If Not For The Fire

by The Million Reasons

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"Eyes drifting across graveyards of scratched-out phrases, sheets of lyrical poetry, torn-out notebook pages. The frustration, the progress and finally the relief of a puzzled-out riddle. 'Recognizing what makes you feel alive and going after it with ferocity,' according to his notes." - Brian Shamie of Chicago Sound Check, ChicagoSoundCheck.com

Music video for "If Not for the Fire":
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVYcGVHM74E

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released February 21, 2020

Produced by:
Ken Ugel
Nick Stetina @ Invigorate Recording - www.invigoraterecording.com
Noam Wallenberg @ Rax Trax Recording - www.raxtrax.com

Mixed & Mastered by:
Nick Stetina @ Invigorate Recording

Artwork by:
Mike Nichols

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The Million Reasons Chicago, Illinois

Founded in 2016, The Million Reasons creates music that embodies the energy and enthusiasm of hitting the open road, rolling down the windows, and cranking up the volume. The band has been dedicated to two main objectives: keep rock n’ roll alive and have a damn good time.

The band selected four songs for a brand-new EP, a study of separation and self-discovery entitled “If Not For The Fire”.
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Track Name: If Not For The Fire
Blow me away
I’ve been grounded
And I belong in the clouds

I’ll love you lights out
Or not at all
I’m finally awake

I came for a killer
I came for the thrill of
A love that’s mine that hypnotizes
What did you come for
If not for the fire

Deep down in the depths of us
Vital as our blood
A spark that lies in wait

If you dig deep enough
You can find the source to
Cause you to ignite

I came for the myth of
I came for the mystery of
A love that doesn’t recognize me
What did you come for
If not for the fire
To light you up this way

I came for the curse of
I came for the kiss of
A love divine that paralyzes
What did you come for
If not for the fire
To light you up this way

What are you here for?
What are you here for?
What are you here for?
What did you come for
If not for the fire
To light you up this way
Track Name: Pretty Ones
I can’t hear all the reasons not to go
My restless mind’s a mess when I am static

It’s a drug and I am rolling stoned
The unpaved road, the fix to quell the addict

Ever after
Chasing down the pretty ones
Right back to
The place where I am running from
In motion, stuck in motion
I fear it’s
Just my nature

Checking off the reasons I should stay
And maybe there is one to be my anchor
But tethered to this place
Is not a promise made
If I swear I’ll always be there
Then our end begins

Ever after
Chasing down the pretty ones
Right back to
The place where I am running from
In motion, stuck in motion
I fear it’s
Just my nature

Be here now
Would rather be where I'm going
And here doesn't exist if you never get there
Track Name: No North Star
Four on the floor
As the shower head pours heat on me
Praying to the god of sorry
I'm sure she has questions for me

These dead set eyes into dead set eyes
Bloodshot and punch drunk
But more drunk then punched up tonight

Quiet collapse at the end of the show
I was lost though I knew where to go
Because if I never arrive
I shouldn’t go anywhere else

Stoned and alone
And I learn that the cold can’t chill me
But if this winter can’t kill me
Well, it could surely end us

And then relief
In glimpses of certainty
However brief
Then the floor drops out under me
Over, I’m over this fucking ouroboros now

Counting the stars
In the sky of a drywall canvas
Constellations formed by accident
I can’t see the north star

The last time was the last time, and this time’s the last time, and then I can put this to bed
How can I be everything
If I can't anything more

I couldn’t hide where I needed to hide
But I tried how I needed to try
The last of the loss I could feel
Is storming in wild tonight

Stare in the sunken-in eyes of a ghost of a shell of a half of a half of a man
Saying what good can I be
If I couldn't be better for you

I couldn’t lie when you asked me to lie
But I’ll die if you ask me tonight
I’m going to die anyway
I might as well do it for you
Track Name: All You Can't Afford
When the bough bends
Further than it has bent
It gives way to a growing divide

I watch as you try
To keep a foot on both sides
Unaware of the fallout of pride

In the place where
Love rests peaceless

Cheers to the sky
And the lasting goodbye
I’m taking the keys to my heart and your car
I'll leave you behind
Hoping you'll find
All that you can't afford
My love, anymore

When the bow breaks
Then oh, how it breaks
There won't be a safe place from the storm

In the place where
Love lies wasted

Cheers to the sky
And the lasting goodbye
I’m taking the keys to my heart and your car
I'll leave you behind
Hoping you'll find
All that you can't afford
My love, anymore

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