Grow Slow

by Zia Hassan

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about

This is my first record, re-released. It's mostly acoustic and it has 8 songs were which written some time between 2003-2009. It also has a cover tune.

"A wonderfully fresh voice and plays as if he was born with a guitar in his hands" - Bryan McMillan (bootystrong.wordpress.com)

"Able to deliver songs ... that are both interesting, and accessible" - Call It Folk, music blog,

"Zia has a magical talent of putting touching and provoking lyrics to any situation. His uncanny ability to put himself in anyone else's shoes and write a song about their emotions is phenomenal." - Diane Hirschfeld

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released 01 November 2009
all songs written, performed, and produced by Zia Hassan except #9, which was written by Peter Gabriel.

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Track Name: Taxicabs and Countryroads
red eyed and overworked
we run businesses
tugging on a runaway kite

if you take the day shifts
I'll take the night

the seasons pass us by
in our garden, in the place where the flowers grow

if you rake the leaves
I'll shovel snow

we have a place that's all our own
and we don't cultivate
the things we've grown
and when we need to
we just meet in between
you take taxicabs
I take countryroads

blue tie and overdressed
we live in palaces
marble and cavernous halls

if you pick the furniture
I'll paint the walls

It's always rain or shine
It's just a circle or a tiny line
whether we meet in the middle or walk around
there's never anything that's lost or found
Track Name: Carry My Love
We made it to high ground
I brought you here with me
and you came like a war torn soldier

I said it's hard to see the beauty
when it's covered by these thorns
but then you had to understand
there are roses in my hand

and it's a mother's love
I wanna know
like a gardener in the summer
just waiting for things to grow

and I fought for my life so I could give her one
and I'd lay it down again if I ever had to, so understand
no matter which ship brings you onto the shore
my arms are you gonna be your harbor
she's in my blood
and now you carry my love

it's a short hard road
and she's standing at the end
wedding bells, a college degree, and a family

so many sleepless nights
so many days of pain
but then you had to understand
there's sunlight after rain

and it's a young girl's smile
that I can't deny
and I don't know how we're gonna get there
but there's a million ways to try

and I fought for your world so you could live in it
and I'd lay it down again if I ever had to, so understand that
no matter which ship brings you onto the shore
my arms are you gonna be your harbor
she's in my blood
and now you carry my love

this life can bring plenty of surprises
I know this much is true
you could take away all my possessions if
I'd be left with you

and I fought for my life just to give her one
and I'd lay it down again if I ever had to, so understand
no matter which ship brings you onto the shore
my arms are you gonna be your harbor
she's in my blood
and she carries my love
Track Name: Like The Rain
some days you stare at the waves
some days the clouds cover your face
so I brush them away
to the sunlight in

some days you make me forget
you make it easy to swallow regret
you can open my heart
with just once glance

the more I try to give
the less that you take
the more I try to love
the more love you make
and it's hard to get all this pain
but if you live for today
I'll wash it away
like the rain

I sold off of our stuff
it doesn’t matter it was cluttering up
they can take it away
it don’t mean that much anyway

you’re like the stars, you make me stop and stare
and I’m like the moon cause I’ll always be there
up over your head
when the day is done

the more I try to give
the less that you take
the more I try to love
the more love you make
and it's hard to get away from all this pain
but if you live for today, I'll wash it all away
like the rain

I won’t stop chasing
the dreams we’re fighting for
today we'll do without
but someday we'll have more

some days I stare at the waves
some days the clouds cover my face
but you brush them away
to the sunlight in