Take Your Pain & Turn It Into Art [LP]

by Joey Collins

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Tracklisting:

Souls
Crawl
Ulcer
The Abyss
Mind Over Matter
Weeping Willow
Desolated // Elevated
Bukowski, are you there?
Prelude – Take #3
Für Dich, Mein Herz
Is This Desire?
Life Goes On…
Skeletons (feat. Waira)
Tangled Minds

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released December 18, 2018

All songs (with the exception of ‘Is This Desire?’) written by Joey Collins.

‘Für Dich, Mein Herz’, ‘Souls’, ‘Crawl’, ‘Weeping Willow’, ‘Bukowski, are you there?’ and ‘Skeletons’ Mixed, recorded and produced by Joey Collins at his home studio in North London.

‘Ulcer’, ‘The Abyss’, ‘Mind Over Matter’, ‘Desolated // Elevated’, ‘Prelude – Take #3’, ‘Is this Desire?’ and ‘Tangled Minds’ Mixed, recorded and produced by Nick Belfitt at Helix Recording studio in Manchester.

‘Life Goes On…’ Mixed, recorded and produced by Adam Fitzgerald at the Delta Road flat in Woking.

All songs Remastered by Charlie Peacock.
Album photography by Cole Quirke.
Creative Direction by Curtis Taylor at Divided Design.

This album is dedicated to the loving memory of Doll Collins.

I would like to thank everyone who’s been a part of the ride so far; fellow artists I’ve had the pleasure to collaborate or share the stage with, anyone who’s watched me at a show or supported my music in anyway - it doesn’t go unnoticed and I’ll always be grateful, friends and family for your unconditional love and support. Lastly, you the listener, I hope it can be enjoyed.

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Track Name: Souls
Bones turn to dust
Safe and sound
Souls ascend far away
To a different dimension
To a new place

Skin shreds afar
Like reptiles
Reinvent yourself
But don’t forget who you are

I’ll engrave our tree into my ribs
And you’ll save my decay of chaos within
Your soul is my divine example today, today
Track Name: Crawl
Everyday is the same
There’s no paint on the page
I’m going back and forth
Through the same doors

I wanna’ break my chains
Leave this place, leave my mind inside a cage
Pull me in, touch my skin and I’ll crawl to you

And I’ll crawl to you
And I’ll crawl to you
And I’ll crawl to you
And I’ll crawl to you

I met my younger self in a trance down Liverpool Street
Farewell my friend I’ll see you at the end
I said farewell my friend our paths will meet again

I wanna’ break my chains
Leave this place, leave my mind inside a cage

And I’ll crawl to you
And I’ll crawl to you
And I’ll crawl to you
And I’ll crawl to you
Track Name: Ulcer
My lungs are weighing me down
My mouth is full of sores
I don’t know who I am anymore, anymore, anymore

And I don’t know who I am anymore
I feel like I’ve lost myself
And I wish that I could see you more
But I’m too far away to fix this, fix this

And I don’t know who I am anymore
I feel like I’ve lost myself
And I wish that I could see you more
But I’m too far away to fix this, fix this
Track Name: The Abyss
I took the train back home from the place I longed to leave
The voices in my head, they don’t seem to wanna’ sleep
And I live in my head, which brings me out of touch
My luck keeps running out, but I’m not giving up

I know I’m not alone
Yeah I know I’m not alone
But I can’t find these demons away
I know I’m not alone
Yeah I know I’m not alone
I guess I’m waiting for a change

I’m stuck in the abyss
I’m sinking deeper within
My thoughts keep racing around, around, around
Am I Insane?
Were you to blame?
Well I guess we will never know
We will never know

I miss my youth
Growing up is scaring me
My vision is blurred from the drink that’s inside of me
And self destruction seems to be a therapy for me

I know I’m not alone
Yeah I know I’m not alone
But I can’t find these demons away
I know I’m not alone
Yeah I know I’m not alone
I guess I’m waiting for a change

I’m stuck in the abyss
I’m sinking deeper within
My thoughts keep racing around, around, around
Am I Insane?
Were you to blame?
Well I guess we will never know
We will never know

We will never know
We will never know
We will never know

I’m stuck in the abyss
I’m sinking deeper within
My thoughts keep racing around, around, around
Am I Insane?
Were you to blame?
Well I guess we will never know
We will never know
Track Name: Mind Over Matter
The days are growing old and wearing me down to the ground
It’s sad to say that I lost myself some time ago
I can recollect

Why do you do this to me?
This ain’t the place I wanna’ be
At some point in time the anger got a hold of me
I have lost myself, comparing to everybody else
And how content they seem with life
So am I blind?
Or stuck in my past life?

I’m always living in my head and I’ll be this way ‘til I’m dead
I’m sick of writing these sad songs for my own personal gain
It’s time to look forward and focus on the good things

Why do you do this to me?
This ain’t the place I wanna’ be
At some point in time the anger got a hold of me
I have lost myself, comparing to everybody else
And how content they seem with life
So am I blind?
Or stuck in my past life?

So am I blind?
So am I blind?
Stuck in my past life
Stuck in my past life…
Track Name: Weeping Willow
There’s voids to be filled
So swallow them pills
To make you well (to make you well)
To make you well (to make you well)
It gets under my skin (gets under my skin)
I’m suffering within (I’m suffering within)

This self loathing grows old
This self loathing grows old
Then everything Zen becomes a private hell
The flames burn infectious atmospheres

So come with me to our favourite tree
The weeping willow waits for us, you’ll see
Meditate in discomfort, don’t fight the universe
Because all paths lead to an end
Because all paths lead to an end

There’s voids to be filled
So swallow them pills
This self loathing grows old
This self loathing grows old

Is reality a dream?
Noise is all I hear
Is reality a dream?
This life that I fear, this life that I fear
Is reality a dream?
Noise is all I hear
Is reality a dream?
This life that I fear, this life that I fear
Is reality a dream?
Noise is all I hear
Track Name: Desolated // Elevated
There’s some junk in my head
Tryin’ to figure it out
Help me flick the switch
Cause’ I need a way out
And I’m drowning myself in a sea of doubt
The tide comes in

And the tide comes in
And the tide comes in
And the golden age begins

I’m desolated yet I’m elevated
Through art I feel sane
I’m lazy and I’m hazy
Living life through a daydream

Still learning to love myself
Time takes care of the wound

And the tide comes in
And the tide comes in
And the golden age begins

I’m desolated yet I’m elevated
Through art I feel sane
I’m lazy and I’m hazy
Living life through a daydream
I’m desolated yet I’m elevated
Through art I feel sane
I’m lazy and I’m hazy
Living life through a daydream
Track Name: Bukowski, are you there?
I can’t turn back on myself or live in my head
I’m lonely these days, I don’t like it that way

I’m asking Bukowski for all of the answers
You should see my bookshelf is full of self-help

So is it just me?
Who feels this way
Who’s scared of living (yeah)
Living in this dream
Track Name: Prelude - Take #3
Don’t leave now
I am stuck in the mud
I am stuck in the mud with you
And the songs that serenaded us have scarred me for good
So lay my weary head into your chest again
Track Name: Für Dich, Mein Herz
I’m in need of a distraction
Of the awe I am captured in these days
I want you in my life for a long time
I’m just a lonely boy who cares for you
Who’s in need of you

So lets float, drift into the unknown
And all I know is when I’m with you all seems to be clear

We’re going over and under
Over and a under, over and under
We’re going over and under
Over and under, over and under
Being sober has never felt so good
Track Name: Is This Desire?
Joseph walked on and on
The sunset went down and down
Coldness cooled their desire
And Dawn said, "Let's build a fire"
The sun dressed the trees in green
And Joe said, Dawn, "I feel like a King"
And Dawn's neck and her feet were bare

Sweetness in her golden hair
Said, 'I'm not scared'
Turned to her and smiled
Secrets in his eyes
Sweetness of desire
Is this desire
Enough enough
To lift us higher
To lift above?

Hour-long, by hour, may we two stand
When we're dead, between these lands
The sun set behind his eyes
And Joe said, "Is this desire?"

Is this desire
Enough enough
To lift us higher
To lift above
Is this desire
Enough enough
Enough inside
Is this desire
Track Name: Life Goes On...
There’s a planet that I live on
Do we all belong?
Do we all belong?

An eye for an eye makes the world go blind
Time is still being told to realise

It’s a long way home
It’s a long road to go
We clutch broken glass in our hands
We drink our existence to the ground
But here we are, life goes on

There’s a man sitting next to me
And he don’t seem to wanna’ be here anymore
His family have deserted him
Leaving him in pieces on the floor

An eye for an eye makes the world go blind
Time is still being told to realise

It’s a long way home
It’s a long road to go
We clutch broken glass in our hands
We drink our existence to the ground
But here we are, life goes…

On and on and on and on and on and on and on and on
Life goes on…
On and on and on and on and on and on and on and on
Life goes on…
Track Name: Skeletons (feat. Waira)
Promise breaker to myself
Lover could you help me out?

Are you rich in friendship but lonely at heart?
It’s never too late to make a brand new start

I’m down but not out
Floating around
I’m down but not out

Are you rich in friendship but lonely at heart?
It’s never too late to make a brand new start

Cemeteries of skeletons
Holding me down, holding me down, holding me down
Cemeteries of skeletons
Holding me down, holding me down, holding me down
Cemeteries of skeletons
Holding me down, holding me down
Track Name: Tangled Minds
You tell me to write a happy song
Well honey you should know me by now
There’s a lot of pain deep down in my soul
But you’re the apple of my eye

And I miss the things we do
I feel so alone when I’m not with you
So little darling will you hear me now?
As hard as life can get, I’ll roll up and spark a cigarette
And I will always belong to you
I will always belong to you

The streets are filled with ghosts of where we walked
And I can’t turn a blind eye
There’s so many familiar faces
But none of them look back at me the way you do

This life is a riddle to me
It’s all in my mind but that don’t stop me (oh no)
If I could go back and figure it out
I would
I would
I would

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