Framework

by Phillip Ragan

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about

Hello friends,
I am pleased to announce the release of my third album.

Songwriting has been something I've perservered with over the past decade or so. Starting with Follow the Sun back in 2007, and then throughout various independently released singles and EP's before finishing my second full album, Several thousand dreams in 2014.

Since then, I've been fairly consistant at releasing songs online and playing at small venues in Perth, Albany and Melbourne.

It's been alot of effort and hard work but definetly made worthwhile when people say they enjoy the songs! A special thankyou if you were one of those people!

I hope you like Framework, and if you would like me to post you a signed copy with a handwritten message of thanks :) Please just pay an extra $5 at the checkout (where it gives you the option to pay more) and email or message your address (phillipragan@yahoo.com)
I should have printed copies ready soon!

Thanks for all the support and have a safe and very Merry Christmas!

Best Regards
Phil

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released December 14, 2016

All songs written by Phillip Ragan except tracks:
2.) Be someone my friend written by Phillip Ragan and Tom Donald
5.) And in the end written by Phillip Ragan and Chris McConnell
6.)Dreaming Awake written by Phillip Ragan and Ricky Van Dongen

Please click on individual tracks for more info.

Thanks to Jesus Christ who is my Lord and Saviour,
Rachel Rechner, Mum, Peter and Joseph, Chris (I even wrote a song about you Bro!) Jen, Dad and Barbara, friends in Western Australia, new friends in Melbourne, London, New Zealand and everywhere else! Family in Yorkshire, England. Thanks to Carlos Ramsey, Tom Thorpe, Box Hill Tafe music department, Finn Baulch, Kevin Murphy, Peter Gordon and other musicians I've met and/or recorded with on the journey!

Cheers!

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Track Name: My Brother's Farm
See you down the road somewhere my friend
See you down the road somewhere my friend
17 years from now, I wonder where we both will be?
I'll be somewhere north of Albany
Somewhere there longing to be free
Somewhere there amid the rustic charm
Somewhere down there near my Brother's farm

And though I'll be the writer down the road
I'll still lend a hand help with the load
And twice a year the agricultural fair
Sheep and cow's and livestock everywhere
Reputations built on honesty
Where fairness is the greatest currency
And deals done by a firm shake of the hand
(by) hard working folk who farm this precious land

So see you down the road somewhere my friend
See you down the road somewhere my friend
For now, well here I am in Melbourne town
Learning, growing just hanging around
But I dream of that place near Albany
You and I just stations by the sea
Yeah I'll be down there amid the rustic charm
Somewhere down there near my Brother's farm
Track Name: Augusta Night Sky
The rivers move, the blackbirds fly
The miracle of a golden sky
We'll sip red wine late afternoon
and raise our glass to salute the moon

Come on and stay she said and smiled
Augusta Night Sky for a while

The air is cool the night sublime
Yet we'll feel warmth as we sip our wine
And shadows blue this winters night
A million stars decorate the night

Come on and stay she said and smiled
Augusta Night Sky for a while

The night grows long it's getting late
The sun will rise soon in any rate
Alongside you, perspectives clear
Such solitude that I feel here

Come on and stay she said and smiled
Augusta night sky for a while
Track Name: Dreaming Awake
Wake up you're dreaming awake
Wake up it's getting late
If you would just look around you
You'd see that beauty surrounds you

You must change there's nothing left to say
Catch your dreams before you slip away
You seem so distant you seem so far away
Only you can turn it around today

Wake up you're dreaming awake
Wake up it's getting late
And stop allocating the pain
And see we're all just the same

Step outside breathe in the air
It's time that you contributed your share
You live your life without a care
You can't go on living in dispair

Wake up you're dreaming awake
Wake up it's not too late
Wake up you're dreaming awake
Track Name: Be someone my friend
I hope it all works out for you my special friend
I hope all of your problems go away
I hope the dark, grey skies above come to an end
And that blue ones emerge and that they stay

You were someone once
Be someone again
True love has eluded you
Causing you such pain
If only you could see
The light that does not end
Yesterday has been and passed
Be someone my friend

Your a special person of integrity
There's so much I admire about you
You touched me with your sense of generosity
Helped me to believe dreams can come true, you

You were someone once
Be someone again
True love has eluded you
Causing you such pain
If only you could see
The light that does not end
Yesterday has been and passed
Be someone my friend

Your gift is your integrity
Compassion and your empathy
Your smile will return so will the sun

You were someone once
Be someone again
True love has eluded you
Causing you such pain
If only you could see
The light that does not end
Yesterday has been and passed
Be someone my friend
Track Name: Bright bright happy sunshine
Step outside, and greet the brand new day
No need to hide, just don't let it get away
There's so much, to see, to hear to taste
Life is rich, don't you let it go to waste

Bright, bright happy sunshine
Welcome to the day
Bright, bright happy sunshine
You can free in every way
Bright, bright happy sunshine
Dance and sing and play
Bright, Bright happy sunshine
Just be yourself today

Take the time to show the world you care
All works out fine, when you lend a hand and share
Laugh and smile and show humility
It's all worth worthwhile, later you will see

Bright, bright happy sunshine
Welcome to the day
Bright, bright happy sunshine
You can free in every way
Bright, bright happy sunshine
Dance and sing and play
Bright, Bright happy sunshine
Just be yourself today

Be yourself, be yourself, be yourself today!

Hope and pray, see the best in every thing
Live for each day, there is so much joy you bring
Most of all show your gratitude and love
Help friends whenever they fall
There'll be blessings from above

Bright, bright happy sunshine
Welcome to the day
Bright, bright happy sunshine
You can free in every way
Bright, bright happy sunshine
Dance and sing and play
Bright, Bright happy sunshine
Just be yourself today
Track Name: And in the end
Friends hang around
Stay around, Stick around
they can be found when times are down
That's friends

Friends always know
when to stay, when to go
They help you out when times are low
That's friends

And in the end when the sun goes down by friend
I'll still be here waiting right besides you
Don't ever feel you can't rely upon me
Don't ever feel you can't ever call upon me
as a friend

Friends come along
in times of need, when things go wrong
When darkness comes they keep you strong
That's friends

Friends lend a hand
when times are tough they understand
They help you see that yes you can
that's friends

And in the end when the sun goes down my friend
I'll still be here waiting right beside you
Don't ever feel you can't rely upon me
Don't ever feel you can't ever call upon me
as a friend
Track Name: Travelling, being and seeing
Travelling, being and seeing
All around the countryside with you
Travelling and being and seeing

Don't you forget
Don't you forget me!

We've been a travelling so long
All along the countryside alone
Girl can I sing you this song

Don't you forget
Don't you forget me!

You got a hold on me
A hold on me you do
But don't you leave me girl
Don't you leave me do

'Cause if you do
I'll be feeling blue tonight
Track Name: Nullarbor Stars
Way out East there's a special place
A dusty road, a lot of space
The moonless Sky almost pitch black
I realised there's no turning back

The West Coast seems so distant now
We've travelled as far as our eyes can allow
And it's almost time to set up camp
A light in the desert, a broken lamp
And with the stars on the Horizon
Far away

And I'm feeling more connected to
The wider universe and you
The isolation that I feel
The canopy of stars surreal
Underneath Nullarbor Stars

Serenity that comes with being
So far away from everything
The Roadhouse folk wished us well
But warned us there was no hotels
We shared a drink and then on our way
We drove for almost half a day
This road it twists and winds it seems
yet here we are sharing a dream
And with the stars on the horizon
Far away

And I'm feeling more connected to
The wider universe and you
The isolation that I feel
The canopy of stars surreal
Underneath Nullarbor Stars
Track Name: Country Dreaming
Through the mountains, through the valleys
Countless flowers in the Sun
I look through the window and my mind runs
As my mind begins to rally
The sweeping fields the birds that sing
You beautify everything

Dreaming, Dreaming,
Country Dreaming

And what a wondrous combination
You always bring a sense of fun
We drive through Mt Barker
in the afternoon Sun
And all this beauty brings sensation
The joys that God's creation brings
You beautify everything

Dreaming, Dreaming
Country Dreaming
Track Name: Cottosloe Sunset
I've been along Geneva with the sun in the sky
I spent some time in Paris watching girls go by
I went to Barcelona and I love that place
But Cottosloe in Perth has both beauty and space

A Cottosloe Sunset takes me away
A Cottosloe Sunset takes you away

Went from Nice to Monte Carlo where I saw those girls
Who love to live the high life with their diamonds and pearls
Spent some time in Genoa beside the Port
And though it was beautiful it still fell short
of a

Cottesloe Sunset that takes me away
A Cottosloe Sunset will take you away
Takes me there
Takes you there

Caught a plane to Stockholm with some friends of mine
The girls in summer clothing well they looked so fine
And Melbourne is a city where I love to roam
But it don't have a coastline like the one back home

A Cottosloe Sunset takes me away
A Cottosloe Sunset will take you away
Takes me there
Takes you there
Track Name: Just Stroll
Make your way through the crowd
The street markets are so loud
Don't look left, Don't look right
Don't you check the timing's right
Just stroll

The city heat is unkind
The narrow streets twist and wind
You look around, your vision's clear
But you can't see that the end is near
And you stroll

If only you knew what lays in store
Look out man there's demons
lurking by your door
But you stroll
Just stroll

If only you knew what lays ahead
How long can you walk around
Spiritually dead?
But you stroll
Just stroll
Track Name: Rebirth
Look deep inside your soul
Are you happy with what you see?
Are you at ease living in this skin?
Are you all you where meant to be?

Rebirth comes from within
Rebirth comes from within

Knowing the life you lead
Impacts your destiny
You can flourish or you can bleed
Be imprisoned or just be free

Rebirth comes from within
Rebirth comes from within

And in the end you'll know
Though it's written in the stars they say
What you reap you must sow
You can turn it around today

Repent!

This song came to me in 2009, long before I was saved and became a born again Christian. As I was going over the lyrics, I realised that they work in a Christian sense and so the only change I made was to add the word Repent after the last line.

Below is a clear Gospel presentation.
If you're not yet saved I encourage you to do so as soon as possible!

The Bible way to Heaven

1.)Admit you are a sinner
"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God"
Romans 3.23
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.”
Romans 3:10

For no one is good enough to make it to Heaven on his or her merit.
No matter how much good we do we still come short

2.)Realize the penalty for sin
“For the wages of sin is death”
Romans 6.23

Just as there are wages for good, there is punishment for wrong.
The penalty for our sin is eternal death in a place called Hell.

3.)Believe that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose again for you.
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
Romans 10.9
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life." John 6.47

4.)Trust Christ alone as your saviour
"But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord
Romans 6.23
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved"
Romans 10:13
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever belietheth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3.16

Eternal life is a gift purchased by the blood of Jesus and offered freely to those who call upon Him by faith.
Anyone who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved forever.
Being saved is a one time event.

Jesus died, was buried and resurrected.

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
1st Corinthians 15:1-4

Here is a prayer, please understand it's not mere words that save, but your faith in Jesus Christ.

Dear Jesus,
I know that I am a sinner and can't make it to Heaven on my own merit.. Please save me and take me to heaven when I die.
Amen
Track Name: Solitude is a sensation
No more anxiety
No pain for you and me
No need to run and hide
or stay inside or be denied

No need to hide away
No need to fear the day
For when tomorrow comes
The time will be to stay as one

Rose white under the garden light
Solitude is a sensation x 2
Whatever pain you feel
Is temporary for time will heal

No need to be afraid
or watch your dreams just fade
When you have faith and love
Be guided from high above

And when you understand
Your place in God's great plan
You learn to let it be
Surrender all and just be free

Rose white under the garden light
Solitude is a sensation x 2
We can't know everything
but there's a gift Salvation brings