Strangeland

by Jon Busselo

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1.
On a dessert highway through a vast endless white as far as my naked eyes can see you’re standing my way with the sunlight shining bright I could take you where you want to be please don't let me down 'cause all the walls I built are tearing down when life knock you to the ground I'll bring you home where you belong safe and sound 'cause I'll be thinking of you when my days are through when life pass me by oh honey, I'll remember and will you forget that I was crazy about you but it doesn't matter honey, I'll remember At times I think of you and I staring at each others eyes making love 'neath the deep blue skies So hold me fast and don't let go keep on waiting for the changing winds to blow You know I'll always come 'round just give me a call I'll be around willing to get lost and found 'cause I'll be thinking of you when my days are through when life pass me by oh honey, I'll remember and will you forget that I was crazy about you but it doesn't matter honey, I'll remember it doesn't matter honey, I'll remember it doesn't matter honey, I'll remember
2.
Promises 03:37
Tired of singing the same old serenade I'm passing by the promenade your love has no price like a marching band from a parade so come closer and don't think twice but can't you see the look you throw at me don't take it away from me soon you will be gone and leaving this town and the last thing I wish is to bring you down 'cause when I get old I don’t wanna make promises I can’t keep I swore I'd give you the moon I couldn't grab it with a silver spoon oh honey for that I'm sorry some things are meant to disappear with the break of night like a flame that won't ignite but can't you see I need your company don't take it away from me soon you will be gone and leaving this town and the last thing I wish is to bring you down 'cause when I get old I don’t wanna make promises I can’t keep when I get old I don’t wanna make promises I can’t keep when I get old don’t wanna make promises I can’t keep
3.
I squandered all of my money On things that I don’t deserve I’ve been dreaming quite a lot lately honey But I could use some sleep tonight I’m laughing but this is not funny There’re some things I’d rather not share Because sometimes I feel I need to escape my mind, friend of mine It’s been a long, long day It’s been a long day Dark clouds are drifting away in the night It’s been a long long day The moon is shining Black wolves are howling a song of freedom just for me Last night I was at main street But then I took a bus back home I wondered how many people’s feet Have stepped on those old floors While crossing the 10th avenue I came to realize I haven’t stopped thinking of you since the very last time It’s been a long, long day It’s been a long day Dark clouds are drifting away in the night Maybe I’ve been sitting on the fence Waiting for the storm to pass a brand new day is about to commence If only my memory could last ‘Cause you know better than I do You know better than I do
4.
My heart aches since you've been gone I can't stand it anymore Empty bottles keep piling up as I struggle towards the door My heart aches since you've been gone Houses, rows and rows of houses but none of them which I can call my own It's been rainning since last saturday Now I'm soaked to the bone and my heart aches since you've been gone Sirens keep searching for me But I can’t say where I’m bound I roam these streets And you’re nowhere to be found Do you still remember me? I took the last turn at the avenue I couldn’t stand it anymore Leaving is not easy when you’re left on your own And my heart aches My heart aches My heart aches and now I’m gone
5.
Lovers 03:50
I saw you on the opposite shore stranded on an island of fear I tried to swim to reach out to you but I drowned in an ocean of tears I'll book me a room at the Blue Hotel where I can lay my weary head with some Sweet Mary Jane call me a freak, ‘cause after all the neon signs and city lights are making me upset show me the way 'cause I lose touch, sometimes I was told not to worry about life That love would carry me home but I don't know a thing about love what if they were wrong all along I still hear you say one day the waters of the river will run dry and you’ll let me go And I reply I will love you the same even if the waters of the river run dry 'cause I see a spark in your eyes, all the time I sing this song For the lovers in the night Try to hold on tight Under the dark moon
6.
A mockingbird sings And spreads her wings By my window, by my window I try not to interfere As the cold wind veers By my window, by my window Maybe she’ll be gone by the time I finish this song But fortune smiles on me ‘Cause it’s her I see A mockingbird sings Spreads her wings Passes me by I’m just a puppet on a string I live by the sea Staring out of the window I cover my face As the northern wind blows I’m lost on you We’ll see this through All we need is a good night’s sleep Honey babe, where you are Is the place I wanna be I’d change my name on the spot If that is all That you’re asking for I’m wondering, Where have you been? It’s none of my business, I know Did you know that it hurts? What you’re doing to me I am falling I’m lost on you We’ll see this through All we need is a good night’s sleep You can count on me Or you can take me in But all we need is just a good night’s sleep
7.
Dark Moon 03:17
I was waiting for a wake up call banging my head against the wall never knowing when to fall I was hoping for a different view for another break of dawn someone to help me carry on If this is like a movie it's a movie I've seen before then this is the part where you leave you leave me lying here all alone in the dark in the dark in the dark In the dark The old house I live in creaks and moans All the things I should have known Come creeping in my sleep Because I could not stop for death, my love His carriage stopped for me I sat next to Emily If this is like a movie it's a movie I've seen before then this is the part where you leave you leave me lying here all alone in the dark in the dark in the dark In the dark
8.
Oh at the lighthouse I've been they say it's no longer illuminated but there was moonlight in the night it helped me get my worries dissipated day by day and night by night come and stay if you don't mind if you're bored and you've got nothing else to do come see me at the lighthouse by the bay Oh at the lighthouse I saw the stars colliding in the skies and there were shadows on the walls but you gotta keep'em quiet in your mind day by day and night by night come and stay if you don't mind if you're bored and you've got nothing else to do come see me at the lighthouse by the bay oh come see me at the lighthouse by the bay see if we get along in the end
9.
Baby Blue 03:38
Along the riverside there's a place where all the loners hide their heads in the sand where love is banned and my heart beats like a cannonball in the sun whenever our eyes meet all I do is get drunk all I do is get drunk My baby blue I wrote a song for you you can sing along if you want to and I want you to stay I said I need you to stay just for a while for me 'cause I just need a little time to get you out of my mind so let me taste this moment it won't be long before you go and my prospects melt like snow I await your condolences I can't get enough of you but I wish you the best life one can ever have but don't have me waiting I can't stand the waiting A house with a swimming pool and you'll take your kids to the finest school may you have a lot of stack buy yourself a Cadillac My baby blue I wrote a song for you you can sing along if you want to and I want you to stay I said I need you to stay just for a while for me 'cause I just need a little time to get you out of my mind so let me taste this moment it won't be long before you go and my prospects melt like snow I await your condolences
10.
Ghosts 04:20
It's been a long time my friend since I've seen your pretty face days go by and summer ends not a tear shed upon my bed we're just ghosts we're just ghosts trying to get through this life we aim to survive as we flourish and vanish and die I'll carry you home you're just a ghost you feel lost in the city I'll carry your soul Cold gray drizzly morning the sun came out but you're still the same one day I'll be coming 'round, I promise I'll pick each piece of you along the way

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Jon Busselo’s sophomore album was recorded during the 2020 quarantine days. Strangeland is an album about the passage of time, about adjusting oneself to all of the changes that come with life and about feeling overwhelmed by what the future might hold. It’s a folk / singer-songwriter style album, though there are some nods to other musical styles such as alt-country or indie rock.

This time around there are guest appearances by singer-songwriter Cíara Rafferty, as well as Maider Altuna on piano, Sara Debois providing additional background vocals, Pello Zubizarreta on electric guitar and Angel Gomez Espinosa on classical guitar.

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released November 30, 2020

Music: Written, recorded, produced and mixed by Jon Busselo.

Vocals, acoustic/electric/lap steel/banjo guitars, harmonica, bass, ukulele, hammond organ, rhodes piano, synthesizers, percussion & other instruments: Jon Busselo.

Piano: Maider Altuna.

Background vocals on tracks #1, #2, #3 and #4: Cíara Rafferty.

Background vocals on tracks #6, #7 and #10: Sara Debois.

Electric guitars on track #8: Pello Zubizarreta

Classical Guitar on track #1: Angel Gomez Espinosa

Album artwork: Angel Gomez Espinosa

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Jon Busselo San Sebastián, Spain

Jon Busselo is a Basque singer-songwriter and producer whose music combines alternative folk and country, along with a variety of other musical styles. He released his first full-length album of original music, Transit, in 2019, and his second album, Strangeland, in 2020. Both records were entirely recorded and mixed at home by Jon and independently released. ... more

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