‘Raw’ Album Lyrics

WHEN YOU’RE AROUND

When you’re around, I love the sound
I simmer down, in your town
One day I’ll stay, you’ll see
Then it’s just you and me
Easy as NYC and me

When you’re around, I love the sound
The leaves are brown in your town
One day you’ll set me free
How lovely that will be
Easy as NYC and me

One day I’ll find the key
How sweet ‘the sound’ will be
Easy as NYC and me

When you’re around, I love the sound
This clown don’t frown in your town
One day you’ll set me free
Free from me
Easy as NYC and me and NYC

Words & Music By:
Damian Joyce

LIVE

You can go your way and I can go mine
Live for the day that our paths intertwine
And it’s cool, if there’s no rules
If you believe it but it’s not my way
If no-one is hurting i’ll be okay
I’ll accept and show you respect

And who’s not to say
That maybe someday
It won’t be our way, live

You do it your way and I’ll do it mine
We’ll meet at the end, both cross the line
Space, in the same place
You read my mind and hate you won’t find
You hold my hand though you can’t understand
But I don’t care, as long as you’re there

Words & Music By:
Damian Joyce

OFF THE RECORD

Here in southern California
I’m feeling old, beyond my years
So many pitfalls, you’d think they’d warn you
So much blood, regret & tears
Flatter to deceive, accept it or leave

It breaks my heart, tears it apart
I knew it would, off the record
This is mankind, that blows my mind
I knew it would, off the record

Someone bought this soulless city
Took its feet right off the ground
Narcissism is such a pity
When there’s so much to go around

So take your morals and leave
This town don’t deal in reprieves

Chorus

Internal conflict is rife in me
I fight my thousand yard stare
Yet somehow this is reality
It’s time to clear the air

Words & Music By:
Damian Joyce

IF YOU EVER

If you ever turn to me for the answers
If you ever think of me as ‘the sign’
I will feel the need to write you a love song
If you ever lay your head next to mine

If you ever look my way because you need to
If you ever smile because you read my mind
I will feel the need to wrap my arms around you
If you ever lay your head next to mine

Sunrise, on a coastline ride to nowhere
Sunset, silhouettes and the truth
Moonlight ends it right
The day has turned to night
But none of it has meaning without you

So if you ever say that now means forever
If you ever put it all on the line
I will feel the need to tell you that I love you
If you ever lay your head next to mine

Words & Music By:
Damian Joyce

FALL FROM GRACE

There’s too many lies in this case
There’s too many lines on your face
There’s too many tell tale signs of what took place
Too many falls from grace

Too many days that went to waste
Near misses that you could almost taste
Too many memories that you can’t erase
Too many falls from grace

Here comes your past again bringing you down
Escaping is easy but ends underground
Seems it’s time to face it and turn it around
Then new life is found
Where you’ve been so long?

No more lies in this case
Only sweet smiles on your face
Welcome back to the human race
No more falls from grace

Words & Music By:             
Damian Joyce

MY DARLING STARLING

I want to state a fact
Instead you state and I react
I could drink from your cup
But I fear you’ll fuck me up
And oh, oh how that feels…

From the highest high to the lowest low
When starling swoops, seeds won’t grow
But my hopes rise up as starling soars
From the highest high to the lowest low.

Me to your nest you lure
Where I am so insecure
I could stay, we could ‘mate’
But I fear to instigate
And oh, oh how that feels…

Chorus

Starling you will destroy
My darling you bring me joy.
You trigger the man, the boy
The war in me.

I hope I have the nerve
To seek it all and not to self-preserve
To settle I refuse
Because it’s not all unless there’s all to lose
And oh, oh how that will feel…

Words & Music By:             
Damian Joyce

TIME

Time goes by, don’t know why
Always on my mind
Sad, then mad, now I’m glad
Nothing changed but time

Time, let’s you know the reason why
Moves the grey from your blue sky
Won’t expire until you die
So don’t let it pass you by

Time stood still, as it will
Once in a while
Took my breath, paused my death
All she did was smile

Time goes by, don’t know why
As the world turns

Words & Music By:              
Damian Joyce

THE DREAMER’S ROAD

Once I saw an open road, I took it’s path
You can imagine the excitement and the content of the aftermath
Driven by an open mind & a pounding heart
And though a huge ration of passion didn’t seal it, it was a start

Now driving down that dreamer’s road, it can get rough
As if the burden of hope & expectation is not enough
They’ll tell you that it can’t be done and call you a fool
And though you’ll ask yourself those very questions, you won’t be ruled

And when time comes down to take me, I hope I’ll look back and smile
In the knowledge I did good and lived it, at least for a while

Driven by the look you gave that made my day
And by all the loving that you gave me, then took away
Driven by the love I see and wondering when
My dreamers road will lead me to you, to feel that way again

I may not have made no headlines, or rolled in fields of gold
But I played the cards dealt to me, I did not fear, fear and fold

Still driven by the open road, still on it’s path
Still feeling the emotion whilst living in the aftermath
Driven by the songs I sing, they’re what I am
And as long as they can evoke emotion I’ll give a damn

Words & Music By:            
Damian Joyce

NATURAL HIGH

Before I die, I’ll feel that high
Replace the lies, with natural highs

Two dreams go walking, two side by side
Two dreams start talking, two worlds collide
Waves of emotion, two islands stormed
Rendered defenceless, one love is formed

Chorus

We’ll tumble down the hillside and plateau as one
We’ll make love in the green grass, inhibitions gone
We’ll sail across the oceans, we’ll take that walk in the park
We’ll laugh with foolish notions, lay on the beach ’til dark

Chorus

From crossing over the threshold, we were our lucky charms
We will remember fondly, as we die in each other’s arms

Words & Music By:             
Damian Joyce

THE DRIVE

I took a drive on the open road
I set my mind to the easy mode
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
I’ve had enough of the old commute
It’s time to process what I can’t compute
Then again, that could take a day or ten

On the drive I search my soul
Let go of what I can’t control
Take a chance or two, it fills a hole
I take a swim in the ocean blue
I climb a tree, which i never do
And take time to revisit the beauty of you

Now the drive meets the county line
And the paths they intertwine
Either way I’ll be fine
I’m heading back to reality
But who named it so & why can’t it be
Reality, the drive and me

Words & Music By:               
Damian Joyce

THE BLISS

Once I went roaming to see what I what could find
On the eve of my destruction you were cruel to be kind
Glad you got the invite to the heart of my soul
Now we’re running with it, gonna take it to the hole

And it’s all down to this, you, me and the bliss
Now days end in a kiss, you, me and the bliss

Clowns to the left of me, wankers to the right
Bitches in the middle trying to cause a fight
Though I am aware of it, I think I am immune
For all I care this could be the surface of the moon

Chorus

Now my plate is so full, I need nothing on the side
Cruise control is set, I don’t need no fancy ride
This bliss is going nowhere, so no matter where I roam
I switch to autopilot and the bliss takes me home

Words & Music By:              
Damian Joyce

GOODBYE

Sweet love, you’re killing me
You’re my everything, potentially
But with your guard up I can’t get inside
Though god knows I’ve tried

But then I see that look that says it all
And there’s nothing left to say at all
And every time I see that look I’m high
Oh and one more thing, goodbye

This love is not reality
Though in my heart it longs to be
Suffering like a clown
Long enough to write it down

Chorus

Some day we will be friends
I’ll pluck up the courage
Or at least I’ll pretend
We’ll share stories from way back when
Though I wish I didn’t know now, what I didn’t know then

Words & Music By:
Damian Joyce

HARD TIMES

One day the world spent too much money
Cash it didn’t have
We all saw red and now we’re in it
Discipline’s up for grabs

These are hard times, these are very hard times
You may sink or you may swim, you may lose or you may win
But these are hard times, these very, very hard times

The house is in foreclosure
And you can’t afford a beer
Oh look, there’s a new ferrari
And a narcissist at the wheel

These are hard times, these are very hard times
You may run or you may hide, leave us to stem the tide
But these are hard times, these are very, very hard times

Billions up in oily flames
The price of the unjust war
Hundreds dying daily
Hell is keeping score

These are hard times, these are very hard times
You may stew on that chance you rue
Or maybe there was nothing you could do
These are hard times, these are very, very hard times

I’m feeling pretty sick now
But I can’t afford the pills
Do I blame myself
Or the faces on the bills (that I don’t have)

These are hard times, these are very hard times
So the writing’s on the wall, I guess I’ll start to dig my hole, phew..
These are very hard times

Words & Music By:
Damian Joyce

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