Expectations

by Sahffi

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1.
05:09
I enjoy the center of your gravity I employ the wisdom of your majesty I need to deploy The flames that brew To decoy my feelings for you Why is my gravity Shifting on me The ground beneath my feet feels like air When you are there When you are there I believe in pictures of my dreams I’ll deceive my mind into thinking these pictures are not what they seem I need to perceive What’s happening to me And release The worry of the theme I need to find The balance inside And believe In gravity You are there.
2.
Here in the tick tock islands I live with my three names Hoping someone will find me And help me stake my claim On top of these mountains To the tops of the trees On top of the world Please bring me to my knees Here in the tick tock islands I wake up everyday Wondering when it hits me Will I feel the same On top of these mountains To the tops of the trees On top of the world Please bring me to my knees Here in the tick tock islands I still play this game Sometimes I feel I’m losing But one day I’ll reclaim The top of these mountains The tops of the trees On top of the world Yes I will bring you to your knees On top of these mountains To the tops of the trees On top of the world Please take me… take me to my dreams.
3.
You’re pulling on my heart strings So hard they’re gonna snap So I’ll keep my distance To save myself from the rip Living life without you Is not the story I want to choose Seems such a waste, but I won’t let you break My heart strings My heart was not designed to be pulled in two directions One way out of this mess The other down this road Chorus Back and forth, in and out again My love, I can’t fight it Turn me inside and out again My love, I can’t hide it I fear that my hopes for you are just that but I’ll dream of when Your heart and mine are intertwined And I’ll sing once again Chorus
4.
03:57
Do I follow my instincts Do I follow you my dear Follow your kindness Follow your dark Follow your blindness Follow, follow where you are Will I lose myself in your consequence Will I find peace by leaving you behind Follow my music Follow my light Follow inclinations Tell me what is right Should I stay? Should I go? Should I stay? I just don’t know… Is this right? Am I wrong? Is this truly where I belong? Why are there so many questions Why are there so few answers Why do I feel this flight or fight when I’m just right here by your side Am I just fine? Should I take a breath? Am I already home In your arms
5.
04:06
Peace begins when expectations end Faith is gone when truth lies within Hope abounds when enemy is friend That’s what makes us human What we think is who we are What we think is who we see Time stands still when it all comes to an end Love and hate they’re the best of friends Scared to death we belie our plans That’s what makes us human What we think is who we are What we think is who we see Well I don’t like it, but that’s the way it is I try not to fight it, but sometimes it wins I say I believe it then love flows in Then out Is that what makes me human? Laugh or cry, it’s stillness just the same Live or die, breathe deeply in the rain Uphill climb, sing through the voiceless wind That’s what makes us human What we think is who we are What we think is all I remember What we think is who we are That’s what makes us human Peace begins when expectations end.
6.
04:06
I can feel my heart beating in my chest Is it a warning or a sign I can’t tell which But I can tell I’ve been here once before Or maybe twice I don’t recall My mind’s at best a sleeve that fits into my curtain after all. My mind’s a sleeve that fits into my curtain and it’s closed. Although I disagree I know it’s a test I won’t bother to define The work or the rest And I can tell I’ve done this all before But to remember I must fall My mind’s at best a sleeve that fits into my curtain after all. My mind’s a sleeve that fits into my curtain and it’s closed. I breathe you in You give me life I breathe out But only for a moment, cuz I want you back inside me My heart is cut into compartments in my chest They don’t ask to be revealed Just lie like the rest But I can’t live this way I want them to take part In the open of my soul My mind’s at best a sleeve that fits into my curtain after all. My mind’s a sleeve that fits into my curtain and it’s closed.
7.
03:06
You walked into the room Sweet smell of stale perfume And I didn’t notice I closed my eyes to see You did your best to me Still I didn’t notice How can I tell my story How did it take my mind if I didn’t notice How can I live my glory How can I lose this lie if I didn’t notice You were in love with me I was too blind to see No I didn’t notice Then love fought back again Too worthy for my friend My friend didn’t notice Chorus Now it’s been 20 years My mind’s erased the fears Now I don’t notice So tell me why again I’m stuck with my old friend My friend didn’t notice
8.
03:58
Everyone thinks they’re in love with me Everyone thinks I’m in love with them But I have new ideas for love I have new ideas- I think you agree Everyone thinks they want me Everyone thinks I want them But I have new ideas for want I have new ideas- I think you agree Think you agree I just want someone I just want no one Everyone thinks they’re in love with her Everyone thinks they’re in love with her But I know of her plans I know who she is I think you agree—think you agree I just want someone I just want no one Everyone thinks they know me Everyone thinks I know myself You see what you want I see everything And I agree… I agree... I just want someone I just want no one Everyone thinks they’re in love with me
9.
Here I am once again late Following your heart not mine Too much fear to negotiate But I’m doing just fine And I need a little more time Keep your head on Mama Don’t move fast don’t move slow Keep your head on Mama And one day you will know. Seems the man that we celebrate Turned into a cartoon Too much love here to regulate Watch me hustle and bloom Cuz I need a little more room CHORUS Be peace! Be love! Be truth! And one day you will know. Why do we live defying fate Why do we even try? I just want to live and create And get out of this lie Cuz I’m tired of all the crying CHORUS
10.
Suddenly things I do you don’t like I’ve been willing to do anything you’ve asked me Changed my hair, how I dress, how I talk I wonder will it ever be enough We used to laugh together Lately my humor is no longer funny How we’ve grown apart Or is it we were never meant to be I could change all these things for you just to prove my love But then what would it mean How many times will I have to reinvent myself Til you love me for me Til you love me for me Should I change It used to be you could see just who I am Now you treat me like some stranger you could care less for Remembering the simple things we both loved Those things we had in common are no more We used to say I love you Every morning and each night before we went off to sleep… Less nights we have now What happened to the love we used to share CHORUS Should I change… Can you see the beauty in me… I am who I am meant to be… I’m not perfect, I’m not perfect But I’m perfectly me Should I change

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"Expectations" was fully funded by a 2010 Individual Artist grant from BOPA & the MSAC, and by fans through a successful Kickstarter campaign. The album was a grand experiment; I gave 10 different producers 10 different tracks with no "expectations" on how to produce the songs. The result is awesome, with genres ranging from folk to rock, hip hop to trance and highlights Sahffi's unique ability to perform and shine in many different styles of music.

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released June 14, 2011

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