Through My Eyes

by Ben Sharplin

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This has been a long time coming and I'm so excited to share these with you. It's full of songs inspired by my family and the incredible place we live in.

Massive thanks to my beautiful Melanie & my little people Mackenzie & Zach. You are my life and the inspiration behind the words in these songs. Hayden ‘Ken’ Baker, you my friend are an absolute musical legend who pushes me to make it all better. It's an honour to enjoy this journey with you. Kane, you always go above and beyond to make it all work and I so appreciate it. Keziah, thanks for being there when I needed a stunning voice to finish things off. Alistair & Nikky, you guys make it look good. Thanks so much for letting me use your pics and then turning them into all of this. I really value you both being in my life. Joe Youssef, thank you for persistently encouraging me to realise my dreams. And most of all my Heavenly Father who makes meaning and purpose of every breathe I take.

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released November 30, 2016

Mixed and Mastered by Kane Bennett @ Silverpoint Studios
All tracks © copyright of Ben Sharplin
All tracks written by Ben Sharplin/Hayden Baker
Photography © Alistair Bain

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Track Name: Forever And A Day
FOREVER AND A DAY

I’ve never loved someone like I love you
There’s nothing can describe the feeling
No one else I can believe is meant for me

I’ve never wanted someone like I want you
All of me cries out for you
There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do to make you see

That I would run forever just to see your face
To grasp your hand and feel your warm embrace
I would run forever, forever and a day

There’s not a moment I don’t miss your touch
To hear your sweet lips make a word
There’s not a sound I’ve heard that is so beautiful

There’s not a moment I don’t long for you
To see your smile, to feel your touch
I just can get enough…oh can’t you see

I would run forever just to see your face
To grasp your hand and feel your warm embrace
I would run forever, forever and a day

My feet are running fast I can’t slow down oh oh
The world is in slow motion all around ooooh oh
Can’t believe the happiness I’ve found with you

And I would run forever just to see your face
To grasp your hand and feel your warm embrace
I would run forever, forever and a day
Track Name: Home With Me
HOME WITH ME

Well I see you there as you’re touching your hair and you’re moving round the room with style
Am I on your mind as I’m walking behind, not far on your right, I’ve been watching you a while
You know every guy has you in their eye as you turn and you look my way
But there’s one thing they don’t know about you but I know to be true and girl

You’re gonna come home with me
You’re gonna come home with me
You’re gonna come home girl with me
And I will be him who is tucking you in and I’m kissing you goodnight tonight

Just take your time but remember your mine when you smile in another direction
Take it all in with a wink and a grin just as long as you know you’re not adding to your collection
And then as you leave with my heart on your sleeve you stop and you look my way
And there’s this one thing they don’t know about you but I know to be true and girl

You’re gonna come home with me
You’re gonna come home with me
You’re gonna come home girl with me
And I will be him who is tucking you in and I’m kissing you goodnight tonight

And then as you leave with my heart on your sleeve you stop and you look my way
And there’s this one thing they don’t know about you but I know to be true and girl

You’re gonna come home with me
You’re gonna come home with me
You’re gonna come home girl with me
And I will be him who is tucking you in and I’m kissing you goodnight tonight
Track Name: Waiheke
WAIHEKE

Watching the clouds roll back from the sky
Catching a glimpse of life in my eye
With you...with you

Waves wash in and rest on the shore
Say Goodnight but I want more
With you...with you

Smile on my face red wine in my hand
Watching your footprints dance on the sand
Till the morning comes and I'll wake up
And we'll start all over again
A cheeky smile with an ice cream cone
With you it feels like home
And I can promise you you'll never have to be on your own
I'll be with you

Days of bliss in this crazy place
Looks of love sweep across your face
With you...I'm with you
Feelings that I just can't help
Finally I've found myself
With you...with you

Endless days with nothing planned
Moonlit walking hand in hand
Till the morning comes and I'll wake up
And we'll start all over again
You and me where we belong
All is right with nothing wrong
And I can promise you you'll never have to be on your own
I'll be with you

Life is short but the love is long
Your words are my perfect song
And I can promise you you'll never have to be on your own
I'll be with you
Track Name: Falling In Love Again
FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN

Today I saw her, that beautiful girl
She had a black dress on and her hair had a curl
Her eyes they looked so blue

And then she saw me and her face flashed a smile
Then she said to me, “do ya wanna stay for a while”
And as I said “for sure” I knew

That I’d fallen in love
Yes it feels so right
To hold her, I wanna hold her all night
I’ve fallen in love again…with you

Tonight I watched her, as she moved on the floor
My eyes were fixed on her, like never before
She leaves me feelin oh so good

Today I kissed her on her kissable lips
What a sensation wrapped in magical bliss
So I asked her if I could kiss her again

Cause I've fallen in love
Yeah it feels so right
To hold her, I wanna hold her all night
I’ve fallen in love again…with you

And I’ve fallen in love
With the girl of my dreams
And she’s in love with me too, at least that’s how it seems
You see I’ve fallen in love again…with you

Today I told her, as she held our son
I said my baby, you know that you are the one
And I have fallen in love again…with you

Do do do do….
Yeah I’ve fallen in love again…with you
Track Name: Watching The World Go By
WATCHING THE WORLD GO BY

Sitting here watching the train pull into view
How is it gonna be when I see you
It’s been a while since you left me here
And I’ve been stuck in this moment playing it over in my head
I hear every word just like it’s happening for real
In my mind I touch and you feel just like I feel but

I’m watching the world go by
Seeing it through my eyes
I see you there and
I’m telling myself these lies
Just couldn’t say goodbye
Cause I don’t understand why I can’t be your man

Was it me, was it something that I did
Was I not the man you needed me to be
You know I’ve changed, I’ve had plenty of time to see
That I can be the one, be the one you need

I’m watching the world go by
Seeing it through my eyes
I see you there and
I’m telling myself these lies
Just couldn’t say goodbye
Cause I don’t understand why I can’t be your man

The train pulls in, you walk to me
Your eyes turn to the sky
As you reach out and touch my shoulder
Gentle whisper of good bye
And I’m left standing here in wonder
As I watch you walk away
Your taking more than just my gaze
And you’re leaving me this pain

I’m watching the world go by
Seeing it through my eyes
I see you there and
I’m telling myself these lies
Just couldn’t say goodbye
Cause I don’t understand why I can’t be your man
Track Name: Wrap Your Arms Around Me
WRAP YOUR ARMS AROUND ME

Long days ended, your spent
Just close your eyes and go to sleep
Tomorrow will come and we’ll begin again
This dance that never ends

You are the peace that covers me
When life explodes around me
You are the rain falling down
When the ground is dry and parched
You’re the light that guides me
In the darkness when I’m lonely
You wrap your arms around me
And hold me tight

I feel uneasy
You lean in and whisper in my ear...It’ll be ok
I start to tremble
You hold my hand and touch my face
And it begins to fade

You are the peace that covers me
When life explodes around me
You are the rain falling down
When the ground is dry and parched
You’re the light that guides me
In the darkness when I’m lonely
You wrap your arms around me
And hold me...

Tight enough for me to feel safe
Tight enough for me to feel like you’ll never let me go
And I know…I know…you’ll never let me go

You are the peace that covers me
When life explodes around me
You are the rain falling down
When the ground is dry and parched
You’re the light that guides me
In the darkness when I’m lonely
You wrap your arms around me
And hold me tight
Track Name: Take It Easy
TAKE IT EASY

It’s been a journey, it’s been a long road
And a nice one at that too
We’ve been a while now, on this adventure
And I know that I love you
There’s been some changes
Some big and some small ones
Rearranging our future
There’s been some moments
Some good and bad ones
That’s what makes it an adventure

And when the day’s been long and I’m travelling those miles
I just close my eyes and remember your smile

I’ll be home in 3
Baby you and me
We’re gonna spend some time
Drink a glass of wine and take it easy

It’s just me and you
Nothing more to do
We’ll just stay up late
Baby it’s a date…we’ll take it easy

It’s been a pleasure, my sweet contentment
When I wake up beside you
To hear you breathing, a gentle whisper
As you open your eyes blue
Could not imagine my world without you
You’re the one that God gave me
You are so precious, so captivating
You’re the one that my heart sees

And when the day’s been long and I’m travelling those miles
I just close my eyes and remember your smile

I’ll be home in 3
Baby you and me
We’re gonna spend some time
Drink a glass of wine and take it easy

It’s just me and you
Nothing more to do
We’ll just stay up late
Baby it’s a date…we’ll take it easy
Track Name: You're Mine
YOU'RE MINE

From the moment I saw you I knew
I was destined to be with you
Was just a matter of time

From the moment you kissed me I know
I could never let you go
So I told you you’d always be mine

In a wink and a smile my heart soared
You were the girl I’d been looking for

You were the princess, the one with the power
To capture my heart so defenseless I bow to
Your beauty and your love
Tightly I’ll hold you and never let go
When the world tries to tear down the castle you’ll know
That you’re safe here and you’re mine

Time passes so quickly and days
Turn into years and some say
That love fades away and then dies

Not us!
Just like my lungs take a breath
I will love you till my death
And you will be mine for all time

And morning by morning I’ll choose you
It’s your beautiful smile that I’ll wake to

You were the princess, the one with the power
To capture my heart so defenseless I bow to
Your beauty and your love
Tightly I’ll hold you and never let go
When the world tries to tear down the castle you’ll know
That you’re safe here and you’re mine

And day after day with so many to come
We will cry with the rain and we’ll laugh with the sun
And I’ll love you…you know I’ll love you

And when comes the time when the years have all gone
And the memories are many
And the lines of the song are now over
I will love you
I will love you.
Track Name: Take A Picture
TAKE A PICTURE

Take a picture of this moment
Burn it to your memory
Hold it close just like a lover
Then let it go and set it free

It was yours but now no longer
And it’s time you said goodbye
Nothing like it lasts forever
Let it go and let it rise

Just take a moment and close your eyes
Watch the world stop spinning round
Everything just frozen in time
But you can’t block out the sound

Take a step without the caution
Although it takes a little faith
Keep your eyes on the horizon
And your mind fixed on the way

Take your time enjoy the mourning
Look away and then it’s gone
A little rest but then it’s over
And you must be moving on

Just take a moment and close your eyes
Watch the world stop spinning round
Everything just frozen in time
But you can’t block out the sound

Though the journey seemed unending
Now you wish it didn’t end
But this doesn’t mean it’s over
Another chapter now begins

Just take a moment and close your eyes
Watch the world stop spinning round
Everything just frozen in time
But you can’t block out the sound

Take a picture of this memory
Let the fragrance linger long
Hold on tightly for a little while
And then the moment will be gone
Track Name: She's My Girl
SHE'S MY GIRL

I remember the first time I walked in the room and I saw you lying there
Your hair was swept back behind your ears
And your eyes like diamonds in the night
I took another look at you and realised that I had to have you girl
There could be no-one else

I remember the way you giggled behind your hand
You were talking about me
And I remember the first text you sent and how we flirted all day long
It blew me away to think that you liked me
Like a dream that isn’t real
But it was true

I remember the first time our lips met
So tender and sweet as I opened my eyes
Not a moment was wasted
I saw you as much as I could
You were this incredible girl and I couldn’t help thinking to myself
Woah she’s mine
Woah she’s mine

She’s my girl, she’s my girl
I’ll never find another like her
She’s my girl, she’s my girl
She’s my girl, she’s my girl
And I’ll love her for a thousand years
Woah she’s mine
Woah she’s mine

I remember when I got down on my knee and asked you to be my wife
You got so excited and giggled and smiled
You forgot to say yes for a while
I remember when you slipped the ring on my finger
And I said “I do” and I thought
Woah she’s mine
Woah she’s mine

She’s my girl, she’s my girl
I’ll never find another like her
She’s my girl, she’s my girl
She’s my girl, she’s my girl
And I’ll love her for a thousand years
Woah she’s mine
Woah she’s mine

I remember the first time our baby cried
And her gorgeous little hand in mine
She looked like you and I realised
I loved you even more
I loved you even more

She’s my girl, she’s my girl
I’ll never find another like her
She’s my girl, she’s my girl
She’s my girl, she’s my girl
And I’ll love her for a thousand years
Woah she’s mine
Woah she’s mine
Track Name: A Little Bit
A LITTLE BIT

It’s a little bit funny how I sleep at night
And call out your name
It’s a little bit worrying when I can’t sleep at all
And you’re to blame

But my mind’s playing ticks on me filling my head
with pictures of you and the things that you said to me
The laugh in your eyes and the smile in your words
Could you be mine
It seems so absurd to me now

I’m a little bit sorry that I haven’t told you
How I feel
It’s a little bit crazy that you’re talking to me
Are you for real

I go to touch your skin, hesitate just a bit
I run from how I feel, why can’t I go with it
Breathing I can’t control, I can feel every beat
All of me paralysed from my head to my feet now

Is it so much to want you to reciprocate
All of the feelings I have for you, I can’t wait
Just as I go to say, you leave me standing here
Turn your head, walk away.
I want to disappear now

It’s a little bit painful as I walk away
I’m crying inside
It’s a little bit hurtful and I’m feeling empty
I wanna hide