Yusif!

Yusif!

 Seattle, Washington, USA
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This is catchy infectious music with a fresh fun sound and something real to say about making a difference in the world. Think Cat Stevens goes electric, meets the Beatles, and hangs out with James Blunt.

Biography

Yusif! is an alternative rock singer/songwriter project based in Seattle, Washington.

In the spring of 2010, utilizing friends and studio musicians, Kuwaiti-American singer/songwriter Yusif co-produced a 10-track debut album of all-original material with Joe Reineke (Gil Norton, The Meices, Alien Crime Syndicate) at Orbit Audio. Recorded in the heart of downtown Seattle the album incorporates a bright and gritty guitar-based sound that is centered around lyrical introspection and politically charged rock anthems.

The sound has been compared to Tom Petty with Cat Stevens vocals. With influences ranging from James Blunt to Stevie Wonder, the live show is infectiously energetic and upbeat. It’s not uncommon to find audience members dancing during the show and humming a chorus on the way home.

With a unique Middle Eastern perspective and background, a summer record release party soon to be a announced, live upcoming radio spots in the Washington area in June, the start of a partnership with local indie label Critical Sun Recordings, and a 2012 west coast summer tour in the works, the future is bright for this talented up and coming Seattle solo artist.

Look for a new single or two to be released on Critical Sun in the fall of 2012 as well!

Lyrics

My Heart Is Yours Forever

Written By: Yusif!

My Heart Is Yours Forever

When the cold rain pours, when they close all the stores
We'll be indoors together
When the cold wind blows, when it all overflows
We'll sink or swim together

Even if I can't stay, at the end of the day
My heart is yours forever
My heart is yours forever

And it's time to explain just why I say the things I do

When the oceans rise, when the sun's in your eyes
You'll see, we'll be together
When the mountains fall, when you're up against it all
I'll call and you'll feel better

Even if I can't stay, at the end of the day
My heart is yours forever
My heart is yours forever

And it's time to explain just why I say the things I do
Yes it's time to restrain myself from saying, "I love you"

When the road's at an end, when you're needing your best friend
I'll find a way to get her
When the world won't turn, when it all begins to burn
Our hearts will burn together

Even if I could stay, I would give myself away

My heart is yours forever
My heart is yours forever
My heart is yours forever

Third World Soldier

Written By: Yusif!

Third World Soldier

It's time to tell a story that's been hidden all these years
Of children under tombstones and mothers shedding tears
Let's face the facts, we turned our backs, and now we're digging graves
But I won't be accessory to making people slaves

Take me now as I am, I won't lie to you again
Take me now I'm one of them, I'm a third world soldier
Shoot me down while you can, you kill the best you kill the man
Take me now as I am, I'm a third world soldier

I've seen the slums in Cairo, the many sick and poor
I've seen the slums of Rio, the wicked ways of war
The guns and bombs, the false alarms, the missiles in the sky
And in the midst of battleships I hear a mother cry

Take me now as I am, I won't lie to you again
Take me now I'm one of them, I'm a third world soldier
Shoot me down while you can, you kill the best you kill the man
Take me now as I am, I'm a third world soldier

And everywhere I look I see destruction
Bodies all around, children in the ground
And everywhere they're calling it construction
There's nothing left to eat, the tanks are in the street

Take me now as I am, I won't lie to you again
Take me now I'm one of them, I'm a third world soldier
Shoot me down while you can, you kill the best you kill the man
Take me now as I am, I won't lie to you again
Take me now I'm one of them, I'm a third world soldier

Take me now (I’m a third world soldier)
Take me now (I’m a third world soldier)
Take me now (I’m a third world soldier)
Take me down

I'm a third world soldier

Fools Know Better

Written By: Yusif!

Fools Know Better

Another lonely rainy day, the sky keeps pressin down
Feels like the world goes black and swallows up a town
Another day of solitaire, a card among the crowd
A face that I don't recognize because I don't know how

Only fools know better, instincts never lie
Only fools know better, their eyes get redder when they cry

Another long long road ahead, I think I missed my turn
I wish I had someone to guide me, I wish the heart could learn
I've never loved someone the way that I love her now
I've never had to hurt someone, and I still don't know how

Only fools know better, instincts never lie
Only fools know better, their eyes get redder when they cry

Only fools know better, instincts never lie
Only fools know better, instincts never lie
Only fools know better, instincts never lie

Discography

Yusif! (10-song eponymous debut record released October 2011)

Set List

1) Full Of Surprises
2) Count On Me
3) Come On Down
4) Daisy
5) Peace Parade
6) Sun Go Down
7) Jenny
8) War Is Not The Way
9) Fools Know Better
10) Getaway
11) My Heart Is Yours Forever
12) Here In My Arms
13) Third World Soldier