Bonfire

by Dan Curcio

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"Bonfire" was written and recorded at Curcio's yurt in the throwback beach town of Cayucos, CA. The 12 song album is the Still Time frontman's debut solo record and includes a variety of different styles and sounds. For this record, Curcio plays guitar, piano, banjo, and, harmonica and, for the first time, experiments with loops, synth instruments, and samples to create a diverse collection of soulful songs.

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released February 7, 2012

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Track Name: Last Man On Earth
Dirt and steel are all that’s left here
Sifting through this broken land
I been searching for the reason
Why these towns are empty now
Maybe greed finally took this over
And the good Lord started shuttin it down
Well I don’t why He saved me
But I’m stuck here stumblin around
Oooooooh

Well the winds are blowing heavy
And the dust is caking thick
I been wandering in this darkness
For what feels like eternity
If I could only understand this
If I could ask somebody why
Now the deck has been reshuffled
And I need some purpose now

Oooh father I’m the only man
father I’m the only man
Ooh father I’m the only man
father I’m the only man

I heard whispers from the ghosts
Just a couple nights ago
And I tossed wood in the bonfire
Trying wildly to ignore
I know I can’t run forever
Someday soon I’ll have to wake
From this boat out on the ocean
And these dreams of yesterday
And I’ll fight to find the reason
Why I’m the last one here alive
But for now I’ll light the bonfire
Hoping to find some rest tonight

Oooh father I’m the only man
Father I’m the only man
Oooh father I’m the only man
Father I’m the only man
Track Name: Durango Pines
Well somedays my old man taught me
He taught me very well
He said son don’t make these same mistakes
Of these people you read about
From these filthy politicians to the psycho murderin man
Here’s a song I song I sing to myself when I’ve read about too much sin
Oh Lord this world is fine
I got my family and I’ve had my times
Oh Lord this world is mine
I have it all in them Durango pines
So I grew up always smiling
With an optimistic pride
But somedays I can’t believe it
When I turn on channel 5
There’s a bad streak out there waiting
Aimed to take a good man down
I’ll be damned if I don’t struggle
Til in buried in this ground
Yes I’ll be damned if I don’t fight it
Til I’m buried in this ground
Oh Lord this world is fine
I got my family and I’ve seen some times
Oh Lord this world is mine
I have it all in them Durango pines
To my future son or daughter
I just pray that you will see
It don’t matter how this world is
If we have our family
No it don’t matter how this world gets
If we’ve got this family
It don’t matter how this world gets
Cause we have our family
Oh Lord this world is fine
I got my family and I’ve had some times
Oh Lord this world is mine
I have it all in them Durango pines
Track Name: End This Thing
We’re far from the wreckage
And every war has it’s share of lost saints
We’ve heard all the reasons
And they’ll tell us hey man it keeps us safe
Broken promise yeah just one more time
They will leave but they’ll have to wait
I’m not your tree hugging hippy man
But this is bullshit let’s end this thing
Those are our brothers and our sisters
Our fathers and mothers sittin’ stuck over there
Fighting someone else’s battle
Bravely through the rattle
As the gunfire nears
Broken promise yeah just one more time
They will leave but they’ll have to wait
I’m not your government conspiracy man
But this is bullshit let’s end this thing
40,000 years we been killing each other for greed and material wealth
Blame Cheney, and Bush, and Rumsfeld but it’s all just beside the point
We can come together, we can help this country now
Make our battle be for goodness, for real change, for hope
Cause real change isn’t gonna come from Washington
Let’s go ahead and not wait for that one
Broken promise yeah just one more time
They will leave but they’ll have to wait
I’m not some Michael Moore fan club guy
But this is bullshit let’s end this thing
Yeah I’m not some tree hugging hippy man
But this is bullshit let’s end this thing
I’m not your government conspiracy man
But this is bullshit let’s end this thing
Track Name: Out to Sea
Let’s drink up this evening
This summer’s time for leaving
Dance like a crazy soul
In the warm beach town fog
Out there the ocean is taking in the pouring rain
The storms again will rattle on this old wood frame
That barely keeps this house upright
And every night we live by that fire’s side
When this world gets to tumblin with speed
We got our minds made up we’re going out to sea
Yes when this house starts crumblin on me
We got our minds made up we’re heading out to sea
Far from this land locked listlessness
Far from this hometown hustle
Far from those past projections
OOOoooh OOOOoooh
Let’s throw down this evening
This fall we might be leaving
Dance like some crazy souls
In the warm beach town fog
Out there the ocean is taking on the pouring rain
The storms again will rattle on this old wood frame
That barely keeps this house upright
And every night we huddle by that fire’s side
Grab your bags I think it’s time for us to leave
Let’s not plan we’ll just say wait and see
The boat’s a bit old but the sail’s alright
And the winds are pulling but the storm has died
The sunset marks our way and the moon lights the night
And when we’re out of reach I think we’ll truly be alright
When this world gets to tumblin with speed
We got our minds made up we’re going out to sea
Yes when this house starts crumblin on me
We got our minds made up we’re heading out to sea
Track Name: October
This Indian Summer’s
Here again
We’re soon to marry
And I’ll carry you cross the threshold
Today we’ll start
A new life here
And all our dreaming
Is now seeming to be real
We sat
In the soft green grass
October
Never came so fast
October
Summer’s end and we’re wrapped in
We sung
To the cloudlined sun
October
Never came so fast
This Indian Summer’s
Our old friend
Bringing comfort
And a peace that we’ll remember
Tonight we’ve gone and disappeared
Maybe lost forever
Yea we left together
Me and my girl
We sat in the soft green grass
October
Summer’s end and we’re wrapped in
We sung to the cloudlined sun
October
Never came so fast
October
Never came so fast
Track Name: Easy
To all old friends I knew so well
We will never grow old we said
Just the other day it felt
Grade school girls and carton milk
For all those nights we terrorized
Shit got weird when we got high
Often lost but acting cool
High school pranks and the old man’s booze
For every story seldom told
Let’s not forget as we get old
All the stupid things we done
Still alive and we had fun
This ain’t an end no not at all
Everyone’s busy and we rarely call
But when we leave it’s like we never left
Easy as the years that past
Easy as the years that pass
Track Name: Mama's Love
Well I remember it well
Waking up was hell
But you were my best alarm
Oh Danny Boy
The shower pipes are calling
Was the song
And I’d sleep in the very best I could
But I’d make that old school bell
I think I hated it then
But now I guess I am
Happy I can spell
You showed me the more I give
The more I’ll get
In this life I’ve been thinking
That’s the perfect tip
And each time I leave
I carry you with me
Cause there ain’t nothing else stronger
That can make me dream
Like my mama’s love
We danced in the kitchen on some summer nights
With old Van Morrison
And we sang it loud the only part we knew
G-L-O-R-I-A
She said “brush your teeth” and “it’s time for bed”
And I knew it’d never stop
But I see it now why she would worry out loud
As she kept our family strong
In my mother’s arms I feel a truth and comfort so unique
Ya ma you’re the one I come to when I’m losing sleep
You show me the more I give the more I’ll get
In this life I been thinking that’s the perfect tip
And each time I leave I’ll carry you with me
Cause there ain’t nothing else stronger
That has made me dream
Like my mama’s love
Like my mama’s love
Track Name: Steph's Meditation
Picture
Just an endless sky
And no world in sight
Only blue and white
Listen
As the stillness looms
We’ll be floating soon
And leave it all behind
Breathe in
All the good that we have found
Let this quiet drown
Every stress you’ve known
We are
Free and bound by nothing now
Somewhere in the clouds
Listen close my love
Feel
That it’s all ok
And it’s been that was way
For a thousand years
Track Name: What You Want You Will Find
We found a warm dream
And left the boundaries of time
We hit the road out to somewhere
And the moon was right there by our side
He was a sad moon
He wanted then to be whole
But it’s a cycle we told him
You will get there as a sight to behold
Highway moon
We’ve seen your someday soon
And what you want you will find
Yea what you want you will find
It’s like a corn maze
You’re left to hope and to trust
You tread the same space in circles
But you’re not one to ever give up
Searching for new lives
Cause 1 is never enough
You gotta know that it’s worth it
Even when it all seems so tough
Highway moon
We’ve seen your someday soon
And what you want you will find
Yea what you want you will find
Track Name: Orleans
Orleans is falling
To the sea from which it came
Bourbon is flowing
With clowns in this old parade
Oh hear the sound
A poor busker’s made her own
Crawfish is boiling
In the driveways down Carollton
Oh take me back to New Orleans
I’ve had a feeling this was once home
Sometime not long ago
In a past life for this west coast boy
Orleans is falling
To the sea from which it came
Lost souls are wandering
Mixed in the masquerade
Oh hear the sounds
A young brass band’s made its own
Catfish are jumping
By the shores of Ponchartrain
Oh take me back to New Orleans
I’ve had a feeling this was once home
Sometime not long ago
In a past life for this west coast boy
I still see myself out there
Out on the porch in the rain
With a beer and a pile of shrimp
And with my guitar in hand
I’d sing my heart out to the night
Yeah I still see myself out there in that warm pouring rain
Sitting out with smile and I knew right then where I was
I thought I was home, yeah I felt I was home, oh I knew I was home
Oh take me back to New Orleans
I’ve had a feeling this was once home
Sometime not long ago
In a past life for this west coast boy
Track Name: Far From a Lullabye Song
Been burning candles
At both ends these days
And I guess I’m lost when I wake
I’m just a copy of a copy of a copy
And these dreams turn to nightmares in the day

Please send me off til the light
As for the owls move along
Out there coyotes and the cows make their music
But it’s far from a lullabye song


So send me off til the light
What you can’t leave for the morning?
I’m just a copy of a copy of a copy
And these dreams turn to nightmares in the day