Soul on Fire

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FORM A RING'S first album, SOUL ON FIRE represents about a year of gigging around Los Angeles and their stint as the house band at the world famous CLUB 88 owned by world famous Wayne Mayotte (deceased).
Club 88 and Mayotte were prominently featured in the cult punk rock classic movie DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION directed by Penelope Spheeris. Many of the live club scenes were shot at Club 88 in the late 1970s.

FORM A RING was formed in the early 90s after the infamous MODERN AGE broke up. After the MA break up, Lead Singer T Williams pursued a stage career in Las Vegas for a while and bass player D Beene left LA for his hometown of Tallahassee, Fla. After about a year, MA was reformed as FORM A RING with Mike Harold on bass, Alex McGhee on lead guitar, Paul Shea on drums, T Williams on lead vocals and A Falk on guitar.

After 6 months of practicing and writing songs the band started doing shows and quickly gained a local following. Soon a production company featuring former Poco bass player, Mike O'Reilly signed FORM A RING to a management contract. Not long after investors got on board and the album SOUL ON FIRE was produced and released. While the local rock press hailed the music as "arena worthy" and a "can't miss hard rock sound" the band had difficulty convincing the major labels to sign them. After an ill-fated audition with Sony Entertainment mini-label ZOO RECORDS the band signed with BMG RECORDS for a one year tour of China. The band also did a cameo appearance on the hit TV show KNOT'S LANDING where their song MYSTERY was featured.

Some of the album was recorded at the legendary CORNERSTONE STUDIOS - famous for producing work by U2, Michael Jackson and the Grateful Dead. Other songs were produced at the low budget song factory in the basement at Pepperdine College where guitarist and songwriter, A Falk worked as an adjunct professor. While the quality of the recordings are decidedly uneven, the quality of the songs remains consistent and topical.

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released January 15, 2013

album design - A Falk/Chelsea Street Records
concept - Woodcock Johnson III
all song (c) 2013 Chelsea Street Records

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CHELSEA St RECORDS the brainchild of prod AJ Falk who began his music career w The Chelsea Street Beggars (1974)at age 14.This website represents over 30 years of rock and roll that varies in quality and technology from 4 to 64 tracks as well as 5 different rock groups.It's a fun journey from the late 1970s to the present and the songs tell the story.See:YOUTUBE-search CHELSEASSTREETBEGGARS ... more

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Track Name: Form a Ring
FORM A RING
© 2013 lyrics: Conrad Williams
music: Harold/Falk/Williams
VERSE: We know there's some problems, cuz we don't miss a thing
we know we can solve them, we just form a ring, form a ring
all the world in tension, each other they would kill
listen to our music, let your hand be still.... let it be still
BRIDGE: we know there's no difference black and white and red
both of us are all the same its just in their head, in their head
VERSE: so take your brother by the hand, the one you never thought you could
you'll find it fits quite well inside, it never felt so good
we know there's still problems, we don't miss a thing
but things are getting better, just listen to us sing, to us sing
BRIDGE/CHORUS: we know theres no difference black and white and red
both of us are all the same its just in their heads, in their heads
LEAD GUITAR
BRIDGE/CHORUS: we know theres no difference black and white and red
both of us are all the same, its just in their heads
in their heads, in their heads
Track Name: Jump Jump Listen
JUMP JUMP
© Falk/Williams/Harold/McGhee/Shea
D(g) D#
verse: Once upon a time I felt I needed all I wanted
now all that I feel is my place beside it try to hide it
bridge/chorus: always ahead never look back, always ahead never look back
what i'm about may surprise even in spite of yourself
i'm not here to love or despise you, but baby I'll give you my best
Jump jump listen to your heart and your mind
VERSE: now you hear the words but do you realize what they're saying
they only sing praises but they're living what they're playing
BRIDGE/chorus: always ahead never look back, always ahead never look back
what i'm about may surprise even in spite of yourself
i'm not here to love or despise you, but baby I'll give you my best
Jump jump listen to your heart and your mind jump jump listen 2x
LEAD GUITAR
bridge 2: Once upon a time I felt I needed all I wanted
now all that I feel that my place is beside it try to hide it
chorus: Jump jump listen to your heart and your mind jump jump listen 8x
accapello – jump jump 2x
Track Name: Mystery
MYSTERY
© A Falk/ C Williams
VERSE: E C D E C D
You think you got me figured out, but that's not what loves about
E C D E C D
You think the answers are so clear, you're living in a grey area my dear
BRIDGE/chorus:
E D C E D C E D C
You can't see the forest for the trees, How come your favorite single little word is me?
E G D C
You're a mystery 3x and you're a mystery to me
E C D
I wouldn't blink if you started to quote
E C D
some editor's half true anecdote about a peaceful global scene
E C D
the end of hunger, war and greed
BRIDGE/CHORUS:
E D C E D C
You can't see the forest for the trees, How come your favorite single little word is me?
E G D C
Mystery whoa whoa 3x and you're a mystery to me
LEAD GUITAR
E D C E D C E D C
You can't see the forest for the trees, How come your favorite single little word is me?
E G D C
You're a mystery 3x and you're a mystery to me 2x
Track Name: Soul on Fire
SOUL ON FIRE
© Williams/Harold/Falk/McGhee/Shea
F# B F# F# B F# F# B F#
VERSE: they steal away, that they talk, it's not of you your living hard
E F# B F#
its just that your living what they say
F# B F# F# B F# F# B F#
they take it all, with strict accord, they insure that I am not
E B
woo its just my feelings of my faith, 2000 years is a long time to wait
BRIDGE: I don't need any problems, you live yours, I'll live mine
na na na na na, na na na na OOOO you baby
I don't seek any favors, I don't think it's a crime, spiritually I move to the east
na na na na na, na na na na but my soul na na na na na, na na na na is on fire
Your losing me, with all the gold, tell your friends I told you so
Sometimes I think it's losing their faith, hell i'm just trying to keep what I've got safe
BRIDGE: I don't need any problems, you live yours, I'll live mine
na na na na na, na na na na OOOO baby
I don't seek any favors, I don't think it's a crime, spiritually I move to the east
but my soul na na na na na, na na na na is on fire
LEAD GUITAR 2nd half = (get down)
BRIDGE: I don't need any problems, you live yours, I'll live
mine na na na na na, na na na na you baby
I don't seek any favors, I don't think it's a crimena na na na na, na na na na
but my soul na na na na na, na na na na is on fire na na na na na, na na na na Oo baby
na na na na na, na na na na you baby na na na na na, na na na na
Track Name: One Day I'll Take You Back
ONE DAY I'LL TAKE YOU BACK
© Williams, McGhee, Harold, Falk, Shea 2013
VERSE:
Well I'm bold now, south of the border, and I'm thinking 'bout, is it all over
wow gotta man driving out on the line hey hombre you're doing fine, but I mind yeah I mind
CHORUS: One day I'll take you back, so now we'll be together
we'll have our culture back in our home
One day I'll take you back so now we'll be together
we'll have our culture back in our home
VERSE:
Well I'm back now - made it over the border,
they wanna vet now there's gotta be some order
12 dollar gun with your wife on the line she says I'll see you next time
but I mind yeah I mind
chorus:
One day I'll take you back, so now we'll be together we'll have our culture back in our home
One day I'll take you back so now we'll be together we'll have our culture back in our home
BRIDGE: Never should have left you they were laying for me and Al never thinking
coming home again...
LEAD GUITAR
CHORUS: 2x
One day I'll take you back, so now we'll be together we'll have our culture back in our home
One day I'll take you back so now we'll be together we'll have our culture back in our home
Track Name: Postman No Return
POSTMAN NO RETURN
© form a ring 2013
You don't know what you missed with me baby You don't know what you missed
all those fights and no one really said, the real reason why
CHORUS:
I've been around the town, I know I played around
I been around the man, don't know who and what to know
if I had a chance just to do it all again
I'd send it postman no return 3x it's not about money, you're nothing
VERSE: One step down and you're ready like a vase
one step up and youre screwed
all your life you've been searching for the truth it's already there
CHORUS:
I've been around the town, I know I played around
I been around the man, don't know who and what to know
if I had a chance just to do it all again
I'd send it to the: postman no return 3x it's not about money, cuz you're nothing but lies
Bridge: too far, too far we're running night and day 2x
You don't know what you missed...
Postman no return 3x send it to the postman...you heard the sound so well so now you're in the red
Track Name: Shed a Tear
SHED A TEAR
© Falk/Williams/Harold/McGhee/Shea 2013
You're in the East, so I'll take the West Coast
Like my initials on the top of the south post
if you come over here i'll have to - outta my face
if you come over here you'll have to - come over me
BRIDGE: do you wanna try? Did you come on home, do you wanna try
to shed a tear, shed a tear, shed a tear - for the enemy 2x
my brother's life was a wasted away, brought to a safehouse where the little kids play
show him a fake gun we'll take a little ride well heaven's waiting there on the other side
do you wanna dine, did you give a howl, do you wanna try
CHORUS: to shed a tear, shed a tear for the enemy, shed a tear for the enemy
LEAD GUITAR
band rhythm break
so shed a tear, shed a tear, shed a tear... for the enemy
Track Name: Dancing on the Wall
they changed history