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These are rough mixes and NOT final mastered versions of the songs. I occasionally remix and remaster the songs. At some point all the songs will be available on iTunes, Amazon Digital, and other music download sites (as are my three previous albums). Click the links below to hear samples on Amazon Digital Music.

The songs on all three albums were embedded in the novels by the same name. The embedded song versions are available in the iBookstore, while the other versions (softcover and regular eBook) are available on Amazon.

You can listen to the songs by clicking the Play Button on the audio players below. You can read the lyrics to each song by clicking the toggle button beneath each audio player.

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Click Here to the See Lyrics for "Danger is the Needle"

Danger is the Needle

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Smoke

Verse 1

You’re lookin’ good, your lean machine

Baby, taste that sweet adrenaline

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide

You meet yourself comin’ back from the other side

Chorus

Take a walk on the wild side

I’d love to see you moan

Life is a drug, oh my darlin’ one

And danger is the needle…that drives it home

Verse 2

You got the edge, see it in your eyes

You dress the part, there ain’t no need for a disguise

You don’t back down, you bring it on

You bite my ear and whisper, “C’mon”

Chorus

Take a walk on the wild side

I’ve love you see you moan

Life is a drug, oh my darlin’ one

And danger is the needle…that drives it home

Verse 3

I need you, baby, like air to breathe

If I don’t taste you soon I feel I’m gonna bleed

You got that thing, don’t need a name

Just know that after tonight ain’t gonna be the same

Chorus

Take a walk on the wild side

I’ve love you see you moan

Life is a drug, oh my darlin’ one

And danger is the needle…that drives it home

 

 

© Stephen Smoke 2018 All Rights Reserved

Published by Kitmun Music

Click Here to See Lyrics for "Serious"

Serious

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Smoke

Verse 1

If you’re suicide serious

What’s been lost…can’t be found

You’ve crossed the Rubicon

Ain’t no middle ground

 

If you’re gonna do it, do it

Put an end to fear

You don’t need a crowd

To disappear

Chorus

Let it go

Baby, let it go

All the hurt, all the rage

Let it go and turn the page

Pull the chord

And start free-fall

Into the light

Into the night

Into what’s next

Into the void

Into nothin’ at all

Start free

Free fall

Verse 2

That terminal sadness, oh…

Imprisoned in your mind

(Days get long) when you count the hours

All that wasted time

 

There ain’t no sin in sadness

It’s your life, live or die

So many tiny deaths

You don’t need a long goodbye

Chorus

Let it go

Baby, let it go

All the hurt, all the rage

Let it go and turn the page

Pull the chord

And start free-fall

Into the light

Into the night

Into what’s next

Into the void

Into nothin’ at all

Start free

Free fall

© Copyright 2018 Stephen Smoke All Rights Reserved

Published by Kitmun Music

Click Here to See Lyrics for "Makin' Peace With Myself"

Makin’ Peace With Myself

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Smoke

Verse 1

Started talkin’ and could not stop

Told the truth till the very last drop

Some tasted bitter, some went down hard

Some of your truths were not the same as mine

Memories get colored with the brush of time

Some were brutal, some were kind

Chorus

Makin’ peace with myself

The war’s been gone on for too long

I can’t remember what I’m fighting for

Just know I’m losin’…and I can’t go on no more

Verse 2

Memories haunt my dreams at night

I rewrite the scenes to make ‘em play out right

Like a newly-blind man searchin’ darkness for a life he once had

I remember the day I came to pick up my things

There was someone there…you wouldn’t let me in

Man, I thought I never could hurt that bad

Chorus

Makin’ peace with myself

The war’s been gone on for too long

I can’t remember what I’m fighting for

Just know I’m losin’…and I can’t go on no more

Verse 3 

Lots of first times and last times too

I was young and so were you

First time I ever unlocked that door

I wasn’t prepared to feel that much

Felt pain in places I could not touch

Last time I ever unlocked that door

Chorus

Makin’ peace with myself

The war’s been gone on for too long

I don’t know what I’m fighting for

Just know I’m losin’…and I can’t go on no more

 

© Copyright 2018 Stephen Smoke All Rights Reserved

Published by Kitmun Music

 

Click Here to the See Lyrics for "Redemption"

Redemption

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Smoke

Verse 1

I saw you leap from a broken bridge

Into a river of tears

Saddest sound I’ve ever heard

Your echoed cries in my ears

Verse 2

I feel you through my dreams at night

At least that’s what I believe

Can I save you this time

Is this my reprieve

Chorus

I’d give my life see you smile

And hold you one more time

But I’m haunted by what I could have done

Was there a prayer I did not pray

A word I did not say

I need direction

I need connection

I need a cure for this soul infection

I need Redemption

I need Redemption

Redemption

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, yeah…

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, yeah…

Verse 3

I know everyone can’t be saved

And life is rarely fair

If I could have eased your pain

I’d have risked it all, I swear

Verse 4

I read your tear-stained note that night

Your forgiving sweet goodbye

You explained so many things

Everything but why

Chorus

Ah, this darkness pulls me down

I search for reasons to believe

That you and I will meet again

(I need) a hero for this story

Release from purgatory

I need direction

I need connection

I need a cure for this soul infection

I need Redemption, oh yeah, yeah

I need Redemption, oh yeah, yeah

I need Redemption

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, yeah…

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, yeah…

© Stephen Smoke 2018 All Rights Reserved

Published by Kitmun Music

Click Here to See Lyrics for "Amsterdam"

Amsterdam

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Smoke

Verse 1

Got my guitar case wide open

Singin’ “Nowhere Man” to no one at all

People they look right through me

Just a modern echo on an ancient wall

Verse 2

Weekends I go to the Van Gogh

I choose a painting and I write a song

Art is timeless, it’s a word that lingers

In a ‘Verse that goes on and on

Verse 3

Walk along the river and I stop at a hash bar

Sit in the corner and drift away

Feeling so Amsterdam lonely

Miss my baby in LA

Chorus

Ohhh… Amsterdam

Ohhh… Amsterdam

You got me runnin’

You got me writin’

You got me feelin’

Oh God, I am alive

Oh God, I am alive

Verse 4

Van Gogh is darkness in bright color

Rembrandt character in candlelight

I hang my pictures of words and music

In galleries of long and thoughtful nights

Verse 5

I chase canals into the moonlight

To a place where the river runs free

Windmills spin dreams in the darkness

As the lighthouse paints the sea

© Copyright 2012 Stephen Smoke All Rights Reserved

Published by East of Sideways Music

Click Here to See Lyrics for "Broken World"

Broken World

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Smoke

Verse 1

On a train (that) never leaves the station

Come too far to be nowhere

Truth gets lost in the translation

When you get can’t here from there

My life’s an earthly consecration

Punching in and punching out

Embroidered prayers for dispensation

Dreaming dreams of the devout

In a broken world

Chorus

I live in a broken world

Hopes and dreams shattered

Fragmented and scattered

People that once mattered…to me

Are now broken and far away

Verse 2

She dreams of walking across the room

He dreams of a brand new car

Compared to takin’ a step on your own

A road trip just ain’t that far

The world’s made up of big ideas

And also tiny dreams

The world looks like a giant place

So much smaller than it seems

Chorus

Verse 3

He looks for a face no longer there

Just his mind playin’ tricks

The sadness is just too much to bear

‘Cause he knows there ain’t no fix

People he loves have gone away

He’ll never see them again

Yet he sees the world in great detail

Just a world he ain’t no longer in

It’s a Broken World

 

© Copyright 2018 Stephen Smoke All Rights Reserved

Published by Kitmun Music

 

The Invisible Man

by Stephen Smoke | Redemption

Click Here to the See Lyrics for "The Invisible Man"

The Invisible Man

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Smoke

Verse 1

Talking to you is like

Playing tennis by myself

I never felt so damned alone

When I was with someone else

I put the booze away

And so my head is clear

So I got to ask myself

What the hell am I doing here

I’m not a victim

And I don’t feel betrayed

And I don’t blame you, darlin’

For mistakes I made

And I would stay with you

If I thought you could see me here

But you see me through so much disappointment

I doubt if I could reappear

Sometimes I…

Feel like the invisible man

Sometimes I…

Feel like the invisible man

Chorus:

I might not have something important to say

But I’d like someone to listen anyway

Can you feel me

Can you hear me

Can you see me

Or am I invisible, Invisible, Invisible

Sometimes baby I feel…

Nothing at all

Verse 2

We speak the language of

Combatants in a battle zone

This house we live in, baby

Ain’t no longer a home

I scan your eyes, your heart

There ain’t no love anymore

Every day with you

Is like going to war

Each day we walk

Emotional mine fields

Afraid to explode things unsaid

And reopen wounds unhealed

And so we stand and fight

Over meaningless things

While silent truths suffocate

And harsh words sting

Sometimes I…

Feel like the invisible man

Sometimes I…

Feel like the invisible man

Chorus

© Stephen Smoke 2012 All Rights Reserved

 

Shannon, My Girl

by Stephen Smoke | Redemption

Click Here to See Lyrics for "Shannon, My Girl"

Shannon, My Girl

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Smoke

Verse 1

Settle it down, baby

Pedal it down, baby

Gonna drive all night to see you

I’m runnin’ on empty

I’m in a hurry

I need to feel my baby’s touch, oh yeah, yeah

Chorus A

Ain’t nothin’ more important than you

Baby, baby, baby, baby gonna make it true

Chorus B

My bebop baby, gonna drive all night

My bebop baby, gonna make it right

My bebop baby…well, here I come

I’m a comin’ home

Oh yeah…

Oh yeah, oh yeah

Shannon, Shannon, Shannon my girl

Verse 2

It’s been a while, baby

I need you now, baby

And I know you need me too

‘Cause we been talkin’

But it’s not enough, baby

I need to hold my sweet, sweet thing

Chorus A & Chorus B 

Bridge

We’re as close as we can get

I promise never to forget

Ain’t gonna lose you I know what I got

You’re my girl and I’m your man

I’m drivin’ just as fast as I can

I’m comin’ home, my baby

I’m comin’ home, my girl

I’m comin’ home…

Lickety-split

Verse 2

Chorus A & Chorus B

© Copyright 2018 Stephen Smoke All Rights Reserved

Published by Kitmun Music

Click Here to See Lyrics for "To Sad To Cry"

Too Sad To Cry

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Smoke

Verses 1 & 2

Baby, how did we get here

It didn’t happen over night

I know you think I’m wrong…and I know that you think you’re right

But I’m too damned tired to fight

 

Turn the lights out when you go

Leave the key and lock the door

I need to be alone for a little while

‘Cause I know I ain’t gonna see you anymore

‘Cause I know I ain’t gonna see you anymore

Chorus

(And it makes me) Too sad to cry, yeah

Too sad to cry, yeah

Too sad, baby

Too sad, baby

Too sad to cry

Yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, I’m too sad to cry

Yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, I’m too sad to cry

Verses 3 & 4

Lies of omission weigh us down

We qualify and justify

You say a well-crafted truth really ain’t a lie

And you even tell yourself you’re bein’ kind

 

Don’t have to say everything

I’m not talkin’ about confession

But when darkness starts to come down hard

Can we really choose truth over obsession

Can we really choose truth over obsession

Chorus

Bridge

I know nothin’ lasts forever

Even this pain I’m goin’ through

Well, I need to remember to forget

That you used to be…my world

Verses 5 & 6

The face I used to love is fading

Flickering in and out of lies

We used to talk without sayin’ anything

Now we can’t even say goodbye

 

I already miss you, baby

And you just walked out the door

There ain’t no goin’ back and now we can’t go on

So we’re stuck in hell for a while

So we’re stuck in hell for a while

Chorus

Bridge

Outro

Too sad, baby

Too sad, baby

Too sad…to cry

© Copyright 2018 Stephen Smoke All Rights Reserved

Published by Kitmun Music

 

Click Here to See the Lyrics for "Orchid Grey"

Orchid Grey

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Smoke

Verse 1

You know I’m lonely

But not for long

Baby just called me

She said, “Come on.”

I said, “I’m comin’”

She said, “That’s for sure”

I said, “I’m feelin’ down”

(She said) “I got the cure”

She meets me at the door

Wearin’ a smile…and nothin’ more

Chorus

(beat) I caught lightning in a bottle

(beat) Lord, I gotta make that lady stay

Some might call her fright’ning

Me, I call my baby

(beat) I call her Orchid Grey

Verse 2

She’s an artist

She paints the blues

She’s got somethin’

I just can’t lose

She’s got a talent

(beat) For subtle detail

She reads my body

Special kinda Braille

(On canvas)…she captures me

With each stroke…she set me free

Verse 3

Her body’s painted

In afterglow

(She’s a) masterpiece

My little Van Gogh

She gives me that look

And I touch her skin

Can’t stop myself

(Here we) go again

(She takes me places) I never been

She haunts me…like a deadly sin

© Copyright 2018 Stephen Smoke All Rights Reserved

Published by Kitmun Music

Lookin' For My Muse

by Stephen Smoke | Redemption

Click Here to See the Lyrics for "Lookin' For My Muse"

Lookin’ For My Muse

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Smoke

Verse 1

Well, I’m lookin’ for my muse

Used to find her in a bottle a’ booze

Tired a’ singin’ the blues, yeah

Lookin, lookin’for my muse

And I think it could be you

Lookin’ for some inspiration, baby

How ‘bout you

Verse 2

Well, I’m lookin’ for my groove

Mesmerized by the way you move

Makes my rough edges smooth

Lookin’, lookin’ for my groove

And I think it could be you

Lookin’ for some stimulation

Baby, how ‘bout you

Chorus

There I times I need a place to go

(To) remember who I am and what I know

Sometimes I feel…so disconnected

Sometimes I feel…lost and rejected

You’re my elixir, baby you’re my fixer

And I need a dose…right now

And I need a dose…right now

Verse 3

Lookin’ for a fun taboo

Helps me navigate the blues

Helps me make it through

Lookin’, Lookin’ for taboo

And I think it could be you

Wanna taste forbidden fruit

How ‘bout you

Chorus

There I times I need a place to go

Remember who I am and what I know

Sometimes I feel…so disconnected

Sometimes I feel…lost and rejected

You’re my elixir, baby you’re my fixer

And I need a dose…right now

And I need a dose…right now

Verse 4

Lookin’ for some magic

When we’re in sync we’re telepathic

Legendary and romantic, yeah

Lookin’, lookin’ for some magic

I see some magic in you

Lookin’ to create illusion

How ‘bout you

Chorus

© Copyright 2018 Stephen Smoke All Rights Reserved

Published by Kitmun Music

Click Here to See the Lyrics for "One For the Road"

One For the Road

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Smoke

Verse 1

Time to get dirty, baby

You know what I mean

Time to fire up

That sex machine

You need a vacation

No need to bring no magazines

Just bring your imagination

Those hot legs

And that sweet thing in between

Verse 2

You’re my addiction, baby

And I need you bad

You’re the worst craving

Best I ever had

I shoot you up

In doses that leave me drained

Can’t give you up

Don’t want no cure

Just wanna live with the pain

Chorus:

Wake up in the morning

My head is in a spin

But this is a dream that I wanna be in

Come back to bed, baby

How ‘bout one for the road

Verse 3

I think about you

All day long

You know I can’t work

Feelin’s so strong

Then you video-call me

You give me that look and show me that thing

Ain’t nothin’ like it

Such a smooth ride

On that sweet adrenaline

Chorus

 

© Copyright 2018 Stephen Smoke All Rights Reserved

Published by Kitmun Music

Click Here to See Lyrics for "Glorious Charade"

Glorious Charade

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Smoke

Verse 1

You touch my scars without recoil

(You) feel torn apart yet come back whole

(You) get a front row seat…to the dark unknown

And when you’re done…you can go back home

There’s also beauty that must be told

Inspiration feeds the soul

And what I see…behind the veil

Keeps me here…long enough to tell the tale

Chorus

All the dreamers have gone to bed

Lullabies all in their heads

At the end of the day

Make no mistake

I’m here with you

And I’m wide awake

Verse 2

I know I drink a little too much

And I would agree it’s been a crutch

But it helps me hide…a broken heart

And it numbs the pain…when the darkness starts

I interpret life: just what I see

Decode the bliss and the misery

From all the lies…meant to confuse

I uncover truths that I can use

Chorus

Verse 3

Life’s a masquerade: the many faces of you

Each one a little false, each one a little true

It’s a mixed blessing…this glorious charade

Just when you think you know yourself you are betrayed

Been down the road in both directions

I made mistakes, I made corrections

There are dangerous curves…and tolls to pay

And the shortcuts…tend to lead me astray

Chorus

© Copyright 2018 Stephen Smoke All Rights Reserved

Published by Kitmun Publishing

Click Here to See the Lyrics for "Now and Zen"

Now and Zen

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Smoke

Verse 1
Everybody dies
Everything is lost
Everybody cries
Life’s precious cost
Every price you paid
Decisions that you made
All make sense somehow
And it all adds up to now

Chorus
Living life
From the inside out
Sometimes it’s beautiful
Sometimes it is just what it is
Just what it is

Verse 2
Everybody rents
It all goes away
But everything of value (is)
Within your reach today
Keep this in mind
As it disappears
And memories of tomorrow
Wash across the years

Chorus
It’s good to see you
Baby, how you been
Relax with a cocktail
Equal parts of Now and Zen
Of Now and Zen

Verse 3
Don’t let time make
A prisoner of you
When you’re lost in thought
It’s an easy thing to doFocus here and now
At first that might seem small
But when the light explodes
Suddenly it’s all…baby, all there is

Chorus
And this is you
Always has been
It’s always now
(Always now) And now again
And now again…

© Stephen Smoke 2012 All Rights Reserved

Published by East of Sideways Music

Click Here to See the Lyrics for "Nothin' Like You"

Nothin’ Like You

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Smoke 

Verse 1

You came at me like lightning

From out of the blue

Ain’t seen nothin’ like it before

Ain’t seen nothin’ like you

Like you

Like you

Well, I ain’t seen nothin’ like you

Verse 2

You pulled me close to the edge

And you opened my eyes

Ain’t afraid to look down no more

And I never, never felt this high

This high

This high

Well, I never, never felt this high

Chorus 1

I been to Amsterdam and Tokyo

New York and London too

But I never

No, I never

Never seen nothin’ like you

Yeah, yeah…

Verse 3

Been everywhere…I done everything

Lookin’ for what’s true

Every path in this crazy world

Led me straight back to you

To You

To you, yeah

Led me straight back to you

Verse 4

Well, I was lost, makin’ lists

Reasons for a permanent leave

You showed me nothin’ is as it seems

Gave me reasons to believe

Believe

Believe

Gave me reasons to believe

Chorus 2

Broken winged Angels catch my fall

From faithless leaps into dark blue

But I never

No, I never

Never seen nothin’ like you

Yeah, yeah…

 

© Copyright 2018 Stephen Smoke All Rights Reserved

Published by Kitmun Music

Click Here to See Lyrics for "Streamin' Dreams"

Streamin’ Dreams

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Smoke

Verse 1

Passion’s when you…can’t not do it

The kinda’ love that’ll get you through it

C’mon baby, you best get to it

While you still breathe

Verse 2

When darkness seems to eat you up

Voices in your head start to beat you up

There’s a light inside that can heat you up

Oh, you gotta find it

Verse 3

Sometimes I can’t sleep at night

Tryin’ to figure out how to make it right

I’m the hero in every fight

That never happens

Verse 4

When life don’t go the way I plan

It’s okay to be where I am

Keeps a bottle outta my hand

And that ain’t nothin’

Chorus:

My thoughts create what I see

Black holes or opportunity

For some, life’s about the cryin’

For some, the sweet spot’s is the tryin’

All the way home

All the way home

Verse 5

Gotta jump off the victim train

Everybody’s got their share of pain

Hidin’ in the dark ain’t gonna keep you sane

Don’t waste a minute

Verse 6

No one knows how much…time they’ve got

Focus on what is, not what’s not

Treasure what’s given, not what’s bought

Somethin’ no one can take away

Chorus

Bridge

Thinkin’ ‘bout things don’t make you free

Sometimes you gotta just let it be

It is what it is, not what it seems

Life is just a rush of streaming dreams

 

© Copyright 2018 Stephen Smoke All Rights Reserved

Published by Kitmun Music

Click Here to See Lyrics for "Movin It"

Movin’ It

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Smoke

Verse 1

When you taught me Tantra…that was something new

I studied hard…did a lotta crammin’ too

When you’re the teacher…I don’t mind going back to school

‘Specially when you got that hot body…turnin’ every shade of cool

Chorus 1

You’re a little bit jazz, I’m a rock’n’roll

I’m a little bit blues, you’re a little bit soul

But we move…to the rhythm all night long

Oh babe, I love the way you move it

Oh babe, I love the way you move…movin’ it

Verse 2

Baby’s good to me, I gotta say

We try to meet each other halfway

She said “I’ll try S&M…Is that like an M&M treat?”

I said,” Kinda, baby, just a little more sweet”

Chorus 2:

You’re a little Coachella, I’m a Desert Trip

I’m a Bryan Adams, you’re a Tragically Hip

But we move…to the rhythm all night long

Oh babe, I love the way you move it

Oh babe, I love the way you move…movin’ it

Verse 3

We’re kinda yin and yang…but we make it work

She thinks I’m crazy…I think’s she’s the queen of quirk

But she uses that body…like a sex machine

It’s the most addicting thing this boy has ever seen

Chorus 3

You’re Yo Yo Ma, I’m a Joshua Bell

But we both like AC/DC and “Highway to Hell”

And we move…to the rhythm all night long

Oh babe, I love the way you move it

Oh babe, I love the way you move…movin’ it

 

© Copyright 2018 Stephen Smoke All Rights Reserved

Published by Kitmun Publishing

Do You Wanna Be Happy

by Stephen Smoke | Redemption

Click Here to See Lyrics for "Do You Wanna Be Happy"

Do You Wanna Be Happy

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Smoke

Verse 1

Do you wanna be happy

Or do you wanna be right

Sometimes you gotta choose

Sometimes you gotta fight

If your life

Turns out to be long

Sometimes…

You’re gonna wrong

And it don’t add up to much

If you’re keepin’ score

If you win the battle

But you lose the war

Verse 2

Do you have a penny

Do you have a dime

What would you give

To have more time

With family and friends

No longer here

Or what you’ll miss

When you disappear

Think of all the things

You feel deprived of

Would you choose more possessions

Or would you choose more love

Verse 3

I know you wanna change

But you don’t know how

You see yourself tomorrow

As you are now

(But there’s) power in the present

If you trust your heart

You’ll find each moment

Can be a brand new start

Sometimes your desires

Get crushed by your beliefs

Till you learn to tell the difference

You won’t find relief

 

© Copyright 2018 Stephen Smoke All Rights Reserved

Published by Kitmun Music