Love is Not What You Need

by Sad Brad Smith

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released January 1, 2010

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Sad Brad Smith Chicago, Illinois

Sad Brad Smith is a singer and songwriter in Chicago, whose song "Help Yourself," won him acclaim and disdain in several small circles. In 2010 he released his first masterpiece, "Love is Not What You Need," which has yet to generate significant buzz within the public sphere, followed in 2014 by the psychedelic, death-folk song cycle, Magic. A harrowing new work, titled the Painter, coming 2017. ... more

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Track Name: Sure
I'm afraid to dig too deep
These days I don't know what I'll see
In my heart I knew when trouble'd strike
I could rely on me

But there's a stranger in my bed
Sleeping next to her
Is it possible to be in love
and still not be sure?

When I was young and thought I wanted the truth
I had in mind what I might see
I couldn't trust anyone but myself
And now I can't trust me

'Cause there's a stranger in my bed
Sleeping next to her
Is it possible to be in love
and still not be sure?
Track Name: Everyone Knows I'm Still in Love with You
I tried to hide it, I tried to run away
I tried to diet and gained a lot of weight
Everyone knows that I'm still in love with you

I used some hair gel, no one would buy it
I told a dirty joke, the room stayed quiet
Everyone knows that I'm still in love with you

I lack the power to remember things
Still feel the pain 'though I don't know from where it springs
Everyone knows that I'm still in love with you

I told my soldiers to call if they'd be late
I'm eating Culver's, they're trying to smash the state
Everyone knows that I'm still in love with you

In the daytime my mind makes the best of what it beats
But all emotions in the evening call me, call me, call me

I tried to make my move, the world moved with me
Moved into the photo booth, no one would kiss me
Everyone knows that I'm
Everyone knows that I'm still in love
Everyone knows that I'm still in love with you
Track Name: Get Together
Listen people let's get together
We've still got time to do whatever we want
It's been bleak, black, out on the streets that
Our children's feet went pitter pat back when we were young

I've spent enough love carelessly
I've spent enough love
If it's all we need
Why are we so lonely?

There will come a new day, it'll come the old way
After the sun has done and gone
Beneath the sea
There still falls daylight on the other side of all nighters
Spent up and penning lonely poetry
but what will be will be

I've spent enough love carelessly
I've spent enough love
If it's all we need
Why are we so lonely?
Track Name: Baby, I'm so Sad
O, my baby, I'm so sad
O, my baby, I'm so sad

I heard you got a new boyfriend, I hear he plays the guitar
I heard he's in the theatre, I'm sure he knows where you are
If I could only find you and play you this song
I was writing it the day we met, I've been writing it all along

O, my baby, I'm so sad
O, my baby, I'm so sad

Last night I imagined you standing outside my bathroom door
But that was almost three years ago, you don't live here anymore
I put on Neutral Milk Hotel, and fell down on the floor
I couldn't stand that album back then, now it rocks me to my core

O, my baby, I'm so sad
O, my baby, I'm so sad

O, I miss you so
Don't ever go
Don't ever leave me

I know you're gone for good, I know this time its real
I know you are still in love with me, you just don't like the way that feels
I try to remember all the wrongs you've done to me
But I'll be twenty eight in less than a year
Back then you were twenty three

O, my baby, I'm so sad
O, my baby, I'm so sad
O, my baby, I'm so sad
Track Name: Home Sweet Home
Feeling low, the lowest I have ever been
All the ghosts I know are now near
Feel like putting my fists through my eyes
And a bullet in my ear

I broke her heart, many times, much more than once
While we performed our seasoned play
I cannot get her back again
And she will not go away

I am not pleased with anything I have done
I'm just shooting in the dark
Terrified of my own reflection,
Souvenirs and sparks

O, my home sweet home
Its nice to be back in black where I belong
You welcome me with open arms
Keep me safe, keep me warm

Its raining again, and its winter time
No tracks in the rain to show
Where you've been keeping your feet warm
I'm sure glad it didn't snow

Feeling blue, remembering when I felt fine
Yes, the sadness will go, I know, but
I'll be keeping your seat warm
Even if you never show

O, my home sweet home
Its nice to be back in black where I belong
You welcome me with open arms
Keep me safe, keep me warm
Track Name: We Are Free
I know you miss my neck and my arms
And the way we slept, how I silenced your alarms

How those soft sleepy dawns rose like sunlight
on the night time's dewy lawns

I know you found another spot, like the other one I've got
People like to see you smile, wrap you up in sheets of forest green, for a little while

Where will we be when our love is finally dead and we are free?

Where will we be when our love is finally dead and we are free?
Track Name: Bad Mood
You always put me in a bad mood
Like a freshly baked crepe full of dog food
But I've got it for you in the worst way
I missed you from the first kiss, too, and I still do today

But I shouldn't worry, I'll be fine
I'm learning all the time
I shouldn't worry, I'll be fine

There's no point in trying to correct you
Everything I did I did (I did) just to protect you
I don't like to say things more than once
But it looks like its cold cuts once again today for lunch

But I shouldn't worry, I'll be fine
I'm learning all the time
I shouldn't worry, I'll be fine

You've got to make your dreams come true if you can
There's only one way to know

You always put me in a bad mood
Like a freshly baked crepe full of dog food
But I've got it for you in the worst way
I missed you from the first kiss, too, and I still do today

But I shouldn't worry, I'll be fine
I'm learning all the time
I shouldn't worry, I'll be fine
I shouldn't worry, I'll be fine
I shouldn't worry . . .
Track Name: Tombs
Down in the deep
Looking for quarters
Riding the bucket
Through the well and high waters
And the stars of green grass
Unwrap many a dark hole
Housing the houses
That house all our souls
Heaven is spinning
A brown ring in my cup
You have to look down
You can't see it looking up
And into my temple
Of bile and gas
We pray away pain
But keep firm in our grasp
And backed under fire
In the wind and the home
On the street, in the office
From the prisons you've flown
Down the marble halls and highways
Through your moustache comb

Tombs, all tombs
How the rose will ever bloom
Tombs, all tombs
How the rose will ever bloom

I put a curtain on my front door
And a flashlight through my heart
I bought a bunch of paperbacks
And I don't know which one to start
Its cold and snow is sweeping up
The servants off the street
Some wonder who the winner will be
But I wonder who he'll beat
I know its kind of sad
And lonely where you're at
And when you get it back
You'll probably be dead on your feet
Or maybe it will hit you
Like a bullet from the air
Your God has come to get you
Well, I wonder how I'll fair
Sometimes I think I know the answer
And other times I don't

Tombs, all tombs
How the rose will ever bloom
Tombs, all tombs
How the rose will ever bloom

I've often wondered 'bout you
And the ways in which you work
And if I decide to live without you
How much would that hurt?
And I know that if I blow it
And end up face down in the dirt
With the sun still shining on me
And you hiking up your skirt
I could blow a million bubbles
And the world would pop them all
Everybody's trying to find you
In fields and hallowed halls
My mind is daily blowing
My heart is on my wrist
My battery is going
I think you get the gist

All tombs
How the rose will ever bloom
Tombs, all tombs
How the rose will ever bloom
Track Name: Old Days Are Here Again
The years, they pass, not even memories can last
The young trees have grown strong and thick
Their layers form to shield the soft wood from the storm
And they die, but not as quick

I was walking in through town, actually I was asleep on the ground
When I thought I heard a horseman in the air
His black cape hung like a drape on the sun
But I don't like to stare

Ah, old days
Ah, old days
Ah, old days are here again

When the icebergs are all gone and the horseman's on your lawn
Flood waters have taken your home
They'll find sketches of you, etched into the ruins
Of a fortune told in ancient Rome

I don't mean to despair, in fact, I don't really even care
I know how to take things in stride
I'll sleep in a box until each shotgun gets cocked
And every last living thing has died

Ah, old days
Ah, old days
Ah, old days are here again
Track Name: Love is Not What You Need
Pick me up
Put me down
Carry me
Around

Take me out
To the field
Let the Lord
Be revealed

Let me love you
The only way I can
With skepticism
That's just who I am

She said, Can't you see, Brad
That Love is true?
It is real
Just not to you

Some day someone
Will reveal
Love is not what you need
Its how you feel


Pick me up
Put me down
Carry me
Around
Track Name: Shooting Star
Girl you are a shooting star
That's exactly what you are
You're fall will be far
I'm the man up in the moon
You can see me through the gloom
Glowing on the wreck of your car

And all the time we
Spent together
It won't mean nothing at all
Don't it make you sad when
You remember
How summer turns to fall?

I could give you the world
But I know you're the kind of girl
Who might try to keep it
A beautiful flower in the green grass grows
And just as the thorn adorns the rose
A knotted root lies beneath it

And all the time we
Spent together
It won't mean nothing at all
Don't it make you sad when
You remember
How summer turns to fall?
Track Name: Training for Love
I'm training for love
I'm training for love
I'm training for love
and I hope you can wait for me

I'm thinking of you
I'm thinking of you
Yes, you're someone new
But she's here, too

I'm playing a role
Inside of your soul
I'm filling a hole
That no one can fill, no one I know

O, I know you're lonely, too
So why don't you come back home?
I will be good to you, at least
We won't be alone,

All the time.