Love & Loss

by Adam Sterling

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released April 1, 2016

All songs written by Adam Sterling, © 2016.
Produced by Adam Sterling
Mixed by Michael Browne
Mastered by Mark Donahue
Artwork and design by Jonathan Richard

Adam Sterling:
Vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, mandolin, piano, keyboard

Andrew Timothy:
Acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin

Blake Bratton:
Hammond organ

Brian Petry:
Drums

Lazarus Michaelides:
Bass guitar

Michael Browne:
Keyboard

Yann Marc:
Cello


Thank you to Michael Browne, who put many hours into improving my songs with his work. To the musicians, for their time and talent. To Jonathan Richard, for once again making it all look pretty. To Mark Donahue, for advice, guidance and unfathomably precise ears. To Craig, Andrew, Chris, Natasha, Darcy, and Angela Sterling, for pitching in. To Mom, for letting me cut school and go to concerts instead. To Kerry Donahue, for inspiring me to pick up a guitar in the first place. And to Dad, for making sure I kept playing.


In memory of Rick Nicholls.

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Track Name: Talking to Myself
Fly away on a big jet plane
I’ll be fine, I won’t go insane
Or feel the fear in my bones
That I can’t do it all on my own

And you could talk to me at night
Lay your head down by my side
Tangle me up in your strings
Add on to my list of things
But when I’m calling out your name
You’re standing still and out of frame
And when I’m asking for your help
I’m only talking to myself

Complications will ensue
A consequence of loving you
But measured out and understood
Ain’t a way I’d go, darling, if I could

So call me a fool, call me names
Call me out for all the ways
I come up short, that’s just the way
Love will go when love goes away

And you could talk to me at night
Lay your head down by my side
Tangle me up in your strings
Add on to my list of things
But when I’m calling out your name
You’re standing still and out of frame
And when I’m asking for your help
I’m only talking to myself

All my memories on the floor
Don’t matter much to me anymore
Faces blurred by time gone past
The ache of love I lost at last
The ache of love I lost

And you could talk to me at night
Lay your head down by my side
Tell me all the things you do
How all I have, I owe to you
But when I’m calling out your name
You’re standing still and out of frame
And when I’m asking for your help
I’m only talking to myself
Track Name: Colours Bleed
You grew up straight, you grew up true
Now look what’s become of you
You’re all broke up, you got no glue to hold

On your toes your whole damn life
And balanced on the sharpest knife
With nothing left to bet before you fold

I’d climb eight hundred flights of stairs
If you could only meet me there
I’d give my life away to get yours back
I’d stare into your deepest void
And shine with all my colours, boy
And watch them bleed away into your black
But I’d never do to you all the things you always do to me

You ask if I can help you down
You float too far off of the ground
You always get so high when you run low

And it felt so good way back then
To think I could make you right again
But the curtain’s been long drawn on that whole show

I’d climb eight hundred flights of stairs
If you could only meet me there
I’d give my life away to get yours back
I’d stare into your deepest void
And shine with all my colours, boy
And watch them bleed away into your black
But I’d never do to you all the things you always do to me

I’d never lie straight to your face
Or make you watch me while I break
I’d never run you down and out of steam
I’d never let your favourite smile
Hunt you down across the miles
And let it slip its way into your dreams
But I’ll answer every time
Your memory comes knocking on my mind

I’d climb eight hundred flights of stairs
If you could only meet me there
I’d give my life away to get yours back
I’d stare into your deepest void
And shine with all my colours, boy
And watch them bleed away into your black
But I’d never do to you all the things you always do to me
No, I’d never do to you all the things you always do to me
Track Name: Thankful
I’ve become quite thankful
Even as our time runs out
For every mile I’ve walked with you
And every mile I’ll walk without

You’re not scared to leave
You’re not certain what you’ll find
But I sure as shit am certain
You’ll be always on my mind

And always on the corner
Of the street I’m walking down
Always in the smoke
Rising from this factory town

And I’ll be always holding
To the years it stole away
Where we didn’t go
Every word we didn’t say

Who here knows the difference
Between a love and loss
Between just you and me
It’s what you give and what you got

High beams on the highway
Space in every room
Roses on the ground now
Cut upon their bloom

I’ve become quite thankful
For the things that come to pass
For the days all falling forward
For no flame was lit to last

Yes, I’ve become quite thankful
You might say that I have learned
Not to sacrifice a second
When they’re all so quick to turn