Velveteen Realist

by Sam Cook-Stuntz

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released March 18, 2016

All songs written by Sam Cook-Stuntz
© 2016 Sam Cook-Stuntz

Recorded and mixed by Chris Wilson at his home studio (www.chriswilsonsound.com)
Mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East Mastering (www.newallianceeast.com)
Artwork by Liz Cook-Stuntz
Photography by Kate Lints (www.katelintsphotography.com)

Sam Cook-Stuntz - vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, keys
Cara Pardo - vocals, accordion on "I'm Waiting on the Water"
Jonathan Pardo - vocals on "I'm Waiting on the Water"

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Track Name: What If We Never Turn Around?
Come with me
Let’s not do this wisely
Pack our bags
Leave the kitchen light on
Don’t charge the phones
We’ll get there on our own

It’s after dusk
Lock the door behind us
Let the mail
Pile up without a warning
It won’t be long
Until even the neighbors know we’re gone

What if we never turn around?
Who says whatever goes up must come down?

Lay low
The city lost us forty miles ago
The tank is full
The interstate is empty
Northern star
Tell no one where we are

Wait and see
Where this two-lane current takes me
Avoid the tolls
We're in no hurry
Forget our phones
We’ve never been less alone

What if we never turn around?
Who says whatever goes up must come down?

Come with me
We don’t have to do this wisely
The night is young
The day is ancient history
Maybe all that’s wrong
Will be different after dawn
Track Name: Last Leg
Well, I said if time were meant to fly
God would’ve given it some wings
There aren’t enough seconds in the sky
For me to take care of everything

Red-handed clock won’t show its face
Caught in an act of petty theft
I had forever yesterday
Now there isn’t much tomorrow left

It’s the last leg
The wire that I’m down to
With some things I’ll get around to
It’s the last leg
This is where I start to finish strong
Why did I wait so long?

I know that time is of the essence
No excuse this time around
Maybe it’s time I learned a lesson
I think it’s time to buckle down

I feel right at home in the home stretch
I’ve learned to stretch it pretty thin
I’m not an easy one to catch
Soon as I catch that second wind

It’s the last leg
The wire that I’m down to
With some things I’ll get around to
It’s the last leg
This is where I start to finish strong
Why did I wait so long?

There’s no way to balance all this time
It weighs much too heavy in the afternoon
I’ll make the dead-and-finish line
I’ll have it on your desk real soon

It’s the last leg
The wire that I’m down to
With some things I’ll get around to
It’s the last leg
This is where I start to finish strong
Why’d I wait so long?

It’s the last leg
The wire that I’m down to
With some things I’ll get around to
It’s the last leg
This is where I start to finish strong
Why did I wait so long?
Track Name: Annual
A year is a lifetime
Sometimes, sometimes
Calendars all have their reasons
The hourglass won't empty
This time, this time
And leaves fall in spite of the season

I wish that I could say
It was just an early gray
And I was many moons away from way back when
And before the new one starts
I wish with all my heart
That just once
I could go around again
Again

I arrived right on schedule
Somehow, somehow
A healthy five foot ten, age twenty-five
I’ve been waiting for my birthday
To come round, come round
As long as I've been alive

I wish that I could say
It was just an early gray
And I was many moons away from way back when
And before the new one starts
I wish with all my heart
That just once
I could go around again
Again

Will it flash before my eyes
As I’m saying my goodbyes?
Can I hope to be reborn
On a January morn?

I wish that I could say
It was just an early gray
And I was many moons away from way back when
And before the new one starts
I wish with all my heart
That just once
I could go around again
Again
Track Name: High Horse
Feels good to have the answer
First to raise my hand
Star witness
All I say is on the record
All I do is on the stand

Feels good to walk the high road
See what you look like from above
All I want is what’s best for you
All I feel is tough, tough love

If you’re going to ride the high horse
Better hold on tight
I belong up here, of course
In the saddle
In the right

Take your core philosophy
Step back and entrust it to me
I’ll find every hole
Every logical leap
I’m on a roll
Yeah, I do this in my sleep

You know I’ve kept an open mind
No preconceptions, not a single bias to protect
I’ve shown you just how humble I can be
Now show some respect

If you’re going to ride the high horse
Better hold on tight
I belong up here, of course
In the saddle
In the right

Must be lonely
In that vicious cycle of doubting and asking
I have all the company I could ask for
Safe among the people who know everything

If you’re going to ride the high horse
Better hold on tight
I belong up here, of course
In the saddle
In the right

If you’re going to ride the high horse
Better hold on tight
I belong up here, of course
In the saddle
In the right
Track Name: You Should See
You should see the way you look tonight
Take a step into the light
I won’t let you find a shadow
I won’t let you leave my sight

And I can see the way you roll your eyes
Telling me I’m telling lies
I wish you could take a spin beneath my skin
Cause you should see the butterflies

If I could put it in a picture
Stand it on the shelf
If you could analyze the view from my eyes
Would you see for yourself

You’re beautiful
Beautiful
You’re perfect to me
You’re beautiful
And it comes so naturally

You should see the way you make me laugh
The ever-childish way we act
And how you can see the worst in me
And still choose to be my better half

You should see the way I look at you
When you don’t expect me to
And it’s so cliché to say you take my breath away
But you should see the way you do

If I could put it in a picture
Stand it on the shelf
If you could analyze the view from my eyes
Would you see for yourself

You’re beautiful
Beautiful
You’re perfect to me
You’re beautiful
And it comes so naturally
So naturally

We’re all inclined to be
Our own worst critics
Impossible to please

But I’ll tell it like it is
Disagree to disagree
I won’t rest
Until you see the things I see
I won’t rest
Until you see the things I see

You’re beautiful
You’re perfect to me
You’re beautiful
And it comes so naturally

You’re beautiful
Beautiful
You’re perfect to me
You’re beautiful
And it comes so naturally
So naturally
Track Name: Frost
Who can say when this blew in
Or when it reached the bone
Earmuffs on, I do nothing but talk
And shovel the walk
The last to have known

Under the weather
You’re buried deep
Five and a half feet of snow
The room starts to thaw
Your skin is still raw
Bundle up
There’s nothing to show

We keep a sun on the table
A faded blue lamp
While clouds and all their recruits
In white parachutes
Are swarming the camp

Under the weather
You’re buried deep
Five and a half feet of snow
The room starts to thaw
Your skin is still raw
Bundle up
They don’t need to know

What drove the colors to hide?
And who scared the groundhog inside?
Is it too late to learn to take the season in stride?

Under the weather
You’re buried deep
Stars all eclipsed by the sky
It’s too much to lift
Too cold to keep stiff
But just wait
Please stand by
We can pack it before it gets dry
Build a fortress a dozen feet high
And together, we wait for July
Track Name: Hypothetical Glory
I think you’ll be impressed
When I tangle with the best
Settle for nothing less
Than overnight success
I’ve got a plan
To fly from the pan
And flash across the grandstands
I think, I think, I think I can

Lie awake in bed
The green eyed monster’s got me seeing red
All this hypothetical glory is going to my head

I love the sound of applause
Drowning out my flaws
Gravity’s just a pack of laws
To give us pause
Keep us down
I’m in my prime
No chart too treacherous for me to climb
It’s my time, it’s my time, it’s my time

Lie awake in bed
The green eyed monster’s got me seeing red
All this hypothetical glory is going to my head

So fall sleep
And dream a little pipe dream of me
What do I have to pull
To be some kind of one-hit-wonderful?
Where can I go
To find a track that’s not so slow?
Fix my hair
I’ll see you when I get there
Have a camera waiting
I’ll have my speech prepared

Lie awake in bed
The green eyed monster’s got me seeing red
All this hypothetical glory is going to my head

Lie awake in bed
The green eyed monster’s got me seeing red
All this hypothetical glory is going to my head
It’s going to my head
Track Name: Worse for Me
One to talk cause I'm one to speak
One to blend like a choirboy freak
One to wager, not to win
One to get wistful when I start to spin

And it's always better when you don't assume
And it's always better when the children leave the room
And it's always better for the six-inch IV
And it's always
Always worse for me

Eggshell loafers get me around
The stained glass is half-empty now
Fool you twice, I'm a damn good fool
Beholden to a little white golden rule

And it's always better when you don't assume
And it's always better when the children leave the room
And it's always better for the still-splintered knee
And it's always
Always worse for me

The walls have ears and the sink has spies
The pillow can't see me if I close my eyes
The walls have ears and the sink has spies
The pillow can't see me if I close my eyes

And it's always better when you don't assume
And it's always better when the children leave the room
And it's always better for the quiet referee
And it's always
Always worse for me
Worse for me
Track Name: I Won't Walk
The water’s calming
The air is getting rough
The storm is patient
Dangled up above
In their deep distress, the meek are blessed
You don’t need to play it tough
These things will be made new
And they can’t come soon enough

I won’t walk on water
Until I know it’s frozen fast
And I can’t walk a mile
In shoes that didn’t last
I’ve never stood this close to heaven
See me bend beneath the grass
While I stand and wait for heaven to pass

Horizon jumped again
I haven’t looked up in a while
Plant a twig and watch the shadow
The sun is in denial
In my shyest prayer, there’s faith somewhere
Joy in every trial
A test to make me steadfast
Three gifts to let me smile

I won’t walk on water
Until I know it’s frozen fast
And I can’t walk a mile
In shoes that didn’t last
I’ve never stood this close to heaven
See me bend beneath the grass
While I stand and wait for heaven to pass

I won’t drag the rubble
Pick through the clay
Dredge the ground for things I meant to say
I’ve never stood this close to heaven
See me cling to the rain
While I stand and wait for mourning and pain
And the former things to pass away
Track Name: 1564
Well, it's another cold shoulder
This song no longer speaks to me
Tower Records of Babel
We used to get along so fluently
And I guess I'm getting older
And I guess it was the 90's
And I guess the more things change
The more they feel that way

I found a ragtime capsule
Buried underneath the overhead lights
But these shirts are all naive
And these opinions are no longer mine by rights
And I guess they’ll be recycled
And I guess they’ll make good carpets
And I guess the more things change
The more they always change
Track Name: I'm Waiting on the Water
How long did it take for the rains to clear?
How long did it take for the ram to appear?
How long did it take for the sea to part?
How long until You change my heart?

It don't take much for my word to break
And it don't take much for my faith to shake
But it takes an army to bring down my guard
What will it take to change my heart?

I've got something to prove
But You’ve got mountains to move
And they move in mysterious ways
I've got axes to grind
But You’ve got mud for the blind
And I find
I tremble in Your gaze

Seven times marching, see the walls give in
Seven loaves broken, see the feast begin
Seven and seventy chances for a brand new start
So many ways to change my heart

I've got something to prove
But You’ve got mountains to move
And they move in mysterious ways
I've got axes to grind
But You’ve got mud for the blind
And I find
I tremble in Your gaze

I'm waiting on the water to run red as wine
I'm waiting on a wonder, I'm waiting on a sign
But surely You who split this curtain apart
Surely You can change my heart
Surely You can change my heart
Surely You can change my heart