Steps

by Will Shish

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Steps 04:02
There are strangers hanging by the street signs, and a danger growing in my mind And it’s you and me, and these places you take me Pumping through my veins Are you asking me to stay here, just ask me to stay Another minute on these steps won’t kill us tonight Another chance to catch our breath and adjust to the changing light I still find I’m stumbling over shadows of what’s behind Another minute on these steps won’t kill us tonight There’s a tightness in my chest that I’m unbound to Makes me weightless when I’m around you Now it’s you and me, passing time till we’re ready Pumping through my veins Are you asking me to stay here, just ask me to stay Another minute on these steps won’t kill us tonight Another chance to catch our breath and adjust to the changing light I still find I’m stumbling over shadows of what’s behind Another minute on these steps won’t kill us tonight
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Complicated peace of mind, this body unconfined, But who will it be to see what’s left? Heart and chest aligned, but from a distance everyone is blind When they open their eyes they’ll see me Longing to touch Longing to be Wanting so much from someone who Is something like may Mmmm Tough to trust and hard to tell, one wrong slip and darling that’s farewell To all of the nights we could have had Heart and chest aligned, but some things past can’t all get left behind When they open their minds they’ll see me Longing to touch Longing to be Wanting so much from someone who Is something like may Mmmm Count the months since the incisions made Can’t see the scars left by the careful blade But full disclosure, I’m no soldier, Just a man trying to get by Complicated peace of mind, this body unconfined
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Frame 03:57
Numb between the shoulders, strain and try to hold her Fingers strong, but the feeling's gone Stuck between the sides, frame three feet wide I shake she takes the weight (sh-shake she takes the weight) Cement is sweating, a set for a setting Paresthesia, anesthesia, every time we bite again Self-medication, loss of sensation I'm taking more than I've been getting I am leaving behind this weight on my chest, this thorn in my side I'm not trying to hide what eyes can see has always been mine Inside, outside Oh, I'm leaving behind… Waking up to find that the change was in my mind Inadequacy, a fallacy of society's design What makes a man fails to fit all mankind When it comes from, when it comes from inside… Inside, outside, inside, out...
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Pressure 04:08
Stripped back this room, one thought consumes Will tonight bare added weight As we push the starting gate Draw back, breathe slow, raw lips will know Where you are and where we’ve been Come so far we come again Speak soft, speak now, or I’ll fall somehow Into sparks that flood your eyes While I’m deeper they are wide Can you feel the pressure when we get together now If you’re feeling better, oh can we stick together now?
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Knocked the first one down on a Saturday night Up for hanging round till we feel alright I can shake this out if you hang on tight Forfitting for nothing cause it's not a fight This one's on us Giving in or giving up Pulling back the shades again, mitosis calls Staring at the pavement leading to her basement hall Wrapped around her finger and she's locked into my Stereo and where we go, no one else is listening there I'm in love with falling but I can't stay down Cause thinking leads to sinking and I'm gonna drown Close to feeling closer but I don't know how to fake it, don't make it Pulling back the shades again, mitosis calls Staring at the pavement leading to her basement hall Wrapped around her finger and she's locked into my Stereo and where we go, no one else is listening there This one's on us Giving in or giving up This one's on us Giving in or giving up Pulling back the shades again, mitosis calls Staring at the pavement leading to her basement hall Wrapped around her finger and she's locked into my Stereo and where we go, no one else is listening there
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Stay a little longer tonight It's just a couple hours 'til the sunrise Sit a little closer to me So you can feel me dreaming if we fall asleep I just want a little more of you baby Just a taste of your lips I just want a little more of you baby Just a taste of your lips Sink a little deeper into my eyes Whisper something sweetly and I'm hypnotized Feel me prickle under your skin Melt beneath my fingers, feel the fire within I just want a little more of you baby Just a taste of your lips I just want a little more of you baby Just a taste of your lips
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The Equation 05:21
Twenty-two, city room. Spearmint gum and new perfume Mask the smell of smoke filled lungs Feeling wiser, but still look young Trapped in this cloud, our eyes start to sting How many times can we pass this thing? Alone for the night or along for the ride Ten bucks can go far if you give it a try If I say it out loud, does that mean that there's a problem? These habits won't die down, and I'm not sure that I can solve them. Where's the x in the equation? Divided by my new fixation We don't rely on this, we don't need a crutch I'll do it myself or you can call my bluff But I might drop out if it goes too far I've got my own plans. I've got my own scars. Later nights lit by city lights. Can it be wrong to feel so right? Sinking in, seeping out. We pretend but there's no doubt. Even through the haze there's an honesty that stays. There's a look in my eyes that cannot be disguised If I say it out loud, does that mean that this is something real? Well I could quit right now, but flying solo doesn't have the same appeal. Who's the x in the equation? Multiply by the temptation
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Hungover 04:43
Feels like I'm hungover Just from seeing you Hands touch and I wonder What you're gonna do when I don't pull away Holding back seems so strange It's been a while and some things have changed But I think about us everyday I got used to half truths and paving paths that were never mine Kept my mouth shut around you way too many times Can't be reckless with our dreams Holding on to what might be If I tell you I want you, will you see me? Am I too late to make this right? The situation's different now And it doesn't make a difference how If you feel it too (oooo) I wanna end up with you I wanna end up with Late nights of conversation Love with no hesitation Music of our creation Drip with anticipation Mmm do you feel it too? I wanna end up with Laying beside you feels so bittersweet I wanna be closer, can you feel my pounding heartbeat? Toss and turn throughout the night The lights are off but you're shining bright When will our bodies reunite? Am I too late to make this right? Chorus I drifted away when there was so much left to say And I’ll always be afraid to lose you now I know we can’t stay in this chasm that we made Even if delayed, I’ll get to you somehow If it's you at the end of the road, it's gonna feel like home It's gonna be our time
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New Security 03:31
Calm yourself, it can wait Falling over footsteps 'til you hang yourself like bait Don't move too soon What's the use of sending flowers if the roses aren't in bloom? I know you wanna go, know you wanna be in some new security But you're gonna blow it if she knows it. It doesn't have to be now or never It's gonna get better with some time Give it a rest, give her a break, how much can she take Of your pushing 'til you're talking to yourself again Jumped the gun, and you're looking at bus schedules Fifteen dollars and four hours to her door Can we afford to waste our dimes on second guessing? You'll spend your time just wondering if she's wanting more I know you wanna go, know you wanna be in some new security But you're gonna blow it if she knows it. It doesn't have to be now or never It's gonna get better with some time Give it a rest, give her a break, how much can she take Of your pushing 'til you're talking to yourself again
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Anchor 03:55
For the first time in my life, I am at a loss for words. I should leave your melody to the wind and the singing of the birds. I can't do you justice. There's nothing I can write That can start to match the beauty of the way you looked that night With your hands on my chest and that look in your eyes When I finally confessed, but I don't think you were surprised I take the train to your station and I'm glad it's not that far, But it'd be so much more convenient if somebody had a car So we could drive along the back roads and watch the season turn While we cling to our coffees and the things that we have learned. This might all seem fast, and I'm not talking 'bout the drive But how I suddenly feel that I need you to survive. We can live in an apartment with a mattress on the floor, And if you're with me every morning, I won't ever have to ask for more. When we're not together I can hear you in my sighs. I taste you on my lips, feel you pressed into my side. We're like an indie movie with an existential theme, But we'll still be there in the end and not get lost inside a dream. I will be your sailor 'til you bring me to my knee, Then I will be your anchor so we'll never get lost at sea.
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We could be a match but it’s not in the cards I’m second guessing and confessing, but I didn’t think this far And now you’re caught off guard Couldn’t even find the words I really meant to say I would rather cut my loss and maybe we could stay the same Or I know I’m to blame This is more confusing than anything I’ve ever felt before In between the lines we’ve been defining But if I’m being honest, then there’s still a way to lead to an open door You’re the only key that unlocks it So open up to me if you wanna keep this going strong (For now we’re headed nowhere) And I can’t believe we’d be so naive that we didn’t see this coming all along But you’re still the one, this web that we’ve spun’s been holding me fast, stuck to our past (Retrace to find an answer) Yes I’ve been undone, my world round your sun, and I’m burning up fast But I can’t go back You got put on a pedestal, forever a fool for falling in love with you And these subtitles you’re passing through me I wish I could hold us steady, I know there’s a way, but there’s nothing left to do So say something please, don’t put it lightly So open up to me if you wanna keep this going strong (For now we’re headed nowhere) And I can’t believe we’d be so naive that we didn’t see this coming all along But you’re still the one, this web that we’ve spun’s been holding me fast, stuck to our past (Retrace to find an answer) Yes I’ve been undone, my world round your sun, and I’m burning up fast But I can’t go back
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Stalemate 04:31
We met each other at the perfect time, When neither of us knew what it was inside that Made us tick a little off, We helped each other get our wires uncrossed But somewhere in-between, you and I got lost We each found the perfect girl who knew how to treat us right But after a time it wasn’t me on your phone at night, saying It’d be okay, and asking how’s your mom today You were never good at answering, now you’re misinterpreting my lines I thought you said we would be fine I never knew what it’d be like to drive past your street at night And wonder where you are, cause it doesn’t feel like home without you We always said we had it best for being able to express ourselves, But we couldn’t even past this test Now you and I have nothing left Christmas day, two years ago Was the last time that you told me that you loved me so And consequently, it was the last time that we spoke We’re both pretty stubborn, I’m not sure one of us will make a move Is this a stalemate? Is there really something here to prove? There’s still time. I could could drop a line But I’m not sure you’d be listening, You’ve made up your mind ‘bout me Maybe I should let this be
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Ghosts 05:11
Out of the woods and into the garden, Despite all the ghosts that are living there Haunting a memory of unfinished business Sulking and stumbling in solitaire I know there has to be something they're hiding Deep underground where we buried their plans and pleasures Keeping a straight face, guarding a secret The longer we wait, the more to be excavated I know that our past has died But something new can grow from where our scattered ashes lie (oooo) What will we dig up, cold and unprotected Is it really worth it being resurrected? (oooo) Maybe someday they'll pass on Maybe someday we'll move on

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released July 30, 2017

Music and lyrics by Will Shishmanian
Produced by Will Shishmanian
Co-Produced by Eleftherios Koutsoulidakis
Engineered by Eleftherios Koutsoulidakis at PREP Sound
Co-Engineered by Will Shishmanian at PREP Sound

All vocals and instruments performed by Will Shishmanian except:

Drums/Percussion: James Travers (tracks 1, 4, 6, 7, 10), Jessie Linden (tracks 8, 12, 14, 16), Sarah Tompkins (tracks 9 & 13)
Bass: Joey Bonilla (track 7)
Cello: Erin Snedecor (tracks 6, 8, 13, 14, 15)
Viola: Troy Everett (tracks 8, 13, 14)
Violins: Kait Moreno, Alexa Cantalupo (tracks 8, 13, 14), Nataly Merezhuk (track 15)

String arrangements by Erin Snedecor and Will Shishmanian

Tracks 8, 13, & 14 strings recorded at Magpie Cage Studios, arranged by Erin Snedecor and Will Shishmanian

Tracks 6 & 15 strings arranged and recorded by Ahren Buccheister at Mount Vesuvius Studios.

Album art by Meehaun Glasper-Wade

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Will Shishmanian is a singer/songwriter, musical theater composer, and multi-instrumentalist based in NYC. He has been releasing music in an array of genres, from folk to prog rock to R&B, and also records guitar and bass and co-produces with other artists. He also wrote music and lyrics for "Addy & Dahlia" A Fairytale Musical" and was one of the composers for "Camp Morning Wood." ... more

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