Behind The I

by The Andy Gibson Project

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'Behind The I' blends melodic pop/rock with strands of electronica and folk. Lyrically, Andy’s songs tackle human issues, addressing both personal and global struggles.

‘Behind the I’ was released under Jody Lloyd’s She’ll Be Right Records. It was recorded between Andy’s home studio and The Lab Studios. Cousin Sam Gibson (Sound Engineer for Neil Finn, Dave Dobbyn) mixed the album in the UK and mastering was done by Chris Winchcombe at York St. Studios. Musicians featured on the album come from many corners of NZ’s music scene: Tui nominee Charmaine Ford on piano; Stephen Thomas (Spacifix) on drums; Dylan Storey on electric guitars, Sam Prebble on violin and harmonies by Reb Fountain.

The centre-piece of the album is Andy’s voice, with production moving between acoustic guitar, piano, bass and drums arrangements to electronic beats, strings and in places stripped back acapella.

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released June 1, 2007

Produced by Andy Gibson

All songs written by Andy Gibson except 'Art Will Save America', by Andy Gibson and Sam Kirk.

Recorded and edited by Andy Gibson on Logic, except the drums, which were recorded by Olly Harmer at The Lab Studios, Mt. Eden.

Mixed by Sam Gibson at Chapel Lane Studios, Hereford, UK

Mastered by Chris Winchcombe at York St. Studios, Auckland

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The Andy Gibson Project Wellington, New Zealand

The Andy Gibson Project seeks to make sense of the puzzle we find ourselves in, writing honest songs around themes of emotional states and psychological (dys)function. Often hopeful, always cathartic, his songs are a genuine documentation of his journey. Also a sociolinguist, Andy chooses to maintain his New Zealand accent in his music as part of his search for the authentic self. ... more

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Track Name: Edge of Change
I’ve been a long way down
I’ve been shipwrecked on the rocks of big ideas fallen into the sea
I’ve been a long way down
Holding my breath, or breathing through a straw of hope I couldn’t see

But now I’m on the edge of change like the edge of a blade

I’ve been a long way down and I’ve seen a lot of sides of me
I’ve been a long way down
I’ve been to places I never meant to see

But now I’m on the edge of change like the edge of a blade
And I’m holding my ground and I’m not gonna fall away
Track Name: Tangled
I thought I should let you know
I've been walking the streets again
Without any place to go
All tangled up in my head

And I thought that I'd come to the end of the struggle
But I see that it may never end
Please take my hand my friend

I thought I could let this go
Walk on and not return
But maybe that is just not how life goes
When the lesson is hard to learn

And I thought that I'd come to the end of the struggle
But I see that it may never end
So walk with me my friend

All tangled up in my head
Track Name: Lucid Moment
Look at me waving my arms
Calling out the names of all the people that pass
Doing all my magic tricks, destroy myself and heal the sick
I sense danger in here

Look Mum no hands!
“Look son a car, best get off the road now”
That’s alright I have other skills far beyond the run of the mill
I sense danger in here

Stand above me for just a moment and I’ll turn liquid
In a lucid moment I’ll crawl back to my highchair
Begging for my own forgiveness

Everyone loves getting into a hot bath
But I sense danger in here
So if you see my eyes roll up, pull the plug and pick me up
I feel faint now in here

Stand above me for just a moment and I’ll turn liquid
And in a lucid moment I’ll crawl back to my highchair
Begging for my own forgiveness

This is my confession
I am faced with a decision
Whenever I am in a position
Where I’m standing too high

If I’m standing too high
Stand above me for just a moment and I’ll turn liquid
And in a lucid moment I’ll crawl back to my highchair
Begging for my own forgiveness
Track Name: Art Will Save America
Maybe art will save America
From being polarised, polarized, polarised
But open up your ears, your own music speaks against you
Your being ostricised by your own

Careful – a crack is spreading
‘Cause you do not act in love

Righteousness with no humility
No self-checking machinery
Guns and the heavy shroud of T.V.

Blanketing our minds, blanketing our eyes
Keeping us so safe, keeping us so dry
Underneath a blackening sky, that’s raining down with fire.

Careful – a crack is spreading
‘Cause you do not act in love

Righteousness with no humility
No self-checking machinery
Guns and the heavy shroud of T.V.

Blanketing our minds, blanketing our eyes
Keeping us so safe, keeping us so blind
Underneath a blackening sky, that’s raining down with fire.
Track Name: Home
What have I done
I havn’t sat still for 7 years
What if I came back home

Wouldn’t they know that I overcame all my fears
Don’t I deserve a free ride now

I am home
I’m not afraid
I’m not alone
My heart doesn’t race
I am here with all of these friends
It’s just that they don’t know me yet

Isn’t it good to find yourself in a desperate place
You suddenly find you’ve got nothing to lose and no time to waste
People seem closed until you look them in the eye
And say “Hello, I’m lonely”

I am home
I’m not afraid
I’m not alone
My heart doesn’t race
I am here with all of these friends
It’s just that they don’t know me yet
Track Name: Bricks of Sand
Remember when we thought this was all impossible
We’d have to make the best of a bad situation
So we did the best we could building houses with no wood
Until it turned out that bricks of sand really aren’t that good

And I’d go down to the corner store
And buy $3 worth of happy thoughts
But they’d never last long enough to please me
And you’d go round to your friends house
To buy me out of what I wasn’t proud of
So I wouldn’t have to think about it

But it turns out bricks of sand
Crumble the moment they leave your hand

I ignored my inner voice, thought I didn’t have a choice
I’d have to make the best of the only valid option
So I denied myself of light and wondered why it felt like such a fight
And it never even crossed my mind that something wasn’t right

And I’d go down to the corner store
And buy $3 worth of happy thoughts
But they’d never last long enough to please me
And you’d go round to your friends house
To buy me out of what I wasn’t proud of
So I wouldn’t have to think about it

But it turns out bricks of sand
Crumble the moment they leave your hand
Track Name: Entrenchment
To get past the blockages
You’re gonna have to keep moving
You’re gonna have to keep massaging the creases

Cuz every doubt pulls you down

Entrenchment comes like a thief in the night
And lies down next to you in your bed
As every doubt pulls you down

If you want to get on with this
If you’re ever gonna move on
You’re gonna have to believe
Track Name: The Fateful Kind
Leaving his life behind him
Resting the body that confined him
Releasing his soul from the earth
He’s proved his worth and lived a long time
So now it is time for us to say goodbye

Fighting with tragedy
Angels won’t hear his plea
They’re ripping his soul from the earth
And all that he could have been will never be seen
So now we’re obliged to say goodbye

And it hurts for those who are left behind
But I don’t really think that I mind
Which one of the fateful kind I’ll be
It doesn’t worry me

Life is a fragile thing
A work of art I’m a colour in
And I want my strokes to show
Whether they’re short or long is of no matter
As long as they are strong when I have to go

And it hurts for those who are left behind
But I don’t really think that I mind
Which one of the fateful kind I’ll be
It doesn’t worry me
Track Name: Coastline
The coastline calls to her loved one
He draws down close to her side
He flickers into flame and brushes a cloud across her brow
They call each other’s names, repeat the age old vow

And I am man
Holding them apart with all the strength that I have
I am man
I echo their art the best that I can

And I sing praises to the coastline and the sunset
And I sing praises to the maker and the made
And I sing praises to the ocean and the moonlight
And I sing praises to the maker and the made
Track Name: Where You Are
The shape of minutes dissolves
When you’re waiting

You start forgetting the goal
When you’re waiting

Details start to emerge from the cracks
You focus your attention on the things you never looked at
You start to hear the sounds that you didn’t know were there
As they’re pulling you back to where you are

Conscious breathing evolves
When you’re waiting
You start regaining control
When you’re waiting

Details start to emerge from the cracks
You focus your attention on the things you never looked at
You start to hear the sounds that you didn’t know were there
As they’re pulling you back to where you are

Where you are there’s nothing to plan and nothing to be done
Where you are there’s nothing to remember and nothing to forget

Where you are the world you live in opens up before your battered senses
The metaphor slides away
You see things as they always were as though they’re being born before your eyes
And you glimpse outside