An Opportune Displacement

by Steve Young

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released January 1, 2017



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Track Name: Coffee
I wake up feeling groggy, unsure,
but I know what the world holds, and so I roll, over thinking..
The day is just an empty mug, and I love thinking
about all the potential,
I can do, whatever I put my head to

Just met a girl and she's like a cup of coffee,
Running through my mind when I'm walking,
Not a dull moment, no yawning
Never liked the stuff but now I can't get up off it!

Releasing my endorphins, and it happens often
Feeling on top of the world, that's why you see me on my
Tippy toes: dancing, at work: dancing,
grocery: dancing, whenever she's close to me: dancing.

In the shower singing, flowers: I’m bringing,
Met her at the door and I kissed her,
Wore a puffy dress like a coffee filter, she's a drip
I’m loving that coffee can I have another sip?

(wrap me, in your arms, I can't feel it but..)
But the coffee's getting cold, we've been sitting too long
(rock me, in your arms, I can't feel it but..)
Tell me will you take a sip when the steam and the foam's all gone..


They say the first cut is the deepest, then how come every time
I find love I find a way to redefine the word deepness
From the get-go, you left me speechless, rarer than a comet
Had to take a bite to find that life's box of chocolate

Heard love is like a cup of coffee, first you wanna spill the beans,
Nervous and tweaking, freaking and shaking
But it feels so good when the hearts vibrating
.. And then there comes the love making

You're so Effervescent, Enthusiastic and Eccentric
So, Honey, it’s no wonder why I fall in love with ease (E's)
Always put me in a good mood so, even if I'm angry,
Think of you and it’s like I'm saying cheese

But the picture don't fit the frame.. No more
Or maybe we overcomplicate.. Oh boy
Plus this love has grown stagnant, we used to be a magnet
We've grown complacent, and I'm not having it!

So what do we do when the coffee's luke warm in the Winter?
Shit, how do we begin to heat things up so that this love can continue
Its like what do we do when its Spring and there's lightning and thunder?
Fuck it, throw some ice cubes in the coffee, and now it’s Summer

(wrap me, in your arms, I can't feel it but..)
Wanna fill it up, but I may have to give it up
(rock me, in your arms, I can't feel it but..)
Can't get enough and so it’s on to the next cup
Get up..


It seems like it’s the end but it’s never been the end before,
So how would i know (repeat)
She was the best part of waking up, was the best, was the best part of waking up
Now it seems like we’re breaking up, now it seems, now it seems like we’re breaking up (repeat)

So how did we go, from yesterday when you would express-yo
Deepest feelings like, you were telling Geppetto..
No lie. Now it’s like were playing Nintendo,
Except these two player games aren't working anymore,

So the cartage we blow, trying to make a spark
A cappuccino with the milk shaped like a heart,
And when things were steaming up, I realized that "one more"
Shot of espresso, will never be enough

I said, Sweetie, there’s no way to sugarcoat this
But things have gotten dark, now I don't mean to seem hopeless
I think we oughta go our separate ways, I think were on the same page,
As far as that goes, love has many stages and

As ours begins to plateau, I say this comfortably,
I’m not the cup for you, and you’re not the cup for me
You get a rise out of me, but then comes the crash
That's not how love oughta be, if we wanna last

And so I'm moving on from Coffee, we took a chance,
But things aren't always what they seem at first glance
I said, I’m moving on, Coffee, don't be judging me
I just met a girl, and she seems like my cup of tea….

(wrap me, in your arms, I can't feel it but..)
The best and the worst parts about love are falling
(rock me, in your arms, I can't feel it but..)
But after 500 days of Summer comes the Autumn
Track Name: The Fall
(oooooooooh make love to me)
That’s what she wrote in a text message
So effortlessly, I start reflecting
Back to when we were an item on the market
The hottest new toy moving off the rack at Target

But now I'm on the road, raging, her place my
Destination, but I gotta use caution be patient
Looking both ways now, before I cross the pavement
.. She sent another message saying..

(ooooooooooh, my love, come home to me)
But we don't share the same home
In another mind state, in a different zone
Building blocks like LEGO, the foundation but it
Shattered, go figure, so many battles

Now I'm moving on to bigger things that really matter
Looking forward, not backward, my mind is on the
Priorities, I'm focused on Steve,
But you’ll never leave my heart, or my memories

I said it’s not you, it’s me.
I said I'm sorry babe I gotta leave
(why can't you stayyyy?)
You can't eat your cake and have it on a plate


(the sun is gone)
So now things have changed
We've come a long way since we wrote the first page
I used to love spending countless summer days
With you in the basement, I’m moving on now

Baby let’s face it, I’m growing older now,
No need to babysit, Those days are gone but there's no
Feeling in the world could ever replace it
Every once in a while I take it back to the basics

When it was just me, and you, and my imagination
Would take us places, that we had never seen
That childlike nature, and creativity
Gladly do it all again if it were up to me

But it ain't, my man father time
Mind on the big picture, the grand design
That "everything happens for a reason" type of thing
Growth; a changing of the season type of thing

So when apple juice turns to coffee, ideas considered lofty,
The "real world," it seems so daunting
The ignorance of childhood is now fleeting
Light shed upon the unknown is so revealing

Unrealistic for me to be dreaming, I’m leaving..
(why can't you stayyyy)


She keeps telling me don't let it slip away, go outside and play,
But I've got a schedule now
I broke my ankle, I’m not as flexible now
Gotta stay strong, eat my vegetables now

The Fall: I’m not a spring chicken anymore
I’m getting older, but I’m still kicking' for sure
I got a young frame of mind, take it one day at a time..
And every now and then I rewind

To the smell of the grass, a burn from the carpet
Jumping on the couch, ice cream from Carvel
The first time getting stung by a bee
Thought I could fly, I jumped off the TV

I sprained my shoulder, you learn from mistaking
But the more you know takes away imagination
I’m getting older, but I’m still pacing
Cause the more you know takes away imagination

Lost in my childlike fascination
Lost in the things I’m creating
I’m still a child at heart, I’m gonna keep playing
I’m staying!

Track Name: Everybody But Me
Oh, look at that, another friend getting married
Look at that another friend became a parent
And there’s one, just got a full-time job and so he gloats,
Over a-hundred likes on that post..

Now tell me why I give a fuck about a status?
(Cause you're bartending while your friends are climbing social ladders)
But I’m following my dream, why am I so envious?
(Because your friends get paid vaca, and they get benefits)

Lost in false emptiness, I’m ignoring my sentiments
Self-doubt becomes venomous; the deadliest
(Hmmmm..) So while I’m sitting in my room
I think of all the things I could be doing..

I could be watching as flic (I could be down at the bar)
I could be dating a chick (be at a nice restaurant)
I could be driving up north (to the place where I was born)
Hang with my friends even if there's nothing going on

So while there are so many different places that I could be in
Four walls, a floor, and a ceiling are caving me in,
Sitting at my big desk with a bright light to see and
That’s the price I pay for following my dream and

I feel more comfortable alone..
Either that or in a room that’s fully crowded
Because, either way..
Either way, no one can hear me when I’m shouting

I scream.. From the bottom of my lounges
When I’m on stage, and the people give me love
They say the squeaky wheel gets the oil, but if that’s the case..
How easily can that wheel be replaced?

I do appreciate, all the support that I get
Even if sometimes it’s here one day and then gone the next
At the end of that day, I’ll still lay down to dream
Even if I’m the only one who believes..


I swore that I would never work from, inside a cubicle
Working on my computer from home is more suitable
These walls are closing in, though, or maybe I’m delusional
Out of anxiety bite the skin around my cuticle

I sometimes forget this is a game of patience..
The goals I’m achieving are not as tangible
And I apologize for any misplaced frustrations,
Just know I’m in it to win it, but these delusions of grandeur keep

Occupying my mind, like, as if the shit was Wall Street
Sometimes my passion comes across as being salty
I can't get these demons off me! I guess I’ll bring em along with me,
We made it this far haven't we?

Besides.. What is light without darkness?
What is soft without hardness?
The same thing that plentiful is without sparseness
The same thing that art is without the artist,

In my twenties, I'm learning what my drive is,
The things that I’m prioritizing, reminding myself
That if my lane isn't the same yours, I'm doing this for me,
I do it for the glory!

Track Name: Manhattan Bound (interlude)
Alllll Aboarrrrrrd!!
Track Name: Run (For Your Life) [feat. Jo Stones]
When I was young, I swore to you, that I would be, an architect
As farfetched as it could get, but now I’m doing the opposite
I graduated school and worked for about a year and a half, to be now
Tearing down the walls I built ‘cause they were holding me back,

It took a hop, skip, and a jump but now I’m looking like Peter Pan,
I threw my dream up in the sky, and now I'll Never Land
I'm focused, I know that when there's an obstacle in my path,
They said Buzz Lightyear couldn't fly, 'til he had a rocket strapped to his back

I got that energizer with me, the music is my city
And I will live in this dream, until I die, or ‘til they come evict me
I do this with my heart; you can feel it in every pump
My tracks like grandma's cookies ‘cause I baked the shits with LOVE!

And awww mannnn, how I come alive on the stage
That feeling is unmatched, that feeling can't be explained
That full-time job with benefits was cool, but I gotta say
I wouldn't be proud of what I’m doing if I hadn't have run away


Now it's two thousand thirteen, and I've got an architecture degree
But I'm music making during the day and I'm bartending in the Eve-ning,
Barely making rent, bouncing checks more than bouncing beats,
Gaining traction? I can't even get on my feet!

But I've got a girlfriend, man she's so in love with me
I mean I used to have a girlfriend ‘til she broke it up with me
But I've always been the type to carry a trick up my sleeve
Always been the type to turn that heartbreak into positivity

Recorded in my room all by myself, with just a mic..
It was something about "Hope", something about "Finding the Light"
I got it mixed, by Samori and Kenny; sixteen tracks
That said no matter how dark it may get there's a way of bouncing back

UH! You could catch me at venues performing it in Philly
But there was something missing. It was just music without the
Business.. I needed to work on my online presence
But then comes Steve's inflamed sense of Social Media resentment

Then comes the stressing, worrying about the fans I haven't got
And all the bio's and the blogs, the very moment that I stopped
Putting the focus on the music I became exacerbated
Almost vengeful so I start procrastinating,
Becoming reluctant to post on social media I just said fuck it..


This started with a dream, the dream was first a vision
A dream remains a dream unless the dreamer is relentless
Acting on the dream is how you bring it to existence
There's “acting” and there's “wishing”, real dreamers know the difference

And I can tell you the difference, cause I was wishing for a long time
Trying to get people to listen, I got respect from my peers in
South Jersey and Philly when I made the move to New York City,
I was following the vision.. but you could measure the progress in inches!

Can I go the distance, can I turn this into a business?
Can I go out, perform, and network to establish connections?
And can I build friendships with other artists who've been working
Regardless of whether they're making their rent on time or not or enduring other hardships?

Can I create partnerships? Can I collaborate with musicians from the
Greatest city in the world? Am I on a path soon to be
Building a community that will flourish into a fanbase?
Can I take these words and use them to create majestic landscapes?

Can I take an empty canvas and produce something that's beautiful
That was once unimaginable? Can I take these lower cases
And can I turn them into capital? And if I'm capable
Will it ever truly be enough or am I completely insatiable?


This started with a dream, the dream was first a vision
A dream remains a dream unless the dreamer is relentless
Acting on the dream is how you bring it to existence
There's “acting” and there's “wishing”, it's good to know the difference

People will tell you that your dream is flawed and unrealistic
But I'm so optimistic, that you can go throw salt on my game
And I'll go sifting, through the salt and I'll find the sugar cane
And make a simple syrup throw in life's lemons..

Add a little rain, and that may put a damper on your day,
But me, I'd just kick back relax enjoy this batch of lemonade
Spring flowers popping up enduring adverse conditions, knowing
We've had worse conditions, like the rose that grew in concrete in the

Winter.. That’s not ideal but when you consider we rose from
Ash and fire and built higher with the new World Trade Center
So when they try to tell you that it's impossible just remember,
A dream is just a dream unless that dreamer stands to defend it..

They thought flight was impossible, now I'm checking my baggage
Enjoying my in-flight meal, flyer than Buzz Lightyear, and I'm
Light years away from where I'm going, surely, but never slowing
And I'm enjoying the refreshments, I'll think of up to six more
Impossible things before breakfast, hey Jo, let's get this..