Stealing Time

by Sarah Ozelle

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1.
Sweet talk, those words couldn't lie My eyes were wide open but you still got inside Was so sure this feeling was right I was praying and hoping that you'd nothing to hide But soon I saw right through your clever illusion You're playing with mind, yeah You just make your own truth but there's no confusion Your love is a lie, yeah It's just something to use, all a game and a ruse Just another excuse, yeah love is an alibi It's just subterfuge, something else to abuse Don't mean nothing to you, yeah love is an alibi Soon I was eating out of your hand Knowing I wouldn't see this was part of your plan What chance did I ever stand Cos you know all my weakness like the back of your hand You got me feeling so grateful for crumbs from the table I don't understand, yeah How you got me so crazy willing and unstable You don't give a damn It's just something to use, all a game and a ruse Just another excuse, yeah love is an alibi It's just subterfuge, something else to abuse Don't mean nothing to you, yeah love is an alibi Caught in a web of deceit (it's all smoke and mirrors baby) I saw what I wanted to see (oh yes I did) Oh just a sweet fantasy (just a fantasy baby) Not what I thought it would be It's just something to use, all a game and a ruse Just another excuse, yeah love is an alibi It's just subterfuge, something else to abuse Don't mean nothing to you, yeah love is an alibi It's just something to use, all a game and a ruse Just another excuse, yeah love is an alibi It's just subterfuge, something else to abuse Don't mean nothing to you, yeah love is an alibi Caught in a web of deceit (it's all smoke and mirrors baby) I saw what I wanted to see (oh yes I did) Oh just a sweet fantasy (just a fantasy baby) Not what I thought it would be Aint gonna cry, aint gonna cry no more All you do is lie, lie, lie, lie. Not gonna fall not gonna fall any more Oh babe, its just an alibi Oh yeah babe, your love is a lie, its just an alibi Oh baby baby, your love is a lie, your love is a lie Oh babe, its just an alibi
2.
What the hell have we started I gotta avoid your gaze I know that look so well I'm trying to hard to deny it But there's a chemistry, there's danger I can tell I'm falling under the spell Well I think that I know you're feeling the same way Cos whenever we're close we both try to run away I guess I should be brave and say what I wanna say But I'm too scared to even try Honey I worry what sparks may fly Where there's smoke there is fire There's uncontrollable desire, I know it's wrong I tried to put out the flame but it grew higher Cos I wanna dance with the devil one time now before he's gone Guess I'll be seeing him before too long Well I think that I know you're feeling the same way Cos whenever we're close we both try to run away I guess I should be brave and say what I wanna say But I'm too scared to even try Honey I worry what sparks may fly Yes I can see danger ahead In between all the words that you said The flicker just burns into red And knowing that I should be scared But playing it safe here instead I guess I'm just easily led I guess that I know you're feeling the same way Cos whenever we're close we both try to run away I guess I should be brave and say what I wanna say But I'm too scared to even try Honey I worry what sparks may fly Sparks may fly, fly But I'm too scared to even try Honey I worry what sparks may fly
3.
Let go, time to grow up and start facing it You don't know disappointment till you’ve tasted it And it feels like life’s calling time And it's last orders at the bar but I didn’t read the signs It's over, I spent too long cheating nature's ultimatums And I missed the grand design Now it's too late, cos time won’t wait And I know inside I crossed the line Now I’m only stealing time False love, fooled to believe that I was having fun Gullible, true what they say youth’s wasted on the young And it feels like I’m swimming against the tide I hope it was worth it I don't even recall the ride For so long I put everything aside I assumed the perfect future but it got left behind Now it's too late, cos time won’t wait And I know inside I crossed the line Now I’m only stealing time Well I wonder how the years so quickly passed me by No I never knew time could fly And I squandered every chance I ever had to try And I never asked why Now it's the final goodbye Cos it's too late, no time won’t wait And I know inside I'm a fool to try It's too late, time won’t wait And I know inside I can't change it's mind
4.
The room's spinning around, I wake to the sound Of life on a Sunday morning Head-splittingly loud, their whispers a shout It's always the same old story, I know Oh I broke, Every promise I made to myself yesterday I can’t keep on going on living life this way Knowing that disaster's only ever just a bottle away But I don’t need nobody’s help I know that I’m broken but I’m mending myself And you should just know that I’m doing my best I’m not a fully-fledged mess, I’m just a work in progress I start every day with my plan to escape The weight of the world on my shoulders But my demons awake, I make the same mistake Keep drowning them over and over again Can’t explain Keep talking myself out of ever trying to understand Spent too many years stuck with my head in the sand Knowing that tomorrow's only ever one hangover away But I don’t need nobody’s help I know that I’m broken but I’m mending myself And you should just know that I’m doing my best I’m not a fully-fledged mess, I’m just a work in progress How long do I wait and which shrink should I pay And who's really to say if I need it My emotional state, it's really ok Well I just need to make them believe it I’m just kidding myself, how am I gonna fool someone else So stupid thinking that I could conceal it I'll quit pretending I'm well, putting myself through this hell I guess I’ll know that I’m healed when I feel it Can’t keep on going on living life this way Knowing that disaster's only ever just a bottle away No I don’t need nobody’s help I know that I’m broken but I’m mending myself And you should go slow cos I don’t need no more stress I’m not a fully-fledged mess, I’m just a work in progress No I don’t need nobody’s help I know that I’m broken but I’m mending myself And you should just know I’m nothing more nothing less I’m not a fully-fledged mess, I’m just a work in progress
5.
Headline news, it's like déjà vu We all saw it coming to them Tears are shed for the famous dead We all knew how this one would end They lived out our dreams, they bet much higher But we still let them walk into the fire When will we ever learn Why, it's always the brightest stars that burn We heard them cry but ignored the signs Cos it's easier to pretend It's uncomfortable but we're culpable Cos we let it happen again Eaten alive by their own desire Still we just let them walk into the fire When will we ever learn Why, it's always the brightest stars that burn When will we ever learn Why, it's always the brightest stars that burn They're the vulnerable, need us most of all See them on a roll, watch it all unfold We ignore the call, let them take the fall Could have saved them all, the blame lies with us all They're the vulnerable, need us most of all See them on a roll, watch it all unfold We ignore the call, let them take the fall Could have saved them all, shame on us all They're the vulnerable, need us most of all When will we ever learn Why, it's always the brightest stars
6.
Stable, I’m turning my life around Grateful, I’m living on solid ground But I take leave of my senses when you are around And I lose all my defences cos you break them down Well I become irrational, some may say illogical I can do the impossible, to bring me closer to you All I know is that You take me higher I'll do anything you say and I'll give you everything I hang loose on a wire Yeah you make me wanna play but it's a game I’ll never win You’re a beautiful liar It don’t matter what you say yeah I’ll believe in anything It's just fools desire And no matter what I do I know you’re gonna have me swimming through fire For so long I thought I was over you Was so wrong if I believed I could see it through Cos honey you are my addiction, can’t say no to you Well I’m a walking contradiction, there's nothing I wouldn’t do Cos I become irrational, some may say delusional Cos I believe I can do it all, to bring me closer to you All I know is that You take me higher I'll do anything you say and I'll give you everything I hang loose on a wire Yeah you make me wanna play but it's a game I’ll never win You’re a beautiful liar It don’t matter what you say yeah I’ll believe in anything It's just fools desire And no matter what I do I know you’re gonna have me swimming through fire Acting kinda like you got me hypnotised The things you make me do, I must be out of my mind What kind of fool am I, thinking I could leave it all behind You tell me baby don’t look down and I believe I can fly Honey you take me higher I'll do anything you say and I'll give you everything I hang loose on a wire Yeah you make me wanna play but it's a game I’ll never win You’re a beautiful liar It don’t matter what you say yeah I’ll believe in anything It's just fools desire And no matter what I do I know you’re gonna have me swimming through fire Yeah yeah yeah, swimming through fire, yeah yeah yeah Yeah yeah yeah, swimming through fire, yeah yeah yeah
7.
Now here’s a story with a twist about a love I might’ve missed Telling myself that he’s Mister Wrong I know perfection don’t exist but I just can’t seem to resist Making it up as I go along Cos you’re a daydream, you’re only make believe You're just the fragments and pieces of every film I’ve ever seen You’re the best thing that never happened to me. I keep comparing him to you so its a game he’ll always lose Cos he don’t even know that it's going on And if it came down to the two, I wouldn’t know which one to choose Cos I can’t seem to stop myself holding on To this daydream, you’re only make believe You’re every love song ever written and every line I read between You’re the best thing that never happened to me I spent my life writing a list defining love’s prerequisites They keep writing their way into every song But on this love that I’d insist and every wish I’d ever wished It's been staring me right in the face all along Cos you’re just a daydream, you’re only make believe An unattainable vision you only see on silver screens You're the best thing that never happened Yeah you’re a daydream, you’re only make believe I gotta try not to listen, cos this love just aint what it seems You're the best thing that never happened to me Now he’s the best thing that’s gonna happen
8.
Is this the darkest of days, fallen into the gaps between The farthest reaches inside my mind and where I wanna be Anywhere but here, anywhere but now, anyone but me Wish I could fast-forward through time and then look back to see That I've fallen to pieces, but I'm waiting it out, I'm waiting it out Though no-one can see this, I'm playing it out, I'm playing it out No-one would believe if I let it all out, I let it all out There's no way to beat this, so I'm waiting it out, I'm waiting it out Wish I could see through these eyes from tomorrow's point of view Give me the beauty of hindsight and it will help me through But I never learn and it never subsides, my self-deceiving mind I'm stuck on a loop, helpless to try, gets me every time. And I've fallen to pieces, but I'm waiting it out, I'm waiting it out Though no-one can see this, I'm playing it out, I'm playing it out No-one would believe if I let it all out, I let it all out There's no way to beat this, so I'm waiting it out, I'm waiting it out So don't let me go (just hold on tight to me) Hold on for tomorrow (gotta find a way to be free) Tell me what I need to know and I'll believe I'm falling to, I'm falling to, I'm falling to pieces I'm falling to, I'm falling to, I'm falling to pieces No-one would believe if I let it all out, I let it all out There's no way to beat this, so I'm waiting it out, I'm waiting it out I'm falling to, I'm falling to, I'm falling to pieces I'm falling to, I'm falling to, I'm falling to pieces I'm falling to, I'm falling to, I'm falling to pieces I'm falling to, I'm falling to, I'm falling to pieces
9.
Looks like a new circus is coming to town I'm playing the fool, you're playing the clown Our love's a rollercoaster spinning me around Most days I don't know which way's up and which way's down No there's nothing wrong here It's just a summer storm in a teacup When it's otherwise paradise In our perfectly chaotic lives So don't look at the lows, just feel all the highs We're lucky to be alive Let everything go and don't open your eyes And just enjoy the ride I got a feeling of falling I'm losing my mind Well I'm laughing and screaming at the same time Our love's exhilarating, leaves me terrified Sometimes it drives me crazy but I let it slide Cos there's nothing wrong here It's just a summer storm in a teacup When it's otherwise paradise In our perfectly chaotic lives So don't look at the lows, just feel all the highs We're lucky to be alive Let everything go and don't open your eyes And just enjoy the ride I try to see everything, look through the stormy weather Keep it high, high, high Don't hold onto anything, cos we're in it together Hold on tight, tight, tight, just keep remembering That when it's all over, oh when it's all over We'll wanna do it all again now So don't look at the lows, just feel all the highs We're lucky to be alive Let everything go and don't open your eyes And just enjoy the ride Don't look at the lows, just feel all the highs We're lucky to be alive Let everything go and don't open your eyes And just enjoy the ride
10.
I can’t put it across, I ain't been here before I can’t seem to find the words inside me anymore Baby I’m at a loss, when before I was sure I can't seem to find that feeling that I’m looking for Trying to find the perfect line that fits, but an alternative way of saying it Wanna write another kind of authentic rhyme That could even nearly start to define what it is you are to me Yeah what you are to me It won’t work with a waltz, it's not four to the floor I can’t seem to find the form that I am looking for It won’t fit into a 7/8, I can’t stretch it out to 5/4 I need music to translate it like it did before. I keep searching for a way to find that beat It seems I'm heading down a lyrical one way street I've been wasting days on a turn of phrase Just looking for the perfect way to say What you are to me, you are to me You are to me, what you are to me I tried singing it out, I tried whispering low But I can't describe this feeling, can't get in the zone I can't figure out, I can't into flow It's like trying to find the meaning when the dream has gone Knowing that it's right on the tip of my tongue I'm waiting for the moment I know it's done Adding melody to harmony I'm a turn it into something to make you see What you are to me, you are to me, What you are to me, you are to me I'm chasing signs, elusive lines I open up but words just fail me every time Why they making me wait and refusing to create Until inspiration finds the language to convey What you are to me, you are to me, What you are to me, what you are to me You are, you are, you are to me, you are
11.
Love will overcome fear Let love be the voice you hear Let love be the song you sing Give it space, let it in Love will overcome fear Love can take away pain Love can wash away the shame Let it dissolve the lies you hear Let the darkness disappear Love will overcome fear And you can feel alive You're gonna see the change The moment you decide You're gonna break the chains And let love be your guide And show the strength you know you have within All you gotta do is let love in Love will overcome fear Love makes everything so clear If there's confusion in your mind Love resolves it every time Love will overcome fear Love can change your whole world Love can save you from the cold Let it just shine it's quiet glow Make you stronger than you know s Love will overcome fear And you can feel alive You're gonna see the change The moment you decide You're gonna break the chains And let love be your guide And show the strength you know you have within All you gotta do is let love in All you gotta do is let love in Let love in, let love in
12.
I carved my name in a sandy beach today Then watched the ocean wash it all away So I'm giving up on endlessly hoping And I'm making peace with the dreams I let go Because that ship already sailed And those plans they got derailed But I'm having fun in the sun on the shore that's left behind Yeah I'm living life on the island where the love always shines And it feels right, it feels right My dreams of travelling and moving far away They never seemed more distant than today So I'm giving up on pointlessly holding onto memories And chasing yesterday's tail Because that ship already sailed And those plans they got derailed But I'm having fun in the sun on the shore that's left behind Yeah I'm living life on the island where the love always shines And it feels right, it feels right All the things I thought life had in store for me I was sure it was a certainty I guess it really wasn't ever meant to be Because that ship already sailed And those plans they got derailed But I'm having fun in the sun on the shore that's left behind Yeah I'm living life on the island where the love always shines And it feels right, it feels right And it feels right
13.
You've reached the point where you say there's nothing to lose You can't keep walking this path that you didn't choose I watch you burn and I, I can feel it too But I can't let you just take me down with you I don't know how I can show you I care So I'll stand my ground even though I am scared You can push me away just as hard as you dare But I'm not going anywhere I feel your anger as if it were my own The deepest sorrow that I have ever known I soaked you up you are deep inside my soul I want you to know that you are never alone Don't know how I can show you I care So I'll stand my ground even though I am scared You can push me away just as hard as you dare But I'm not going anywhere Cos I know that this pain is more than you can bear You keep trying to crash this whole thing And you won't let me in But I won't run away I'll be there I don't know how I can show you I care So I'll stand my ground even though I am scared You can push me away just as hard as you dare But I'm not going anywhere

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released June 22, 2020

Recorded, Produced & Arranged by Sarah Ozelle, Miles Bould & Scott Firth at USONiC Studios. Additional engineering by Mark Neary. Mixed by Mike Westergaard at Studio 99. Mastered by Joby Baker at Baker Studios.

Sarah Ozelle: Vocals & Backing Vocals on all tracks. Keyboards on track 5

Scott Firth: Electric / Acoustic Guitars & Bass on all tracks. Keyboards on tracks 5, 10, 11, 12

Miles Bould: Drums & Percussion on all tracks, except track 13

Ross Stanley: Hammond on tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9. Rhodes on tracks 4, 6, 7. Wurlitzer on tracks 1, 9

Dominic Miller: Nylon Guitar on tracks 8, 10, 11

Mark Neary: Pedal Steel Guitar on tracks 1, 2, 6, 9, 12, 13

Leon Stenning: Resonator Guitar on tracks 3, 7, 12

Spencer Cozens: Piano on tracks 3, 5, 10

Neil Black: Strings on tracks: 4, 5, 8, 13

Adam Glasser: Harmonica on track 10

Nigel Hitchcock. Tenor Sax on tracks 1, 2, 6. Soprano Sax on tracks: 5, 8

Tom Walsh: Trumpet on tracks: 1, 2, 6

Tini Thomsen: Baritone Sax on track 2

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