Overcome

by Kathy Stock

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Overcome is Kathy Stock's moving, inspiring, fun, deep, and thoughtful debut album. With songs written and chosen through seasons of raising kids, having cancer, ending relationships and beginning again, these combinations of lyrics and melodies are powerfully moving and relatable.

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released September 12, 2019

"Thank you to Peter Daniel Newman for producing, arranging, co-writing, harmonizing, and encouraging. You took a dream and made it into a vivid reality. I couldn’t have done this without you. Thank you.

Big thanks to Joe Novan in the US of A for mixing the tracks, to Chelsea Eason for creating the beautiful cover artwork, and Paul Snow for making the CD and Vinyl covers work. I’m so grateful to all of you.

Thank you to my talented father, Howard Smith, for lending your voice and bass skills to “Wildwood Flower.” At 73 years old, you are still one of the most talented and gifted people I have ever met and I am honoured to have you on my album.

This album is dedicated to the people in my life who have helped me ‘Overcome.’

To my husband, Jason, with whom I have overcome a lifetime of highs and lows in 16 (and counting) years of marriage. We’ve held on, ‘through the tears and the laughter.’ At times it’s been a ‘Beautiful Disaster’ but love, commitment and hard work have brought us ‘Something Good.’ I am so grateful for how we’ve grown and changed and that we found our way back to each other. Thank you for being my biggest fan.

To our sons, Caden and Preston. The world is absolutely a better place because, ‘You Were Born.’ Being your mother is my greatest accomplishment and I am so proud of the very different kinds of men you are growing up to be. You have kept me going and inspired me to greatness in a way no one else ever could. I adore you both.

To my amazing parents, Howard and Judy, for contributing to who I am, encouraging who I’m continually becoming, and loving me every step of the way. To my family, near and far, blood and chosen, and to everyone who has supported my music throughout the years, this is for you. I’ve been performing for a decade, across the USA and Canada, from stadiums to dive bars to handfuls of people in living rooms and at camp fires and I have loved every minute of it. Choosing art as a career is an unconventional life, made possible by people who believe in it…people like you.

Thank you.”

- Kathy

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Kathy Stock St. John'S, Newfoundland and Labrador

Kathy Stock is a singer-songwriter, performer, recording artist, published author, mother of two, wife of one, young adult cancer survivor/advocate, lover of cats, dogs, chocolate, and life itself. Kathy performs all over Canada and the USA and lives with her husband and two sons in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. ... more

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Track Name: Time
You want to skip ahead and read the last page first
‘Cause even if it’s bad not knowing is the worst
Summer will change to Fall, Winter will change to Spring
There is a curtain call for every song we sing

It takes time, that’s what they keep sayin’
That’s what they keep sayin’, it takes time
It takes time, that’s what they keep sayin’
That’s what they keep sayin’, it takes time

She’s prayed a million prayers and nothing’s happening
It feels like there is no one up there listening
He’s never felt this low and there’s no end in sight
He walks a darkened road hoping he’ll find the light

But it takes time, that’s what they keep sayin’
That’s what they keep sayin’, it takes time
It takes time, that’s what they keep sayin’
That’s what they keep sayin’, it takes time

For every scar there was a wound
It doesn’t hurt like it use to
Hearts will break and hearts will mend
Whatever starts comes to an end

It takes time, that’s what they keep sayin’
That’s what they keep sayin’, it takes time

Oh it takes time, that’s what they keep sayin’
That’s what they keep sayin’, it takes time
Oh It takes time, that’s what they keep sayin’
That’s what they keep sayin’, it takes time
Oh, it takes time, that’s what they keep sayin’
That’s what they keep sayin’, it takes time
Track Name: Beautiful Disaster
He drowns in his dreams and exquisite extreme I know
He’s as damned as he seems more heaven than a heart could hold
And if I try to save him my whole world would cave in
It just ain’t right, it just ain’t right

Oh and I don’t know, I don’t know what he’s after
But he’s a beautiful, such a beautiful disaster
And if I could hold on through the tears and the laughter
Would it be beautiful or just a beautiful disaster?

He’s magic and myth, as strong as what I believe
He’s a tragedy with more damage than a soul should see
But do I try to change him? So hard not to blame him
Hold me tight, hold me tight

Oh and I don’t know, I don’t know what he’s after
But he’s a beautiful, such a beautiful disaster
And if I could hold on through the tears and the laughter
Would it be beautiful or just a beautiful disaster?

He’s soft to the touch but frayed at the end he breaks
He’s never enough and still he’s more than I can take…

Oh and I don’t know, I don’t know what he’s after
But he’s a beautiful, such a beautiful disaster
And if I could hold on through the tears and the laughter
Would it be beautiful or just a beautiful disaster?
Would it be beautiful or just a beautiful disaster?
Track Name: Something Good
Your hand fits perfectly in mine
I think about you all the time
I say dumb things when I’m in love
But nothing could ever mess this up

We’ve got something good
We’ve got something good
We’ve got something good
We’ve got something good

I like to tell how we first met
You smile ’cause you always forget
We laugh at all of the same things
You are my favourite human being

We’ve got something good
We’ve got something good
We’ve got something good
We’ve got something good

I’ve never been the kind to write a love song
But I just can’t help it this time

We’ve got something good
We’ve got something good
We’ve got something good
We’ve got something good

We’ve got something good
Track Name: Maybe
Maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on you
Maybe I should try harder to be kind
Maybe I shouldn’t try to prove I’m anything
Maybe I should try to keep an open mind

I’ve heard it said that hindsight’s clear
But recently I’m still a bit confused
Was it me or was it you? Now I’m not sure what do
I’m leaning towards thinking it was me

Maybe I was and maybe I wasn’t
Maybe I should have and maybe I couldn’t
Maybe I can’t but maybe I can
Maybe I did, maybe I will, maybe I am

Maybe you shouldn’t be so hard on yourself
Maybe you shouldn’t be afraid to fight
Maybe you could stop pretending all the time
If maybe you could feel for once that you were right

I’m the one who controls me
But I think I need to a better job
Of knowing when to go or stay and when to look the other way
This is really difficult to say

Maybe I was and maybe I wasn’t
Maybe I should have and maybe I couldn’t
Maybe I can’t but maybe I can
Maybe I did, maybe I will, maybe I am

Maybe I was and maybe I wasn’t
Maybe I should have but maybe I couldn’t
Maybe I can’t but maybe I can
Maybe I did, maybe I will, maybe I am
Maybe I did, maybe I will, maybe I am
Track Name: Not Good For Me
I guess it’s finally come down to here, down to now
I must admit, it’s been a long time coming
I’ve waited all this time in hope’s that you to come around
And when I hear your voice, they’re filled with nothing

I’m cutting my loses, embracing my gains
I wish you well and close another chapter

You’re not good for me, you’re not good for me
You make me into someone I don’t want to be
You’re not good for me

So blinded by self you can not see anyone else
You’re a trail of broken hearts and smokin’ bridges
I’ve come to see you’re not good for me
As hard as it’s been for me to finally admit it

I’m cutting my loses, embracing my gains
I wish you well and close another chapter

You’re not good for me, you’re not good for me
You make me into someone I don’t want to be
You’re not good for me

There’s no method to this madness, I would choose another way
But I can’t stay like this forever I can’t stay like this for one more day

You’re not good for me, you’re not good for me
You make me into someone I don’t want to be
You’re not good for me

You’re not good for me, you’re not good for me
You make me into someone I don’t want to be
You’re not good for me
Track Name: Sonny's Dream
Sonny lives on a farm on a wide open space
You can take off your shoes and give up the race
You can lay down your head by a sweet river bed
But Sonny always remembers what it was his Mama said,

“Sonny don’t go away, I am here all alone
And your daddy’s a sailor who never comes home
And the nights get so long and the silence goes on
And I’m feeling so tired, I’m not all that strong”

Sonny carries a load though he’s barely a man
There ain’t all that to do, still he does what he can
And he watches the sea from a room by the stairs
And the waves keep on rollin’, they’ve done that for years

Sonny don’t go away, I am here all alone
And your daddy’s a sailor who never comes home
And the nights get so long and the silence goes on
And I’m feeling so tired, I’m not all that strong

Sonny’s dreams can’t be real, they’re just stories he’s read
They’re the stars in his eyes, they’re just dreams in his head
And he’s hungry inside for the wide world outside
And I know I can’t hold him though I’ve tried and I’ve tried

Sonny don’t go away, I am here all alone
And your daddy’s a sailor who never comes home
All these nights get so long and the silence goes on
And I’m feeling so tired, I’m not all that strong

Sonny don’t go away, I am here all alone
And your daddy’s a sailor who never comes home
And the nights get so long and the silence goes on
And I’m feeling so tired, I’m not all that strong
Track Name: You Were Born
You were born three weeks early
And that is so like you to do
You came in March, just like a lion
Ahead of plan but right on cue

You’ve never been a fan of waiting
You’re always ready for what’s next
Too tough to be somebody’s baby
But I never will forget

The day we took you home and we were all alone
And Daddy held you on his chest
He whispered, “I don’t know how anyone leaves home,
how someone walks away from this.”

And the world looks better now
It’s more beautiful, somehow
‘Cause you were born, ’cause you were born

You showed up one day in April
Like a flower in the Spring
You grew to look just like your mother
You love to dance, you love to sing

When I see you, I see my childhood
We are very much the same
You showed up on that day in April
And we are all so glad you came

Because the world looks better now
It’s more beautiful, somehow
‘Cause you were born, ’cause you were born

You are everything I never knew I wanted
You’re my heart living outside of my chest
And when the world tries to dull the fire inside you
Remember who you are and don’t forget

That the world looks better now
It’s more beautiful, somehow
‘Cause you were born, ’cause you were born

Oh my world is better now
I can’t picture it without
Oh it’s so much better now
‘Cause you were born, ’cause you were born
Track Name: Wildwood Flower
Oh I’ll twine with my mingles and waving black hair
With the roses so red and the lilies so fair
And the myrtles so bright with the emerald dew
The pale and the leader and eyes look like blue

I will dance, I will sing, and my laugh shall be gay
I will charm every heart in her crown I will sway
When I woke from my dreaming my idols were clay
All portions of love were all blown away

Oh she taught me to leave her and promised to love
And to cherish her over all others above
How my heart is now wondering no misery can tell
She left me no warning, no words of farewell

Yes she taught me to leave her and called me her flower
That was blooming to cheer her through life’s dreary hour
Oh, I long to see her and regret the dark hour
She’s gone and neglected her pale wildwood flower

Yes, she taught me to leave her and called me her flower
That was blooming to cheer her through life’s dreary hour
Oh I long to see her and regret the dark hour
She’s gone and neglected her pale wildwood flower

Oh I long to see her and regret the dark hour
She’s gone and neglected her pale wildwood flower
Track Name: Already Know
I know you’re here and no longer gone
But now it is me who just doesn’t belong
And I know you’re different than you use to be
You’re no longer you and I’m no longer me

And I wouldn’t have asked and you wouldn’t have told
You wouldn’t if I didn’t already know
And sometimes the best haunts me like a ghost
I’m telling you things that you already know

The heart that was stone has turned into flesh
But time heals the wounds and the wounds still feel fresh
It’s everything I want it to be
But you’re no longer you and I’m no longer me

And I wouldn’t have asked and you wouldn’t have told
You wouldn’t if I didn’t already know
And sometimes the best haunts me like a ghost
I’m telling you things that you already know

I wouldn’t have asked and you wouldn’t have told
You wouldn’t if I didn’t already know
And sometimes the best haunts me like a ghost
I’m telling you things that you already know

I wouldn’t have asked and you wouldn’t have told
You wouldn’t if I didn’t already know
And sometimes the best haunts me like a ghost
I’m telling you things that you already know
I’m telling you things that you already know
Track Name: Overcome
A soul can withstand a lot before it caves
And what doesn’t crush it makes it better
Bareness and cold have never robbed our joy
We stand our ground and pray for better weather

We have never been the kind to fall apart
When the wind starts blowing
We have never been the kind to drift away
Instead we raise our anchor and keep going

We overcome, we overcome
We mourn the things we’ve lost and cherish what we’ve won
We have overcome, We have overcome

It takes a lot of strength to face another day
When the day before it left you beaten
But every painful step brings you closer to a world
That will be better for your children

We overcome, we overcome
We mourn the things we’ve lost and cherish what we’ve won
We have overcome, We have overcome

And we are not the sum of our mistakes
We are a testament to the sacrifices that were made

We overcome, we overcome
We mourn the things we’ve lost and cherish what we’ve won
We have overcome, We have overcome

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