Youth EP

by Joshua Phang

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released January 10, 2016

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Joshua Phang
Album art by Chantel Foo

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Joshua Phang is a singer-songwriter from Singapore currently based in the UK.

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Track Name: Years Ago
Sunlight swift over days that are the same
All drawn to their end like moths to a flame

Lines are written across your changing face
Does your pilgrim heart wander to that place?

So beautiful through the viewfinder
Catch the light, make a reminder

Only we of exuberant youth discern
Flesh and flower must fade and to dust return
Rhyme and reason our bodies articulate
There is only withering for those who wait

So beautiful through the viewfinder
Catch the light, make a reminder

I recall that night
Full of heat and light
In that masquerade
You stayed out too late
Come back to me
Track Name: Love and Fear
Father, Father, since the day you rescued me
I’ve searched my heart to find the place where you could be
Called your name till I was deafened by the sound
But you were nowhere to be found

Could it be that I am so possessed with sin
You couldn’t find a way for me to let you in
And still you promise that you’re close enough to love
When heaven feels so far above
This present world

Love or fear
Far or near
God in every form appearing
The lion or the lamb
The fire or the ram upon the altar

In my heart I see the tearing of the veil
But in my hands I see the hammer and the nail
No song or sermon did I hear that could explain
Or articulate my pain

When you look upon the faces of the saved
The broken bodies that you gather from the grave
Think of all the saints turned sinners you would find
Without heaven on the line
And hell below

We’re united in the victory that you won
But it’s a strange divided thing that I’ve become
Where half is in the sun and half is in the shade
Half in love and half afraid

In the end I am a creature of desire
Driven always by the flesh into the fire
If all the good in me is given from above
Tell me what it is you love
Track Name: X
Running all the time
Running all the time away
Till we face ourselves
We say the words
We make an end

Nothing but the truth
Nothing but our honesty
That’s all we have
If nothing more
Then nothing less

And I cannot see the sun

There’s nothing in your eyes
Nothing in your gestured words
But still I dare
To hold my breath
In this empty air

And I cannot see the sun

I cannot show you
The love you taught me
Now every loving dream
Is another world between
And these my sentences
They are my terms to come
But already you’re further than I feel
You’re further than I feel

You have always been the one
Track Name: Over Oceans
The memory of a love
Suspended like a dove
Above the flood

And now that everything was gone
The hollow moon still shone
Upon the sea

And I was standing in the tide
When an ocean opened wide
Inside my lung

And the water turned me blue
Choking on the very thought of you

Over oceans you will wander
While my heart grows fonder for your absent love
I’m calling out to you
Up above the sea, oh so far away

Sometimes it’s you I find
Running like a river through my mind

Though the water’s over everything we knew
With the grief gone underneath to get us through

And it seemed to me the surface of the sea
Was a mirror gathering light upon the shore

To illuminate our history
But the waves erase where they break forevermore

Over oceans you will wander
While my heart grows fonder for your absent love
I’m calling out to you
I’m reaching out for you
Through these parting waters

Over oceans you will wander
While my heart grows fonder for your absent love
Now all my love collides
In you, in you, in you
Track Name: The Road
I’m parting with the past for good
So leave my eyes those tender tears of yesteryears
No more sweet sorrow

I’m holding on to hope for now
The thread that leads me through the night and to the light
Into tomorrow

Well the wheel it turns away
Where it goes no one can say

But there’s nothing to it but to lay
One foot on the road
As summer fades the autumn paves
The way ahead in gold
Or so I’ve been told
But I have no clue
And neither do you

I’m tending to this tender earth
I’ll leave old pastures
Take my grace and make a place
For good things to grow

Well the wind it churns away
Where it goes no one can say

But there’s nothing to it but to lay
One foot on the road
As summer fades the autumn paves
The way ahead in gold
Or so I’ve been told
But I have no clue
Well how about you

(Lay your weary heart upon the ground)
Track Name: Moon in the Sky (bonus)
Moon in the sky
Sun in the sea
The face of the ocean belies the emotion beneath

Even the eye
Sometimes deceives
Sunk in the blue are the false and the true sides of me

Well the moon in the sky doesn’t shine like the moon in the sea
The man in the eye can’t compare to the memory
The moon in the sky doesn’t shine like the moon in the sea
The man in the eye cannot stand to the memory

Where are the years
Promised to me
Gone long ago with the river that flows to the deep

The heart that yearns
Is itself deceived
By the old masquerade of love learned from the page and the screen

Well the moon in the sky doesn’t shine like the moon in the sea
The man in the eye can’t compare to the memory
The moon in the sky doesn’t shine like the moon in the sea
The man in the eye cannot stand to the memory