If You're Born On An Island The Ocean Heals You

by Lake South

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released March 13, 2017

All songs written & arranged by Lake South.
Engineered & Produced by Joshua Lynn (Thinkt).
Mastered by Kog Studio.

All instruments played by Lake except:

Seamus Maguire: bass & backing vocals on tracks 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

Penelope Esplin: backing vocals* on tracks 1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 11.

Eddie Crawshaw: drums on tracks 1, 7, 8, 9, 11.

Felicity Herbertson: backing vocals on track 2.

Nadia Reid: backing vocals on track 6.

*Penelope’s backing vocals recorded by Ben Lemi

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Lake South Auckland, New Zealand

Sentimental synth-pop from Aotearoa NZ.

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Track Name: Warmth / The Akaroa Road
You're light and warmth
beacon of hope
purest of suns
pours heat upon.

There is a field
of long dry grass
paint cracks and peels
wood & wire fence.

Waited our whole lives for this kind of peace
There is a stillness here and we will mend our hearts this year

Hold a Halcyon dream that all was as it seemed
oh I will hold it dear and our hearts will mend this year
Track Name: Good Keen Man
I'll let everyone laugh this time
because I'm so so tired love
and we'll never own our own home
because the wealthy bought all the land
I'm just a shadow of a good keen man.

Will you love me when I've lost it all?
because I don't know if I can love at all
and I'm weighed down with this student loan
and seems I need a fucking smart phone.

When we were young we dreamed of golden sands
I'd finish school then be a man
but that's bullshit because we never can.

And it feels like home
but it's just my homepage
you look like my girl
but you're just my home girl.

In my heart it would never last
oh my god it has come to pass

And the words you said have all come true
but I just want to send a text to you
I've been wasting time with art-land friends
I want to love you all over again.
Track Name: Coast / Whanarua Bay
You will hear our cry down the coast
We live powerful
We live powerful

Though we travel north
We have always known
The ocean pulls its people home

And when salt air blows
Friends we’ll be at peace
Born to our brilliant sea

Shout it out
To the people in the north
Sing it loud
To your loved ones

Be like water Mother/Brother!
Then you’ll be at home

You will hear our cry down the coast.
We live powerful
We live powerful

And though we drove inland
We have things we keep
& you can taste it in the tears we weep


And can you picture
Eyelights in the darkness
On the beach?
On the beach?

Know you are welcome
These footprints in the sand say
Follow me
Follow me
Track Name: Radiate
Tonight I’m your lover I’ll be in your arms
Trace your form as I lie beside

In your room and we drink cheap wine
Calm the cold and we free the heart

Tonight we will share what it is to be
Leave the day and embrace the bliss

Radiate like the fire glow
Whisper soft what you want we’re close
Free the heart

If you let me hold you
I will know you wholly

If you let me take you
I will show you golden

Oh and I be loving you every moment
Oh and I be loving you over ocean babe
Track Name: Renters
I been thinking how we gonna make ends meet?
I got nothing coming in this week
I been looking but I haven’t found nothing yet
How we ever gonna pay the rent?

And I wanna live in it.
In the town where I grew up
On this land that i love
On this land that i love
On this land that i love

We been spending all our money on these shitty flats
We ain’t ever gonna get it back

I know people that are marching on the streets for this
I don’t blame them it’s a bloody mess

Cos they wanna live in it.
In the town where I grew up
On this land that i love
On this land that i love
On this land that i love


I’m a fool you know i’ve fallen for the fallacy
Buy a house have a family.
I’m a lucky one you know I got my sweet heart
We’re gonna help each other out
We’re gonna lighten the load
In Tamaki Makaurau


And I wanna live in it.
In the town where I grew up
On this land that i love
On this land that i love
On this land that i love
Track Name: Binge Drinking & D.H. Lawrence
Let's dance in your kitchen babe
I'll whisper that I love you - scream it in my heart
We'll make love in the dark babe.
You're my favourite person, your laugh quench my thirst for
a joy that I knew once
I got so much regret can't you see that I've changed?
There's a future I dream of
I give up this art game, get a good job
and we eat out on Fridays
I got money to burn, it's modest but I earn it...
I got money to burn, it's modest but I earn it...

CHORUS
when I look back it's all colour
you reflect light and shines brighter

VERSE 2
So I drove to the big smoke
got a small room near the Balmoral shops
and I put my head down
tried to forget, tried to run up that hill
but we all like to binge drink
and a girl made me think, when she shared all her problems,
about life's greatest happiness
it's whanau, it's family, it's bigger than us
it's whanau it's family it's bigger than us

CHORUS 2
when I look back it's all colour
it's whanau, it's family, it's bigger than us
you reflect light and shines brighter
it's whanau it's family it's bigger than us


BUILD UP

Let's dance in the kitchen babe
Let's dance in the kitchen babe
we can fight about life again
we can fight about life again
there's a love and it's so strong
there's a love and it's so strong
and it grows each day your gone
and it grows each day your gone

It's whanau it's family!!!!

LAST VERSE

If it's truth then it's lasting
like the insights we gleaned from our teenage LSD
and I know when your heart speaks
cos you're like the lady and I'm like the lover
cos you're like the lady and I'm like the lover
Track Name: Cost of Living
My mate Chris says we got shafted

We got nothing but the internet

It’s just the cost of living here

[Get used to it]

It’s just the cost of living here

We all pay it

All these people keep complaining

[Where’s the beauty that you promised us?]

Can’t they see we live in god’s own?

[Where’s the light will surround us?]

It’s just the cost of living here

[Get used to it]

It’s just the cost of living here

We all pay it

And if we're safe we can stay here
That's how we pay it

And now I know what you meant there
Yes I know You pay it. Oh I know You pay it
Track Name: If You’re Born on an Island the Ocean Heals You
Louis gone back to school
and I got left behind
there's time when you can be cool
and time when you gotta be kind

Know a friend who's on the coast
he's always singing about the sea
but he never rides the waves

If you were born on an island the ocean heals you

Tear out your heart and show me
Let’s meet if your mind is lonely

So i'm thinking everyday
about selfish shit like love
about foolish things like us
about logic over lust

And you waited in the night
As I had another few
and chased another life

If you’re born on an island the ocean heals you

Tear out your heart and show me
Let's meet if your mind is lonely

Got a friend and she wrote that
the water’s warmest in March
If you’re unemployed are you’re like me
You’re a sailor if you’re in the sea

Just get to know the tides
Be consumed by the blue
we can even swim at night

If you’re born on an island the ocean heals you

Why can't we?
Track Name: Double Grammar Zone / North
We all grew up by the ocean
we all grew up by the sea

Everyone’s moving north for the money
Everyone’s moving north like me

So give me your hopes
give me your dreams
Give me your rent once a week till your dead

Everyone’s moving north for the summer
Everyone’s moving north to get rich
They all talk about the future
That’s bright with light and gold
Must be the season of the witch

And we deserve our land
Every little bit
I built this life by hand
Track Name: Prospect Terrace
There are things we must remember
If we’re to be let in

Can we wait until december
That’s what the people recommend

Oh and do you know
How we live there?
Everything is made possible
By great men of wealth

And the autumn is so pleasant here
In the suburbs
with the comfort
Of the coin

And the fallen leaves won’t settle there
It is written
And we can’t change
What has been

We have reached a real estate
It’s a feeling you can own

I have learnt to love the landlord
You’d say life is pretty good


And maybe they will
Gift us this house
Everything is made possible
By great men of wealth
Track Name: Aro 2003
I’m seeing ghosts down Cuba
My nerves are shot,
I’m sorry if ran from you
I’ll make it up to you

We would get loose on Tuesday Night
At the hole in the wall
And we’d dance to that drum and bass
I’d waste all my benefit
for the love of it

Been there done that
Want my love back


We could feel safe in headphones
And not much has changed
I was searching for a name to keep
I was looking for a better me

The sun never rose in Aro street
& neither did we
We were defined by a brilliant hope
Not all of us got the joke
Not all of us got the joke
We all laughed it though
We shared the weekend flame
But never our names
Then we’d lie low in smoke
It’s how the fallen float

You said we wasted light
Well we did something right.