to fade away
Sometimes I really like to stay
So many things I’d like to know
I just stand back and watch the show
Track Name: Righteous Man
Righteous Man
Like an avalanche, like a runaway train
A different kind of wind I can’t explain
The rhythm of the world is all about love
God knows what I’m thinking of

Always yes, always can
He’s a virtuous, just, and a righteous man

Crazy poets rant and rave
Fog is rising like dreams from a grave
Neon cross, shine blue shine bright
God knows how I feel tonight

Always yes, always can
He’s a virtuous, just, and a righteous man

Kings and clergy, bebop queens
Flowers on the barbed wire trees
Basking in the afterglow
God knows what I want to know

Always yes, always can
He’s a virtuous, just, and a righteous man