From the recording The Ballad of Zoe and Sam

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I did a "Sound Portrait" for a fan in Australia named Zoe! She saw one of my emails saying I was offering this service and asked if I could write a song for her husband because his birthday was coming up. She send me a few paragraphs describing their journey together, how they met, their travels, having kids, life after kids, etc. I got it done in time and she loved it!

She wrote:
"Thank you so much Joey!!! Sam loved it. I got a bit teary listening as well. You nailed it with the lyrics and the music was gorgeous, went perfectly and it captured everything that I was imagining. Wow
I was really surprised by how easy the process was. I just provided some relatively unorganised thoughts about what I wanted to express in the song and it was like you read my mind. It was a very special present."

Lyrics

The Ballad of Zoe and Sam
By Cello Joe aka Joseph Chang

Verse 1
Chords: C E- A- F
They met at a Thai massage retreat in Laos some way, some how
Sam came from Abu Dhabi via Rishikesh Somehow their lives became enmeshed
Zoe came Canberra via Taiwan and Goa
Two travelers exploring Asia, going with the flow
She wasn’t looking but her body trusted him
And let the love begin
Oh whoa oo whoa oo whoa

Verse 2
They fell in love there in the jungle reading the poetry of Rumi under a bright full moon
Sipping tea in a ceremony on a bamboo platform on a river
Trading belly massage in rice paddies
18 months wandering carefree
Teaching Yoga and Acro happily
Passing hours in meditation
Swimming in the tropic ocean
Someone arrest these two
There’s Mango juice dripping from their faces
Enjoying a fruit that much could be illegal in some cases

Chords: G F
Two completely different lives and how they have entwined
Love started with a spark lighting up the dark
As their love burns longer it keeps growing stronger.

Verse 3
The full moon shining down on the island of Koh Phagnan
Beach was filled with song
They were lost in a whirlwind of contact improv at ecstatic dance
Their love that night gave new life a chance
Their nomadic ways had come to an end
Baby Jaya and Mama Zoe needed a nest
They’re working for the money to spend
Bills and baby stuff got to pay the rent
Chores, nappy changes, breast feeding
No time to rest

Chords: G F
Two completely different lives and how they have entwined
Love started with a spark lighting up the dark
As their love burns longer it keeps growing stronger.

Bridge
Baby Leon arrived 18 months later and it’s been 2 years without a break
Hal an hour a day is barely a luxury they can take
Sam’s been there for her through it all good and bad
Zoe’s filled with joy watching Sam crushing it as a dad
Most days they collapse from exhaustion living this new life style
But every now and then they escape to the deck look at the full moon and they hug and smile

Verse 2 reprise
They fell in love there in the jungle reading the poetry of Rumi under a bright full moon
Sipping tea in a ceremony on a bamboo platform on a river
Trading belly massage in rice paddies
18 months wandering carefree
Teaching Yoga and Acro happily
Passing hours in meditation
Swimming in the tropic ocean
Someone arrest these two
There’s Mango juice dripping from their faces
Enjoying a fruit that much could be illegal in some cases