Where I'm Coming From

by Steff Mahan

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Since starting this journey, I have always felt that this is what I was meant to do. Never before have I felt more support from my very dear friends than during the creation of this album. There are far to many of you to name here, but please know that I carry each and every one of you with me always. This album is my "George Bailey" moment. Thank You for reminding me that it really is a wonderful life.

In memory of Jeanine Balsamo (1961-2012)

As I Am, Steff

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released October 12, 2013

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Track Name: You And Me
You and Me (S Mahan/ K Pryor)
Turn off the T.V.
Turn off the phone
Turn down the lights
So you can turn me on
Let’s make the world stop
Let’s make a tie that binds
Let’s make a memory
By making the time

Cause roses don’t bloom without water
The moon won’t shine ‘less it’s kissed by the sun
And ashes turn cold without fire
That’s you and me
That’s you and me
That’s you and me without love

We’ve been both been working hard
We’ve both been running late
We’ve both been going at a dangerous pace

I need to feel you close
Come on and hold me tight
We need the passion if we’re going to survive
I don’t think I’m asking for much
All I need is your tender touch

Cause roses don’t bloom without water
The moon won’t shine ‘less it’s kissed by the sun
And ashes turn cold without fire
That’s you and me
That’s you and me
That’s you and me without love
Track Name: Miss Who I Thought You Were
Miss Who I Thought You Were (S.Mahan)

Maybe I was naïve, I should of known much better
But I gave the best of me, knowing your track record, and I loved you anyway
Cause you said this time was different, it was safe to drop my guard
Your words were so persistent, so I gave you all my heart
And then things changed
Yeah they changed…

I miss who I thought you were, I miss who you might have been
The you I never knew, but I kept hoping
It took some time for me to see it, but now I know for sure
I don’t miss you…I don’t miss you
I miss who I thought you were.

You promised me forever, not knowing who you are
You needed time along to discover, but alone is just too hard, so there’s someone else
And you want me to make it easy, and just slip out the back
And you’ll forget how you hurt me, how you hid behind that mask
But you’ve shown yourself
You’ve really shown yourself

I miss who I thought you were, I miss who you might have been
The you I never knew, but I kept hoping
It took some time for me to see it, but now I know for sure
I don’t miss you…I don’t miss you
I miss who I thought you were.
Track Name: The Truth
The Truth
(Steff Mahan & Louise Mosrie)

You got the house, the car, the couch and both cats
You got the tv and left me looking back and
Wondering what went wrong.

You got the bed where we talked about our dreams
You got my faith when you lied about leaving and
I’m stumbling in sad love songs.

I must’ve asked you about a hundred times
If you had found someone new
You can have everything
I just want the truth.

You got the chair where I cried and lost my mind
You got a future and I got left behind and
It’s humbling knowing I’m not strong

You got the best of me and even my best friend
And I got the images of how you two pretended and
I’m wondering for how long.

C’mon say it right out loud.
I want to hear it straight from you.
I grant you everything.
I just want the truth.

C’mon say it right out loud.
I want to hear it straight from you.
You can have everything.
I’ll give you everything.
I grant you everything.
I just want the truth
Track Name: Mean Things
Mean Things (S. Mahan & C Stamps)

You know where to hit to make it hurt.
and I know what to say to make it worse.
and all those secrets shared when we felt safe.
we use as weapons now to scratch and scrape.

All those mean things we said
and all those mean things we’ve done
bricks of anger we keep stacking one by one
till we’ll never get to love
and there will never be an us...
with all those mean things

we both take these battles way to far.
wounds may heal but they leave a scar
and every time its just the same old thing
we never take our share we just blame and blame and blame

All those mean things we said
and all those mean things we’ve done
bricks of anger we keep stacking one by one
till we’ll never get to love
and there will never be an us...
with all those mean things

Is this really how it ends for you and me
I had hoped for so much more....

All those mean things we said
and all those mean things we’ve done
bricks of anger we keep stacking one by one
till we’ll never get to love
and there will never be an us...
with all those mean things
Track Name: Missed You
Missed You
(S.Mahan & D McGarry)

There are those who’ve got it in their head
Love’s just a monster under the bed
They pull the covers tight, keep ‘em safe at night
Cause what they don’t believe in don’t exist
And what they never had, they don’t miss
it’s best that way,
so they say.

But I’d rather chance the other side
Walk in the shadows where angel and demons hide
If I never rolled the dice, and kept on pushing through
If I never tried
I would have missed you
Missed you

I use to stand staring at the border line
Held by shackles and chains that bind
Fear of the unknown, kept me so alone
But lonely is too hard and it isn’t enough
Cause it ain’t worth it, if you don’t love
And life don’t wait, so I took a leap of faith

But I’d rather chance the other side
Walk in the shadows where angel and demons hide
If I never rolled the dice, and kept on pushing through
If I never tried
I would have missed you
Missed you

I don’t want to leave this life
With any question on my mind

That I took a chance on the other side
But I’d rather chance the other side
Walk in the shadows where angel and demons hide
If I never rolled the dice, and kept on pushing through
If I never tried
I would have missed you
Missed you
Track Name: If I Were
If I were (© Steff Mahan)

If I were a kite, I’d take your troubles to the sky
I’d catch the wind and I’d fly them high
They’d be out of reach, and they’d be out of sight
That’s what I’d do for you if I were a kite

And if I were a boat, I’d take your sadness out to sea
I’d tie it with an anchor and I’d drop it down deep
And I’d weigh it down good and it would never float
That’s what I’d do for you if I were a boat

But the bad news is I’m just me
And I don’t know what to do
Cause it ain’t always easy to see
The answers for what you’re going through

And if I were God, then you’d never cry again
Your soul would soar and your heart would mend
And a bad day…that thought would just be odd
That ‘s what I’d do for you if I were God

But the bad news is I’m just me
And I know I can never do enough
And so I write songs and hope you see
Into my heart and somehow feel this love

Oh but if I were
If I were
You know I would.
Track Name: WOW
WOW (S Mahan)

I have never been the one to hold the words on my tongue
I have a thought and I say it.
I’ve never had a problem with using verbs or adjectives
if you need a picture, I’ll paint it.
Cause I have always seemed to find, the perfect words to describe
but nothing ever comes to mind, when it comes to you.

Cause sometimes you’re too beautiful. and sometime your smiles just too bright.
and when you stand too close to me you know you get my tongue all tied.
and all my casanova lines, I can’t find one now..
the only word i can think to say is wow

I wake up with clever thoughts, I swear today we’ll have that talk
and I’m going to be so poetic.
But then you do that thing you do, that look you give, the way you move
and all of my words sound pathetic.
since I can’t speak when you’re around, I’ll turn my smile up good and loud.
Then you will know without a doubt, what I want to say.

But sometimes you’re too beautiful, and sometime your smiles just too bright.
and when you stand too close to me you know you get my tongue all tied.
and those Casanova, clever lines, I can’t find one now..
the only word i can think to say is wow

and it seems so strange to me
how big that little word can be....

Cause sometimes you’re too beautiful. and sometimes your smiles just too bright.
and when you stand too close to me you know you get my tongue all tied.
and those Casanova, clever lines, I can’t find one now..
the only word i can think to say is wow
Track Name: Love You Forever
Love You Forever (S. Mahan)

Sometimes when you look at me
I have to wonder what you see
How you can love me so completely like you do

And in those times when i lost doubt
Ii always figure my way out
To where I’m meant to be, and that’s beside you.

Oh we are quite a pair
And I’d be stupid to go anywhere

I’m going to love you forever
Hope that’s ok
Cause I know when were together
There’s no way
That we can’t win, shake the dust from where we’ve been
Forget the past cause life now is so much better
I’m going to love you forever

When I’m out here chasing dreams
Just Wasting time so it seems
Then I feel your heartstrings Tether me to home
That gives me a second wind
Just like that I’m up again
Your love rides beside me when I’m out here on the road

And don’t think I don’t know
As long as you're beside me, there’s no place we can’t go
And if you ever change your mind
And you want off this crazy ride

Heart strings we’ve been up and we’ve been down
Cause we’ve faced some nasty weather
And we remain
Strong as stone, side by side not on our own (not alone)

Cause I know when we’re together
Theres no way that we can’t win
Shake the dust from where we’ve been
I’m leaving now, I’ve seen the world I’ve been around

And I could never find better
I feel every star smiling down on me
I think I may just love you forever
Like it or not, that my fate in life
Track Name: The Flood
The Flood (S Mahan/A Dowler)

I used to carry your words like an anchor
It took a while but I put ‘em down
I wish we’d ended things before the anger
I was kind 0f hoping we’d be friends by now

But we were finished, before we quit us
And we let things we should have said, stick in our throats
Too tired to leave, but too gone to fix us
Then one day the dam just broke
Oh the flood…the flood

I wore your love like my favorite sweater
You played my heart like your daddy’s old guitar
And I had faith in who were together
But look now baby, where we are

But we were finished, before we quit us
And we let things we should have said, stick in our throats
Too tired to leave, but too gone to fix us
Then one day the dam just broke
Oh the flood…the flood

And oh I cried
And getting over you took sometime
But I was fine…but then I had to see you tonight…..

Oh the flood, that damn ol’ flood…..
Track Name: Best Revenge
BEST REVENGE (S. Mahan)

Love took me for a ride, and left me on the side of the road
I took the blame, I carried the shame, then the truth started to unfold.
But loving and losing that’s just all about living
and it’s made me who I am.
And running and hiding that’s just laying down and dying
And I ain’t living like that.

So I poured a good beer and finally started laughing
Bought a new pair of shoes, one’s just for dancin’
And I’m hangin’ around some old friends
You never liked back then
I’ve been working real hard, but playin’ even harder
Since I’ve been gone, I think I got smarter
And I’m learnin’ to live and I’m better, than I’ve ever been
Yea livin’ well …is the best revenge

You tried to make me stop trustin’that fate had something better to come
Instead of leavin’ I just stopped believing and you kept me there under your thumb
But diggin’out of doubting that’s just all about defying
Ever word you put into my head
Now I’m more than just surviving, I’m loving life and thrivin
So I’ll say again what I just said…

So I poured a good beer and finally started laughing
Bought a new pair of shoes, one’s just for dancin’
And I’m hangin’ around some old friends
You never liked back then
I’ve been working real hard, but playin’ even harder
Since I’ve been gone, I think I got smarter
And I’m learnin’ to live and I’m better, than I’ve ever been
Yea livin’ well …is the best revenge
Track Name: Where I'm Coming From
Where I’m Coming From
(© Words & Music by Steff Mahan 2011)

We were young, when we fell in love,
and we believed it was forever.
Who you were and who I was before there was an us
You know, I can’t remember.

But now you say that you don’t love me
And you have to let me go
Why you chose this road you chose I’ll never know.
But when you get to where you’re going
And you like who you become
Please remember, I’m part of where you’re coming from.

We’ll always be, we had too many years
To pretend we never happened.
You can’t erase your past or be unchanged by what we had
Cause we had it, you know we had it.

But now you say that you don’t love me
And you have to let me go
And you act like we were nothing, but I know you know
But when you get to where you’re going
And you like who you become
Please remember, I’m part of where you’re coming from.

So many things that I regret, maybe I just lost sight
Now days I keep my eyes on the road ahead
Look back from time to time.

when I get to where I’m going
And I like who I’ve become
I’ll remember, you’re part of where I’m coming from.
And I’ll thank you from where I am coming from.