Song Lyric Sunday: July

For today’s Song Lyric Sunday Jim has invited us to play a song by an artist who has famous musician parents. He tells all about it here in his post Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree. My chosen artist has one musician parent, who is also an actor, and her other is an actor, producer and director. She herself has been a child actor since she was just 3, and is still only 22. Her famous musician father is the country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, the Achy Breaky Heart guy, but just as you might be thinking that I’ve taken leave of my senses I should point out that he has six children and this one is the youngest of the bunch. No naked wrecking ball stuff for you today! This is my chosen song:

And here are the lyrics:

I’ve been holding my breath
I’ve been counting to ten
Over something you said
I’ve been holding back tears
While you’re throwing back beers
I’m alone in bed

You know I, I’m afraid of change
Guess that’s why we stay the same

So tell me to leave
I’ll pack my bags, get on the road
Find someone that loves you
Better than I do, darling, I know
‘Cause you remind me every day
I’m not enough, but I still stay

Feels like a lifetime
Just trying to get by while we’re dying inside
I’ve done a lot of things wrong
Loving you being one
But I can’t move on

You know I, I’m afraid of change
Guess that’s why we stay the same

So tell me to leave
I’ll pack my bags, get on the road
Find someone that loves you
Better than I do, darling, I know
‘Cause you remind me every day
I’m not enough, but I still stay
If you want me to leave
Then tell me to leave and baby I’ll go

You remind me every day
I’m not enough, but I still stay

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Michael Sonier / Noah Cyrus / Pj Harding

July lyrics © Sony/atv Tunes Llc, Universal Music Publishing Pty. Ltd., Kmr Music Royalties Ii Scsp, 27musicpub

I have played this song on my blog before – I used it as the tune to illustrate my monthly review post last year – but it is so good that I wanted to play it again for today’s theme. Noah has been making music since 2016, after her career as a child actor, and has released several EPs and her first full album, The Hardest Part, which came out in September of this year and has to date reached #13 on the US Heat chart (the ‘bubbling under’ one), #6 on the UK Americana chart and #10 on the UK Country listing. This song was a track on an eight song EP, The End Of Everything, which came out in May 2020, making #124 in the US Albums chart and #88 in the UK Album Downloads one. It had, though, been previously released as a single in July 2019, when it reached #85 in the US and #66 in the UK. One of the co-writers of this song, who can be heard on harmony vocals, was Peter ‘PJ’ Harding: they met at a songwriters’ camp in Bali (as you do), and he was involved in several more on that EP. They then went on to collaborate on another EP, People Don’t Change, which came out in April 2021. If you like this one there will be much more for you to enjoy on those other records: they are lovely. To give you a taste, here is a track from that second one, coincidentally also about a month:

See what I mean? On that evidence, PJ is quite a talent too. There are plenty of Noah’s other videos available on YouTube, and if you want to see more of her try All Three, if you get my drift. Unlike some of the other songs that I have played for SLS these don’t have any personal meaning or memories for me. I just like beautiful music and a lovely voice, and that is what Noah gives us.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these, and I’ll see you again soon 😊🎶

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  5. I had never heard either of these two, nor had I heard of Noah Cyrus, though I was familiar with Miley Cyrus from some kids show that Natasha used to watch when she was little. I liked both okay, though I liked the 2nd one more than the first. I’m not a fan of country, but I did rather like it!

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    • Noah was also a child actor but not as successfully. There is around a ten year age gap so I guess yours would have been too old for her show anyway. These get counted as country but I think they really should be called singer-songwriter. Good to know the gradual conversion is continuing 😉

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  6. Thanks for sharing these! She does have a very good voice. I am pretty sure I heard her before, but forgot. Will have to look up more of her songs.
    Yes, I was wondering for a moment whether you were going to play that “naked, wrecking ball” song. LOL!

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