Ortobene

by Joseph Williams

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I recorded this live with my dear friend Danny Lambert. As such, it is organic, it is imperfect and, ultimately, it is what it would be like if you were to watch me play in a live setting.

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released 19 April 2015

Recorded live at Cornwall House Studios, Cambridgeshire.
Produced by Danny Lambert.
For my adopted city, Nuoro - rimarrai dentro il mio cuore per sempre.

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we were both happy, just not both in love.

we don't decide. that's the beauty of it.

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Track Name: Sometimes
and I realised that it will still be you
who I write for in twenty years or more.

I'll think of the summer where we laid down in the grass
my head on your chest as the sky changed colour
and it grew darker.
I didn't tell you then but I was listening to the beating of your heart.

sometimes the memories are enough for a lifetime.
Track Name: The Great Love
you in your night clothes fixing the buckle on high heels -
the most wonderful sight in front of my eyes.
we danced an amateur tango in your bedroom
and we scored perfect tens across the board.

I see us walking like a robot with your feet on top of mine.
I see six hours by the river drinking south Australian wine.
those watermelon kisses won't leave my mind.

the fourth month, background noise in a pub in my hometown -
we talked of all the roads we hadn't yet walked down.
it's always the tiny things
like the very first time we saw an image of ourselves.
a reflection in the window of a train.

I see us walking like a robot with your feet on top of mine.
I see six hours by the river drinking south Australian wine.
those watermelon kisses won't leave my mind.

it might not last forever.
who are we to decide?
we can't predict tomorrow, today.
even if the storm comes I won't regret a thing
because you.
it's always been you.

you are the great love of my life.

and I recall what it felt like touching your hand for the first time.
Track Name: Forest Fires
when I think of all the bridges that we have crossed
I realise that it always seemed to rain.
by the Tyne we were two humans in waterproofs;
a flash of orange and green on the water.

we tried to take photographs of flags along the promenade
but they wouldn't stay still - they had lives of their own.
I wouldn't change those blurred stills for shots straight from a gallery
because it happened - they are real - we were happy.

it's gone
and
we are strangers now.
we live in different worlds,
but it's alright, because we had it for a while.

it's about time that I stood on my two feet
because walking backwards only ended in defeat.
maybe we'll see each other somewhere along the line -
we'll be a shining example of the right place and the wrong time.

it's gone
and
we are strangers now.
we live in different worlds,
but it's alright, because we had it for a while.
the forest fires will still be raging on
long after the fires in our hearts are gone,
but I miss you - yes, I do.
I miss the way things used to be.

the forest fires surround me now.
Track Name: Hope Street
I always knew that it was too good be true.
I never said I was brave, somewhere in the back of my brain
I knew.
I always knew.
now when I walk these streets on my own
I think of when we used to call them home.
if slow and steady wins the race, we were love at one hundred miles an hour - it could never last.
if we are ghosts of who we were because of us,
then because of you I am a better man.
I think of you now and then - it always brings a smile to my face -
where you are
and
who you're with doesn't matter now.

as long as you're happy now.

I swear I heard you calling my name.
Track Name: Cagliari
have you ever closed your eyes and wished that you were elsewhere?
halfway up the mast, halfway around the globe.
have you ever dreamed a song and woke to find the notes gone?
have you ever loved someone who just couldn't love you back?

have you ever held a hand and felt the shock to your bones?
have you ever truly spent an evening on your own?
do you know what it feels like to sleep beside another
and to pray the night won't end so that they won't have to leave?

you and me will always be a tent inside a cave beside the sea.
and endless possibility.
Cagliari.

and I would go back if I could.
Track Name: Wet Hair
for me that weekend was the pinnacle.
you still believed that we had a chance.
I conjure up those four walls and your wet hair,
the simple thrill of your company.

but what do I know?
I'm a dog chasing its tail.
living in a fantasy,
on my sleeve a beating heart.

but you know me, not one to make a scene -
as quiet as the seasons change until it is too late.
there are no words now -
just two plane tickets which remain unused.

but what do I know?
I'm a dog chasing its tail.
living in a fantasy,
on my sleeve a beating heart.
it's a sad truth but our actions are a cartwheel.
some things are made to fall apart after a little while.

at least I made you smile
for a little while.
Track Name: Only Gold
so fill your lungs with car park dust again
and your mind is back to where it all began.
I am the light you can't turn out that you wish you could.
I am the things you've done that you said you never would.
like the night you left your heart in my hands
and then realised you wanted it back.
I guess it's ok - it's fine by me
although it's sad to think I can't be what you need.

if you were drowning I'd be your aqualung, even now.
I'll be waiting patiently out on the sidelines - I think I always will.

I had that dream again, the one where you say three words
but even there you don't mean them
and I don't know what's worse -
the fact that this feeling won't go away
or
the fact that I am happy that it is here to stay?
eyes locked on eyes and we are here
but will you even recall my name this time next year?

if you were drowning I'd be your aqualung, even now.
I'll be waiting patiently out on the sidelines - I think I always will.

don't fret, my dear, because everything is golden.

without me you can be happy again.