Sami Stevens

And I'm Right - available now on vinyl

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And I'm Right was released on 12" clear vinyl in September 2017 by Leesta Vall Records, and is available right now, right here, for just $20. Buy it online and have it sent to you, or buy it at a show and skip the shipping fee. Either way, thanks for your support! Scroll down for more info. 

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And I'm Right Liner Notes

 

In January 2015, I finished school at the New England Conservatory and Tufts University, and moved to Brooklyn, NY. That summer, I formed Sami Stevens and The Man I Love, then called Sami Stevens and Her All-Star Band. In these seven songs, you can hear a lot of what I was going through the year they were written. Transitioning out of school and into the music scene in NYC, I waited tables, hustled for gigs, and did my best not to go crazy. I was finding new inspiration in artists like Sam Cooke, Sarah Vaughan, and Amy Winehouse, who gave me the no nonsense, sing-the-damn-song therapy I needed to get through each day without a clear path to success.

 

My intention when forming the Man I Love was to channel all of that feeling into a project for the people, something to dance and cry to, something I could focus all my frustrated energy into, something honest, good and theraputic for me AND for the audience. I sought themes of optimism, of love, and most importantly of honest reflection. I’ve allowed myself one blues on this record, and I think one is enough. The rest of the songs serve to remind me and whoever is listening to lift ourselves and each other up. That’s the version of myself I wanted to give to the audience, and the person I still want to become.

 

It was only a year into the life of the band when we visited Boston’s Dimension Sound Studio to lay down this record in just two days, with the help of Somerbridge Music’s John Gilbert, and engineer Joe Stewart. And I’m Right was later mixed by Paul Wilson in Brooklyn and Kevin Abdella in Los Angeles, and mastered by Randy Roos in NH. As a band focused on our live performances, this album is meant to reflect what we were doing on stage. Most of the songs were done in just a few takes, with minimal tracking after the fact.

 

Overall, And I’m Right is a record written as therapy. Life is at once the most meaningful miracle in the universe, and the act of waking up early every morning to go to a job you only sometimes like. There are no answers, and yet somehow, it’s your most profound responsibility to seek out truth and happiness for yourself and others. I hope this record helps. 

 

Love,

Sami

 


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And I'm Right Lyrics and Track Notes

SIDE A

 

She Is God

Notes: Women! We must lift each other up! Only when we can see each others' strength as our own will we be able to free ourselves from the profoundly internalized and self-perpetuating cycles which weigh us down. Do not succumb to the feeling that there is not enough room for all of us. Work on loving each other and watch the love for yourself grow in tandem.


 

To be young and to be lovely is a precious thing

To have nothing but two lips that burn, and a mind that sings

To possess the holy knowledge of just what is poisoning

All the water all us women have no option but to bring

 

Recognition to the women who can recognize the wealth

In a woman rising higher due to her spiritual health

She is real and she is living, not a statue on a shelf

Greeting strangers with the love that she has grown inside herself

 

Because who is she, who is she?

She is God

Because who is she, who is she?

She is God

She is God

She is God

 

Pitted against one another we are told that there is no more room

But my sister, daughter mother there is space for two to bloom

If you speak then I will listen, we can teach the children too

Why be meek when born to glisten? Stranger I have love for you

 

Because who is she, who is she?

She is God

Because who is she, who is she?

She is God

She is God

She is God

 

Fear not of angels, fear not of men

Fear not tradition, of sword nor pen

Fear not false prophets, who claim to know

They'll get what’s coming, from down below

 

Because who is she, who is she?

She is God

Because who is she, who is she?

She is God

She is God

She is God

 


 

Over and Over

Notes: This song is about taking the huge risk of trusting someone with your heart. To see the humanity in the person you love, and to dedicate yourself to good intentions and forgiveness. It’s dedicated to the man with whom I have learned this new level of trust.


 

Baby, I can see you through this hole in the wall,

You are pacing, waiting, trying to make up your mind

You are afraid, that if you build it it will fall

Well I’m afraid too, baby, of the darkness we could find

 

I’ve never been one to be honest about my fears

I pretend like I’m fine, then it hits me all at once

I run out the door, rewriting every year

Creating stories for me to accept the things I’ve done

 

But baby I can see,

That you just want to be a person

To be good and understood, and to know what living means.

But being 23, means that I know less than you know me

So baby, I’ll forgive you, over and over

If you forgive me, over and over

We’ll build a home of mistakes, and we’ll love it

A home, built for two

 

We got no rings, but we’ll still sing Let’s Stay Together

Because that’s all, we want, all we want to do

There have been many storms that we have weathered,

But all they did was brought me closer to you

 

Your eyes, every morning,

And just to feel you each night, is all a woman needs

Outside, it might be stormy

But I am safe here, with you, and you are safe with me

 

But baby I can see,

That you just want to be a person

To be good and understood, and to know what living means.

But being 23, means that I know less than you know me

So baby, I’ll forgive you, over and over

If you forgive me, over and over

We’ll build a home of mistakes, and we’ll love it

A home, a home, a home

 

But baby I can see,

That you just want to be a person

To be good and understood, and to know what living means.

But being 23, means that I know less than you know me

So baby, I’ll forgive you, over and over

If you forgive me, over and over

We’ll build a home of mistakes, and we’ll love it

A home, built for two


 


 

Baby Blue

Notes: There is something childlike in sadness, something old and familiar. Imagine the person you love flying in a dream above the city at night. The landscape is beautiful, and everything is quiet. It’s only a moment, but it feels just as real as anything else they’ve ever lived.


 

In my eyes you’ll always have a halo,

But lately gold has faded to a blue

Surrounded by a darkness I

Regret myself to know

But I can still see you, baby blue

 

In my eyes you’ll always have a halo,

But lately gold has faded to a blue

Surrounded by a darkness I

Regret myself to know

But I can still see you, baby blue

 

How many dreams came to you as a child

Did you count your fingers, to ten and ten again

I hope they brought you chariots, stars, and horses for to ride

A million miles, above the world into the wind

 

And in those dreams, was life a little easier

Did you get lonely, way up in heavens high

With city lights, your sea so bright, a night so pure,

Can children know that dreams are only lies?

 


 

Where Will I Find (My Best Friend)

Notes: This song is about the fantastic idea of reincarnation, and of seeking the same love again and again in every lifetime. I don’t pretend to know much about much, but I do find this idea delicious.


 

I loved you longer than you have known my name

In your arms or all alone, is my life’s new game

I’ve waited lifetimes, and I will wait again

Tell me, my brother, where will I find my best friend

 

In the light, or in the dark,

In an ancient forest, or under Roman archs

Where will I find my best friend

 

In the light, or in the dark,

In an ancient forest, or under Roman archs

Where will I find my best friend

 

Weary from traveling, I found you on the shelf

But If love wants to travel to your heart,

Love needs no help

Oh if love wants to travel to your heart,

Love, it needs no help


 


SIDE B

 

A Child They Said Was Mine

Notes: The lyrics to this song were written around 4am at my parent’s house in Maine. I experienced a very vivid dream, woke up, and wrote it all the way through. It’s about having and losing a child.

 

I had a dream I happened on a child they said was mine

He was a one not seen before, but he looked pure and fine

And when I held him in my arms, I promised he I’d learn to love

For surely heaven had sent me a tiny angel from above

 

And as I looked up from the baby’s face, there was a present scene

A curtain raised revealing perfect water still as I in dream

Reflecting trees and vines and greenery, tangled, wild, and free

And not to mention baby and myself contented as could be

 

But then all too swiftly, all the blue in sky fermented storm

Without a warning, from my arms fell baby soft and warm

And through the air, and soon the pool below the child fell

Just like a brick, weighted and stiff, through waters I remember well

 

So down I dove in such a panic, mother’s nightmare of a scene

Descending always just behind the figure I so craved to cling

How had I never known this child, how had I lost him to the dark,

How had he managed to deserve the fate they found outside the ark

 

There’s no ending to this story, I awoke before my fate

My heart a flutter, and my mind in motion though the hour late

And though I still plan on a family, I am cautious now with fear

That half my heart will live outside me, danger always seeming near

 

That half my heart will live outside me, danger always seeming near


 


 

Learn to Love

Notes: Growing up for me has been more of an experience of growing down; learning how to take myself less seriously, learning that I am allowed to make mistakes, and loving myself more with the freedom this growth brings.


 

I try to be honest, and to search for what’s real

But I tell lies sometimes, just to feel

And I give myself far too deeply, not to hide

And I’m only sometimes willing to swallow my pride

 

So I sing this song to my heart

That you have flaws, but so does every work of art

Today will be a new start

Because you had better learn, oh you had better learn,

You had better learn, to love yourself.

 

I see me, just a child with years

I should just forgive me all my fears, oh

I can count, all the lines that I crossed

I can count every single one I lost

 

So I sing this song to my heart

That you have flaws, but so does every work of art

Today will be a new start

Because you had better learn, oh

 

So I sing this song to my heart

That you have flaws, but so does every work of art

Today will be a new start

Because you had better learn, oh you had better learn,

You had better learn, to love yourself.


 


 

And I’m Right (album version)

Notes: This song is dedicated to anyone who ever moved to a new city to follow their dreams.


 

I don’t have enough money to get drunk

And I don’t have enough honey to get some

So I’m gonna sit here at this bar

And I’m gonna make like

I’ve been drinking all night, and I’m right

And I’m right

 

Because everybody knows

That when it rains it pours, and it snows

Though I’m all alone at this counter,

All I see is you and me in the shower

I’ve been thinking all night, and I’m right

And I’m right

 

So don’t you tell me that I’m broken

Just because it might be true

I have never needed a friend like you

Because your goodbye’s just a memory

And regrets, I’ve had a few

But holy, this damn liquid is holy

And I’m gonna stick to my pew

 

So don’t you tell me that I’m broken

Just because it might be true

I have never needed a friend like you

Because your goodbye’s just a memory

And regrets, I’ve had a few

But holy, this damn liquid is holy

And I’m gonna stick to my pew

 

I don’t have enough money to get drunk

And I don’t have enough honey to get some

So I’m gonna sit here at this bar

And I’m gonna make like

I’ve been drinking all night, and I’m right

And I’m right