Living It Now

by Joia

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Released May 19, 2017

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released April 28, 2017

All songs written by Joia Rath except where
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Produced by Wannes Salome
Co-produced by Bas van Holt and Sam Jones
Mixed by Sam Jones, Wannes Salome and
Joia Rath
Recorded at Studio Joneski by
Sam Jones
Mastered by Alex Geuring
Played by my friends

Design by Jim Jansen
Photo by Kelly Alexandre

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Joia Rotterdam, Netherlands

JOIA combines the intimacy of a singer/songwriter with the intensity that a band can deliver. Honest and personal, directly for you.

With a band that puts expression, composition and dynamics up front, she manages to get comfortably close to her audience.

JOIA is inspired by Lianne La Havas, Jeff Buckley and Wende Snijders.
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Track Name: Love Song
now the water is so clear
that i can finally see
that there is no way
of laying my eyes upon some bottom
beneath

somehow
i don’t know why
it feels like huge relief
i’ll be no longer searching or diving
for some truth in the deep

i wrote you everything
letters and poems
small thank you notes
i wrote you everything
messages long
hell, i almost wrote you off
i wrote you everything but
the best thing of all
which is a true love song

with my new eyes i’m lighter
i look back on our sweet sweet time
i remember the wire
that was wrapped around my heart
for such a while
while it grew tighter
all the same
i left it there too long
forgotten the pulse of my heart
or what it really was to write a song

i wrote you everything
letters and poems
small thank you notes
i wrote you everything
messages long
hell, i almost wrote you off
i wrote you everything but
the best thing of all
which is a true love song

i wrote you everything
i wrote you everything
i wrote you everything but
the best thing of all
which is a a true love song
Track Name: Living It Now
let’s open another bottle
to celebrate this night of all nights
you’ve just bought your place
and now you tell me that i am your Champagne

I’m excited to go wherever it is that you’ll be taking me this time
I’m excited to know whatever you’re holding up your sleeve tonight

and even if if the truth won’t last forever
none of us can know that anyhow
even if we won’t stick together
all that matters is
we’re living it now

let’s walk that bridge
which is thin, but looks pretty now
it could be over in the morning
so let’s celebrate every second that we have right now

I’m excited to go wherever it is that you’ll be taking me this time
I’m excited to know whatever you’re holding up your sleeve tonight

and even if if the truth won’t last forever
none of us can know that anyhow
even if we won’t stick together
all that matters is
I’m loving you now

and even if if the truth won’t last forever
none of us can know that anyhow
even if we won’t stick together
all that matters is
I’m loving you now

all the way
loving you every day
that i can
giving it all i have
all the way
now
Track Name: Just What I Need
you may be just what i need
just what i need
right now
you don’t even have to be here
right next to me
right now
‘cause i feel you the most
when i’m alone

you must be just what i need
just what i need
right now
nice is that you don’t even know
what you’re giving me
somehow
and you can’t go
‘cause you’re in here
you’re in me
so it’s just me
it’s just me

i’m so glad that i’ve found you in me
i’ve searched for love overseas
but now i see
that what i love in you
is what you wake within me

i’m so glad that i’ve found you in me
i’ve searched for love overseas
but now i see
that what i love in you
is what you wake within me

you may be just what i need
just what i need
right now
Track Name: Wandering Heart
i hear footsteps in the hallway
and just like this feeling
they don’t have a face
sleeping beauty
that’s how you whisper to me
but i can’t hear your dreams
because i am fast asleep
or pretend to be

if you’re my baby
tell me now
why do i think of him

i’ve stored up all the empty bottles
and the thoughts they were holding still remain
floating in an endless sea
all these shy messages i’ve pushed away
but i find that there’s always truth
within me

if you’re my baby
tell me now
why do i think of him
so much lately

it feels like i’m falling
in and out of love
like my heart is wandering off

off of you
and i don’t want it to

if you’re my baby
hold me now
don’t have me feel for him
or i ‘ll go crazy

it feels like i’m falling
in and out of love
like my heart is wandering off
Track Name: Keeper
you're a keeper
you're the guard of your thoughts
no one shall ever meet them
while your smile keeps its' watch
until one day
when your heart will be broken

i know you’re a keeper
and you might get hurt.

you might get hurt
no mother, child or stranger
to whom you’ve confided your hurt

the sharp shards
the sharp shards of your heart
cause the scars that she’ll find
the beautiful thief
who takes a shot at your heart

she finds you're a keeper
she knows you’ll keep it inside
because you're a keeper
and you might be hurt

so i will go
leave your home
i’ll make my own
and we will see how we’re on our own
just let it be?!
one day the mirror will show me
that i'm the beautiful thief
and i'll get back and find
that you are mine
you are mine
for all the roles we’ve played

you are a keeper
i know that now
that you are a keeper
i know i’ll keep you by my side
because you are a keeper
so please, give in to me
Track Name: If I Feel
i hear us talk
about silly little lines
things that don’t matter at all

i don’t know you
but i guess that it’s alright
as long as we’re staying polite
and calm

but if i feel
you might
if i dream
you might dream too
and if i crash
it will be you who’ll remind me
so i’ll remember
love is life

let’s make some change
let’s get the crazy out
don’t act like we’re all that proud
like swans we can be prancing around
well babe,
i don’t buy it

oh come on and stretch out
yawn out this black and white
breathe in the color
through you mouth
doesn’t that taste so sweet
and so good, honey

but if i feel
you might
if i dream
you might dream too
and if i crash
it will be you who’ll remind me
so i’ll remember
love is life

when the night is young
and the sky is grey
as we lie awake
we’re all the same

as i think of you
you may think of me
just like Maya Angelou said:
we’re only as blind as we wanna be

but if i feel
you might
if i dream
you might dream too
and if i crash
it will be you who’ll remind me
so i’ll remember
so i’ll remember
so i’ll remember

love is life

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Track Name: Friends
you’re the fruit i cannot be eating
you’re that sun i shouldn’t see
but every morning
your light shines so bright
it lifts me up
how can i turn away

so we are friends we say
innocently playing on fields of mines
in my dark heart i know it’s a risky game
playing with the fire that lights my heart

it is your fragrance
that has been luring me
but i guess your flower
is just not suiting me
i haven’t bitten in your soft
but oh so tempting
flesh
though you were ripe
hanging from the tree

so we are friends we say
innocently playing on fields of mines
in my dark heart i know it’s a risky game
playing with that fire that lights our hearts

it’s your song i can’t be part of
though you were singing it to me
i love your melody
but i could never sing along
it is the words i don’t believe

so we are friends we say
innocently playing on fields of mines
in my heart i know it’s a risky game
playing with that fire that lights my heart
in my heart i do know what’s wrong
i do know what’s right

in our hearts we do know what’s wrong
we do know what’s right
Track Name: Alone Tonight
i’m alone tonight
but i’d rather be with you
i’m alone tonight
And i feel that you are too

i know we’ve agreed to this,
but girl where can this go?
everytime i close my eyes
it’s okay not to know

i’m alone tonight
and i’m longing for someone’s touch
i’m alone tonight
i shouldn’t miss you that much

i know we’ve agreed to this,
but boy where can this go?
i know this was my idea
not to fall in love

but i can feel my promises
building up to something
that i did not agree to when we started things
now i’m deep within
we all need someone

i’m alone tonight
and it shouldn’t be that bad
considering the fact that
i’ve put my hand on my heart this time,
not to get attached

i know we’ve agreed to this,
but girl where can this go?
i know this was my own idea
not to fall in love

but i can feel my promises
building up to something
that i did not agree to when we started things
now we’re deep within
a blindfold holds the heart
it’s always coming with
i can’t help it
we all need someone
Track Name: Back Home
all the ones that me make me laugh
are the ones that make me cry
ain’t that funny?

all the ones that i spend time with
are the ones that say goodbye
and it makes me worry

this is no love song
this is no poem
i’m not here to remind you
of what you don’t own
this ain’t no bad spell
this ain’t no hoax
i’m not here to blame you
i just wanna let you know
that i miss you
back home

so many names i do remember
but the ones that i’ve just met
those, i forget

all my friends tell me i’m crazy
for breaking my own neck
looking back

this is no love song
this is no poem
i’m not here to remind you
of what you don’t own
this ain’t no bad spell
this ain’t no hoax
i’m not here to blame you
i just wanna let you know
that i miss you
back home

i wanna let you know
that i miss you
back home
Track Name: Coast
the coast is clear
where do we go now
all looks the same
wind is changing my mind somehow
the air is heavy
with words that are no longer on my mind
it’s coming down
to whether we see eye to eye

you say to me
we’ve got it all
i say to you -

the coast is clear
where do we go now
you look so near
but far
somehow
i’ve put my cards on the table
so pick them up if you’re able to
there’s nothing more that i can lay bare

You say to me,
we can’t go on
i say to you,
we’ve got it all

you say to me
we’ve got it all
i say to you
i say to you
i say to you

we can’t go on