On The Way Up

by Steve Ison

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    NEW ALBUM FROM THE STRANGEST FEELING

    1.The City Falls Into Your Eyes
    2.I See Angels (When I'm Falling)
    3.The Strangest Feeling
    4.The Other Summer
    5.Girls On The Beach
    6.Friends Of Richard Perkins
    7.White Gold
    8.Love Prediction
    9.Gone Are The Days
    10.Flotsam And Jetsam
    11.Silver Tongue

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Always trying to create magical, transcendent songs to lift peoples spirits and open up their imaginations....Alot of these were written and recorded in 2013 as part of a 'Song a fortnight' challenge i had with my good friends Colette and Angel..

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released August 31, 2016

"Steve Ison defies easy labelling, melding folk, poprock, and indie sensibilities. Both “Boy” and “I’m Leaving” sound infused with a bit of Donovan 2.0, while “From the Morning” and “I Woke Up from the Dead This Morning” both are faintly reminiscent of the Lilac Time, vocally at least. Ison is a musical iconoclast whose songs never quite go where you expect them to, which is wonderfully liberating"

poprockrecord.com/2016/09/27/breaking-news-get-inuit-steve-ison-mr-sanka-and-public-access-t-v/

"Beautiful album.
Original is key with you. Your stuff sounds like you are always trying to surprise your own self. You sound like you're trying to satisfy your own need for a certain music, and thus you don't really remind me much of any other band.
I very much feel like I understand a lot of things that drive you, and you're the kind of artist that follows a personal inner drive.
I listened to the whole thing earlier today. Solid and unique" (Bob Elliott)

"Your work has a timeless quality to it that always inspires me and carries me away to an alternate universe.
You have a very unique musical and lyrical sensibility that is truly remarkable and even escapist! Your vision of reality is a far more beautiful that the one we're supposed to accept and one to which we can dream to aspire to through your music." (Richard Scotti)

Watch a video for '"On The Way Up " here.........

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x7iz5qYuWo

and "From The Morning " here..
www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSj9Amy586

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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: Willow
Life just fades away
and we all end up below
You say so
but i don't know

The sparkle in the rain
and the aura of the rose
are in my head
Thats what you said

Willow
Willow underneath the window
Willow
Willow -Gold beneath the rainbow..


The sun shines on the vale
while the rain pours thru tthe hole in the tv
For you and me

I know you've got to leave
and we'll go our seperate ways
but i'm not sad
So don't feel bad

Willow
Willow underneath the window
Willow
Willow -Gold beneath the rainbow..

Shaking that night like a shooting star
Upon the road i'm mad about
Shaking that night like a shooting star
I'm on a roll...roll
Track Name: Winter (Sleep My Love)
Winter,Winter Winter Sleep My Love
Winter,Winter Winter Sleep My Love

You're hanging on a ghost of memories
Just getting by with every Joe at the bar
Following somebody out to sea
You disappear before you know where you are..

Winter,Winter Winter Sleep My Love
Winter,Winter Winter Sleep My Love

Waving from the track
You know he's never coming back
Driving a train thru your heart
Angry that you let him come inside
when everybody warned you 'Keep well apart'

Put your hand in the hand of the raging sea
With your eyes on the light from an ancient sun
If you don't want a love then a friend i'll be
When you're walking home alone

Coming home yeh
Coming home yeh
Coming home yeh
Track Name: Boy
Chained to the past
All your toys all your records
Never growing up
You're never growing up yeh boy..

Feeling upset 'cos the world dosn't love you
Never growing up
You're never growing up yeh boy..

You fly in your spaceship then crash on the ground
Go straight to your room and you don't make a sound
Just look at this place now,there's mess everywhere
Open your eyes and let in the air...

Rose covered eyes dream a time you can't go back to
Never growing up
You're never growing up yeh Boy
All the pretty girls turn around and laugh right at you
Never growing up
You're never growing up yeh Boy

You fly in your spaceship then crash on the ground
Go straight to your room and you don't make a sound
Just look at this place now,there's mess everywhere
Open your eyes and let in the air...
Track Name: I'm Leaving
I'm leaving, before the going gets rough
Make a break, get away while I can
I'm leaving, from all the bad stuff
They're never gonna find me again

I'm leaving, leaving for the North
Where northern lights electrify
Where polar bears fish the arctic seas
and a billion stars dance in the sky

The journey will be hard but I'm ready for that
Packed the sledge, fur boots, most of my stash
I'll pick up the trail along the way
Keep it simple it will work out ok

I'm leaving, leaving for the North
Where northern lights electrify
Where polar bears fish the arctic seas
and a billion stars dance in the sky

There used to be tracks to guide me
Where the hell's the summer snow gone?
Last time the Eskimos would try to hide me
Now there's nothing left to build their houses on


The nights are cold and the days are long
This empty land shadows my pain
I miss your touch you're the one I love
How I'd really love to see you again

My well laid plans never counted for this
There's no way a man can get by
This barren land'll make you cry
A stranger stands out against the sky

So i'm leaving, leaving the North
Where northern lights electrify
Where polar bears fish the arctic seas
and a billion stars dance in the sky

Yeh i'm leaving, leaving the North
Where northern lights electrify
Where polar bears fish the arctic seas
and a billion stars dance in the sky

Going back where life is easy
Drink to good times with my friends
Blend in with the cityscape
I'll never get caught again
Track Name: On The Way Up
Stroll by down the lane
Got back to home again
On the way up
On the way up
Got nothing left to do
I'll just admire the view
On the way up
On the way up

Warm rays
Been dreaming about the sun for days
and now it feels like a lovers golden summer
If you were here there would never be no other

Bad times
We try to push them all away
and we make our deals but they always keep on coming
They kick our heels as they get to see us running

Mon bel amant deux stroll on

On the way up
On the way up

I'm never gonna chain your heart
Never gonna chain your heart

Woman child with the sleepy blue eyes
and that ghost smile singing in lullabies
Oh but they're miles away
miles away
my love...

Drunk again on the trail of delight
walking that cold eye shimmering western night
Oh but we're miles away
miles away
my love

I'm never gonna chain your heart
Never gonna chain your heart
Track Name: Ghost Of My Baby
Grey mist sky crawling in my room
Factory eyes stare into the gloom
Wave goodbye, jammed in on the morning train

Wandering out of the crowded day
The ghost of my baby
and just for a moment i'm there beyond
Then she walks out of view

They say she died somewhere long ago
and had her time -but i don't wanna know
'cos she's alive singing in the pouring rain

Wandering out of the crowded day
The ghost of my baby
and just for a moment i'm there beyond
Then she walks out of view

Memories linger on the ghost of man
ghost of man
Seem so near-then they're gone
Like the times with my baby
"Remember me to everyone
Ghost man -Ghost man-
Stay high-
Don't buy their hopeless"

Wandering out of the crowded day
The ghost of my baby
and just for a moment i'm there beyond
Then she walks out of view

Memories linger on the ghost of man
ghost of man
Seem so near-then they're gone
Like the times with my baby
"Remember me to everyone
ghost man -ghost man-
Stay high-
Don't buy their jealous lies"
Track Name: The Wheels Of Her
Tripping down the lane
a dusty name remembered in a white rose
The twilight of a friend
you meant to send your world
but never got close to lover..
'cos you kept safe undercover

Beneath the Wheels Of Her
Daylight come open the door
To her
Daylight come open the door

You want to escape the clutch
that waits the touch of anyone new
Flicking through a past
of all the photographs
that never got through your window
All those chances you let go..

Beneath the Wheels Of Her
Daylight come open the door
To her
Daylight come open the door

You've waved off your last goodbye
and she loved you
but should've been colder
You took all the luck you made beside her
and threw it over your shoulder...

Summers calling you
The skies are blue and everything is in place
Jump into a car
and chase the star to where the lovers embrace
Will you make it ?
Or keep your heart just to break it..?

Beneath the Wheels Of Her
Daylight come open the door
To her
Daylight come open the door
Track Name: From The Morning
The billboard jam in the rush-town rain is sunny
A brand new sound from the dust of fame and money
It feels like sugar on lips that shine -Its coming
and talks like somebody stealing time

but you reply from the morning
Its light in another part of the world
So you won't ever stop
Oh baby

He says "Why bother ? its all been done -Forget it
To make top dollar you need someone to sell it"
He tells you "only the tough survive"

but you get by from the morning
Its light in another part of the world
So you won't ever stop
Oh baby

You need something beautiful now
You need that sun in an ancient sky
You need something beautiful now
'cos time goes by
Yeh life goes by
Here and gone...

But you're so high from the morning
Its light in another part of the world
So you won't ever stop
Oh baby
You cry from the morning
Its light in another part of the world
So you won't ever stop
Oh baby

You need something beautiful now (all around)
You need that sun in an ancient sky
You need something beautiful now (all around)
'cos time goes by
Yeh life goes by
Here and gone...
Track Name: She's Got Something (I Can't Explain)
Heard someone talking,travelling on the line
"Don't you remember me at all "
She's just a stranger -a shaman of the dance
Looking for romance -I'll entertain the chance

There's danger under,hidden on a spell
she's cast in eyes of reverie
Inside a moment closer than a kiss
Waking on the mist
and rolling out of bliss


She's got something i can't explain
Moving like a life from beyond
She's got something that heals my pain
and says 'Just let go for all that i know '

Beneath the make -up and pleasures on the run
I've got a note to be alive
She's in the places where love has ever been
Walking in a dream
and living here between
She's got something i can't explain
Moving like a life from beyond
She's got something that heals my pain
and says 'Just let go for all that i know '
Track Name: Written In A Song
Spent the night with the one and only
Now you're here at the lost and lonely
He said he'd be along
Now you're crumbling inside
"Pick up the phone
I've been a lifetime here on my own "

Stagger home thru the early morning
Still the beat of the drum keeps calling
But you never hear the song
Its just gristle for the night

Get off the phone
You've been a lifetime here on your own
And all your friends keep talking away
and seem so proud they've nothing to say
and so are you...

The word on the street is a cut and a paste
and we all get written in a song
You got to the top but you ran out of taste
and we all get written in a song
Yeh we all know a place where we belong

From the woman i love on fire with the blues
We all get written in a song
To the spit-coated stranger who's shining your shoes
We all get written in a song
Yeh we all know a place where we belong

Oh Life can feel so lonely when you're gone
I'm needing someone

So you gave up the ghost to chase shadows instead
Well we all get painted by a dream
Then you came back to life when you found you were dead
Well we all get painted by a dream
and we live our lives somewhere between

Oh Life can feel so lonely when you're gone
I'm needing someone
Ohh oh it feels so lonely when you're gone
I'm needing someone
Track Name: I Woke Up From The Dead This Morning
Off to work again,hey ho
Just living day to day you know

I woke up from the dead this morning
I saw her face and started walking
I called her through the pouring rain
but i could not seem to catch her name
Though my head was high my hands were shaking
My lips were dry my heart was breaking
I felt her move through all my senses
She broke down all of my defences

It wasn't just the way she was
I knew there'd been a change because

I stood there frozen in my shoes
when i saw her face upon the news
There were cops and cars and sirens wailing
Smoke and guns and fires-a-flaming.
I looked down at the street below me
The same scene that the T.V showed me
I felt the room start spinning round
As my feet gave way i hit the ground



You thought it was a dream...but no..

I woke up from the dead this morning
I saw her face and started walking
I called her through the pouring rain
but i could not seem to catch her name
Though my head was high my hands were shaking
My lips were dry my heart was breaking
I felt her move through all my senses
She broke down all of my defences
Track Name: Haunted People
Haunted people om the morning train
Got a face for the weight of the world
Kill the dreamer with a bullet brain
All the strangers are seen and never heard

What do you say
Could you do it ?
Make it all change
If you blew it ?
Where would you take your life ?
If the note came
Would you get it ?
Know your own flame
If you met it ?
Where would you feel alright ?

Haunted People on the morning train
As the sky slips away out of view
And everybody thinks you got it made
'Cos they can't see the lies that you do

What do you say
Could you do it ?
Make it all change
If you blew it ?
Where would you take your life ?
If the note came
Would you get it ?
Know your own flame
If you met it ?
Where would you feel alright ?

Now you can hear the rain
Here's your stop
And you're feeling chained
to the chop
Wanna free the pain

Haunted people om the morning train
Got a face for the weight of the world