Division

by Samuel Joseph Kim

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This album was one of the first albums that didn’t really start with a concept, because I just wanted it to organically come together on its own. I did, however, want to fulfill a wish I had about the mood of the album. My mother, who is living in Canada, would often tell me that she listened to my music while sitting at the couch, and as she listened, she would look out of the picture window overlooking their vast farm field. I was hoping this album could somehow provide a soundtrack to those cloudy but serene Vancouver skies (and incidentally, that’s what I chose as the photo subject for the single cover to “All Around You”). Somehow, I wanted this album to be my connection to home while I was living far away from family.

As I continued to work on this album, many of the themes and feelings that emerged seemed to relate to the different kinds of divides in our lives and our longing to resolve those distances. Our lives can be disconnected from those around us in so many ways, and even from the ones that we love the most. I hope that these songs can somehow help you find the hope needed to resolve those divides.

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released November 3, 2008

(c)2008 strangers and angels music

Written, performed, and produced by Samuel Joseph Kim

Performed, Recorded and Prodcuced by Samuel Joseph Kim
Piano samples on “On Your Side” by Albert Chiang

Recorded and mixed in Pomona, CA
Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering, Chicago, IL

Album art and design by Samuel Joseph Kim, Hyun Lee, and Kevin Lee

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Samuel Kim is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer currently based in San Francisco, CA.

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Track Name: On Your Side
“I’m on your side
Is it ‘cause my love is blind?”
Track Name: Theory For Everything
I used to believe in a theory for everything
That everything was somehow connected to everything (to ev’rything)
I used to hold to a theory for everything
Everyone’s gotta be made for something
And someone
And someone

But now I can’t see the meaning
Is all that data just an analog for dreaming?

A man wakes up to find himself
As dead as his memory
He can’t remember what he’s been dismembered from
(He’s attached to no one)

I used to believe in theories and meanings
Long words, mathematics and teachings
To tell you the truth, it all sounds so empty
Don’t leave me hanging
In the train wreck of my feelings

Why does this love give you so much meaning?
Don’t leave me hanging...
Track Name: Touching From A Distance
Seasons can twist us so strange
The winds decide more than we think
Addictions are strong
And desires won’t die
Is it selfishness pushing us to the brink?

What can you do,
What can you say
From a distance?

On and on it goes
On and on it goes
On and on it goes
On and on it goes

I keep touching you from a distance
I keep touching you always like this

Tensions ride high and fears seem so clear
I know I keep running away but I want you here

What can you do?
What can you say?
What can you do?
What can you say?

I keep touching you from a distance
I keep touching you always like this

On and on it goes
[What can you do?]
On and on it goes
[What can you say?]
On and on it goes
[What can you do?]
[What can you do? What can you say from a distance?]
Track Name: Snowfall (Wasted Space)
We blur into one
Two hearts undone
We, we have no one

And I can’t hear you anymore
Our language is not the same
There’s nothing to fight
There’s no demon to blame
There’s no one to blame

Snow falls in low light
Can you see this tonight?

‘Cause I can’t hear you anymore
Our words don’t mean the same
The passage of time, distance, and light
The scales of wrong and right
There’s no one left to blame
Don’t leave me in this space

All this wasted space...

You call my name..,
Do you know my name?
Do you know my name?
Dreaming...
So much wasted space...
Track Name: Breakdown
I hit the road now full speed running
My mind’s afire burning on nothing [2x]

All I want to do is
Break down break down break down
All I want to do is
Break down

The film score is playing a slow motion symphony
The light is flashing, catching, printing a memory [2x]

I want to turn away and
Break down
I want to turn away and
Break down

O how beautiful
To step all over
The rubble of used and outdated love
To turn to the city and its blazing walls
To break down break down break down
Into a pillar of salt

I just want to break down
I just want to break down

Tear it up and break it all down again!
Tear it up and break it all down again!
Tear it up!
Tear it up!
Track Name: Caught You Looking
I caught you looking away
You’ve got a ghost you can’t escape
Haunts all your freedoms
Lives in your pain

Hope is the hardest thing to break
You believe in fear, not faith
You believe in the power of hate

You don’t have to live this way
No, you don’t have to live this way
There’s no point in being ashamed

The loneliest places are inside
Your harshest rivals are love and pride

You don’t have to live this way
No, you don’t have to live this way
You don’t have to live this way
No, you don’t have to be ashamed
You don’t have to live this way
Track Name: Meditation
Instrumental
Track Name: Please Wait
Wait, please wait
Don’t start without me
We promised so much
So much to risk that we can’t keep

Wait
Please wait for me
Our love is fragile
Can’t you see?

Promises made
Things that we can’t see
Love, this love
A never ending mystery

I don’t know how to add it all up
I don’t know when
When I should give up
I don’t know where we’re heading to
I don’t know the future
And neither do you
And neither do you

If you believe
Then wait for me
Please wait for me
Please wait for me
Track Name: All Around You
It’s all around you
You just can’t believe it

You ought to take more time;
If you could receive it
It’s all around you

You should see it’s not your fault;
It’s easier to wait for breakdowns,
But lift your head now
‘Cause it’s all around you

It’s all around you
Yes, it’s all around you

From before time began
And after we’re gone

It’s all around you

And it’s all around you
And it’s all around you

It’s all around you...