Joseph in the Well

by Joseph in the Well

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Joseph in the Well is an original music project led by violinist-looper Joe Kye. Featuring violin, lush string loops, upright bass, and percussion, the band’s unique sound has been influenced by artists including Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, and Miles Davis. Indicative of Joe's migrant upbringing, Joseph in the Well draws from multiple genres, including rock, jazz, classical, and world music.

Joseph in the Well aims to produce an uplifting and empowering sound, one aimed at self-reflection, (re)discovery, and budding compassion. It is about love, loss, and a universal community.


released May 9, 2015

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Sean Stack at Fat Cat Recording, Sacramento, CA.



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Track Name: Happy Song feat. Rasar
I would write a happy song for you to make your dreams come true
You would spend the night alone and cry to sleep upon the kitchen floor

If I could fly to you I would--I wouldn't be giving up so soon
Don't you worry 'bout a thing; I'm here in your pocket too
Track Name: Clear Eyes
Well my eyes can clearly see
And all they see is all of you
So won't you take me to your land
Give me your hand give me your hand

And I know that you've been down
Let's pick you up off the ground, pick you up, pick you up oh no

Well my heart is being used
It's good for you it's good for you
So let's go floating through your blues
Oh I love you yes I love you

And I know this might be fast
But I just had to ask I just had, I just had oh no

Well I want to be with you
Oh I choose you yes I choose you
So let's go hopping me and you
Oh I love you yes I love you

And I’d like to know your name
Let’s take away your shame take away take away oh no
Track Name: Joseph Rests His Head
I'll rest my head on your cloth if you'd stay and tell me why I am here with you
You said that I will be we are together so listen just once more for you

I sit in the dark and see what I want
could it be in the night I feel what I am not

I'll take what's mine as prescribed by a man wearing white holding hands with you.
He looks at me with a smile on his face crying why did you leave so soon

I sit in the dark ------ and see what I want
could it be in the night -- I fear what I am not

I know I’ve been very good
You can have it all you should
I know I’ve been very good
Track Name: 11-8
I've made mistakes so have you
I make mistakes so do you
I've made mistakes so have you
I'll make mistakes so will you
Track Name: Ashes feat. Sandra Dolores
Your ashes on the table
next to my mug of wine
somebody's talking to me
but i don't have the time
for you for you

Your painted plain displeasure framed in an old white square
then she of her desire
will slay me love speaks clear
to you to you

Carry me out of the car
take off my socks and my shoes
lay me down put me to bed
Nobody cheers when you are dead

Strip me of my temptations
all for propriety
but when I'm cold and naked
will you come back for me will you
come back will you

And you should not expect the best
when even you fall down
and you settle for less--again and again

You should have learnt your lesson now
shut up sit down I hate your smile
carry me home to my front door
Kiss me goodbye before you go

Your ashes on the table
taste like a memory
the bitter smell of burning
Will you come back for me