Andrea Kirwin

Andrea Kirwin

 Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
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Andrea Kirwin is an Australian-Fijian Singer/Songwriter that has a real talent for writing beautiful songs. She weaves heartfelt lyrics with soulful melodies, harmonies and instruments to create an earthy blend of hiphop, funk and soul with an island style roll.

Biography

Andrea Kirwin is a singer-songwriter from the Sunshine Coast with Australian Fijian roots. Andrea weaves melodies and storytelling together to create a rich tapestry, much like the way her Fijian grandmother used to weave pandanus mats in the village back home on the Island of Matuku, Lau. Each song is crafted in a way that allows the listener to subtly enter into the space between words and really experience the story, whether it be a love story or about letting go.

Her music crosses into various contemporary genres including hip-hop, folk, funk and soul, however it is her smooth laid-back vocal tones that make each song come alive. Her voice has been likened to Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman, India Arie and Joan Armitrading.
Andrea is truly an independent Australian Artist having self-produced 2 Albums under her own Record Label, Peace Run Records. Always willing to share her songs and stories, Andrea has performed all around the country in some of the smallest cafes and bars in country towns to big music festivals such as The Woodford Folk Festival, The Dreaming, Palm Creek Folk Festival and Womadelaide to name a few. She is one of Australia's hidden gems, and has recently released her 2nd Album 'The Story of Us, on October 2nd, 2015 and is currently touring around Australia.

Lyrics

Mary Go Round

Written By: Andrea Kirwin

Verse 1:
Knew a girl named Mary
an angel who forgot she had wings
Working for her bread daily never mentioning the load she was carrying
On her knees she would pray
that she would live to see the day
That like a caged bird
She’d be free to fly away
She was bright just like a diamond
she was bright just like the sun
But with a head full of worries oh
she was a bird who had lost her song
I would sit at her doorstep and say
Mary would you come out and play - She’d say “Girl don’t you know me by now
I’m too busy slaving away” (oh)
Chorus:
Mary go round and round again
Your head be down but you’ll look up again Your heart be heavy with your worries and pain No - it doesn’t have to be that way
Verse 2:
Me and Mary went for a drive
on a Sunday afternoon
Stopped at her mama’s house and sat in her mama’s room
After a little while, Mary turned to me and said, “My mama never followed her dreams
she was too busy working night and day
Well, I’m not gonna be like that,
I’m gonna break away
Gonna step up to the plate don’t care how long it takes Cause I’m bright just like a diamond
I’m bright just like the sun
and with a head full of dreams oh
I’m gonna sing my song (yeah)
Chorus:
Mary go round and round again
Your head be down but you’ll look up again Your heart be heavy with your worries and pain No - it doesn’t have to be that way
Rap
Dreams and schemes are miraculous things
how you think you get the new in what the new day brings
They say ain’t no originality these days
well, I say we all born with a different take
We all trying to bring the old school up into the new
depending on what the old school is for you - for me
Back in 94 was rockin TLC
circa 1996 Lauryn Hill was in the mix
But it’s not about me and growing up in the ville
without a dollar and a dream I would be there still
nuh uh, my mama taught me better than that
She said ‘you gotta dream big girl’, and that’s a fact cause your
bright just like a diamond, yeah you bright just like the sun
and if you can touch it, you can taste it, you can dream it, you can make it and the dream has just begun (the dream has just begun)
Outro:
Mary go round Mary go right right round oh Mary go round Mary go right right round eh (repeats and fades with hand claps)

Yellow Brick Road

Written By: Andrea Kirwin

Verse 1:
I see the red lights laid out before me
while the white lights stream on by
Bright lights of the city
you know I wanna leave it all behind oh,
but I got one foot in front of the other
chasing that daily grind oh!
Some day soon lord only knows,
I'm gonna make it to the yellow brick road
Chorus:
The yellow brick road
The yellow brick road
The yellow brick road lord only knows
I'm going to make it to the yellow brick road
Verse 2:
Wake up in the early morning
watch the sun rise upon the tar
Finish late in the evening
seems like I only go out in the dark oh
But working hard is easy because you
always know where you are
Some day soon lord only knows
I'm going to make it to the yellow brick road.
Chorus:
the yellow brick road
the yellow brick road
the yellow brick road lord only knows
I'm gonna make it to the yellow brick road (yeah!)
Verse 3:
Got money in my bank account
but I can spend it just like that
red wine is my good friend
but I try to stick to just one glass
you do what you can to make it through
but in the back of your mind it's true
some day soon lord only knows
I'm gonna make it to the yellow brick road

Chorus x 2

Outro: I'm gonna make it to the yellow brick...road.

Little Birdy

Written By: Andrea Kirwin

Little Birdy

Verse 1:
You know I feel that sometimes
wish I could step back
Take a leaf out of the future and
send it back, to a version
of myself, when I knew not
What I did or what I didn’t do
just to make it stop if only for a moment
for just enough
for me to think to myself
is this right or is it wrong?
Am I bluffing
myself into believing
That I know what I’m doing?

Chorus:
There’s a little birdy on my shoulder
Telling me I ought to be wiser
There’s a little birdy on my shoulder
Telling me I ought to dig deeper
I can hear her singing
Ever sweeter
If only she could song a little
closer to me now. (To me now)

Verse 2:
Flip through photos of my life
captured in time
Reminisce on how good it feels
to be alive and living every moment
best I could, with what I had or what i didn’t have
and all it took was just a kind of knowing
deep inside
that everything is going to be alright
right now my heart is open
to what’s in store
but I’ve given up trying to know things anymore

Chorus:
There’s a little birdy on my shoulder
Telling me I ought to be wiser
There’s a little birdy on my shoulder
Telling me I ought to dig deeper
I can hear her singing
Ever sweeter
If only she could song a little
closer to me now. (Eh eh)

Verse 3:
Now that I am older, and a little bit wiser
I look to my future horizons
and know that I am walking
the same path before me
but now I see the signs more clearly
and I can step aside
when trouble arises
‘cause life is always full of surprises
you never can know
what the day will hold
but you know when you hear her sing

Chorus:
There’s a little birdy on my shoulder
Telling me I ought to be wiser
There’s a little birdy on my shoulder
Telling me I ought to dig deeper
I can hear her singing
Ever sweeter
These days the little birdy sings
a lot closer to me now.

The Story of Us

Written By: Andrea Kirwin

THE STORY OF US
(Written and arranged by Andrea Kirwin)

Verse 1
Casual Coffee at a local café, seven years later still drive me crazy
There are still some, they say they just can’t relate
But I would move mountains just to make you stay
Cause nothing compares to how you make me feel
I get so high it’s so surreal
Like seeing in colour for the very first time
My life would be nothing without you by my side

Chorus
This love is real, This love is real (yeah)
It’s just how I feel, It’s just how I feel about you baby

Verse 2
It isn’t hard to see, the way you take my breath away when you walk in a room
Still find it hard to believe, that each morning I wake up lying next to you
It’s true I was lost at sea, you guided me home as a ship follows the moon
I thank my lucky stars, for the day our paths did cross like lovers stories do (yeah)

Chorus
This love is real, This love is real (yeah)
It’s just how I feel, It’s just how I feel about you baby

Verse 3
Maple leaves falling turning bright red and gold their pale in comparison to your glow
You know that I love the way you grow and change, it’s like seeing four seasons in one day
All that I could wish for is found in your smile, I’ll walk with you always put your hand in mine
I must have been good to earn a love like this, I’ll hold you forever in this perfect bliss

Chorus
This love is real, This love is real (yeah)
It’s just how I feel, It’s just how I feel about you baby
This love is real, This love is real (yeah)
It’s just how I feel, It’s just how I feel about you baby

Higher in Love

Written By: Andrea Kirwin

HIGHER IN LOVE

Verse 1:
Woke up with the light streamin’ in, I’m so glad that we’re together again
Had a bad dream, woke up and you were gone
Hallelujah you are by my side, and I know everything’ll be alright
Never gonna let another moment slip away for to long (no)

Pre-chorus
Ooh we’ve only just begun
Ooh down that open road
Ooh we’re heading straight for the sun
Well I just got to let you know

Chorus:
Yeah, You are the sweetest wine to my soul (yeah)
Yeah you, mean more than you’ll ever know
Oh you make a me feel like I’m on fire
Well as the year’s go by we get higher and higher in love

Verse 2:
Monday morning and I’m back to the grind stone
With you by my side, I don’t seem to mind though
Never can get enough though I store it up of your love (yeah)
And in the evening in the fire light
We’re tryin to guess where the first star will shine
But I don’t really mind as long as I am guessin next to you (yeah)

Pre-chorus
Ooh we’ve only just begun
Ooh down that open road
Ooh we’re heading straight for the sun
Well I just got to let you know

Chorus:
Yeah, You are the sweetest wine to my soul (yeah)
Yeah you, mean more than you’ll ever know
Oh you make a me feel like I’m on fire
As the year’s go by we get higher and higher in love

Bridge
No matter what will come our way, let it roll right by
I will miss you everyday, when your not by my side
I can’t think of no other way, to make it through this life
Without you my darlin’ (Whoohoo)

Chorus:
‘Cause, You are the sweetest wine to my soul (yeah)
Yeah you, mean more than you’ll ever know
Oh you make a me feel like I’m on fire
As the year’s go by we get higher and higher in love

Distance (Feat. Dj Total Eclipse)

Written By: Andrea Kirwin

DISTANCE (FEAT. DJ TOTAL ECLIPSE)

Chorus
Distance makes the heart grow stronger
But I long to be right by your side
Oh brother brother, remember when we were younger
We had time to watch the days go by
Oh, distance makes the heart grow stronger
But I long to be right by your side
Oh sister sister, remember when we were younger
We had time to watch those changing tides

Verse 1:
These familiar tides blown by the winds of destiny
Carry you far away from me across great expanse of land and sea
Well I guess what will be will be but many moons have passed us by
And I begin to wonder why you live under a distant sky
Guided by a distant light I know that some things stay the same
My love for you it will remain ‘til our paths do cross again
For your safety I will pray

Pre-chorus
As the sun does shine, we’re connected by, the reflected light
In my moon above, I will send you love, to your distant sky
Every day and night

Breakdown
One day // One day // One day
One day // One day // One day
Verse 2

Verse 2:
Cherish the thoughts of our youth for innocent eyes sought wisdom and truth
Let not the past bring you burden and pain, see the dark with the light
But do not refrain from turning your troubles into doves in full flight
For we are like moths drawn to the light
Dear brothers and dear sisters let love lead the way every moment is a crystal and your heart is the cave so save yourself sadness and understand this to love yourself truly is to truly know bliss for if you accept yourself just as you are you’ll see the light flows straight from your heart and easy you’ll go when the going gets rough, learn to let go cause there’s always enough there’ll be no more struggle - juggle it all as you understand everything is cyclical like day and night

Pre-chorus
As the sun does shine, we’re connected by, the reflected light
In my moon above, I will send you love, to your distant sky
Every day and night

Breakdown
One day // One day // One day
One day // One day // One day

Chorus
Distance makes the heart grow stronger
But I long to be right by your side
Oh brother brother, remember when we were younger
We had time to watch the days go by
Oh, distance makes the heart grow stronger
But I long to be right by your side
Oh sister sister, remember when we were younger
We had time to watch those changing tides

Rodriguez

Written By: Andrea Kirwin

RODRIGUEZ

Verse 1:
The years have passed him by

He used to wonder why in the early days

Worked his fingers to the bone

Content with all he owned yet is fortunes did change

The past it came to find him

For his words they left a trail

Though rumours tried to claim him

His poetry prevailed



Pre-chorus
He's just a lone voice

Singing out into the wilderness

Laid bare 
For the universe to digest


Chorus
Rodriguez
 // Sixto Rodriguez

Verse 2:
He's just your every day prophet

Speaking in tongues you cannot hear

His wisdom's wrapped in songs that echo
Deep down in your ears

His name is unfamiliar 

But he speaks straight to your soul

To you he is a stranger 

Yet his voice it feels like home



Pre-chorus
He's just a lone voice 

Singing out into the wilderness

I hear him calling

When all is put to rest


Chorus
Rodriguez
// Sixto Rodriguez

Verse 3:
He's not a saint, nor a sinner

He just seems to understand

A voice of the people

Singing bout a sugar man

The legacy he leaves is one of

Blood sweat and tears

You know a song can live forever

In the hearts of those who hear


He's just a lone voice 

Singing out into the wilderness

Travelling on 

With no fixed address

Rodriguez

Breathe in Breathe out

Written By: Andrea Kirwin

BREATHE IN BREATHE OUT

Verse 1:
Breathe in breathe out
// What's everybody talkin’ about

Enough of that he said she said
// Chinese whispers round and round

Let the rumours fall away
// You know people can talk under water all day


Hold your head up high
// Never let them see you cry

Most people they live with two faces
// Acting out from wounded places 

Remember in your time of need
// Know a true friend can be found in me



Chorus
Let it go let it go
// You can't change nobody

This you know
// So stop your worry

Make peace within your soul
// 'Cause that is all you'll ever own

Let it go let it go



Verse 2:
Times they can get lean
// Livin' off them magic beans

Stories often have a happy ending
// Remember this when people get mean

Do what you can to make it out ok
// The underdog lives to find another day


Some say life's unfair
// See sadness everywhere

Always get what's coming to you
// It all depends on your point of view

So go on and get your rose tinted glasses
// Everybody knows who top of the class is


Chorus
Let it go let it go
// You can't change nobody

This you know
// So stop your worry

Make peace within your soul
// 'Cause that is all you'll ever own

Let it go let it go



Bridge
If I see you stumble I'll catch you when you fall

You know I got your back when you’re up against a wall

If you're lost in the jungle you will hear me call

Never leave a man behind, that's for sure

I'll let you be batman and I'll be the bird (uh)

Be the best side kick that you ever heard of

If there's one thing, in life that I've learnt
don't try to change others, less you get burned



2nd Bridge
Oh you will see your the hero in your own story
Don't you know that the future is yours to have and to hold
If only you'll


Chorus
Let it go let it go
// You can't change nobody

This you know
// So stop your worry

Make peace within your soul
// 'Cause that is all you'll ever own

Let it go let it go



Outro
Let it go let it go // let it go let it go (repeat)

Right Here

Written By: Andrea Kirwin

RIGHT HERE

Verse 1:
Drove into town a few years ago
We looked around and we found a home
Somewhere to lay down our weary heads
Put down our bags and sleep in our beds
In all my years I have never known
Such a house that I can call my home
Now that you’re gone only for a while
Want you to know that, I’ll be

Chorus
Right here
Waiting ever so patiently
Right here (ooh)
‘Cause there’s nowhere else I’d rather be
Than by the mountains
By the sea

Verse 2:
I watch the sun travel through the sky
Chased by the moon into the night
I wonder if they long for each other too
The way that I, I long for you
In all my years I have never known
Such a love that I can call my own
Now that you’re gone only for a while
Want you to know that, I’ll be

Chorus
Right here
Waiting ever so patiently
Right here (ooh)
‘Cause there’s nowhere else I’d rather be
Than by the mountains
By the sea

Chorus
Right here
Waiting ever so patiently
Right here (ooh)
‘Cause there’s nowhere else I’d rather be
Than by the mountains
By the sea

Discography

The Story of Us - 2nd 10 track Album - Released on 2 October 2015.

Track list

1. The Story of Us

2. Higher in Love

3. New Day

4. Distance (feat. Dj Total Eclipse)

5. Cross Over Now

6. Rodriguez

7. Only Yesterday

8. Mellow Moon

9. Breathe in Breathe out

10. Right Here


From the Ground Up - Debut 10 track Album - Released on 21 June 2013.

Track List:

1. Little Birdy

2. Mary Go Round

3. From the Ground Up

4. Walk Your Talk

5. Yellow Brick Road

6. Chillin in the Midday Sun

7. My Guarded Tower

8. Drummer Boy

9. Friend till the Very End

10. Promise Land

Set List

1. Chillin in the Midday Sun
2. New Day
3. Mary Go Round
4. Breathe in Breath out
5. Cross Over Now
6. Fast Car (Tracy Chapman Cover)
7. Walk your talk
8. Distance