Fantasy World

by Christopher Joel

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No autotune was used on any part of this EP. What you hear is what was actually played or sung.



To God: Thank you for everything: life, love, grace, protection, and guidance.

To my love, Anna - I couldn't have done this without you. Thank you being so patient and just being there. And yes, you are my sunshine!

To Mike and Emily: I can't believe you let me invade your house every week, GULAR!

To Vinnie & Aaron: You're two of the most creative and talented people I know. Thank you for inspiring me to do better and making me look good!

To my family: I hope I continue to make you proud. Thanks for giving me a solid foundation to build on.

To my small group, Hopepark, and all my friends: Thank you for continuing to encourage and support me. It's always great to see you, but even more so when I need you there.

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released 05 May 2009
Vocals, guitars, bass, bell: Christopher Joel
Drums, guitars, vocals: Michael Estok

Produced by Christopher Joel and Michael Estok.

Recorded and mixed by Michael Estok at Vibe Dial Recording Studio, Nashville, TN.

Mastered by Vinnie Alibrandi.

Artwork and photography by Aaron Grayum.

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Christopher Joel Nashville

Christopher Joel brings a refreshing take on the Alt-pop Rock genre to the Nashville music scene. Largely influenced by Jeff Buckley, John Mayer, and Self’s Matt Mahaffey, CJ’s music features songs about the story of life – love, emotion, and the human experience. He writes not only to entertain, but to inspire the listener with catchy melodies, passionate vocals, and relatable stories. ... more

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Track Name: Not This Time
Caught me on my knees, my guard let down
Humbled, tired, and weak and helpless before you

Too confused to resist this latest attempt
To weaken my resolutions

When I'm all alone you hit me where I least expect it
Pushed to the edge, I won't fall for that same old trick
This time, this time

Approaching the same as always, so predictable
Sidestepping all your snares has never been easier

Don't count on willingness
Where I am weakest, He strengthens

When I'm all alone you hit me where I least expect it
Pushed to the edge, I won't fall for that same old trick
This time, this time

Driving the nail in deep
Tacking my favorite sin to a cross
Letting go can be such bliss
So freedom feels like this

When I'm all alone you hit me where I least expect it
Pushed to the edge, I won't fall for that same old trick
This time, this time
Track Name: Don't Leave Me, Sunshine
Don't leave me sunshine and run off with the clouds today
Cause I can't make it without your light
Ever since the sunrise, my world is filled with clarity
I've been seeing what life is really like, oh yeah

Soaking up your warming rays
Blue sky above me
Only dreams have better days

Stay with me sunshine
Burn bright, forever mine
Don't hide all day, come out and play

So don't leave me sunshine and let the dreadful dark invade
Cause I can't go on without my star
And when the sun sets the moon begins it's serenade
But your sweet song it can't replace, oh no

Soaking up your warming rays
Blue sky above me
Only dreams have better days

Stay with me sunshine
Burn bright, forever mine
Don't hide all day, come out and play

Stay with me sunshine
Burn bright, forever mine
Don't hide all day, come out and play
Track Name: 11:11
They say broken clocks are right twice a day
But this clock ain't broken, it's ok
The time is right for just one thing
And I know you want this as much as me

You see, I can't sleep without one last thing
Help me get through the night
Come a little closer, yeah, come on over
We get one chance to do this right

Ooo, kiss me baby, it's 11:11
Ooo, kiss me baby, it's 11:11

So you don't seem to see the significance
There's a mystical magic in this minute
You see, lips locked tight at this time of night
Can make a love, make a love last forever, last forever so I say

Ooo, kiss me baby, it's 11:11
Ooo, kiss me baby, it's 11:11

I'll make any old excuse to get a kiss from you
So I guess the time will do
Because baby, baby, baby
You're the one, the one, the one, the one, so I say

Ooo, kiss me baby, it's 11:11
Ooo, kiss me baby, it's 11:11

It's a magic time of night (kiss me baby), it's 11:11
Let's make this last a lifetime (kiss me baby) it's 11:11
Track Name: Fantasy World
Back here in my bedroom
I am sitting, waiting for my princess to come
And if she doesn't, I'll just sit here
Wishing, waiting, wondering what to expect from you
What is it you want me to do
Why do you look at me that way
Is there something I'm not seeing

King of my own castle
I'm the one who calls the shots
I make the rules that you abide by
It's so unnerving how this crumbles when I know that

I'm the only one who lives inside this fantasy world
Which shatters at your call
But all in all, I guess it's not that bad

Brittle, frail, and lonely
I can see how much this means to one like you
When all my sense dull to pain, dull to life, dull to the game
Where I am king and you're my servant
And the backyard is my land
And I rule with an iron fist,
I make you hate me, just like they do
Pushing on, pressing in, I try to run when I know that

I'm the only one who lives inside this fantasy world
Which shatters at your call
But all in all, I guess it's not that bad

Sometimes, I wish I could tear the walls down
That keep you out and hold me in
But in my alabaster castle
I am crying, wishing, wanting, tearing at my skin
So I can show you who I really am

I'm the only one who lives inside this fantasy world
Which shatters at your call
But all in all, I guess it's not that bad
And I'm the only one who lives inside this fantasy world
Which shatters at your call
But all in all, I guess it's not that bad

Desperate, hurting, scratching
You hold onto a piece of me that you're torn
From where I'm hurting, where I'm bleeding
Hoping you will let me go
Let me go, let me go, let me go, please let me go
Track Name: So Easily
I was born in a house with a setting sun
The Blue showed up, but they never won
Moonbeams came and lit the night
When the Blues came back, I began my fight

I saw the flame and her seductive tease
But I blew her out with effortless ease
The smoke did dance and choke its prey
But chilling winds swept the ash away

I will not be broken
I will not be broken
I will not be broken
So easily

I felt the chills run up my spine
Death had come to share his wine
I dared not drink, I knew it well
The gruesome end to his poisonous spell

I will not be broken
I will not be broken
I will not be broken
So easily

Come someday when all life ends
Tongues confess, knees will bends
All will bow by a crystal sea
Those will stay will then be free

I will then be broken
I will then be broken
I will then be broken
So easily