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Redemption

The “Redemption” album will be released, along with several videos, in October 2018. Along with “Redemption,” other songs on the album include “One For the Road,” “Glorious Charade,” “Orchid Grey,” “Broken World,” “Amsterdam,” “Lookin’ For My Muse,” “Streamin’ Dreams,” “Nothin’ Like You,” “Movin’ It,” and “Now and Zen.” The album will be available on iTunes, Amazon and all other major music download sites.

Several of the songs have been selected to be used in the Multimedia eBook version of Stephen’s next novel Parallel

These are rough mixes and NOT final mastered versions of the songs. The final mastered versions will be available when the album is released in October.

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 "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 been 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 broken and far a – way

Verse 2

She dreams of walking across the room

He dreams of a brand new car

Compared to takin’ a single step on her own

A road trip just ain’t that far

The world’s made up of big ideas

It’s also full of tiny dreams

The world looks like a giant place

And yet so much smaller than it seems

Chorus

Verse 3

He looks 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

(But it’s a world) he’s no longer in

He lives in a Broken World

 

© 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

I’m lookin’ for my muse

Used to find her in a bottle a’ booze

Tired a’ singin’ the blues

Lookin, lookin’for my muse

And I think it could be you

Lookin’ for some inspiration

How ‘bout you

Verse 2

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 when 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 of you…right now

And I need a dose of you…right now

Verse 3

Lookin’ for a fun taboo

Helps me navigate the blues

Someone to help 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 when 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

Lookin’, lookin’ for some magic

I see 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

The best I ever had

I shoot you up

In doses that leave me drained

Can’t give you up

Don’t want no cure

Learn to live with the pain

Chorus:

Wake up in the morning

My head is in a spin

But this is a dream 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

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 fill their heads

But at the end of the day

It’s 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 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

Made mistakes and 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

‘Cause I never, never felt this high

This high

This high

No, 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

Verse 3

Been everywhere…done everything

Lookin’ for what’s true

Every path in this crazy world

Led me straight back to you

To You

To you

Led me straight back to you

Verse 4

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

 

© 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

(beat) The kinda’ love that’ll get you through it

C’mon baby, 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

(beat) I’m the hero…in every fight

That never happens

Verse 4

When life don’t go…the way I plan

But it’s okay to be where I am

(beats) 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

Darkness ain’t gonna keep you sane

Don’t waste a minute

Verse 6

No one knows how much…time they 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’s 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

But 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

And we move…to the rhythm all night long

Oh baby, I love the way you move it

Oh baby, 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 baby, I love the way you move it

Oh baby, 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”

So we move…to the rhythm all night long

Oh baby, I love the way you move it

Oh baby, 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