Rise & Fall

by Soul Risin'

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The third full-length release by the Upstate New York band, Rise & Fall was recorded as a tribute to frontman, Bryan Weinsztok's father who passed away October 16, 2011, after a one-year battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer that took over the mind and body of a man who truly created the American dream for himself. The album is being released exactly one year from Alex Weinsztok's passing for just that reason. Many of the songs were written by Bryan Weinsztok in the one year leading up to October 2011. Rise & Fall is a tale of inspiration, moving through hard times and negativity, life's loves and loves lost, and landing on triumphs, the universe's great gifts, and ultimately the positive mindset we should all flood ourselves with on a daily basis. Enjoy - this is by far and away Soul Risin's absolute best studio work yet.

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released 16 October 2012
Soul Risin’ is:
BRYAN WEINSZTOK
JOHN CAPOZZOLO
ADAM FISHER
MIKE D’AMBROSIO
JIM DUNHAM

All lyrics by Bryan Weinsztok.
All music by Bryan Weinsztok and Soul Risin’, except
The Greatest Advice, music by Bryan Weinsztok,
Mike D’Ambrosio and Soul Risin’.

All horns on Rise & Fall, Heaven’s Done and
The Greatest Advice arranged and performed by
Jeff Stockham, except Rise & Fall, arranged
by Tom Witkowski and Jeff Stockham.

John Capozzolo performs backing vocals,
“The Horrible Scream,” on Open The Door.

Produced by Bryan Weinsztok and Soul Risin’.
Recorded at More Sound Recording Studio,
Syracuse, New York, with Jason “Jocko” Randall.
Second Engineer: Andrew Greacen.

Mixed and mastered by Jocko at More Sound
Recording Studio – www.moresound315.com.

Art Direction: Robyn Jonick.

In Memory of Alex G. Weinsztok.

Copyright ©2012 Bryan Weinsztok and Soul Risin’.
All rights reserved.

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Soul Risin' is the Syracuse, NY, soulgrass jam band fronted by singer/songwriter Bryan Weinsztok. Thriving off of their live shows, the group brings together an array of musical influences to get any venue grooving. From southern rock to funk, blues, reggae and bluegrass jams, with a touch of genuine soul, they take it to new levels on stage with creative improv & jams leaving fans craving more. ... more

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Track Name: Don Negativo (Fool Like You)
Don Negativo (Fool Like You)

The big mess since you’ve come around
The icy waters, the sinking down
The sentimental story you don’t even care about
But then you say,
You’d rather hear me shout it out loud

You puncture holes in every word tossed your way
You muddle love with madness each and every day
You make no sense at all, your mind it’s slipped away
But then you say, it’s likely better that way

None of these worlds could ever settle you down
All contradiction, never any common ground
Say, maybe if I was a fool like you too
I would batter the oceans
Remove all the blue

Maybe if I was a fool like you
Maybe if I was never guaranteed to satisfy
I couldn’t ever wonder what that world would be like
I’d rather not even tr y to tr y to try

I guess there’s no need to turn around now

Walk the streets like some pumping vein
Turn your nose up at the eyes turned your way
You make a puzzle of a happy day
Cursing the sunlight, begging the clouds to rain

I still don’t get it, I’m in love,
So why don’t you find a girl too
I still don’t get it, I smiled today,
You never do
I still don’t get it, the world is your parade but you
Walk the side streets,
It’s better we don’t parade on you

None of these worlds could ever settle you down
All contradiction, never any common ground
Say, maybe if I was a fool like you too
I would pummel the oceans
Remove all the blue

Maybe if I was a fool like you
Maybe if I was never guaranteed to satisfy
I couldn’t ever wonder what that world would be like
I’d rather not even tr y to tr y to try

I guess there’s no need to turn around now

It’s like you know the world’s gonna end,
But you just want to see it all play out
Track Name: Rise & Fall
Rise & Fall

See I was hoping that I’d find myself Goliath’s tree
To chop it right down with the axe life gave to me
But my heavy heart working slow, wearing me thin
The worr y’s that I’ll do too much thinking
Then I’ll never see you again

But in the morning now the light shines
Never the same
Everybody wonders if we’ll ever see it again
Everybody wants to know when
We all might rise and fall again

We might rise and fall
Till the breakwaters erode us all

Stumble through emotions
My mind on my sleeve
Keeping myself wondering
If you’ll ever come and save me
But the world seems to give itself to better the fix
Providing all the notions
That we’ll never stop living this

When the nights give us solace, that bit of relief
Find us in a moment that will never complete
Still everyone wants to know when
We might rise and fall again

We might rise and fall
Till the breakwaters erode us all

When David battled love like he battled the beast
Shooting down the devil to reveal to him his queen
Took the love of another and confesses the sin
Cursed be the child of the man, the new king

His actions they crumble, subtle and slow
Everybody wonders why we never let go
Everyone wants to know when
He might rise and fall again

We might rise and fall
Till the breakwaters erode us all

We might rise and fall
Hoping this love never leaves us at odds
Maybe one day the love will come and fill us all
Till the breakwaters erode us all
Till we rise, we will rise again
Track Name: Heaven's Done
Heaven’s Done

Baby says she’s good enough for me
Then she says I go play to rough for you
She’s done, she says
With this game of touch and go

Baby says she’s good to me
You know, this ain’t no make-believe love
She’s gone crazy
In this game of rock ‘n roll

Little lady, she wants me
Says that I’m crazy
And I can’t believe in everything that she says
To me lately is one time around
If you heard the word,
You heard the sound of it lately

This heaven’s done, got to go
This heaven’s done, got to go
She’s done, baby
But says she’s time for one more show

Little lady, she wants me
Says that I’m crazy
And I can’t believe in everything that she says
To me lately is one time around
If you heard the word,
You heard the sound of it

Little lady, she wants me
But since I’ve gone crazy
Gotta back where I belong
Deep down in the woods
Of the pain and the sorrow
And heartache and everything that’s wrong

Little lady, she wants me
I’m crazy
And I can’t believe in you lately
You want me, you want me,
You want me back again
Track Name: Tidal Waves
Tidal Waves

I’m gonna love you, write up across the sky
Little lessons learned, up in the by and by

But you’ve been running just
Bits too fast for me now
You’ve been running too fast,
Too fast for me now

How about you say, to me in the morning light
Wouldn’t it be fun, wouldn’t it be nice
If you could just treat me right

But you’ve been running just
Bits too fast for me now
Little lessons of how it all works somehow

Somehow it all comes round
Filling up my worried mind
But moving me along
You see these days they fill themselves
With memories
Of back when I chose rambling on
I want to see you by my bedside
Baby, don’t leave in the morn
Or else these tidal waves
Might sweep us off our feet
And drop us back where we left off

Little lady love, why don’t stay with me tonight
I’ve got miles to give, and roads to roam
And all of them with you in sight

But you’ve been running just
Bits too fast for me now
Little lessons of how it all works somehow

Somehow it all comes round
Filling up my worried mind
But moving me along
You see these days they fill themselves
With memories
Of back when I chose rambling on
I want to see you by my bedside
Baby, don’t leave in the morn
Or else these tidal waves
Might sweep us off our feet
And drop us back where we left off

I want to see you by my bedside
Baby, don’t leave in the morn
Or else these tidal waves
Might sweep us off our feet
Drop us back where we belong
I’ve seen the glor y of the love you bring
You give me life, the strength to carry on
That bit of open hearted madness,
Crossed with fear
Never seems to hurt no one
So don’t go running from my bedside
Babe, I’ve got the story that you want
You see these tidal waves
Have swept us off our feet
Dropped us back where we left off
Track Name: Leaving Train
Leaving Train

Happiness comes to me again,
Saw it through some broken glass, real thin
Cut me deep, way past my skin,
Says it’s moving in

And sadness rolls away,
I saw it boarding on some leaving train
Hope it never comes back again,
You and me say we’re OK with that

Finally the day settles in,
Feet keep moving but the mind don’t stick
Fight the battles, clench the fists,
This love is hard to resist

And know that love may leave us soon,
Taking off upon some big blue balloon
But why’s it always got to be so blue

Say you’ve got a good life
Don’t let it go to waste
Open up every door
Then stay, just stay
Make each dream a memory
Never let one run astray
Because the mind won’t settle too long
On what it did today

Happiness comes to me so
Saw it through my bourbon glass, running low
Cuts me deep, reads the story slow
Thinking I could use some more

Then sadness rolls away
I see it boarding on that leaving train
Hope it never makes its way back again
I’d be OK with that

Say you’ve got a good life
Don’t let it go to waste
Open up every door
Then stay, just stay
Make each dream a memory
Never let one run astray
Because the mind won’t settle too long
On what it did today
Track Name: Worcester
Worcester

Got a good mind, but you can’t help it
See all the things you’ve stored inside
Got a good mind, but you say forget it
No need to go digging around all night

Around all night…
While you wait long days

Had a good life, but now forget it
You’ve slipped quite deep into a slide
Had a good life, so don’t you regret it
All the love you gave is still alive

Still alive…
While you wait long days

Come inside my head
I want you to see
I’m stuck down in this 40 foot hole,
By myself, hope the rabbit can dig me out
Coming all these days
Now I’ve got to choose
To let me in you

Had a great love, but now you’ve left it
All the moments we’d come to admire
Had a great love, don’t you forget it
Will it out, find your fire

Find your fire…
While you wait long days

Come inside my head
I want you to see
I’m stuck down in this 40 foot hole,
By myself, hope the rabbit can dig me out
Coming all these days
Now I’ve got to choose
To let me in you

Come inside my head
I need you to see
Stuck down in this 40 foot hole,
By yourself, hope the rabbit can dig you out
Reeling all these days
Now you’ve got to choose
To let me through

For 40 days and nights
I was forced to be
I’m gonna hold on to you
Like you held on to me
Fighting all these tears
While you’re left to choose
To let me in you

Come inside my head
I want you to see
I’m stuck down in this 40 foot hole,
By myself, hope the rabbit can dig me out
Coming all these days
Now I’ve got to choose
To let me in you
Track Name: The Door
The Door

Come inside, you should see
The road I’ve paved for you clear

Hold on now, strong but still
Can’t take much more of this

You’ve run out, of time to spare
The moment’s drawing near

With love around, our hearts and fears
The door has become clear

So tonight, we’re gonna look you up and down
While you try to change the world
And tonight, maybe I could save you
Like I’d meant to do
Like I always meant to do for you

Hold us now, time will heal
The sadness we’ve come to feel

Now I know, love is real
We’ll miss you, daddy dear

But tonight, when we look you up and down
You’re trying to change the world
Oh tonight, maybe I could save you
Like I’d meant to do
Like I always meant to do for you

Just come and say it to my face
A little anger, a little bit of you in me
Just come and say it to my face
Whole lotta loving, I don’t need an excuse for it
But when you throw it in my face
I just combat it, and never thought to chew on it
Just come and say it to my face
Whole lotta loving,
Can’t you see all of us pleading with you

Oh, tonight, we’re gonna look you up and down
You’ve changed the world
But maybe now,
Tell me when I moved, did I move to slow?
‘Cuz never did I mean to move so slow
Sometimes now,
Thinking that it all goes by too quick
Thinking that it all went by too quick
Oh tonight, maybe I could save you
Like I’d meant to do
Like I always meant to do for you
Track Name: Part Two / Open The Door
Part Two

Oh no, what’s this
Finally sinking in?
I heard it all before
But the message never cleared
Now time turns real again
And little would we know
You’d be walking out the door

The dust, it settles
Upon the windowsills
The sun shines through and sheds
It’s light upon to fill
An empty heart or two
When pain is painted thick
Someday we’ll run with you again

And I can be here for
Whenever you want me to be

Oh God, how could
You take a man so soon?
He didn’t much believe in you
Till disaster seemed to loom
Upon his life so fickle
You know, how could anyone ever know
When the door could close on you

And I can be here for
Whenever you want me to be

While you take flight on a cloud
Of miracle dreams
You know, we’ve all got to let go
And sentiments run,
Leave a freight train track of them
And we’ve all gotta cut

Bolts of lightning
How they clip
Leave us wanting
More of him

And I can be here for
Whenever you want me to be

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Open The Door

Come up to your eyes once again
Open the door, and let the rest of us in

Come up to your eyes once again
Open the door, and let the rest of us in
Open the door

I have waited here for too long
Struggling with moments
Most of which have gone wrong
Desperate measures
Then followed by bombs
Tussling with anger
Mixed emotions left on

So come up to your eyes once again
Open the door, and let the rest of us in
Open the door

Open the door and let the rest of us in
Track Name: The Greatest Advice
The Greatest Advice

Love means more than this
When tossed off to life’s great abyss
Out is the flame
That once burned this insane world over

Went lost while slowly cutting ties
As the cold crept in from the outside
We’re here, with you now
Sleep well, my love
Don’t suffer, because

Love means more than this
When tossed off to life’s great abyss
Out is the flame
That once burned this insane world over

You were there to set me straight
When I went wrong
With a hand to lend,
Maybe a story to back it up
“Pick your battles, son,” he says
It’s the greatest advice that I’ve got to give
Don’t live suffering

Because love means more than this
When we’re tossed off to life’s great abyss
Out is the flame
That once burned this insane world over

La da da da da da, we used to sing out loud
Ha ha, we’d laugh,
When maybe we felt down
To be graced by an energy strong
And living to make you proud
But it’s all turned around now
But what I’ll take out of it, I will behold in you

Love means more than this
When we’re tossed off to life’s great abyss
Out is the flame
That once burned this insane world over
Track Name: Baby
Baby

Find myself awake at night
Warming hearts
Rocking you to bed
To lullabies

Knowing that I’ll see in you
The greatest world
A better view
Of how this man should live

Don’t wait for me
To set your course
I’ll pave your road
Then let your horses free
To be what you’ll be

My baby…

Walk you down the street one day
Hand in hand, you say “C’mon, Dad,
Let’s skip school today and play”

Wondering what I’ll say when you
Bring home some lucky dame and you
Claim to be in love

I will not resist to let you
Make your own mistakes
And when you do, I’ll help you’ll carry on

My baby…

I’ll hold out my world for you
Save it all, and tell you truths
Of what it means just to be you
Grow on your own, son, but enjoy your youth

I’ll be here the moment that you fall down
Like my father was for me
When I felt turned around
And I’ll give all my world just to be for you
What you’d expect from me
As completely as I can do
And then you’d wonder…

How the time has passed away
And here you are holding your own little baby

And with him looking back at you
Maybe then you’d realize just why
I wrote this song for you

My baby…
Track Name: Punk
Punk

I’ve been coming up forward
Trying to move me right back
We’ve been moving the world all over
These crooked lines, crossed crooked tracks

Trying to move me in one way
Then you cut me in two
While I’ve been running all these days
Tr ying to get to you,
And when I do… you

Would you do it to me twice like so?
You never understood words like “let go”
Or would you do it to me thrice that time?
I just mistook it just for you tr ying to be kind
But then you do it to me once then go
That’s not the way it’s supposed to go, I know
That woman walks off way too slow
She tried to call me a punk

You’ve been riding up one way
Trying to hop a plane back
You’ve been fooling the world all over
Like some two-bit punk speaks smack

My mind’s moving in one way
Until you steer me in two
Still I’ve been running all these days
Tr ying to get to you,
And when I do… you

Would you do it to me twice like so?
You never understood words like “let go”
Or would you do it to me thrice that time?
I just mistook it just for you tr ying to be kind
But then you do it to me once then go
That’s not the way it’s supposed to go, I know
That woman walks off way too slow
The nerve to call me a punk
(I know that woman, she’s a punk)