Solace

by Sami Switch

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Jacob Albano I gotta say, I'm not usually a fan of anything in this album's genre list. Started it up on a whim and I'm glad I gave it a chance. Stunningly beautiful. Favorite track: Oh Why.
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released June 1, 2015

All songs produced, recorded & engineered by Ross OD*

*Self Destruct co-produced by Robbie McDade
*Trying To Breathe produced, recorded and engineered by Andy Gray
*Favourite Song features a Saxophone solo courtesy Matthew Hines

Recorded @ 'The Kitchen Studios'

Mixed by Gino Fernandez

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Sami Switch London, UK

‘Solace’ takes listeners through a remarkable two-year absence that left Sami homeless. Bravely original, the E.P is a mixture of rap, spoken word & soulful vocals. Produced by Ross OD and legendary film composer Andy Gray, it is the honest story of a young man fighting for his place in the world. ... more

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Track Name: Solace (Nearly Home)
Solace,
Comfort or consolation in a time of great distress or sadness,
I spent the last few years trying to find beauty, or moments of clarity in my madness,
Tryna find my way in this system,
Tryna find my faith in existance,
I live day to day,
Carpe diem, momento mori, a novice,
Then this chapter changed so drastically,
Now I guess this is just my story of Solace,

I feel like I'm nearly home,
I feel like I'm nearly home,
As I stand in a world, so cold,
I feel like I'm nearly home,

Never thought I would get here,
Thought I would be safe & sound,
Never thought I would live here,
And conquer me and take me down,

Now I feel like I'm nearly home,
I feel like I'm nearly home,
As we stand in a world, so cold,
I feel like I'm nearly home,
Track Name: Trying To Breathe
I started writing this new chapter but this page don’t feel the same,
Maybe its my age,

Maybe its experience, 
maybe its the pain,
 maybe that I’m crazy,

Maybe I’m insane,

Maybe I don’t recognise the guy in the mirror,
Maybe he’s a fake,


(I feel change)

I had to find myself before i found my path,

I felt secure when drinking,

Always found a glass,
 to feel this way, 

And now i feel this way, yeah.


I feel change,

And different keys unlocking different chains, 

Its a different day,
I’m finding Solace in this world of pain.


(I feel change)

The day i woke up from the peaceful reality that we call dream,

I saw my walls covered in marker pens from the night before,

With messages from a drunk heart that said,
 paraphrasing,
You loathe yourself,
 learn to love your sober self,

Some subconscious part of me screaming for help, 

Feinding for the healing of health,

Some inner being telling my flesh vehicle it's taken a wrong turn and theres more to do,

I was a liar reading - believe in us, and we can just explore the truth.

And whilst exploring I found, 
life is more then profound,

My life was awful I had thoughts filled with doubts,

My mind had portalled into orbit and out,
To a space where water poured in a drought, 
to a place where,

Gravity meant nothing, 
reality meant nothing,

Vanity meant nothing,
 Sami C meant something,

I had established what i wanted, 
how I'd grab it now I’m honest, 

But not arrogantly, 
just believe my talent will be,

More than an eyeful since my parents met in Paris I see,

More then a bible I’m aware but I feel channeled in peace,

More then religion I feel spiritual and open,

Trying to give all I can cope,
 and I’m still living for the moment,

Death or life, I'll force the latter,
 you climb up your corporate ladder,

Get it right an awesome plan to, 
let my mind just orbit and a,
All thats guaranteed in life is death and change,

So I’m a let it play,
 a different key to open different chains,

(I feel my heart from my chest, a different day so I'll be starting a fresh)


I had to find myself before i found my path,
I felt secure when drinking,
 always found a glass,

To feel this way,

And now i feel this way.


I feel change,

And different keys unlocking different chains,

It's a different day yeah,

I’m finding solace in this world of pain.


(I feel change)
Track Name: Oh Why
I need a god to feed my soul from this famine,
I do believe but i don’t understand it,
I lost my mind on the road to this freedom,
Cos my abyss is a life without reason,

Oh why, oh why, oh why oh
Why do i put my self through this,
Oh why, oh why, oh why oh
Why do i put my self through this,
Oh why, oh why, oh why oh
I hope the sufferings worth it,
and we suffer for a purpose,

Money talks but prevents us to speak truth,
Paper chase, cut down trees that we breathe through,
Go to war for a greedy mans profit,
Lose a son/sun as he clips and then he shoots,
An eclipse when he leaves you.

Oh why, oh why, oh why oh
Why do i put my self through this,
Oh why, oh why, oh why oh
Why do i put my self through this,
Oh why, oh why, oh why oh
I hope the sufferings worth it,
and we suffer for a purpose,

This is my soul to yours,
Sparking thoughts and moments in lifes eternal flame,
I went to hell and back and externalized my internal pain,
Burnt by ego and what my life should be with no purpose gained,
I realized if I die this sphere will still spin,
The sun will still come up and you can still hear this song which helped me clear some fear from within,
I realised how little I matter in existence and matter so stopped looking at myself,
And for the first time I really looked at the world,
This unusual beautiful world,
This world which could be heaven but is more of a, working poorly purgatory,
Where children die for a war that started decades before their first breath, Yet they burn for someone else's undeserving glory,
A world where fear feels mandatory and is forced down our throats by endless seeds of media lies,
Which blossom in peoples minds and distract the masses from peace as if universal love and freedom is a secret, I,
Read an old Sufi story which touched me on a visceral level,
A man, who in a rage in a mess,
Haunted by the world and the pain and distress broke down,
He allowed the suffering in this world to internalize into his own soul and mind,
And in a blinded crying rage,
He stepped out the street, looked up to the sky and raised, His voice to the top of his lungs and screamed
“WHY GOD,
OH WHY IS THERE SO MUCH SUFFERING IN THIS LIFE GOD?”
He took to the floor began hitting the earth till his knuckles bled, Screaming with every troubled breath,
“WHY DON’T YOU DO SOMETHING? YOUR MEANT TO REPRESENT LOVING
AND BREATH,
NOT HUNGER AND DEATH, WHY DON’T YOU DO SOMETHING!?’
And after hours of transitioning the worlds flaws in this critical phase, Into his own literal, physical pain,
He exhausted asked silently once more,
"Why don’t you do something? There’s so much pain and lies in this world, why don’t you send truth?”
And in a peaceful fleeting moment which felt eternal god replied to him,
“I have done something, I sent you”
See the powers in your hands, The powers in my hands,
No amount of guns or greed, or lies or money can steal the eternal truth of universal love,
Which is at the core of all of our existence.
Track Name: Self Destruct
They won’t listen,
They won’t listen to our voice,
They keep shouting,
Perfect silence filled with noise,
I see love, see souls in eyes,
They see numbers, don’t see lives,
They won’t listen,
They won’t listen to our voice,
There are no hands in real time, watch how it goes,
Personify man in mankind, leading to self destruct like
Where did it go, where is the soul

Something round me lately ain't felt right,
Sun and no clouds,
People watching as they're running around,
Life of chaos living under a cloud,
With no help i think,
Something's missing in the system that we're living in,
Cos money is crown,
People breathing but don’t live in the now,
Money driven losing vision and power, see this,
Is down to a loss of soul, see, I was in the hospital,
And i was just a number when the doctor called, so peep this,
Remember this when your cold and vex,
It's beneficial to hold the blessing, that were all connected,
Fuck the top cos their souls defected, we live,
But how many are truly alive,
Always waiting for something, the future is ruling your life,
See you’ll lose when you die, cos this,
Is the way that we're taught, don’t talk to strangers,
Don’t think, don’t talk be patient,
Don’t think just play the game which,
Inevitably is just aimless, we lose all this real interaction,
No feelings just media tactics,
Deep thoughts leaving the TV's distracting,
I was on the tube from paddington,
Been up all night and fucked casually,
The train broke down and everyone's awkward
So I conversated casually,
I ain't got no problem waiting,
If I’m conversating with another soul,
We're animals anyway,one big family,
But none of my sisters or brothers spoke,
Everyone looked at me like I’m crazy,
And i looked back at them like they're crazy,
Everyone lost the youth in their face see,
Everyone stuck in jobs for their safety,
Lost souls in a jaded reality,
We just need open up and find love find love, find faith in humanity,
Lost souls in a jaded reality,
You just need to open up and find love find love, find faith in humanity.

They won’t listen,
They won’t listen to our voice,
They keep shouting,
Perfect silence filled with noise,

I see love, see souls in eyes,
They see numbers, don’t see lives,
They won’t listen,
They won’t listen to our voice
Track Name: Favourite Song
Man I was so run down,
Hungover on comedowns,
Searching for reasons to live,
Head stuck in grey clouds,
Sun up to sun down,
Naive of this freedom within,
Lost in my own maze,
Felt so alone
Hating myself and who I became,
Snowballs from snowflakes,
From substance and Rosé,
So fucked I'd forgotten my faith,
Till you came along,
In a moment of bliss like my favourite song,

Man I am a wild one,
You know I’m a wild one,
You knew it the day that we met,
I coast to your coast town,
Showed up to show down,
I showed up three days since I slept,
I lived in the night and I,
Lived out a nike bag,
Came pompey to visit a friend,
Who knew that I'd find you,
My angel my light truth,
My life seemed to begin again,

Since you, came along,
In a moment of bliss like my favourite song,
Since you, came along,
In a moment of bliss like my favourite, favourite song,

I will be your rock even though I cant buy you diamonds,
I can’t take you nowhere girl, cos I’m barely surviving,
You saved me from myself,
When I was sinking and,
I'll give you the world, be your ying to yang,
When you are distraught we'll go to Portsmouth to our private space, Three bottles of pinot by the sea and we can fly away,
Been locked in sadness,
Searched for freedom all my life yeah,
I found the keys behind your eyes,
You gave me peace made me alright,
You gave me strength to win my battles, cool,
Who thought I'd find a best friend find a soul thats so compatible,
I felt lost and found, from my different past,
So lets live in the now, and let our spirits dance
Like da, da, da, da, da,
You're the perfect song,
That I could dance to all day till my days are,
Da, da, da, da, done,
you're my sanctuary, here's the key to my soul,
We can both be free.

Since you, came along,
In a moment of bliss like my favourite song,
Since you, came along,
In a moment of bliss like my favourite, favourite song,
Till you came along

[Sax Solo]
Track Name: Ben Ali
I wasn’t brave enough to write a letter,
To thank you for my life and how you strived for better,
I know the troubles that I caused you and the stressful shit,
An eastern man full of pride, raising up a western kid,
How you made it from nothing to something to make it better,
How you were there adjusting to something to face the weather,
How you made it from North Africa to UK,
And I’m mad because its too late,
To say sorry how I screwed your head up,
I was stressing, yeah it haunted me, you made me mad,
Forget it, its the lessons that you brought me through that made me Dad, I’ve never told you just how highly that I hold you and,
respect i have for heartbreak in your life that never holds you back,

You did everything to make the life you have,
While i do everything to escape the life I’m given,
We didn’t always see eye to eye,
Now I’m grown up and, beneath we're not that different,

So while I’m sitting on this train, in the toilet avoiding paying,
Drinking brandy just to get through the day I’m,
Thinking mad deep reflecting on days,
We had these defected debates.
You with this easternised culture,
Me in my westernised phase,
I never realised you were human till you broke and had to,
Be a man and shed a tear whilst telling me my bro had cancer,
I know that beauty comes from pain,
And it moves me to this day, that i avoided it, I suppose i had to, Runaway, and fall in this bottomless pit,
In comparison to you my problems aint shit,
You always solve them so honest with it,
Me i get on it and drink, and sometimes don’t stop till I’m sick,
I'm in this toilet feeling weak in the head, seeping with sweat,
I think of you, beg for a piece of your strength,
To make things easy I just break all the rules,
All your life to make things easy you just made all the tools, Dad

You did everything to make the life you have,
While i do everything to escape the life I’m given,
We didn’t always see eye to eye,
Now I’m grown up and, beneath we're not that different,

You told me sami switch stole your son, I’ve developed me the remedy,
Proud to say I'm Chokri I can carry on your legacy, (legacy)
I developed me a remedy, proud to say McNally I can carry on your legacy,
You and mum are my creators and my deities,
The truest love, the truth has come,
This plane has crossed the greatest sea,
You knew it mum, you knew your son had greatness in his grace
I see what you’ve become from youth and I’m so grateful for your faith in me,
I’m feeling proud now and I wish you did,
Because our seconds are not limitless to inner bliss,
I really miss the little bits so point me to the canvas which,
I can paint a smile turn disappointment into happiness,
I'll end this eclipse, I'll make day from night,
The day you look at your son as a ray of light,
I'll end this eclipse and I'll make day from night,
The day you look at your son as a ray of light,
Track Name: Hold On
I see my reflection, my body my temple, a place I don’t know,
This gun is loaded, and put to my temple, a face I don’t show,
A lifetime ago, I had patience and hope,
A tiny boat, in an endless ocean, they say

Hold on, hold on, hold on,
These things don’t last, they say,
Hold on, hold on, hold on,
These things will pass,

Same boat and same paddle,
Just a bigger battle, the deeper I go,
Same core same existence,
Just the waves are bigger, further from the shore,
A lifetime ago, I had patience and hope,
A tiny boat, in an endless ocean, they say

Hold on, hold on, hold on,
These things don’t last, they say,
Hold on, hold on, hold on,
These things will pass,

When I lose control, and I’m feeling lost,
Remind your mind you're confused, if you stare into the abyss,
It will stare right back at you, stare right back at you, lose yourself in its grip,
Everything has its place, I have to keep my faith,
Remind myself I’m alive, I'll keep staring into the light, and it
Stares right back at me, stares right back at me,
Reminds me life is a ride

Hold on, hold on, hold on,
These things don’t last, they say,
Hold on, hold on, hold on,
These things will pass,

Hold on, hold on now,
You’ve come too far,
Hold on, hold on now, we’ve come too far,
Hold on, hold on now, you’ve come to far,
Hold on, hold on now, we’ve come to far,