Song Lyric Sunday | “This Step Alone” – Elliott Yamin

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Bottom/End/Middle/Side/Top.

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Coming in third in American Idol’s season 5 didn’t stop Elliott Yamin from climbing the charts after leaving the talent variety show.

Less than a year later, Yamin’s 2007 self-titled debut album–later renamed Wait For You–debuted at number one on the Billboard Independent Albums, number three on the Billboard 200, and included the Top Twenty single, Wait For You.

My selection is from Elliott’s second album, the 2009 Fight for Love.

This Step Alone is the eleventh of the album’s dozen songs, and while not released as a single, it still garners consistent airplay on adult radio stations.

The song is about a couple whose paths go in two different directions. He tried to stay hopeful but always knew she’d walk away. Still, it doesn’t keep him from wanting her by his side.

FUN FACTS

    • On May 16, 2007, Yamin performed his hit single, Wait for You, on the American Idol Season 6 Top 3 results show. The song jumped 60 spots on iTunes in a few hours as well as from 80 to 31 on the Billboard Hot 100. Following the performance, sales of his self-titled album increased, jumping 47 spots on the Billboard 200, from 67 to 20.
    •  Elliott’s celebrity in Japan has outshone his U.S. fandom since almost from the beginning of his solo career. All of his music receives special releases in Japan and he was named one of the Best 3 New Artists (International) by the 23rd Annual Japan Gold Disc Awards along with Leona Lewis and Flo Rida.
    • Dropping out of high school in his sophomore year, Yamin later achieved a high school GED while working at Foot Locker (in their management program), a pharmacy, and as an on-air disc jockey for local R&B radio station WCDX/Power 92 FM, using the name E-Dub before auditioning for American Idol.
    • A history of ear infections as a child and eardrum replacement surgery at 13 left Yamin with 90% hearing loss in his right ear. He was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of 16 and wears an insulin pump to help him manage his diabetes.

 

Enjoy!

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This Step Alone

by Elliot Yamin

Songwriters: Elliott Yamin / Dapo Torimiro / Alexander James / J. Abraham
It’s takin’ it’s toll girl
This silence is cold
We’re stuck at a dead end
I’m startin’ to wonder
Did I say something wrong?
I keep askin’ the question
Will you turn around and come with me?
Or should I read the signs and leave and let you be?
Now I’m standin’ at this roadblock
And there’s no way around it
I’ve been waitin’ for your mind to change
Cause I feel so one sided
I saw us break
I watched us fall
It made no sense to me at all
You say that you will
But then you don’t
So I’m gonna take this step alone
In my heart of hearts
I always knew
This jump was way too far for you
You say that you will
But then you don’t
So I’m gonna take this step
I’m gonna take this step alone, alone
So give me a reason
Why you’re on the outside
When you should be in
When we’ll get together
So maybe it’s better
I walk alone but you’ll always be near
Now there’s no room for settlin’
I gotta do this, I need to
But this mirror I’m lookin’ in
There’s no reflection without you
Cause I saw us break
I watched us fall
It made no sense to me at all
You say that you will
But then you don’t
So I’m gonna take this step alone
In my heart of hearts
I always knew
This jump was way too far for you
You say that you will
But then you don’t
So I’m gonna take this step
I’m gonna take this step alone
The sanctity I found deep in your arms
It was a false alarm and it burns yeah it hurts
I lie awake at night and think of what we could have been if it worked
Then we chose to go our separate ways instead of meeting each other halfway
And if I had to choose girl, I’d have you by my side
I saw us break
I watched us fall
It made no sense to me at all
You say that you will
But then you don’t
So I’m gonna take this step alone
In my heart of hearts
I always knew
This jump was way too far for you
You say that you will
But then you don’t
So I’m gonna take this step
I’m gonna take this step alone, alone, alone
I’m gonna take this step alone, all alone
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