The Fire Tonight

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"Believers and doubters, ironically, both inspire me
They help to ignite this fire that's inside of me"
-MC Logic, "Don't Fear Failure"

This album wouldn't have been possible without the hard work of everyone listed below. Thank you all for this great gift.


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released August 18, 2015

C R E D I T S

Produced by Daniel Machado and Stephen Russ
Engineered by Zac Thomas
Mixed by Collin Derrick
Mastered by Paul Lipscomb
Production assistance by Steve Sancho

Instruments recorded live to analog tape at Jam Room Recording Studio (Columbia, SC)

Artwork by Josh Hardy

All songs by The Fire Tonight
except lyrics on "Don't Fear Failure" by MC Logic

Remixes by The Fire Tonight
except "Old White Men in Business Suits" by Timothy Miller

The Fire Tonight is

Collin Derrick - vocals, bass
Jesse W D James - piano and keys
Stephen Russ - drums

Additional musicians:

Brian Hill AKA MC Logic - vocals on track 9
Daniel Machado - bgvs on tracks 2 and 7; effects on track 4
Steve Sancho - bgvs on track 7; percussion on track 4
Dave Cloud (RIP) - talking on track 7


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Track Name: How Do You Wait?
Hands are moving in slow motion
My heart drifts on this static ocean
Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
What I do not have can I get now?
I need it now, I want it now
Can’t you see that I need it?
How do you wait for love?

Teach me patience when I can’t see anything but darkness
Give me hope so I’ll rest
Give me dreams in green

Attitude transforms the waiting from delay to future training
Do not squander, do not waste it
Now’s the time for preparation
When you know that something’s coming but it will not be here today
How do you wait for love?

[chorus]
Track Name: Suckerpunch
There's a sheen of soiled green over all my dreams
God it always seems I'm crawling upward, falling behind
Climbing mountains made of landmines

My elders say work hard each day
Nothing feels so great as putting food on plates
But earning this living wage feels like living in a cage
Am I just young and naive or courageous enough to dream?

There are no guarantees
There is no golden key
This is not safe and easy

Troubadors who have gone before
Weave their melodies and with grace and ease
But what stories should I tell when they’ve said it all so well?
Is this the voice of fear or reason that’s in my ear?

There are no guarantees
There is no golden key
This is not safe and easy
But I won’t run and hide
I won’t flee from this fight
I may lose but at least I tried
Track Name: Le Cote Sombre
Waited patient at my side
Hopeful for more than my pride
Interest silently denied
Human

You miss me, say it’s been too long
But I’m working hard, there’s nothing wrong
Stop being selfish and be strong
Human

Don’t expect an explanation when I cut you out
Filled with pure determination, empty of all doubt

What I want is in my sights
Stand between expect a fight
Distract with left and stab with right
Human

Don’t expect an explanation when I cut you out
Filled with pure determination, empty of all doubt
Don’t expect reservation when I cut you down
Without any hesitation, leave you on the ground

"Take care of yourself" my grandfather would say
'Cause no one else will, don't let them stand in your way
I've invested too much, you're just an obstacle
To all of my dreams, to what is possible
Track Name: Old White Men in Business Suits
Don't listen to what they say
Don't listen to what they say
Double breasted, wingtips
Trying to get paid
Don't listen to what they say
Don't listen to what they say

This is the voice of the freedom of youth
This is the voice of the wisdom and truth
Old white men in business suits will chain you down and cut your roots
They'll sell you your dreams in a sedative pill
They'll promise you life then go in for the kill
They'll feast until they've had their fill
Write themselves into your will

Don't listen to what they say
Don't listen to what they say
Living cliches
Writing rules that they cannot obey
Get yourself away
Get yourself away
Or you'll be an old fuck too
They'll bury you in your business suit and no one will remember you

This is the voice of the freedom of youth
This is the voice of the wisdom and truth
Old white men in business suits will chain you down and cut your roots
They'll sell you your dreams in a sedative pill
They'll promise you life then go in for the kill
They'll feast until they've had their fill
Write themselves into your will
Track Name: Don't Fear Failure feat. MC Logic
Who knows where this life will take ya
So much time chasing paper
Stay on ya grind ‘til you resign
Or meet your maker
I have faith in myself,
now and then it gets tested
But I can't quit now, 'cause of the time I've invested
Got a positive message but negativity's the norm
See when I perform, I make society conform
I’m tryin’ to be like Norm,
everybody scream my name
Putting on the mask so that nobody sees my pain
Humility when nobody comes to see your shows
I'm like "damn Joe, ain't I supposed to be a pro?"
My album release party was just a small gathering
Rocking arena's something I shouldn't be fathoming
Imagining success, like yo what's that look like?
Stuck on the runway, my career never took flight
Trying to get paid like Jay Z, Russell, and Suge Knight
You look like shook like you never thought I’d lived the good life

Don't give up
Don't give in
Don't fear failure

People try to derail ya ‘cause of their own failures
Without them you'll never make it
is what they try and tell ya
You don't see my cryin', all you do is see me shinin'
Everybody else changed, but I'm still the same old Brian
I don't like to take advice not because I'm hard headed
It's because I already knew it before you even said it
I do it my way, a lot of people can't accept that
I don't need 'em to, I just need for them to step back
Are you a help or a hindrance? Some don't know the difference
Each word in my sentences has its own significance
I choose 'em carefully, shout out to those that's been there for me
Poured out beer
Put it in the air, said a prayer for me
Believers and doubters, ironically, both inspire me
They help to ignite this fire that's inside of me
No, I can't give 'em all of the credit entirely
Known for being quiet now can't nobody silence me

Don't give up
Don't give in
Don't fear failure
Fear regret
Fear giving in
Don't fear failure
Track Name: Strong Women
I wear my favorite shoes 'cause the little things matter
I pick my head up and choose to keep climbing up the ladder
But there's never a time when the day ends and everything's fine
So I give in to giving up as she steps in and says that's enough

She is the one who saves me when I need a savior
She is the one who saves me when I need a savior
She cleans up nice but she don't mess around
She'll put a fist in your face in an evening gown
She is the one who saves me when I need a savior

“Yes, sir, I’ll try to do more.” I crack a hopeful smile
But back at the drawing board I find hope was just denial
Everything hits all at once and I fall down under the brunt of it all
Now I can’t even stand as she reaches out and says “give me your hand”