Where I'm Going

by Abigail Stauffer

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This album is dedicated to anyone who has ever felt lonely. May you learn to love yourself so much that being alone is sweet company.

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released January 1, 2015

All songs by Abigail Stauffer
Produced by Abigail Stauffer, Jim Roll, and Christopher Norman
Mixed by Jim Roll and Christopher Norman
Mastered by Christopher Norman
Recorded by Jim Roll

Abigail Stauffer: Vocals, Ukelele, Guitar, Piano
Michael Gould: Drums/Percussion (Tracks 1-4, 9)
Dave Haughey: Cello (Tracks 1-4, 7)
Abby Alwin: Cello (Tracks 5, 9)
Chris DuPont: Vocals, Guitar (Track 9)
Christopher Norman: Background Vocals (Tracks 3-4), Synth (Track 4)

Artwork & Design by Jodi Lynn Burton (www.JodiLynnDoodles.com)

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Track Name: Better Off Alone
VERSE 1:
Don’t act like you’re my love
You’ve done enough
Just let it fall away
You fit just like a glove
Without a match
I’m better off without you

I used to feel complete
Until you shared your warmth
But only gave me
Some protection from the cold
I’m better off balanced, If exposed
At least I know where I stand
At least I know
When I’m alone

CHORUS:
I’m finding that I’m better off alone
Better, better off
I’m finding that I’m better off alone
I’m better off balanced, if exposed
At least I know where I stand
At least I know
When I’m alone

VERSE 2:
Don’t tell me that you’ll stay
Then walk away
Without saying a word
Don’t let me believe that you are brave
If you can’t face a little sadness
Your strength is all in vain

[CHORUS]

BRIDGE:
This game you play
You say we don’t have expectations
And it’s the only time you’ll use
First person plural
I did not agree to this
Complete lack of agreement
I need a reason to stay
But you give me none

CHORUS 2:
I’m finding that I’m better off alone
better, better off
I’m finding that I’m better off alone
You can take your lack of expectations
and good luck on your next relationship
I’m fine without your unwillingness to try

Better off alone, better, better off
Better off alone better, better off
I’m finding that I’m better off, better off, better
I’m finding that I’m better off alone
CHORUS …
Track Name: Ducks
VERSE 1:
Awake my soul and see
The ducks are mating
It’s not a graceful dance
But it’s still amazing
Two legs, two wings
The way she sings will win her no awards
But as she waddles by
I can’t deny, the duck is gorgeous

CHORUS:
Open your eyes and look around
You are surrounded by delight
If you learn to recognize it
It’s on the ground
It’s in the skies, it’s right beside you
Just decide to take delight
Cause delight might like to take you too

VERSE 2:
Doomsayers and haters
They wait for disaster to strike
The wrongs that prove them right
Trash talkers and gawkers
They only see different as ugly
But that’s not what I see
I believe what we seek we will find
And I’m not looking for any more trouble
I only want to find beauty

[CHORUS]

BRIDGE:
Tomorrow the sun will rise
Although you may sleep in
The beautiful is in disguise
She wears a mask, but if you ask
I think she’ll show you where to find her

[CHORUS]
Track Name: Mine
VERSE 1:
My heart is frail
Be careful not to break it
You see my strength
I know my weaknesses
So please don’t take this lightly
I think I might be at risk of losing everything
If when you go
My love goes too
I’m left alone

CHORUS:
Though I rise before the dawn,
You are, you are moving on
You are, You are moving on
You are, you are
But even after you are gone
I am, I am holding on
I am, I am holding on
To this love

The love I have is mine to hold
The love I have is mine

VERSE 2:
My heart is always aching
With what I put it through
Drag it in the dirt
Feelin’ all the hurt
Hoping that it’s worth it
If love’s a victory
I wear it like defeat
Someone teach me love won’t leave me
If I want it’s mine to keep

[CHORUS]

VERSE 3:
My heart was frail
When all it knew of love was fear
But now it’s stronger
knows no longer am I left alone
The love I have is mine
The love I have is mine to hold
The love I have is mine
The love I have is mine to hold
I’m never ever left alone

[CHORUS]
Track Name: Fragile
I sit beside the sea
It looks as full as I feel empty
My heart is in the sand
the water is trying to understand me
But it can’t

I am small and insignificant
I was swallowed
Spit me out again

I seek a balanced heart
To feel emotion
But not be ripped apart
I want to be alright
If I’m alone when day is done
and there’s no comfort from the sunlight

I am small and insignificant
I was swallowed
Spit me out again

I live inside a whale
The journey’s long
Don’t know where I’m going
The world is far above
I hope to get there
but for the moment

I am small and insignificant
I was swallowed
spit me out again
Track Name: Condemned And The Innocent
Verse 1:
Oftentimes I have heard you speak
Of one who commits wrong
As though he were not one of you
But I say that even as the righteous
Cannot rise beyond the highest
Which is in each one of you
So the wicked and the weak
Cannot fall lower than the lowest
Which is in you also,
The lowest is in you also

And as a single leaf turns not yellow
Without the silent knowledge of the whole tree
The wrongdoer cannot do wrong
Without the hidden will of you all
You cannot separate

Chorus:
You cannot separate the good from the wicked
You cannot separate the guilty and unblamed
You cannot separate the condemned from the innocent
They are the same; We are the same

We are the way, and the wayfarers
We are the way, and the wayfarers
We are the way, and the wayfarers

Verse 2:
The robbed is not blameless in being robbed
The white-handed is not clean
In the doings of the felon
And the guilty is oftentimes the victim
Of the injured
Still more often, the condemned is the burden bearer
The condemned is the burden bearer
For the guiltless and unblamed
You cannot separate

CHORUS
Track Name: Nobody Pushes You
Verse 1:
I can relate
You don’t like being told what to do
When nobody listens to you
You retaliate, now I’m running late
I thought I could make you do what
I wanted to
But nobody pushes you

CHORUS:
Time Time Time
I’ve been thinking that she’s mine
Holding on so tight
But give her space 2x
Or she will slip away

VERSE 2:
We’re always watching you
I’d be exhausted too
If I was treated
The way that we’re treating you
I tell you you’re too slow
But I won’t let you go faster
‘Cause I need to control you
But I’m the fool

CHORUS

There’s a time for everything under the sun
A time for silence, time to sing
And when we’re done, a time die
A time to laugh, time to cry
Time to mourn, time to dance
Time for closeness, time for distance
A time to think, time to speak, time
A time to sow, time to reap, time
A time for struggle, time for peace, time

I give in, you win, I’m never gonna
Control you, I tried to
And even when I think I have the upper hand
It still turns out you’re in command
I’m learning to balance the difference between
Making the most of opportunities and
Squandering this precious time

CHORUS
Track Name: Ready
VERSE 1:
Come a little closer
So I can get to know you
You don’t need to change a thing
I just wanna see you
For who you really are
It could take a moment
Though I never move slowly
I’m always changing
And if you get to know me
You might find
That I’m your kind of girl

CHORUS:
I don’t want to sound hasty
But I’ve gotten to know myself
I think I’m finally ready
To try knowing someone else
And I don’t mind if it takes a while
I’ve got time for you

VERSE 2:
You throw yourself wholeheartedly
into the stream of life
To every opportunity
You say “Hell Yeah”
I like the way you’re not afraid
To take a chance when you might fail

[CHORUS]

BRIDGE
I’m usually only thinkin’ bout
How someone makes me feel
And that’s how I can tell
This might be something real
Cause I think you’re amazing
With or without me

[CHORUS]
Track Name: Where I'm Going
VERSE 1:
Nothing that’s ahead of me
Has spelled itself out quite so clearly
As the way I spell my name
It’s A-B-B- I Eventually will get to
Where I’m going
But it seems like here
Is just where I was headed
When I thought about it last year

CHORUS:
You can’t tell me what to do
I’ll get to where I’m going with or without you
You cant tell me what to do
I’ll get to where I’m going with or without you
with or without you

VERSE 2:
Everyone has expectations
They can be a bit impatient
I just need a short vacation
So do you
I believe success can mean
A thousand different things
To me it means that I am growing
And to grow I need to breathe
To me it means I’m showing
All the finest sides of me

[CHORUS]

BRIDGE:
Thank you for giving me space
Thank you for wanting to help me
Even when I push you away
I’ll do what I think is best for me
You can offer suggestions
But please do it gently

I’ve got a lot to learn
I’ve got a ways to go
I’m gonna take it easy
‘Cause I already like where I am
I already like where I am

CHORUS:
You can’t tell me what to do
I’ll get to where I’m going with or without you
You can’t tell me what to do
I’ll get to where I’m going with or without you,
with or without youuuu
You can’t tell me what to do
I’ll get to where I’m going…
And I like where I am
I like where I am
I like where I am
I’ll get to where I’m going
Track Name: Love Song Of Earth & Sky
Verse 1:
How did we begin?
I don’t remember
It’s the story of creation
We are ancient
How did we begin?
I don’t remember
But I can’t forget your touch
Like sunshine on my skin

Prechorus:
You wrote the story of the mountains
I wrote the story of the air
Don’t you remember?
You were there

Chorus:
Love, do you know the whole story of us?
Separated like Earth from the Sky
Love, do you know the whole story of us?
Distant lovers reaching across a divide

Verse 2:
You were there when the ocean was formed
I can see it in your eyes
though you may not remember
I was there
We have been forever

Prechorus:
You wrote the story of the mountains
I wrote the story of the air
Don’t you remember?
You were there

CHORUS

BRIDGE part 1:
My branches reaching for the light
A wolf that’s howling in the night
I’ll spread my wings and learn to fly
So I can be with you 2x

I sent a pouring rain
So I could touch your face
Hear me in roaring thunder
Calling out your name 2x

BRIDGE part 2:
All I want to do is be with you
All I want to do is be with you
All I want to do is be with you

CHORUS
Track Name: Rest
Rest now and sleep
The dawn is only waiting
For you to be asleep
For you to be asleep and then
Again you will rise
Open your eyes
But not tonight
Not tonight
Now you must, you must just

Rest now and sleep
The morning will wait patiently
There’s no need
No need for worry
There’s no need
No need for hurry
to reach the next moment
when you are awake
You do it every day
You do it every day

Take all your worries
And put ‘em in a pile
Close your eyes and just rest awhile
If they were gone when you awoke
You would wake with a smile
Don’t hold on too tightly
Just slip away into a dream
You deserve it nightly
And maybe
More often
You should just
Rest

Rest now and sleep
The world is waiting patiently
You’re not needed now
The curtain is closing
Just take a bow and exit the stage
Soon enough the show will begin again
Take every chance you can
Take every chance you can
Take every chance you can to
Rest