Alone To Dream

by Abigail Stauffer

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released March 15, 2011

All songs written by Abigail Stauffer

Mixed by Jim Roll at Backseat Productions in Ann Arbor, MI
All tracks mastered by Jim Roll and Keither Kinnear

Produced by Abigail Stauffer, Jim Roll and Tom Stoepker

Cover design by Ashley Hewitt (www.heshley.com)
Song Titles: Theresa Hansen

Abigail Stauffer: Vocals, Guitar, Ukelele
Jim Roll: Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Tambourine, Electric Guitar
Tom Stoepker: Recording (tracks 9-11) and Production (tracks 1, 4, 9, 10, 12), Electric Guitar, Synth, Vocals
Jackson Norton: Electric Guitar
Wolfie Geskie: Acoustic Guitar
Bobby Horning: Violin
Hans Anderson: Cello
Johannes Stauffer: Piano, Wurlitzer
Matt Stauffer: Electric Bass
Greg Burns: Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Glockenspiel
Mark Damian: Percussion
Jeffery S. Martin: Recording (track 9, 12), String Electric Guitar

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Track Name: Alone To Dream
I don't wanna sit here on this roof
and talk to you
talkin' is the very thing I came here
not to do
trees and their green leaves
they always let me be
alone to dream

You try to change the way I feel
you make me want to steal
every moment I can
to be with the trees again

I don't wanna sit here on the floor
and work it out
wouldn't we be better off outdoors
talkin' bout
trees and their green leaves
they always let me be
alone to dream

You try to change the way I feel
you make me want to steal
every moment I can
to be with the trees again

alone to dream
alone to dream
alone to dream
alone to dream
Track Name: Snowy Love From Michigan
I sit beside the window
and stare at the snow
thinking of the time not long ago
when not even snow would keep me at bay
like I am today

the white field like a blank piece of paper
our canvas for us to make our mark
like a work of art
with our boots and our mittens and our hearts

The snow on the ground makes me feel home
the snow on the ground makes me feel like a child again
like a child again

When I wore my slippers I fell on the ground
just like all the snowflakes falling around me
I was not alone when I fell on the ground
they were falling all around me
all around me (2x)

The snow on the ground makes me feel home
the snow on the ground makes me feel like a child again
like a child again

Why's it gotta be so cold outside?
Why's it gotta be so cold, so cold outside?
So cold outside

Accidents, can't see through my window
out to the highway
what's coming my way
should've worn a thicker coat today
'cause I'm afraid of accidents

The snow on the ground makes me feel home
the snow on the ground makes me feel like a child again
like a child again
Track Name: Beloved
Before you were born
I knew you
Before you were formed
I loved you
Before you sinned I forgave you
Before you could hear me I called you
I called you my own

Before you fell, I caught you
before you doubted I told you the truth
before you left I welcomed you back
before you were lost I made you a way
to come home

I don't think you understand how much I love you
sometimes you turn your back
for fear that I'll be ashamed
I don't think you realize
I already forgave you
your sins aren't a part of you
I have given you a new name

Beloved, Beloved
you are my Beloved
Beloved

If you're lost and afraid
If you can't find your way
tired and confused
broken and bruised
scared of the darkness that seems to surround you
blinded by all of the lies that confound you
open your eyes and see
the king is pleased
the king is pleased with you

There's nothing that anyone can do
to separate you from his loving arms

Beloved, Beloved
you are my Beloved
Beloved
Track Name: Take Me As I Am
I've been thinkin for weeks
about what I should say
how to explain to you
do you understand why
I'm so afraid?
I've anticipated every possible response
do you see all the ways
things might not be the same between us
sometimes it's easier just to wait

I am waiting for the day
when I can finally hear you say
you take me as I am
would you take me as I am?

Though most people I tell are supportive
sometime their support
is not the kind I'm looking for
and I'm thankful when you say
that you will pray for me
but if you're praying for me to change
please know I'll be praying for the same for you

I am praying for the day
when I can finally hear you say
you take me as I am
would you take me as I am

It's not because I do not care about you
It's not because I do not care about you
It's not because I do not care about you
It's because of just how much I care
that I'm so scared to share what might break us

I am waiting for the day
when I can finally here you say
you take me as I am
would you take me as I am

please take me as I am
would you take me as I am?
Track Name: Mama
Mama, don't worry 'bout me
I'll be fine, you'll see
I'm learning to be
strong like you are
when you are like me

Mama, sometimes you don't realize
the beauty that's inside
and outside of you
no matter what you do
you can hide or deny it
but it still shines through

Mama, you're too close to me
for changes to ever be
strong enough
to separate us
I will love you and love you no matter what

I will love you and love you
I will love you and love you
no matter what
Track Name: Hips
Go on and take my breath away
Cause I’ve been waiting for this moment all day
Go on and move, move your hips
Cause I need something to take my eyes of your lips

Time is wastin’ let’s not make this difficult tonight
I was hopin’ you’d be open
I’ll be yours if you’ll be mine 2x

Go on and shake up my world
Cause I’m a thrill seeking adventure kind of girl
Go on and break down my walls
Cause I’ve been dying to find someone
who could make them fall
Track Name: College, Love and Cheesecake
Your love is like the stain in my carpet
that I just can't get rid of
Your love is like my college tuition
cause I've found that it's more than enough
Your love is like the smell in my freezer
I'll never find the source
Your love is like my roommates massages
without which I'd feel sore

Some say that your love's like a mountain
or the rivers that run to the sea
but I know that your love's so much nearer
it's in everything I see, ohhh
it's in everything I see

Your love is like the air when I'm nervous
and I forget to breathe
Your love is like the boy in the next hall
who never goes to sleep
Your love is like the hair in the shower
it's all over the walls and the floor
Your love is like the last piece of cheesecake
I'm so full, but I still want more

Some say that your love's like a mountain
or the rivers that run to the sea
but I know that your love's so much nearer
it's in everything I see, ohhh
it's in everything I see

Your love's like my overdue homework
'cause I'm overwhelmed
Your love's like the debt that I'm gaining
'cause I'm overwhelmed
Your love's like relationship issues
'cause I'm overwhelmed
but your love is enough for the moment
and I'm overwhelmed

Your love is like a broken guitar string
but I don't know why
Your love is like sunburns and bee stings
but I don't know why
Your love is like laundry detergent
but I don't know why
You love me though I don't deserve it
and I don't know why
Track Name: Tonight
Tonight, Imagine you're outside
saying bedtime prayers
no need to go upstairs
and tonight
you can't turn out the light
no pillow for your head
a sidewalk for a bed
tonight

Tonight, tonight, tonight
will you sleep alone?
tonight, tonight, tonight
will you find someone who cares

Today, did the hunger go away?
did you find something to eat?
did you finally make ends meet?
and today
did they make you feel ashamed?
did they take away your name
and define you by your need?

And tonight, tonight, tonight
will you sleep alone
tonight, tonight, tonight
will you find someone who cares
Track Name: I Am There
You wake up each day with a battle inside
between hope and the darkness that's trying to hide
the joy you once felt
Mistakes pile high
and regret left a note
don't forget that you've missed a lot of chances
well it doesn't really matter now

I'll be there in the depth of your despair
in confusion and in doubt
I will stay to lift you out

When you feel alone
I am there
When you feel alone
I am there
When you feel alone
I am there

When you feel alone
I am there
when you feel worthless
when you feel hopeless and helpless and lost
when you feel like everything's gone wrong
and it can't go right

I'll be there in the depth of your despair
in confusion and in doubt
I will stay to lift you out

When you feel alone
I am there
When you feel alone
I am there
When you feel alone
I am there

When everything goes wrong
and it can't go right
when you've given up
on ever winning this fight
when nothing you could find
could ever satisfy you
I'll be beside you
I'll be beside you
Track Name: Familiar Intruder
Shove your opinions down my throat
I don't mind
It's not rape if there's permission
but I find that I am wishing
I had never let you close
you broke my trust and I want you to go

You're in my space
I lost control
you took my choice and made it yours
I may be wrong, but let me be this time
You had your chance
now let it go
I should have stopped this long ago
my life is my own
I won't let you hurt me anymore

Break down the windows of my home
It's alright
I gave you the key
so obviously
you make the decisions instead of me
but I'm beginning to disagree
I'm finally asking you to leave
Track Name: Bruised Reed
You see in me
something I want to be
you picked me out
said there was no doubt

Now I can see
that I can be
so much more than just a bruised reed
I am not frail
I am not weak
not so easily defeated now

I used to hide
to scared to try
I'd close my eyes
and stay safely on the inside
Track Name: Psalm 139
I flew away one day and
I left the world behind
soaring up into a great unknown
and as I left the treetops
all the birds looked up
beyond the clouds I felt truly alone

but if I go into the heavens
I will find you there
where can I go from your presence
if you are everywhere?
you know when I come and when I go
you are familiar with all of my ways

I dug a hole and climbed inside
and it was very dark
the worms beside me didn't make a sound
but even darkness couldn't hide
the secrets of my heart
you made the night as day
and I have found

that if I go into the depths
you will meet me there
where can I go from your spirit
if you are everywhere
you hem me in behind and before
and I can't run anymore

If I rise on the wings of the dawn
or if I settle on the far side of the sea
your right hand will hold me fast
and even there your hand will guide
you guide me

Like a lover you pursue
through the forest and the fields
and I am blushing, I am
beautiful, beautiful
And no matter where I go
I am closer to you
and you are loving, you are
beautiful, beautiful

.If I go into the heavens
I will find you there
where can I go from your presence
if you are everywhere
you hem me in behind and before
and I can't run anymore
but I'm not running anymore
Track Name: You Inspire Me
You look like a pile of crayons today
your clothes are in disarray
you inspire me
you inspire me

to color outside the lines
and write lyrics that don't always rhyme
to live in cities that no one else would
I guess that I could

You give me gifts
when it isn't my birthday
you always treat me as if it were
you inspire me

to give outside the lines
and write lyrics that don't always rhyme
to live in countries that no one else would
I guess that I could

You talked to a stranger today
you put a smile on his face
I don't think that a frown could last a minute when you're around
you inspire me
you inspire me

to live outside the lines
and write lyrics that don't always rhyme
to love the people that no one else would
I guess that I could