The Heartbeaten Path

by Joshua Johnson

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The Heartbeaten Path is a collection of songs describing the pathways taken by the heart - sometimes sunny , sometimes dark, yet somehow always familiar. The instrumentation and strings woven throughout will take you along with on a journey of fantasy, longing, joy and pain, aided by the expert sonic touch of one of the US's top Ambient Artists: Matt Kidd (Slow Meadow). Thank you for listening


released December 12, 2016

Production & Recording: Matt Kidd, Jeffery Armstreet
Guitars, Piano, Keys & Bass: Joshua Johnson & Matt Kidd
Drums: Dave Keil
Violin: Joanna Becker
Viola: Michele Gunn-Soliman
Cello: Aimee Norris
Recorded at Red Tree Studio in Magnolia, TX and at Matt Kidd Studio in Houston Heights, TX
Mastered by Bob Boyd at Ambient Digital


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Joshua Johnson Houston, Texas

Joshua is Singer, Songwriter & Multi-Instrumentalist based out of Houston, TX. As long as he can remember, he's been singing! Part folk, part R&B, and all heart on his sleeve - he has a rare true love for what he does, and is loved and respected by his musical peers, which include among them former members of shows like American Idol and The Voice. Be on the look out for a show near you :) ... more

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Track Name: I Wanna Be With You
Your love is like a drug, your voice a song
So get me high on the melody
Just another hit to move along
And we can fly so easily

Every single moment like a wave
As your soul washes over me
The beauty of your ocean makes me brave
Take me out into your sea

You are the sunshine
When the clouds are grey
You change my heart
Every single day
You make my life beautiful and new
And I want to be with you

You're clothed in beauty like the sun
In the setting summer skies
And all the gold the world has ever won
Can't shine brighter than your eyes

You are the starlight
In my darkest nights
When I'm with you
Everything is right
You make my life beautiful and new
And I want to be with you

Take my heart and leave this world behind
Hand in hand with our destiny
A hundred thousand light years in my mind
But right now its you and me
Track Name: Meant To Be
I was blinded by the sound
I wasn't looking, but somehow I found a soul like mine, a beautiful light.
Everything that's wrong just went right on that night.

Cause baby, some things are meant to be
In heaven and earth, there's only one you and me
And I would climb across a thousand miles just to be where you want me to be.
Cause you and I are meant to be

I wouldn't be any other place
And I'll never need another face to look at me the way you look at me
It makes my heart believe, believe

Cause baby, some things are meant to be.
And in this whole world there'll never be another like you and me.
And baby I would spend a thousand lives across the sands of time to have you with me.
Cause baby you and I were meant to be.

And I don't believe in chance, only chances.
So of you find your one true love say goodbye to those silly romances.
Ten billion to one, so I know that the hands of someone so much bigger than ours have aligned all our stars.

Cause baby, some things are meant to be.
And no one else could ever be you and me
And baby I would fight to keep something this right by my side for eternity.
Cause you and I are meant to be.
You and I are meant to be
Track Name: Flooding
Outside the rain is falling but its flooding all the way inside my heart, my heart woah. And my lover yea she went and found another brother someone throw a blanket upon that heart, that hard cold heart woah

Yeah the leaves are fallin and the baby's bawlin, come and rescue me from the water that's rising above my eyes and my heart, my heart woah

And I'm on the outside looking in, thinking oh my friends do you remember when? So when you see me walking the valley below, and you see the flood waters come and go, do you pretend - that we are still just friends?

And the rivers just a running every trickle every drop an endless circle made to stop my heart, oh my heart woah

And Picasso never knew the shapes and colors that you do when you do the things you do to my heart, my poor heart, woah. Come and take me over, and we'll do it over. And I'll never spend a minute trying to gain another win another love another sin upon my heart

I'm on the inside looking out, wondering what was this whole thing all about? Taking care of her eyes and her ears and her body and fears for the days and the years until our time runs out. Runs out

So you care but you don't oh won't you take another boat into the god forsaken ocean of my heart my heart woah
Track Name: Fly
Oh love come alive
And show me pretty things
You know you’re my wings
You know you’re my wings

And time can stand by
While we finish up these dreams
You know you’re my wings
You know you’re my wings

So fly with me
Out past the sky and the sea
Past all we ever knew
Pity the souls who can’t see the view from up here
So fly

Oh love how I feel
Your warmth in every part
You know you’re my heart
You know you’re my heart

And the sun cannot burn
With the fire we impart
You know you’re my heart
You know you’re my heart
Track Name: Only We Remain
Time stands still while we look around and the world will crumble to the ground. Not a care in the world outside of your eyes everything we've known has been a lie, a lie

And you carry me and I, I don't will carry you and we, are survivors of our own heart beats

Now you stand with me, hand in burning hand. And the universe in our command. And you fly with me and I, I will be your wings and we, we will sing the songs that angels sing

And there's nothing we can do
And there's nothing we can say
Everything has changed and we're the ones to blame

And the remnants of our hearts
Is the ash in which we play
For the world has died and only we remain

And I, I will stay with you and you, you will stay with me and we, are survivors of our own heart beats.
Track Name: Your Steady Heart
Quiet your soul, soften your breath
Hope rages on like the war in your chest

All of your fear invades like a ghost
Masquerade of an innocent host
Whisper lies that won’t compromise your steady heart

Swallow your fear and taste all your lies
Reality's war with the hope in your eyes

All of your fear is written inside
Secret words that you desperately hide
Whisper loudly you won't compromise your steady heart

Hold fast, slow down, stay your wandering soul
Steady, still now, stay your wandering soul

Lay down your arms, steady eyes to the ground
Out of the smoke, let your sureness resound

All of your fear invades like a ghost
Masquerade of an innocent host
Whisper lies that won’t compromise your steady heart

All of your fear it fades like a ghost
Crowning hope the victorious host
And your lies no longer belie your steady heart

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