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Don’t Look at my diaries, please don’t look

You’ll see how I am and how long it all took

For the world to collapse around me when I’m gone
Into the memories that pull me down down.

Don’t look at my house don’t look in my room

At the ghosts of ideas I’ve got hidden in the gloom
Don’t look at my hair my unwashed clothes

At the books that I’ve read, the people I’ve known
Do you think I don’t know it’s now, not then?

That I could realise the future is open?

Don’t look at the sorrow set into this face

The way that I shuffle around the place

We’re born and connected our voices intertwine
The future is open I sit here with my pen

Don’t read my writing don’t look at my art

As I weave into song my exhausted heart

Sometime ago I crept off to gaze

At the world from the sidelines hidden away

From the jostle and the mind games that just seem to waste
waste your time.


Tho I can see clearly my opinions form

I’m collecting knowledge but I’m not sure who for
Some souls are lifted while others remain

And it’s truth I see that is drifting away

I’ll come back one day I hope I’ll be kind

And when I do maybe you will still be around

I don’t live in these shadows with mountains of hope

Just a few building blocks to help me cope

I’ll come back one day life may never be grand

But I’ll have something real I can hold in my hand, once more

Joy Askew 2020


from Everything Is Different, released May 20, 2022
Joy Askew piano/vocals, Andy Hess Bs, Tony Mason Drms, James Maddock Gtr, CJ Camarieri, Tpt, Steven Bernstein Tpts and Slide Tpt solo, Curtis hasselbring Trombone, Doug Weiselman Tenor and Baritone sax.


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Joy Askew Brooklyn, New York

Joy Askew arrived in New York City from the North of England in the early 1980’s playing and singing with artists Joe Jackson, Laurie Anderson, Peter Gabriel and Rodney Crowell. She also appeared in Laurie Anderson’s concert film “Home of The Brave”
Her album “Tender City” was released in'96 and since has released 9 more. “Everything Is Different” will be available in late Spring 2022!
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