Ashes to Ashes : B​-​Sides, Singles and Rarities

by Koala Fires

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B-Sides, Singles and Rarities that span the career of Koala Fires. This album includes tracks from the previously un-released EP "Fibbo Not Xi", B-sides to singles from their debut album "The Beeping in Our Hearts", A track from their first EP "Sleep Tight, Lucky Grills", Demos and other Unreleased music.

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released June 1, 2013

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"…the songs they write have a timelessness that should ensure a long shelflife. Other contenders for "Best Local Release of 2010" accolades—you have your work cut out for you." - Mike Breen, Cincinnati CityBeat ... more

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Track Name: We Are All Kingdoms (Single) 2013
I have withdrawn inside the walls surrounding me.
As for the keys, you gave them back to me.
This kingdom falls a bit too easily.

These hallowed halls protect and comfort me,
But in the end they only serve to sentence me.
I ought to tear them down.

We are all kingdoms, but we can't ever conquer our fear of being kings.
Yet in the shiftless night, we see what we're all meant to be.
It's never the thing that you thought it would be.
It's more of a whisper than brash revelry.
It's more like the heartbeat you feel inside me.

I've seen some things, I thought I'd never see.
Tried to forget, but everything reminded me.
This mind recalls a bit too easily.

These tattered walls, collecting dust so patiently,
But in the end they give all that they have for me.
I might keep them around.

We are all kingdoms, but we can't ever conquer our fear of being kings.
Yet in the shiftless night, we see what we're all meant to be.
It's never the thing that you thought it would be.
It's more of a whisper than brash revelry.
It's more like the heartbeat you feel inside me.
Track Name: Eagle Has Landed (B-Side) 2010
Eagle Eyes
I was mesmerized by your demise in the Eastern skies.
So, what is wrong and who are you?
Where did you go?
What did you do?
It's who you know, not who you knew.
Not how you fell, but how you flew.

The sky is full of emptiness until we fill the emptiness.
And then it's full of broken wings, but you don't understand these things.

Take a chance and advance on the course that' in front of you.
Take a chance although you may crash and burn.
It's the wax that gave out as you reached out for the sun.
All that's left is for you to crash and burn.

So then you jumped and then you fell.
Up to the sky and down to Hell.
But you won't tell that thing you heard.
Are you a man? Are you a bird?

The sky is full of emptiness until we fill the emptiness.
And then it's full of broken wings, but you don't understand these things.

Take a chance and advance on the course that' in front of you.
Take a chance although you may crash and burn.
It's the wax that gave out as you reached out for the sun.
All that's left is for you to crash and burn.

You never thought you could.
You never thought you would.
You never knew until you threw it all away.
Track Name: Death of Ethel Green Glass (Previously Unreleased) 2006
There's another one who's breaking the code.
He doesn't know why but he kind of feels old and he doesn't know what to say.

And there's another one she's calling HQ and she's ratting the snitch, but that's really old news and she doesn't know what to say.

Another, Another one, Another one got away.
Another, Another one, Another one escaped.

There's another one and she's stealing a car and she's running from them not sure who they are, and she doesn't know where to stay.

There's another one he's losing his mind, his radio's down behind enemy lines, but he's got nothing to say.

Another, Another one, Another one got away.
Another, Another one, Another one escaped.
Track Name: Splitting Hairs (Demo) 2007
I'm on the wrong side of the argument I made, I'm selling out like nobody knows. I can't decide if I agree with what I said or do I know that I don't really know?

And I'm standing on the tipping scales.
And I'm splitting all my unkempt hairs.

I'm on the inside of the outside of my brain. I'm looking out into the outside. I'm on the outside of the house in which I live on the inside of the North side.

And I'm standing on the tipping scales.
And I'm splitting all my unkempt hairs.

In any given second there's a battle in the mind.
One side is the victor; the other left behind.
But, it's the moments that I stagger and wage my long debate,
It's a long time for an outsider to wait.
Track Name: Voyager Two (B-Side) 2008
While you're awake, you don't think of me.
You think of everything else you know.
But, when you sleep your mind remembers me,
And pulls me toward the stars above.

Voyager, what have you done to me?
I think you're dreaming me, you're all alone.
Forevermore, you fall away from me,
And dream of the trajectory that pulls you home.

When you fall to sleep I will catch you there.
(When you fall to sleep)
When you fall to sleep I will meet you there.
(I'll meet you in your dreams)

When will you wake up?
I don't really know.
But when you wake up, I'll have to go.

Voyager, what have you done to me?
I think you're dreaming me, you're all alone.
Forevermore, you fall away from me,
And dream of the trajectory that pulls you home.

When you fall to sleep. When you fall.
Track Name: Kissing the Invisible Man (Previously Unreleased) 2006
Darling, close your eyes and kiss me one more time,
Before my lips disappear again.
You've held me close before as I was standing by your door.
Now, your eyes are playing tricks. Don't you think so?

Darling, please don't sigh or ask the reason why.
It's simply part of living with this man.
It's easier for me to hide out or to leave
when things get out of sync with the master plan.

You opened your eyes, but you could not see.
You felt all around, but you didn't feel me.
I'm feeling alone while you're starting to wonder if I'm o.k.

It's like kissing the Invisible Man.
I think that you can't but you know that you can,
And you'll never give up trying
Until I finally stay.
Track Name: Dehydrated, Dehydrated (Demo) 2010
Get outta my head (You've been lurking there a long while)
Get outta my brian (Let me sleep tonight)
Get outta my way (I need a change in direction)
I'm going insane (Let me go, Let me go)
This is a sad, sad song (The melody is never ending)
I've been singing for years (At least it feels that way)
There is a lot of repetition (Uh-huh Uh-huh Uh-huh Uh-huh)
Lyrics are boring me to tears (I'm dehydrated, dehydrated over)

You make me wish I never heard this song before.
I used to hum it happy all the time.
I want to hear a new song when I dream.

And, It's running through my head x4
No more running through my head x4
Please stop running through my head x4
And, it;s running through my head x7

Get outta my head (You've been lurking there a long while)
Get outta my brian (Let me sleep tonight)
Get outta my way (I need a change in direction)
I'm going insane (Let me go, Let me go)
This is a sad, sad song (The melody is never ending)
I've been singing for years (At least it feels that way)
There is a lot of repetition (Uh-huh Uh-huh Uh-huh Uh-huh)
Lyrics are boring me to tears (I'm dehydrated, dehydrated over)

You make me wish I never heard this song before.
I used to hum it happy all the time.
I want to hear a new song

(When I dream)
Track Name: Harriet (Previously Unreleased) 2006
Harriet lies and fakes a cough.
She's turned her conscious off and slept in
A home, that she calls home sweet home.
It's where she hangs her hat and heartache
Brings her pain. The echoes ring
Of a long sigh of disbelief; of
Telltale grief. The exhaled air brings no relief
Heavy metals line her walls.
Expectation falls into a different category.

The disappointment calls her name.
It's shared her deepest shame,
Her deepest fear of being solo
She can't hear herself think of
Grabbing her last drink it will be her last breath
Inhaled into lungs that never knew how
To truly take in the atmosphere

And, I'm sure we need you here.
I'm sure we need you here.
You think you're only notching someone's belt
And they've never felt, the sharpened end
Of their pretend advocacy.
Track Name: We Only Have One Thing (Previously Unreleased) 2010
We walk a line that is awfully hard to see.
And we often stray from the path that we most need.
So, why do we try to walk despite our motivation?

We've got a thousand reasons counting
And we've got a hundred years for living
We've got a decade for decisions
But after everything we only have one thing

I will decide the direction and the distance
And I will try to gap the distance closer still
And we will be what we've already decided

When we've got a million years and counting
And we've spent eternity in dreams
The point of the universe exploding
After everything we only have one thing.

We only have one thing.
Track Name: Voyager Two (Quiet Demo) 2010
While you're awake, you don't think of me.
You think of everything else you know.
But, when you sleep your mind remembers me,
And pulls me toward the stars above.

Voyager, what have you done to me?
I think you're dreaming me, you're all alone.
Forevermore, you fall away from me,
And dream of the trajectory that pulls you home.

When you fall to sleep I will catch you there.
(When you fall to sleep)
When you fall to sleep I will meet you there.
(I'll meet you in your dreams)

When will you wake up?
I don't really know.
But when you wake up, I'll have to go.

Voyager, what have you done to me?
I think you're dreaming me, you're all alone.
Forevermore, you fall away from me,
And dream of the trajectory that pulls you home.

When you fall to sleep. When you fall.
Track Name: Chunfen (Single) 2013
We took a walk while the moon was full.
You told me you were feeling it pull you
Toward the woods outside the house,
And I thought that sounded alright.

We built a city out of old tin cans
In the dry bed of the creek,
And we imagined the people who lived there
And what they'd do when it turned Spring.

So, we slept there until the sun came up
Then you turned to me and said,
"We all have both the night and day
forever in our heads"

"And, equal parts of each.
We're poised, but we're impeached
By our own inability to
Keep both sides the same"

"The Morning breaks and Midnight falls,
And we are prisoners trapped within their walls"

"The sun it burns and the moon it wanes,
And we marvel at the signs and times they bring"

"And I promise you, I will be true
to the equal parts of day and night in me."

"I won't fail you, but if I do,
Please bring about an equinox in me."

And I promise you, I will be true
to the equal parts of day and night in me.

I will fail you, but when I do,
Please bring about an equinox in me.
Track Name: Grim is the Doom of the Norns (Live Acoustic) 2011
Tell me one last time how these strings unwind.
If you're going that way I'm going that way too.

We'll get lost again, but not until the threads spin.
If you're going that way I'm going that way too.

You're life is made of all the choices you make,
But then your choices are defined by your fate.
It's all wound up in knotted string.

Your fate is tied up in a thousand small knots.
The knots are something that you'll choose to untie,
And then you'll have a lot of time to start to wind the string and knot the string again.

If I wound your heart up in my hands
It might keep you from turning and flying away from me.
But, if I wound your heart up in this string
I'd want to cut it all away so it could just be free.

Tell me one last time how these strings unwind.
If you're going that way I'm going that way too.

We'll get lost again, but not until the threads spin.
If you're going that way I'm going that way too.