Stronghold

by Ian Janco

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This was recorded in my home studio (Wild Iris Studio) during 2014.

The idea for this album started when I was traveling through Europe with a good friend. On that trip I wrote 20 songs, each named after the city or town I was writing it in. Out of those 20 only "I Could Change" made it on the album. It was originally called "Paris". All the other songs were written in Santa Cruz, California. I initially wished this to be a travel album, to have the feeling and sound of traveling through Europe with all you own on your back.

But, inevitably, it became something quite different: STRONGHOLD.


On this album I sang, played acoustic and electric guitar, drums, bass, and various percussion. I also did a lot of the recording, production, and mixing.

Thanks to my dad for guiding my hand, giving songwriting advice, and teaching me about production.
Thanks to my mom for giving me a passion for music at an early age and continuing to foster it.

And thanks to everyone who's ever supported me in any way, shape, or form.

Sometimes the smallest gestures make the biggest difference.

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released September 14, 2014

All songs written and performed by Ian Janco

"I Could Change" co-written by Isabella Duré-Biondi

"Never Fall" co-written by Andrew Vicente (Amplified)

"Here I Am"
backing vocals - Alexander Abreu
Cello - Nathan Scarborough

Co-produced by Erik Gillberg

Album art by Amelia Howard

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Ian Janco Liverpool, UK

Ian Janco’s musical life was formed on an isolated ranch in the mountains of Idaho, where he was surrounded by instruments, recording equipment, intense natural beauty, and extreme weather.
He later moved to Santa Cruz and played in many bands, finally ending up performing and recording as a solo artist.
Janco now studies at Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.
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Track Name: I Could Change
We just missed the last train to Paris
I don’t mind, I don’t mind
We slept on the dirty seats
I don’t mind, I don’t mind
Maybe if you said you didn’t like the way these days have been
I could change them for you

We drank warm ale by the River Amstel
That was fine, that was fine
We played our songs for no one but ourselves
That was fine, love, that was fine
Maybe if you said you didn’t like the way the story ends
I could change it for you

I could change for you
But I’m glad you don’t ask me to
When you’re feeling blue, I could feel the same way too
But I’m glad you don’t ask me to

We stayed up all night, talkin’ ‘bout the stars
and why they shine, and I find…
The more I get to know you, the more I know you’re one of a kind
And you’re all mine
I know that someday when we’re older we’ll look back and smile
And say I wouldn’t change this for the world

I could change for you
But I’m glad you don’t ask me to
When you’re feeling blue, I could feel the same way too
But I’m glad you don’t ask me to

I could change for you
But I’m glad you don’t ask me to
When you’re feeling blue, I could feel the same way too
But I’m glad you don’t ask me to
Darling I’m glad you don’t ask me to
And that’s why I could change for you
Track Name: Here I Am
Here's to all the words we say
Here's to all the lovers that will never see the day
Words make their dreams come true
I wanna know, what does love mean to you?

I wish that I could show you what it means to me
There's a part of us that stays unseen
Until love sets it free
What can I say to make you see?

If I pretend that you're the only one under the sun
Will you see me then?
If I tell you I will finally change my ways
Will you see me then?

Here I am.

I want to live your memories
I want to know what makes you different from me
Maybe I could feel your pain
Maybe I could steal your pain and let love remain

If I pretend that you're the only one under the sun
Will you see me then?
If I tell you I will finally change my ways
Will you see me then?

Here I am.
Track Name: Falling Stars And Luck
One road that leads us home
Back to the roots of the trees that we’ve grown
So far - So far we’ve come to be nowhere at all
Fall deepens hearts
and the Spring can tear them back apart
So far - So far, the winds of change don’t change at all

Grow, grow old
Grow, just don’t grow cold
Take all the time that you need
I truly believe you will find a way

Love is like a torch in the dark
Illuminating parts that you’d never think to see at the start
Your heart was made to shine through these old halls
Trust in the sun
It holds the key to each and every one of us
We all are made of falling stars and luck

Grow, grow old
Grow, just don’t grow cold
Take all the time that you need
I truly believe you will find a way

Now we need to grow
We lost our way so long ago
Hold on to hope, and never let it go
This is our time. It’s our time to grow

We’ll take all the time that we need
I truly believe we will find a way
Track Name: Light the Way
It took a couple days, and so many nights
To get my story straight, it's still not right
A lonely memory trapped in my mind
Of that sweet infinity that I have yet to find

I want the power of the sun
I know I'm not the only one

It could be better, that much is clear
All the children could be saving up their tears
When the tides rise, where will you be?
Will you raise an army or be swept away to sea?

I want the power of the sun
I know I'm not the only one

Come on, light the way
Before its too late
I don't wanna live through another dark day
So come on, light the way

Come on, light the way
Before its too late
I don't wanna live through another dark day
So come on, light the way
Track Name: Count Me In
Last night I saw the scarlet moon
You know it shone for me
I knew love was here

At first I was sure I was along
Then you came to me
With flowers in your hair

I gotta know
gotta know
gotta know now

is this real?

If so, let it show
let it show
let it show now

if this is love

If it is
count me in

Last night I heard the siren's song
They were kind to me
They sang away my fear

At first I was sure that is was a dream
I never woke up
and the morning came too soon


I gotta know
gotta know
gotta know now

is this real?

If so, let it show
let it show
let it show now

if this is love

If it is
count me in

ooo, if it is
count me in and let love win
Let love win

Count me in
Count me in
Track Name: Home
Coming home feels good when you’ve been around
Familiar ways come back as if they never left

You and I have travelled across the sea
You and I have become who we needed to be
Now we’re coming home

Now I see, finally I am free.
Wherever we are, that’s just where we need to be
That’s why…

Coming home feels good when you've been around
Familiar ways come back as if they never left
Coming home feels nice, everything’s alright
Now that feeling’s back, like it never left
As if we never left home
Track Name: This Town
I went down to the levee, the levee carried me
Had no destination, no train station to see
No traveling for me

Followed you to the lighthouse, the lighthouse by the sea
Waves crashed, and the sun shone
We had nowhere to be

Then you turned to me and said:

"in this town, the days go way too fast
let's make this one last"

Tomorrow I'll be far away, I'm running out of time
But when I'm stepping off that train
The memories will shine

That day was fine, I'll say:

"in this town, the days went way too fast
this day is the last
I'll watch it fade in to the past
the memories will last
the memories will last"
Track Name: One More Step
Well now, it's about time
We got on that old railway line
Place your hand in mine
Come on little darling, we ain't got much time

One more step, and we'll be free
That's the way I want it to be

1,2,3,4,5,
are we gonna make it out alive?
I don't give a damn
Be my woman and I will be your man

One more step, and we will be free
That's the way I want it to be

One more step, and we will be free
That's the way I want it to be
O, we're free
That's the way I want it to be.
Track Name: Never Fall (feat. Amplified)
Lay it down, let our energy plant many seeds
Verbally, we float over the seven seas
How could I fly when I stay so featherless?
I stay down to the earth, that's foreverness
But still dream if I'm flying on Pegasus
No need to plea, I was a pessimist
Once believed that the world was my nemesis
But now I'm learning of its patience and gentleness
Take time to grow, cuz that's evidence
Never sell the soul just for the benefits
Don't hope for the gold if you're effortless
They enrolled for an ocean of pettiness
What if I'm broke doing shows, and I'm penniless?
I've still chosen to flow through the definite
So when I'm gone I've committed to this emphasis
We're all the shades of this black and gray, coexist.


You can try to bring me down
I'll never fall, no way
I'll never fall

You can try to take my sunny days away
I'll never fall, no way
I'll never fall

I break tradition with my conscious lyricism
Following my intuition and breaking my inhibitions
Cuz they fail to listen so I'm missing all the rhythm
With these algorithms allegorically fueling my skepticism
I wish that I could open eyes and believe in
All of these words that manipulate the reason
The reason being I've been by myself
I felt I've climbed these mountains and I've found my wealth;
Love - a feeling that is infinite and spacious
Love - it takes me to my ultimate oasis
Love - I spread it on a day to day basis
To show you that I wanna lift the smiles on your faces
Shape-shift to another day
Make room for another way
They say the good things in life come to those who believe so-
I believe


You can try to bring me down
I'll never fall, no way
I'll never fall

You can try to take my sunny days away
I'll never fall, no way
I'll never fall
A tantalizing dream, but it's one we've all seen
Just looking to find a road to thoughts we all speak
We've got the means to bring light to dreams
But I just want to scream
The shades of blue, red, black, white and gray
Will never get the chance to paint my days
I'll take the paintbrush and trade it away
For a view of a sunny day

Bridge/Outro:

They can't bring us down, we will never fall.
(repeat)