Seems I Might Be Human (debut album)

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Sam RB's debut album 'Seems I Might Be Human' comprises 13 songs, with an unerring sense of melody and lyrics that are universally accessible. The lyrics are both poetic and narrative, telling stories and evoking feelings. Mike Riddell (Producer, The Insatiable Moon) describes it as "stemming from a journey into the fragile dignity of humanity".

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released October 1, 2010

Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Andrew Buckton at Studio 203, Auckland, except Track 1 - produced, mixed and mastered by Eddie Rayner. Recorded at Roundhead. Engineer: Ben Knapp. All songs written and composed by Sam RB (Copyright Control).

Sam RB:
Vocals: all tracks. Backing vocals: tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 13. Acoustic guitar: all tracks except track 13.

Andrew Buckton:
Keys: tracks 2, 4, 7, 12 & 13. Percussion: tracks 2-5, 7 & 12. Acoustic and electric guitar: all tracks except 8 and 11. Drums/Bass: tracks 2-5, 9, 10 12 and 13.

Gabriel Ormsby:
Acoustic guitar: tracks 2, 10, 12 & 13

Gareth Edwards:
Piano: track 3

Track 1 - Stand Tall credits:
Sam RB (vocals), Sam Allen (vocals, acoustic guitar), Eddie Rayner (piano, keyboards), Jim Hall (bass), Brett Adams (electric guitar), Michael Barker (drums). Chorus: Debbie Harwood, Paul Jeffery, Rachel Schryvers, Marlon Morris, Rikki Morris & Band.

Tim Ingle:
Design and illustration.

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"Sings with a street-eye view and empathy... and speaks of the fragility of people's souls... her poetic lyrics continue to deepen and widen, and when you hear something as beautiful as 'It Rains Down' you know she's someone special." Graham Reid

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Track Name: Stand Tall (NZ Olympic Song) FREE DOWNLOAD
STAND TALL
by Sam RB

Through sweat blood & tears
You followed your dreams
To where you now stand
On top of the world
You make us all proud
Your journey so far
Taken you to the mountains
And you climbed every one

You stand tall
You stand strong
You stand above
You stand beyond
You carry our dreams
Carry our hopes
A nation proud
We wish well

When times get tough
As they’re sure to do
Remember where you come from
Listen, you’ll hear us cheering for you

You stand tall…we stand tall…
(c) Sam RB 2011
Track Name: Recommended Viewing
2. RECOMMENDED VEWING

You say her no means yes
You say she asks for everything she gets
You say that he just couldn’t stop
You say it wasn’t really his fault
You say it’ll pass you’ll be fine
It’s just a phase a part of life
Never again yeah that’s what you said
But I’ve been here before so many times once again
We wonder why things are the way they are,
We think we’ve come so far x2
But things remain the same still unchanged
Remaining much the same, still unchanged, and we wonder
Another government policy, another dole line queue
The ones that taught you how to laugh, are now walking over you
Tell me what does it take to forget, and start to live again
Psychoanalysing, worry for tomorrow
Recommended viewing, just another child
(c) Sam RB 2010
Track Name: I Choose You
3. I CHOOSE YOU

Life, moments, some are out of our control, but we can chose
Who, we share these moments with, who we open our hearts up to
Life, up and down, all I know I’m not alone,
I look and there you are standing there
I choose you, you and me,
What ever comes we’ll see it thru, I choose you
Life, all those lesson’s, I don’t know that our hearts can fully heal
But I think that they can grow
You’ve shown me, what’s only possible, If I bear my inner feeling
Share my unclaimed dreams with you
I choose you, you and me, me and you, I choose you
What ever comes we’ll see it thru, I choose you
To be truly loved by another, we can’t take that
We cant take that for granted, not ever no not ever
(c) Sam RB 2010
Track Name: Everything
4. EVERYTHING

Everything you said, everything you thought
Everything you did, Why did ya?
Cos I don’t know no no no, no no no
Anything I never had, everything you could have been
All the times you walked away, look I’m talking to myself again
Anything I might have been, had you let me take up space
Now you start to wondering, why I am trying to escape
Everything you said, everything you thought
Everything you did, Why did ya?
Cos I don’t know no no no, no no no
Everything I never said, all the times came 2nd, 3rd, 4th 5th
Anything you said you’d do, by the way I stopped waiting for you
Everything I never learnt, chances you had but didn’t want
Everything I never dreamt, all the times I gave it everything
Everything you said, why did ya?
Everything you thought, why did ya?
Everything you did, why did ya?
Everything you said
Why did ya? Why did ya?
(c) Sam RB 2010
Track Name: Life Has Just Begun FREE DOWNLOAD
5. LIFE HAS JUST BEGUN

Wishing you a time, life is more fair,
Where you can breathe, pain you can bear
Wish you happy moments, where you cant help but smile inside
Strength to believe you know yourself,
Better than they said they always did
Don’t matter what they say, more than anything believe that
I wish you freedom from those that invade your space
Doors to light the way, walls to keep you safe, to take up space
Show them the door, take back your life, show them the door,
Cos life has just begun
Wish I had the words, take away your pain,
Wish I had the answer, if only for today
Wish you could remember, the places you have been
Then you might experience, the moment you are in
I wish you happiness a reason to live this life
To breathe without pain, to take up space, to take up space
Show them the door, take back your life, show them the door,
Cos life has just begun
Wish I had the words take away your pain
Wish I the answer, i wish i had the answer
Yeah i wish i had the answer, if only for today
(c) Sam RB 2010
Track Name: No Big Deal
6. NO BIG DEAL

My face looks calm but inside, throwing punches
You know why, maybe it’s just a game to you
Words hurt more than stones ever do
Today is enough to think about
So keep the pressure to yourself
It’s just a thought, no big deal
The calmness is a mask I have
To protect what is left
To hold it all together yeah
To practice what it is i learnt
Before you advise me of my next step
Take a look at footprints I have left
It’s just a thought, no big deal
Just something you could,
Maybe take some time to think about
Just something you could,
Maybe find a way to think about
It’s just a thought, no big deal
(c) Sam RB 2010
Track Name: Half Filled Empty
7. HALF FILLED EMPTY

Over and over, time and time again
Words and thoughts bombard, like a highway in my head
Heavy mask, built for everybody else,
Days repeat themselves moving slow
I’m so small I fall between the cracks in the footpath
You’re standing on me, cos im so small
I can’t hear you listening, I can only hear the thoughts
Racing through your head, like you’d rather be somewhere else
I don’t know what you see, cos the image its not me
I don’t know what you need, It’s not what I choose to be
I’m so small I fall between the cracks in the footpath
You’re standing on me, cos im so small
My feelings are valid, my opinions just as important as yours
I don’t need to be told how to think, I have a mind of my own
(c) Sam RB 2010
Track Name: Seems I Might Be Human
8. SEEMS I MIGHT BE HUMAN

How I wish I could find a way
Without the pain, yeah
But between you and me
Between you and I
It’s looking a little bit less than likely
But here’s the good news
Are you ready?
Here’s the good news, ready or not
Seems I might be human
Might be human
Might be human, human after all
What a journey what a trip
What a shame I couldn’t avoid it
So now that I am here, what to do with it
But here’s the good news
Are you ready?
Here’s the good news, ready or not
Seems I might be human
Might be human
Might be human, human after all
The hardest part is sitting with the fear
Not able to leave, not able to disappear
The hardest part is sitting with the fear
(c) Sam RB 2010
Track Name: To Whom It May Concern
9. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

You think I just want sympathy, but this is no fun for me
Why would I choose to be this way, clearly its not a choice id make
From where im sitting your perspective
Aint changing any time soon, so come a little closer
Would you mind reaching down, closing the lid
Cant reach it from where i am, the box you just put me in
Would you mind reaching down, closing the lid
Don’t wanna hear you inside, the box you went and designed
You think that im just playing games, like it’s a choice that i can make
But it don’t feel that way to me, why cant you just let me be
I get the feeling ‘walking the talk’, means something else to you
Or maybe, maybe, maybe you got nothing there to say,
So before you walk away
Would you mind reaching down, closing the lid
Cant reach it from where i am, the box you just put me in
Would you mind reaching down, closing the lid
Don’t wanna hear you inside, the box you went and designed
(c) Sam RB 2010
Track Name: One Day
10. ONE DAY

One day I will cry a cup of tears, i’ll find their hiding place
And set them free
One day I’ll feel without wondering, If what I feel, is gonna kill me
One day I’ll believe you when you say, I love you
One day even just for a moment, It’ll be ok, just for one day
One day I’ll stand on a mountain-top, with arms stretched out
Like a bird that once could fly
One day I will be whole again, a whole lot of broken pieces,
Mended for more than
One day I’ll believe you when you say, Be ok,
Just for one day, just for one day
One day the many will be one, and I will know, It’ll be ok, itll be ok
Just for one day, just for one day, just for one day, just for one day
(c) Sam RB 2010
Track Name: Medicate Me Into Madness
11. MEDICATE ME INTO MADNESS

Medicate me into madness, you won’t need to know my name
You could probably walk right by me,
and feel nothing in your veins
Had you walked in my shoes for the time that I have
You might find yourself silenced in my seat, asking the questions that I am not
Please don’t flatter yourself, by assuming you’re better than us
Yeah we’re all different that’s true,
but we are much the same x3 too
Medicate me into madness, shut me up and throw away the key
Had you lived my life it may well be you, Invisible for all the world to see
Had you walked in my shoes for the time that I have
You might find yourself silenced in my seat, asking the questions that I am not
Please don’t flatter yourself, by assuming you’re better than us
Yeah we’re all different that’s true,
but we are much the same too
(c) Sam RB 2010
Track Name: Outside Dreams
12. OUTSIDE DREAMS

The night is still and I remember
Too many things, keeps me from sleeping
And so I find something to treasure
A gem of sorts, a moment of pleasure
Hold on tight and watch it linger, try not to fight to keep it closer
You wont bring me down, I wont give you space
I wont look at you when I see your face
So you may as well, go take a seat in the corner, outside my dreams
I can’t make you leave, your imprints on my mind
So you can stay there, as long as you like
I just wont hold you centre stage no
You’ll get no light no warmth, If you choose to stay
You wont bring me down, I wont give you space
I wont look at you when I see your face
So you may as well, go take a seat in the corner, outside my dreams
Leave all those rules there in the corner
Where they’ll remain a little longer
(c) Sam RB 2010
Track Name: Book Covers
13. BOOK COVERS

Welcome to my world, hope you enjoy your stay
Take you on a journey, keep it subtle,
Don’t wanna scare you away
Wonder what your worlds like,
Won’t assume that it’s all good
Cos you cant judge a book by its cover
And we’re so good at looking how we are not
On this journey you may find it helpful, to be prepared
The feelings they’ll overwhelm you,
You’ll see nothing for the fear
The voices you don’t recognise,
Things that only you can see
Blackness, judgement surround, no escaping near
I’m not saying your world is easy
I’m just saying mine is not
I’m not the cover on this book
The cover on this book I am not
Love to wake up one morning
Jump outta bed looking forward to the day
Without the fear that can keep me with the doors locked hiding away
Love to run like I used to over grass, roads & paths
But the worlds a scary place now
My minds is waiting to be able to do that
I’m not saying your world is easy
I’m just saying mine is not
I’m not the cover on this book
The cover on this book I am not
The journey will soon be over, to your world you can return
I’ll remain here wondering, what I might do next
The past haunts us all, one way or another
Maybe it would help, if we didn’t judge one another
(c) Sam RB 2010
Track Name: Good Enough
14. GOOD ENOUGH

Feels like the words I go to say, split my mind in two
Straight down the middle
There’s so much that should be said, the learning that we get
When we are children
Taking it slowly, taking my time,
The day before tomorrow, all I have got
I’ve gotta find a way, to make it just good enough
Feels like the people that I know are gonna suddenly work out
I don’t know much at all,
It’s so very tiring
What I feel and what I think, trying to be oh so perfect, so I’m
(c) Sam RB 2010