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by be steadwell

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"The practice of love is the most powerful antidote to the politics of domination."

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released May 5, 2018

Mix: Don Godwin

Art by Be Steadwell PC Thearthype

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Be Steadwell Washington, D.C.

Be Steadwell is a singer songwriter from Washington DC. With roots in jazz, acapella and folk-Be calls her music QUEER POP. Be's original music features earnest lyricism, and proud LGBTQ content.​

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Track Name: greens
Greens

I’m gonna give you the best greens
The best greens
I’m gonna give you
Gonna give you the best greens
I’m gonna give you the best greens the best
I’m gonna give you

You got that dark green love
You got that summer sweet
I got the greenest thumb
I promise when you come
we gone be plantin' seeds
Plantin seeds babe cuz

I'm gonna give you the best greens in my garden
I'll pick the biggest leaves (the biggest leaves)
I'm gonna give you the best greens in my garden
I need you healthy for me

I wanna keep you here
for one hundred years
I wanna run through trees
I want you running right in front of me
let's go and play with dirt
let's go and save the earth
ooh this love is so alive, alive, alive, alive!

tomatoes big and full
my basil grows like a weed
got sage and i got thyme
the sun makes you look so fine!
So girl come and water with me

I'm gonna give you the best greens in my garden
I'll pick the biggest leaves
I'm gonna give you the best greens in my garden
I need you healthy for me

Lookin' in your eyes
Makes me feel alive
cuz before you came
i was just a seed tryin' to germinate
Let's grow above the dirt
let's grow above the hurt
ooh this love is so alive, alive, alive, alive!

Breathe in the freshest air!
Breathe it, breathe it in!
Bathe in this sweet sunlight!
Swim in it, swim in it!
Ooh honey get you some
I promise when you come
my garden gives you life.

i'm gonna give you the best greens in my garden
i'll pick the biggest leaves
i'm gonna give you the best greens in my garden
i need you healthy for me
Track Name: netflix
Netflix

It’s love
Maybe you should text her
This love
abbreviated letter
Look down
And type until your neck hurt
Romance
Is retro as a record

We get
In bed with a device
We fall
asleep by the screenlight
Sex is elusive on a good night
Netflix
Is fucking up my sexlife

I wanna buy the girl a necklace
I wanna make the girl some breakfast
I wanna sell a bunch of records
Come back and make the girl breathless

Real life
can’t nobody hear me
Real life
this girl don’t really feel me
Online
My picture is so pretty
Online
I’m better than the real me.
Better than the real me.

Hey
Pick me
Type me
Click me
Swipe me
Brand me, buy me, I’ll be yours
Yours

Let’s take
A picture of the good times
Let’s take
A picture in the good light
Let’s make
It look like a good night
Let’s make
It look light a good life.

We get
In bed with a device
We fall
asleep by the screenlight
Sex is elusive on a good night
Netflix
Is fucking up my sexlife
Track Name: know you
Know you

first date
first time
nervous like i lost
my damn mind
thought i left this dance behind
with the last love

rooftop full bar
look around to see where you are
wonder if i've gone too far
is it too late to run?

then i see you there
across the room
there something all around you
​something ​strong about you
like nothing ever phased you
like no one ever changed you

when i see you there
across the room
there something calm about me
​something ​strong about me
i wanna be fearless
like i can't wait to feel this

How does it feel like
I already know you
How does it feel like
I know how you move
How does it feel like I already know you
And I know you feel good
I know you feel

third date
third time
Dress up, say something,
girl try
don't tell her she's been on your mind
don't tell her that she looks
damn fine

cold drink
small bites
hands touch soft talk, slow drive.
talk like
old friends
dance till
the night ends

Maybe it takes a lifetime
to learn someone, to know them
maybe it takes a look
takes a smile
maybe it only takes a moment

How does it feel like
I already know you
How does it feel like
I know how you move
How does it feel like I already know you
And I know you feel good
I know you feel

when i see you there
across the room
there something calm about me
​something ​strong about me
i wanna be fearless
like i can't wait to feel this

when i see you there
across the room
there something calm about me
​something ​strong about me
I’m gonna be fearless
cuz i can't wait to feel it
Track Name: the door
The Door

This is the door
That is the window
This is the floor
That’s where the shoes go
We put my things
We put her things
Into a drawer

Here is the door
Right where she entered
She was the sun
She was the center
She was a light
I hadn’t seen
Ever before

How many times you had your heart broken
Frozen in a wind so cold
And yet you still leave it open
Like an open door

This was a home
Can’t you remember
This was a love
This was a temple
You lost your faith
You couldn’t pray
Anymore

I sang my song
You were so quiet
I was alone
In all your silence
You turn to run
Just like before
Straight for the door
Straight for the door


How many times you had your heart broken
Frozen in a wind so cold
And yet you still leave it open
Like an open door

Here is the door
She wouldn’t open
She keeps it closed
Things could be stolen
She was a dark
I hadn’t seen
Ever before

This is the door
This is the window
That is the floor
That’s where the shoes go
I took your things
Out of the drawer
Here is the door
Here is the door
Track Name: heart of a pessimist
Heart of a Pessimist

you stole my love
like a heavy load
An old suitcase full of
black clothes
everyday was a funeral.

you stole my heart
like a high stakes heist
right look left no one's in sight oh
something in those eyes

i had the heart of a pessimist
you had the heart of the romantic
i had the heart of a pessimist
darling what you do with?

my ugly world
makes me want to cry
all my people
struggle up until we die
turn off the news tonight

your pretty world
cast a different light
you light up the room with ya true smile
wear your chains like silver lines

i had the heart of a pessimist
you have the heart of a romantic
i had the heart of a pessimist
darling what you do with it

there are days
i can't wake up
there is no amount of rest
that will keep all this history
from burning in my head.
You pull my body to your body
say baby use your love.
While i dream of ways
to kill the man
you wanna give him hugs. Big hugs.

you stole my blue
like a yellow light
quiet and pretty as a sunrise
kiss away the night

mornings i wake
to my woman's lips
everything soft when we touch like this
live a moment as an optimist

i had the heart of a pessimist
you had the heart of a romantic
i had the heart of a pessimist
darling what you do with it
Track Name: cake
Cake

I don't wanna see you
I just wanna keep you in my sight.
I don't wanna be with you
I just wanna talk to you every night.

I don't wanna be with you
I just wanna get you to stay.
I don't wanna see you
just don't wanna see you walk away.

Oh no
I held on too tight I just can't
let go
of you.
You and me
I was selfish I wanted you
to be
my cake and eat it
cake and it too

You are not the right girl
but being with you it feels so right.
You are not a nice girl.
Still i wanna come over tonight.

And I should know better,
know that you will only break my heart.
Hate when we're together
but it really hurts when we're apart

Oh no
I held on too tight I just can't let go
of you
use me.
You were selfish you wanted me
to be
your cake and eat it
cake and eat it too.

I don't wanna see you
You are not the right girl
I just wanna keep you in my sight.
but being with you it feels so right.
I don't wanna be with you
You are not a nice girl.
I just wanna talk to you every night.
Still i wanna come over tonight.

I don't wanna be with you
And I should know better,
I just wanna get you to stay.
know that you will only break my heart.
I don't wanna see you
Hate when we're together
just don't wanna see you walk away.
but it really hurts when we're apart

Oh no
I held on too tight I just can't let go
of you
use me.
You were selfish you wanted me
to be
your cake and eat it
cake and eat it too.
Track Name: gay sex
Gay Sex

Racist white dudes are not new.
Racist white presidents
are old news too.
A burning cross in the night
is as American
as apple pie

O beautiful
for spacious skies
and bleaching out blood stains.

But look at us, we’re so strong.
We fall in love while the whole
world tells us we’re wrong
Yea look at us and our hearts!
We fall in love while the world
tears itself apart.

They will come to cure our names,
try to make us feel ashamed.
They will come to curse our names,
we’ll just come and come again.
Again.

O, let’s go home and have gay sex,
we’ll do it for the president,
the sons of the confederates
Oh they wish they had love like this
O let’s go home and have gay sex,
we’ll do it for the president,
the sons of the confederates
Oh they wish they could fuck like us.

This is my civil unrest.
There are so many ways
One can protest.
Hold up your sign in the street.
And when you’re done
Bring your fine ass home to me

They will come to cure our names,
try to make us feel ashamed.
Ooh let them come to curse our names,
we’ll just come and come
and come again.
Again.

O, let’s go home and have gay sex,
we’ll do it for the president,
the sons of the confederates
Oh they wish they had love like this
O let’s go home and have gay sex,
we’ll do it for the president,
the sons of the confederates
Oh they wish they could fuck like us.

These sad straight white boys
Crying in their pillas
What we gonna do if we lose our privilege
Oh good lord whose country is this?
All these
sad straight white boys
Crying in their pillas
What we gonna do if we lose our privilege
Oh good lord whose country is this?

O, let’s go home and have gay sex,
we’ll do it for the president,
the sons of the confederates
Oh they wish they had love like this
O let’s go home and have gay sex,
we’ll do it for the president,
the sons of the confederates
Oh they wish they could fuck like us.

They wish they had love like us
They wish they could fuck like us
They want stuff put in their butts oh

Yea they wish they could love.
Track Name: rita
Rita

it's always so nostalgic
looking out the window
and it's almost tragic
watching all the land go by
too fast to catch the eye

A road trip on my birthday
suddenly i see
i’m sitting so still it feels like
the whole world in front of me goes by
i’ve lost my sense of time

these colors
kiss my eyes like lovers
i’ve gone just like you told me
but still somehow you hold me
oh rita
when i sleep i see us
when i wake i reach for you beside me
you’re gone now i can't find me

back in massachusetts
and the light is different here
When night falls i see all the stars
the sky is always clear
somehow
the world is quiet now

but still my mind it wanders
still i taste my fears
i miss you like my home
like I have been away for years.
your song
was playing all along

colliding
land and light im fighting
how i feel about you
how i’m lost without you
oh rita
when i sleep i see us
when i wake i reach for you beside me
you're gone now i can't find me

there's freedom in my solitude
then again there's always you
knocking like the wind at my door
im taking time and giving space
still it’s like we're face to face
i’m not sure what all this is for

the truth is
i can't breathe can't do this
i wish i didn't need you
but everywhere i see you
oh rita
when i sleep i see us
when i wake i reach for you beside me
you're gone now i can't find me

oh rita
rita, rita, rita, rita
Track Name: let me go
Say No

You come
And go
I can’t
Say no
This phone online
The chains that bind

This glass of red
This empty bed
I try to run
You call. You come.

I always let you come.

To tell me how good my body feels again
To tell me you haven’t felt this way since then
To tell me your love for me will never change
You tell me a thousand things but you won’t stay.

Just let me go
I can’t heal with you here anymore
Please let me go
Cuz with you
I can never say no
I can never say no

You leave
A trace
My hands
Your taste

But when it fades
I grow, I change

You leave, you’re gone
I stand so strong
Come back when you please
I’m back on my knees.

Always praying
Please.

Tell me how good my body feels again
Tell me you haven’t felt this way since then
Tell me your love for me will never change
You tell me a thousand things but you won’t stay.

Just let me go
I can’t heal with you here anymore
Please let me go
Cuz with you
I can never say no
I can never say no

Stay for the girl
Stay for the girl
One day she’ll see just wait she’ll
Come around
Wait for the girl
Wait for the girl
For the change, for the ring, for the wedding bell
To sound
Pray for the girl
Pray for the girl
For the light, for the truth for the day
She hit the ground
God got a plan
God understand
One day she’ll see
One day she’ll come around

But it never happened she forsaken you
You wonder if she was mistaken
Maybe she’s confused
You with a woman who don’t know her worth
Who will stay when she is hurt
I know I’m not perfect but I know what I deserve

Not five years for you to sit and just give up on us
Five years for you to be the only one I trust
Five years for me to realize
It isn’t love
Five years to know I’ve had enough.

Please let me go
I can’t heal with you here anymore
Please let me go
Cuz with you
I can never say no

I will never say go
I can’t heal with you here anymore
Please let me go
Cuz with you
I will never say no
I will never say
Track Name: sometimes
Sometimes

sometimes
you don't feel like a girl
sometimes
You don't feel like a woman
most days you just feel like a boy
most days you just feel like an alien

i wanna give you rings
till your fingers can't bend
i wanna weave a thousand bracelets
for my best friend
i wanna set you up
in a house in the bay
i wanna frame and hang a picture
of this someday

i don't have to call you girlfriend
you gotta be my wife
maybe you could be my comrade
be my teammate for life
maybe we don't have a format of
what we dream of
we could just be you and me
we could just be in love

oh some days
i think we'll stay broke
some days i think that we'll thrive
sometimes i hate how we're livin'
most days i feel rich by your side

sometimes
I don't wanna have kids
some days i wish that we could
but maybe we could just be aunties
and love our little babies so good

i don't have to call you girlfriend
you gotta be my wife
maybe you could be my comrade
be my teammate for life
maybe we don't have a format of
what we dream of
we could just be you and me
we could just be in love

sometimes
it's hard just to love
without the words to define
but maybe you and me can get by
somehow
i think we'll be fine

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