Naïve

by Stephen Randall

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Naive is Stephen Randall's first solo album. Recorded between early 2012 and early 2014, all the songs are in one way or another about naivety - in life, in love and in loss.

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released May 27, 2014

All tracks: Guitars, Piano, Vocals and programming: Stephen Randall
Slide guitar on The Devil Inside: Finn G. Baardsen

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Stephen Randall Boston, Massachusetts

I'm a Brit living just west of Boston, MA.

I couldn't know it at the time, but when I wrote songs for other people, I lost touch with the music that was important to me personally. I forgot who I was and what I was. Two years ago I started writing for me and I discovered what I had lost. So here I am, a songwriter again.

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Track Name: Crash
CRASH
Words & Music by Stephen Randall

You could break every bone
Jumping off a ledge
And never hit the ground
You could fly close to the sun
Melt your pretty wings
And fall into my arms

Give in to everything
Throw caution to wind
And crash

We could crash
(If we need love)
We could crash
(If we feed love)
We could crash
(If we heed love)
We could crash
(If we bleed love)

I don't care if we crash
Just as long as we
Give it our best shot
It’s not that we could break
It’s just that we should make
The most of what we’ve got

Give in to everything
Throw caution to the wind
And crash

We could crash
(If we need love)
We could crash
(If we feed love)
We could crash
(If we heed love)
We could crash
(If we bleed love)

© & Ⓟ 2010 Stephen Randall
Track Name: Slowly
SLOWLY
Words and Music Stephen Randall

Shooting stars are falling by
A million light beams in the sky
Why does the world turn so slowly

Suns are burning up tonight
But they're still shining oh so bright
Why does the world turn so slowly

I don't want to wait another day
I don't want to wait another day

CHORUS
Slowly, slowly, slowly
Why does the world turn
Slowly, slowly, slowly

The moon has drawn so close to me
I could touch tranquility
Why does the world turn so slowly

The universe's mysteries
Are marked in time and history
Why does the world turn so slowly

I don't want to wait another day
I don't want to wait another day

CHORUS
Slowly, slowly, slowly
Why does the world turn
Slowly, slowly, slowly

We appear for an atom's death
And yet I wait to taste your breath
Why does the world turn so slowly

© & Ⓟ 2013 Stephen Randall
Track Name: Scars
SCARS
Music and Words Stephen Randall

I am who I am
I can’t be any better man
The road I took at the start
Led me to this path
Led me to this path

Every turn and choice we make
Leaves its trace in the love we take
Our souls are seared through the years
But yesterday has gone
Yesterday has gone

CHORUS
We are our scars
They make you who you are
They make you who you are
We are our scars
They make you who you are
They make you who you are

To the motherless child
Don't be shackled to your pain
Believe in what you can do
And I'll be right there for you
Yeah I'll be right there for you

CHORUS
We are our scars
They make you who you are
They make you who you are
We are our scars
They make you who you are
They make you who you are

© & Ⓟ 2014 Stephen Randall
Track Name: The Devil Inside
THE DEVIL INSIDE
Words and Music Stephen Randall

The Devil chooses every night
An innocent soul to excite
And this evening for his game
The girl that he would claim
Wouldn’t know she had the Devil inside

The girl wanted everything right
She even wanted to lose it wearing white
But she couldn’t understand
That the Devil had a plan
And tonight was going to be his night

CHORUS
She had the Devil standing there by her side
Smiling 'cos he knew what she liked
She had Devil standing there by her side
God in her heart
But the Devil came along for the ride

The satisfaction of the Devil incarnate
Was the reaction as he sealed her fate
And tonight with added flair
He wanted her to swear
She looked young but she wasn’t jailbait

CHORUS
She had the Devil standing there by her side
Smiling 'cos he knew what she liked
She had Devil standing there by her side
God in her heart
But the Devil came along for the ride

© & Ⓟ 2013 Stephen Randall
Track Name: Battle
BATTLE
Words And Music Stephen Randall

Oh my pride is on the floor
And it's hurting where it didn't hurt before
And my dreams walked out the door
I won the battle but I lost the war

If I knew then what I know now
I would have backed down gracefully somehow
But the warnings I chose to ignore
I won the battle but I lost the war

Guess I was wrong when I was right
Would have been better to concede that fight
But now I know so much more
I won the battle but I lost the war

Guess I was wrong when I was right
Would have been better to concede that fight
But now I know so much more
I won the battle but I lost the war
I won the battle but lost the war

© & Ⓟ 2013 Stephen Randall
Track Name: Melt
MELT
Words & Music Stephen Randall

You could stand close to me
And let that heart of ice melt
And when that heart of ice melts
You will melt into me

Melt

What we have is what we could be
And what we are is what we were
And when that heart of mine breaks
You will melt away

Melt

You are my misery
You are my ecstasy
You are my agony
You are my rhapsody
You are my insanity
You are my sanctuary
You are my tragedy
You are my vanity
You are my depravity
You are my fantasy
You are my casualty
You are my gravity

You will melt into me
I will melt into you
You will melt into me
I will melt into you

© & Ⓟ 2012 Stephen Randall
Track Name: China Shop
CHINA SHOP
Words and Music Stephen Randall

You were the china
And I was the bull
In the china shop
China shop
China shop

You saw me coming
But you did nothing
To make me stop
Make me stop
Make me stop

CHORUS
Well I broke it
And now I must
Pay for it
Pay for it

You should have hung
A warning sign
On your fragile heart
Fragile heart
Fragile heart

They say opposite
Forces attract
But they tore us apart
Tore us apart
Tore us apart

CHORUS
Well I broke it
And now I must
Pay for it
Yes, I broke it
And now I must
Pay for it

You were like porcelain
Strong enough
Until it’s dropped
Until it’s dropped
Until it’s dropped

You were the china
And I was the bull
In the china shop
China shop
China shop

CHORUS
Well I broke it
And now I must
Pay for it
Yes, I broke it
And now I must
Pay for it

© & Ⓟ 2013 Stephen Randall
Track Name: Tin Man
TIN MAN
Words and Music by Stephen Randall

I’ve been wanting to discover
My own yellow brick road
Fighting to find myself
Hoping to crack the code

But I’m not the tin man
'Cos the tin man wanted a heart
I’m not the tin man
I wouldn't even know where to start

CHORUS
Oh I know I know
Oh I know I know
Oh I know I know
Oh I know I know

I’m not in Kansas anymore
I'm nowhere close to home
This road has no exits
This road goes on and on

But I'm not the scarecrow no
I don't have his brains
I'm not lion no
I'm not brave

CHORUS
Oh I know I know
Oh I know I know
Oh I know I know
Oh I know I know

I'm not the tin man

© & Ⓟ 2013 Stephen Randall
Track Name: The Snow That December
THE SNOW THAT DECEMBER (WAS BEAUTIFUL AT FIRST)
Words and Music Stephen Randall

The last leaf of Autumn
Drifted to the earth
The last leaf of Autumn
Drifted to the earth
Winter, she was calling
With her very first frost
The snow that December
Was beautiful at first

A chill hung in the air
And was welcome for a while
A chill hung in the air
And was welcome for a while
The nights grew longer
And the days reversed
The snow that December
Was beautiful at first

The snow that December
Was beautiful at first
The snow that December
Was beautiful at first
The year that was coming
Was possibly our worst
But the snow that December
Was beautiful at first

© & Ⓟ 2013 Stephen Randall
Track Name: The Briefest Time
THE BRIEFEST TIME
Words & Music by Stephen Randall

Your candle shines
For the briefest time
And when its flame is fading out
It leaves its light behind

There are no answers
And only error in our design
Like the candle that shone for you
You leave your light behind

For the briefest time
We knew you
For the briefest time

But nothing really matters
It only lives there in our minds
We didn't climb the highest heights
We weren't first to cross the line

But you never stopped believing
You had no reason and no rhyme
And you made us what we are today
You leave your light behind

For the briefest time
We knew you
For the briefest time

For the briefest time
We knew you
For the briefest time

And when the flame was weak
And the light was growing dim
We seemed to see more clearly then
The pain we held within

Your candle shines
For the briefest time
And when its flame is fading out
It leaves it's light behind

For the briefest time
We knew you
For the briefest time

For the briefest time
We knew you
For the briefest time

© & Ⓟ 2012 Stephen Randall
Track Name: Naïve
NAÏVE
Words & Music by Stephen Randall

Am I a fool
For having a dream?
Believing in alchemy
Building my legacy
Ignoring reality
Living the fantasy
Succumbing to vanity
Am I the biggest fool you know?

CHORUS
Oh naïve
Why do you give yourself to me?
Oh naïve
Are you the better man than me?
‘cos I'm still not giving in
Oh naïve

Am I a fool
For playing the game?
For leading a strategy
Wrestling with gravity
Writing my destiny
Bleeding so easily
And screaming so peacefully
Am I the biggest fool you know?

CHORUS
Oh naïve
Why do you give yourself to me?
Oh naïve
Are you the better man than me?
‘cos I'm still not giving in
Oh naïve

Am I a fool
For staying the course?
Armed with audacity
Seeking validity
Teaching tenacity
Living so recklessly
Speaking too honestly
I must be the biggest fool you know

CHORUS
Oh naïve
Why do you give yourself to me?
Oh naïve
Are you the better man than me?
‘cos I'm still not giving in
Oh naïve

© & Ⓟ 2010 Stephen Randall
Track Name: Still
STILL
Words & Music Stephen Randall

Be still, you restless soul be still
Be still, you restless soul be still
I may never be fulfilled
But I don't believe that it’s God’s will
Be still, you restless soul be still

© & Ⓟ 2012 Stephen Randall