Burden to Bear

by Lael Summer

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A True Groove Global Soul Production

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released January 21, 2014

All songs written by Lael Summer and Tomás Doncker
(except 'Do What You Want, Be What You Are' by Daryl Hall & John Oates)
Produced by Tomás Doncker, James Dellatacoma for True Groove
Executive Producer - Marla Mase
Published by MaseMusic and GroovySexMusic ASCAP 2013
Recorded at Orange Music Studios
Recording Engineer James Dellatacoma
Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at Turtletone Studios
Cover Photo by Hisao Kishimoto Back Cover Photo by Malaika Beckford
Album Art Design by Michael Luciano

Vocals: Lael Summer
Guitars: Tomás Doncker and James Dellatacoma
Bass: Joshua David, Kevin Jenkins & Booker King
Drums: Damon DueWhite & Tobias Ralph
Percussion: Daniel Sadownick
Horns: Mark Henry, Steve Bernstein & Paul Shapiro
Violin: Alan Grubner

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Lael Summer Los Angeles, California

BIO:
Lael Summer is an expressive and sultry singer/songwriter from NYC bringing a fresh pop twist to classic soul. Her cover of the Hall and Oate’s tune ‘Do What You Want, Be What You Are’ was picked as the buzz track to watch out for by the KingsOfAR.com. Currently Lael is a senior in The University of Southern California’s elite Popular Music program. ... more

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Track Name: I Need A Man
I've been around a few times
seen that greedy fire in your eyes
and I'm sorry to say
I'm not here to entertain
I ain't fakin' it
to gratify your pride
whoa, ain't here to gratify your pride

You must think I'm feelin'
fine, fine, fine
but I'm here to tell you
what's really on my mind

I need a man
who don't mess around with sweet talkin'
gotta know exactly what he's doin'
I need a man

So tired of these nights
I got an itch to scratch and you ain't doin' it right
and I'm sorry to say
I just ain't satisfied
the fire in my heart
I just can't hide

You don't really know what's on my
mind mind mind
I need a man to take me
to the finish line

I need a man
who don't mess around with sweet talkin'
gotta know exactly what he's doin'
I need a man

A woman's got her needs
I'm not here to tease
it's a two-way street
and I ain't walkin'

Here's what I'm gonna do
stop foolin' around with you
gonna stop this foolin'
stop this foolin'

'cause you don't really know what's on my
mind mind mind
I need a man to take me
to the finish line

I need a man
who don't mess around with sweet talkin'
gotta know exactly what he's doin'
I need a man (X2)

Don't chya know that
A woman's got her needs
I'm not here to tease
it's a two-way street
and I ain't walkin'

Here's what I'm gonna do
stop foolin' around with you
gonna stop this foolin'
stop this foolin'
stop this foolin'
no more foolin' with you

I need a man (4)
Track Name: Too Much
When I was a child
sometimes I would cry
words hurt me more than a fall ever could

They told me I was just too sensitive
this life's not fit for the thin skinned

So I learned to be ashamed
tried so hard to change
thought I must be crippled in some way

'cause I feel too much and I think too much
is there space enough for all of us
I stress too much and I care too much
Well, we've all got a burden to bear

I guess they were right
I really suffered, oh
turns out I couldn't hold the weight of the world

Grew up thinkin' that I was weak
a self-fulfilling prophecy

The feelings I denied
to empty my insides
never ever really went away

'cause I feel too much and I think too much
is there space enough for all of us
I stress too much and I care too much
Well, we've all got a burden to bear
We've all got a burden to bear

It's better to apologize
before I can be criticized
hoping that nobody will see
Was it worth the sacrifice
to eat myself alive

Or is there a place
is there a space
for people
like me

Chorus outro
Track Name: You're So Small
I may say I don't want bad blood between us
we smile and say goodbye
and suddenly we are strangers

and it feels so wrong
but I'd never let you know that
I'm confused but I'm done cryin'
I'm acknowledging my anger

I wish I could tell you
all the things been on my mind
my blood is boilin'
I see red all the time

I think you're pathetic
so lonely and scared
you're lucky that I ever gave a fuck or cared

You're just so small
you're just so small
so small
so small

We both know that I got twice the balls that you do
You won't look me in the eyes
but still I see right through you

and it feels so wrong
no need to justify it
you think you're mister nice guy
it's bullshit I don't buy it

I wish I could tell you
all the things been on my mind
my blood is boilin'
I see red all the time

I think you're pathetic
so lonely and scared
you're lucky that I ever gave a fuck or cared

and I hope you regret it
you used to pray that I'd call
you're lucky that I ever gave a fuck at all
So small

(repeat chorus)
outro
Track Name: Make You Whole
All the things she carried
no one should ever have to hold
and I think about her every single day

In her sleep she screams
but can't remember what she dreamed about
'cause in the morning
she'll be countin' sheep again

We're only as sick as the secrets we keep
and you've kept yours for a long long time

I'm so sorry
you were the pawn in their cruel games
and they kept you so afraid
I never had the chance to say
I'm so sorry
you were left with all the shame
and if I could I'd pick the pieces up for you
and make you whole

She looks at her reflection
and sees eyes that aren't hers
and her palms are bruised from pressin' them away

With no place else to go
and no one to hear her cry
she'd close her eyes and in her mind
take flight

We're only as sick as the secrets we keep
and you've kept yours for a long long time

I'm so sorry
you were the pawn in their cruel games
and they kept you so afraid
I never had the chance to say
I'm so sorry
you were left with all the shame
and if I could I'd pick the pieces up for you
and make you whole

Do you remember
all those nights we couldn't sleep
there were so many of them
we sang all the songs with words we couldn't speak
but i knew you were talkin'
think you knew that I was too

Do you remember
me

We're only as sick as the secrets we keep
and I wonder if you're doin' fine

I'm so sorry
you were the pawn in their cruel games
and they kept you so afraid
I never had the chance to say
I'm so sorry
you were left with all the shame
and if I could I'd pick the pieces up for you
and make you whole

All the things she carried
no one should ever have to hold
and I think about her every single day
Track Name: It's About Soul
Ain't it hard for a girl
livin' in this world

Born and bred
misled
this shit's gettin' to my head
gettin' to my head

How are we supposed to be
when all we see
is contradictory
contradictory

It ain't about my legs
it ain't about my thighs
it ain't about those magazines poisoning our minds
it ain't about my hair
it ain't about my clothes
Lemme tell you what it's all about
It's about soul

Always tryin' to fit in
to my jeans
gotta be thin

First it's boobs
then it's ass
show some skin
but keep it classy

Curves are in
curves are out
you just can't win
what's this all about
what's it all about

It ain't about my legs
it ain't about my thighs
it ain't about those magazines poisoning our minds
it ain't about my hair
it ain't about my clothes
Lemme tell you what it's all about
It's about soul

I'm all over that soul
and I'm superbad
nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah

How are we supposed to feel
tryin' to measure up to some ideal
come on girls let's celebrate
we are real
got sex appeal
hoist yourselves up
get on top
take the wheel
you're smokin' hot

It ain't about my legs
it ain't about my thighs
it ain't about those magazines sellin' us their dirty lies
it ain't about my hair
it ain't about my clothes
Lemme tell you what it's all about
It's about soul

(Outro chorus)
Track Name: In Time
This morning you left me
I had barely put on my clothes
The fog clouding up the window
found its way through our door

I finally saw it
you were tired
and so was I
I put down my ammunition
and to our fate I resigned

Give it some time to breathe
give it some room to grow
and I know in time it will all unfold

Under my sheets I listen
to the days and the nights passin' by
drifting along in limbo
like a part of me has died

Forgot what it's like to be without you
forgot what it's like to be
on my own

We need to
give it some time to breathe
give it some room to grow
and I know in time it will all unfold
in time
in time
in time
in time

Guitar solo

It's been raining forever
and I'm waiting for some kind of sign
each drop reminds me
you're not here by my side

Forgot what it's like to be without you
forgot what it's like to be
on my own

We need to
give it some time to breathe
give it some room to grow
and I know in time it will all unfold
in time
in time
in time
in time
Track Name: Kiss and Tell
I got a secret
don't know how long I can keep it
my friends they wanna know
why I always gotta go

I try to hide it
I bite my lip to keep me quiet

I got me such a good thing
such a good thing
so fine oughta be a crime
don't know what the hell is on my mind

I'm gonna kiss and tell
'cause when it's so good
can't keep it to myself

I think I'll kiss and tell
'cause when the kissin's so sweet
you can hear my heart beatin'
beatin'

You see, I found a boy
he got me meltin' in the summer heat
he's like a candy store
one taste of sugar leaves me wantin' more (suga)

We were blowin' bubbles
kisses in the sky
oh I think I'm rising high
so high

I got me such a good thing
such a good thing
so fine oughta be a crime
don't know what the hell is on my mind

I'm gonna kiss and tell
'cause when it's so good
can't keep it to myself

I think I'll kiss and tell
when the kissin's so sweet
you can hear my heart beatin'
buh buh buh beatin'

I got a secret
don't know how long I can keep it

We were blowin' bubbles
kisses in the sky
oh I think I'm rising high
so high

I'm gonna kiss and tell
'cause when it's so good
can't keep it to myself

I think I'll kiss and tell
and when the kissin's so sweet
you can hear my heart beatin'

I'm gonna kiss and tell
kiss and tell
when the kissin's so sweet
you can hear my heart beatin'
Oh, beatin'

Kissin's so sweet
you can hear my heart
my heart beat
you can hear my heart beatin'
buh buh buh beatin'
Track Name: What Do I Know (about love)
So, I'm insecure
not self-assured
a little scared

I like black and white
no room for gray
where is my faith

I feel like a fool
I always do
I always do

I had it all figured out
I'm too smart
I'm too proud
my mind can control my heart
or so I thought
or so I thought

What do I know about love
what do I know 'bout this stuff
can it be that someday love will happen to me
what do I know about love

Well, I'm young
I'm havin' fun
but I want more
I am free
but I'm still green with envy

I had it all figured out
I'm too smart
I'm too proud
my mind can control my heart
or so I thought
or so I thought

What do I know about love
what do I know 'bout this stuff
can it be that someday love will happen to me
what do I know about love
about love

It never seems to turn out well
love is heaven
love is hell
they say that we can't force these things
but I've been waiting patiently
so patiently

What do I know about love
what do I know 'bout this stuff
can it be that someday love will happen to me
what do I know about love


outro chorus
Track Name: Look Around
We're lookin' in all the wrong places
ifs and whens and neverneverland
can't bring us happiness
always waiting on the next big thing
to fill the emptiness

Oh, don't you know
that wherever you go
is the right place to be
Oh, don't you know

Look around
this is what you got
it's what you got
look around
make sure you haven't forgotten
that you're here for a reason
Look around

It's tempting to blame circumstance
always gonna have hard days
but breathe easy, baby
it ain't always gonna be this way

Oh, don't you know
that wherever you go
is the right place to be
Oh, don't you know

Look around
this is what you got
it's what you got
look around
make sure you haven't forgotten
that you're here for a reason
look around
look around
this is what you got
it's what you got
look around
make sure you haven't forgotten
that you're here for a reason

If only
I was someplace else
if I was someone else
then everything would be okay

Look around
this is what you got
it's what you got
look around
make sure you haven't forgotten
that you're here for a reason
look around
look around
this is what you got
it's what you got
look around
make sure you haven't forgotten
that you're here for a reason
look around

Oh, don't you know
that wherever you go
is the right place to be
Oh, don't you know
that you're here for a reason
you're here for a reason
you're here for a reason

Look around
Track Name: Unconditionally
I'll tell you I'm fine
just gonna hide a little while

I'll tell you I'm leavin'
and when I go
there's no stoppin' me

But you don't fall for these games I play
so you take me by the hand
take me by the hand

You give me everything
you give me everything
you give me everything
Unconditionally

Boy, you're playin' with fire
so spare yourself
a third degree

I'm not tryin' to be cruel
when I push and I pull
I'm just made that way

They say the thrill is in the chase
so you take me by the hand
take me by the hand

You give me everything
you give me everything
you give me everything
Unconditionally

I can't promise that I'll change my ways
but I beg you to stay
and always love me
Unconditionally

They say the thrill is in the chase
so you take me by the hand
take me by the hand

You give me everything
you give me everything
you give me everything

and always love me
always love me
always love me

Unconditionally
Track Name: The Good Fight
I know I'm where I oughta be
but that don't make it easier
I gotta keep pushin' on
even if I do it blindly

The cynics,
they may laugh at me
but I try my best to ignore 'em
'cause I've been among the bitter crowd
and where did it get me

Lately
I've been feeling weak
let this disease grab a hold of me
so tell me,
does it ever get better than this
'cause I don't wanna be

Just another lost cause
stuck in a hard time
doing the same old dance
singing the same old song

I don't wanna be
a revolving door case
don't wanna fall
don't wanna cave
don't wanna waste and throw it away
I have to fight the good fight

We can't be forced against our will
can't be fed if we don't wanna be full
we swear we could never be swayed
swore we'd never change our ways

We thought we were in control
but it's time for letting go

Lately
I've been feeling weak
let this disease grab a hold of me
so tell me,
does it ever get better than this
'cause I don't wanna be

Just another lost cause
stuck in a hard time
doing the same old dance
singing the same old song

I don't wanna be
a revolving door case
don't wanna fall
don't wanna cave
don't wanna waste and throw it away
I have to fight the good fight

Oh, I know it's hard sometimes
when waking up feels just like a waste of time
and oh, I know it's hard to breathe
I"m cryin' out
I'm cryin
I don't wanna be

Just another lost cause
stuck in a hard time
doing the same old dance
singing the same old song

I don't wanna be
a revolving door case
don't wanna fall
don't wanna cave
don't wanna waste and throw it away
I have to fight the good fight
I have to fight the good fight (X4)