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Stripped Looking UP is a live EP that was recorded in a pop up studio when staying in a temporary house in early 2021. It marked a point where I was both restricted but free creatively and I enjoyed sitting in live session just me and my guitar during a fairly awful storm with our four kids running round and was miraculously able to record this EP live! Better was released in May as a single first to coincide with mental health awareness week but was recorded live at the same time for this EP.

Temptation

The temptation to just hide away

The temptation to put it off for another day

The temptation is real

The temptation to just do what I feel

 

Cos I’ve been running your route and I can’t see the dawn breaking

And I’ll admit I’m tempted to veer off on another path

But I know if I keep running with you

You’ll get me where I’m where meant to be somehow

Somehow

Somehow

 

 

The temptation is real

The temptation to just do what I feel

Cos I’ve been running your route and I can’t see the dawn breaking

And I’ll admit I’m tempted to veer off on another path

But I know if I keep running with you

You’ll get me where I’m where meant to be somehow

Somehow

Somehow

Somehow

 

Somehow

This is For

This is for the moments

Our sighs fill the space where our words should reach into

And this is for the times when

The air in between us seems to have formed into walls

And we're at a vast distance but not at all

 

The moment where we both need to

Let go and just

Breathe

Yeah

 

Because 

I was made for you and you for me

Its the world that gets in the way

Gets caught in between

When did we forget to love first when

Did we lose track and let it hurt

I'm sorry

 

This is for the moments

I let words turn to poison and don't give the antidote

And this is for the times when

My world crumbles down and I pull you in with me so I'm not alone

It's selfish I know I see it

 

The moment where we both need to

Let go and just 

Breathe

Yeah

 

 Because I was made for you and you for me

Its the world that gets in the way

Gets caught in between

When did we forget to love first when

Did we lose track and let it hurt

I was made for you and you for me

Its the world that gets in the way

Gets caught in between

When did we forget to love first when

Did we lose track and let it hurt

I'm sorry

 

And this is for the moment

I don't give you what you deserve I treat you through eyes of hurt

And this is for the times when

I don't acknowledge your simple requests

Or get stuck hearing words that you don't say

I guess I'm wired a different way

 

The moment where we both need to

Let go and just 

Breathe

Yeah

 

Because I was made for you and you for me

Its the world that gets in the way

Gets caught in between

When did we forget to love first when

Did we lose track and let it hurt

I was made for you and you for me

Its the world that gets in the way

Gets caught in between

When did we forget to love first when

Did we lose track and let it hurt

I'm sorry Yeah

 

Don't let the sun 

Go down on your anger

And say sorry

Say sorry

Yeah

Say sorry

Truth

Knock backs unrelenting past

No fast track back from falling fast

I gave you all I had left

Dropped it into your hand

Nothing censored or unsaid

Completely yours

 

But what’s the truth about me

Yay what’s the truth about me

 

Rewind untangle

Take me back to the foundation

Back beyond the start of my story

You’ve woven them in

Beneath my thick skin

Theres nothing that can take them away

Rediscover the truth of you today

But what’s the truth about me

Yay what’s the truth about me

 

Cos I’m yours

All yours

Im not my own

Or my past indiscretions

I’m yours

All yours

I’m not my own

All my past tribulations

I’m yours

That’s the truth about me

That’s he truth about me

That’s the truth about me

 

Cos I’m yours 

All yours

I’m not my own

Or my past indiscretions

I’m yours

All yours

I’m not my own

Or my past tribulations

I’m yours

And that’s the truth about me

That’s the truth about me

Thats the truth about me

 

Thats the truth about me

Take me Back

Take me back to that shore where

The waves lapped at my feet

And we heard the sound of joy burst

From our children's rock pool glee

 

Take me back back to those views where

No one needs to speak

And when my heart seems to have shifted

Now it knows where it should be

 

How can I make a way

When all this is impossible

I lay my requests with

The king of impossibility

 

Take me back to the moment

Where I felt like I could breathe

Where exploring and adventures

Were freedom for our feet

 

Take me back to that time when

We shared a common dream

Even for just a second

We were in perfect unity

 

How can I make a way

When all this is impossible

I lay my request with

The king of impossibility

How can I make a way

When all this is impossible

I lay my request with

The king of impossibility

Better released in May 2021 to coincide with Mental Health Awareness week. Recorded live during a period of unknown temporary housing with a minimal studio setup it was purposely stark and vulnerable.
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Better

She smiles but beneath it lies a hidden truth

She hides from the chance to make a change

The weight hangs around her neck like a tailored noose

Why does it fall in line never rearranged

 

She steps is it caution or a leap of faith

For you she might just wear some kind of socially acceptable face

But inside the feelings they are beavering away

Knocking the little confidence she has left today

 

Why am I so unhappy

Oh well what's happiness anyway

Will anything make it better

Oh well what's better anyway

 

Standing at the kitchen sink talking out loud to you

Tears streaming down her face

The crushing depths of reality of her inadequacies laid down

It was meant to be so different

 

Why am I so unhappy

Oh well what's happiness anyway

And will anything make it better

Oh well what's better anyway

 

Her sombre heart is on the floor again

Mind like thick fog resting waiting for the winds of change

Does she want to fight this anymore

What is this status she's living for

 

She found something that gave her hope to carry on

A love like no other she'd ever known

She didn't have to get it right or wrong

Cos this love made her unconditionally belong

 

Why am I so unhappy

Oh well what's happiness anyway

And will anything make it better

Oh well what's better anyway

 

It was today