Whatever I Find Here

by Tommy Stevens

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      $7 USD  or more

     

1.
01:29
2.
3.
4.
5.
06:12
6.
7.
8.
06:17
9.
10.
11.
04:38
12.
13.
01:07
14.

about

My first album, unless you count a cassette I made decades ago. I'm not sure even I have a copy of that, but if I do, no one's going to hear it. This came out nice, though. As Lol Coxhill said "Some of the stuff I like very much. Some of the stuff I quite like, and I don't hate any of it."

The instrumentals are 75 cents. That's not because they aren't as good. They're some of my favorite tracks on the album. I just made them cheaper because they're not as long and I don't want anyone to feel cheated.

Oh, if you burn a CD of this, I'd suggest not leaving a gap between the first two tracks. It sounds better that way.

credits

released August 29, 2013

Me on just about everything; Songwriting, vocals,acoustic guitar, electric guitar, ukelele, bilbul tarang, recorder, percussion, electronic effects and production. When you hear female vocals on one track, that's not me, though. That's my friend Yani.

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Tommy Stevens New York, New York

I guess my life has been pretty uneventful, except for that time I was on a field trip with my high school science class and was bitten by a radioactive spider.

Oh, also, I played at CBGB once. That was pretty cool.

contact / help

Contact Tommy Stevens

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Track Name: Introduction
Hi, I'm Tom. Pleased to meet you.
Track Name: World Of Love
World of Love encompassing
everything I see or touch
the air, water and light
whatever I find here

World of Love Surrounds me
Overconfident that this is
where I'm going to be
year after year

The wine glass at the wedding
under the foot falling down fast
we could put them both back together
with tweezers, glue and enough time

World Of Love, World of Love, World of love, World of love
World of Love

World of love will always survive
though me might wander away
smiling and soothing us
whenever we return.
Track Name: Quite A Few Of Them Are Colors
A Cup holds coffee and costs a dime
the coffee, of course, costs extra
there are many things that have no rhyme
and quite a few of them are colors

The second hand counts the difference
The first counts things that are no more
There are many things that make no sense
and quite a few of them are colors

Black is Death and Red is anger
White is purer than the driven snow
Cheap symbolism for hire
but not what I see, not what I know

Strange beauty makes the planets align
It comforts me and keeps me unsure
There are many things that are divine
And quite a few of them are colors
Track Name: Nicky Is A Big Boy
When I hit you, I never say I'm sorry
When I hit you, I guess I'm being naughty
But it seems like a good idea at the time

When I kill you, I never say I'm sorry
When I kill you, I guess I'm being naughty
But it seems like a good idea at the time

When I love you, I never say I'm sorry
When I love you, I guess I'm being naughty
But it seems like a good idea at the time

Nicky is a big boy, he can write his own name
Nicky is a big boy, he can play a game
Nicky is a big boy, knows eggs come from a hen
Nicky is a big boy, stays up until 10

Nicky's on the playground, at the top of the slide
Nicky's on the subway, going for a ride
Nicky's with his mommy, they're out for the whole day
Nicky has his bedtime, he's drifting away

Now Nicky is dreaming of a magic hat
and Nicky is dreaming of a dancing cat
Nicky is dreaming that he's his own dad
and Nicky is dreaming that he's never bad

Nicky's on the playground, at the top of the slide
Nicky's on the subway, going for a ride
Nicky's with his mommy, they're out for the whole day
Nicky has his bedtime, he's drifting away
Track Name: I Saved You
Sometimes I miss you so much I feel as though I'm holding you
but why can't you tell me what I should do

I saved you
I saved you
At least I tried
I promise
I promise
I'll get it right next time

While I watched the black night faded into a clear blue morning
and then, to my suprise, that meant nothing. Nothing.

I saved you
I saved you
At least I tried
I promise
I promise
I'll get it right next time

You know all that love I told you about before
if you don't mind, I'd like to tell you just once more
You know all that love I told you about before
if you don't mind, I'd like to tell you just once more

Strangers took your pulse, took your name, took you away forever
Strangers told me you would soon do better

I saved you
I saved you
At least I tried
I promise
I promise
I'll get it right next time

All that love I told you about before
I'd like to tell you just once more
Track Name: When You Finally Let Me Walk You Home
It might be silly of me
This isn't the sort of thing grown-ups think about
But I have to say
I'm waiting for the day
When you finally let me walk you home

First, I'll shyly hold your hand
Then, when I'm bolder
I'll kiss you the way a man
Kisses the breath of
his passion and his love
When you finally let me walk you home

There were times you weren't mine
Days I didn't think about you
Let's forget them all
Forget each regret that hasn't happened yet
When you finally let me walk you home

I'm going back to San Francisco
This time I think I'm going to stay
It's too late for the Haight but I've got
A great view of the bay

I'm going back to San Francisco
Where I know you'll love me someday
It's too late for the Haight but we'll share
A great view of the bay
Track Name: Country Hobo
Sometimes I give him spare change
Sometimes I look away
but he just wanted to talk today
It's so dirty here he said
Most of the people are even cheaper than you
and I realize what I have to do

Someday I'll run away
and become a country hobo
I'll learn the ways of a country hobo
Life can be ok for a country hobo
Life can be ok

I was a street musician
Till that wasn't allowed
They made laws against drawing a crowd
But those crowds meant I could pay my rent
Even afford the occasional meal
Ever since then, I haven't felt real

They moved me to shelters where I learned to take a punch
To let new friends sometimes have my lunch
Not to believe that anything good can come from wondering, just from walking
no one ever found peace through talking

Someday I'll run away
and become a country hobo
I'll learn the ways of a country hobo
Life can be ok for a country hobo
Life can be ok

I'm coughing like it's pneumonia think I've got a touch
But they tell me I just drink too much
They said spend a month in the hospital
Dry out, get sober, you'll soon be fine
I'd rather dry out in the sunshine

In the summer I'll sleep under apple trees
In the winter nobody will let me freeze
I'll be a local character and people there
will take care
of their country hobo

Someday I'll run away
and become a country hobo
I'll learn the ways of a country hobo
Life can be ok for a country hobo
Life can be ok
Track Name: Song of Grief
The world is filled with leaves turned brown
More than enough to cover the ground
Do you know what they sound like under my feet
That's my song of grief

I hear laughter in tears and lies
Always hear laughter after I try
Sometimes laughter is nothing but a thief
That's my song of grief

Some people sing the blues so long they forget why
Those lucky sons of bitches
I'm singing to the past, trying to bring it back
wrapped in childhood kisses

In my car, wondering where I am
the light turns red, traffic turns into jam
The engines overheat and the horns go beep
That's my song of grief.
Track Name: War Songs
A gun to shoot, uniform to wear
There's no such thing as fashion in this place
Blood in the water, blood in the air
Dirt on his hands, dirt on his face

War songs, war songs, war songs, war songs

A desperate substitute for peace
strums of a guitar lying on his bed
Right now, there's not much else that's his own
with just the songs lost in his head

War songs, war songs, war songs, war songs

Somehow a cassette, songs he'd sent home
streamed through music blogs, trendy web pages
became a top internet download
when word of mouth sang his praises

nursery rhymes
war songs, war songs
odes to sunlight
war songs, war songs
just holding hands in the dark
war songs, war songs
looking for his gentle heart


An author's mind might make him a star
champagne always filling his coffee cup
or could cry at his tragic death
but no one knows how he ended up

A gun to shoot
uniform to wear
a gun to shoot, uniform to wear
Track Name: If Only You Liked Me/When N. Was A Little Girl, Back Before Machines Ruled The World/That Star Is My Star (What Did I Do)
If Only You Liked Me"

If I were a pretty girl, you'd like me
If I sang Rock and Roll, You'd like me
If I learned to drive, you'd like me
If I were only five, You'd like me

If only you liked me
If only you liked me

If I were masculine, you'd like me
If I tried to sin, you'd like me
If I ran faster, you'd like me
If I were your master, you'd like me

If only you liked me
If only you liked me

If I were a doctor, you'd like me
If I were shocked me, you'd like me
If I were a Beatles fan, you'd like me
If I were what I am, you'd like me

You'd like me
You'd like me

What did I Do:

What did I do
I clapped along to a funny song I heard on the radio
The radio is my buddy so true
and mommy is daddy's best friend

What else is true
Where to go for clean clothes, one plus one is something I'll always know
because a good boy knows what he should do
And daddy is mommy's best friend

See that star, shining star, night time star light shining through
That star is my star, but I'll share it with you
That star is my star, but I'll share it with you
Track Name: Let Me Love The People I Hate
Let me love the people I hate
Lord, Let me love the people I hate
Even though they're not all that great
Let me love the people I hate

Let me love the people I despise
Lord, let me love the people I despise
I should start trying to be wise
Let me love the people I despise

Let me learn to love new things
Lord, let me learn to love new things
To not shy away from your wings
Let me learn to love new things

Let me learn to look at myself
Lord, let me learn to look at myself
To do the best things for my health
Let me learn to look at myself

Let me start to understand
Lord, let me start to understand
how the morning feels in my hand
Let me start to understand

Let me love the people I hate
Lord, let me learn to love the people I hate
I'm starting to wonder; how do I rate
Let me love the people I hate