Tentative Steps: Solo Live 2014

by S.A. Bach

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Live recordings from my 2014 spring tour with Get Set Go.

Thank you Mike TV, Doc Woolf, Eric Gilbert, Lisa Simpson, Shareef Ali, Claire Lesnick, Allie Bach, Jocelyn Coimbre, Aaron Westwood, Joel Migas, Shmedly Maynes, Cora Surratt, Shawna Lee, Trent Hunsaker, Suzanne Hickman, Josh North, Curtis Reddoor, Heidi Nielson-Reddoor, Cassie Donish, and everyone who attended and/or played at any of the shows.

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released December 31, 2015

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S.A. Bach Branson, Missouri

Late late late '90s indie rocker/singer-songwriter, producer and co-writer for Allie Goertz, lead guitarist and vocalist for Get Set Go & King Devil, former drummer and vocalist for Body Parts. Active 15 years in the LA scene as a solo artist and fronting such much-maligned groups as Oh Yeah, the Future & The Bachs. Third full-length solo album was released digitally earlier this year. ... more

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Track Name: ⅗
We made each other so much better lovers
But we don't get to reap the benefits

I know you want to be happy, and you should be
Hope you always will be, with or without me
I know you're not angry, just in love with somebody
Who happens to be not me, and that drives me crazy

You know the last five years have been quite the shit show
If they'd been alright, maybe I could forget you
Got three-fifths of a lifetime to figure it out though
Why I let you go…

We made each other so much better lovers
But we don't get to reap the benefits
From hand to mouth we really helped each other
Out from underneath the innocence

You know the last five years have been quite the shit show
If they'd been alright, maybe I could forget you
Got three-fifths of a lifetime to figure it out though
Why I let you go…

I only want to be happy, don't wanna give you no more grief
Don't wanna cause no scene at your wedding
Lasso up my friends, say, "Come on, we're leaving
She crossed the red line, now you're all all mine

'Cause she moved on with her life--how could she?
Can't she understand how inconvenient this is for me?
Doesn't she know I want her more than anything
Now that she's let me go?
I want to make a toast:

We made each other so much better lovers
The blushing groom now reaps the benefits
From hand to mouth we really helped each other
Out from underneath the innocence."
Track Name: Tentative Steps
Been taking tentative steps into real life
I always wondered what it'd feel like

Sweet ex-girlfriend, we met such a sad end
Watched you drive away down Ivy through my tears
I never hurt so much before or since
You confirmed all of my darkest fears
I knew then I wasn't ready for prime time

And I guess I've never been ready for real life
That's why I've wanted you back at my side
You could've jetted me back to the old lies
You could've draped the wool back over my eyes

But now that you've gotten married in real life
I've got to straighten up and fly right
I've got to be the sweet friend in your mind's eye
I've got to trust you just this one time

Sweet ex-girlfriend, we met such a sad end
Watched you drive away down Ivy through my tears
I never hurt so much before or since
You confirmed all of my darkest fears
I knew then I wasn't ready for prime time

But now I believe that I'm ready for real life
And I'm not gonna let you down this time
I think I'm finally ready for real life
'Cause I can call you a friend of mine
Been taking tentative steps into real life
I always wondered what it'd feel like

Sweet ex-girlfriend, we met such a sad end
Watched you drive away down Ivy through my tears
I never hurt so much before or since
You confirmed all of my darkest fears
Track Name: Heyday
Mayday, this is my heyday
I'm like a powder that can explode things
I'm like a rocket, I fly without wings
I am a show about nothing

Hey baby, I'm in my heyday
You should get near me, you could learn something
I could divert you from the pain of thinking
And make sure all your parts are working

Hey, hey, heyday
Hey, hey, hey, heyday
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, heeey
I'm in my heyday

Yesterday I was so fucked up
Yesterday I loved it so much
Yesterday seemed like forever
Tomorrow, whenever, whatever

But today, today
I'm ringing in my heyday
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, heeey
This is my heyday

Hey you, you remember that shy little fool
Who'd just lay down and play dead,
Who exalted you at his own expense?

Well, that was me, me, meee
Me, me, me, me, me, me
How do you like your me?
I'm over easy

So come on out & play
There's no time to waste
How long you gonna wait
To start your heyday?

Baby, hey, hey, heyday
Hey, hey, hey, heyday
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey
I'm in my heyday
Track Name: Lovedreams
I woke up in the dark
Having dreamt I was in pursuit
Piling on the circular talk
Just like I used to do

I suppose this is serious love
The kind that just won't be snuffed
The kind of love that never dies
The sort of stuff that ruins lives

Burn the lovedreams, burn 'em for safekeeping
Save the lovedreams, save 'em on the garbage heap
If you lived here, you'd be home by now
If you loved me, you'da let on by now

Did you forget what you said?
Did I misinterpret it?
Vague and softspoken
Over AIM

Five long years ago
Feels like that and twenty-some-odd more
You said "I'm sorry but
You are so beautiful"

Burn the lovedreams, burn 'em for safekeeping
Fill the lovedreams, fill 'em while you're leaving
If you loved me, you'd be home by now
If you lived here, you'da shown by now

Did you forsake your vow?
Or did I misinterpret it somehow?
That delicious little hiccup in
Space-time's continuin'

You were six-fucking-teen
Maybe it didn't mean anything
Maybe it was just one of those things
Whatever the fuck that means

If you lived here, you'd be home by now
If you loved me, I guess I'd know by now

Burn the lovedreams, burn 'em for safekeeping
Save the lovedreams, save 'em on the garbage heap
If you lived here, you'd be home by now
If you loved me, you'da let on by now

If you lived here, you'd be home by now
Track Name: Still Alone
If we're gonna fall in love, let's get busy
Although staying friends would be alright with me
Who knows, maybe being friends is all there is really
For geniuses like you and me

We got this weird obsession with the truth, you know
We got God talking to us through the radio
We hear Satan's voice ringing in the overtones
We know everything; why are we still alone?
Why are we still alone?
Why are we still alone?

If you're gonna kill me softly, start strummin'
I only seem to put nails in coffins, see
So now I only play songs 'bout make believe
But you can sing your heart to me

And I'll know the truth when I hear it, yo
Studied a quarter of a million love songs or so
I know every lyric and every note
I'll teach you everything if you tell me why I'm still alone
Why am I still alone?
Why am I still alone?

To wait another day
'X' marks the date on the calendar
Another day I'd just as soon forget
Immortalized in song

Wait another day
'X' marks the date on the calendar
Yet another day I'd just as soon forget
Immortalized in song

I'm gonna fall in love, I can feel it
I'm still not sure how I'm supposed to deal with this
I don't have a move, I wouldn't steal a kiss
I am at peace with my awkwardness

And I know it shouldn't be a struggle
And I refuse to let this thing get overblown
I won't throw a fit, I'll drop you right at home
Just tell me one thing: why are you still alone?
Why are you still alone?
Baby why are you still alone?
Baby why are you still alone?
Baby why are you still alone?
Track Name: Red Flag
red flag
come back
to my side
you caught my eye straightaway

wave my way
take flight today

tough kid
there's no lid
on your head
have all your thoughts gone astray?

well honey you're just making way
for new thoughts to take root
for new songs to bloom
for new dreams to cling to in vain

red flag
come back
Track Name: B-side of Ariana
Can't you use me for something?
Won't you string me along a few months more?
Won't you use me for something?
I could make your pencils sharper
Than they've ever been before

I'm so tired of being the captain
Of a brokendown ship
I'd rather sweep the deck
Just as long as you ordain it

Can't you use me for something?
Money? Power? Sex?
Cause without you I'm nothing
I sit here all day every day
Writing myself bad checks

I'm so tired of navigating
This pathetic trip
I'll come along for the ride
Just as long as you're driving

I want to be beside Ariana
I want to be the b-side of Ariana

Can't you use me for something?
Won't you use me? I'm not good for nothing
I'm not useless. I know this
I'm not worthless. I'm reasonably sure of this

So use me, yeah
Come on and use me, yeah
You said you were a Bill Withers fan
So use me, yeah
For something

I want to be beside Ariana
I want to be the b-side of Ariana

I'm so tired of being the captain
Of a sinking ship
I'll stow away
I don't give a shit

Tired of navigating this godforsaken trip
Toss me in the trunk
It can't be worse than this

Can't you use me for something?
Won't you string me along a few months more?
Won't you use me for something?
I could make your pencils sharper
Than they've ever been before

I want to be beside Ariana
I want to be the b-side of Ariana
Track Name: 2002
I'm singin' a song I wrote you in two-thousand-and-two
I'm sure you'll get around to me, your train just ain't come through
I wish I could make love to you, or at least find me a substitute
I'd play her all the songs I wrote you in two-thousand-and-two

You're the one-hundred-some-odd pound elephant in the room
You're always somewhere else, but you come back and haunt on cue
I wish I could get over you, or at least tie you down and marry you
So I could stop relating so much to this and other songs I wrote in two-thousand-and-two

Why'm I sitting on this goldmine? Why are these songs all mine?
It still don't figure, can't put my finger on why
I still ain't caught your eye, I'll give it one more try

I'm singin' a song I wrote you in two-thousand-and-nine
There's no time for romance now, quick and sloppy's fine
I wanna feel you in my arms so lie with me tonight
Then I'll pick up where I left off my life
Think it was sometime back in two-thousand-
And-one
Track Name: This Is The Shit
At the end of my vacation
I learned that I'd be stayin'
I learned that I was home
And right at that very moment
I realized how much that place did suck
And I wanted to leave so bad

At the height of my hunger
I looked into the mirror
And saw that I was eating a candy heart
I spit it out, and I ran around the block three times
Collapsed on the ground
And I said to myself "This is the life, this is the life

This is the shit
This is the shit
Fuck this shit
This is so fucked up and I love it so much"

Right before my operation
The laughing gas they gave me
Brought some crazy thoughts into my head
I dreamed I was nowhere
When I woke up I'd forgotten how to get there
And there was blood everywhere
It was fucking awesome

Now the day I saw you, lover
In the arms of another
Well, I knew that I'd arrived

Yes, I belong here
And my fear belongs in my heart
And my heart holds a place for pain always
You're so fucked up and I love you so much

You are the shit
You are the shit
You crazy bitch
You're so fucked up and I love you so much

I am the shit
I am the shit
I'm full of it
I'm so fucked up and I love it so much

Oh yeah
Oh yeah
We're so fucked up
Oh yeah
We're so fucked up
We're so fucked up

And we belong here
And our fear belongs in our hearts
And our hearts will be full of pain always