2015 EP

by Various Small Fires

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released May 29, 2015

John Pajot: Vocals, Keyboards, Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Elizabeth Gengenbach: Vocals
Patrick Hennessey: Guitar
Zachary Fell: Saxophone
Jason Wagner: Bass
Ben Hogan: Drums, Vibraphone

Recorded/Mixed/Mastered by Daniel Zelonky at
National Recording, Milwaukee, WI

All songs written by John Pajot

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Various Small Fires Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Various Small Fires is a singer-songwriter pop-rock band that is based in Milwaukee, WI. Our sound is influenced by multiple genres, including ‘60s soul, R&B, Jazz, gospel, and pop. We present solid grooves and well-crafted melodies that are familiar and fresh at the same time; a melding of blue-eyed soul, pop melodicism, and singer-songwriter introspection. ... more

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Track Name: Acquainted with the Night
Here comes the night again to filter out the restless colors of day
You’re on my mind again, but I guess for me you never gone away

Was it real or was I dreamin’?
Broken hearts and fixed ideas lemme tell you how this feels

Once you’ve been acquainted with the night
You never get accustomed to the light

These walls are closing in and everyone hears everything you’re thinking
Should I confess my sin? Well, I’m living for what never could have been

What I’m seen I’m not believing
Doubting Thomas was no fool; shouldn’t’ve put my trust in you

Once you’ve been acquainted with the night
You never get accustomed to the light

With your head up in the clouds
You’re too busy looking down
Heaven help me now
Heaven help me now
Someone tell me how to get out of this love

Once you’ve been acquainted with the night
You never get accustomed to the light
Track Name: Sunshine, Sunshine
You ask me how I can wake up and just shake off those unquiet dreams
I’m’a tell you I cried a little in the middle of some memories
But all those tears are distractions from the action; they can't set you free
So I turn my back on all that and shoulder my bag cause it's all on me.

I'll tell you something:

I make my own sunshine, sunshine
No grey skies be following me.
I make my own sunshine, sunshine.
I ain't lying; I guarantee

Forget your hair and your makeup
Cause your smiling face is enough for me
Let's put these fools through their paces! Throw down aces for them all to see!
And darling if I get tired of your charms or your company
You know that madness must pass
I'll follow you till the last to see your eyes reflect me.

I make my own sunshine, sunshine
No grey skies be following me.
I make my own sunshine, sunshine.
I ain't lying; I guarantee

Now in the morning we'll wake up and we'll shake up this jaded scene
Leave off them sorrows cause we've got tomorrow and all that will be
And if by chance winds will blow us, wherever they've strown us, just look our for me
However dark is that night, just look for my light, I'll help you to see

I make my own sunshine, sunshine
No grey skies be following me.
I make my own sunshine, sunshine.
I ain't lying; I guarantee
Track Name: Heaven
Sometimes when I close my eyes I feel the room isn’t there anymore
Like searching the heart of the sea by the shells that wash up on the shore
You conjured me by oath to not reveal this, but I keep losing track of all your secrets.

Where’s heaven anyway?

She said that it’s gotten so bad, we don’t get out of the house anymore
She said, “Why don’t we get outside?”
I told her, “That’s what the windows are for”
Sigh if you like; cry if you need to, honey
But I don’t think that all of this is funny

Where’s heaven anyway?

I’ve stared at the facts so long, I can’t be sure of what’s true anymore
I gave up the chase, lost all my leads, trail went cold long before
Say what you like; think what you want to, honey
Above all the clouds, well you know that the day is still sunny

Where’s heaven anyway?
Track Name: Gravity
My friends, they never come around and I think I know why that is
They laugh at the way I carry on; they say, “You’d think he never had it”
They don’t see it ‘cause they can’t feel it, no, no
One taste of what she got me fixin’ on, she got me acting like an addict

She just keeps me in the habit

“Hold up!” she says
“You know you really gotta keep your hands off me
I ain’t got time for all this triviality
Why don’t you save it up for when you’re ‘lone with me?”
I get pulled in by her sexual gravity

My girl she put me in a haze if she only love me one time
Fact is, it’s been going on for days, man, I never see the sunshine
When we go outside there’s nothing we can hide, no
Playing games underneath the table while she’s giving me the eye
And I’m charming as the devil in a razor sharp tie

“Hold up!” she says
“You know you really gotta keep your hands off me
I ain’t got time for all this triviality
Why don’t you save it up for when you’re ‘lone with me?”
I get pulled in by her sexual gravity

At last, we’re home!
She says, “You really gotta put your hands on me
I ain’t got time for all this triviality
What you been saving up for when you’re ‘lone with me?”
I get pulled in by her sexual gravity
Track Name: Red Wall
She fired the first shot ‘cross the bow
I said, “Just what kind of fool have you taken me for?”
And then she turned and she said, “Don’t you know this is war?
“I’m gonna shake your walls like Jericho!”

That’s all! I surrender!
Put a white flag on a red wall!
All hail the pretender! The new king’s in the castle!
The last thing I remember is a white flag on a red wall.
A white flag on a red wall.

You scorched the earth and you’ve broke through my lines.
You held your fire till you saw the whites of my eyes.
Fold my colors; hand them to you.
You brought me to this Waterloo.

That’s all! I surrender!
Put a white flag on a red wall!
All hail the pretender! The new king’s in the castle!
The last thing I remember is a white flag on a red wall.
A white flag on a red wall.
Track Name: California
Too many memories of this town
I had a match I would burn it down
But the memories would still remain
Amid the smoke and the decay

I want to go where I’ll shine in use
An endless summer with an ocean view
And my dreams washed by the ocean tide
May finally ease my worried mind

Hey, California’s in my blood
Hey, you know a change would do me good
You brought me up to bring me down
I’ll get my feet back on the ground

Another sky, I wouldn’t be the same
Find a town where no one knows my name
And the loneliness it suits me fine
No one wasting all my time

I’ll start again in the Golden State
My heart will beat and the earth will shake
And the salt from the Pacific breeze
Will slowly season my unease

Hey, California’s in my blood
Hey, you know you really done me good
You brought me up to bring me down
I’ll get my feet back on the ground

I watch the jets leave their vapor trails
Pick up the phone but my nerve just fails
And I know I’m gonna take that ride
When I make my mind up to decide…

Hey, California’s in my blood
Hey, you know you really got me good
You brought me up to bring me down
I’ll get my feet back on the ground