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S L S 1. 01. the fires of life
(Lyrics & Music by The Piz)


It's about the fires of life. Also known as "Clouds of Knowledge." It says "boy that sounds bad" at the beginning because we had to record the vocals in such a way that it sounded really bad while we were overdubbing them. It was said on the first few takes so it was also said on the final take, as a "tradition."


searching for clouds at the bottom of the sea
watching the fish that were searching for me
our lives our governed by others' desires
we're all just food for the ever-lit fires
the fires of life, the fires of being
our bodies they're taking but our ashes they're freeing
what you don't have, you can't get by crying
and what you don't know, you can't learn by dying
and strangely, when you die you won't know if i'm lying
and now that i'm anchored to this murky ocean floor
i wish i'd get to land, so i could learn more


"verse":                             "chorus":
guitar (after 2 repeats of bass):
     G               C                 Bm7            G
     --------------------------------  ------5-----5---------3---3-3---
     --------------------------------  ------3---3-3-0-------3---3-3---
     --------------0---5---5---5---5-  ------------------0---0---0-0-0-
     --------0-2-3-------------------  ----4-----4-------0-------0-0-0-
     --0-2-3---------3---3---3---3---  2-------------------------------
     3-------------------------------  ----------------3---------------

---------------------5-5-5-5-5-5-7-0-  --------------------------------
---------------------3-3-3-3-3-3-----  --------------------------0-2---
-------------------------------------  2---2-2---2-4-0---------2-----0-
(8\)-3---3-3-3-3-3-3-----------------  ----------------3---3-3---------
repeat everything except the thing in parentheses.

other part (guitar and bass):