Love is Not What You Need

by Sad Brad Smith

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1.
Sure 02:31
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?
2.
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
3.
Get Together 02:53
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?
4.
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
5.
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
6.
We Are Free 04:32
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?
7.
Bad Mood 02:54
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 . . .
8.
Tombs 03:38
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
9.
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
10.
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
11.
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?
12.
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.

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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 in several small circles. In 2010 he released his first LP, "Love is Not What You Need," followed in 2014 by the psychedelic, death-folk song-cycle, Magic. A stark new work, Sweet Dream, came out on August 2nd, 2019. Currently under quarantine. ... more

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