If We Were

by Arthur Lewis

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released September 30, 2008

Written, performed, and recorded by Arthur Lewis.
Art by Rick Orlosky.



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Arthur Lewis New York

Singer, composer, and pianist from Queens, and founding member of Freestyle Love Supreme. I write indie soul songs and delight in spontaneous melody and open space.

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Track Name: Far Side of Town
I was running on the far side of town
When I ran into a friend of mine
He was looking for he wouldn't-say-what
But I should have known
To try and find out

Soon he had me spending all of my days
On the far side of town
With an ancient map
People asked me where I'd been all my life
And I told them I’d been trying to find out


Help me, doctor, I've been pointing both ways
I've been standing here for days
With my ancient map
Can you give me just a little advice
Can you show me how
Can you change my life?

And then she told me that she'd seen this before
With her eyes on the door and my ancient map
Then she said that I was running out of time
And I’d better hurry up
Before I...


I was living on the far side of town
When I ran into a friend of mine
When he asked me how I'd been all this time,
Well, I told him I’d been trying to find out

I said I hadn't found he-wouldn't-say-what,
And I showed him what remained of his ancient map
He never thought that I would take it all this far
But he couldn't help me out
Cause he'd forgotten what it was
And he hoped I was doing fine
But he couldn't stay to find out

Track Name: La Da Da Dee
A solitary man
But proud of the life that I’m living
Took a break from love
To enjoy the blessings I’d been given, and I’m
Caught up in the thought of what I might become
Might seem strange to some
But I sang a song of freedom


But April came
Sweet and unexpected
We opened up our minds
But my heart remained protected
Until I saw the holy place inside her eyes
And she held me there till sunrise
But when morning comes
A songbird flies


Riding the train, and the sound of your breath lingers on
A night so beautiful, we nearly missed the dawn
We talked in the afternoon, but memories put me to bed
And love snuck in on the backs of the things that we said

She came back to town
But still I stood my ground
Told myself that I didn’t want to be tied down

But you know how they say you never know what you’ve got until it’s gone
The summer ended, and she had a plane to get on

What was I running from?
I talked about freedom
But the thing I didn’t see
Was that falling in love
Can set you free

The camera saved her smile
But a picture can’t say anything
So the caption in my mind
Says "This is what December brings."
So I return to ordinary things
And when she’s done with traveling
My love will hear the song that I sing

Track Name: Silly Pop Song
Monday, I'd been working hard since early morning
Now I needed somewhere to lay my head
Stumbled into my room
And I wondered how you
Fit so many strangers in my bed

Though you asked me to stay
At least ten miles away
Though the sparkle in your smile
Is just the natural state of decay
Though you're nothing at all
Like the woman I was dreaming of
I just want to tell the world that
I'm in love

Tuesday, you said that you wanted to surprise me
So I played along, I put the blindfold on
What could go wrong?
Good thing I've got good hearing
Who knew Metronorth trains
Could come on so silent and so strong?

Though you're never hard to find
If I know where they keep the wine
Though you like to clean my place
Just so you can rob me blind
Though your "friend from outer space"
Is the only thing sent from above
I just want to tell the world that
I'm in love

And my friends, they all tell me
That I'm crazy for loving you
When I've already got three broken bones
Now I know from watching movies
And the television too
That anything
Anything is better than
Being alone

Though you really like to laugh
At my family photographs
So you want to be my wife
So you can tell the judge you want half
Though your favorite thing in life
Is to find old ladies to shove
I just want to tell the world...
I just want to tell the world...
That I'm in...
Track Name: If We Were
If we were meant to be living and silently waiting
Why would we be
Given this precious and passionate life
Now we're
Waiting for the day
That the world will say
Everything we've hoped for has just come our way

A young man stands
Staring down
Into the deep blue ocean below
He reaches out his hand to me
Hopes that I'll take it
Hopes that I'll join him
I know this is a dream
On the other side
I see a beautiful garden
I don't know why or what it is
But I know
This is where I want to be
Living here inside this dream
Happy and alive and free, but...

He jumps
And he tries so hard to get across
But oh, he falls...

And I watch the fear across his face
As he begins to realize what he's done

I'm glad I stayed away
And I don't know what to say
As the waters drag him away


And as I stand there missing him
He returns
Smiling his big crooked smile
He reaches out his hand to me again and I refuse it cause I can't swim
And I don't want to fall, and I'm afraid of falling
And I just don't think we'd ever get across

So I watch as he jumps
And he tries so hard to get across
But oh, he falls...

And as he tumbles
As I watch him falling
I am thinking of a time when I was young
And never thought about
The consequences or the reasons
For the things I dreamed about

And as I'm lost in thought
I watch as he comes back again
And makes the jump again and floats away again

I'm so afraid again
And I can't stand to watch him die
But I can't move

So I watch as he comes back again
And makes the jump again and floats away again
And I watch as he comes back

And I watch as he jumps
And he tries so hard to get across
But oh...

And I finally realize my mistake
As he waves to me from on the other side
He's so happy
But I can't help feeling like something inside me has just died

Don't know why I stayed away
And I don't know what to say
So I turn and walk away