Beads on a String

by Kooii

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A landmark debut, ‘Beads On A String’ (2005) set a new benchmark for Australian reggae upon its release. It perfectly portrays the signature style and sound that set Kooii apart from any other in the contemporary music scene. The album effortlessly marries reggae, jazz and latin influences in comforting and familiar music that resonates with music lovers of all ages, genres and backgrounds.

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released July 1, 2005

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Kooii Brisbane, Australia

KOOII ride a river of driving groove, where soulful melodies, conscious lyrics and stirring harmonies of horn and vocal encircle each other, dancing within the push and pull of the current, momentarily suspended before gathering volume, momentum and voice as they plunge into a vast expanse of ocean. ... more

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Track Name: coolum
by the sea
falling sand in hand
you and me
in a talking land

to the sea
step by step we take
you and me
let's go make and break

how you feeling
once you're swimming
dolphin playing
your water crashing

sat in weight
of breathless beauty
don't be late
for a fruitful duty

here we go
though i'm stunned by all
your touch and go
stand me up and fall

how you felling
once you're swimming
dolphin playing
your water crashing
Track Name: beads on a string
one day
i'm gonna give you beads on a string
cause that's how we impress me one time to another

and let's see
around your neck it could make a ring
and if it happens to suit your dress
you can wear it if you wanna

we get together in passing
when our travels are crossing
we tell each other our stories
we laugh and frown at our worries

we seem to start a lot in silence
then words are coming up to find us
we pry, we shy and let it linger
to form a crystal on your finger, so

one day
i'm gonna give you beads on a string
cause that's how we impress me one time to another

and let's see
around your neck it could make a ring
and if it happens to suit your dress
you can wear it if you wanna

and every time we are meeting, we're coming up with something
it don't have to mean much but it's got that certain touch

what's this that's got us caught inside it and what does it tell
that smile, that sigh, i think i saw it in patterns on a shell

one day
i'm gonna give you beads on a string
cause that's how we impress me one time to another

and let's see
around your neck it could make a ring
and if it happens to suit your dress
you can wear it if you wanna

we come into an understanding and the beads get fuller
we come into an understanding, wear it if you wanna
Track Name: see you soon
i hope to see you soon

it's said what goes around comes around
enough said cause it's working me to the ground
but in the dirt i'm gonna write a message to you
no wind or rain is gonna stop the message getting through

i hope to see you soon

i believe there's good to come of us
the gravity of this i've just got to trust
cause touching you is touching me in long awaited ways
i sing a song and let it be known that i want you
in this and future days

i hope to see you soon
Track Name: meeting place
we all come from far away places
seeing some of this in our faces
here we've got groove to gather up dance
in the one move, floating stance
you may listen and letting go a lot
make a decision with the rhythm that we've got

around a fire burning old wood
getting higher when we hear that cracking good you can
feed it or show it where's your steel
here receive it, we're warming up the feel
here we start it with the sparking of a thought
here we have it and to it we are taught

with the music
as a meeting place
for all to come
for all to be
Track Name: here, swing, sing
here friend
drifting like smoke, moved by our feet
where this takes us god only knows
but i know for sure
that for now i'm here with you

when i look away
you maybe sway and fall from my side
gotta walk the way you have to
and you're moving right
(swinging, it's a good sight)
but i know for now
the way we go, we're both going to

so come now here with me
so come now swing with me
so come now sing with me
cause i know for now
the way we go we're both going to

sometimes when i think we have lost it
and the wind swept away
well i'm not sure i see you, where are you?
and then i recall i can hear you if i listen
i hear your voice
and i know i'm here with you

searching on, searching for a harmony

so come now...
Track Name: in your freedom
if i could contain you in your freedom
i would be satisfied
holding as though i am not there

if i could contain you in your freedom
i would be satisfied
you who's reflecting my own care

well up from the ocean vast
floating on the rise
carry daylight that is cast
to cloudy coloured skies
when rain hits the hard soil
a river to your sea i'd be
we'll have the waves in turmoil
rushing and gushing they'll be

if i could contain you in your freedom
i would be satisfied
holding as though i am not there

if i could contain you in your freedom
i would be satisfied
you who's reflecting my own care

i want to hold you tightly now
and know that you are mine
and gather up your love somehow
and laugh away at time
but i know that you can't sing
caught in a cage and can't dance
and fire needs air for its breathing
so how i will breath to entrance
Track Name: we get around
where you go for this
to be kissing and kiss
i get around the city frown
then coming back to you
i got you this

what a beaut day to be able to play
mixing up with the sound the faces i am found
they come and say

through the up and the down
bearing a smile or a frown
we get a bit we lose a bit
viva la musica is coming on through

and this highness has got me now
i'm shaking it loose somehow
we get around
we get around

through the up and the down
bearing a smile or a frown
we shuffle round the lost and found
viva la musica is coming on through

well all i've got for your troubles is a song to sing
it may just tell you to get up off your thing
i got to rise up when my ride has come

and this highness has got me now
i'm shaking it loose somehow
we get around
we get around
Track Name: can't stop
i can't stop playing music
can't stop
i can't stop playing music
gonna have to give it to you

mightier, i know it is mightier
mightier, i know it is mightier than me

feel with all this shuffling
the joker's got the time
judging all my doings
is messing up my mind

for a thousand reasons
i stand again to play
and i can't help the music playing me
so i'm going to say

i can't stop playing music
can't stop
i can't stop playing music
gonna have to give it to you

mightier, i know it is mightier
mightier, i know it is mightier than me

makes me want to fell good
makes me want to stand
moving like my body could
a river in the band

when we can play to the chord
in accordance with the loving
of the rhythm in the knowing
then we can play on the sound
of the rock on the ground

i can't stop playing music
can't stop
i can't stop playing music
gonna have to give it to you
Track Name: chime
chime, chime, chime
let me brake that spell

whose been whistling witchcraft
calling up the phantom's rules
shadows in the cool draft
they've been creeping for the jewels

with a cloud over my head
it's getting me gaze
but how do you make it spread
once your fingers are part of the haze

chime, chime, chime
let me brake that spell

cause I've been under it for too long
waiting for ways to cheat it
when silent to the love song
is there a stick to beat it?

and ring out a bell
in the belly of rumbling
let it ring and let it ring well
to tell them know we're coming

chime, chime, chime
let me brake that spell

I'm gonna get there
i'm on a seam
losing my care
for what, fearing does deem
i got to listen
for that said bell
ringing to hear me
a story to tell

chime, chime, chime
let me brake that spell

looking solely at controlling
a rationalized vibe
for confusion adds elusion
to the old that i've tried

keep a cool head
amongst all the mist
communicating to solve the problem
no need to resist

chime, chime, chime
let me brake that spell