If Time Allows

by Stephen Artemis Jr.

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If Time Allows is the kind of honky-tonk, salt of the earth love story that just feels good. Mournful and warm the song draws on Artemis’ experience growing up in the American Rust Belt during the Great Decline of the 1990’s and 2000’s. Anguished yet hopeful, the song is tender and raucous all at the same time. If Time Allows reminds us that life gets complicated and time is short, but we’re better off embracing the little things that make it all worth while.


I’m working. I’m working. I labor every day so I can
Save enough. To take you out. Make you smile if time allows
I’m working. I labor. I savor the few hours we have together
Whatever. It’s just the way we live these days
It’s nine to five plus travel time.
Tell ourselves it’s just for now. If time allows.
If time allows.

I’m working. I’m working. No one can take this love from me
Except for you. And if you do. I hope you take this song with you
I’m working. I labor. I can’t afford no houses with grand hallways
But always. I’ll try to make you feel loved in the small ways
And I labor. I cater what I can so you feel safer.
And by now. I hope that we can see what time allows.
If time allows.

If time allows I’m taking you out. We’re going downtown. We’ll get a little rowdy.
How bout it brown eyed queen? We got the city bus don’t need limousines.
My pauper pay. My money ant’ long. But no rich banker could have wrote you this song.
My tong gets tied you got me wired. Wear that pretty dress with the flowers down the side.
Hours of time. I got for romance. We’re going to that spot where I drink and you dance.
I love that. Yeah hear what I said. You got the goods baby you’re a perfect ten.
Keep your head up we’ll stay together. Figure it out. If time allows.
If time allows.


released June 26, 2020
Written by Stephen Artemis Jr.
Coproduced by Stephen Artemis Jr. and Brian Speaker.
Recorded and mixed by Brian Speaker and SpeakerSonic Productions in New York, N.Y.
Mastered by Alex Saltz: APS Mastering


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Born & raised in upstate New York Stephen Artemis Jr. is a self taught musician and songwriter.

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