Stephen Wordsmith 25


Wellington NZ   Jul 2008

Artist Bio

Influences:   Laudanum

Stephen Wordsmith drinking game:
1. Take 1 shot every time I mention 'The context of silence'
2. Call ambulance.

Collaboration policy:
- My lyrics should not be assumed to be exclusive (I've had too many excellent multiple takes). However, if you are not the first to lay claim to a lyric, I recommend checking with the other FAWMer(s) that they're OK with you jumping on board. Similarly, you can quietly ask me if you want to be the only one to do a demo for a song, and I will probably grant you that.

Constructive criticism is welcome; good faith is assumed and expected.

Preferred pronoun: 'you'. I'd rather be talked to than about.

Songs (25)

#1 Dragon (Enemy Mine) 10
Feb 2019
#2 Through Glass 9
Feb 2019
#3 Parallel @mikeskliar  15
Feb 2019
#4 Betrayal 9
Feb 2019
#5 Seventh House 8
Feb 2019
#6 Betrayal @moonraccoon  10
Feb 2019
#7 Cheques 7
Feb 2019
#8 Terracotta Bureaucrat 8
Feb 2019
#9 Hot and Cold 8
Feb 2019
#10 Confusic @metalfoot  10
Feb 2019
#11 Felis Catus 5
Feb 2019
#12 Terracotta Bureaucrat @lazyafro 14
Feb 2019
#13 Space Jam 3
Feb 18
#14 Through Glass @timfatchen  14
Feb 19
#15 Fifth World Problems @moonraccoon  12
Feb 19
#16 The Death of Opportunity 4
Feb 19
#17 Choose Your Own Adventure @resonance  21
Feb 20
#18 Cheques @dutch1967 9
Feb 20
#19 Dragon @the3queens  14
Feb 21
#20 The Death of Opportunity @moonraccoon  10
Feb 22
#21 The Death of Opportunity @metalfoot  13
Feb 22
#22 Dragon, Dragon (Enemy Mine) @tcelliott  11
Feb 24
#23 Felis Catus @theresaj  12
Feb 26
#24 Space Jam @axl  4
Feb 26
#25 Common Sense @adnama17  4
Feb 26


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  • @evinwolverton  Mar 1

    I'm so sorry! I couldn't carry Fifth World Problems over the finish line with the other ideas that were weighing me down. It's a gorgeous lyric and one that someone will knock out of the park.

  • @axl  Feb 27

    Thanks for posting my version of Space Jam. It was a lot of fun to do. I noticed I sang “forgot to turn off the lie”. Sorry for that but not having a pop filter at my disposal in the last days has lead to a fear of “p” and “t” sounds.

    I’m flattered that you still remember the birthday song 😊

  • @theresaj  Feb 26

    I’m so happy you like the song! I absolutely love the lyrics. Funny, I had the music written last week for a set of lyrics I’d written but it just wasn’t working. I guess my music was destined for your song.

    And Katie Melua...that’s quite a compliment. Thank you!

  • @axl  Feb 26

    Hi, I recorded Space Jam. It's here:

    Hope you like it. 😀

  • @dutch1967 Feb 21

    Hahaha, I wasn't aware you had a candy heart. Might have ended in my pocket, if it did, 'twas on its own accord.
    Glad you like Cheques. I was thrilled when I found it, as with most of your lyrics, the meter jumped out at me and hit me in the whatsits. This had powerblues written all over it.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 19

    Wow, your kind comment on Circus Of Trolls made my day- it was a piece of art by itself!

  • @dutch1967 Feb 18


  • @lazyafro Feb 2019

    I'm excited. The track is definitely not what I usually do, but your wordsmithing has once again gotten me out of a musical funk, and I should have the rest finished within a day or two. Thank you my friend!

  • @timfatchen  Feb 2019

    Thank you. Now, how can I persuade my wife to come out with that?

  • @timfatchen  Feb 2019

    "through glass" is tricky. Can I hold it till I depart? (20th) I think I can get there. It's that forward/reverse/mirror-image of the first and last stanzas that're the trick.

  • @philnorman  Feb 2019

    Upon reflection, "weary but warm" may be the kindest, truest compliment I've ever received. Thank you.

  • @owl  Feb 2019

    Thanks very much for the kind words and the recommendation! I'm glad you appreciated what I was trying to do lyrically.

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 2019

    Thank you, Stephen.

  • @helenseviltwin  Feb 2019

    I just assumed that "ye nighties" was a New Zealand insult

  • @mikeskliar  Feb 2019

    Just sent you an email re- parallel


  • @timfatchen  Feb 2019

    Constantly refreshing the "comments" page is not arrogance, it's merely obsessive-compulsive FAWM behaviour--that is, the centre of the FAWM bell-curve and so wholly normal. I'll now stuff the song into my dunnage and scurry off with it, to contemplate and savour in the dark recesses of my ...dark recesses.

  • @timfatchen  Feb 2019

    Ha! he's back. I puts me hand up for Through Glass....see comments!

  • @dutch1967 Feb 2019

    How about it? Nobody sleeps in that late on Fawmuary 1st.

  • @lazyafro Feb 2019

    Welcome back friend!

  • @tabitha Jan 2019

    Thanks for the comment. It's nice to see some other New Zealanders here.

  • @petemurphy  Jan 2019

    Mr Wordsmith! Great to hear from you. Hope we all have the big fun!

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  • @resonance  Jan 2019

    Thanks so much for the kind words about my track from FAWMpilation 3.

    Stephen, I would be honoured to put one of your lyrics to a song !! I'm a little scattered during FAWM so please, just give me a gentle reminder when you're ready with something. Looking forward to it !

    Cheers, and a have a great FAWM !!

  • @tiller2  Jan 2019

    Hi Stephen, have a great FAWM.

  • @johncrossman  Jan 2019

    Whether written, sung or sneezed,
    the words you smith
    ourselves will please.

  • @metalfoot  Jan 2019

    I love how you are boldly striking against the "probate" in your FAWM profile photo by posting in the FAWMerick thread. No worries, mate, your secret's safe with me...

  • @oddbod  Jan 2019

    Tēnā koe, me old mucker.
    BTW, if you're wondering why the royalties haven't been pouring in for Welcome Home, it's because when I last checked, my album had earned the grand total of £1.83!

  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 2019

    Wield that pen against the powers of the blank page!

  • @metalfoot  Jan 2019

    I wish to welcome you to another fine year of FAWMing, good sir, and I wish to register myself as one who would, perchance, like to have the pleasure of a collaboration, should the opportunity present itself.

  • @pearlmanhattan  Jan 2019

    Waves! Hello friend.