David's 8​-​Track

by David Stevenson

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This is an acoustic 8-track EP/Demo chronicling the progress of my songwriting between October 2010 and June 2011 through a handful of my favorite original songs from that 8-month period of time. Each song was recorded in one take each (voice and guitar at the same time) on a personal voice recorder and put through very little editing to preserve the original spirit of the performance. I would encourage listeners to listen to the album in order, and if possible, all at once, because the songs are meant to flow together as one contiguous letter to the listener.

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released January 19, 2012

David Stevenson wrote, performed, recorded, produced and distributed this album independently and reserves all rights to its distribution and content.

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Track Name: The Rain
it's raining outside and yet here I am
without a shiver on my shoulder or a God-given care in the world
or the shallowness of money or the love of a girl
but the umbrella of time starts to rip at the seams
and I'm losing my mind as I follow my dreams
through the solipsistic sandstorm of self-esteem
and the fact that I'm chasing after you just means that I'm losing steam

stutter every time I get up the nerve to talk to you
does that mean what I think it does
muddle through this bog of fear just to walk to you
does that mean what I think it does
what I think it does

because you never really wanted to hold me back
you just kept me from selling out
but your heart is like a book I've read a thousand times
and still don't know what it's about
because the choir of angels dancing around you
leaves a twinkle in your eyes
but the fact that love is so easy to fake
makes it hard to recognize

it's perfect outside and here I am
without the dregs of society eating away at my soul
and leaving behind one of those awkward holes
but through moths and rust and clumps of dust
I see my future in the sandbox of the playground
where we used to reign
and the world moves on, and only our inner children remain

stutter every time I get up the nerve to talk to you
does that mean what I think it does
muddle through this bog of fear just to walk to you
does that mean what I think it does
what I think it does

because you never really wanted to hold me back
you just kept me from selling out
but your heart is like a book I've read a thousand times
and still don't know what it's about
because the choir of angels dancing around you
leaves a twinkle in your eyes
but the fact that love is so easy to fake
makes it hard to recognize

we're fading away
and the rainbows that once crossed our skies
leave our memories colorblind
and we're bereft of all our best-kept secrets
our precious wastes of time
there's nothing to do but take a number
and wait for a miracle to come around
but the doctor just told me how much time we have
left together, baby you might wanna take this news sitting down

because you never really wanted to hold me back
you just kept me from selling out
but your heart is like a book I've read a thousand times
and still don't know what it's about
because the choir of angels dancing around you
leaves a twinkle in your eyes
but the fact that love is so easy to fake
makes it hard to recognize

does that mean what I think it does?
Track Name: Shreveport
it all played out well in my head
but something about the things you said
made me think that I wouldn't get that far
but I didn't know and I didn't care
as long as I thought that you'd be there
so I put on nicer clothes and packed up my guitar
and headed for Shreveport

but something about those flashing lights
and the homeless in the street
it was the dissonance of the things I saw
that swept me off my feet
faded pictures of the things you loved
the things you tried to do
and all those freckles on your face
and the dimples on your cheeks
and the bashful, perfect you
if that's enough to keep me overnight
then that's enough to send me home without a fight

and I don't know what I was after
but we both know what I got
and I don't think that I can go to Shreveport anymore

it's bad enough that all my dreams about you
wake me up in tears, but I don't do nothing no more
but bat my chest and fistfight with my fears
and now my door's ajar and the lights around my car
will slowly fade until I'm nodding off
to dream again, to crucify today
if that's enough to keep me overnight
then that'd be enough to send me home without a fight

and I don't know what I was after
but we both know what I got
and I don't think that I can go to Shreveport anymore

in my mind you've waved goodbye a thousand different ways
in my dreams I see myself unraveled and amazed
but reality's loose grip on me keeps forcing me to try
before a moment spent in silence
buys a shameless last goodbye
so I'll say how I feel
and convince myself to convince you that it's real
who am I to say any differently?
it looks like I can't stay away from Shreveport anymore
Track Name: Living, Breathing
I see a head-on collision in my rear-view mirror
the lights behind me red as blood
the pavement soaked in cigarettes and daily grind
and I guess it might have bothered me
if it didn't happen all the time
so I stare at my reflection just to see things clearer
the cars can swerve around me if they want to get
were they were headed to before the train passed up the station
I'm a living, breathing danger to the population
'cause I stopped caring long before it mattered how I feel

well I guess I would've warned you if I'd seen it coming
my two best friends don't talk no more, they just broke up
and sent a man to his early grave
and I guess it might have bothered me
if I'd done a little more to save him
but the sun leaves the horizon to let us be alone
the darkness sets in just enough to let us lay down
and hide from life and all its petty complications
you're my living, breathing obstacle to confrontation
'cause you kept caring long after it mattered how you feel
and we stopped loving ourselves
long before we knew that we were real
Track Name: Perfect Comes In Waves
perfect comes in waves you say I'm bound to disagree
and you might be onto something but you're sure not onto me
but if you had a shred of self-respect you'd throw away the key
put up your feet and stay a while with me

perfect comes in waves you say and then you raise your voice
you say that people can't be people if you don't give them the choice
but then you see the city burning and you hear the lonely ring
of Nero's fiddle, so you find a pitch and sing

that there's nothing that I could have done
couldn't rearrange the future, couldn't overtake the sun
and there's nothing more that I can do
but share a couple final breaths with you

perfect comes in waves you say the tide is rolling in
so we put away our conscience and we try to hide our sin
and the waning heat of summer makes our bodies start to steam
and I'm loving you, but you're barely loving me

perfect doesn't move unless we make it go away
and we'll be lonely with tomorrow like we were with yesterday
and it hadn't been a week when I saw you breaking out of hell
see you left me all alone and you kept perfect for yourself

and there's nothing that I could have done
couldn't rearrange the future, couldn't overtake the sun
and there's nothing more that I can do
but spend my scarce tomorrows chasing after you