Bestow

by Stephen Simmons

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This year I became an Uncle for the fourth time, watched my Niece start kindergarten, seen my older Nephew become a teenager and the eldest begin college. As with everything in my life, I usually try to say in song how I feel.

I recorded this album at home in Nashville, TN.

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released August 12, 2016

Stephen Simmons: vocals, guitar, harmonica
Recorded & Mixed by Stephen Simmons at Captain Ryman Studio
Mastered by Alex McCollough at True East Mastering

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Stephen Simmons Nashville, Tennessee

Stephen Simmons was raised in the small town of Woodbury, Tennessee. As a songwriter and Ten years as a Road Dog, Stephen’s vision has grown to entail more than just reflections of rural America. Stephen’s records (which were compared to everyone from Johnny Cash to Ryan Adams) combine virtuosic songcraft and musicianship with unparalleled artistic honesty. ... more

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Track Name: Bestow
BESTOW

Well what do you know?
I’ve got three Nephews and a little Niece
And they take turns
Tugging at my heart sleeves

You’ll never understand
And my Aunt told me long ago
Till you hold those little tiny hands
of your blood kin of your own


Chorus:
I wish I could bestow
Faith, Love and Hope
Kindness and Tenderness and Grace
And an easy road
All that I own
With my heart and soul
To you I bequeath
As you grow old

There were little heart clouds
In the Tennessee summer sky
I’d have got one down for all of you
If I could jump that high

I’d love you
all the way to the moon and back
If there really was some kind
Of celestial rainbow track

Chorus




words and music by Stephen Simmons / copyright secured all rights reserved / SESAC / Shiny Geode Music
Track Name: Prayer For Bryson
PRAYER FOR BRYSON

It's a funny world we live in
Buddy you and me
This funny little human being
Still so much of a mystery
You're growing up everyday
You're Mama says 'just like a weed'
I wish sometimes you'd stay this age
That your innocence would never leave

But you’re going to grow up
And I'm sure one day you'll ask me
How butterflies can come from worms
How birds can fly and bees can sting
Did I like school when I was your age
How some kids can be so mean
How come the sky above is blue
Why some Daddy's choose to leave

Chorus:
Tonight I say a prayer for you
As I watch you sleep
I pray the Lord will smile on you
And bring you those sweet dreams
There's a lot of things in this ole world
That you have yet to see
I pray you always grace
And in yourself always believe

Now little boys have to grow up
Someday to be a man
I fear this world will only get colder
And as it is sometimes it's all I can stand
Your Mama does the best for you
That a young woman can
The way she takes care of you
I see little sister's stronger than I am

It's an Uncle's job to give advice
And spoil you when I can
But I love you like you are my own
So I'll always try to be more than that
Someday I just might have kids of my own
But you’ll never have to worry ‘bout me
I love you now, I'll love you then,
Buddy my love for you will never leave

Chorus




~Stephen Simmons
SESAC / Shiny Geode Music
Track Name: A Lullaby
A LULLABY

May the sun always find you
May the clouds part from your skies
And the truth never unkind
May your mind be open and enlightened
May your heart be loving and beat in time
Oh not like mine

Chorus:
Oh I wish everything for you child
But I hope you won't mind won't all fit in a Lullaby

I'm your blood a long long line of
Dreamers in your Family who conspire in hope
A family code
Like a link to your own Cosmos
I touched the hands of the ones you never did know
But you feel them in your soul

Chorus

May you never be scared of the night time
May you never be afraid to read the names on the graves
This World is only one phase
You're the future but child be mindful
We were once too in our day
Now we pass our love on to you in good faith

Chorus


Words and music by -Stephen Simmons/SESAC/Shiny Geode Music / all rights reserved
Track Name: Go To Sleep Little Sheep
GO TO SLEEP LITTLE SHEEP

Go to sleep
Little Sheep
Put some ice cubes in your sheets
Let em melt and cool you down
Feels like a thousand degrees tonight in your town

Tomorrow you can hike on a mountain
You can play all day by a stream
But now you must go to sleep
So you can have those sweet cool dreams

Go to sleep
Little Sheep
Put some ice cubes in your sheets
Let em melt and cool you down
Feels like a thousand degrees tonight in your town

Tomorrow you can hike on a mountain
You can play all day by a stream
But now you must go to sleep
So you can have those sweet cool dreams

Go to sleep
Little Sheep
Put some ice cubes in your sheets
Let em melt and cool you down
Feels like a thousand degrees tonight in your town



words and music by Stephen Simmons / copyright secured all rights reserved / SESAC / Shiny Geode Music