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Living is Now

by Simon Hirst

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1.
We’ve got the rest of our lives We’re living for more than just cash We’re living for dreams out loud on this set Forgiving the failures of past Tired and lonely these feet start to fail As I search for the promise of you Cos’ yesterday left me with cracks in my skin But tomorrow will bring something new. Living is Now Living is Now Living is Now Living is Now I’m restless for more than the dawn I’m living for more than this song. Fighting for friction alone on my back The journey is so far to run God are you near me, I’m broken and weary The doubts of this world opened up The tide and the waves of this heart start to break As I search for the promise of truth Cos’ yesterday left me with tears in my eyes But redemption will bring something new. Living is Now Living is Now Living is Now Living is Now I’m fighting for more than the dawn I’m singing for more than this song.
2.
In the sun where I seek no shelter And the gulls dance in the breeze And the clouds will appear from nothing And bring me to my knees No turning back. I crashed as I tried to write it Disappeared right before my eyes Left with the sinking feeling That I lost it before my time No turning back. Came in before the end Had the rhythm in my hands And the beat will start the song The crowd will sing along. Got caught in the last decision Saved by the strangers hand An attempt and I lost the feeling I jumped but I missed the land No turning back. Came in before the end Had the rhythm in my hands And the beat will start the song The crowd will sing along. Swerved at the beginning and I chased it ’til the end And I fell into these footsteps and the safety of my friends And I felt the indecision, but I’ll beat it in the end. Had the rhythm in my hands And the beat will start the song The crowd will sing along And the crowd will sing along And the crowd will sing along.
3.
Fighting for the corporate life The million dollars and the model wife The latest fashion from the latest store I got it all but I want more Politicians in the magazines They got a channel next to MTV We’re at the door of the newest scene But I want out of the corporate dream. We’re corporate lovers We’re company dreamers We’re the modern successors Can we become more than just this We’re corporate lovers. Advertising for eternal youth With neon lights come the greater truth We’re lining up for riches and more Out on the corner of our favourite store We got the new version limousines They’ll cost a mil with the golden wheels And the companies that never could Keep pushing on for the greater good. We’re corporate lovers We’re company dreamers We’re the modern successors Can we become more than just this We’re corporate lovers. We’re corporate lovers We’re corporate lovers We’re company dreamers Can we become more than just this We’re corporate lovers We’re corporate lovers We’re company dreamers We’re the modern successors Can we become more than just this We’re corporate lovers.
4.
I was a moment away from when they'd say I was gone A decade would pass, I was so young, you were so strong And the silence was filled with prayers and hopes of a sign I was a moment away from the end of my life. And time slows I remember the catch I took And the car sped When an hour is all you have And your breath starts to slow But you're calm and you never give in. A life time has passed, 20 years I tend to forget But the memory is clear of that day, a life that was kept I'm writing it down, I am blessed I made it so far I was a moment away when an angel carried that car. And time slows I remember the catch I took And the car sped When an hour is all you have And your breath starts to slow But you're calm and you never give in. And your breath starts to slow And the dark starts to win And they call out the odds But you'll never give in. I was a moment away from when they'd say I was gone.
5.
Incomplete 03:33
She hasn't been this way since she can't remember when And the girl she used to know doesn't come around to fight She's all messed up in the things she can't undo And the demons in her head are giving in to lose. She sees what you're afraid to see Though the world is lonely she is beauty underneath. It's 7am and she's running out of time And the doubt she had last night is another reason why Don't give in now, you're almost at the edge Don't let the fire burn out, don't let the fire burn out. And see what you're afraid to see Though the world is lonely she is beauty underneath She sees what you're afraid to see Though her heart is broken she is somehow made complete. Don't fight. Don't fight it out. And see what you're afraid to see Though the world is lonely she is beauty underneath She sees what you're afraid to see Though her heart is broken she is somehow made complete.
6.
There’s a broken heart on the 6:18 She thought she knew why he had left And the traffic stopped Outside in the cold And she fought all the tears away And her mothers voice said I told you girl There’s really no one else to blame Then the girl named June With redemption smiles And she says. I don’t know what I did to deserve this pain I don’t know what I did today I don’t know what’s wrong with the world outside And I don’t Remember Your Name. There’s a boy named Jon with an old guitar It’s the only friend he ever knew Cos his father left When his mother died And the liquor store became his home Now the man named Jon walks out the door There’s an empty truck out on the street Turns the engine on And drives away And he says. I don’t know what I did to deserve this pain I don’t know what I did today I don’t know what’s wrong with the world outside And I don’t Remember Your Name. Remember your name Remember your name. There’s a broken heart on the 6:18 But now she wears a pretty smile Because her fathers voice Says I love you girl Forgiveness looks as good as new. I don’t know what I did to deserve this pain I don’t know what I did today I don’t know what’s wrong with the world outside And I don’t Remember Your Name. Remember your name Remember your name.
7.
Nothing is right Nothing is wrong The world is tired and empty We’re a lonely soul We’re a lonely soul. Everything’s black Everything’s white There’s too much giving in without a fight Without a fight Without a fight. Nothing is real Nothing is one We’re fighting against tomorrow And the rising sun The rising sun The rising sun.
8.
Dirty Hands 03:52
We're breaking down We're breaking now We got a fire in our generation We got a shot that could save a nation But we're breaking down. We are lonely We are bitter With our dirty hands We are children Not our fathers With their dirty hands We are divided. I'm guilty now We've lost ourselves. We are lonely We are bitter With our dirty hands We are children Not our fathers With their dirty hands We are apathy and aching We are fighting our condition We are broken We are friction With out dirty hands We are divided.
9.
Everything 04:02
The door slammed on its own The tears fell right through my phone And my heart never felt so tired Everything was wrong Everything was wrong. The picture stayed on the floor Right where my feet were still caught In the dream that I had last night Everything was wrong. And I can still see your face In that dream as you walked away Oh won’t you come back Back to the start. The walls were talking to me Our conversation felt like a dream And the breath when I catch your eye And everything is right. And I can still see your smile Through a memory of the past Oh won’t you come back Back to the start. The distance was so far Like we’re stuck on the stars With perforated sides We’ve flown far apart But like orbiting love We'll return to the start. And I still see your smile When I wake with you by my side Let’s never go back Our love is burning bright The future will is ours to fight Let’s never go back Let’s never go back Cos’ everything is right Everything is right Everything.
10.
Autumn 03:33
She's so unclear Like a rainy day A discontented picture She feels the pain She's tired and worn And torn up inside And her broken heart Is hoping it's alright It's alright. She's at the edge Of the bitter end And grace and hope She never knew Disenchanted She's come undone She's scared of waking And what might come But's it's alright It's alright. It's alright It's alright It's alright It's alright.
11.
Fighting for the corporate life The million dollars and the model wife The latest fashion from the latest store I got it all but I want more Politicians in the magazines They got a channel next to MTV We’re at the door of the newest scene But I want out of the corporate dream. We’re corporate lovers We’re company dreamers We’re the modern successors Can we become more than just this We’re corporate lovers. Advertising for eternal youth With neon lights come the greater truth We’re lining up for riches and more Out on the corner of our favourite store We got the new version limousines They’ll cost a mil with the golden wheels And the companies that never could Keep pushing on for the greater good. We’re corporate lovers We’re company dreamers We’re the modern successors Can we become more than just this We’re corporate lovers. We’re corporate lovers We’re corporate lovers We’re company dreamers Can we become more than just this We’re corporate lovers We’re corporate lovers We’re company dreamers We’re the modern successors Can we become more than just this We’re corporate lovers.
12.
We're breaking down We're breaking now We got a fire in our generation We got a shot that could save a nation But we're breaking down. We are lonely We are bitter With our dirty hands We are children Not our fathers With their dirty hands We are divided. I'm guilty now We've lost ourselves. We are lonely We are bitter With our dirty hands We are children Not our fathers With their dirty hands We are apathy and aching We are fighting our condition We are broken We are friction With out dirty hands We are divided.

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released May 21, 2022

Photography: Aaron Sami & Daniel Andonov • Design & Layout: Simon Hirst, Josh Tere, Captain Hook • All songs written by Simon Hirst • Produced by Simon Hirst. Additional production by Regan McKinnon, Nathan Sowter, Scott Seabright • Recorded by Scott Seabright, Regan McKinnon, Nathan Sowter, Simon Hirst at Parachute Studios, The Porch, Link Flamingo, Grange Studio • Drums on tracks 1, 7, 9: Simon Hirst, tracks 2 & 4: Patrick Kuhtze • Drums on tracks 3, 5, 6, 8: Stan Bicknell • Mixed by Scott Seabright • Mastered by Chris Chetland at KOG Mastering • Management: Dean St Martin

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Simon Hirst Hamilton, New Zealand

Musician from New Zealand.
Believer.
Father.
Husband.
Always searching for the next song.

A gaining profile has seen him support Sir Dave Dobbyn and Mitch James. His sophomore album promises a harder edge, and leans into the sound of acts like Switchfoot and Jimmy Eat World. As well as on-air interviews, recent singles ‘No Turning Back’ and ‘Incomplete’ have received widespread radio airplay.
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