Steel Tempered Pride

by Seth Adam

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"Steel Tempered Pride," released on September 24, 2013, features production credits by David Immergluck (Counting Crows, Camper Van Beethoven) on two tracks - 'Push And Pull' and 'Old Broken Ladder' (Immergluck also played bass on these tunes). The record also features bass performances by The Alternate Routes guitarist, Eric Donnelly ('New York City Bound', 'Troubled Times') and drum performances by "Rambiin'" Rob Heath (Justin Townes Earle, The Madison Square Gardeners) on 'Old Broken Ladder' and 'Push And Pull'. Guitarist Gerry Giaimo, mandolin player John Jackson, drums from Dennis DeMorro and Steve Tobey round out the rest of the album's tracks. Tours to follow throughout 2014.

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released September 24, 2013

All songs © (p) 2013 Seth Adam, BMI except "December 24"

"Old Broken Ladder" and "Push And Pull" produced by David Immerglück.

Mastered by Vic Anesini.

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Seth Adam New Haven, Connecticut

‘Songwriter of the year’ Nominee - 2016 The New England Music Awards

Singer/songwriter Seth Adam writes compelling, genuine songs with honest lyrics. The alt-country, Americana rocker draws comparisons to Counting Crows, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams and Jason Isbell. ... more

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Track Name: Old Broken Ladder
Old Broken Ladder
Lyrics by Seth Adam
Music by Seth Adam
© 2013 Seth Adam, BMI

There's a light when the sun doesn't shine
Have some faith and it's something you'll find
In the time that it takes you can re-live the wake of your life
These perceptions of what life is for
My ambitions and harboring more
I'm a heart full that's alive, full of steel tempered pride at your door

You can take your chances, live your life like this
With the consequence of things that your might miss
There's an old broken ladder that sometimes will still hold you up
If you fall while you're climbing your fall will be broken by love

When the dreamer has nothing to fear
and the chaos of doubt disappears
what you have left inside is a heart open wide, reappeared
I have walked all alone on a wire
I have scaled myself down to get higher
With an iron persistence, keep burning the distance desire

When you're missing the waters and whites
and a memory of carnival lights
all the innocent days that are further away than you'd like
Just remember that heart full of pride
You will push all your worries aside
Then it's alright to say you have reckoned a day for your life
Track Name: Troubled Times
Troubled Times
Music by Seth Adam
Lyrics by Seth Adam
© 2010 Seth Adam, BMI

I waited all winter long
for summer to come and melt the cold away
Take me home to where I'm from
But home is just a moment day to day

With walls of questions that surround
the path is hard to see
When troubled times that weigh me down
then I'll just let me be

Seems like pay day just never comes
working for a breath of air that never fills my lungs
So a cheap high comes in a bottle
and stories of better days to come

Oh another night alone
can make me feel less though
I know that it's not true
There's just too much to decide
This weight can make me cry
But I can see this through

With walls of questions that surround
the path is hard to see
When troubled times that weigh me down
then I'll just let me be
When all my friends are all around
a smile's a guarantee
They reassure me with no sound
that I should let me be
Track Name: Push And Pull
Push & Pull
Lyrics by Seth Adam
Music by Seth Adam
© 2013 Seth Adam, BMI

You've been accosted
A sublime subversion
And the trickling time hastens me to say
This intrusion
of my delusions
only make me wish you'd seek out better ways

While I recognize the sentiment of sorrow on your face
Don't disregard the things I have to say

If you don't push me then I won't pull you
If you don't trip me I won't crawl
We're two people strung out on sadness together
And I can't take the rise and fall
So don't push or pull me at all

You've spent a lifetime
of feeling so fine
And regrets are only words that have no place
It's a fine line
with all your pride
And I wish that you would hear just what I say
Track Name: Thank You, Chicago
Thank You Chicago
Lyrics by Seth Adam
Music by Seth Adam
© 2013 Seth Adam, BMI

Midwest sunrise
I-90 corridor
Falling through the land
This old highway
she embraces me
carries me where she can

Blue sky Indiana, summer in the breeze
Nothing ever made me feel so free

Straights of Gary
out onto the Skyview
Rushing through the heart
First look skyline
Pride overwhelming me
Finally come this far

Blue sky on the shore, running on the lake
Never did I have a better day

Thank you, Chicago

L train downtown
Climb over Diversy
Far away from home
Edge of the Rust Belt
Breaking a little free
This time fills my soul

Blue sky meets the water, stunning scenery
Never did I ever feel so free

Cover me calmly now
I'm feeling so alive
and loving this poetic day
if only for a time
It's good to be a rambling soul
Road worn and arrived

Blue sky Illinois, summer in the breeze
Nothing ever made me feel so free
Track Name: May
May
Lyrics by Seth Adam
Music by Seth Adam
© 2013 Seth Adam, BMI

By the time that May had come
and the winter had sung its song
I believed I could carry on
Though I was alone, though I was alone

When the poison has spread throughout
and the sky has been filled with doubt
and I can't find my own way out
Oh I was alone, oh I was alone

So I never want to live that way again
So we're left to these devices to pretend

By the time that May had come
and the loneliness was all gone
I believed we would carry on
Though we were alone, though we were alone

By the time that May had come
bringing all that I should have done
Now there's no time to carry on
Oh I'm so alone, you can lead me home
Track Name: New York City Bound
New York City Bound
Music by Seth Adam
Lyrics by Seth Adam
© 2010 Seth Adam, BMI

Look at me
It's graduation
I probably should have done this long before
But they say
Never too late, son
Now I'm the pride of my mother's eyes
A child that she adores

And I question if I'm better
And I'm curious what now
'Cause I fell out of love with New Haven
The train is coming 'round
I think I'm New York City bound

We're living in
these times of trouble
Uncertain as an everyday hello
It's like feeling through
a darkened hallway
You're looking for the best way out
to the arms of what you know

And I question if I'm better
And I'm curious what now
'Cause I fell out of love with New Haven
The train is coming 'round
I think I'm New York City bound

Find a new place for a change
Too much here just feels the same
and I'm looking for her now
I'll find that city somehow

And I question if I'm better
And I'm curious what now
'Cause I fell out of love with New Haven
The train is coming 'round
I think I'm New York City bound
Track Name: These Pills
These Pills
Lyrics by Seth Adam
Music by Seth Adam
© 2013 Seth Adam, BMI

Well I know these pills won't cure me
but they can surely ease the pain
A little help to recognize
that sunshine follows rain
Hand me truth, St. Augustine
Give me something pure
Milligrams no matter now
I'll take more if I'm unsure

I see it all falling down
Wonder which way to go when every step's a drown
It's hard to find the pleasure
I keep dealing with this pain
And I know these pills won't cure me
until I do it all again

Well I know these pills won't change me
but something just ain't right
A temporary fix me up
to remedy the fights
and wars and battles carry on
ranting in my head
A conscience worth of bitter pills
needs those happy pills instead

Fabricate or fathom
the truth is one more cry
Take these little pills of mine
to help me sleep at night
Simple and round, swallow down
Give me something for the fall
I need a little remedy
but these pills won't do it all
Track Name: December 24
December 24
Lyrics by Seth Adam, Gerry Giaimo
Music by Seth Adam, Gerry Giaimo
© 2013 Seth Adam, BMI

It's cold, dark and empty
Not much in the sky
I'm just hanging up the phone
I just said goodbye
Drive to the party
just to pretend
I'll stay with a face that shows
there's nothing to mend

Sometimes takes whiskey
Sometimes takes more
Always on December 24

A smile's worth of fiction
the good actor plays
Raising a glass for me
to this masquerade
Oh yes, the kids are fine
Spoke with them today
Won't see them tomorrow
for this holiday

Here's to the season
A memory at best
Those times to remember
pretend to forget
Track Name: People Are Only Going To Break Your Heart
People Are Only Going To Break Your Heart
Lyrics by Seth Adam
Music by Seth Adam
© 2013 Seth Adam, BMI

Just a lovely, lonely moment
All your friends have left the pace
All the calculated boredom
You sure could use another face
Now the laughter dissipated
and the colors all ran dry
When the love has been sedated
so the sparkle has no life
It's just a letdown flying high

Don't you know people are only going to break your heart?

Who you left upon the mirror
you should never see again
Let the sadness break in pieces
Let the better times begin
You can dance upon the water
like you've never seen the rain
You can build upon the benefits
of everything you've gained
Everything that has a name

Don't you try to understand them
Don't you let them bring you down
Track Name: Tired
Tired
Lyrics by Seth Adam
Music by Seth Adam
© 2013 Seth Adam, BMI

Tired of waking up alone
Tired of living like a stone
Tired of picking up to the telephone
hearing "hey there son, could you give me some money?"
Tired of waiting to get paid
Tired of hoping for someday
Tired of hearing all the little voices say
"You should believe in yourself some more"

What's it take to turn this thing around?
Tired of the insane pulling strings
They're going to drag me down
What's it take to turn this thing around?
Tired of the insane pulling strings
They're going to pull me out

Tired of taking drugs to cope
Tired of holding out for hope
Tired of hearing all the politicians joke
It's what American people want
Tired of this tired life
I'm wreckage by the candle light
Tired of always trying to make it right
and regret it in the morning