The Living Album Project

by Stephanie Forryan

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The Living Album Project is an album that GROWS! As I write the songs, I will add them to the album. The very first versions of the songs will be unpolished, but they will be updated as the song ideas mature. Once the writing process is finished, YOU get to help me choose the songs that make it onto the final official album.

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released April 1, 2017

Stephanie Forryan

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Stephanie Forryan

Her face may be unfamiliar, but there’s a good chance you’ve already heard Stephanie Forryan’s voice and music – on world tour with Chris Norman, in successful US television shows like “Lie to Me”, or on releases alongside famous artists.

The native New Englander followed music to Europe and has been traveling the world performing, writing, and recording ever since.
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Track Name: I Know You (Version 1)
I got no letter.
And I got no phone call.
But I know that you are gone.
You won’t come ‘round no more.
I know you.

I pour you a cup of tea
Though I know it will grow cold
So I take it to me
Before the warmth can flee.

I got no letter.
And I got no phone call.
But I know that you are gone.
You won’t come ‘round no more.
I know you.

I pour you a glass of wine
Though I know it will remain
And withstand the test of time
‘Til I forget your name
Track Name: Stars (Version 1)
I used to watch the news
Late at night, face glowing blue
As if I couldn’t find air
Drowning in my comfy arm chair

So I pulled the plug
With one small tug

And I walked through the city at night
To find forgotten beauty in the light
Of the stars in the sky (again)

Pavement, concrete, cobblestone
Heading to the park, I leave the road
I find I’m not alone
I hear footsteps – a hundred more souls

We all left the grid
Found the stars where they hid

And we walk through the city at night
To find all the beauty in the light
Of the stars in the sky (again)

Meteor showers in a field
Midnight meeting with fireflies for candle light
Bare feet tickled by the grass
Run so fast, feel your heart pounding
Track Name: I (Version 1)
I wear you like a straight jacket. I. I. I. I.
I wear you like a bullet-proof vest. I. I. I. I.
I wear you like the devil’s helmet. I. I. I. I.
I wear you like my best defense. I. I. I. I.

Everything’s about me here
And I wonder why
I wonder why we fight

I hold you like a loaded gun. I. I. I. I.
I hold you like a woman on the run. I. I. I. I.
I hold you like the hand of a loved one. I. I. I. I.
I hold you like a prodigal son. I. I. I. I.

Everything’s about me here
And I wonder why
I wonder why we fight

I love you like paint on a canvas. I do.
I love you like a glutton loves excess. I. I. I do.
I love you like the distance between us. I. I. I. I.
I love you like a bullet on the express. I. I. I. I.

Everything’s about me here
And I wonder why
I wonder why we fight
Track Name: Wish You (Version 1)
"Wish You"
Some will wish you flowers
Some will wish you gardens
Some will wish you Eden
I wish you love.

Some will wish you silver
Some will wish you gold
Some will wish you diamonds
I wish you love

From words in the chapel to sweet whispers in the dark
Lock, stock, and barrel love when you're well-to-do, when you're down-and-out.
You can handle anything that swings your way if you've got love.

Some will wish you family.
Some will wish you friends.
Some will wish you children.
I wish you love.

//CH//

So you want to be a rich man
Then you've gotta be ambitious
You've gotta build the bridges
That lead to all the riches
And the richest man has love.

Some will wish you the best
Some will wish you better
Some will wish you your life handed to you on a silver platter.
Some will wish you beauty
Some will wish you fame
Some will wish you success
I wish you love.
Track Name: Machine (Version 1)
How could you be so cold?
How could you just shut down like that?
I open the doors you shut
But even then you turn your back.

First you’re on and then you’re off
Shut me down then wanna talk – no in between
Should I stay or should I go?
Just say the word, I wanna know. Just tell me.

Don’t be such a machine.

I remember the times
When everything good between us multiplied.
But now everything’s changed
And I think that I feel the great divide.

Things aren’t always black and white
We can talk, no need to fight – there’s space between.
Or have you already done the math?
What you add and I subtract – what does it mean?

You’re such a machine.

Oh no, not again.
This human heart can’t match your engine.

You’re such a machine.
Don’t be such a machine.
Track Name: Not Today (Version 1)
Mmm hmm. No way. Uh uh. No, not today.

I’ve seen that look before.
I don’t wanna see that look no more.
I’m getting tired of your overcast face
blowing on in and clouding up the place.

Mmm hmm. No way. Uh uh. No, not today.

So I’ll just pack my things and go –
Fill my little brown box and hit the road.
I had no idea how good it’d feel
to finally let on loose and play it real.

Mmm hmm. No way. Uh uh. No, not today.

People say I should be content to sit here and whine
But I tried, and I ain’t happy wasting all my time
You know they say time is money, and I think I let enough of my
Riches slip through my fingers.
So I’m gonna call their bluff.

I’ve seen that look before.
But I aint gonna see that look no more.
I traded in that overcast face
to follow my own lead onto brighter days.
Track Name: The Flood (Version 1)
Follow the water wherever it leads, then you'll find the sea.
And if you insist on following me, I know what will be.
Oh, how I would love to love you more like I should.
But no, the flood won't come just because I call, though I wish it would.

The tides have a rhythm that we can't control, they just come and go.
Washing up treasures and stealing the land, our footprints in the sand.
Oh, how I would love to love you more like I should.
But no, the flood won't come just because I call, though I wish it would.

I wish:
I could love you with the power of the water
Trawl for the heart I don't have
Drown the doubt I do
Find safe harbor for you

The salt on our cheeks is like brine on the beach, soaking the air we breathe.
Leaving us thirsty with nothing to drink, compelling us to leave.
Oh, how I would love to love you more like I should.
But no, the flood won't come just because I call, though I wish it would.
Track Name: Just A Road (Version 1)
Just A Road

Today I walked the road we walked a hundred times.
A road is just a road is just a road.
I had to hold my own hand so I wouldn’t cry.
A road is just a road is just a road.
As I remembered all my hopes,
my breath caught in my throat
But a road is just a road is just a road.

I got to walk with you for a while
It wasn’t long enough, that mile.
But the sun still burns
So I have to learn
That a road is just a road is just a road.

Healing is a painful path gone step by step.
A road is just a road is just a road.
The rhythm lulls me as I go if I let it
A road is just a road is just a road.
I pull my boots on every day because that’s the only way
And a road is just a road is just a road.

I got to walk with you for a while
It wasn’t long enough, that mile.
But the sun still burns
So I have to learn
That a road is just a road is just a road.

Now there are flowers growing in the ground beside the lane.
A road is just a road is just a road.
I try to focus on their beauty, not the change
A road is just a road is just a road.
‘Cause everything will start anew
and we’re all just passing through
On this road. It’s just a road, it’s just a road.
Oh this road is just a road, it’s just a road.
Track Name: Give Me A Reason (Version 1)
The horizon can be a funny thing
It inspires me to rise up, take wing
And one of these days I might just fly away if things around here don’t change.
‘Cause I know, I haven’t been happy in a while
But I know I used to think of you and smile…

Give me a reason to feel good.
Give me a reason. Hope and pray. Knock on wood
That your reason is good enough to make me stay here.

You just keep buying yourself those black gold rings
Just don’t wonder why your wallet’s suffering.
You know, nothing lasts forever, not even your empire
Not even your hopes and dreams.
‘Cause I know you haven’t told the truth in a while.
And I’ve become suspicious of your smile…

Give me a reason to feel good.
Give me a reason. Hope and pray. Knock on wood
That your reason is good enough to make me stay here.

Give me a reason to feel good.
Give me a reason. Hope and pray. Knock on wood
That your reason is good enough to make me stay here.
Track Name: The Sun (Version 1)
I woke up this morning with clouds in my head.
But they all rolled away when I got out of bed.

And the sun shone on my face
With the warmth of your embrace
When I thought of you.

We don’t fit perfect and sometimes the weather’s rough.
But we have enough good days to make it up.

And the sun shines on my face
With the warmth of your embrace
When I think of you

Sometimes I wonder
Where I would have been
If I’d never met you
Or your seasons
I would have stayed winter
Would have never known spring
Would have never seen summer
Or been able to fall
For you.

We got so lucky that we didn’t miss the boat.
So even when it rocks I am full of hope.

And the sun shines on my face
With the warmth of your embrace
When I think of you
Oh the sun shines on my face
With the warmth of your embrace
When I think of you.
Track Name: Cupid's Bow (Version 1)
I have heard that all is fair in love and war
Both can leave you broken, bruised, and sore
I have heard that hope is just a whore
And desire is a distant shore

I have seen the longing in your lovely eyes
Seen your lips curl around sweet lies
As you promise me even the sky
Staying here would be unwise

Cupid's got his bow at the ready
Cupid's got his bow at the ready
Cupid's got his bow at the ready and his aim's on me
But I have got my shield held high

You're weaving words that cast a spell around my heart
But your deeds belie a different art
And I now myself well enough to start
Running, running oh so far

Until I finally reach a solitary peak
Far from anyone who could make me weak
I didn't leave a trail for you to seek
I'll strike you from my memory

Cupid's got his bow at the ready
Cupid's got his bow at the ready
Cupid's got his bow at the ready and his aim's on me
But I have got my shield held high

Hear the arrows fly by
Whisper like a lover's sigh
Until they meet my shield: clang, bang, you are denied
My heart is safe and victory is mine

Cupid's got his bow at the ready
Cupid's got his bow at the ready
Cupid's got his bow at the ready and his aim's on me
But I have got my shield held high
Track Name: Fool vs. Wiseman (Version 1)
You say all the right words and the knowledge behind them
is as solid as that oak there in the ground.
You know I am naïve and I run on intuition
let the feelings in my stomach make their rounds.

Oh hey – I don’t listen to wise men
Oh nay – nor the treasures that they say
I’m a fool – and a fool I will remain.
I am a fool to love you anyway.
You warned me but I love you anyway.

When our story plays out according to your calculations
You’ll need no re-calibration of your heart.
But I’ll be sweetly drowning in the tears of revelation
Knowing you offered me salvation from the start.

Oh hey – I don’t listen to wise men
Oh nay – nor the treasures that they say
I’m a fool – and a fool I will remain.
I am a fool to love you anyway.
You warned me but I love you anyway.


Ohhh….
Even the wisest of men can be wrong
I’m crossing my fingers that you made a mistake.
Despite all my knowledge my feelings stay strong
All that’s left for me to do is wait…

Oh hey – I don’t listen to wise men
Oh nay – nor the treasures that they say
I’m a fool – and a fool I will remain.
I am a fool to love you anyway.

Oh hey – I don’t listen to wise men
Oh nay – I hope they’ll be wrong someday
I’m a fool – and a fool I will remain.
I am a fool to love you anyway.
You warned me but I love you anyway.

It’s foolish but I love you anyway.
Track Name: Monster (Version 1)
I was going to call you, but then I heard the news.
So I thought that I would have to wait – I never knew
What the words I never said… what they would do
Mmmm

I will never be the woman that you want
But sometimes I like to dream and hope I don’t get caught.
My heart, it whispers what my lips cannot.
Mmmm

You can think of me as a woman behind a veil
If you look hard enough, you can see every detail
of the mmm Monster
I am a mmm Monster
Mmmm

Some have said silence would be the death of me.
So I speak metaphorically when it comes to history.
It’s the only way that I can honestly.
Mmmm

You can think of me as a woman behind a veil
If you look hard enough, you can see every detail
of the mmm Monster
I am a mmm Monster
Mmmm

You would destroy everything I am,
Without taking the time to understand
That I need you to hold my hand.
Mmmm

You can think of me as a woman behind a veil
If you look hard enough, you can see every detail
of the mmm Monster
You can think of me as a woman behind a veil
If you look hard enough, you can see every detail
I will not forever lock these secrets inside of me
I do not want to remain a mystery
Or a mmm Monster
I’m not a mmm Monster
Track Name: Gone (Version 1)
You're bad news.
You're a bad penny.
They say bad habits die hard, and you've got plenty.
If one bad apple spoils the bunch then I'd better take the plunge.
A bad wind's blowing so I'll beat you to the punch.

The biggest turnoff in the world is somebody who don't want me.
And I can see your love is growing cold.
So boy don't let me slow you down
And when you go don't turn around
'Cause I'll be gone, I'll be gone, I'll be gone.

So goodbye.
Good riddance.
Good thing I dodged the bullet that you are and kept living.
'Cause you're a good-time Charlie
But you sure ain't no good Joe.
Now I've got the goods on you and you can go.

The biggest turnoff in the world is somebody who don't want me.
And I can see your love is growing cold.
So boy don't let me slow you down
And when you go don't turn around
'Cause I'll be gone, I'll be gone, I'll be gone.
Track Name: Bad Hair Day
Now and then I feel bold.
Here and there I might get cold.
But most occasions that I wear a hat I'm
Just having a bad hair day.
My mane is doing things its own way.

So I celebrate my millinery possibilities
with finery in the form of a pretty headpiece.
The reality is that it's all just frilly frippery.

But my mop is under cover
Every day a different color
So I think "why should I suffer from my hairstyle blunders"
When I can just wear a hat?

Thanks for the hand-knit headgear, mom!
Track Name: Puzzle Piece
Every day, every day, every day
I felt there was something missing.
Every day and every which way I looked.

But then anyway, anyway, anyway,
I found something surprising.
This lovely discovery's gotten me hooked:

That life's a puzzle.
And you're a piece
with the perfect pattern to fit me.
You're my puzzle piece.
Track Name: Look
Look at those lashes
Breaking my day apart
The world's coming in flashes
Making my own strobe art
If I don't want to see you
My eyes have a bodyguard
But if I like how you're looking
They open the door to my heart.

Let's take a look-see
I am peeking
And my side-eye is on fleek.
Lashes so long that I feel shady
Feeling dangerous, like it's my heyday.

Look.
Track Name: Cold (Version 1)
I dance with ghosts
Specters of what could have been
And the dreams
That I did in
When I was cold, cold, cold blooded.
Now I'm just cold, cold, cold
And alone
But it feels like home.

Now you dance with her
The girl I could have been
Had I said yes
And taken your hand
But I was cold, cold, cold-footed
Now I'm just cold, cold, cold
And alone
But this is home.

And if I start to feel the heat
Begin to thaw out the deep freeze
I feed the cold and starve the fever in me
And your face fades behind the ice I see
Track Name: How's The Weather? (Version 1)
When I heard the weather report today
I was afraid that you might blow away
'Cause storms can come in many forms
With damage done to everyone
And I did not prepare you for this.

But then you called to say that everything was ok
And I was free to go about my day
But I can't think without you here
So I'll daydream about you, dear
Until my arms can hold you again.
Track Name: Telescope (Version 1)
You are an ocean
And I would love to dive into your depth,
Gaze up to watch the sunlight
Refract against your thousand facets
Let you paint a picture of brilliance and shadows
Tell me a story that I don't believe
Then make me believe you

But I will say nothing - I'll wait for this to pass
Though I'm bursting - good things are like glass
They break under the weight of every hope that I betray
Then you'll turn away.

You are the night sky
I'd love to lose myself in your expanse
Mesmerized by the starlight
Illuminating your profoundness
Let you reveal grandeur in quiet dark moments
Awakening dreams that I can't believe
So make me believe you

But I will say nothing - I'll wait for this to pass
Though I'm bursting - good things are like glass
They break under the weight of every hope that I betray
Then you'll turn away
I've seen it.
Whoever said that it's better to have loved and lost
Must have never had to pay the cost of loss repeated.
I'll just regard you through my telescope
At a safe distance so that when you go
I won't feel cheated.

No I will say nothing - I'll wait for this to pass
Though I love you - good things are like glass
They break under the weight of every "I love you" that I say
But I can't turn away-

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