The Unreliable Narrator

by Steven Lamphear

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The debut solo album from Steven Lamphear, featuring a chamber orchestra led by composer Marc LeMay.

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released February 2, 2010

Arranged and Conducted by Marc LeMay

Steven Lamphear: Vocals, Guitar, Piano on #1
Tim Carroll: Bass Guitar, Contrabass
Mac Kramer: Drums
Justin Wallace: Vibraphone, Djembe, Timpani, Tambourine, Triangle
Bob Taylor: Piano on #8 and #10
Adam Wright: Mandolin
Susan Nuckols: Violin I
Niamh Clarke: Violin II
Angie Flaniken: Viola
Craig Hultgren: Cello
Sophia Cowan: Flute
Patrick Wright: Clarinet
Brad Steffens: Tenor Saxophone
Ginny Carroll: Horn
Chuck King: Trumpet
Chad Fisher: Trombone
Vallerie Paulin: Female Vocals on #3

Choir on "The Only Heart I've Got":
Vallerie Paulin: Soprano
Ginger Swan: Alto
Steven Lamphear: Tenor
Marc LeMay: Bass

Chorus on "Time Will Kill Us All":
Sophia Cowan, Steven Lamphear, Marc LeMay, Vallerie Paulin,
Brad Steffens, Ginger Swan, Justin Wallace

Recorded and Mixed by Eric Bates at Bates Brothers Recording
Assistant Engineer: Eugene Bates
Produced by Steven Lamphear and Marc LeMay
Executive Producer: Steven Lamphear

No samples were used in the recording of this album.

©2010 Steven Lamphear Music (ASCAP)

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Steven Lamphear is a composer, performer, and software developer living in Madison, WI. He has received degrees from UW- Madison (MS Computer Science, 2017), the University of Alabama (MM Composition, 2012), and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (BA Music Technology, 2007). ... more

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Track Name: The Unreliable Narrator
I’m guessing that you’ve come to tell me something
Since many years should pass before we’ve met
And I can’t say I’m surprised to see the lines upon your face
‘Cause I’ve yet to learn what you’ve learned to forget

Can you tell me where you’ve been since you were my age?
‘Cause at this point I’m not sure which way to go
Can you tell me who to stand by, or are these decisions mine?
Since you once had to make them on your own

Can you give me just a push in the right direction?
Or do you still fear the paths you didn’t take?
Will I end up just like you, or will I even live that long?
I guess I have to make my own mistakes

So what is it that brought you here to see me?
It worries me that you have come alone
I guess I’d hoped to see you with a smile upon your face
I guess it’s up to me to make my own
Track Name: So Many Roads
Take a good look at this point in my life
I can wait all night for some reassurance
Tell me where I should go from here
So many roads, so many places I could go
But so many things that I could do
If I stayed right here with you

I can wait all night, for some direction
I can wait all night, for some inspiration
But I can’t spend my life knowing
I’m not going where I should be

I’m just too scared to tell you why I’m so afraid
Have I spent my life running away?
Tell me, lover, do you still remember...
When we had dreams together,
And that was all that mattered?
You and me together was enough for our fairy tale ending

I can wait all night, for some direction
I can wait all night, for some inspiration
But I can’t spend my life knowing
I’m not going where I should be

Now, I know the danger
Of waiting too long to see
What’s right in front of me
But I’ll take my chances
‘Cause if this is meant to be
Time will make me see

And I can wait all night, for some direction
I can wait all night, for some inspiration
But I can’t spend my life knowing
I’m not going where I should be

I can wait all night
I can wait all night
I can wait all night
Track Name: It's Just a Broken Heart
I tried to tell you how I felt inside,
I tried to make my feelings known
I tried to show you just how much I’d grown
But you wouldn’t listen when I spoke to you,
Like I wasn’t even there
Either you didn’t hear, or you didn’t care

Time’s been no stranger to me lately
I can wait as long as you need

‘Cause it’s just a broken heart,
Don’t try to make it something special
It’s just a broken heart,
Just look around, they’re all the same
It’s just a broken heart,
You hardly even knew my name.

So you found another man to look at you
And listen to your words
You can tell him just how much it hurts
You put your sad face on and play your part,
The lover in distress
Feigning innocence forced to confess

But time’s been no stranger to me lately
I can wait as long as you need

‘Cause it’s just a broken heart,
Don’t try to make it something special
It’s just a broken heart,
Just look around, they’re all the same
It’s just a broken heart,
You hardly even knew my name.

Moving on, moving out
There’s got to be something left to hold on to
Drop the line and stop this ship before our destination is clear out of view
You’ve taken me to a place I’ve always dreamed of,
But now you’re leaving me here on my own
Fighting to stay alive while he carries you home

But time’s been no stranger to me lately
I can wait as long as you need

‘Cause it’s just a broken heart,
Don’t try to make it something special
It’s just a broken heart,
Just look around, they’re all the same
It’s just a broken heart,
You hardly even knew my name.

It’s just a broken heart,
Don’t try to make it something special
It’s just a broken heart,
Just look around, they’re all the same
It’s just a broken heart,
You hardly even knew my name.
Track Name: Momentum
Some things can’t be stopped once they have started
Some things start a wave and the ripples can crash through anything
Some things grab our hearts and pull us far away
Some things make us wake up and see that everyone else...

...is still sleeping

Sometimes we can try to make a difference
Sometimes we think only we know what’s best for everyone
Sometimes we may try to understand it
Sometimes we may see that life’s just beginning when we...

...think it’s over
When the worst has passed
Though we feel like
Every day’s our last
And we’re dying
Cause we’re slipping fast
Just hold on as tight as you can

Somewhere we may find the life we’re looking for
Somewhere we may find the hard times we hoped to never see
Somewhere we may feel the warmth of sunshine
Somewhere we may feel the cold chill of night closing in...

...but it’s over
And the worst has passed
Though we feel like
Every day’s our last
And we’re dying
Cause we’re slipping fast
Just hold on as tight as you can
Track Name: One More
It’s about time
Everything’s right
No more confusion or uncertainty tonight
Just you and I
Holding on tight

Every kiss
Feels like the best
Trying so hard to keep my heart inside my chest
I’m sure by now
You could have guessed

That you opened up my eyes, as you opened up my door
And you showed me all these feelings I had never felt before
And you taught me what it means to be in love and to be sure
I went twenty-three long years without you, babe
And I’ll never go one more

And so if I seem
A little bright-eyed
It’s just the way you make me feel deep down inside
There are few things
I never could hide

But yours is the face
I never could shake
And as I see your lips caress each breath you take
You make indifference
So hard to fake

‘Cause you opened up my eyes, as you opened up my door
And you showed me all these feelings I had never felt before
And you taught me what it means to be in love and to be sure
And if I take a thousand kisses from those sweet lips
I’d still want one more

It’s such a crazy time to be in love and be alive
But we’re only getting older from today until we die
And that’ll be the only time you’ll hear me say good-bye
And even then, I’ll hope that it’s a lie

Until then I hope
That you feel the same
That your heart races every time you hear my name
I’ll tell you everything
No fear, no shame

‘Cause you opened up my eyes, as you opened up my door
And you showed me all these feelings I had never felt before
And you taught me what it means to be in love and to be sure
And if I spend a hundred years with you beside me
I’d still want one more
I’d still want one more
I’d still want one more
I’d still want one more...
Track Name: The Only Heart I've Got
I’ll dispense with the chocolate and roses
And speak to you now in a way I know how
With a melody and some words

I could tell you how much I adore you
Or leave you question my best of intentions
By keeping my mouth shut

But I know you’re not nearly as cruel
As the words that you say and the things that you do
May lead one to believe
But it’s true that you’ve stolen the only heart I’ve got
The only heart I’ve got

I’m not looking for someone to hold me
Or speak about me in hyperbole
Like I’ve set a standard

I’m not asking for passion and romance
The only request I hold in my chest
Is that you care if I exist

But I know you’re not nearly as cruel
As the words that you say and the things that you do
May lead one to believe
But it’s true that you’ve stolen the only heart I’ve got
The only heart I’ve got

So don’t tell me you’ll love me forever
‘Cause I don’t see us living that long
But you’d think that by now I’d know better
Than to keep all these words from spilling right out of my mouth
No, this ain’t a promise
I just want you to know how I feel about this
Yes it’s crazy and twisted and I should give up

But I know you’re not nearly as cruel
As the words that you say and the things that you do
May lead one to believe
But it’s true that you’ve stolen my only heart
But I know you’re not nearly as cruel
As the words that you say and the things that you do
May lead one to believe
But it’s true that you’ve stolen
The only heart I’ve got
The only heart I’ve got
The only heart I’ve got
The only heart I’ve got

[Alto:] The only heart I’ve got
[Bass:] Speak to me, please
[Soprano:] The only heart I’ve got
Track Name: Vallerie
One night I talked to her
About nothing in particular
And in that one night I forgot
The years that had passed since we last spoke

She remembered me
Brought up some of our old memories
And I was sure in an instant
She had been worth the waiting for

It was hard to believe this was happening to me

Oh, Vallerie
You’ve taken a hold of me
And hopefully
You’ll see the way that I feel
And you’ll feel the same way too
Vallerie, the world means less than you

And so as time went by
I found home was standing by her side
No matter where our lives took us
She lit the path to guide my way

It was real and it was love and it was happening to us
To us...

Oh, Vallerie
You’ve taken a hold of me
And hopefully
You’ll see the way that I feel
And you’ll feel the same way too
Vallerie, the world means less than you

I’ve seen it before, that longing look
I’ve read it before in many books
But I’ve never felt
The way that I feel
The look in your eyes
This moment so real
This hand you can hold!
This heart you can steal!

Oh, Vallerie
You’ve taken a hold of me
And hopefully
You’ll see the way that I feel
And you’ll feel the same way too
Vallerie, the world means less than you

Oh, Vallerie
I hope you’re in love with me
‘Cause honestly
I’ve fallen head over heels
Oh, Vallerie
Oh, I’ve got it bad for you
Vallerie, just say the word
‘Cause Vallerie, the world means less than you
Track Name: Keep Your Sweet Chin Up
Right now it seems these are the worst of times
All the love we had has all but died away
I see you cry, and it’s so hard to see just why
I ever could have treated you this way

The world is cold when we get lonely and get old
But don’t ever let life catch you feeling down
Just keep your sweet chin up
Keep your sweet chin up
And pick yourself up off the ground

It’s hard to sleep when you have hurt someone
And now all that’s left is a cold spot on your bed
I close my eyes and see these memories of you
And I long for every word I never said

If you could see me now, you’d know you’re not alone
But don’t ever let life catch you feeling down
Just keep your sweet chin up
Keep your sweet chin up
And pick yourself up off the ground

The world is old, and we get lonely, we get cold
But don’t ever let life catch you feeling down
Just keep your sweet chin up
Keep your sweet chin up
Keep your sweet chin up
And pick yourself up off the ground

...and pick yourself up off the ground...
Track Name: Take Me Away
I’m not sure what to say to you
No, I never was much good at finding words to speak my mind
It’s so hard to get through to you
And you’ll never know the weight of all the thoughts I’ve kept inside

So take what you want but just take me away
And we’ll never look back
Just let it all fade out and take me away

You once had so much faith in me
That it makes it hard to understand why you gave up so soon
But for all of your honesty
I honestly can’t see how every word you said was true

So call me a liar, but just take me away
And we’ll never look back
Just let it all fade out and take me away

From this distant future that we planned together
What ever became of whatever we’ve long since abandoned?
An earthquake consuming the shards of our promise
And trapping us under the weight of our hope

I can’t find where this all went wrong
Like a tear drop in an ocean, I’ve been searching through my mind
All I know is that something’s gone
And we’ll never get it back unless we leave the past behind

So drop everything and just take me away
And we’ll never look back
Just let it all fade out and take me away
Abandon all of this
Come pick up the pieces and take me away
Take me away
Take me away
Take me away
Come take me away
Come take me away
Track Name: Time Will Kill Us All
I’m not scared of the darkness
Or of the things I see
In the papers
Or even on the TV
I’m not scared of planes
Or of heights
Cause it won’t be the fall
But time, time, time will kill us all

I’m not scared of earthquakes
Or of hurricanes
When I’m by the ocean
I just get small drops of rain
There’s only one thing
Guaranteed
To make all six billion fall
And that’s time, time, time will kill us all
Oh yes, time, time, time will kill us all!

And some people say that it’s cancer
Some people say that it’s AIDS
Some people say that it’s bombs or it’s guns
‘Cause some people just can’t behave
But everyone knows in a couple of centuries
We won’t be standing so tall
‘Cause time, time, time will kill us all

EVERYBODY!
It’s the harbinger of the end!
The catalyst of DESTRUCTION!
The herald of inexistence!
It’s speed without distance!
It will kill everything...

EVERYTHING!!!
All of the animals too!
Even the cockroaches!
And the plants and the trees!
And the sun and the stars!!!

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