8. Closer To The Fire

The final song on the record is dedicated to my longtime collaborator and Hotels & Highways bandmate Patrick Thomas Cupples who is very much alive and well (that was starting to sound like an obit) and with whom I shared some of my “second chapter” of musical growth. Post solo career, as I learned to produce, got back into drumming and started a new band, Pat was there every step of the way, a constant creative force and companion.

There’s more to come from us, I’m sure, but from the perspective of this song, I wanted to dwell on the memory for one more moment.


CLOSER TO THE FIRE
(Sidney, Clark)

LEAD VOCAL, DRUMS + ACOUSTIC GUITAR - Erin "Syd" Sidney
PIANO, KEYS + BACKGROUND VOCALS - Zac Clark   
ELECTRIC GUITARS - Joe Ballaro + Mia Dyson  
BASS - Dylan Allen

ENGINEERED, MIXED + MASTERED by Jason Mariani

 closer to the fire that we started with
when we were younger and the fight wasn’t over yet
closer, I keep getting closer
the longer that it takes to get over it
the harder that it gets to uncover it
closer, keep getting closer 

Now I would go back if I was capable
to that hotel we had a drink or two
live life
burn bright
words came out burning hot
a fire that we couldn't stop 

Was there ever that flame or did I dream it up? 
Did we burn it out or did we give it up? 
The closer I get, the further it seems 

closer to the fire that we started with
when we were younger and the fight wasn’t over yet
closer, keep getting closer
the longer that it takes to get over it
the harder that it gets to uncover it
closer, keep getting closer 

we had it right in our hands and then it burned away
when you built a city out of closet space
State lines
midnights
down 89, 91 and 95 

When the road hit the wheels we would do anything
to keep that getaway feeling burning through our veins
The closer I get, the further it seems 

I get so afraid to just dig in the dark
I feel so alone down there in the well 

I’m closer now
closer than I’ve ever been
I’ll light it up you see what you can do with it 

I’m closer now
closer than I’ve ever been
Follow the fire maybe start it up again