The Sculpture Garden

by Kalou

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1.
You try, tell me what I mean I will, never coming clean I have been here for so long In this place you'll never be I'll tell you the things you know And I'll tell you what you want to hear If I tell you the things that you want to hear Then you'll never let me go If I just tell you the things that you want to hear You'll never leave me alone Don't want to be there when you die Because when you look into my eyes You're gonna see the truth inside You're gonna say that I lied
2.
Well you and me, we're the same now Only I'm further in the box not ready to walk So far out like you I'm scared to death of that it means if i do Is the man in the moon the man you're worshiping now You talk an awful lot about the things that you doubt You say the man at the top of the stair pushed you down Oh that fall, was it hard when you hit the ground You and me we're the same now Only I'm shading what you're yelling out Yelling "how dare you" I'm scared to death of what that means for you too Well I heard there's a small sad piece of shame Trying to level your honesty against his name Now thin and dangerous the line beautifully drawn between All the sad things you say and how I think the very same thing I don't know if my branches deserve to be cursed Like you say that they should in your song and verse I rather favour the leaves that when they fall to the dirt Can curse the options they lost and bless the things that they learned
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Floundering 03:59
I can't stop time and I can't let things be Someday I'll find you and you'll understand me Because I've been round the block and there is only one thing That I know for sure and that's I'm floundering Do I just love you cause you love me back? Or, do I love you cause there's something there? Cause, I can't tell you what I feel for you? Cause, I don't know Meanwhile, in the real world I get a call from the passing of time And she says "Don't repeat, just keep things sweet, set doubts to the side" I tell her "I can't trust you, and I can't trust my mind" Cause, I been knowing, cause you treat me so dear And cause you're always down to say the things I'm fixing to hear But, that don't help my mind to go clear so I don't know
5.
Awe, you and I were kin And, we shared so many things And, I know I was bad I committed so much sin But I thought I was righteous and did so much to please And I know I'm a fool I'm never one to win so Bye Bye Balboa, you and me I loved you like a person, inseparable until We fought and fought and made each other ill I made many mistakes, you're not one to forgive And, I knew my time was up when you weren't there for me And there's so many words I could say But I made my bed and in it I must lay And I'm sorry for all the shitty shiity ways I dealt with things cause now I've got to to say On a date for one, I'll take you to the Cliff House by the sea All those feelings they were raw, can't stop them spilling out of me And I do not have the words to end this section yet so...
6.
7.
Unpretty 03:16
I wish could tie you up in my shoes Make you feel unpretty too I was told I was beautiful But what does that mean to you Look into the mirror who's inside there The one with the long hair Same old me again today My outsides look cool My insides are blue Every time I think I'm through It's because of you I've tried different ways But it's all the same At the end of the day I have myself to blame I'm just trippin' Never insecure until I met you Now I'm bein' stupid I used to be so cute to me Just a little bit skinny Why do I look to all these things To keep you happy Maybe get rid of you and then I'll get back to me You can buy your hair if it won't grow You can fix your nose if he says so You can buy all the make up that M.A.C. can make But if you can't look inside you Find out who am I too Be in the position to make me feel...
8.
Sheffield 02:51
You’re a good man but you struggle sometimes To suppress, the fears about yourself that you hide And it manifests in ways that draw a circle around your soul And you couldn’t say and wouldn’t want to even if you knew how So try to mask the shame For what it’s worth, balanced out, there’s not much to be gained Cause if you knew how, and spoke of perceived sin There’s no guarantee that anyone’d be listening You speak in ciphers born of catastrophic cyclones in your mind It don’t work and it don’t convey anything besides Veiled frustration at reality but that’s so hard to find When you try, you can’t, you won’t, you never will decide what What that really is, you’re back, back, and forth and forth Never catching it When you decide what, what that really is I don’t wanna be there when you find out this is it And you try say "please don’t", never wanted to know And I try say "please don’t", you decide which way things’ll go If you knew how, to try to mask the shame For what it’s worth, balanced out, there’s not much to be gained Cause if you knew how, and spoke of perceived sin There’s no guarantee that anyone’d be listening And you try say please don’t, never wanted to know And I try say please don’t, you decide which way things’ll go
9.
Reasoning 03:25
I think of you at odds with your life And I think of you, and your plight But I know, you won't say “How much can I take?” Reasoning it away "How much can I take?" I must say now that you’ve, taken flight You let everyone, bask, in your light And I know, you will be, eternally free But I won't, ever say, so long
10.
I can't stop time and I can't let things be Someday I'll find you and you'll understand me Because I've been round the block and there is only one thing That I know for sure and that's I'm floundering Do I just love you cause you love me back? Or, do I love you cause there's something there? Cause, I can't tell you what I feel for you? Cause, I don't know Meanwhile, in the real world I get a call from the passing of time And she says "Don't repeat, just keep things sweet, set doubts to the side" I tell her "I can't trust you, and I can't trust my mind" Cause, I been knowing, cause you treat me so dear And cause you're always down to say the things I'm fixing to hear But, that don't help my mind to go clear so I don't know

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Songs written and recorded between 2014 and 2019 in San Francisco and London.

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released January 18, 2020

All songs written, performed and produced by Sam except:

'The Thin Line', written by Rose Droll, and 'Unpretty' written by Dallas Austin and Tionne Watkins.

Floundering (Meadow House Mix) was produced by Daniel Wilson
Brent plays drums on tracks 1, 8, and 9

Produced in London, England between 2018/2019

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