Popular to Contrary Belief

Track Listing

  1. The Thirty Second Overture
  2. (It’s Driving Me) A Little Bit Crazy
  3. This Is It (You Are Here)
  4. Echoes of My Breaking Heart
  5. Rad Onions
  6. Without You
  7. MIDI Me
  8. Sweet Beguiles
  9. Funky Jamz
  10. What is Time
  11. Duty Bound

© 2018 Stevie V
Published by Sunny Haze Publishing
Unauthorized duplication is a violation of all applicable laws
All Rights Reserved

Words and Music by Stevie V/Sunny Haze Publishing
All instruments and lead vox by Stevie V
Additional vox by Bente Grinde, Amelia Thornton and Callie Monroe Woodman on “(It’s Driving Me) A Little Bit Crazy,” “This Is It (You Are Here),” “Echoes of My Breaking Heart” and “Duty Bound”
Produced by Stevie V
Recording/Engineering by Ryan Maynes, Matthew Bainton, Jacob Robert Stephens and Stevie V
Recorded at Club Shmed Studios, Missoula, MT, Gold Nugget Studios, Missoula, MT and Center for Attitudinal Healing & the Arts, Missoula, MT
Mixed at Club Shmed Studios, Missoula, MT by Ryan Maynes and Stevie V
Album mastered by Joe Goodwin at Bellwether Mastering, Portland, ME
Cover photo by Stevie V
All other photos by Matt Riley
Album design and layout by Marcus Schlueter

Stevie V deeply thanks everyone involved in helping this album come to fruition
Mom and Dad, Theresa, Megan, Chad, Liam and Nora

Max, Chris, Callie, Justin, Drew, Kyle, Dan, Tucker, Amelia, Bente, Kelsey, Ryan, Matt, Jacob, Joe, Shanna, Eugene, Gina, Keith, and Sarah

Bryan, Matt, Joe, Whitney, Josh, Rae, Margaret, Chance, Garrett, Neal, Anna, and Marcus

All the many others whom I don’t have room to thank personally, thank you

Lyrics

(It’s Driving Me) A Little Bit Crazy

Every night I see the stars come out so completely
And it makes me think of your blue eyes smiling so sweetly
And every night that I don’t get to sleep next to you
And every night I’m wondering just what to do and it’s true
It’s driving me a little bit crazy
Yes it’s driving me a little bit crazy
Trying to live without you baby
Yes it’s driving me a little bit crazy

Nights are so lonely without your sweet embrace
Nothing I have found could hope to replace
Your sweet kisses and everything my heart misses about you
It’s driving me a little bit crazy
It’s driving me a little bit crazy

Every night I see the stars come out so completely
And it makes me think of your blue eyes smiling so sweetly
And every night that I don’t get to sleep next to you
And every night I’m wondering just what to do and it’s true
It’s driving me a little bit crazy
Oh trying to live without you baby
Yes it’s driving me a little bit crazy
Oh trying to live without you baby
Yes it’s driving me a little bit crazy

This Is It (You Are Here)

It’s been said there is nothing as profound as you
Seeking then finding all the things that are true
Because a life can go by in a mind numbing haze
Life can go by (bye bye) days days upon days
Without knowing when you are why…what…where…how…if…Did you know you are
Fleeting and miraculous stubborn changing adamance
What is the chance you’ll ever know something blasphemous
Cuz west becomes east and east becomes west
Without knowing both you’ll never know what is best

This is it No matter where you are no matter when you are this is it this is it
You are here this moment is everything you will ever be you are here you are here

Everything is simple when simple is everything
I too have a dream like my brother Dr. King
You see there’s no way around the fact we’re mostly the same
Around the fact the differences a just a well placed game
Made to make you think that you and I are something separate
Just a plea to dive into something desperate
Like you against me or maybe us against them
Like our present blossoming problems don’t rise up from the stem
Like Jim Crow yes no? what the f is gonna go
Pernicious wrath or the bright hopeful path
Equality is quality true words just can’t lie
The bending arc of justice demands that we try
To make the humble effort to know who we are
To know there’s no difference between us and the stars

How many times is too many times to see a truth so plainly
Yet walk away in hubris turning up your nose so vainly
Like the fate of you and your own isn’t tied to the rest of us
As if there isn’t something foundationally just
About passing on to our kids and the rest of posterity
A habitable world, I know right “the temerity!!”
Cuz I don’t know if the thought of legacy evaporates with suicide
But at some point a sense of duty must arise deep inside
We’re driving at top speed toward a known impenetrable barrier
I couldn’t think of anything that’s really any scarier
Than destroying our ability to survive and thrive
Cuz that’s the crux, not this nonsense contrived
If you like living and you like the earth assisting
Let’s talk about it so we can keep existing

Echoes of My Breaking Heart

Everything I thought I knew turned out to be untrue
‘cuz all of the love that I have turned out to be just for you
So when you took it away I didn’t know what to say
I feel lost without my heart known
And hurt with no solace shown

You’ve made me a broken man
You’ve made me a broken man
You’ve made me a broken man
Lord have mercy I’m a broken man

And all of those notes that you wrote filled with your tender love
They’re soaked with the tears that I’ve cried endlessly thinking of
The sweet smiles that you gave with your loving goodbye waves
I feel lost without my heart known
And hurt with no solace shown

You’ve made me a broken man
You’ve made me a broken man
You’ve made me a broken man
Lord have mercy I’m a broken man

And everything I thought I knew, I don’t
And every time I think you’ll come back, you won’t
And so my breaking heart
A sea without a chart
I wish I could understand but instead you’ve made me a broken man

The echoes of my breaking heart and the days that go by all alone
Cause me to pine endlessly for the days I could call you my own
And taste your kisses so sweet oh they made me feel so complete
I feel lost without my heart known
And hurt with no solace shown

You’ve made me a broken man
You’ve made me a broken man
You’ve made me a broken man
Lord have mercy I’m a broken man (x4)

Without You

Every time I see your face
I need you near to embrace
I can’t say what I’d do
Without you, by my side
My heart pushes me to abide
Because I can’t live without you

The way you hold me so tight
When we’re laying in bed at night
It makes me feel so warm
I can weather the storm, ‘cuz you’re mine
When we are apart, my heart pines
It’s ‘cuz I can’t live without you

You hold me up when I’m down
When the tables turn around
I am there for you too
‘Cuz we will get through what we need
My heart has just one way to feed
And I can’t live without you

Every time I see your face
I need you near to embrace
I can’t say what I’d do
Without you, by my side
My heart pushes me to abide
Because I can’t live without you

Sweet Beguiles

As time goes by with increasing speed
I realize you’re all I need
Everything I say is true
All I want is to be with you
And if you found yourself upon the moon
I’d meet you there oh sooner than soon
And if you walked a thousand miles
I’d follow you and your sweet beguiles
I’d follow you and your sweet beguiles
I’d follow you and your sweet beguiles

I can’t stand to be away
From your sweet heart it makes my day
My life my love and everything
I’ll give to you everlasting
There’s nothing that could ever keep me from
You plus me equals a loving sum
The way you tease me with your feminine wiles
I’d follow you and your sweet beguiles
I’d follow you and your sweet beguiles
I’d follow you and your sweet beguiles

Give to me your loving hand
And I will lead you to the promised land
Your eyes your lips your loving touch
Your sweet nothings oh they mean so much
I can’t imagine life without you
I hope that you feel the same way too
‘cuz I want every morning to see your smiles
I’d follow you and your sweet beguiles
I’d follow you and your sweet beguiles
I’d follow you and your sweet beguiles

What is Time

Hey man, you got the time? Got the time? Hey man what’s time? What’s time?

What is time to you, what is time to me
What is time to anyone who can easily see
That time’s not what we thought but it’s all we got
I said time’s not what we thought and even if we fought
All the ghosts of our past I know the future still holds
Infinitely more to provide futility
Ability seeks utility and seeks the best
The rest lie perplexed waiting in eternity
Forgotten times forgotten minds
Time is nothing but the passage of light
And even if it might seem like something else
Nothing in life betrays the sight of anonymity FLASH to unity of all
The stars in the universe the stars in your eyes
The stars pass light the stars are us
The stars are light we’re made of stardust
Our bodies of light pass through space
Far into the future then back to the past
Each time renewed in spiritual repast
This unsurpassed rejuvenation we’ve since forgotten
It doesn’t matter to whom you pray rather whether day to day you’re kind or rotten
Paine said the word of God is the creation we behold
True enough and shrewd enough but why did history unfold
In the manner it did with a disrespect beyond belief for the word of God
So what does time do to me and you in full understanding of the way things work
Nothing
Nothing
Nothing

Duty Bound
 
I wonder who can help now that I am lost
And if I could be found what would be the cost
The azure skies so quickly turn to gray
It seems I’ve nothing useful left to say

And so here I am wondering why I’m here
Raindrops falling on me and though the sky is clear
Tomorrow doesn’t seem like a useful dream
When pain and sorrow are this moment’s theme

So what is out there to help me turn around
There’s gotta be someone who’s duty bound
And I won’t ask much just a helping hand
To point me towards the Promised Land

The westward setting sun viewed by my weeping eyes
Seems to demonstrate its fact everybody dies
In this fleeting moment here I’m now more amenable
It seems that sorrow is most untenable

And so if I give up on feeling sorry for
The tribulations I never could ignore
Then maybe I will be on a righteous path
Where maybe I could be free from sorrow’s wrath

So what is out there to help me turn around
There’s gotta be someone who’s duty bound
And I won’t ask much just a helping hand
To point me towards the Promised Land
And I won’t ask much just a helping hand
To point me towards the Promised Land

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