Islands

by Justin James

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"Islands" August 2013

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released August 13, 2013

Justin James: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar & Ukulele
Andrew Williams: Bass, Guitars, String & Horns Arrangements
Bill Ray: Drums
Steve Haney: Percussion
Horns: Nic Chaffee & Dominic Feedam
Strings: The Maestros
Backup Vocals: JJ, MB, EM & AW
Vibes: Erin McDonald

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Justin James San Diego, California

A professional windsurfer in his teen years, Justin was attacked by a tiger shark off the coast of South America when he was 20 years old, cutting major arteries, almost severing his foot, and leaving him with 250 stitches. This moment would prove to be a watershed in Justin's life when during a yearlong recovery his grandma gave him a guitar and his first song was born. ... more

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Track Name: Last Puzzle Piece
Last Puzzle Piece 

Beautiful sunrise Saturday morning
I’m up again just to greet the dawn 
Waiting on the day waiting on you
Sun lights up everything you do

Palm trees whispering in the breeze
You’re all that I want, you’re all that I need 
It’s all right here I’m awake in a dream

When you’re with me I feel free
Do you feel it too
Have you been waiting on me 
I’ve been waiting on you 
 
Stay with me on the bright side of the road 
Catch a little of our own 
Gonna lighten up our load
I said, stay with me there ain’t a single thing I need 
You make it all complete
You're my last puzzle piece 
 
When I’m with you there ain’t no winter
There ain’t no seasons past September 
Sun is high so am I
We got a little time and it be on our side
Let’s make the most of this moment we got 
Forget the past tomorrow we’ll grab 
A hold of the coastlines crystal sky 
Together everything is gonna be all right

Do you feel it too
Have you been waiting on me 
I’ve been waiting on you 
 
Stay with me on the bright side of the road 
Catch a little of our own 
Gonna lighten up our load
I said, stay with me 
there ain’t a single thing I need 
You make it all complete
You're my last puzzle piece 
 
You make it all complete
Everywhere we go
You were made for me 
It’s the one thing I know 
Hope is running deep
You and I will go thru so many tomorrows
 
Stay with me on the bright side of the road 
Catch a little of our own 
Gonna lighten up our load
I said, stay with me 
there ain’t a single thing I need 
You make it all complete
You're my last puzzle piece 

Stay with me on the bright side of the road 
Catch a little of our own 
Gonna lighten up our load
You make it all complete
You're my last puzzle piece 
Track Name: All That's Left (Is Love)
All that's Left (is love)

I’ve been missing you 
Found a little box of old things
Look around this empty room 
Memories fading slowly 
 
I saw so much in your eyes 
I still see you when I close mine
 
I can’t say how much 
I’ve been missing you 
It’s weighing on my mind 
Every time you’re gone
I don't know how long
I can keep this up
After all this time
All that’s left is love 
 
No sense looking back 
Standing in the shadows we cast 
We’re onto different paths
Letting go of all that we had 
I saw so much in your eyes 
I still see you when I close mine
 
I can’t say how much
I’ve been missing you
It’s weighing on my mind
Every time you’re gone
I don't know how long
I can keep this up
After all this time
All that’s left is love
 
If we ever say hello again
Can we take back the words we said 
Would we make the same mistakes
We made back then 
Do it all again
 
I can’t say how much
I’ve been missing you
It’s weighing on my mind
Every time you’re gone

I don't know how long
I can keep this up
After all this time
All that’s left is love

I can’t say how much
I’ve been missing you
It’s weighing on my mind
Every time you’re gone

I don't know how long
I can keep this up
After all this time
All that’s left is love

all that’s left is love… all that’s left is love
Track Name: Mexico
Mexico 

Where should I go 
Maybe way down to Mexico 
Is it there I could lose my heart 
In the stars of the southern sky
Is it there I could find 
A simpler place in time
There I could stare out 
To where the ocean meets the sky
 
Under the stars, beneath the moon 
Beside the sea, it’s just me
Alone with the waves, that come and go 
Like the winds that kiss & fly 
My heart...is lost in Mexico 
 
Another sundown on the oceans of my life 
Watching the waves roll in under sunset lights
What day is today doesn’t matter anyway
Walk on the beach to the sounds of the sea
Leaving the world behind me as I drift off to sleep 

Under the stars, beneath the moon 
Beside the sea, it’s just me
Alone with the waves, that come and go 
Like the winds that kiss & fly 
My heart...is lost in Mexico 
 
Where the warm winds blow 
Down in Mexico 
Where time slips away so slow
 
Under the stars, beneath the moon 
Beside the sea, it’s just me
Alone with the waves, that come and go 
Like the winds that kiss & fly 
My heart...my heart is lost under the southern stars 
My heart…is lost in Mexico, Mexico
Mi corazon esta perdido en Mexico
Track Name: Walk With Me
Walk With Me

It’s been some time 
Since we crossed lines 
So come on take a minute
We can catch the light
Before the sun sets into the sea
I wanna get to know you…talk to me.

The moon is high wind just right
Hold my hand get to know the night
All I want and all I need
Is for you to take a little walk with me
 
Got a feelin’ in my heart
A feeling from the start
Never want us to be apart
Do you feel it too
I wanna be with you
For now we can take it slow
C’mon...Walk with me

First things first look in your eyes
It should come as no surprise
I see today and I can see tomorrow
I don’t want to beg
I wanna borrow…you

You look so right beneath the sky
Lookin’ like a dream before my eyes
I can feel your hand so real
Come with me this moment 
 
Got a feelin’ in my heart
A feeling from the start
Never want us to be apart
Do you feel it too
I wanna be with you
For now we can take it slow
C’mon...Walk with me

We could talk so late
Lose track of time
I don’t want to say goodbye

Got a feelin’ in my heart
A feeling from the start
Never want us to be apart
Do you feel it too
I wanna be with you
For now we can take it slow
Chorus 2x
C’mon…walk with me…
Track Name: Boy Overboard
Boy Overboard 

Lost and found tossed around 
Alone out on the sea 
It’s getting cold now 
It comes around to take me down 
The wind is blowing fierce 
I feel a storm cloud coming 
The waves are all around me like the words that I wanna say
I wish you had found me before the sky turned grey
One thing is worse than not knowing direction 
It’s when your destination isn’t there
I need a little shelter from out here
 
If you and I are ships out on the ocean 
Then I will look for you on my horizons 
I can feel the waves and they’re rising 
Boy overboard
I navigate thru all of my emotions
The warning lights are flashing now 
I feel I’m going under
The wind has blown away the skyline 
Boy Overboard …Boy overboard 
 
Back and forth a collision course
Your waves crash on my shores and I’ll be stranded now 
An island and an open sea 
I'd rather have you next to me 
I’ll be on my own drifting 
I can see clearly for the first time in so long 
I wish you were near me 'cause I could take this ocean on 
One thing is worse than not knowing direction 
It’s when your destination isn’t there
Oh I need a little shelter from out here
 
If you and I are ships out on the ocean 
Then I will look for you on my horizons 
I can feel the waves and they’re rising 
Boy overboard
I navigate thru all of my emotions
The warning lights are flashing now 
I fear I’m going under
The wind has blown away the skyline 
Boy overboard ….Boy overboard 
 
We all get a choice to make
Sink or swim, give and take
I’m drowning in a lack of you
I'm coming up for air
I know that you still care
You'd be lying if you said it wasn't true
 
If you and I are ships out on the ocean 
I will look for you on my horizons 
I can feel the waves and they’re rising 
Boy overboard
I navigate through all of my emotions
The warning lights are flashing now 
I fear I’m going under
The wind has blown away the skyline 
Boy overboard…Boy overboard 
Track Name: Something To Believe In
Something to Believe In 

Your smile it just floats me through the day 
It’s your smile that drives me crazy
Our lives they came together for one reason 
You gave me something to believe in
You’re something to believe in
 
Every day with you it’s something new
Every night with you, I must be dreaming
 
Right now every little thing is gonna be ok
'Cause you and I were meant to be baby in some kinda love
This time your heart is mine and mine is yours 
Baby it’s you that I adore ooohhh
Yeah 'cause you’re just something to believe in. 
 
Every day with you, something new
Something to believe in
Every night with you, I must be dreaming
Something to believe in

I know things are gonna work
I'm gonna make damn sure 
I'm done I'm tired of waiting
You’re just something to believe in
You’re something to believe in
 
Every day with you it just be something new
Every night with you, I must be dreaming
Every day with you is something new
Something to believe in
Every night with you I just must be dreaming
Something to believe in…
Track Name: Stretch
STRETCH

I’ve been waiting on the morning 
So I can see you in the sunlight my little darling
You are you’re everything I hoped for 
With the ocean in your eyes and the sun on your skin without a warning
 
I’ve been walking down the beach and the sun shines over me
This little love we got going on well it’s alright 
Baby we can take our time whoa and I’lI be feeling fine 
'Cause I hold you in this moment we got and we can stretch it all night
 
I’ve been just waiting on the evening
So I can see you in the moonlight like I’ve been dreaming 
You are, you’re everything I hoped for
Like I known you for a long time still want more
 
I’ve been walking down the beach and the sun shines over me
This little love we got going on...it’s alright 
Baby we can take our time whoa I’ll be feeling fine
I hold you in this moment we got and we can stretch it all night
 
I could buy a ticket come and visit you in the fall 
I could get your number but girl you better answer my calls 
When summer rolls around will you find your way 
Back to the Island to shine your light on my day
 
I’ve been walking down the beach and the sun shines over me
This little love we got going on...it’s alright 
Baby we can take our time ohh I be feeling fine 
I’ll hold you in this moment we got and we can stretch it all night
Track Name: More
MORE

Started out with a question I was flattered
She didn't dance at all, would I dance with her
She tore herself apart how could I say no
Wasn't one for self esteem but check her halo
She's never been one to rely on others
She needs a friend, not a lover
 
Keep this feeling close
But it’s gonna slip away
Never forget the feeling that I felt with her
The grip of her fingers on the back of my hand tell me
She deserves more

The whole night I felt awkward should I be there
She said this was a big mistake she shouldn't either
One step on the dance floor I was taken
I've never seen an angel dance but where had I been
Never been one to rely on others
She needs a friend, not a lover
 
Keep this feeling close
But it’s gonna slip away
Never forget the feeling that I felt with her
The grip of her fingers on the back of my hand tells me
She deserves more
 
I got a sense of her world
The curves of her smile draw me close but I can’t
She deserves more
Track Name: Big Bright Sunny Day
Big Bright Sunny Day

It’s my time 
I’m in my place 
It’s gonna be a big bright sunny day 
It could take a tidal wave 
To get me out of this place 
Have to sweep me off my feet and take me out to sea 

Things are gonna be alright this time
If you got a reason let it shine
Time to be on the sunny side of life
Not a single cloud up in the sky
Looking at the people passing by
Not a single reason to have a bad vibe
 
Things looking up now
Things looking up now (wouldn’t you say)
Things looking up now
It’s a big bright sunny day
 
Streets are filled with green lights
Not a single stop sign
Not one speed bump to slow me down
I’m underneath a shade tree
Thinking 'bout what made me
Smile as bright as this new day, what do you say

2x
Things looking up now
Things looking up now (wouldn’t you say)
Things looking up now
It’s a big bright sunny day
 
I’ve been feeling alive 
Not a cloud in the sky 
I’ll be keeping up my stride  
Watching people passing by 
No one looking for bad vibes 
Walking on the sunny side of life 
 
2x
Things looking up now
Things looking up now (wouldn’t you say)
Things looking up now
It’s a big bright sunny day
 
It’s a big bright sunny day 
Things are gonna go my way 
Don’t matter what anybody says
Track Name: Saturday Night
Saturday Night

One more hour at the diner 
She’s gotta do the dishes and she’s trying to find her way out
She hopes it’s not another long night
One last person at the table
And all he wants is coffee and time to read his paper
Monday morning comes he’s back at his desk
Another day lost with a tie around his neck
 
She locks the door and spins the sign
What’s he waiting for yeah it's closing time
 
She wants to go dancing it’s Saturday Night
She wants to get down on the dance floor
She wants to go dancing it’s Saturday night
Ain’t that what the Saturdays are for
 
He looks at her and up from his paper
She’s bringing him the bill and she takes away the shakers
He feels the night closing way too fast 
Ain't done a damn thing about it for the very last time.
So he picks up the check he hopes that what happens next
Doesn't make her blush, he starts to rush as he walks up to her counter
 
She seems a little surprised when he says to her 
I know this club right down the street, I'm sure
 
That we can go dancing it’s Saturday Night
You wanna get down on the dance floor
Yeah let’s go dancing it's Saturday night
Ain't that what the Saturdays are for
 
Hear the music let it take you dancing  
Feel the music let it take you dancing
Hear the music let it take you dancing  
Feel the music let it take you dancing
 
Yeah let's go dancing it's Saturday night
I wanna get down on the dance floor
Yeah let's go dancing it's Saturday night
Ain't that what the Saturdays are for

Yeah let’s go dancing it's Saturday Night
You wanna get down on the dance floor
Yeah let’s go dancing it's Saturday Night
Ain't that what the Saturdays are for
Ain't that what the Saturdays are for
Ain't that what the Saturdays are for
Ain't that what the Saturdays are for
Track Name: Drinking Song
Drinking Song 

Bring back the bottle let's have one more round my friends
Having such a good time I don’t want this night to end
It’s so easy to love this island
The weather the pleasure the people
Best place I’ve ever been 
 
Sun has set but the night is young
Rest of the world can’t be having this much fun
Raise our glass and let's all celebrate 
Our heads are pounding and our livers are drowning
We are feeling great 
 
'Cause we’ll be drinking all night long 
Reaching for our money and all our pesos are gone
Someone buy us a round
Take a tequila from a senorita 
We’ll pass the bottle around
 
At the tiki bar all my friends are here
Came down for one week and now it’s been a year
Pina coladas and the island breeze
Good friends and laughs and rum in our glass 
Why would we ever leave
 
'Cause we’ll be drinking all night long 
Reaching for our money and all our pesos are gone
Someone buy us a round
Take a tequila from a senorita and we’ll pass the bottle around
 
Looks like morning coming 'round my friends 
Last call for alcohol here’s to the time we spent 
Like I said I wish this night would never end
So I’ll see you tomorrow and we can do this all over again. 
 
We’ll be drinking all night long 
Reaching for our money and our pesos are gone
Someone buy us a round
Take a tequila from a senorita and we’ll pass the bottle around

We’ll be drinking all night long 
Reaching for our money and our pesos are gone
Someone buy the band a round
Take a tequila from a senorita and we’ll pass the bottle around

Like I said I wish this night would never end
So I’ll see you tomorrow and we can do this all over again. 
Track Name: Inside
INSIDE 

I’ve been traveling far 
You can stay where you are 
When will you hear the call 
I’m hardly there at all 
 
Why do I spend the whole night chasing shadows that hide 
I can see you from the tail of my eye 
No one will ever be left to decide 
Where I’m going to
Inside 
 
I have been through it all 
Took on the world I answered the call 
But that was yesterday
How did it fade away
 
Why do I spend the whole night chasing shadows that hide 
I can see you from the tail of my eye 
No one will ever be left to decide 
Where I’m going to
Inside