Sweet Dream

by Sad Brad Smith

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Thirty fine minutes to cut through the noise.The third full length album from Sad Brad Smith finds us in a spare room, taking sonic cues from New Skin for the Old Ceremony and Blood on the Tracks, as well as the Camerata Contemporary Chamber Orchestra's forgotten Satie/Moog experiments. These nine bewitching songscapes cast a subtle, nuanced spell, full of compassion, paranoia, and cosmic grief. Summoning resolve at the edge of the abyss. Lovers the world over, unite.

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released August 2, 2019

Produced by Bradley Grant Smith
Engineered by Dorian Gehring and Mark Ciesielski
Mixed by Mark Ciesielski

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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, is out August 2nd, 2019. ... more

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Track Name: Invitation
If you sent an invitation to me now I wouldn't know what to say
If you sent an invitation it'd have to come from so far away
If you sent an invitation to me now I wouldn't know what to say
If you sent an invitation it'd have to come from so far away
Come from so far away
Come from so far away
Come from so far

Never seen a hole before this size appear from out of the blue
To fell all that falls before my eyes except my love for you
Never seen a cloud so low in the sky, am I a raindrop, too?
You could bury me in every sigh and still raise my love for you
I praise my love for you
I pray my love for you
I pay my love

If you sent an invitation to me now I wouldn't know what to say
If you sent an invitation it'd have to come from so far away
Sitting and shivering on the floor of the shower, counting down the days
If you sent an invitation to me now it'd have to come from so far away
Come from so far away
Come from so far away
You are so far
Track Name: Back & Forth
What's gonna happen when things get bad again?
While the Fat Man was clapping, I saw that ad again . . .
I know nothing can last
And this phase too shall pass
Pass back and forth and back
Yeah, we go back and forth
and back and forth

What the Hell will happen when it comes back again?
New plans I was mapping fell through the cracks again . . .
I know my future's passed
But the past was such a blast
Blast back and forth and back
Yeah, we go back and forth
and back and forth

You see there's been some complications with my health
I've come to even fear my friends
What I wish for you I want for myself
Wanna lay down in your loving arms again

Back
Back
We go back and forth
and back
Track Name: Admit
I must admit I don't know what I want anymore
I used to know but I don't know now

There was a time when the life I was living was giving me signals of some love that never would be
Now that I know that it's over I told her I loved her and she coldly told me she'd always love me

I must admit I don't know what I want anymore
I used to know but I don't know now

Out of thin air dancing deadpan despair fantasies start to tear is this nightmare all that there will be?
I crawl up the wall just to fall in the pit is this it will I quit in this pile of white piss and feces?
Track Name: The Citizen
Is there somewhere we can go
To sit and rest awhile
Make each other smile
Forget for a moment what we know?
I know you need some help
I know you need some help
But I'm trying, I'm still trying
To help myself

Is there somewhere we can meet
To put our weary hearts at ease
People pushed down on their knees
Thick blood pooling in the empty streets
I know you need some help
I know you need some help
But I'm trying, I'm still trying
To help myself

War will win the war on peace
War will win the war on peace
But a mind that seeks security
Can never know love
We will never know love
So will you settle for me?
Will you settle for me?
Will you settle for me?
Will you settle for me?

Is there somewhere we can go?
Track Name: Be True
I'm blue, so blue
Waiting on you
I'm blue, so blue
Waiting on you
Makes me want to beg
Makes me want to plead
with you
to be true

I've been in love before
I've knocked on this door
I retrace my steps
From the years before
How many steps more?
How many steps more?
Before
It's true

These are the arms that reach for your breath
This is the song, the only song I've got left

I'm blue, so blue
Waiting on you
What can I do?
Tell me what can I do
For you?
Be true
Track Name: Listen to Me, Marlon
Listen to me, Marlon
Don't go back to sleep
There's a darkness in me forming
But I've got promises left to keep
I lost you at the bottom
Of life's great mystery
Learned lessons and then forgot 'em
Pity lessons don't come for free

They laugh at me behind my back
And pity me to my face
The faster runner on the track
Wanders away from the race

I know you don't really love me
But I don't know if you're even thinking of me
I know you don't really love me
But I don't know if you're even thinking of me

I didn't want to write a breakup song
I didn't want to breakup
I toss and turn now all night long
Guess I'll never wake up
So, listen to me, Marlon
Don't go back to sleep
There a darkness in me forming
And a crowd gathering in the street
Track Name: Citizen Two
Life is hard
Even when you've got it good
How hard it must be
For the seriously misunderstood
Some sick and some lonely
Got no soulmates to find
How hard must harden the hardest heart
With no peace of mind
In time
You're sure to crazy
Will you go mad?
When there's no one to save you
You poor little lamb
Rest your head on my gun
Come rest your head on my gun
Rest your head on my gun
and you'll be one
One less person crying

When you've lost the thread
You left dangling in your youth
You realize the story never had an arc
And you can find in it no seed of truth
There's nothing that's holy
Just some garments you place
On another rock you're showing to
Some other stone cold face
This place
Will make you go crazy
Will you go mad?
When there's no one to save you
You poor little lamb
Rest your head on my gun
Come rest your head on my gun
Rest your head on my gun
And you'll be one
One less person trying
Track Name: Remember
If you really were my friend
Would you have stayed?
Can this really be the end
Can it end this way?
I really wanna make you mine
I really wanna make you remember
I know it's never coming back

Leaves fall all around
And get swept away
Amber rays undress the town
At the end of day
I really wanna take my time
I really wanna take my time to remember
I know it's never coming back

If you really were my friend
Would you have stayed?
Can this really be the end
Can it end this way?
I really wanna make you mine
I really wanna make you remember
I know you're not coming back
Track Name: I Can't Stand It
I can't stand it anymore
I can't stand it anymore
And I don't know what I'll do

Tired of running
Tired of walking
Tired of tripping, too
Tired of hoping
Tired of doping
Lord, I'm tired
Through and through

I can't stand it anymore
I can't stand it anymore
And I don't know what I'll do

Woe is the mountain
Woe in the mind
Woe to the heart in flight
Throw a coin in the fountain
Search for a sign
But know in your heart
It's not right

I can't stand it anymore
I can't stand it anymore
And I don't know what I'll do

Your parents are aging
If they're not already dead
Wave to the boy that you were
Your true love is waiting
One step off the ledge
Go and be reunited
With her

I can't stand it anymore
I can't stand it anymore
And I don't know what I'll do
And I don't know what I'll do

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