Unfinished (an acoustic album)

by Adjoa

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about

I always considered these bare bones recordings to be demos. But through the urging of multiple friends and family I'm deciding to release songs that up until now have only been stowed in my iTunes for a select few to hear.
I edited & mixed the songs myself on GarageBand for hours on end... weeks at a time... and feel like I salvaged something I deem worthy of your ears. Even if they are just bare bones... most all of them were recorded just one time through... Three were written in the moment that I recorded them (tracks 5, 10 & 11). So close your eyes... get ready to chill... cause this is me in your living room unrehearsed, unafraid, unfinished.

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released January 22, 2013

Engineered by Adjoa Skinner, Robb Leo Gilligan III, Brad Murphree & Dave R. Wilson.

All songs (c) 2013 Adjoa Skinner, ASCAP, Salty Productions

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Adjoa Los Angeles, California

A seasoned music veteran with over 20 years of session vocal work under her belt. Adjoa is a multi-instrumentalist & songwriter whose jazz & musical theatre background along with years of living in Africa have shaped Adjoa's show to include an array of bells, whistles and rhythms that leave audiences smiling. A recipient of multiple awards in voice, songwriting & performance. Adjoa delivers! ... more

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Track Name: Somethin Gained
If I had a dollar for each time I wondered how I got here
I'd be a wealthy fool at best
If I thought it was by strength that I had achieved what I achieved
I would never want to rest
But someone came before me
and someone made a way... (yeah)
And I know this, yes I do and I'm thankful for it
each and every day.

Somethin gained and somethin lost
Somethin free and somethin cost
And open door I didn't see.
That made somethin different out of me.

Out of me... out of me... mmmm ooo oo ooo

How and when I got here is the day I learned to love my life
yes even in the hardest place
I chose this path it chose me, nothin can stand in the way
Even good things I might face
But someone had to let go
and some loves had to leave
Still this was the right choice.
I gotta believe.

Somethin gained and somethin lost
Somethin free and somethin cost
And open door I didn't see.
That made somethin different..

Somethin beautiful... (come on)
Somethin beautiful
Somethin beautiful out of me....

Somethin gained and somethin lost
Somethin free and somethin cost
And open door I didn't see.
That made somethin different
Made somethin different
Made somethin different.... out of me.
Track Name: If You Want
Moving time
Feelin fine
and headed west

LA bout
because I found
that its the best

But then you called me
Why'd you call me on the phone

Cause when you call me
it reminds me I'm alone.

Please, do not call me ever again
If you can't be my love, you can't be my friend.

You say that you understand
but you don't understand
because of then why'd you say?

If you want
you can call me anyway
If you want
you can call me anyday
If you want
you can call me anyway
If you want you can call

*spoken - "Thats what you said"

The phone rang
its been a week since we last spoke
Upon seeing the number
I felt it was a very cruel joke

but it wasn't you
it was someone near to my heart
The family you hold
that also held me right from the start.

And though I knew it'd be harder on me
I picked up the phone and the call I received
And when I heard their voice
I simply took the choice.

to respond...

If you want
you can call me anyway
If you want
you can call me any day
If you want
you can call me anyway
If you want
If you want

You see something remains when the sound of your name sets me reeling
and the joker inside says I wanna hide what I'm feeling.
But the plain simple fact is how my heart acts when its you...
It connects me to something that makes me so blue.

But
If you want
you can call me anyway
If you want
you can call me anyday
If you want
you can call me anyway
If you want
If you want
Track Name: Time On My Hands
Time On My Hands

I've been thinking too much about everything
and much of those things include you.
I've been running around with agendas
but now have so little to do.

Since honesty led me to speak out
What fear had welled up in my heart
That feelings would get in the mix of
what could be such a beautiful art

So here is the hard way to freedom
It leaves me alone again
Maybe we'll meet up another time
but time's on my hands
time's on my hands
time's on my hands now til then.

We sat with our hearts on the outside
And left them there out in the cold
It meant we had much more to hide from
the danger of being so bold

You think that I took you for granted
I realize maybe its true
But never was that my intention
I'm sorry I ever hurt you.

So here is the hard way to freedom
It leaves me alone again
Maybe we'll meet up another time
but time's on my hands
time's on my hands
time's on my hands
time's on my hands now til then.

Taking a breath, taking a break
learning from life and my mistakes
Shaking the fear, facing the truth
learning from life... taking from you.

So here is the hard way...

Maybe we'll meet up another time.
Track Name: Sunset
SUNSET

V1
Videos and Neon signs, become the beat that’s keeping time
And sure you’re feeling dizzy now, but trust me later you’ll feel fine
The pavement underneath my feet, takes a turn and makes me a fool
because I’m walking awkward on this boulevard, while everyone around me looks so cool

CHORUS
Sunset, take me in
Take me to where you never lay to sleep
Sunset, take me in
Far, fast forward take me deep.
take me deep.....

V2
The old man living downstairs he don’t like me
So there’s one way to get inside my place
It’s through the quietness of the back door
Life is better when he doesn’t see my face

On Sunset, on Sunset

V3
But what’s the good in early mornings, unless they are the end
Of all those lonely nights walking Sunset Blvd, looking for a friend
Said I’m looking for a friend, on Sunset, on Sunset

Bridge
The set sets in every other valley
But the sun never sets in my town
You can feel the darkness hanging on your shoulders
As the lights go up and never settle down

CHORUS
Sunset, take me in
Take me to where you never lay to sleep
Sunset, take me in
As the deep cries to the deep.
Track Name: River Runs Dry
This River Runs dry
I found love
The journey's long and my soul's song says that
I found love

Its wearing me thin
look at this state I'm in

Its breaking my heart
right at the start

How can something so right
hurt me so well

How can I give up the fight
when its too soon to tell?

I give it all to You Father
I give it all to You…

I give it all to You Father
I give it all to You

<musical interlude>

How can something so right
hurt me so well

How can I give up the fight
when its too soon to tell?

I give it all to You Father
I give it all to You…

I give it all to You Father
I give it all to You
Track Name: Grace
When I was young and innocent
I was a genius knew everything
the more I grew, the less I knew
the more I knew I did not know anything

And time brought fear, far to near
I'm the one who forgot who I was
Forgot the ground that I came from
Forgot the people who showed me love

Oooo what made me fall to this place
where I only know grace as a name
oooo maybe the cold that I feel
Is the coldness that runs through my veins

As I turn away (from hands reaching out to me)
Turn away (pretending I do not see...that I have a need)

And then a child came up to me
and asked if I could meet a need

Of the older man out in the cold
I said, "Son you better do as your told"

"Just turn away, he's here everyday
He'll take all that you have and much more"

The child said "Why do I hold on
to the good that I have." "That seems wrong."

Oooo what made me fall to this place
where I only know grace as a name
oooo maybe the cold that I feel
Is the cold thats running through my veins

Oooo what made me fall
What made me blind

As I turn away
I turn away

Face to the ground
Hands in my pockets too full.
And all that I'm thinking though sadly is,
Leave me alone.

What made me fall to this place
Where I only know grace as a name
Maybe the cold that I feel
is the coldness that runs through my veins

As I turn away
turn away
I turn away.

When I was young and innocent
I was a genius knew everything...
Track Name: The Least (piano instrumental)
excerpt from "THE LEAST" lyrics (not released yet)

Seek not their fortune
Crave not their gold
I'm buying the poor because the rich man is sold

So you have something
thats keeping you far
I'm taking you now, just as you are.

Captured by love, Driven by grace
Captured by love, To come to the feast
though I am the least
though I am
Track Name: Now I See
You have been here too
walked within these blues
God I hate these shoes
but I gotta wear em

And the words You speak
God they make me weep
and my knees grow weak
but I gotta share em... yeah

But what of this truth
under my skin
that longs for another
world to live in

And what of these burdens
weighing me down
waiting for life
to come back around
to come back around...

But now I see
You're here with me
Even in the dark...

Wrap my mind around
thoughts that drag me down
Running for the crown
that I've yet to see.

But this hope I've found
Makes the loudest sound
And the earth resounds
underneath my feet..

But what of this truth
under my skin
that longs for another
world to live in

And what of these burdens
weighing me down
waiting for life
to come back around
to come back around
to come back around

How could there be light in this place?
I fought with the angels to look at your face.
How could there be light in this place?
I fought with the angels...

So what of this truth
under my skin
that longs for another
world to live in

And what of these burdens
weighing me down
weighing me down
weighing me down

But what of this truth
under my skin
that longs for another
world to live in

And what of these burdens
weighing me down
waiting for life
to come back around
to come back around
to come back around, around, around

But now I see
You're here with me...
Even in the dark.
Track Name: Please (piano instrumental)
* download "The Sun" for the full version
Track Name: Where Freedom Came From
random thought that goes on and on and on.....