Expectations

by Sahffi

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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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Track Name: Gravity
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.
Track Name: Ticktock Islands
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.
Track Name: Heart Strings
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
Track Name: Follow
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
Track Name: Who We See
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.
Track Name: Curtain
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.
Track Name: Take My Mind
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
Track Name: Everyone
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
Track Name: Keep Your Head
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
Track Name: Should I Change
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