The Stars Are Never Really Distant

by Steve Ison

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My first album originally released in 2006...A compilation of songs recorded at different times on my Roland 8 track from the mid 90s to 2005.....A large range of styles from indie pop to alt country to psychedelic folk to indie pop to Glam rock.


"“If I Met You Again” slowly opens with Ison’s warm jangling melody, and a bouncy guitar chorus with a big hook. But my favorite here is the jubilant “Golden Pie,” its catchy blues pop of the highest order with some nice harmonies and a toe-tapping rhythm.

“Lou Reed” echoes the music legend in his best Velvet Underground style, with echoing piano and strings. His main influences are all classic 60’s artists. “The Strangest Feeling” and “Girl On The Train” are folk melodies that recall both early Dylan and Buffalo Springfield. As Ison floats from genre to genre he demonstrates skillful musicianship, as “I Know A Good Thing” is very much like Donovan"

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released October 16, 2016

See a video for "LOU REED" here......
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDZ02pCsGiI

and one for "THE STRANGEST FEELING " here....

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVtIQKtE-KE

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Steve Ison Birmingham, UK

Solo bedroom recording artist forever chasing the dream of the magical pop song.Also lead singer and guitarist in quirky multi-harmonising progressive popsters THE STRANGEST FEELING....is guitarist and sings BVs in new wave/classic pop band ADHD and also in a jazz-folk-pop acoustic songwriting recording duo with my friend Sarah called ANIMA.... See video's at www.youtube.com/scenesfrompalacio ... more

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Track Name: If I Met You Again
Underneath the stars,we know where we are..
In these safe surroundings,theres no fear of drowning
I feel better now,i'm in my perfect shroud
Where all my fears and woes Become just a memory...

But if i met you in a crowded room
Over and over
over and over again
Would i feel as good today

Hey this is me
Won't you come and see
I would like to know you..I would like to show you
In a foreign land you just take your hand in mine
But here in the city
Things aint so pretty


In those simple days,i could seemy way
But this land that made me
Always seems to change me
Till my heart can't feel
And i lose what's real again
And the light gets faded
And all my life seems jaded


S.Ison/R.Ison
Track Name: Golden Pie
I'll feed my fire with love and joy so let it go up
I'll feed my fire with love and joy so let it go up
And when that flame is growin' high,it'll bake me a Golden Pie
I'll feed my fire with love and joy so let it go up...

I'll shift those stones that block my stream,to let it flow on
I'll shift those stones that block my stream,to let it flow on
And when the water meets the sea then i'll be the real me
I'll shift those stones that block my stream,to let it flow on....

I'll use my strength to mine that gold that's held in the rock..
I'll use my strength to mine that gold that's held in the rock..
And when i strike upon that seam,i'll set free a shining dream
I'll use my strength to mine that gold that's held in the rock..
Track Name: Lou Reed
Talked about it..about your brand new verse-a shade too long..
Dosn't matter what you claim you're now-Keep your eyes on the road!
The newspaper said your day's long gone-don't think about that...
While we're having such fun tonight....

Checked the mirror,then you took your shades and put them on...
Popped a can and then retold some tale you just wouldn't believe!
I laughed like a fan and your sad eyed smirk grew grinner on that...
Arn't we having such fun tonight?

I Know the magic faded
The kids are way out
They steal and they die to be cool,but they'll never be you...

You shone like a god for a spit-dry boy who'd never been kissed..
but he's havin' such fun tonight..

I know the magic faded
The kids are way out
Forgotten the word
Got drunk on their rhyme
We steal and we die to be cool but we'll never be you..
The dream of V.U was made out of love....
Track Name: The Strangest Feeling
Thought i heard a whisper on the wind..
Thought i saw a message in the open sky..
Summer days will soon be here again
They travel round the world but never leave your side


I GET THE STRANGEST FEELING...
BUT I CAN'T HOLD IT UP OR SING I'VE GOT THE BLUES
I GET THE STRANGEST FEELING
THAT I'VE BEEN WOKEN UP I'M WALKIN' IN YOUR SHOES...

Its so good to feel the morning sun
Shinin' from my window what a golden light
Could it be that Summer has begun?
Or is it just the darkness has slipped out of sight?

I GET THE STRANGEST FEELING...
BUT I CAN'T HOLD IT UP OR SING I'VE GOT THE BLUES
I GET THE STRANGEST FEELING
THAT I'VE BEEN WOKEN UP I'M WALKIN' IN YOUR SHOES...

Reach across the ocean when you rise
Touch the perfect stranger on a foreign shore
Tho there's still the distance in your eyes
You seem a little closer than you did before..

I GET THE STRANGEST FEELING...
BUT I CAN'T HOLD IT UP OR SING I'VE GOT THE BLUES
I GET THE STRANGEST FEELING
THAT I'VE BEEN WOKEN UP I'M WALKIN' IN YOUR SHOES...
Track Name: Girl On The Train
She's untold,she's unseen and unheard..
Seems so far away and lost in this world
Like a flower in the road or a crack in a pane
The Girl on The Train....

Lights up a cigarette,turns away,takes in the view..
I wonder where she's coming from,where we're goin' to?
A dream of summer,a feeling you just can't explain
The Girl On THe Train...

Set free this moment and keep it alive in my mind
Remember her face in this place from time to time..
And tho people come and they go she will always remain..
The Girl On The Train...
Track Name: I Know A Good Thing
Guess its too late to ask why
But in the end you know that I know a good thing when it touches my skin
I know that the joy of love will bring us back again..

Go and find the river,free the tide..
Let it take these tears we've cried
Feel the morning sun come like a long lost friend..
To shine a light on our troubles sayin 'i knew it would be alright in the end...'

And if we have to say goodbye..
Well i'll be glad you know that i knew a good thing when i think back there and then..
You gave me a light to follow and you taught me how to find my love again..
Track Name: Step In My Direction
When i live my dream
I'm gonna find my love
But in the time between..
I could be doin' alright..
And when i think of you
With someone but so alone..
Don't you hope for somethin' new
Thats gonna make it alright..?

WHEN YOU NEED SOMEONE TO LOVE
SOME KIND OF SAD AFFECTION
WHEN YOU FEEL YOU'RE CLOSE ENOUGH
STEP IN MY DIRECTION...

Tho you smile like you're in love again
I see your eyes don't seem so certain
But if you dream about our love again
We still could make it alright..

WHEN YOU NEED SOMEONE TO LOVE
SOME KIND OF SAD AFFECTION
WHEN YOU FEEL YOU'RE CLOSE ENOUGH
STEP IN MY DIRECTION...
Track Name: Destination
I can feel the light of love flowing
See the colours in the fallin' rain..
Like the magic of an English summer
Now you've come to me again..

On the street below the crowds are gatherin'
Try to find you amongst the big parade
I feel confused and turn around
See you smiling so sweetly
And then i know that its alright my inhibitions fade

And there's multicoloured music men
all searching for a sound
and there's children floating big balloons way up above the ground
and i'm wondering should i stay back here
or go with them to the station
To catch a train that says
'For thosde who dream of liberation'


Hey lets fly above this crowded city
See the sunlight on the felds so green
We'll make love beside a clear blue river
All we gotta do is dream...


(©S.Ison/S.Harper)
Track Name: Train Of Thought
Down on the dusty freeway..
Out Of the distant haze..
I see a car approaching hasn't been one here for days..
Pulls up says 'Where you Goin'?',i say 'I'm searchin' for the girl...I hope to find her some day on the freeways of this world..'

So i take a ride
So i take a ride
So i take that ride
So i take that ride...


Wind down the window up above there is a silver plane
Flyin' so high now but i know it must come down again..

Wake to feel the blazin' sun on my burning back...
Thought i heard a Train approach on a distant track...
Lying on the platform of a deserted station..
Know you plan to meet me here in your imagination...

On board i call your name and search the train from A-Z
But i'm the only one who rides as far as i can see

Look from the window see you standing there upon the plain
But its too late for me i'm locked inside a speeding train..

Gotta let it ride
Gotta let it ride
Gotta let it ride
Gotta let it ride
Gotta let it ride
Gotta let it ride
Gotta let it ride
Gotta let it ride


S.Ison / R.Ison
Track Name: Scenes From Palacio
Glances mirrorside-checks out her tan,steps onto the patio
Spreads her body out upon the chez lange and thinks that they'll never know...
About the secrets in the grave that lie there with the one dearly departed
and the loving wife who claimed to be so innocent and broken hearted....

Gold chained city boy moves on the scene,all dark shades and latin cool
Strips off to the last,spreads on the oil-sits down by the swimming pool
He's just waiting for a sign-the word from up above to bring direction
but he's only filling time untill he kills the heart of his connection

Shake your money man flicks out his hand,2 whiskies on ice appear
Offers up a toast-'Heres to success and wealth in the coming year'
but behind the sickly gaze,his mind is cooking ways to slip the knife in
Let your enemy feel safe while building him a grave in which to drive in

Steve Ison/Harper Stephens
Track Name: Sailingboat
Sailingboat,drifting in the night
All the years have taken you so far away from the people in the city..
Sailingboat,hidden in the darkness,
in a cloud of rain that never clears....

You know that its alright
You feel a little strange
You feel a little strange
You feel a little strange
Like yesterday.................

Sailingboat,out of place and time
While the stormy ocean rages and crashes all around you..
Sailingboat,long ago forgotten
Who's to know the way you disappeared?

You know that its alright
You feel a little strange
You feel a little strange
You feel a little strange
Just like before...


Sailingboat,shattering your cover..
Lost out at sea-there's no going back
as the wind blows your sails and the course of your life..