Well That Was Fun

by Russ Stedman

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A collection of re-recorded favorites from 1988-2018.
All songs written, arranged, recorded and performed by Russ Stedman
Recorded at home, 4.13.18 - 9.13.18.
©2018 Russ Stedman (BMI)

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released November 23, 2018

Original versions of these songs released on the following albums, available at www.russstedman.com:

A1 “LAUGHTER IN THE CABBAGE PATCH AGAIN” 1992

A2 “GEOGRAPHY AMONGST OTHERS” 2002

A3 “CHERRY CREEK” 2011

A4 “SOMEDAY I’LL BE MADE OF RUBBER” 1988

A5 “STRAWBERRIES MAGNIFICATION ep” 2002

B1 Previously Unreleased 2018

B2 “GRATE TO BE ALIVE” 1988

B3 “RUN DOWN TO THE BUTCHER SHOP AND BUY ME A ROSE” 1996

B4 “BLOATED AND PRETENTIOUS” 1994

B5 “PANIC” 2000


Bonus Tracks:

01 "GRATE TO BE ALIVE 1988

02 "CRACKED" 1999

03 "EVERYDAY LIFE & SUNDAY AFTERNOONS 1989

This is Total Drag Records TD009
Thanks Dan & Liz!

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"Mr. Stedman's music is both goofy and intelligent, a rare blend indeed. Wildly inventive and fun. Yet ANOTHER example of the value of 'home-tapers'. " - Baby Sue Music Review

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Track Name: Boy Crazy
I don't care about granite potatoes anymore
I don't care about mechanical cowboys
I don't care about spacial harmony
I don't care about great rates
Or parents who think that their girls are boy crazy

Think I'm going crazy
Crazy crazy crazy crazy crazy crazy boy
I don't care I'm going crazy
Sometimes all I care about is you

I don't care about mixed marriages
I don't care about Asiatic brides
I don't care about Donahue or Oprah
I don't care about state fairs
Or people who live in basement apartments

Think I'm going crazy
Crazy crazy crazy crazy crazy crazy boy
I don't care I'm going crazy
Sometimes all I care about is you
Sometimes I really miss you
Track Name: Everybody Knows
You’ve been around, they’ve seen you fall
They’ve seen it all and now everybody knows

You cannot hide from what’s inside
Despite your pride because everybody knows

The teacher told and she was cold
Her hate so bold and now everybody knows

They looked at you a bit askew
And now it’s through because everybody knows

Ahhhh
No more hiding for you
Ahhhh
It’s time for you to prove
What everybody knows
Track Name: My Summer Picture Of You
Your blue eyes burn like offset
from the picture on my wall
A picture not too long ago
but not winter spring or fall
It shows me the genuine thoughts
that lie within your mind
It helps me see things
that real life could never find

My summer picture of you x2

I'm pulling all my hair out again
walking the floor over you
I’m distracted very easily
when I’ve nothing else to do
So show me the genuine thoughts
that hide inside of you
Tell me the things I could never see
in my summer picture of you

My summer picture of you x4
Track Name: Waiting For Your Time To Break
In the garden of Eden I found you
Skipped the apple, went straight for the snake
We stood and we were not ashamed
We stood and we were not ashamed
We stood and looked over the lake

In the carpet in bunches you found me
Caught the lint and went straight for the take
You were sent from the spirit so gently
You were sent from the spirit so gently
And we knew that it was no mistake



From the chains of misuse then I took you
Lifted you higher than you could take
We looked down from the stars in redemption
We looked down from the stars in redemption
Flying out through the rain so awake

And forever you’ll have what’s inside me
The payoff for the chances we take
And the moon and the stars are me watching
And the moon and the stars are me watching
Waiting for your time to break
Track Name: Closure
You should be happy
This is closure
This is what you wanted
This is closure

Say goodbye
To the mystery
Welcome back
To the misery

Good times
For a change
Is it really so strange?

Disappear
Now Forever
No more time
to be clever
Track Name: This Is My Life
There is a change on my horizon
Like I have never felt before
For the first time in my life
I feel like I can live it
My night’s no longer filled with horror

This is My life
So glad to live it


Maturity's breaking up that old gang of mine
And now our yesterday is gone
Look at your life, and make sure it’s yours
Because you are the only one

This is My life
So glad to live it
Track Name: Skyrockets
Can you put me in touch with some kind of hotline
That will help me work this out
Are you finding the time to throw me a lifeline
While I live up to your doubts

Can you put me in touch with something inside me
That I haven't felt for years
Are you finding the words to categorize me
With a jury of my peers

I can't make it alone
I can't make it alone

Can you tell me the reason I'm standing here
In this crowd with my hands in my pockets
Seems a moment ago I was jumping
And bobbing and weaving and seeing skyrockets


Seeing skyrockets
Seeing skyrockets
Track Name: Blooming Vision
Last night I had a dream
It was September 13th 1985
We were driving and you asked me for a cigarette
And then that feeling came along

You know we should not be doing this so late at night
When those we love are all asleep
But sometimes, I mean most times
This is the only way I can feel so alive

I snuck inside despite the television
You know you sat there just like a blooming vision

Down in your basement there’s a fireplace
And some stuff that no one is allowed to touch
I never knew you had a couple kids until I thought
One looked just like you

I really don’t think you should kiss me
But I don’t think right now that I really care
I never knew you really liked me
You used tom look at me like an exile

I snuck inside despite the snowy winter
You know you sat there like a really go-getter
Track Name: O Elvis
Turn up the ocean I’m ready to dream
Now that I can sleep again
Light up the fish tank and the rotating lamp
I can feel a coma coming on

I’d like to tell you how much I love you
But you know how much I hate those love songs
So I’ll just give you a little thank you
I think you always knew what was wrong

I saved your life once and gave you hope
Thanks for returning the favor
A long absent peace has fallen over me
Something I can savor

I don’t fear death anymore
I know I said I’d sleep on the shore
I’d rater take the couch if I’m alone
Track Name: Future Star [Internet Bonus Track]
She always slept alone
Beside the telephone
Staring up at the sky
Her eye was dry as bone

She never dressed too loud
And blended into the crowd
Came home early at night
And made her mother proud

And she always used to say to me
You’re gonna be a star
We would sit in her room and she would read nursery rhymes
To a future star

She dreamed of a life
As a loving wife
Kept a jewelry box
With a switchblade knife

If she spoke up one day
What would her papa say
When he realized
His little girl had gone away
Track Name: My Soul Has Risen [Internet Bonus Track]
Crying
I really blew it now
They're gonna take me for a ride
Dying
I can feel it now
Feel my soul rise from the floor

And they wanna put my picture up
In the place I used to love
But I ain't comin' back no more
My soul has risen from the floor

Telling you everything I feel
Wish I was feeling that I could
Selling my hopes and dreams for real
They haven't done me any good

And they wanna put my picture up
To demonstrate the folly of
A man who wouldn't change because
He knew it wouldn't do him any good
Track Name: The Hall [Internet Bonus Track]
Standing at the back of the hall
Wishing there was no one at all
Standing in a large piano room
Wishing I was back in my tomb
My tomb x4


Standing at the back of the hall
Loving in this bright open hall
Sitting in a close harsh room
Living in this wide open tomb

Standing on a large open plate
Nothing left here to debate
Looking at a medium warm room
Loving in the gated sloped tomb
Tomb
In a tomb
A tombi
In my tomb
Gated sloped tomb

Standing At the back of the hall
Loving In This bright open hall
Sitting in a close harsh room
Living in this wide open tomb

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