Excavator (Album)

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Our new album, excavator, is finished!!! it’s my favorite work ever. i got everything i wanted out of it: 11 songs that have seasoned over the last year and a half, with beautiful orchestrations and amazing contributions by top-level players. The official release date is June 9...your pre-order locks in your tracks for delivery, and you get an instant download of the single, "Did You Say". xoxo, steph **NOTE: vinyl is in queue for production and will be available approx. Aug/Sept 2014.

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released June 9, 2015

Engineered by Vic Stafford at Southern Tracks in Atlanta, and in our living room in Asheville, NC USA.
Co-produced by Vic Stafford and Stephanie Morgan
Mastered by Johnny Horesco IV at OneUp Mastering
Stephanie Morgan - lead vocals, synths, arrangements, guitar on: Are You Well, Battery Room, Famous, and Rock Baby
Chuck Licthenberger - a white piano, keyboards, additional arranging, band booking, wrangling
Tim Haney - drums, additional arranging, fan list mgmt
Craig Sandberg - upright bass
Caleb McMahon - trombone
Jacob Rodriguez - saxophones
Justin Ray - trumpet, flugelhorn
Sarah Hurd - violin
Georgia Sinko - cello
Michael Libramento - guitar on Did You Say, Still Asleep, Coffee, and Baseball Player
Jonathan Pearlman - guitar on My Funny Valentine
Pam Jones, Krista Tortora, & Kristen Thornhill - vocals on Coffee
Vic Stafford - percussion on Shawshank, key bass, synths

© 2015 Sid Music
www.stephaniesid.com

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stephaniesĭd Asheville, North Carolina

stephaniesĭd disbanded in 2016, But frontwoman Stephanie Morgan is taking over this site. She's still making "music for people who like to look under things" and hear a girl sing emotional, soulful pop-noir music, backed by an exceptional band. Based in Asheville, NC. Steph will probably be releasing a new album sometime in 2017. ... more

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Track Name: Shawshank
Shawshank
(c) 2015 Sid Music

Chiseling a tunnel only
Big enough to let the air through
Let my voice go where it will go
Tangle with the one in you

I hammer, I scrape
I plot the escape
But the concrete is hard
It gets harder with age

So I suffered the sweat
And I battled the rage
But the pile that was left
Was still stuck in that cage

My chisel is weak
But life is so long
And when I finally stopped wielding my strength
I became strong

And my fight will be won
With just my voice
I’m learning to talk in subtleties
In subtleties

I have only a few
Things to align
To move out, to make right

I have my heart
And some laser beams
‘cause the wall between you and me
it’s cold it’s thick it’s frightening

I’ll make it round and soft and funny
Liquid see-through raw and runny

I want for you to be the same as me
And me to be the same as you
And in between us only subtleties

I must break through this Shawshank
Shawshank
Shawshank
Shawshank
Track Name: Did You Say
Did you say what you wanted in your head,
What you're hiding?
Did you say what you wanted to be said,
In your head dreams?
Did you say it,
But only in your head?
How high was the volume?
You shouldn't say what you don't mean
But there are things
You're gonna have to say, say, say, yeah
Saw you walkin' by that faucet
But did you give water to the roses?
Or did you cry when the rose
Was beggin' for the hose?
Did you think you said what I don't
Think you said, yeah...
You're feeling like a winner
Cause you took her out to dinner
And you're thinking that this is the day
You said you wanted ketchup on your burger
(and you got it)
But the game of love you didn't play
I came upon a stone
Came upon a stone
Came upon a rock
Shoulda turned it
But I thought better of it
Thought I'd better not push luck
Then I let it get away
OK... I didn't say!
Is this thing on? It's not loud enough!
Is this thing on? It's not loud enough!
Is this thing on? It's not loud enough!
Is this thing on? It's not loud enough!
Track Name: I Will Not Be Famous
i will not be famous
(c) 2015 stephanie morgan and chuck lichtenberger

i’ve been wrangling with the truth (i’ve replaced my point of view), ‘cause i lied when i said i was good with all this rigging. i’ve erased what i got to prove--i just want you to be moved! and if my voice lives in you, i have no misgiving...no, i will not be famous, i will just be amazing. no, i’ll not be famous, i will just be. like a dentist pulls your tooth, like a roofer makes a roof--if the music lives in you, then something is working. and if no one wants my tunes, or ten million people do, i’ll endeavor to be true with anyone listening. no, i will not be famous, i will just be amazing. no, i’ll not be famous, i will just be. oh, i ached my bones to say, ”they will know my name!” all this acting out...all this lust for fame...no, i will not be famous, i will just be amazing. no, i’ll not be famous, i will just be.
Track Name: Love is the New Black
love is the new black
(c) 2015 Stephanie Morgan

she’ll come without a plan. she’ll hold the reins of a rock ‘n roll band (she likes it that way). oh, and now, well, they say love is coming back. yeah, they say love is groovin’ back. oh, they say love is the new black. hey, wait now! well, i’ve worn that stuff, and i threw it out! you got to kill it out there, or they’ll kill you off, with the message that you played the game, but you played it wrong. i knoew my weapons are control and silence...and she wants me to leave all my control and silence at home in silence. and while i’m working away, i got caught in the sway of perfection and violence. but when love’s calling, you oughta answer. and they say, love is the new black. she says, “hey, i’m comin’ back. i’m like a windstorm picking up... i’m complete like blue planets, like blood, like santa. i know safe plans make only the poorest days.” and they say, “let love flower. yeah! keep love comin’!” oh, i’m working...i’m working...i said i’d listen when i get done working! Whoa, whoa, whoa. they say love is comin' back. oh, they say, “love is the new black.” oh, well, yes, what the hell am i gonna do with that? it's the new black. it's the new black. she says, “in this story, love, you is too cool. ya can't find me when you're stallin'... don't worry, baby, i'll snap it out of you. i'll get it, don't worry, baby. come on over here, come on right up to me, yeah, baby. i'll snap it out of you. i'll get it. mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm
Track Name: Rock Baby
rock baby
(c) 2015 stephanie morgan and chuck lichtenberger

and when they take us, they won’t know what to do with us. and when they take us, they won’t know what to do with us! and we rock, rock, baby, like we’re drinking the wine, oh yeah. we rock, rock, baby like 1999, yeah yeah yeah! we’ve been subverting, setting fire to our shoes. and yeah we’re teaching children how to light ‘em up too. and if they’re policing in the streets of the future (yeah yeah yeah), we’ll be so many, and they will be so few, yeah! and when they take us, they won’t know what to do with us. and when they take us, they won’t know what to do with us! and we rock, rock, baby like we’re drinking the wine, oh yeah we rock, rock, baby, like 1999 yeah yeah yeah! and when we’re at the station, i’ll look over at you, in to your blue eyes, blinking like you’re starting a coup, yeah yeah yeah. there is a rulebook, but the pages are torn... and we lose all our manners, like the day we were born. and when they take us, they won’t know what to do with us. and when they take us, they won’t know what to do with us! and we rock, rock, baby like we’re drinking the wine, oh yeah we rock, rock, baby, ‘cause it’s finally time. and when they take us, they won’t know what to do with us. and when they take us, they won’t know what to do with us! rock, baby like we’re drinking the wine, oh yeah we rock, rock, baby, like 1999! once i had...not myself. yeah, once i was someone else. to me, i was lost...it’s not enough! i can want! when they take us, they won’t know what to do with us. and when they take us, they won’t know what to do with us! and we rock, rock, baby, like we’re drinking the wine, oh yeah. we rock, rock, baby like 1999, yeah yeah yeah!
Track Name: Battery Room
battery room
(c) 2015 stephanie morgan and chuck lichtenberger

there’s a great power...i keep it locked up in a battery room, deep in my lungs. i keep it unsung, watch the way it waits, and wants electrolytes, and lights up at the sound of song...mercurial stuff...quite enough to break a human down (to rise a human up?). oh, to push go...uncontrol...the chemicals of love... in my battery room.
Track Name: Still Asleep
(c) 2010 Larry Read
Track Name: Baseball Player
baseball player
(c) 2015 stephanie morgan and chuck lichtenberger

don’t swing at what’s not yours. you wait, for sure..you wait for yours, like a baseball player, in the major league! like a baseball player. can’t make this up. they don’t make this up! “batter, batter, batter, batter, batter, batter swing batter!” batter, batter, don’t swing. don’t swing! you wait for yours. if you’re taking everything given, then you’re missing what’s yours. you’re just faking. shame on you.
Track Name: My Funny Valentine
(c) 1937 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
(P) Alfred Publishing Company
Track Name: Are You Well?
are you well?
(c) 2015 stephanie morgan

you joked at a party. you made the funny faces people like. and you stayed, you got wasted, and the people clapped in style...but are you well? are you well? are you...well? are you...well? are you? are you well? your flames: when they dance, they will fan into fire. you’re more than a candle in the wind...you are desire. with your voice, you could send up a flare to the sky! you could penetrate so high! or is it best to let sleeping flames lie? are you...well? can you even tell? are you? are you well? while it rained, you were swimming...gave me your umbrella, and rescued...you did a dangerous thing. i spent that day coming down with the flu, wishing that i was more like you. you. are you... well... are you....well...are you.... are you... are you well? i spent that day coming down with the flu, wishing that i was more like you...you...you.
Track Name: Coffee
coffee
(c) 2015 stephanie morgan and chuck lichtenberger

wait, i'm coming. i didn't know that you wanted it black, without all the foam and the sugar…wait. i'm learning. i didn't know that you were ok with me just as i am, without all the clutter…wait. i'm coming. won't make you wait…won't make you wait too long, 'cause, god help me, i'll go simpler. i'll go simpler! i'll make it black, i'll pour it slow, i won't dress it in nothing a woman's not born to wear…i'm not myself. i put on this face. wish you thought that it was me…that i'm the queen of this place. i'm getting it…i'll just begin to show you what's within, and not control you…recalibrate from the pomp of the show to the girl in the back row. i'm growing. i can feel the breaking, aching pain of making way for change. so i pray…oh, i pray…that you hear me calling. i want you to know: i don't want you to go. you said,"sugar makes you crazy. it makes you lazy, 'cause the wildest, warmest coffee don't taste so sweet after." i'm not myself. i put on this face. wish you thought that it was me, that i'm the queen of this place. i wasted time, putting on this face. i should try me out…before i lose the taste. i'm getting it. i'll just begin to show you what's within, and not control you…recalibrate from the pomp of the show to the sound of a beating heart, 'til the fear departs…of the hungry sharks that live in my dreams and keep me from you with their sinister teeth, tongue, lips… and my throat in grips…down to my heavy hips…