The Elemental Michael On Fire

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Each track on this themed-collection has the name of one of the primal elements, i.e. water, air, earth, fire, light, etc. in its title
The songs included on The Elemental Michael On Fire are: The Wind Still Blows, Healing Waters, Light of Love, Light Your Fires, Cool Cool Water, Before the Wind, Head in the Clouds, Hungry Moon, Violet Skies, There’s Only Light, Earthdrum, Keepers of the Flame, Breathing of the Sun, Venus in the Daytime, Commanche Moon, Apache Wind and Warm Wind Blowing. (Healing Waters and The Wind Still Blows are brand new recordings, which will be heard on the new record, Healing Waters; the rest are from previously released albums).

In speaking about the presence of the elements in his songs, Michael said, “Society changes with each generation. Each technological development and every ad campaign brings with it new fads and fashions.
When I was very young I saw the power of fad and fashion; how everyone wanted to dress like or mimic whoever was popular at the time.
I was always drawn to the elements; to the trees and the sky and the rivers; to things that are older than society, and that don’t change with each passing fancy. So naturally, in my music there are a lot of references to the elements and to the native wisdom – because it’s so attractive to me.
As a songwriter, I became aware of the power of using elements as characters in songs. Songs like “Apache Wind” or “Commanche Moon” -- I can sing those when I’m 100 years old. So for me to tune in to the elements gives me something that is beyond fad and fashion, and that makes me feel that I’m doing some sort of honor and respect to the power of the elements and the native wisdom.
When you see someone standing there looking into The Grand Canyon, or looking out at the Northern Lights, it’s beyond opinion.
The Wind Still Blows, the river still flows, the trees still grow and the mountain still rises; that’s undeniable. I feel that, I breathe that power, and I try to honor that through my songs.”

You can listen to, and download The Elemental Michael On Fire, here: michaelonfire.bandcamp.com/album/the-elemental-michael-on-fire

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released April 23, 2014

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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: Healing Waters
Healing Waters

In the days of the human beings,
And the battle of the thunder moon,
When the sky was dark with war,
And the air was on fire,

The dancers shook the earth,
The ancestors dwelled in the arrows and the spears
The brave ones fought the souls
Of those who died

Chorus
The healing waters of the Great Spirit
Heal the pain
Peace and honor
The healing waters

The fighting stopped when the blizzards came
The rivers froze and the and was cold
The Ute and the Arapahoe
In the mountains long ago

Chorus

And at dawn when the nighttime spirits rise,
Floating to the sun,
The shadows of the leaves,
Look just like ghosts,
Climbing trees

Chorus





© Michael On Fire 2013
Track Name: Light of Love
"LIGHT OF LOVE"


With a humble heart and a grateful soul
A wondrous mind and a noble goal
As pain dissolves and fades away
Opinions die more everyday

Chorus:
I saw the Light shine from above
A Light of Mercy A Light of Love

When teachers die and spirits fly
And legends fade away
With a heavy heart but a wiser soul
I will send you on your way

Chorus:
I saw the Light shine from above
A light of Mercy A Light of Love

Bridge:
And the wind blows East, the wind blows West
And the rains came down, and you feel you’re blessed
And we all prayed not one but three
Me for You --You for Me

You left me standing all alone
With lifeless eyes and a face of stone
My uttered words, my rhythmic breath
My eyes to God, my Birth from Death

Chorus:
I saw the Light shine from above
A Light of Mercy A Light of Love
Track Name: Light Your Fires
Light your fire, burn your troubles away
Light your fire, burn your fears away
Light your fire, light your fires today

There's a great big sign says come on in
I don't really care where you've been
Who you are or where you're gonna go to

You been out on the street a long long time
You won't have to stand in another line
Come on in put away your money

We were dancing in the morning and after dark
In the streets and in the park
We were dancing 'cause it felt so good

Light your fire burn your blues away
Light your fire burn your cares away
Light your fire, light your fires today

Welcome to the party brother welcome to the party sister
Welcome to the party anyone who wants to come
Welcome to the party, everybody

Light your fire burn your fear away
Light your fire burn your failure away
Light your fire, light your fires today
Track Name: Cool Cool Water
Cool Cool Water

Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
Cool cool water
Hot hot night
Sixteen shadows black and white
Seven angels bring me light
Cool cool water
Hot hot night

And its been comin’
Hot hot night
A breath of Isis wrong or right
And the saints come marching
With the fight
Cool cool water
Hot hot night

Oh my body sweats tonight
As we are making love till mornin’ light
Cool cool water
Hot hot night
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh

A lover’s roaming free tonight
The thirty spirits colored light
The seven sunshines such a sight
Cool cool water
Hot hot night
Cool cool water
Hot hot night.
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: Head in the Clouds
"HEAD IN THE CLOUDS"

Churches all were empty, Preacher all alone
Could his prayers reach Heaven through these walls of stone
An old Montana cowboy worked the place so long
Could he tell his story in a cowboy song

Head in the Clouds feet on the ground
The Power of Dreams the Color of Sound

A pretty Texas bar maid had herself a dream
She could see her name in lights on the Silver Screen
A Nova Scotia sailor, humbled to his knees
Following the trade winds, sailed the Seven Seas

Head in the Clouds feet on the ground
The Power of Dreams the Color of Sound

A broken hearted bride’s maid smiled through the day
Gathered with the ladies, she caught the bride’s bouquet
Rusted cars in salvage yards, graffitti on the walls
Could I get to Easy Street when my fortune calls

Head in the Clouds feet on the ground
To win and to lose as Life goes on
Track Name: Violet Skies
Violet Skies

Whirl like a dervish and howl at the moon
Someday looks like pretty soon
Speed, strength and stamina,
Looks like I’m having a dream

Go get Goliath cuz David’s on his way
I think something good’s gonna happen today
20 years from Tuesday
It 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 cavalry
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
It looks like I’m having a dream

The sun was red
In Violet Skies

10, 20, 30, 40 50 million
Words can be deadlier than any gun
Can you believe it,
It looks like I’m having a dream

Open up the closet let the skeletons out
Living in the present while the past still shouts
Close out my calendar
Looks like I’m having a dream
Track Name: Hungry Moon
Hungry Moon
Every time I laugh, I feel the light
Every time I cry, I blur my sight
Every time it’s dark, I feel the night
Every time I breathe, I feel alright

A ship was sailing through a perfect typhoon
A wolf was howling that primal tune
And a man was staring at the hungry moon

And the will of the spirit is the will of the strong
And the will of the right is the fuel of the wrong
Manipulation, destiny, manifestation
Internal silence, divine expression

A ship was sailing through a perfect typhoon
And the wolf was howling that primal tune
And the man was hiding from the hungry moon.
Track Name: Keepers of the Flame
KEEPERS OF THE FLAME

As our people needed warmth
received the gift of fire
sophisticate our love
mandalas of desire
our elders spoke of wisdom
our children cried for milk
our lonely cried for comfort
our royalty for silk

We embraced the sacred heart
And called the holy Name
bowed to the keepers of the flame

As our dreamers paint the future
as our poets dream in vain
as we address injustice
as our fields embrace the rain
as we keep the fires burning
and blow upon the coals
and weather every conflict
that preys upon our souls

We embraced the sacred heart
and called the holy Name
bowed to the keepers of the flame

Travel every highway
dance to every blues
shake off every set back
that turns us into fools
as some preserve and some abuse
and in the end the users lose
and with a flame within our hearts
protect the spark that fires start

And we embraced the sacred heart
and called the holy Name
bowed to the keepers of the flame
Track Name: The Breathing of the Sun
Breathing of the Sun

The crystal Earth
The indigo Moon
Five lost days
Between May and June
The diamond throne
The turquoise walls
The serpentine bones
The amethyst halls

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

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: Venus in the Daytime
All my senses numb today
Can you take this fog away
Clean my body, clear my soul
Clear the table, dice will roll.

Through the fog and through the night
Jungle people do it right
Nuclear electricity
Give me some simplicity

I can no longer see Venus in the daytime
I can no longer see Venus in the sunshine

Through the clouds, and through the mist
Don't be rude, and don't insist
Light the fires on the hill
Spider on the window sill

Human kindness, human hate
Choose your poison, seal your fate
Eagles scream, and tigers cry
People pray, and preachers lie

I can no longer see Venus in the daytime
I can no longer see Venus in the sunshine

Fifty gypsies, thirty clowns
Hope you find what can't be found
Eye of angel, golden tree
I'll be you, and you be me

I can no longer see Venus in the daytime
I can no longer see Venus in the sunshine

Psychic reading, E.T. greetings
Best beware of what you're eating
Bring some peace into your home
Everybody dies alone

I can no longer see Venus in the daytime
I can no longer see Venus in the sunshine.
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: Warm Wind Blowing (through the streets of the world)
Warm Winds Blowing

Business is a church
Money is a god
Oil is the army
Consumers are the squad
Fear is the method
Drugs are the tool
Politics the game
Technology the rule

CHORUS
There’s a warm wind blowing through the streets of the world
A warm blowing through the streets of the world

The right side of my heart
The left side of my brain
Shadows of the flags
Poison in the rain
Oxycontin criminals
With medical degrees
Pasteurized and synthesized
The queen can’t find her bees

Chorus

Bridge:
Throwing rocks from the buildings
Shooting guns in the air
Rogue radiation
In the food everywhere
Looking for a loved one
Who’s been swallowed by the earth
Praying for a miracle
Whatever that’s worth

Chorus

View the war
From my telephone
Someone’s always watching
And you’re never alone
No one believes in the system
The system is corrupt

Chorus