Everything But What You Need

by Speak Low If You Speak Love

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released 24 December 2013

Tracked/Mixed/Mastered in the Summer of 2013 by Richard Rich & Steve Schriemer at Great Lakes Recording Studio in Canton, MI.
Track 4 & 7 recorded by Kurt Roy at HeartGold Studios in Canton, MI.

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Speak Low If You Speak Love Westland, Michigan

Fusing elements of Evan Weiss-laden melodies with the pop sensibility of Taylor Swift, SLIYSL produces a genuinely new outlook on the cliché acoustic scene. Not only does SLIYSL refuse to cut lyrical corners, but each song is crafted with its own unique identity. With bare-boned and blunt story telling, Graham extends listeners a personal invitation into the melancholy world he calls home. ... more

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Track Name: Art School
That blue coffee cup isn't of much use now,
it collects change to fund the things that I'm not proud of.

My friends all say that I have changed; forgot my roots and lost my way.
Perhaps I've shifted since last Fall, but your painting still hangs on my wall.

And every night you wear a new skirt and I used to care about buttoned-up shirts,
now I look forward to sleeping in and when the next day will begin.

The next drink might swallow me, I know I shouldn't lift my lips to see,
but after everything you put me through, I'm allowed to be as sad as you.

I'm allowed to be as sad as you.
Track Name: Knots
I've got knots in my hair and knots in my stomach,
both thanks to you but for very different reasons.
I pretend not to care or act like I'm above it,
but it's hard to face the truth when you know all my demons.

You're too far and I'm far too jealous.

History repeats itself just like an old friend who tells the same stories since we were kids, and I purposely chase the hearts I know I'll never win, but I've been down this road before - don't wanna go back again.

It's like pulling teeth to get inside of your head
because you've invested time not to say what's on your mind.
Now I'm pulling out every strand and you can see every single vein on the back of my hand...

...as I wait for you to tell me you love me.

History repeats itself just like an old friend who tells the same stories since we were kids and I reserve the right to change the ending this time.

I reserve the right to change the ending.
Track Name: Eight Weeks
I thought that you'd have the decency
to tell me that you were eight weeks along.
And I thought that you'd have the decency
to tell me that everything that could go wrong would go wrong.

I've never met a Southern Belle who put me through so much hell.
I've only got myself to blame for finding you in everything.

I can't believe that I'm still letting you bring me down.
All my friends say I'm a bummer to be around.

It took everything within me
not to call you on your birthday.
I guess I just wanted to see
if there was anything left for me to say.

But I was foolish
and I was late
because you've got a man who provides
and a child on the way.

I can't believe that I'm still letting you bring me down.
All my friends say I'm a bummer to be around.
Track Name: A List Of Things
I'll get scared and you'll get bored,
it's the only conclusion my mind can form.
You'll say goodbye and I'll apologize,
for not being strong enough to ever realize that

I don't know anything about anything anymore
And you don't know anything about me (because I won't let you).

I knew you would leave, I'm not what you need,
I won't leave my bed if it means I can dream.
I made a list of things for us to do, we only crossed off one and two
Now I don't know what to do because

I don't know anything about anything anymore
And you don't know anything about me.

I'm usually on the other end when things start to break and things start to bend,
I'm usually on the other side, when love is a lightswitch and its glow slowly dies.

My mother says she's been praying
but I don't think that it's doing much.
I said "don't wear yourself out 'cause I know my edges are rough."

My mother says she's been praying
but I don't think that it's doing much,
Cause I'm scared and I'm sad and I'm alone again.
She just won't understand.
Track Name: Ruined
I remember those nights, the lonely sound of the service drive.
I remember those times I thought that I could make you mine.
Your dark hair and your coffee eyes,
I wanted to fix you, but you didn't want to fight.
Your heart was sad, but so was mine.
Your heart was a stubborn slope that I couldn't climb.
Every night we'd say goodbye, you'd shut the door with a sigh
You kept saying we didn't have much time

It's all your fault, and I'll always blame you,
I dreamt a life for us and it could've come true,
But you packed all your things and said that "we're through
because you ruined me and I ruined you."

We were library lovers where no one could see,
Midnight diners always in secrecy.
Moonlit drives to your front door,
You wanted my attention but nothing more.
I couldn't break it off, I had no guts
because you were one of my few great loves.
Now you changed the locks and moved on out,
You had abandoned your love for doubt.

It's all your fault, and I'll always blame you,
I dreamt a life for us and it could've come true,
But you packed all your things and said that "we're through
because you ruined me and I ruined you."

I ruined you.
Track Name: Locking Lips
It's a lie: hopeless romantic.
It's a frail excuse I use when I know I can't commit.
So I don't try, I get caught up in semantics,
and my conversational skills could use some practice.

If you could build a lifetime on locking lips, then I promise you I'd be better off than this.

So I give up, I'd rather feel sorry for myself,
than take your patient heart away from someone else.
Track Name: Confusion
We traveled all the roads we never meant to go.
I don't know how to get back when all I have is an old, dirty map.
It's beat to hell just like my heart, but it tells a tale beneath the stars.
And if I don't make it back to where you are, I'll find myself along the way and that's an honest start.

I'm stuck in this body that doesn't know what it wants or what it needs or who it loves or anything.
I'm stuck in this body that doesn't know what it wants or what it needs or who it loves or anything.

I've cried in airport terminals, I've wept in the car.
It's always the places you hate that make us who we are.
If you could see from where you stand, I'd still be the monster you think that I am.
If I don't make it back to where we were, I'll pack my bags and just go - one day I'll learn.

I'm stuck in this body that doesn't know what it wants or what it needs or who it loves or anything.
I'm stuck in this body that doesn't know what it wants or what it needs or who it loves or anything.

I've broken hearts, I've had mine shattered.
I've come this far just to move backward.
And all these scars are just memories,
although I don't know what they mean to me.
Track Name: Guess and Check
You could tell I was nervous and that's nothing new.
You said "Come with me, there's something that I want to show you."
So, expecting anything, I took your hand reluctantly.
It wasn't long until you were saying "sorry."

I barely knew your name, but I was intrigued.
You said "Love is guess and check" and I guess I would agree.
I barely knew your name, but there I was in the passengers seat
to see if I had guessed correctly.

That's when your shirt got caught in a barbed wire fence and I kissed you, in the freezing cold.
I didn't know that you smoked.
That's when we got in your car and you drove back home 'til you spun out, we were close to death.
And I held my breath just for you.

Just for you.

You said you wanted movie scenes and melodies,
but it's a lot of pressure trying to be the man of someone's dreams.
So, I put my guard up, naturally
and I lost sight of you along the way.

That's when your shirt got caught in a barbed wire fence and I kissed you, in the freezing cold.
And I should have known that you smoked.
That's when we got in your car and you drove back home 'til you spun out, we were close to death.
And I held my breath just for you.

Just for you.
Track Name: Naive
You ruined all my favorite bands.
Every time I sing along I always see your hands.
That perfect skin against my sweaty palms,
and your face of discontent always made me feel so small.

You abused all my favorite books,
I know you never read half the ones you took.
Still all the pages are torn and frayed,
memorized the underlined hoping to impress me.

But it won't work,
I'm not that naive.
No, we won't work,
You just don't get me.
Track Name: Tiny Furnace
That dress you wore the day we went over the train tracks: I want that day back.
You said God wasn't in the sky and there was nothing I could do or say to change your mind.

But I didn't want to change it.

You're a tiny furnace and I'm the coal you're burning
Can't you see I can't douse the flame, things will never be the same.
You're a tiny furnace and I'm the coal you're burning,
Can't you see I can't douse the flame, but two can play at this game.

Your blonde hair on the bed - the same one your mother caught me in.
Those stars stuck to your ceiling seemed so out of reach, and I let them keep me up while you were fast asleep.

And I know I panicked, and I'm sorry.

You're a tiny furnace and I'm the coal you're burning
Can't you see I can't douse the flame, things will never be the same.
You're a tiny furnace and I'm the coal you're burning,
Can't you see I can't douse the flame, but two can play at this game.

I got scared that you were too much, you were too much.
I got scared that I wasn't enough, wasn't enough.
I pretended that you didn't exist, you didn't exist.
That's something I never would wish, never would wish....

...on anyone.