The Spark

by Kevin Heider

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While only a few songs from this brand new two-disc album are available for preview here, the full track list includes:

PART I: THE SPARK
1. St. Brigid's Fire
2. All I Want (Love Come Alive)
3. Enola's Wake
4. I Don't Want Your Love
5. The Puppeteer
6. Can't Have My Money
7. These Fallen Castle Walls
8. The New World
9. The Dark Side
10. The Spark
11. The Great Flood

PART II: THE WAITING
1. Lonely in St. Louis
2. Baltimore
3. Maureen (Has Anybody Seen Her?)
4. How I Feel Sometimes (The Roadside/Travelin' Blues)
5. Barcelona
6. Girl from Federick
7. All Manner of Things
8. Living the Dream
9. A Thousand Apologies
10. The Waiting
11. 27

*Bonus: This double album also comes with two bonus tracks and a 32-page digital booklet with song lyrics, production credits, album artwork, and several pages dedicated to the generous folks who backed the album on Kickstarter!

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released 26 March 2013

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Mike Ofca at Innovation Studios in Steubenville, Ohio. Produced by Mike Ofca and Kevin Heider. All songs written by Kevin Heider. (C) Copyright 2013 by Kevin Heider.

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Track Name: St. Brigid's Fire
It’s the 1st of February
And we all have gathered here
To drink up for King and conscience
From this glorious lake of beer

And drink we will straight on ‘til morning
Drink we will all through the night
And if the sun should cease to give it
This lake of beer will be our light

They say the first shall be the last
So Sister Brigid, fill my glass
I’ll be the first to drink and the last to die
Oh, but I’ll have glory at my side

I refuse that it should come to pass
That when I look back on my life
I’ll see an empty home and an empty heart
And a boy who never found his wife

And if a thief should sneak up on me
And take from me my cup, my share
I’ll say, “There’s plenty more where that came from
Come with me, I’ll take you there”

They say the first shall be the last
So Sister Brigid, fill my glass
I’ll be the first to drink and the last to die
Oh, but I’ll have glory at my side

They say the first shall be the last
So Sister Brigid, fill my glass
I’ll be the first to drink and the last to die
Oh, but I’ll have glory at my side

Oh, when the saints go marching in
Oh, when the saints go marching in
They will behold a lake of beer
And they all will dive right in
Track Name: Enola's Wake
Her passing was quick and quite a surprise
To everyone under the sun
As the devil’s a catchy tune in disguise
The virtue of progress was won

Enola’s wake left everyone dead
It’s only a matter of time
I never believed a word that she said
I knew that we wouldn’t be fine

And yet, here I have been called on to speak
To give such a woman a toast
The words of my heart bear the truth that I seek
And I long to speak them the most

So sleep, Enola
Sleep and don’t ever wake up
I’m sad to have known ya
And the death that your life was made of

She was a strong bird and, oh, could she fly
Steady and swift and true
When she married that Fat Man I turned a blind eye
I shuddered when she said “I do”

The light that she brought us was no light at all
And I say that in full confidence
Are we to reap what her Little Boy sowed
When he stole our innocence?

Her family will live on long after her passing
They’ll grow bigger and stronger than she
So pull out your rosaries and lift up your glasses
And pray hard and sing out with me

Sing sleep, Enola
Sleep and don’t ever wake up
I’m sad to have known ya
And the death that your life was made of

Oh, sleep, Enola
Sleep and don’t ever wake up
I’m sad to have known ya
And the death that your life was made of

Her passing was rough as she screamed in her bed
And I prayed that our souls would be fine
‘Cause Enola’s wake left everyone dead
It’s only a matter of time
Track Name: Can't Have My Money
Wait a minute, baby
Don’t be so forward
If I want to call, I’ll call you

Don’t go spittin’ digits
If I want your number
I know how to ask

It’s not that you ain’t pretty
Oh, but in your eyes
All I see are dollar signs

And you got a reputation
They say you wanna change me
Into someone I don’t wanna be

If I could ask you just one thing
Who died and made you king?

No, you can’t have my money
If you won’t say you love me
‘Cause to you it’s all the same
Oh, oh, you want my lovin’
But you won’t get nothin’
I refuse to play your game

They tell me you’re the Sue
Who likes to run around
Then chew them up and spit them out

They tell me you’re the one
The one who decides
Who lives and who dies

They tell me that it’s you
You make and you break
They give and you take

Well, if all you want is more control
You can keep your world
I’ll keep my soul

No, you can’t have my money
If you won’t say you love me
‘Cause to you it’s all the same
Oh, oh, you want my lovin’
But you won’t get nothin’
I refuse to play your game

If I have learned just one thing
Pride always comes before the fall
Your love is a big machine, yeah
And it’s gonna kill us all

No, you can’t have my money
If you won’t say you love me
‘Cause to you it’s all the same
Oh, oh, you want my lovin’
But you won’t get nothin’
I refuse to play your game
Track Name: The Dark Side
“Baby, will you go with me,” he said
“To a brand new city across the sea
To the middle of the desert
Where men with names control reality?”

“We’ll eat until we’ve had our fill
And then, babe, we’ll eat more still
So go and get your bags all packed
Be careful what you photograph, my dear”

So they left and went far away
Now they don’t know what to say
She’s living in a busted car
He’s dying in a dungeon all alone

Oh, tell me, what it’s like on the dark side
Where nothing is ever what it seems?
Oh, tell me, how’s life on the dark side?
Oh, tell me, Love, are you alive at all?

“Don’t you worry, darling,” he said
“I’ll be back when my work’s done”
He sold his land and said good-bye
To his daughter and his son

And so he sought his fortune
Where the rich men with names dwell
He left his wife for heaven
And ended up in hell

Now the lords, the gods of nothing
Have him dying on the land
Enslaved to the Emirates
The pirates of the sand

Oh, tell me, what it’s like on the dark side
Where nothing is ever what it seems?
Oh, tell me, how’s life on the dark side?
Oh, tell me, Love, are you alive at all?

And if you ask the beauty queen
The girl of only 17
“What’s really going on here?”
She’ll put her face down in her magazine

The rich young man takes unholy pride
While the old man justifies
Their lives and how they made them
“Don’t you judge us!” he cries

And all those who’ve spoken out
Who refuse to fetch the bone
The devil took their tickets out
Now they’re prisoners in their homes

The ex-pats from the western world
Rarely seem to show remorse
For how they treat the servant class
Those girls aren’t even whores

Credit is a cancer here
It lets the rich men with names steal
Every smile has a secret
Oh, nothing here is real

We’re all sons of Abraham
But we’re nothing at all like him
He dug holes to honor God
We dig holes to hide the bodies

So eat until you’ve had your fill
Look at the ground, see what you’ve spilled
Throw a cloth and hide the scraps
Be careful what you photograph ‘round here

Oh, tell me, what it’s like on the dark side
Where nothing is ever what it seems
Oh, tell me, how’s life on the dark side
Oh, tell me, Love, are you alive at all?

Oh, do you like what you’ve seen on the dark side?
Oh, can you see anything at all?
Oh, God, please shine Your light on the dark side
‘Cause we can’t see anything at all
Track Name: Baltimore
There’s a new life breathing downstairs
It’s another beautiful night in late July
I can see the moon and the stars are all out tonight
I can see the airplanes flying high

It’s just me and these smoked-out cigarettes
I’m staring at a high-wire crucifix
And I’m praying, yeah, I’m praying for some guidance
On a rooftop in Baltimore

I feel like an old life suffocating in the night air
Looking down over these lights and wondering where mine went
When I was a child I swore that I’d always let it shine
Maybe up here God will help me find it again

It’s just me and these smoked-out cigarettes
I’m staring at a high-wire crucifix
And I’m praying, yeah, I’m praying for some guidance
On a rooftop in Baltimore
On a rooftop in Baltimore

I feel like an old soul stuck in its dark night
Until the day finally breaks I won’t give up
And lately I’ve been thinking
Oh, I’ve been thinking it’s high time
That I get up, go out, and start looking for love

It’s just me and these smoked-out cigarettes
I’m staring at a high-wire crucifix
And I’m praying, yeah, I’m praying for some guidance
On a rooftop in Baltimore
On a rooftop in Baltimore
On a rooftop in Baltimore
On a rooftop in Baltimore
Track Name: Barcelona
42 hours riding on buses and trains
Two of them were for sleeping
The other 40 for going insane

I was trying hard, trying to make my way
To meet some friends of mine
On the sunny side of Spain

Oh, but my plans were falling apart
And my wallet wasn’t getting me far
And I was sleeping on the ground
Just south of London town
Wondering, “what would my mother say
If she could see me now?”

Oh, Barcelona
How could I not have grown up
I made so many mistakes
But I still found you and you found me too
Oh, Barcelona
You were my Sharona
A love waiting to be gotten
But for some reason playing hard-to-get
Oh, Barcelona

I have heard it said
“If you seek, then you will find”
But what they never tell you is
Sometimes it takes some time

Oh, and I missed my aeroplane
And the trains kept running away
And I was lost and couldn’t get found
In some dirty old Spanish town
Wondering, “what would my mother say
If she could see me now?”

Oh, Barcelona
How could I not have grown up
I made so many mistakes
But I still found you and you found me too
Oh, Barcelona
You were my Sharona
A love waiting to be gotten
But for some reason playing hard-to-get
Oh, Barcelona

Oh, Barcelona
How could I have known that
Everything would go the way it’s gone?
And I feel like I haven’t slept in a year
And Pat is dancing like a girl
And Michael’s rolling on the floor
And I don’t know what’s going on around here
And yet I’ve never been so in love with a place before
And I’ve never had so much fun getting lost

As in Barcelona
How could I not have grown up?
I made so many mistakes
But I found you and you found me too
Oh, Barcelona
You were my Sharona
A love waiting to be gotten
But for some reason playing hard-to-get
Oh, Barcelona

Oh, I was looking for love in Barcelona
I was looking for life in Barcelona
I was looking for a bed in Barcelona
I was looking for my friends in Barcelona
I was looking for the Spirit in Barcelona
I was looking for adventure in Barcelona
I was looking for the ocean in Barcelona
I was looking for the right train in Barcelona
I was looking for cathedrals in Barcelona
I was looking for myself in Barcelona
Track Name: Girl from Frederick
I fell in love with a girl from Frederick
And for almost two years she ran from me
When I finally turned to walk in a new direction
She said, “Maybe we can try and see”

Election Day came and we drove through the countryside
Then we went to church to pray
It was the 2nd of November, clearly I remember
Oh Maryland, you were beautiful that day

I drove while she sat with her feet up on the dashboard
Staring out the window at the trees
She turned on the Avett Brothers
And I remember thinking
"I should write a song that sounds like these"

And to think that it was only in September
We had our hundredth conversation
About the sordid complications we faced
She said we weren’t meant to be
I swore she’d be the death of me
And I think she would have been if not for grace

‘Cause I fell in love with a girl from Frederick
And for almost two years she ran from me
When I finally turned to walk in a new direction
She said, “Maybe we can try and see”

Maybe we can try and see
Well, I don’t want to try to and see
I just want to be part of you and me

After such a long time I’d finally been given
The chance to be the one to hold her hand
But I couldn’t seem to shake the road
My feet needed to shuffle
And I knew right then I couldn’t be her man

So I packed up my guitar and I got into my car
And I drove to Boston for the first time
I wanted to be wild
I wanted to be innocent
I wanted to chase these dreams of mine

But I’d fallen in love with a girl from Frederick
And for almost two years she ran from me
When I finally turned to walk in a new direction
She said, “Maybe we can try and see”

Maybe we can try and see
Well, I don’t want to try to and see
I just want to be part of you and me
I don’t want to try and see
I just want to be part of you and me
I don’t want to try and see
I just want to be part of you and me
Track Name: The Waiting
I’ve done right
Oh, but darling, I have done wrong
I have loved and I have lost
I’ve let go and I’ve held on

I have emptied myself of jealousy
And all the rest
But when it comes to being a man
Have I done my best?

You may have heard some things about me
And maybe some of them are true
Oh, but please, believe me
When I say, my love
That I’ve been waiting for you

I don’t know where you’ve been
Or what you’ve been through
Maybe you’ve been hurt
Maybe you don’t believe
That love can be true

Well, I believe that grace does more
Than simply cover up our scars
And I believe that you and me
We’re a work of art

You may have heard some things about me
I can’t imagine they’re all good
Oh, but please, believe me
When I say, my love
That I’ve been waiting for you

I read about you in the paper
And you felt so far away
Oh, but please, believe me
When I say, my love
That I’ve been waiting for you