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Love Don't Come Easy

by Josh Island

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1.
Fire In You 03:19
I tip toe through the water but the smoke fills my eyes I don’t know what’s going on but it doesn’t feel right How come I touch the water but my feet still stay dry It’s like in troubled waters you’re saving my life You got a fire in you You got a fire in you And you’re lighting a fire in me You got a fire in you Hear hear, in the night, there’s a cry I don’t like You think twice about your worries never give up the fight What then should I feel when I don’t speak my mind You got love, you got soul, you give me your life You got a fire in you You got a fire in you And you’re lighting a fire in me You got a fire in you And sometimes all I have is a mind full of stone It weights down all I stand for and it don’t belong You tell me to drop my load don’t bring it back home But this time, to make it right, I let it all go You got a fire in you You got a fire in you And you’re lighting a fire in me You got a fire in you You got a fire in you You got a fire in you And you’re lighting a fire in me You got a fire in you
2.
If You Know 03:49
Isn’t it typical for you to fall in love With someone that will crush the dreams that you had planned Ain’t it a funny thing how you repeat yourself Your head is stuck in a different stratosphere A world wherein all your problems disappear You kick me out but I think I just don’t care What if you float with your head stuck in the clouds And then the world’s sudden quicksand pulls you down You make the choice who will save or let you drown I think I know on the side that you’ll be found If you know then I know Your dials are spinning, your compass is running out of control If you don’t then I won’t Slow you back down and put you where you belong You live your life like an unfinished puzzle piece Scattered around sending me on a treasure hunt Don’t you feel like you need someone to piece you up What if you float with your head stuck in the clouds And then the world’s sudden quicksand pulls you down You make the choice who will save or let you drown I think I know on the side that you’ll be found If you know then I know Your dials are spinning, your compass is running out of control If you don’t then I won’t Slow you back down and put you where you belong Don’t you feel down, don’t you feel down Don’t you feel down, don’t you feel down If you speak up, make your mind up Help me understand the way you feel Have you ever had the craving For the love that you will never have If you know then I know Your dials are spinning, your compass is running out of control If you don’t then I won’t Slow you back down and put you where you belong
3.
Love, it don’t come easy If you want it to last, you got to believe it And this may really happen, I’m gonna figure it out with you We’ve got our lives on the table, all we gotta do is pull it through And even if we’re stuck here, we’ll be keeping it up and go Cause baby I’m gonna lay it down and we’ll be fine Pa da pa paya, pa da pa paya Love don’t come easy, I’m singing Pa da pa paya, pa da pa paya Love don’t come easy, no, I’m singing Pa da pa paya, pa da pa paya Pa dam pam pam pam Hm, say, hey hey What’s you on your mind, girl If it takes a while, and you need some time Then that’s alright, yeah And this may really happen, I’m gonna figure it out with you We’ve got our lives on the table, all we gotta do is pull it through And even if we’re stuck here, we’ll be keeping it up and go Cause baby I’m gonna lay it down and we’ll be fine Pa da pa paya, pa da pa paya Love don’t come easy, I’m singing Pa da pa paya, pa da pa paya Love don’t come easy, no, I’m singing Pa da pa paya, pa da pa paya Pa dam pam pam pam I’m sitting it out in a lonely crowd I’m waiting it out cause love don’t come On a Saturday night, on a Saturday night Pa da pa paya, pa da pa paya Love don’t come easy, I’m singing Pa da pa paya, pa da pa paya Love don’t come easy, no, I’m singing Pa da pa paya, pa da pa paya...
4.
What If 04:39
What if I breathe in a cloud Do I float off your rooftop without a sound What if I then reach the edge of the world Will the sun melt my wings And make me start over again What if I dim all the stars in the sky Will the astronauts go missing when they all pass by What if I then eat a piece of moon pie Will it taste of cheese Or were those all just lies I’m dreaming again I’m breathing again And one day I’ve waited But I can’t close my eyes enough to become What it feels, what if feels to be a man Who can dream and shout And love the way he wants to But I don’t think I’ll ever dream the way you do What if I tumble down a rolling hill Would I find myself in a moment that your smile could kill What if I think sink to the ocean ground Would I find a thousand mountains Or a kiss in the sky I’m dreaming again I’m breathing again And one day I’ve waited But I can’t close my eyes enough to become What it feels, what if feels to be a man Who can dream and shout And love the way he wants to But I don’t think I’ll ever dream the way you do Dum, dum, dum dum.... I don't think I'll ever dream I don't think I'll ever dream I don't think I'll ever dream the way you do
5.
It’s been a long time coming that we can’t help yourselves It feels like there’s something so half-hearted that we hold If you’re just gonna throw me out at least tell me it’s so Baby ain’t it something strange if my love ain’t true We’re living our separate lives, I barely know who you are If you ask me what’s going on, I’ve embarrassed you enough Why don’t we spend a little time, a little time from dusk to dawn Baby ain’t it something strange if my love ain’t true Oh look it’s a beautiful world, it’s a beautiful world to me We just don’t like to talk anymore and we cover up our honesty Oh look it’s a beautiful world, it’s a beautiful world to me But if things ain’t going right just speak up to me One day the time will come, we got it all figured out You know you can count on me and I can find myself in you All it takes, all it takes is a little time for you to know Baby ain’t it something strange if my love ain’t true Oh look it’s a beautiful world, it’s a beautiful world to me We just don’t like to talk anymore and we cover up our honesty Oh look it’s a beautiful world, it’s a beautiful world to me But if things ain’t going right just speak up to me And everyone’s talking on one cloudy day Nobody’s listening so what should I say Feels like a moment might just make your day Don’t really matter, things will get better Oh look it’s a beautiful world, I just know where to start Oh look it’s a beautiful world, don’t give up your heart now Oh look it’s a beautiful world, just show how you feel Oh look it’s a beautiful world, it’s a beautiful world Cause my love is true, it’s a beautiful world to me Oh look it’s a beautiful world, it’s a beautiful world to me We just don’t like to talk anymore and we cover up our honesty Oh look it’s a beautiful world, it’s a beautiful world to me But if things ain’t going right just speak up to me
6.

about

One stormy afternoon, driving down the Autobahn somewhere north of Hamburg, Pedro Gonzalez, sitting in the passenger seat, turned his head and looked at me with a thoughtful expression, before asking: "What if you were to record your next EP in Portugal?"

I was intrigued by the idea and had never considered it before. After coming into contact with Nelson Canoa through his work with previous artists and sending demos back and forth across Skype sessions with him, I booked a ticket to Lisbon.

For two weeks I set up camp in the coastal town of Santa Cruz, a short drive from Canoa's studio in the rolling hills and vineyards of Torres Vedras, an hour north of the Portuguese capital. Every day we worked til the early morning hours, composing, arranging, recording, producing. It was a period filled with joy and musical exploration, and it reflects in the songs.

Over the course of these recordings I've met some of the most wonderful people, who often spontaneously invited us over for big lunches with wine (love goes through the stomach, hey?). Now, whether the vocal takes recorded after those meals made it onto the final mix I do not know. Thanks also to everyone for teaching me some crucial foul language - I am now officially a swearing polyglot.

This is Love Don't Come Easy, my second EP.

Josh x

credits

released May 7, 2021

Lyrics & Music: Josh Island
Producer: Nelson Canoa
Associate Producer: Pedro Gonzalez
Engineer: Nelson Canoa
Assistant Engineer: Ines André
Mixing: Nelson Canoa at Canoa Studios, Torres Vedras, PT
Mastering: Nelson Canoa at Canoa Studios, Torres Vedras, PT

Lead & Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitars: Josh Island
Electric Guitars: Guilherme Marinho
Drums: Miguel Casais
Bass: Rui Pity
Keyboards & Programming: Nelson Canoa

String arrangement: Luís Figueiredo
Violins: Ana Fontes, Ana Filipa Serrão
Viola: Joana Cipriano
Cello: Ana Cláudia Serrão

Cover: Tim Morizet
CD Design & Layout: Joris Oudendijk, Josh Island

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