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released July 19, 2017

released July 19, 2017
Recorded at Pelican Lodge Studios, Antigua, West Indies

Music: Josh Winfield / Bruno Mestriner / Amy Banger / Reuben Chandler / Ché Ferris
Lyrics: Josh Winfield

Vocals / Guitars: Josh Winfield
Keyboard / Backing Vocals: Amy Banger
Saxophone: Reuben Chandler
Bass: Bruno Mestriner
Drums / Ché Ferris

Productions: Josh Winfield / Reuben Chandler
Sound Engineer: Steve Jackson / Josh Winfield / Reuben Chandler
Mastering Engineer: Gaëtan Golembiewski

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Track Name: Strangelove
Talk to me
Are you feeling alright?
You got a head full of heaven
But it don’t seem right
Night skies, new lies, those eyes
It’s all the same, “but I don’t mind!"
Talk to me
Show me what you got
She’s got something going on
But you don’t know what
Don’t blink, your back to the brink
Now your words won’t sync, and you keep on thinking

Oh you give me strange love
Oh you give me… you give me strange love

Talk to me
Tell me what you know
You think you want it all
But the love don’t show
About time you found a new sign
It’s a damn fine line, “but the drugs ain’t mine!”
Talk to me
Can you hear me now
With the pain setting in
Don’t scream too loud
No need to pray, you know she won’t play
But the voices stay, they keep on saying

Oh you give me strange love
Oh you give me… you give me strange love
Track Name: It Feels Like... ( Feat. Alex Goldhill )
Blast off!
Let me show you all a likkle vibes
Uh-huh
Let me tell you something

It feels like…

Let me tell you something
Feels like I’m on top of the hill,
Getting closer to the edge but you pushing me still
Yo, can’t nobody ever love you like I will
Girl tell me now this feeling’s so real

Real spark, I walk de walk, run through your park
And hear no dog bar, Too much talk!
Me want some action,
Watching how you move in a style and fashion
Shaking up you waist like you don’t give a damn
By the end of this song she’ll be pushing a pram
And it never feel wrong, cause we spitting atom,

So don’t bother think twice, like Koos Koos and rice
Gyal you body so nice, and the jamming getting real
Let me tell you how it feel

It feels like...

Feels like someone dancing on my grave
After they done come and put the poison pon my pillow case
Case closed when I hear the music play
Cuz I spit this wicked shit and turn your mind into a slave

Why’s it feelin like it’s freezin I been hearing that
The rumor said fire and the ceiling is ablaze
Come baby, don’t you wanna stay?
Step into the realm with me and press play.

Do you wonder how it feels to be the guy behind the wheel
I steel a kiss, blow your mind, break my heart, save some time,
Got my trigger finger sitting on a little something sipping on some
Liquor while I sing a little song, sing along with me
Come tell me how it feels.
Track Name: Pray For Rain
We’re on the inside track
But I know you want to dance
You got that feeling back
So come on now take a chance
Might not have been here before
But you know it all the same
This ain’t what we came for
So come on and pray for rain

Cos I can still feel the sun beating down on me
(Down on me)
Yes I can still feel the sun beating down on me
Come on and pray for rain

Look up it’s coming down
Watch out it’s all around
You thought you understood
So tell me why does it taste so good?
You wanted something real
Something to tell you how you feel
But you know it’s happening again
So come on and pray for rain

Cos I can still feel the sun beating down on me
(Down on me)
Yes I can still feel the sun beating down on me


Well I can still feel the sun beating down on me
(Down on me)
Oh I can still feel the sun beating down on me
(Down on me)
Yes I can still feel the sun beating down on me
(Come on and pray for)

Come on and pray for rain
Track Name: Winter / Summer
Tick tock, King Crazy’s coming for you
He won’t stop till every man’s as twisted as him
So run run, the drugs ain’t gonna help you
When he comes, breathing down the seams in your skin
The silence is creeping in around you
God bless the sailors and their cyanide
So drink up, you know he’s gonna want some too
Now you’ve got something to hide...

Get down, the grins are looking for you
Not now! you’re sleeping to the beat of the bass
Sweat drips, you see it all before you
Time slips, you’re choking in the heat of the race
“My my,” the voices in your head say,
“Don’t try, just take it from my better side”
Oh well, I guess it’s just another day
Now you’ve got something to hide...

When it all comes out
When it all comes out
You’re late in, you’re breaking
Your mind just can’t take it
Track Name: Rising Star
Found myself in Memphis, California
With the letter and a pistol in my hand
Mathilda said she'd meet me by the crossroads
But the gravedigger didn't understand
Though I paid him well enough to stop complaining
When Mathilda came he looked at me in doubt
As she says, “Oh man, it must have just been raining...”
I just raised the gun and start to shout

Can't you see
I ain’t doing this for me
But you, you could be, you could be...
My rising star!

When I opened up my eyes to let the light in
It seemed someone had quickly changed the scene
I could see that Cincinnati Kidd was smiling
As he doused my letter down with kerosene
When I asked him where Mathilda had run off to
He mouthed the words “she’s sleeping with the man"
That’s when I knew the gravedigger had fooled me
But I guess these things don't happen as you plan

Can't you see
I ain’t doing this for me
But you, you could be, you could be...
My rising star!

You got the hit I had to feel
You got the love that made me kill
You got the high I can’t forget
And I got the voices in my head

You got the time to take the shot
You got the lie that got me caught
You got the cry that made me wet
And I got the voices in my head

You got the love to lead me on
This ain’t your door now ride the storm
Put down your pride and play the pawn
Bring out the guns and say your name
Funny the way we look the same
Now I’m alive it’s understood
That if you can, well then you should
It’s gonna make you feel so good
Oh now but can’t you see
That you could be...

My rising star!
Track Name: I Don't Wanna Go
‘Come in’, says Mr Cloud-Nine
‘Why don’t you join us for the show?
‘Sit down, try the wine man,
‘It tastes like a place you know’

But I don’t wanna go!

Might be just what I’m needing
Blank stares never help me out
So tell me just how you feel it
And I’ll wash my eyes of any doubt

Cos I don’t wanna go!

Meanwhile all eyes are waiting
The last rain lingers in the air
Soundless, the stage is still now
And my thoughts are scattered everywhere

‘Come in’, says Mr Cloud-Nine
‘Why don’t you join us for the show?
‘Sit down, try the wine man,
‘It tastes like a place you know’

But I don’t wanna go!
Track Name: Happy Again
Down in the alley at dawn
The joker’s fading
He’s got his head in the fight
He might have seen it before
With all the lights on
But now he’s stuck in the night

So baby if you want it, talk to the commentator
He’s gonna make you shout
And if you got it, don’t tell the complicator
He’ll wanna sort you out

But little lonely love don’t care
I’m happy again
Little lonely love don’t care
Cause I’m happy

Behind the bruises and bites
He’s got a sweet heart
They say he used to be such a bright kid
His lover stands in the crowd
You know she plays smart
Looks like she’s still in a rush tonight

But if you want that money, be my commiserator
You got to make me change
So come on children, come see the perpetrator
He got lucky today

Little lonely love don’t care
I’m happy again
Little lonely love don’t care
Cause I’m happy

Is happiness a warm gun?
Or am I just the son of one?
Is happiness a cold blue?
Or am I just a part of you?

Now he’s lying in bed
With all the lights on
Going over the same old story
His head is spinning again
Singing a white song
Lets give him something to blame his fame on

If you want that money, be my commiserator
You got to make me change
So come on children, come see the perpetrator
He got lucky today

Little lonely love don’t care
I’m happy again
Little lonely love don’t care
Cause I’m happy
Track Name: Figure It Out ( Feat. Layla Hill )
Figure it out, figure it out

Feel the night come to bite you
Forced betrayal now take a bet
Put up your fists and I will fight you
My girl you ain’t seen nothing yet

I don’t wanna hear what you got to say
(I don’t wanna hear what you got to say!)
Show me what you got, I ain’t got all day
(I don’t wanna hear what you got to say!)

Figure it out, figure it out

You’re talking but you’re saying nothing
I can’t hear you when you start to shout
I’m tired of hearing all your crying
I’ll give you something to cry about

I don’t wanna hear what you got to say
(I don’t wanna hear what you got to say!)
Show me what you got I ain’t got all day
(I don’t wanna hear what you got to say!)

Figure it out, figure it out

You want it, you want it, you want it
Yeah yeah yeah

I see the fear the fear in your eyes tonight

You want it, you want it, you want it
Yeah yeah yeah

It’s all the same that’s all we know
We know it’s all the same
Track Name: Be Yourself
You know he used to be in C man
But he changed key long ago
Now he’s jamming with his demons
He doesn’t like to talk about it
That’s still the only song he knows
I guess he just can’t live without it
Now the verses keep repeating
And he finds himself believing
All the dreams that he was sold
Well why not you might say?
If he’s looking like he’s happy
Would you be, would you be…

Would you be yourself?

And when they found him in a daydream
Pretending things ain’t as they might seem
With a smile in his hands
There was something about his laughter
The way it lingered with me after
It’s almost like he understands
It’s not easy to say
You got caught in the middle
Like a lover and a friend
Now there ain’t no turning back
This is the headline act
Would you be, would you be…

Would you be yourself?

Fade to dark
Take me down
Look around
I’ve been there
Turn me blind
Lord, I’m yours
Kill your mask
Hide your eyes
Don’t look down
I don’t mind

Would you be yourself?