Lighting Fires

by Rocky Leon

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Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pride and pleasure that I am formally announcing the release of my 4th album, Lighting Fires on April 6th, 2019. 

When I look around at what is going on in the world, I get the sense that we are losing touch with ourselves and one another. There is too much division and not enough connection. Too much fear and not enough faith. Too much hate and not enough love. Too much shouting and not enough listening. Our world has become so complex. It has become so hard to separate truth from lies. I've found that in times like these it is increasingly important to listen to your heart. Your intuition. Fear is the language of the mind. And our minds have become so cluttered. 

Anyway long story short, I like to keep my messages simple and universal. Don't be afraid. The more love is better. Take responsibility for your life. Kinda like a Chinese fortune cookie. No one wants to listen to stupid political songs about how we should stop voting for authoritarian strong men who enable big corporations to destroy the planet while draining the economy by not paying their taxes and then automating everything, thus leaving more people unemployed who then in turn can no longer pay taxes while more and more wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few and society stands on the brink of collapse. 

So I made a point of not writing songs about any of that...

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released April 6, 2019

All songs written, performed and recorded by Rocky Leon except Warm Warm Water, written by Ben Keeler, and Change the Weather, written and performed by Rocky Leon and El Oso.

Trumpets on Drawer, Burn That Coal and Light Up your Fire as well as the Harmonica on Burn That Coal by VZI (vzi-live-looping.com).

Additional Vocals on Burn That Coal by Antoine Beaudoin Humbert (picarosmusic.org).

Backing vocals on Marie and Change The Weather by Mie. Saxophone on Burn That Coal by Dmitry Rekun.

Recording engineering, additional programming, mixing and mastering by Lukas Wiltschko at LW Sonics (lwsonics.com).

Graphic design by Veronika Šlachtová (slachtova.rocks). Cover photo by Ruslan Zakirov.

Special thanks to Marie Macheiner, Mario Parizek, Carla Weinzierl, my mom and everyone else who supported this project. Love you guys!

© 2019 Rocky Leon Productions

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Track Name: Drawer (feat. VZI)
I been having an amazing summer
Playing more shows than ever before
But last week was a fucking bummer
When some motherfuckers broke in through my fucking door

I never trusted speculating banksters
So I kept all of my cash in a drawer
And I still gotta pay all of these fucking bills
But now I can't fucking do that anymore

Somebody broke in my door
And then they opened my drawer
Now I can't go to the store
Ain't got no money no more
Still gotta pay all of my bills
But they took all my skrill
So now I gotta hustle
And so I will

I'm looking forward to an awesome winter
I forbid this shit from slowing me down
I was running but now I'm a sprinter
I'm a swimmer and I will not drown

I refuse to feel like I'm a fucking victim now
I'm not even gonna fucking frown
But next time I'll go be a fucking pirate and
Go bury all my money in the fucking ground

Chorus

But staying super positive is sometimes hard
With rent and insurance for the fucking car
I still gotta pay my taxes and so much more
I shouldn't have left that money in that fucking drawer

Chorus
Track Name: Deira
Es wird ollas immer deira
'as göd bleibt gleich und ollas wir immer deira
Wos soi d'n des? Warum wird ollas immer deira?

Es wird ollas immer deira - ollas immer deira
Es wird ollas immer deira deira - ollas immer deira

Die Oaweit wird jetzt gmocht von Algorithmen und Maschinen
Trotzdem muas i jetzt nu mehr hackln um gnuag zu verdienen
Die Maschinen werden besser, billiger und oiwei schnölla
Warum wirds dann nur deira wos zum Kriagn auf mein Tölla

Es wird ollas immer deira...

Der Elektro Huaba der mocht zua der kon ned konkurriern
Mit de großen Firmen die sei Oaweit automatisieren
Und sei Bua hot a schlechte Schui weis ois privatisieren
Und die Politiker duan nua nu die Ausländer thematisiern

Und es wird ollas immer deira...

I oaweit immer mehr und ois wird immer deira
Kummt da Amazon daher und der zoit ned sei Steia
I oaweit immer mehr und ois wird immer deira
Und Amazon, Google, Ikea, Apple und nu vüle mehr zoin ned eana Steia

Es is jo echt zum Rean, des gonze Göd geht zum Konzern
Und dann kummt so a Politiker, der wü ma dann erklären,

Des san die Ausländer! Ausländer san schuid!

Na!

Große Konzerne schicken klaane Betriebe in den Konkurs
Und sie zoin owa dann ned amoi eanare Steian
Owa da Staat hot Schuidn und er spoat bei die Kloan
Und die Reichen und die Großkonzerne feiern

Wir zoin brav die Steian auf an lächerlichen Lohn
Fia de Stroßn, de Schuin, de Kronknheiser und de Kanalisation
Boid konn i ma nimma leistn do zu wohnen wo i wohn
Weil si Reiche nu weida bereichern mit Immobilienspekulation

Ois wird immer deira und es soit eigentlich billiger werden,
Oida, wos soi denn der Hohn
Die Läden mit Leit de gengan olle ein, jeder bstöt bei Amazon - jo na kloa
Maschinen die hackln hoid a vü besser ois wir, brauchen a goa keinen Lohn
Und die Reichen die schleichen si mit oi dem gonzen Gewinn anfoch davon

Owa wonn die Reichen kane Steiern zoin, wer zoit donn mei Pension?

Es wird ollas immer deira…

We got deep learning algorithms and robotic machines
We should all be chillin' out like we're kings and we're queens
Everything should be cheap, clean and fair
From the food that we eat to the clothes that we wear
But I still gotta work. What the fuck is this?
Amazon already put everybody out of business
There is no more work. And now we need welfare
But the government's like “Pff – go to hell!
There's no more money for public funds”
That's cuz we barely take any from corporations
And the unemployed masses can't pay taxes
Maybe we should tax the automation
Track Name: Burn That Coal (feat. VZI, Picaro, Dmitry Rekun)
We burn that coal and we pump that oil
We dump that toxic sludge in the soil
We burn that coal and we pump that oil
And we carry on until the oceans boil

Forget about the energy that comes from the sun
Forget it cuz it cannot be owned by anyone
Forget about the power that is blowing in the air
We're here to make money and we really don't care
If the world burns and the soil dries
So the factory churns and the oceans rise
As the child leans another species dies
And he tries to understand why

Chorus

We need some of the heat from the rays of the sun
But if we don't retreat our days will be done
And the kid that you see as he plays having fun
He'll be dead – So dead
The rays of the sun are becoming a threat
With enough energy to power a jet
If we don't use it, we're bound to regret it
The heat is rising, let's not let it

Chorus

The wind, he blows in the north and south
He blows out of your nose, the wind blows out your mouth
He is a powerful force, open and free
He's a better source of energ...

Chorus
Track Name: Authoritarians
There's so much hate in the world today
I wonder if it has always been this way
Is it a new thing? Or an old thing?
Cuz every little thing that could separate
Leads somebody to start to hate
Is it a new thing? Or an old thing?

Hate makes people worsen and worsen, my dude
Some people even hate others for loving the wrong person, my dude

It's nuts, I'll go say it real slow.
The more love the better
I'll say it slow cuz they still don't know
The more love the better
We comin' fast to go kick 'em in the ass
Let go of all that hate it's tearing us apart
The only medication is opening our heart
The more love the better

The hate is born out of stupid fear
I wonder what the fuck you did here
What are you doing? And not doing
Do away with the fear and the hate disappears
Have a beer with your enemy and open your ears
Are you listening? Please, say that you're listening

Hate burns you out till you're spittin' and cursin', my dude
Love is what your inner child needs to be nursin', my dude

Chorus

You may not relate to the things people do
But letting yourself hate only makes it get harder for you

Chorus
Track Name: The Better (feat. Knostl)
There's so much hate in the world today
I wonder if it has always been this way
Is it a new thing? Or an old thing?
Cuz every little thing that could separate
Leads somebody to start to hate
Is it a new thing? Or an old thing?

Hate makes people worsen and worsen, my dude
Some people even hate others for loving the wrong person, my dude

It's nuts, I'll go say it real slow.
The more love the better
I'll say it slow cuz they still don't know
The more love the better
We comin' fast to go kick 'em in the ass
Let go of all that hate it's tearing us apart
The only medication is opening our heart
The more love the better

The hate is born out of stupid fear
I wonder what the fuck you did here
What are you doing? And not doing
Do away with the fear and the hate disappears
Have a beer with your enemy and open your ears
Are you listening? Please, say that you're listening

Hate burns you out till you're spittin' and cursin', my dude
Love is what your inner child needs to be nursin', my dude

Chorus

You may not relate to the things people do
But letting yourself hate only makes it get harder for you

Chorus
Track Name: Be Fine (Don't Be Afraid)
To all the people everywhere that are feeling so scared
Don't be afraid!
The fear is poisoning your mind and making you unkind
Don't be afraid!
We'll only know for sure in time, but it'll probably be fine

We can make a paradise
But fear can make you paralyzed
Gotta open up that pair of eyes
See past all the scary lies

If we all act like enemies
Guess what! We'll have more enemies
Well done, great job, congratulations!
The world reacts to your expectations

Chorus

When we fear for our protection
Fascism wins the elections
When we're afraid of rejection
We're left alone with our erections
The fear that he could not provide
It led my friend to suicide
It's dark I know but you got to hear
No good can come from fear

Chorus

The newspaper is always full
Of dark-skinned foreign criminals
Make a victim look like a vulture
Coming to take your money and your culture
Pff - what? Are you kidding me?
That is no way to look at humanity!
Everyone everywhere just wants to take care
Of the land and the friends and the family

But the men looking down from the top of the tower
Use this fear inside of us
It's the oldest trick in the book of power
Step one: dividing us
But living in fear is a deal with the devil
Whether globally or simply on a personal level
You gotta fight the fear and to fight you must
Relearn how to trust

To all the people everywhere, that are feeling so scared
Don't be afraid! Don't be afraid!
Fear for our prosperity destroys our solidarity
Don't be afraid! Don't be afraid!
This growing sense of nationalism is so irrational
Don't be afraid! Don't be afraid!
If you live in fear the love will disappear
Don't be afraid! Don't be afraid!

Just put the fear out of your mind
It will only make you blind
And we'll only know for sure in time,
But it'll probably be fine
Track Name: Marie (feat. Mie)
Marie, you are so lovely
Come in a hurry and take care of me
You know I love you and you're the only one for me
You're from above like the moon and the sun, Marie

Oh baby, now let me ask you humbly
For forgiveness for whatever I have done, Marie
I did something, but what? I'm still wondering
And I'm so sorry cuz you're my honey bun, Marie

I am all in and you know I am not bluffin'
I love you more than turkey with gravy and stuffin'
Well come right here and let me give you some good lovin'
Marie, my lovely lass, you are my muffin

Chorus

Marie McAyner may not be the queen of China
But she' never been a whiner. Making me feel finer
Marie McAyner is even kinder than me
And I wanna be behind her

Chorus
Track Name: Warm Warm Water (by Ben Keeler)
The rapids run quite quickly under me and my canoe
On waters flowing leading me to you
And on this expedition, oh the road in front of me
Is all Mississippi as far as I can see

Said gimme a sign, Lord - loud in love like the above
Let me know I'll make it to my love
Then gimme a long board and I know I'll reach my goal and that is

Warm warm water to my soul

Oh sweet heart Chicago, oh she sends me off with gold
Says, tell old St. Louie I said hello
And our destination is so far away it seems
And we'll stop and have a drink in New Orleans

Chorus

On the day when I arrive and I see those loving hips
Oh, I'm gonna run right up and I'll kiss her on the lips
And I know that every mile, trial, story to be told
Is worth far more than any weight in gold

Chorus
Track Name: Change The Weather (feat. El Oso, Mie)
A little cloud passes in front of the sun
And you fear the party is done
And the beer that you're drinking cannot stop your thinking
And you wanna run, but the fun's just begun
So come shake your bum-bum in the rain water
Come every mum-mum mother, every daughter
If you've only got a little here's a lot of fun
And not a rotten apple

Life's what it is, so live with it
Just do your best, try to deal with it
Can change yourself, but you can't change the weather
Or run away, if you really think that's clever

The rain has stopped, the sun has dried all up
The party is rockin', I'm back at the top
There is that girl that you've been waiting for so long
Walk over for a drink and ask yourself what could go wrong
And there's that dude you've known since you went to school
And you can count on him, but drunken he's a fool
Comin' over to ya' smile like wanna screw ya'
“Is that the chick you banged after goin' to the pool bar?”

Life's what it is, so live with it
Just do your best, try to deal with it
Can change yourself, but you can't change the weather
Stick your head in the sand, if you really think that's clever

Life's what it is, so live with it
Just do your best, try to deal with it
Can change yourself, but you can't change the weather
Or hide from life, if you really think that's clever
Track Name: Light Up Your Fire
We all got a lot to blame, for all that is wrong
While everything has been the same for so long
We all got our wars that we fight. Let's send ourselves home
So the fire in our souls may unite babylon

Now we're taking back the controls
No longer distracting our souls
Gotta grow from a half to a whole
And the path is the goal, the path's the goal
Light up your fire

We all got a purpose on earth - a quest if you will
But if we don't see what we are worth we get ill
So if you feel like you're stuck in a rut, just trudging along
Gotta learn to listen to your gut, tell your head to shut up, before the fire is gone

We all got a torch we can raise
To find our way out of the haze
It's time to awake from the daze
Chase our lazy ways away

Light up your fire

You feel the weight of the world is resting on your shoulders
Do not hesitate, we're all just getting older
The colder the mould, the harder it get's to break it
Wake up, Jakob! I know you can make it

Don't let society tell you who you gotta be and
Don't live so quietly, hell! You are not a tree, man
Don't put the blame on another man's name
Set the game all aflame and set yourself free

Don't waste your potential, playing by the rules
They're inconsequential - obeyed by tools
And your fire's essential - you don't even need a credential
It's not even one of the things that they teach in schools

So listen, listen – listen to this
You're missin', missin' out on your bliss
I'm not dissin' you, kid, you don't gotta fight it
I just wanna see your fire, so come on and light it up

Light up your Fire

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