The Opposite of Goodbye.

by Soul Risin'

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Soul Risin's second full-length release. If you're ready to absorb some kick-ass music, this smoking-hot, dozen-song gem soars across the cosmos of musical styles, jumping from funk to bluegrass before circling around the sun and floating in some pop and even a ballad - it's a real jam! Oh, but there's two bonus tracks, so you actually get 14.

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released May 11, 2010

Soul Risin’ is:
Bryan Weinsztok – acoustic guitar / vocals
Jeff Pazer – electric guitar
John Capozzolo – drums / percussion
Adam Fisher – bass guitar / backing vocals
Mike D’Ambrosio – organ / piano
Jim Dunham - percussion

All lyrics by Bryan Weinsztok.
All music by Bryan Weinsztok and Soul Risin’, except Living It Too, music by Bryan Weinsztok, Mike D’Ambrosio and Soul Risin’, and Lovers’ Row, music and lyrics by Bryan Weinsztok (Bryan performs solo). John Capozzolo performs backing vocals on MMMHello.

Produced by Soul Risin’. Recorded at More Sound Recording Studio, Syracuse, New York. Recording Engineer: Brett Walts. Mixed and mastered by Jocko at More Sound Recording Studio – www.moresound315.com.
Art Direction: Robyn Jonick.

The Rise would like to thank all of our friends, families and fans who have continued to support this animal we call Soul Risin’ throughout the process of creating The Opposite of Goodbye. It’s been a long time coming, we know, but it’s finally here. While we enjoy creating music for our own self pleasures, we truly do it for you. Without you, we are nothing but a group of guys making noise in an empty room. However, with you at our sides, we will strive to be more, to grow as musicians, and feed off the inspiration you provide each time we set foot, hands to instruments, before you. Also, many thanks to all those “rooms” who have allowed us to enter and do what we love to do. Thanks for trusting your walls to us. To all, we truly look forward to continuing to Rise together for many, many years to come. - SR

Copyright 2010 Bryan Weinsztok & Soul Risin’

No one likes poachers. But then again, no one ever appreciates elephants in rooms. So, where does the alliance fall? Who comes out alive? “Surely this won’t work,” both think. Out of this cube of walls perhaps an amicable energy will develop, and the poacher sees the ivory before him for what it truly represents. He embraces its rarity and magnificence, and finds himself pondering the blood trail he’s now left behind. The elephant is slain. Around one’s neck, far to his west, one sheds a tear for the gift they receive. Whether they cry of joy, not realizing the larger of what’s left behind, or weep for the great beast, the gift is accepted graciously, a spark of dignity towards the soul of the creature, while east another scar forms deep within the poacher’s heart. He was the elephant; we lived as poachers. This is his long goodbye, and now we RISE.

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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: Spent
Spent
I like to move when you move me just like so
I like to scuttlebutt to rhythms, set my mind on overflow
But it’s a pity that you came around this time
I feel I’ve got to let you off

I like to work, but you work me way too hard
I like to freak out to the rhythms of those motherfuckers jacking my car
But it’s a pity that you came around tonight
See I’ve got to take this phone call

And still she says, “my pretty baby how I want you, want you. Still I’m never gonna push you.”

Oh, my little baby, she’s spent
And still she says, “No, give me more”
How am I to go doing this to ourselves?
While in some innocent little way she conveys
She’s gonna do it all

I like to run, just to coming up nowhere
Got to get me little more thinking, feeling four ways
Don’t you hear them marching up one by one?
Stomping out the sounds of the loudest one’s gun
You see, still a pity that you came around at all
Because we’re gonna take a fall

I still say, “my pretty baby how I want you, want you. Know I’m never gonna push you.”

Oh, my little lady, she’s spent
And still she says, “No, give me more”
How am I to go doing this to ourselves?
While in some innocent little way she conveys
She’s gonna do it all
Track Name: Parade
Parade
Won’t you light up my fuse
So I can set free, the spirit’s in you
Explode you out o’er some July parade
Let your colors mysteriously fade into crowds
They would wonder all about you
And how you love me the way that you do, never wrong
And it’s all, all about me
You seem always okay with some secrets I’d keep

But I feel love spilling over now
We’ve got to set free our souls somehow
She thinks you ought to know by now
That it’s not too late to get away, never too late to get away now

Oh but you, love of my life
I’m gonna turn this round and make you my wife
Because you, my blue eyed parade
Let my body completely fade into yours
I’d get lost, and all about you
See I’m always okay with every move that you do

But I feel love spilling over now
We’ve got to set free our souls somehow
She thinks you ought to know for sure
That it’s not too late to get away, never too late to get away now

You know, it’s never late to break away
You, my blue eyed parade, my world
It’s not too late to get away, never too late to get away now

My world, my love, I’ll give this all up for you
Girl, my one, I’d give my whole life to you, girl…
My whole world to you, girl…
Track Name: Oh High
On High
I’ve been moving my head too still, through the glitters of
These fine mornings and angels’ bliss, just a sampling of
That you left me here, with your precious heart
It’s been filling my soul
From the morning you left me down, I’ve been picking up

I’m on high…

Got no answers for you, ma belle, just my hands held open
Palms to you and my guiding spell, trying to make you come
For you set me here, to be pressed with all
What’s been filling my world
Then that time came you let me down, now I’m picking up

I’m on high…

How I want you here, for to give me all your love
You play it well
For I need you here, just to show me all the games
You’d draw the line
But lately all I give to you is good

I’m on high…
Track Name: The Long Path Through Life
The Long Path Through Life
Sister, I’ve got a little secret for you now
About what was real, but now it’s long forgot
You say you’ve got 40 mouths to feed,
but I’ve got just one life to breed upon these days
Now you now I’m right

I heard hey, Brother, you’ve got a little story for me now
Is this the one about the love you’ve been looking for all your life?
You see one day you’ll grow old like me,
and you’ll find yourself feeling lonely in the night
Sit back in your bed and you’ll know I’m right

But till then I’ll be looking for love
And I won’t fall asleep till she’s in my arms
Then I know I’ll be good to go
But till then I’ll be cooling off my mind,
singing sweet songs in the sunshine
On the long path through life

Hey, Mother, I’ve got a little something here to tell
Are you lost in a mixed translation of a love gone wrong?
See these days you’re town in misery,
because you’ve got children roaming at your feet
And every time they cry
Don’t you know I’m right

Hey, my Papa, I’ve got here this gift to give to you
About the love you’ve been missing out on all your life
You see this gift I give to you,
because lately mama don’t give it up, she don’t do you right
Can’t you see I’m right

But till then I’ll be looking for love
And I won’t fall asleep till she’s in my arms
Then I know I’ll be good to go
But till then I’ll be cooling off my mind,
singing sweet songs in the sunshine
On the long path through life

And till then I’ll be looking for love
And I won’t fall asleep tonight
Then I know I’ll be good to go
Till then I’ll be cooling off my mind,
singing sweet songs and thinking lullabies
On the long path through life
Track Name: A Blues Dream
A Blues Dream
I never wanted you to myself, dear
All you’d do is let me down
I’d give up everything just to have you once
But then you’d go and wear my heart out
A measure complicated by true love
And sentiments of broken hearts
I’d swear I’m feeling you for the first time, love
How ‘bout you come and move me now

I was your hero once
So hot, still so cold to you sometimes
I’d give up everything
And still you’d let me down

I never wanted you to myself, dear
All you did was let me down
I gave up everything just to hold you once
But there you’d go ripping my heart out
And when I demonstrate all my true love
What was the first thing you let out
You’re scared of this and that, but I’m hungry babe
It’s time you listen to me now

I was your lover once
So soft, but so hard for you sometimes
I gave up everything
And still you let me down
Track Name: Tellin' U So
Tellin’ U So
Oh my lady thinks it’s easier to choose
Between the innocence and madness that seems when coming over you
Will be the first time, you’d be round, tellin’ me so

See my friend it’s always easier to be
Every bit of all the evil brewing up from inside me
This is the last time I’ll come round, forgiving me so

But don’t shoot me down… build me up, build me up
Don’t shoot me down… build me up, build me up
With love, with love
Oh my precious one
You’ve got, you’ve got
All the good vibes in the world
To keep me right outside your jungle there
Where I keep dead and done
Can’t you see now that I’ve gone

Oh my baby, you see the time has come to choose
Separate from all the bitterness that’s come spewing out of you
Maybe this is the last time I’ll be around, forgiving you so

Oh, little lover, little lover of mine see the time has come to be
Won’t you open up your arms and let me zip up into thee
Be the both of us, tied up into one, and loving you so

But don’t shoot me down… build me up, build me up
Don’t shoot me down… build me up, build me up
With love, with love
Oh my precious one
You’ve got, you’ve got
All the good vibes in the world
To keep me right outside your jungle there
Where I keep dead and done
Can’t you see now that I’ve gone

Oh my world, you see this child was born to be
Every bit of all the madness multiplying from out of me
Make this the last time, I’d come round, tellin’ you so
Track Name: Figured It Out
Figured It Out
I’ll walk you right on in the door
To answer all you life what you’ve been waiting for
How could a lover like you come to hold me tight
Until you figure me out
Now don’t wear me down

I’ll walk you right on through the night
Plans and wishes come to give me fright
Oh my baby, hold me tight, one more goodnight
Until you figure me out

You told my friends we’d ride it out
Still we’re never gonna go amount to anything, any way, these days
Is what it’s all about

So, I wanted you to know, ain’t nobody telling me, got to figure it so
So get it right, every body’s right, every body’s figuring, I forgot to shoot on sight

Till I figure it out
All my friends said ride it out
Meanwhile we’re never gonna go amount to anything, any way, these days
Is what it’s all about

Oh, but if you’d like to move me
Oh sweet girl you’ve got to listen closely to me
It’s a mercy, mercy time to get this, right?
But then you figure me out
Now don’t throw me out

So I walk you right on out the door
You see that all these years you screamed you wanted more
One more kiss, one more love, then one more goodnight
And then we figure it out

All my friends said ride it out
While she says I’m never gonna go amount to anything she wants, any way
It’s what it’s all about

So I wanted you to know, aint nobody telling me, got to figure it so
So get it right, every body’s right, every body’s figuring, I forgot to shoot on sight
See we’re all wrong, all my brothers wrong, what I’ve been here saying
The plight is in the song
But now, aint no time but now, got to get to thinking, how’s love and death gone down

And then we figure it out
All my friends said ride it out
She thinks we’re never gonna go amount to anything, any way, these days
She says it oh so loud

And then she moves
Find her coming to you
You feel it slip into some mold
Then find her running
And hear the guns blazing to you
You feel it slip into some mold
And say, alright
What about all these nights you left me here
Thinking to myself
And what about us,
What about all those time you left me here
Thinking to myself
What about love
Track Name: My Angel
My Angel
Come dance with me
Climb on my feet, if need be
Together now, our hearts beat

Your flow, the world it turns to stare
I’ll catch my breath in time, I swear
That one kiss, my life’s air

But I beg of you this time
No way I’d leave your side
See this happens to me all the time
When it’s love I’ve found

Darling don’t you see
This day you’ll marry me
And be my lover
You’re my angel
And darling as you sleep
Come dream your dreams to me
And be my lover
You’re my angel

So talk your sideways thinking
And always leave me eyes wide
I can’t take myself off you

So describe what it is you melt about
I find when nothing’s left for working out
We’ll crash down, lightly

But I’ll beg of you this time
No words or feel describe
What happens to me all the time
When it’s love I’ve found

Darling don’t you see
You’ll come away with me
And be my lover
You’re my angel
And darling as you sleep
Come dream your dreams to me
And be my lover
You’re my angel

Now as I stand alone in your room
I wait, I wait
For my sense to overcome my will
Yet then
This moment lasts ‘till the heart stops

You go on thinking that you’ve got too much to give to me
You go on living as if love creeps unsuspectingly
You slap the love away, you realize you’re not as strong as once before
But then, there I find you crawling to my bed again
Track Name: The Demise of Mama's Wrath
The Demise of Mama’s Wrath
Take it from my baby, know she understands
Feeling for me, sitting there
Go cry into my hands

You’ve got to take back your Sundays
Lord, it’s gonna set you right
And don’t bring it home to mama,
You know, she’ll only leave you to die

Finally the faster, and more and more you’ve grown
You’ll begin to notice all the things that’s she’s done wrong

You’ve got to steal back your Sundays
Lord, it’s gonna set you right
But don’t take that home to mama
You know, she’ll only leave you crying

Say, “see you later, mama.”
Soon she’ll understand
When she finds you riding off with some driving man

Little bit of lovin’
She claims it’s lack of trust
Finding you wielding swords
As if she’s caught you in some lust

You’ve got to take back them Sundays
Lord, it’s gonna do you right
And when you bring it home to mama,
You know, she’ll only leave you dying

Say, “see you later, mama.”
She’s got to understand
Soon she’ll find you riding off with some driving man

Moments made of moments built of when I was like you
See me looking back at all the madness I went through
Fighting fights of nothing’s right and made up minds unlike
Could take this further, but I’d rather not

You’ve got to steal back your Sundays
Lord, it’s gonna set you right
You’ve got to take back your mind to believe in what you think is right
You’ve got take back them Sundays
Lord, it’s time free your mind
But don’t take this home to mama
You know, she’ll only leave you crying…
Track Name: Living It Too
Living It Too
It’s been a long road, traveling through my soul till I see you
I took the long way around
And it’s a fair game, but I’ve been left to blame, look in the mirror
See what’s right there for me
You see now and again’s when I take my sweet time through each moment
But that’s when it crumbles at my feet, you know…

Sometimes I’ve gotta get all back to me
You’ve left me blind, I’m done, wish I’d seen

It was my fault all along, and you should have known
You’re living it too, you’re living it
My way all the time, and you should have known
You’re living it too, you’re living it too

Maybe this time, I’d find, the feelings from your eyes they do hurt you
You tell me that’s why you cry
And I’m finally there, jailed to the floor, I hope to stumble
Someday back to your arms
Sick of it all, all the games, nasty calls, cold shoulders
Leaves me thinking I should know, that…

Sometimes I’ve gotta ride it all back to me
You’ve left me blind, I’m done, wish I’d seen

It was my fault all along, and you should have known
You’re living it too, you’re living it
My way all the time, and you should have known
You’re living it too, you’re living it too

And all those dreams I’ve gone ahead and stepped on them twice
Find I, most times, won’t even take my own advice
Happiness, comes and then, laughing at me, staring in
Will you come back to my life

It’s been a long while, terrorizing my mind, then I see you
Oh the memory’s a bear
And if I could say this would be the last time I would taste you
I’d bring it all back to me, because it’s been…

My fault all along, and you should have known
You’re living it too, you’re living it
My way all the time, and you should have known
You’re living it too, you’re living it too
Track Name: Northbound
Northbound
Cutting ties, colorblind, and I feel fucked up
Because the more I think about it, and read between the lines, I’ve pushed you off
I’m left alone and sitting on the floor this time, naked and alone
When picking through the letters you wrote to me, found a suicide note

And I think you could be much more than the eye
You’re more than I bargained for
Everything’s going so wrong in your life,
Everything’s blowing up

Fighting fire, fire with fire, we’re burning up
You say I’ve fueled you quite too long and now it’s time, we settle up
Shouldn’t have left you alone that night, reeling on the floor
When I come around to kiss you in the morning, I find a suicide note

And I think you could be much more than the eye
You’re more than I bargained for
Everything’s going so wrong in your life,
Everything’s blowing up

Got to send them up northbound, because you have gone missing
Send them all to me you know it’s that freezing sound
Gonna send me up northbound, because you have gone missing
Send them all to me you know it’s a breathing sound
Of sound conversations, no telling of lies
Go open up your battle scars and drain them eyes

Border lines come closer than before, we’ll fight the law
Of a broken heart’s policing through the rubble of midnight call
I find myself naked on the floor and left alone
Reading through those letters you wrote to me, sure one’s a suicide note

And I think you could be much more than the eye
You’re more than I bargained for
Everything’s going so wrong in your life,
Everything’s blowing up

Got to send them up northbound, because you have gone missing
Send them all to me you know it’s that freezing sound
Gonna send me up northbound, because you have gone missing
Send them all to me you know it’s a breathing sound
Of sound conversations, no telling of lies
Go open up your battle scars and drain them eyes
Gonna send me up northbound, because you have gone missing
Send them all to me you know it’s that freezing sound
Of sound conversations, no telling of lies
Go open up your battle scars and drain them eyes

And I think you could be much more than the eye, you’re more than I bargained for
Track Name: A Long Goodbye
A Long Goodbye
I talk to myself
Yes, I talk about the things
That get me by in the back of my mind

And I run
Each day I could run
Closer to the pitfalls between wrongs and rights

But it’s times like these when I’ve learned to walk away
Like the first time that I saw you
Standing there, in your thin clothes
I thought I loved you
Oh what a game, you’d play
That last time I saw you slipping away
Was such a long goodbye

Fools to me are a different breed
Because what’s in sight and what’s make believe
It all seems right when past my eyes

And by the way, remember that you said
A complicated kind of love is the best you had
Paint a picture of the story of a lifetime’s nights

But it’s times like these when I’ve learned to walk away
Like the first time that I saw you
Standing there, in your thin clothes
I thought I loved you
Oh what a game, you’d play
That last time I saw you slipping away
Was such a long goodbye

Like the first time that I saw you
Was I knew that I would love you

But it’s times like these when I’ve learned to walk away
Like the first time that I saw you
Standing there, in your thin clothes
I thought I loved you
Oh what a game, you’d play
That last time I saw you slipping away
Was such a long goodbye
Track Name: Lovers' Row (Bonus Track)
Lovers’ Row
Tell me, can I ride your coaster?
Spin around a big ‘ole loop of you
Settle in our lives together,
In this little red house for two

But isn’t it amazing, how love goes?
And isn’t it amazing, how our love could grow like so?
Isn’t it amazing, how love goes,
And then we find ourselves on lovers’ row

When the day breaks early,
I’m gonna stare deep into you
And what I’d find, I wouldn’t mind taking
with me, and if the sun don’t rise upon us
Let us sleep it out

Because isn’t it amazing, how love goes?
And isn’t it amazing, how our love could grow like so?
Isn’t it amazing, how love goes,
And then we find ourselves on lovers’ row

And in that garden where I first kissed you,
Comfort flowed about and set our hearts in tune
Then two days later when you sought escape,
And that dirty story from your mind erased
When on the third day we would dance and shout,
Celebrate the love that we would soon let out
And in the morning when I gazed at you,
Your eyes told the stories of me, loving you

And this is love…

Because isn’t it amazing, how love goes?
And isn’t it amazing, how our love could grow like so?
Isn’t it amazing, how love goes,
And then we find ourselves on lovers’ row