Yi

Yi

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Biography

My name is Nicholas Hew; I perform under the stage name Yi.
I’m a solo musician singer/song writer influenced by The Beatles, David Bowie, The Kinks and Hawksley Workman. My sound can be described as a mixture of all of the above, alternative rock accompanied by descriptive lyrics which help tell the stories of my everyday life and experiences.
My stage performances are generally solo (guitar and vocals), in my recordings you will hear an array of different instrumentation and experimental sounds throughout the tracks all composed and performed myself.
In 2007 I released my single ‘Go to Bed’ which I chose to distribute via sales as well as through an innovative ‘droplift’ program. This program involved secretly dropping the CD (bearing the 100% free stamp) into popular music stores for listeners to find and keep.
In 2008 I released my debut album ‘Submarine Man’. I recorded and produced this album in my own home which allowed me the freedom to experiment and create a sound that is individual to me.
I hope you enjoy my music; people describe my sound as ‘fresh’.

Please check me out at http://lifeofyi.blogspot.com/
and http://www.myspace.com/lifeofyi
and http://lifeofyi.bandcamp.com/album/submarine-man

Lyrics

submarine man

Written By: Nicholas Sian Yi Hew

Submarine man way down below the world
Can you hear the echoes of our call?
Can you hear the echoes? Can you hear the echoes?
As you drift around from place to place
Please don’t forget the world above the waves

Ay-ay-ay-ay-ay ah-oo-ah-oo
Woe-oe-oe-oe-oe-oe ahhhhhhh
Pardon me Mr Submarine,
I hear you move around down under the sea
As you drift about from place to place
Please don’t forget the world above the waves

As you pass through a cabin built for two
Through your gaze you confess a feeling of loneliness
But come now it’s not too late to come up and spend the day

Ay-ay-ay-ay-ay ah-oo-ah-oo
Woe-oe-oe-oe-oe-oe ahhhhhhh
Pardon me Mr Submarine,
I hear you move around down under the sea
As you drift about from place to place
Please don’t forget the world above the waves

Submarine man way down below the world
Can you hear the echoes of our call?
Can you hear the echoes? Can you hear the echoes?

Give the world a chance, don’t judge it upon a glance
Give the world a chance, don’t judge it upon a glance
Give the world a chance, don’t judge it upon a glance
Oh come now it’s not too late to come up and spend the day

Pardon me Mr Submarine,
I hear you move around down under the sea
As you drift about from place to place
Please don’t forget the world above the waves
Pardon me Mr Submarine, pardon me Mr. Submarine
Pardon me Mr. Submarine, scusi me Mr. Submarine

silly cinomen

Written By: Nicholas Sian Yi Hew

When we’re sleeping in our bed she creeps out from her daddy’s pocket
Tiny tip toes tap down stairs, into a stranger’s jacket

She wants to go to the pictures but oh no, no. no, no, no
They go up town to the look out where she does what she does best

Cinomen’s a naughty girl, she’ll tease boys with her frilly knickers
And once daddy’s back is turned, she’ll turn hers and drop her knickers

Every Sunday she’s in tears as she confesses what she’s done
Seven sins escape her lips. Father Richard is appalled

“Cinomen, you naughty girl, you tease boys with your frilly knickers
And once daddy’s back is turned, you’re so quick to drop your knickers
Cinomen, you naughty girl”

Every night once they are done, so silently she sits and sulks
She thinks everything’s her fault, she doesn’t know where he has gone
She doesn’t know what she’s done wrong

Cinomen you’re such a silly girl
Oh, Cinomen you’re such a silly girl

to say i'm with you

Written By: Nicholas Sian Yi Hew

Just forget anything I ever said
And ignore anything I ever did
And just tell me
What do I have to do to say I’m with you?

Just forget if I ever mouthed your name
And ignore any smiles I smiled your way
And just tell me
what do I have to do To say I’m with you?

What do I have to have to do, what do I have to say?
What do I have to do, what is it going to take?
Just give me the truth, What do I have to say?
What do I have to do to say I’m with you?

Just forget any word was ever spoken
And relax, my heart was already broken
But just tell me,
What do I have to do to say I’m with you?

Just forget anything I ever said
And ignore anything I ever did
And just tell me
What do I have to do to say I’m with you?

What do I have to have to do, what do I have to say?
What do I have to do, what is it going to take?
Just give me the truth, What do I have to say?
What do I have to do to say I’m with you?

pretty little hands

Written By: Nicholas Sian Yi Hew

Pretty little hands, so soft and so wonderful
Pale as snow, the paint stains right through them
See her hands, watch her dance
Over keys, see her hands – oh-oh-oh-oh

The girls walk by with their pants legs rolled up
Their thighs are so obvious but it’s not enough
Because older boys need younger girls
So they feel confidence in themselves
And in what they’ll receive when they speak those fatal words – words!

Your smile does nothing for me, the freckles on your cheeks and the braces on your teeth
Sure they’re cute, maybe the cutest thing I’ve ever seen
But how can I see you so innocently when your cold, to the bone
Your soul is as empty as dead man shoes, there’s a note on your window says – nobody’s home

But those pretty little hands, so soft and so wonderful
Pale as snow, I guess I slipped right through them right through them – ohh

Now the girls are on display in the centre of the through way
Discussing this and that is the fashion of the day
Because older boys need younger girls
So they feel confidence in themselves
And in what they’ll receive when they speak those fatal words
Ahhh- I love you- I love you- I love you
Hang a smile on your face pretty girl
Don’t fret about what you will be when you are older
Look at me, look at me, look at me, look at me when I say
“I’ve had enough of these mind games babe"

The secret of your whim lies steady on those finger tips
Be careful or you’ll lose them, those pretty little finger tips

The girls walk by with their pants legs rolled up
Their thighs are so obvious but it’s not enough
Because older boys need younger girls
So they feel confidence in themselves
Yes, the girls walk by with their pants legs rolled up
Their thighs are so obvious but it’s not enough
Because older boys need younger girls
So they feel confidence in themselves
And in what they’ll receive when they speak those fatal- words

after everything

Written By: Nicholas Sian Yi Hew

She tried to convince me, she didn’t need me anymore, no no no
She screamed things she said, threat by threat into my head
She said, I don’t know why I’m here anymore
Soon you’ll see me out of that door

But after everything she said she’d do,
She still loved me, I knew

Constantly she reminded me of why she would be leaving me
It seemed she aspired to make me sad and watch me cry

For all I knew all was fine, for long I knew that she would be mine
As far as I knew, all was fine

Maybe I wasn’t good enough for her, no no no
Over time we slipped apart
Unannounced to anyone we were done

But after everything she put me through
She never did what she said she’d do

go to bed

Written By: Nicholas Sian Yi Hew

So ends, another day
You’re still the same, nothing has changed
You came home, and closed the door
And now you’re here and nothing more
So close your eyes, and rest your head
And pretend, that you’re not tired

Because you’re not
And you never were
And you never cared
So go to bed

And when you wake, tie up your shoes
And brush your teeth, and go to school
Where you’ll learn about the things that you can’t do
You’ll go to lunch, and eat your food
The kids will laugh, and they’ll make fun
And not at them, it’ll be at you

Because you’re not
And you never were
And you never cared
So go to bed

Go to bed
Go to bed
Go to bed

Oh no you’re not, and you never were
And you never cared, because you’re not
The kids will laugh, and they’ll make fun
But In the end, you’ll be the one

Because you’re not
And you never were
And you never cared
So go to bed

Go to bed
Go to bed
Go to bed

Discography

'go to bed' single 2007
'submarine man' debut album 2008