Away

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Away is the culmination of my creative efforts from the past two years. Save for two or three songs that did not fit into the album thematically, it contains all of my songwriting output since of the summer of 2012. The songs are vaguely arranged in chronological order of when they were written. The effect is that the album’s mood arc mirrors my emotional and creative states beginning in 2012 and ending at the beginning of this summer. There are a lot of exceptions but in general, this is true.

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released September 23, 2014

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Bowsprit Greensboro, North Carolina

Original music of Samuel Silverstein
email me for booking or conversation or bad advice: samuelpa@live.unc.edu

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Track Name: Poetry of Lights
the poetry of lights with my glasses off
turn around slowly see my shadow is long
the poetry of lights with my glasses off
help me back into my mind

the way in which i think with my glasses off
sit down for an hour now an hour is gone
the way in which i think with my glasses off
under the machinery of night

and if you choose to kiss me take my glasses off
so i can only see things that are close up
if you choose to kiss me take my glasses off
but first let me know youre alright
always let me know youre alright
Track Name: Give Myself
I'd give myself to a song if i felt that it was good enough
give myself to a picture if i felt that it was bright
some days i feel stampeded by a life that is so generous
our lives

i'd give myself to some words if i felt they were true enough
give myself to a canvas covered with paint
some days i feel stampeded by a life that is so generous
our lives

so where is my place?
and where is my comfort?
and where is my face?

I'd give myself to a girl and i know she is strong enough
give myself to a man who does not hide that he is weak
give myself to a person who values nothing over honesty
and our lives can fall into place
Track Name: The Place On Your Back Where My Hand Fits
its nice to feel i dont smell like only me tonight
and great to notice how well we get along
i felt my toes curling togetehr last night and i dont
remember that happening too often

it will alll be warmer soon
andwe wont be confined to my room

i think i'm starting to find the place on your back where my hand fits
i think im starting to find my place. you turn around with those eyes again
i think i'm starting to find the place on your back where my hand fits
i think i'm starting to find my place

your eyes remind me of that night
when i took a walk along the shore
i felt we could be so much more
the incessant rise and the fall
of the waves and the frailty of it all
i saw starlight reflecting on the wet sand
and i felt something i didn't understand
something that i still don;t understand

it will wall be warmer soon
and everything will be in bloom

chorus

i have this reoccurring dream (listen to the bjork song heirloom right now. pause the song. listen to heirloom. its important.)
where i;ve done something very wrong
wake up to find that ive done nothing
but i still feel as though i've risked it all
and then you ground me

i could hurt myself beside you
i could dance both my legs off
i could confront oncoming traffic
if you werent there to tell me that i'm wrong
and then you ground me

choruse
Track Name: Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv when i call out to you do you call back to me?
great city, when i walk through you walk through you intimately

just sitting thoughtfully in morning sunlight suddenly
a feeling has come over me that never will repeat and
the oceans blankness and on a sandy blanket
i want to sing until i can't sing

i feel my heart like a glass of water
with liquid gushing over its brim
int the stars and the way you kissed my face the way that you did

chorus

on a rented bicycle ocean all around me
the sun sets over water to my left
as the air darkens and the light softens
i wonder is this the type of plac ein which i'd want to live
i dont feel muddled. i feel completely and utterly like myself
i dont feel struggle and in the morning my thoughts consist of

chorus
Track Name: G Chord
i can remember the first time i ever played a g chord
i was sprawled out on the couch
i stretched my fingers the width of the guitar neck
and i let the chord ring out

it was my fathers
it was made out of some obscure Hawaiian tree
i hadn't had one for myself yet
so my father had lent his to me
Track Name: Looking Down
tie my memories to wrist
help me to notice significance
death and beauty can coexist x2

looking down on cursive shorelines
mile high mountain tops
im taking in all i can
im writing down all by hand
like a still life painting infinite
in a finite world its iminnent
that all thing perish and our minds forget
so i won't settle for simplistic

in the same way i won't try to please you
i wont ever try to hide x2

every moment is formative
and eveyr thought has consequence
what solitude has taugh tme not forget
what people have taught me not to forget

get a strange pit in my stomach
wondering if normal things are worth it
wondering what will surface
and wondering if i'll deserve it
cause i've learned more from my regrets
than i could let myself forget x2

chorus

sporadically throughout the day
things come back to me and make me feel okay
Track Name: Reminisce
my mind is filled with all these pictures
that i try not to forget
and as hard as i may try to document them
i know its imminent

liek the one where we are dancing
red moon is bouncing in the air
you hold your face close to my chest
as i bury my nose in your hair

i want to be
something more than me x2

soon the leaves will change colors and be taken by the wind
and as hard as i may try to document this
i know its imminent

i want you to stay close to
i want you to neve rleave my side
i want you to stay close to me
so i can leave last year behind

i want to be
somthing more than me x2
Track Name: ISLYJ2
you want to be my girlfriend
when i feel things that make no sense
if i could be with you naked
then you could see that i'm human
i imagine you now all alone
sitting around at your home
i dreamt about so long ago
before we knew each others bones

instead of thinking abotu death
we could taste each others breath
how can i know what is for the best
when this is so inconvienient
we can talk about camus
and see some new places too
but you can't stay my girlfreind
when you have to leave again
Track Name: On Being Alone
i started drinking coffee cause i liked the taste.
now i find i'm addicted to caffeine
so is looooooove
i may not ever be able to bring back what has been

so ill work it out solo
find a way on my own
wrap myself up in something hemingwayan
and go swimming in the nearest ocean

what are these invisible strings attached to
that lead from my heart up to the clouds
they make it so some days i can't do anything
and at the worst times i cant tie my heart down

so ill work it out solo
find a way on my own
wrap myself up in something hemingwayan
and go swimming in the nearest ocean

tonight i find i can tear my skin away
and there you are behind my sternum
i wonder woul dit be possible to pull myself into myself
or would i find myself inside out

i find the time it take for me to write a poem
is the time that i could use to speak to you
and the time that it takes to read a novel
is the time that i could use to be a friend

my head and heart are running two different races
and heading in opposite directions
i wonder if i can stay in one piece
and not have to sacrifice emotion

i find the time it take for me to write a poem
is the time that i could use to speak to you
and the time that it takes to read a novel
is the time that i could use to be a friend

SO IS LOVE!
Track Name: You're Too Far Away
i've been thinking thoughts
i thought i'd grown out of
and every night i have these dreams
that point to sad and sobering things
and on dark roads deer line the streets
and they call out from their hidden seats
hell cause my death hell never be
the gentle man he wants to be in time
these roads are full of questions

i'm not in control
of anything at all
even now you hear me sing
im dangling from invisible strings
my heart abides by outside whims
the time of day and each season
so when things cool my heart depends
on how much warmth love can dispense
and right now i can't say that i am feeling heated
so please come home

i'm alone
this i've come to know
maybe if i shut my eyes
i can feel you by my side
with warm breath and your comfort sighs
i'll feel completely your shape and size
you'll tell me that i've never lied
i'll start to lead a better life
with my head up and my tongue untied
i'll take my first few steps outside in time
i miss you

and what it all comes down to
is youre too far away
Track Name: That Awful Drive
i would like to speak to you
as if our words have been translated from french
on a movie screen
the sun still shines in black and white in strange austerity
i cannot stand
these midnight drives suspended in black purgatory
i need you here
its easier to shut your eyes and divide fear evenly (listen to ease your feet off in the sea by belle and sebastian)

and i could not believe
a bleeding boy with broken feet
would be sitting in the back seat
and i would drive
because she asked and i need to prove to myself that i am kind
what alien
thoughts he had that made him want to take that awful dive?
but i will drive
for anyone who jumps in ecstasy or suicide

and i'll get along just fine x2

the things that i havent learned looking in the mirror i have learned
loking into eyes x2

i wont harbor enmity
for anyone or anything just excluding me
is it unfair?
i jusdge myself so harshly to enforce i'm elf aware
these shackles i
place on my wrist i polish them when the lights go off at night
so when i awake
ill be ready for this fragile world that i long ot embrace
and i'll get along just fine x2

chorus

WOOOAAAHH!!! x 1000000

and i would liek to speak to you
face to face for the first tim ein three months
its too much time to spend searching for traces left of you in my mind's eye
you ground me
but i fear that i am too much like the deeply rooted tree
that grips from beneath
and sucks the water from the soil
and leaves us thirsty

and i'll get along just fine

chorus

and i would like ot speak to you
and tell you all of these things that ive wanted to say for so long
while the weaight of the worl dis resting on my shoulders
and all of this distance
and all of this time
and so i welcome you i welcome you
to every dark corner of my heart
that orients itself in one direction
but gets muddled up when we're apart
and so the htings that i havent leanred loking in the mirror
i have learned looking into your eyes x2
Track Name: 15 Miles
i dont know much so i take in what i can
the leaves have grace and elegance hanging on the limb
your skin is softer than i can ever imagine
i don't know much so i take in what i can

i could go on like this forever
spinning round and round like a record

i feel so much love for how much music there is
i still havent found a way to say i love you yet
youll neve rsee more than fifteen miles because of earths curvature
i feel so much love for how much music there is

chorus

and then i take a step back i can see it all clearly
i can see it with clear eyes x2
Track Name: Soul
the apprehension in our bodies
i wouldn't write it off x2

i will always remember you
i'm afraid of what it means to leave

SOUULLLL!!!

the turning over of my stomach i
wouldn't write it off x2

the rivers always flowing
ill follow it downstream again

SOUULL!!!