Here’s the story.
Early in 2020, as a pandemic encouraged people around the world to “stay home,” Josephmooon was created as a stage name and music project for the lyrics by Ronan Boren.
Ronan is autistic, and his imagination is vast, as revealed in the songs featured on the debut Josephmooon album, “So Far So Good,” released on October 1, 2021.
- Floats Boat
- One Word
- Long Ago
- Up All Night
- Out Of Tune
- High In The Sky
- Cost Time
- Reusable Money
- Check For
- So Far So Good
Josephmooon – So Far So Good
The lyrics are Ronan’s, edited and set to music by his music teacher, Bill Paige. The recordings were created at Rocky Head Studios in Hua Hin, Thailand, where Bill currently lives. Joining the Josephmooon team to make the music are the studio proprietors – Ronnie Nice, 17 years old, who has framed the songs with a fresh but familiar rock aesthetic, playing guitars, bass, drums, and producing. He has been taught well by his father, Ian Nice, a respected U.K. studio musician and solo artist.
To provide a bit more background, the owner of Rocky Head Studios is Ian Nice, a respected British studio musician, formerly of the band Cockney Rebel, which is fronted by his brother, Steve Harley. The sound of “So Far So Good” was largely crafted by his 17-year-old son, Ronnie, who plays guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards. Ian also graciously added some piano and backing vocals. They are also rightly credited as producers.
[Ian and Ronnie also recorded the Josephmooon song, “Every Right Now”(originally titled “Something Good”), which can be found on their “Love Revolution” album. As a result, we left the Josephmooon version off of the album. A vault track!]
We also invited a couple of Thai guitarist friends, Khun Ar and Khun Tor, to add their fine fretwork to the album, and for that we thank Athid Tanom (“Captolea”) and Worakan Wattanapintu, (“Cost Time” and “One Word”).
For the cover, Ronan thought of a broken pencil. Since rock ‘n’ roll is all about influences, we asked graphic designer Amy Bennick to model the pencil after another iconic album cover, “Andy Warhol,” by the Velvet Underground, referencing the banana image designed by Warhol himself.
- Ronan Boren, all lyrics
- Bill Paige, vocals, guitar
- Ronnie Nice, guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, programming
- Ian Nice, piano, keyboards, backing vocals
Additional guitars by Athid Tanom on “Captolea,”
and Worakan Wattanapintu on “Cost Time” and “One Word.”
Produced by Ronnie Nice and Ian Nice, Rocky Head Productions
Engineered by Ronnie Nice
Mixed and Mastered by Ronnie Nice and Ian Nice
Recorded at Rocky Head Studios, Hua Hin, Thailand
Amy Bennick, illustration and design
Lyrics are available as a PDF book.
Lyrics are also reproduced below.
Is there something you’re not telling me You’re not telling me what floats your boat It can be anything you want it to be Only you can decide what floats your boat Let me tell you what floats my boat It’s writing songs that change the world Maybe just a little bit I said just a little bit Can you please tell me what floats your boat That’s all I want to know Is there something you’re not telling me It’s up to you Maybe I can help you float your boat We’ll write a song to sing along And let it float away let it float away Anything can float your boat That’s all I want you to tell me So everyone can see
I see a word in my dreams In my dreams when I’m asleep When I’m asleep I’m dreaming of you Dreaming of you One word to say to you To you and you and you and you One word to say to you Just one word I’ve not said the word to you Afraid that you might say it too When there’s a full moon in the sky In the light of the night With my lips kissing your lips I know you want to hear the word Now it’s time to say the word Love love love (love love love) My whole world is love for you Deep in love with you One word one word love
Long ago everything was still Waiting for today to happen Long ago is long ago Or right now right now don’t you know Long ago forever in the past Long ago never can be changed Pointless to be going back in time So long ago so long long long ago One chance to travel back in time For days or weeks or months or years Today is all but long ago So won’t you come to me right now Some things look so easy But we can’t go back, no we can’t go back When it’s not so easy you are not alone So won’t you come to me right now Right now right now maybe someday Long ago is long ago Now is now and not forever
Up All Night
I’m staying up all night All night all night that’s not right Staying up all night That’s what I’ve been doing Up all night all night all night Try to stay out of sight in the daytime I do it a lot I have been up all night all night all night That’s not right alright that what I like to do Well I sleep when it’s day and stay up all night You can go with or without me It’s up to you I’ve been up all night Up all night all night all night I sleep when it’s day like I said when its light Not a lot of the time Most of the time I have been up all night all night all night And that’s alright alright that’s what I like to do Well I sleep when it’s day and stay up all night Until it feels alright Stay out of sight That’s how I write Staying up all night That’s what I do How about you
Out of Tune
Lately I’ve been feeling out of tune out of tune I don’t know why but I would like to know why And I want to get back in tune Out of tune that’s what I am Being out of tune pains my head (can’t get out of bed) Hurts from being out of tune and I just so want to get back in tune Out of tune that’s what I am out of tune When I get back in tune My good days will come back and I’ll feel better If you’re feeling out of tune like I am now Get back in tune like I said I will get back in tune But I don’t know when (hopefully soon) I know it could take time But let’s make it happen I’m back in tune Back in tune that’s what I am Back in tune In tune back in tune
Stay inside said Sheriff Carroll He looks frightened so I’m holding tight In my house with a double barrel Ready to shoot Captolea dead on sight Oh no there’s Captolea He’s a killer with a gun and a knife Stay away from him Don’t say anything to him I don’t want to die Captolea’s outside my house And he’s not looking away From anyone inside Now he’s walking away Yes I know this and surely you do too Just wait for it to come true He’s done being a killer soon Captolea is in jail
Run away run away Beware of busybodies They are everywhere Beware of busybodies They just want to know everything They ask questions yeah Way too many questions so Beware of busybodies If you see them keep hiding In a bunker if you find one Beware of busybodies They are in a lot of places There they are right there and there Talking trash about me and probably about you too Run away, stay away Now listen here busybodies I’ve got something to say to you Go away and don’t come back We don’t want you busybodies Go away stay away We don’t want you busybodies You’re not anywhere
High in the Sky
I am high up in the sky Way above the Northern lights On the way to the moon Far above the stars High up in the sky Life is never too long But life can be too short With people dropping bombs all over the world From high up in the sky High up in the sky I’m in the sky now, for just as long as I need to be Almost to the moon that’s my destiny When I get back we’ll talk about it then And I can’t wait to see you again my friend High up in the sky
Everything costs time everything Everything costs time yes it does Costs time getting out of bed Doctor says you got your head in the fog Got to cook and eat your food Costs time to walk your dog Costs time no matter what you do Take a shower and get in the pool Drive a car hang out with your friends Go back in time or forward again Some things take a lot of time And some things don’t take too long Just depends on what you do Write a letter or sing this song, sing along
Reusable money that’s what I got Use it every day and I never run out I spent 10 dollars I still got that 10 dollars Feels so good, that’s how I get around the world Reusable money is my precious yes it is Use it every day for whatever I want I can’t run out I always have enough money And it’s really not an option that’s how I get around the world I buy stuff with reusable money I know you don’t have it but I do and I use it Like I said it is the best thing in the world And it’s up to me that’s how I get around the world Can buy all the plane tickets that I want I use my money over and over All First Class, yeah ‘cuz I can buy those tickets Can’t run out of money, that’s how I get around the world I am going to spend as much as I can On whatever I can fit In my back yard It’ll be so much fun Feel free to join in but you will have to pay And I know you do not have any You ask me why I cannot say I guess it’s always been this way I spent 10 dollars still got that same 10 dollars And it feels so good that’s how I get around the world
Check check for you my friend Check it once check it twice I’m in a good mood what about you Just a piece of cloudy ice Check check check over here Ain’t nobody got nothin’ to say Check for a deep pool a deep deep pool Check for a cold day a very cold day The Stone Age should’ve made me strong Banging on rocks all day long Ain’t got no money, just got this song Waiting for someone to sing along Check for the top, the top of us all Check for a flag but not a flag that is cruel Check for the guitar I’m playing right now Check for the rule ‘cuz it’s a good rule In the Stone Age I did not belong On my computer all day long Ain’t got no money then move along Unless you want to help me sing my song Check check for you my friend Check it once then we’ll check it twice ‘cuz It’s a cold day a very cold day And you’re some very cloudy ice
So Far So Good
So far so good I hope it stays like this forever So far so good But the wolf is at my door Sky is glowing blue and green As I look out the window My love’s next to me One is two I know and not just that So far so good With a wig on my head There are no fences no corral around me Like there maybe always sometimes should be In the morning I am writing this song So far so good I think that’s what it might be called I like my way want to keep it that way For as long as I live Precious to us all to be alive So far so good In this world of time