The Way the World Ends

by The Fires Of

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Homespun, joyous indie rock full of melody and verve, with a generous sprinkling of harmony on top.

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released March 24, 2016

Drums, guitar solos and bass on Track 3 recorded at Escarpment Sound, March 10th, 2011. Engineered by Chris Cobain.
Drums on Track 2, 3 and 6 mixed by Chris Cobain.

Mixed and Produced by The Fires Of

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The Fires Of Toronto, Ontario

WARNING: Prolonged musical exposure to this Canadian indie-pop band/collective may cause addiction. Treat withdrawal with Tracks 1 through 10. Rinse. Repeat.

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Track Name: Just a Little Longer
When you go back home and sleep in your bed again, you can just close your eyes and feel like you're only ten making up new words to every song you sing. You can just close your eyes and you still see everything. But for how long will it stay the same? You cannot change your name playing the same old game. Walk along the train tracks in the morning sun. Say you love me madly--that I'm the only the way. For just a little longer, tell me. For just a little longer, tell me I'm the only one. Playing with heartache--making me sing along. I can just close my eyes and pinpoint exactly what went wrong. But for how long will it stay the same? You cannot change your name playing the same old game. Walk along the train tracks in the morning sun. Say you love me madly--that I'm the only the way. For just a little longer, tell me. For just a little longer, tell me I'm the only one.
Track Name: Waiting So Long
I like to wait 'til the plane is taking off. The sky is raining and I am dozing off. The elevation and weight is dropping off and I wake up under the sun. You've been around for as long as I recall. I can't believe I did not notice you at all, and now I'm home here and too afraid to call and you don't understand at all, but I've been waiting so long to see you once more. Don't leave me standing here. My mind is wandering as I wait for my case. Although I'm trying, I cannot recall your face. You always seem to put me in my place and I don't understand at all, but I've been waiting so long to see you once more. Don't leave me standing here. Yeah, I've been waiting for so long to see you once more. Don't leave me on my own. I've got no quarter for my payphone call and I'm just hoping that you will be waiting so long to see me once more. Don't leave me standing here. Yeah, I've been waiting for so long to see you once more. Don't leave me on my own. No, don't you leave me on my own. No, don't you leave me on my own.
Track Name: Song in My Head
It's good enough that I knew you once, though I'll probably not see you again. You passed me once with your radio on. I've got your song now in my head. I've got your song now in my head. If hanging here with us doesn't make you happy, please go find something that will. An old friend left, late last night, to remind me we don't have that much time to kill. Yeah, no one has much time to kill. It's good enough that you wanted to and who knows, someday now you might. When you're done beating yourself up for not being done yet, the moon and stars are out tonight. Yeah, all yours stars are out tonight. Being just one you knew wasn't how I planned it, being one that you loved is what I thought instead. Mostly, now I'm just glad we share the planet. Sometimes I get your song in my head. I've got your song now in my head. I've got your song now in my head.
Track Name: Snow
A lost day in December, the snow is melting off the ground. I’m feeling too alone and there is no one to be found. You told me love could be like rain falling down in storms. That it can wash away your pain, but there will come a day when it will fall forever and drown us all. I’ll be walking home, singing your song to the skies. I will pray for snow, singing “Won’t you open up your eyes?” And I still regret we never got to say our last good-byes. You left me here; I never even stopped to ask you why. There’s something in your soul that’s leaking out across your face. It just shines on through everything it is you do. You told me love could be like snow melting in the heat. Never sure when it will go, but there will come a day when it will keep on falling and last forever. I’ll be walking home, singing your song to the skies. I will pray for snow, singing “Won’t you open up your eyes?” And I still regret we never got to say our last good-byes. You left me here; I never even stopped to ask you why. I never stopped to ask you why. I never even stopped to ask you why.
Track Name: This Is the Way the World Ends (Hope/Despair)
The sky is getting dark and it’s cold. It only needs a spark to explode into chaos. It already feels like we’ve lost it all. Try not to despair. Try not to give up hope, hope. Try not to despair. Try not to give up hope, hope. The sun is burning red into my brain. It’s already bled. We’re still in pain over differences. Thought that we’d grown out of this, of this. Try not to despair. Try not to give up hope, hope. Try not to despair. Try not to give up hope, hope. Tell me it’s not going to end this way. It only needs a spark. It feels like we've already lost, lost (lost). Try not to despair. Try not to give up hope, hope. Try not to despair. Try not to give up hope. Hope. Hope. Try not despair, try not to give up hope. Hope. Hope. (if you need me, you're not on your own)
Track Name: Place to Belong
I’ve been here for a while thinking of things that we said—lying here in denial trying to get out of bed. Sometimes I’m so tired that I can’t be bothered to talk. Sometimes I’m so wired that I can’t stop running to walk. The nights have started growing longer—winter is well on its way. I can feel it getting stronger—daylight is fading away. Sometimes I can’t (still) buy in to all that you’re trying to teach me. Sometimes I start crying whenever you’re trying to reach me and maybe you were right all along—you can’t blame the singer for the song. I wish that I could always be strong and find a place I belong. Winter will come and go and, soon enough, it will be spring. Ice will melt—rivers flow and, soon enough, birds start to sing. Sometimes I still wander around all the places we stayed. Sometimes I still wonder why memories remain and some fade and maybe you were right all along—you can’t blame the singer for the song. I wish that I could always be strong. Maybe you were right all along—you can’t blame the singer for the song. I wish that I could always be strong and find a place to belong. So go back to the start, find your favourite part and just sing with your heart. Don’t worry; it won’t be long until you find a place to belong. Oh, you’ll find a place to belong. Yeah, you’ll find a place to belong…