The Fire Next Time Folk-Rock

Released June 3, 2021

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Brent Godfrey ("whenthemusicsover")
Gowen MI USA
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Words and Music; Lyrics adapted from a James Baldwin essay

Sound Recording

Brent Godfrey ("whenthemusicsover")
Gowen MI USA
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Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Mixing & Mastering
James Fraser ("offthewall")
South Shields near Newcastle Tyneside United Kingdom
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Bass and Electric Guitar
Alex Zulaika ("alyo")
Donostia Gipuzkoa Spain
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Drums and Percussion
Kris Pride ("KrisPride")
Bay City MI USA
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Backing Vocals
Artist's Notes

All the lines in the lyrics, except for one, were taken from the essay "Down at the Cross:  Letter from a Region of my Mind" by James Baldwin - in the public domain.



The Fire Next Time



Afraid of the evil within me Afraid of the evil without

Yelling up to heaven And heaven would not hear

God gave Noah the Rainbow sign If you live sinful lives

No more water The Fire Next Time

What will happen to all that Beauty


Verse 1:

People bond together according to a principle that has nothing to do with love

Seeking release from personal responsibility

You can have no future   No you can have no future

when you?re unwilling unwilling to accept the past




Verse 2:

Even if I should speak No one would believe me because they would know what I said was true

When we were taught to love everybody

It only applied to Those It only applied to Those

Who believed Who believed as we did




Verse 3:

We will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives In order to deny the fact of death

One day for each of us The sun will go down       For the last time

What will happen what will happen to all that beauty

What will happen What will happen to all that beauty