This Is the New Year

by Ian Axel

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released 08 February 2011

Produced by Dan Romer except "This Is the New Year" produced by John Alagia
Mixed by Jon Kaplan at The Lemonade Stand (Brooklyn, NY)
Mastered by Dave McNair at Sterling Sound (NY, NY)

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Ian Axel New York, New York

In 2011, Ian Axel released his debut solo LP This Is the New Year, the title track of which appeared in Garry Marshall’s New Year’s Eve film, provided the theme song to an MTV documentary series & had an associated video wrack up over 1 million hits on YouTube. He's received critical acclaim from publications including NPR, SPIN, and New York Magazine. He is now in the band A Great Big World. ... more

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Track Name: Leave Me Alone!
LEAVE ME ALONE!
Music/Lyrics by Ian and Chad

It’s not easy
When you say that you’re sorry
It’s not easy
When you say you don’t love me at all

Let’s be honest
You don’t care that you hurt me
Let’s be honest
I don’t care that you’re lonely

You don’t love me anymore
You keep coming back for more
If you don’t love me anymore
Leave me alone!

We’re not dating
Who cares what your mom says
We’re not dating
You can sleep in your own bed

You don’t love me anymore
You keep coming back for more
If you don’t love me anymore
Leave me alone!

Whatever I do
Whatever I say
It doesn’t matter anyway
You want me to move
You want me to stay
You won’t be happy either way
Take all your shit...
I’m over it!

It’s not easy

You don’t love me anymore
You keep coming back for more
If you don’t love me anymore
Leave me alone!!!
Track Name: Afterglow
AFTERGLOW
Music/Lyrics by Ian and Chad

Take your headphones off little girl
Listen to the sounds of the world
Put your heart into it.
It’s all intuitive.

Paint a picture black and white
Write a book about the meaning of life
You gotta use what you’ve been given
To change the world you’re livin’ in.

What would you do with all the answers?
What would you do if you’re the only one?

Annie dreams of others when she’s wide awake
Wishing on the beauty that they hide away
And if someday you slip away from all the souls that you’ve saved,
I promise I’ll find you in the afterglow.

Staring out the window,
Seeing the streetlights pass you by
In the reflections in your eyes,
Your thoughts collide.

It’s more than coincidence.
Believe in it ever since,
You know, “the times they are a changin’’
all that’s happened in the past.

What would you do with all the answers?
What would you do if you’re the only one?

Annie dreams of others when she’s wide awake
Wishing on the beauty that they hide away
And if someday you slip away from all the souls that you’ve saved,
I promise I’ll find you in the afterglow.
I promise I’ll find you in the afterglow.
Track Name: Gone
GONE
Music/Lyrics by Ian and Chad

When I fall out, who will leave me
Will my voice still carry meaning
Will you even know I’m gone

Will the world still see in color
Will we learn to love each other
Will you even know I’m gone
You won’t even know I’m gone.

Tell my brothers to be brothers
To forgive me, and each other
They won’t even know I’m gone

Tell my sister take it easy
Life will never be this easy
She won’t even know I’m gone
She won’t even know I’m gone

Tell my mother she can hug me
I still love her when she bugs me
She won’t even know I’m gone.

Tell my father don’t feel guilty
And to follow his heart for me
He wont’ even know I’m gone
He won’t even know I’m gone
He won’t even know I’m gone

You won’t even know I’m gone
Track Name: The Music That Haunts This Town
Music by Ian Axel
Track Name: Waltz
WALTZ
Music/Lyrics by Ian and Chad

Hello monsieur
I’ve got the door and the key to your loft on Lenoir
Where it’s notorious for the bumps in the night
Thump, ba dump, ba dump, ba dump, ba dump
They have been waiting.
They are your friends til' the end, we’re your friends til' the end
We’re not gonna harm you
Let us in for a swim
We will find a way to your heart
Thump, ba dump, ba dump, ba dump, ba dump!

The music that haunts this town
Awakens the souls as they gather around
The fire that burns their ground
Now we are one, two, three, four
You can’t stop us now
No, you can’t stop us now
No, you can't stop us!

Open your eyes
This is the start of a beautiful, beautiful, day
The weather is glorious
It’s the talk of the town
Something must be wrong around here...

It’s no surprise there’s a glow in your eyes
You’re alive now
I can die now...victorious
While the dancing goes on
You have never won
But we have overcome the endless little folds of your heart

The music that haunts this town
Awakens the souls as they gather around
The fire that burns their ground
Now we are one, two, three, four
You can’t stop us now
No, you can’t stop us now
No, you can't stop us!
Track Name: This Is the New Year (feat. Chad Vaccarino)
THIS IS THE NEW YEAR
Music/Lyrics by Ian and Chad

Another year you made a promise
Another chance to turn it all around
And do not save this for tomorrow
Embrace the past, and you can live for now
And I will give the world to you.

Speak louder than the words before you
And give them meaning no one else has found
The role we play is so important
We are the voices of the underground
And I will give the world to you.

Say everything you’ve always wanted
Be not afraid of who you really are
‘Cause in the end we have each other
And that’s at least one thing worth living for
And I will give the world to you.

A million suns that shine upon me
A million eyes you are the brightest blue
Let’s tear the walls down that divide us
And build a statue strong enough for two

I pass it back to you
And I will wait for you
‘cause I would give the world,
and I would give the world,
and I would give the world to you.

This is the new year
A new beginning
You made a promise
You are the brightest
We are the voices
This is the new year
We are the voices
This is the new year
Track Name: Hangman
HANGMAN
Words/Music by Ian and Chad

You and I together
This is not the way it’s gonna be
Please accept my honesty
You are not my cup of tea

Here’s a thought...it’s over.
And no it’s not a temporary thing
Blame this on your family
It’s all for you your majesty

Takin' all your friends for granted
We ain’t gonna help you anymore
You never let it out until the money
My money ain’t gonna help you anymore

You will be forgotten
Easier than permanent ink
Even in the apple tree
You love your vanity

You’re takin' all your friends for granted.
We aint gonna help you anymore
You never let it out until the money
My money aint gonna help you anymore

So many people put their feet on the wall and yell hangman
So many people put their feet on the wall and yell hangman
So many people put their feet on the wall
So many people put their feet on the wall
So many people put their feet on the wall and yell hangman!

You’re takin' all your friends for granted.
We aint gonna help you anymore
You never let it out until the money
My money aint gonna help you anymore

You will be forgotten.
Track Name: Cannonball
CANNONBALL
Music/Lyrics by Ian and Chad

My love is a cannonball
Catch it as it falls on you
Everywhere you go, you are gonna fall for me
No one has to know anything at all
But you…but you…but you

And your love is a fireball
Ready to explode on me
I am gonna glow and never let it go for you
For you…for you…for you

Alli, hearts are breaking for you
Alli, if I don’t make it, it’s not your fault.
It’s not your fault.
Track Name: Girl I Got a Thing
GIRL I GOT A THING
Music/Lyrics by Ian, Chad and Honey Larochelle

I had a really nice day today
I met a girl on the MTA
I lost my balance and I got in her way.

Girl I got a thing for you

Turns out she really likes pb&j
Good conversation ‘cause she knows what to say
You’re not that funny, but I laugh anyway (for you)

Girl I got a thing for you.
Girl I got a thing for you.

You know you’re sweeter than a tangerine
You make me wanna shake my tambourine
If I had money, you’d be marrying me...it's true!

Girl I got a thing for you
Girl I got a thing for you

You could’ve gone your own way
And I coulda missed the subway...

Girl I got a thing for you
Girl I got a thing for you
Girl I got a thing for you
And it’s good, 'cause I think you got a thing for me

Na na na na whoa whoa
Track Name: Pacific Sun
PACIFIC SUN
Music/Lyrics by Ian and Chad

Pacific sun
You changed the color of my skin
From up above
Lift up my heart and let me in

Lay me down
I was lost without you

Under the sea
The fishes kissing at my toes
Of all I see
You are the one that I would like to know

Lay me down
I was lost without you
Lay me down
I was lost without you

Pacific sun
You changed the color of my skin
From up above
Lift up my heart and let me in

Lay me down
I was lost without you
Track Name: We Are
WE ARE
Music/Lyrics by Ian and Chad

Believe in it
It’s more than you and so much more than me
Hold on to it
I’ll believe in you if you believe in me

I swear,
I’d give it all for this
I’ll fall onto my knees

We are the lucky ones

These years comin’
They’ll be worth the fight and they’ll be worth the wait
Keep on goin’
Let this be the star that’ll light your way

And I swear,
We’ll make it over this…
I’ll fall onto my knees

We are the lucky ones

I won’t let you down

We are the lucky ones
Track Name: Say Something
SAY SOMETHING
Music/Lyrics by Ian, Chad and Mike Campbell

Say something, I’m giving up on you
I’ll be the one if you want me to
Anywhere I would’ve followed you
Say something, I’m giving up on you

I’m feeling so small
It was over my head
I know nothing at all

I will stumble and fall
I’m still learning to love
Just starting to crawl

Say something, I’m giving up on you
I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you
Anywhere I would’ve followed you
Say something, I’m giving up on you

I will swallow my pride
You’re the one that I love
And I’m saying goodbye

Say something, I’m giving up on you
I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you
Anywhere I would’ve followed you
Say something, I’m giving up on you

Say something, I’m giving up on you
Say something...
Track Name: Say Something [Bonus Version]
SAY SOMETHING
Music/Lyrics by Ian, Chad and Mike Campbell

Say something, I’m giving up on you
I’ll be the one if you want me to
Anywhere I would’ve followed you
Say something, I’m giving up on you

I’m feeling so small
It was over my head
I know nothing at all

I will stumble and fall
I’m still learning to love
Just starting to crawl

Say something, I’m giving up on you
I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you
Anywhere I would’ve followed you
Say something, I’m giving up on you

I will swallow my pride
You’re the one that I love
And I’m saying goodbye

Say something, I’m giving up on you
I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you
Anywhere I would’ve followed you
Say something, I’m giving up on you

Say something, I’m giving up on you
Say something...