Fireworks on Ferris Wheels

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Singer-songwriters Amy Courts and Paul Koopman join forces to form Fireworks On Ferris Wheels, independently releasing their eponymous debut album. This collaboration includes the considerable talents of renowned songwriter and producer, Jim Reilley (The New Dylans), and grammy nominated Jennifer Knapp making memorable guest vocal and co-writing turns. Mixing tales of love and loss, faith and hope, their unique style utilizes themes of pop, rock, and americana to create an organic and delightful blend of contrasts.

Veterans of the Nashville songwriter circuit, Amy and Paul moved to Minneapolis following the birth of their son, Elijah in 2011. After a hiatus from the business, and a change in venue, this collaboration marks the first joint musical venture for the two.

Fireworks On Ferris Wheels are currently preparing and planning for touring in support of this completely independent project, to begin in 2018.

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released November 24, 2017

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Fireworks on Ferris Wheels Minneapolis, Minnesota

Amy Courts + Paul Koopman are a pair of married singer-songwriters who waited 11 years to finally make a record together. Of course, it's the best they've ever made.

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Track Name: Five
A needle and knife
All my blood on your hands
What a way to take a life
And save a wife

Did you hear me cry
When you cut me?
Did you even try?
To see me at all
In the bed where I did or didn't die

(chorus)
Oh five
It's been five long years
And I still feel it all right here
And for all I don't remember
Oh my flesh cannot forget
So I feel it all
And I live it all
And I die all over again
five

And baby, I'm mostly alright
I grieved what I could grieve
To the rest I said goodbye

But it rises from the trenches
It just comes up from the grave
And For all I try, or all my might
It just won't go away

(chorus x2)

Oh five
It’s alright
Oh five
I’ll be fine
Oh five
I survived
It’s gotta be alright
It’s gonna be alright
Track Name: Lovesong
Whenever I'm alone with you
You make me feel like I am home again
Whenever I'm alone with you
You make me feel like I am whole again

Whenever I'm alone with you
You make me feel like I am young again
Whenever I'm alone with you
You make me feel like I am fun again

However far away
I will always love you
However long I stay
I will always love you
Whatever words I say
I will always love you
I will always love you

(Fly me to the moon)

Whenever I'm alone with you
You make me feel like I am free again
Whenever I'm alone with you
You make me feel like I am clean again

However far away
I will always love you
However long I stay
I will always love you
Whatever words I say
I will always love you
I will always love you
Track Name: Dakota
Driving west of Oacoma
Biggest sky I've ever seen
I draw a scale in my head to Oklahoma
And I feel the weight of everything

The badlands lie out before me
With the snow beating down
I see the protectors and the spirits looking down from higher ground

Fall on me oh Dakota
Fall on me you bad land
Fall on me sweet Missouri
As you wind through the lines in the sand

You can hold on to whatever keeps you
Safe from whatever brings you down
Hold on to your myths and your pretty legends about the history of your town

You can fight for your progress
Fight for your black and green and gold
You can haggle over profits, as the holy dove is bought and sold
And bought and sold

Fall on me oh Dakota
Fall on me you bad land
Fall on me sweet Missouri
As you wind through the lines in the sand
We slip from God's right hand

The time has come
To say fair's fair
To pay the rent
To pay our share
The time has come
A fact is a fact
It belongs to them
We're gonna give it back

Fall on me oh Dakota
Fall on me you bad land
Fall on me sweet Missouri
As you wind through the lines in the sand, we slip from God's right hand
Track Name: Stronger Than You Think (ft. Jennifer Knapp)
This isn’t what I want

This isn’t what I want for you

But it is what it is

It’s not the way you planned

But it’s what you find in hand

And you have got to do the best you can

(ch)
And I know
It’s gonna break you down
It’s gonna hurt like hell
Before it makes a sound

And I know
It reaches everything
But you are stronger than you think
You are right now

This isn’t what I want
This isn’t what I want for you
But it is what it is
It’s not an easy road
And no one wants to go
But it’s the only way for you my friend

(ch)


And it’s gonna hurt you more
Before it starts to feel ok
But it won’t be this way
No it won’t be this way for good



(ch)
Track Name: Shadows
Snowfall and shadows spread north of the stones placed on the hill
A cold sky can light up the stones’ imperfections, but won't break the chill
The night calls, the shadows fall back into darkness, like memories lost
The star shine can hold up for navigation, but it can't break the frost

Ooo-ooo this life is a wind as cold as it's mean
Ooo-ooo we all end up shadows in the light of a cemetery dream

Storms wage war on the cliffs over the ocean, no safe harbor here
A cold sun can light up the way to the water, but it won't break the fear

Ooo-ooo death is a wave, destructive and clean
Ooo-ooo we all end up shadows in the light of a cemetery dream
Baby, don't cry

Levity by night, gravity by day
And we love by proximity
The balance comes due, and everybody pays
Only love survives calamity here
Love knows no fear

Ooo-ooo life is a bed that carries the stream
Ooo-ooo we all end up shadows in the light of a cemetery dream
Baby, don't cry
Track Name: I Won't Be Satisfied
I don't want the gray
Or to dwell in darkness
I want the light of day
To guide me on

I don't want to be heavy or half-hearted
I just want to feel love unguarded

To chase the sun on beaches
To run away with you my Love
To hope beyond the reaches
Of my weakest ones

I won't be satisfied
I won't be satisfied
With anything less Than you my God
I won't be satisfied
I won't be satisfied
With anything less Than you my Love...

I don't want to wait
In wells of weak ambition
I want severe desires
Uncompromising passion
I don't want to be the ignorant son
Fooling about with Foolish lusts

I want
To chase the sun on beaches
And run away with you my Love
To hope beyond the reaches
Of my weakest ones

(chorus)

If I am
empty handed
Or too demanding
I'm not too proud to say I know I won't

(chorus)
Track Name: Who We Choose To Be
When piety demands blood
We rush to find an offering
It can't be one of us
So we offer up the least of these
The poor, the powerless, the refugee

When the prisoner finds no friend
Just excuses from our twisted mouths
Another way to be owned
Like the slave his father was
Separated, never equal, never free
This is who we are
This is what we've become
This is who we choose to be

So cold, so alone
Up on our holy hill
From where we cast condemnations
And wait for the blood to spill
From those we gave unto death
In the name of Christ the King
Who poured out all of himself for you and me
And this is who we choose to be

When there's no room at the inn
For the immigrant and refugee
No respite from the wars we perpetrate
No haven from the terror she flees
Abandoned in her need and on her knees

When our Mother bends and breaks
From the pillaging, the weight
The exploitation, the rape, the draining and the drilling
The rocks themselves cry out, shaking
And all creation screams
The Father grieves
This is who we are
This is what what we've become
This is who we choose to be

So cold, so alone
Up on our holy hill
From where we cast condemnations
And wait for the blood to spill
From those we gave unto death
In the name of Christ the King
Who poured out all of himself for you and me
And this is who we choose to be

When we awaken from the night, into the morning
Turn away from fear and are ready to be born
Lay prostrate our whole selves to the Lord
Who defeated death
And the sword
We can choose
To be
Who we
Really are
Track Name: Fourteener Waltz
The sun displays a Denver spring
Fourteeners in our view
Our love, our hearts are Billowing
With every day anew

Oo-ooh, oo-ooh
We are in the hands of time
But if I fall down this mountain, the view was worth the climb

We met, we danced, we sang our tunes
We struggled through embrace
With every teardrop, every ruin
More lines upon our face

Oo-ooh, oo-ooh
The years go hurried by
But if we fall down this mountain, our love was worth the time

Oo-ooh, oo-ooh
These rocks have risen tall
But if we fall down this mountain, the climb was worth it all
Track Name: Anthem
The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don't dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government --
signs for all to see.

I can't run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they've summoned, they've summoned up
a thundercloud
and they're going to hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring ...

You can add up the parts
but you won't have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.
Track Name: The River
I had a dream
Woke me up last night
We met at the shore
Of a river wide

I gathered my things
Surveyed my life
I said "what do you need"
As he looked in my eyes...

We started to talk
Of life and of love
He said if you can't let go
Was I ever enough

So I loaded a raft
Set it afloat
Started to cry
As I watched it go

Oh

Then you appeared
At the riverside
I caught my breath
And I wanted to hide

I pulled you close
Oh I held you tight
I kissed your cheek
And I said goodbye

Then I watched you float
Down around the bend
And I feel to my knees
I couldn't get up again

Oh it broke my heart
I couldn't speak
And he let my cry
Oh, he let me grieve

And I cried for you, oh
And he cried too

We were there for a while
I can't say how long
The day turned to night
And then into a song

Then he pulled me up
And whispered my name
And we walked away

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