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You never know what you're going to get when popular child performers grow up. Miley Cyrus has re-invented herself as the poster child of shameless hedonistic pop. Justin Bieber is circling the Lindsay Lohan drain of catastrophic self-destruction. The Jonas Brothers (or, at least, Nick) are doing sexy Calvin Klein ads. And, now, Cody Simpson is looking to make himself the Australian John Mayer. We like the path he's taking the most.

Cody played our Day Party at SXSW in March, and he's not the same baby-faced Australian pop star your little sister was blasting five years ago. Cody is all grown up, and he's peddling a mix of blues and reggae infused guitar rock that will make you leave any "former child stard" apprehensions at the door. Cody is growing up alongside his fans, and watching the maturation of this performer is a magical experience. It doesn't hurt when he puts on as great a set as this one.

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Oh no, baby darling.
How we doing out there tonight, Austin TX?
'Cause if the seas go, we go.
So let go your ego.
And if the trees go, we go.
So don't spread no evil, into the seas of the people.
'Cause we are but equal.
And if the trees go, we go.
So let go of that ego.
I said I know I'll never be the apple of your eye.
But I can pick you a flower, if you like, baby.
I know I'll never be the stars up in the sky.
Oh no.
But I can pick you a flower, if you like.
She love me, she love me not.
She says she love me.
Has she forgotten that she love me? Love me one more time.
I know I'll never be the apple of your eye.
Oh no.
But I can pick you a flower, if you like.
I'll meet you down by the end of the road where the sunset glows and the garden grows.
Got a pair of shoes with 20 holes and I would walk 20 miles just to get to those blue eyes.
If you would smile for me to my surprise, I would stay for a while to see what comes next.
We could take off our clothes and drink red wine and roll one up and have long conversations in French.
Oh no.
I know I'll never be the apple of your eye.
But I can pick you a flower, if you like.
I know I'll never be the stars up in the sky.
Oh no.
But I can pick you a flower, if you like.
She love me, she loves me not.
She says she love me.
Has she forgotten that she love me? Love me one more time.
Oh no.
I know I'll never be the apple of your eye.
What I'm going to do, I'm going to pick you a flower.
If you like.
Roses are red, violets are blue.
When it is true, I'll be too if I don't have you.
I'll chill up on the hill picking daffodils making wishes.
That's right.
About your misses.
'Cause I know, I'm going to pick you a flower if you like.
- Thank you very much.
Let's go.
I said, she's like a medicine to a sick man.
She'll be your river, so flow with her if you want.
She's like a diamond to a rich man.
She'll be all you need when you got everything and more.
She'll be anything to anyone.
She gives nothing back to me.
Why? 'Cause she's so thoughtful.
Yeah, yeah.
So thoughtful as she can be.
Oh woh, no, no, no, no, no.
She's so thoughtful.
She don't ever think about me.
Come on.
lalalalalalala.
lalalalalalal.
She's so thoughtful.
Yeah, yeah.
She don't ever think about me.
She got her looks right from her mama's side.
All right.
Her eggs are fried but she will smile and heat your tea.
She makes you wish upon a dandelion while she picks all the money off my tree.
She'll be anything to anyone.
She gives nothing back to me.
Why? 'Cause she's so, so thoughtful.
Yeah, yeah.
Thoughtful as she can be.
Oh woh, no, no, no, no, no.
She's so thoughtful.
She don't ever think about me.
lalalalalalala.
lalalalalala.
Oh baby she's so thoughtful.
She don't ever think about me.
- Break it down.
I told her when I grow up, I would be a star.
She went down the road and pawned my guitar.
She said, "Stay home and don't be a fool.
" And I see her around the corner with you know who.
My man Big Lou, Rolls Royce, top choice.
Yeah.
A couple houses and a whole lot of toys.
But she don't want to play with mine.
Oh woh, no, no, no, no, no.
She don't want to play with mine.
She'll be nice enough to everyone she meets.
Then she'll cut them til they bleed.
She's so thoughtful.
Yeah, yeah.
She don't ever think about me.
She's so thoughtful.
But she don't ever think about me.
She don't ever think about me.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Baby girl.
- Thank you.
How's everyone doing tonight? Let me sing to you with the rhythm of life.
Yeah.
Let this one just fill you up inside.
Come on.
So I thought South by Southwest would be a perfect opportunity for me to introduce you to all the new music I've been writing off of my upcoming, very first, independent record.
I want to share this message with you.
'Cause this is a song I wrote called, "Driftwood.
" It's about letting life just float on by and being happy every single day.
I think personally, your external view on the world stems directly from your internal view of yourself.
So if you're personally happy in your own self, you got to be happy for everybody else.
This song explains just that, about how I broke free from the system, stop conforming and just let life just happen as it comes, and just float on by like a la-like a piece of driftwood.
- Goes a little something like this.
Hey Bruce, untie my noose.
Open up a bottle of whatever you choose.
You see the naked truth is only true sometimes.
And if you looking for lies, that's what you're going to find.
- Yeah.
How we doing? I got to free my soul from the troubles of lately.
Follow my heart wherever it takes me.
Let it float on by like a piece of driftwood.
Like a piece of driftwood.
La-like a piece of driftwood.
You win some, you lose some.
And some that you win, you really lose.
Don't you? You get some, you give some.
They trade a little piece of my youth.
Oh.
But nothing makes me happier than singing the blues.
Set my big brown hat to my black pointed boots.
I'm thinking about it.
I got to free my soul from the troubles of lately.
Follow my heart wherever it takes me.
Let it float on by like a piece of driftwood.
La-like a piece of driftwood, baby.
La-like a piece of driftwood.
Ain't no mind to the troubles on the telephone lines.
The sun still shines, we got to pour a red wine.
It's time to start thinking, got no time to decline.
Yeah.
The earth awaits you.
Yes.
Simple pleasures of mine.
Yours if you want them, you got time and a day.
Find wealth in the loving and you'll never be grave.
A piece is missing from the puzzle.
It's the piece that you need.
Peace of mind, go find, meditate by the sea.
Be free with all the trees and all the air that you breathe.
They can't take away your soul, but they can take all your pride.
Slow ride, that's right.
We're going to sleep in the forest tonight.
We're going to sleep in the forest tonight.
- Take it away, baby.
Cause I got to free my soul from the troubles of lately.
Follow my heart wherever it takes me.
Let it float on by like, lalala-like a piece of driftwood.
Lalala-like a piece of driftwood.
Oh baby.
Lalala-like a piece of driftwood.
Lalala-like a piece of--
- Woo.
This is a song called, "Sinkin' In.
" He dropped the bait into the ocean of the summer love.
And now he waits for the moment I've been dreaming of.
A clean slate, lay back on the heart of which he desecrates.
It's too late for me now.
Come on.
I said, I want to roll over but you got to lean back.
Give it some time, so that I could relax.
Out of my mind, about to have a relapse.
Oh, how I'm sinking in.
Lalalalalalalalala.
Lalalalalalalalala.
Lalalalalalalalala.
Oh, how I'm sinking in.
I lie awake watching every memory replay.
Counting my mistakes.
The clock is ticking, eating me away.
For your own sake, darling.
Oh.
Stop giving me and begin to take, while I ache for you nanana-now.
I said, I want to roll over but you got to lean back.
Give it some time, so that I could relax.
Out of my mind, about to have a relapse.
Oh, how I'm sinking in.
Lalalalalalalalala.
Lalalalalalalalala.
Lalalalalalalalala.
Oh, how I'm sinking in.
Lalalalalalalalala.
Lalalalalalalalala.
Lalalalalalalalala.
Oh, how I'm sinking in.
- To the bridge now.
And after all this time.
Oh, baby.
After all this time, I wait around for you and I. Oh, my baby.
- Put your hands together.
It goes like this.
I said, I want to roll over but you got to lean back.
Give it some time, so that I could relax.
Out of my mind, about to have a relapse.
Oh, how I'm sinking in.
I said, I want to roll over but you got to lean back.
Give it some time, so that I could relax.
Out of my mind, about to have a relapse.
Oh, how I'm sinking in.
I said, lalalala.
I said, lalalala.
I said, lalalala.
Oh, how I'm sinking in.
I said, lalalala.
Baby.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, baby darling don't go.
I said, don't you want to know something right now, baby.
Yeah, yeah.
yeah.
Don't you want to live easy with me.
No, oh no, baby. Baby, baby, baby.
- My name's Cody Simpson from Gold Coast, Australia.
Grew up right down there on the beach.
Had a very nice, easy childhood.
For me, I want to be able to share that lifestyle with every single one of you here tonight.
I wrote this song about how we really don't need as much as we think we do.
We really don't need as much as we think we do at all.
A lot of us is so caught up by material possessions.
I wrote this song sort of about just living easy and not succumbing to what society tells you that you need, whether it's the iPhone 6 or whatever.
'Cause I think that we can be happy without anything at all.
This song is called, "Livin' Easy, " and this is about that perspective that I want to share with you all.
I want you all to join me in singing this song.
This is another one off of my upcoming, first independent record called, "Free.
" I'm usually a "Yes, man.
" I always say, "Yes, man.
" Walking through the streets to the trees in a big, black winter coat.
You'll find me at the bus stop or sitting at the coffee shop, sipping on a cafe au lait or something that I can't pronounce.
'Cause you know I never ran to rush.
What I got is more than enough.
It goes like this.
I like my living easy.
I don't need much of anything.
A real good feeling that kind of makes you want to sing.
I don't mind being on my own, but I would love it if you came along.
So we can live it easy.
Living easy.
A real good feeling of living easy.
ever say, "No, man.
" I'm just another nomad, walking through the desert just for pleasure, never looking for a treasure chest.
Where we going to go, man? I tell you I don't know, man.
But if you're looking for adventure, you can join me on my endless quest.
'Cause you know I never ran to rush.
I like my living easy.
I don't need much of anything.
A real good feeling that kind of makes you want to sing.
I don't mind being on my own, but I would love it if you came along.
So we can live it easy.
Living easy.
A real good feeling of living easy.
I like a little mahi-mahi on my taco on the weekend I can hear them birds singing.
I was sleeping on the speakers.
When I'm walking down the street and bare feetin' concrete and got me thinking, just leaning on my truth behind my meaning.
So easy.
I don't need much of anything.
A real good feeling that kind of makes you want to sing.
I don't mind being on my own, but I would love it if you came along.
So we can live it easy.
Living easy. A real good feeling of living easy.
- We're going to sing you a song called, "Free.
" It's a title track off of my upcoming record.
I'll just leave it right there.
How you guys doing? You guys all having a good time? Yeah? Relaxing? Relaxing? Good.
That's what I want you to do.
Cool part about South by Southwest is that there's so many different, such a diverse crowd.
It's such an array of sub-cultures and musical genres and everything.
You can go to different shows to experience different things.
If you want to come here, just relax with me.
All right? She look good in the morning sun, but even better with a tie-dye on.
Feather in her hat, flower in her hair and I love the way that you just don't care.
She got a cat that she calls, Tattoo.
And she got herself a couple tattoos too.
She don't drink, but she love a little cigarette.
Got a little black pearl hanging around her neck.
Though she ain't one for commotion, she living just like the ocean.
She just want to be free.
Just let her be.
Take a ride on the breeze.
Why can't you see, she want to be cool.
Doing what she do.
Bare feet, swaying to my laid back beat. She just want to be free.
She's blowing smoke, wings in my head.
A kaleidoscope of dreams running around my bed.
And I know, I know, I know, I know.
We're going to take it slow.
The kind of soul that can do no wrong.
A little song to the earth and a blue sarong.
And I know, I know, I know, I know.
We're going to take it slow.
She just want to be free.
Just let her be.
Take a ride on the breeze.
Why can't you see, she want to be cool.
Doing what she do.
Bare feet, swaying to my laid back beat.
She just want to be free.
She like to keep it in motion.
Just steady flow like the ocean.
Baby.
She just want to be free.
Just let her be.
Take a ride on the breeze.
Baby.
Why can't you see, she want to be cool.
Doing what she do.
Bare feet, swaying to my laid back beat. She just want to be free.
- Thank you.
Thank you very much.
I'm going to jump straight into another one off the upcoming record.
This song is called, "Happy Little Hippie.
" It's about my ideal chick.
A girl that doesn't necessarily wear shoes all the time.
A girl that doesn't watch the news because she thinks it's too sad.
That's basically it.
She says, she don't like the news.
It's all bad, it's all sad, it turns her brown eyes blue.
She says, she don't watch the tube.
She dreams big, she sleeps in whenever she's got something else to do.
She takes off her shoes.
And she takes a walk through the city, look at all the pretty things she sees.
'Cause she's a happy little hippie, nothing's going to get her down.
She's got a diary full of memories that she'll never read.
She's a happy little hippie, nothing's going to get her down.
Nanananananananana.
Nanananananananana.
And if you're quiet you can hear her.
Singing all alone, dancing in the mirror.
'Cause she says, she don't like to party with people she don't know.
'Cause she likes to let go and takes her clothes off.
She takes her clothes off, for me.
Hey.
Oh, look at all the pretty things she sees.
She's a happy little hippie, nothing's going to get her down.
She's got a diary full of memories that she'll never read.
'Cause she's a happy little hippie, nothing's going to get her down.
Sing it out, come on.
Nanananananananana.
Nanananananananana.
Nanananananananana.
Nanananananananana.
If you get a chance to meet her, I just hope you never leave her with a frown, baby.
She says, she don't like the news.
I tell you why.
'Cause it's all bad, it's all sad, it turns her brown eyes blue.
- This is called, "New Problems.
" Let's go.
You use to say that all it takes is a dollar and a daydream.
But now you'll do, you'll do anything to deflate me, baby.
When you were down and when you cried, who was there right by your side.
But now I'm out the door.
I won't waste no time thinking about you anymore.
'Cause I got new girls, new problems.
I won't waste no time talking about you anymore.
'Cause I got new girls, new problems.
I used to think, all it took was just a little love.
I guess that's not true now, baby.
'Cause now I know baby, that is not enough.
When you were down and when you cried, you weren't around baby.
You were lying.
When you were down, I was trying to lift you up, feather in the wind, I'll never do that again.
'Cause now I'm out the door.
I won't waste no time thinking about you anymore.
Goes like this.
'Cause I got new girls, new problems.
I won't waste no time talking about you anymore.
'Cause I got new girls, new problems.
- Break it down.
Oh baby, got a-got another-nother thing coming.
Oh baby, got a-got another-nother thing coming.
Oh baby, got a-got another-nother thing coming.
That's why, that's why, that's why I'm going, going, going on.
I got 99 problems, but you ain't one anymore.
'Cause I got a new girl with some new problem.
It's a bitch when your ex-girls talking to your next one.
Happens to me all the time.
I got a new girl with some new problems.
- Thank you very much.

Artist Bio

Cody Simpson's third full-length album and first for his very own Coast House Records, Free, signals the start of something new.

"This is the beginning of a long musical journey for me," he declares. "Im sticking to my guitar. I know who I am. I know where Im headed, and thats all I have to say.

In 2014, the Australian-born Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter found himself independent for the first time as he thought this was the best path for him moving forward in his musical career. That independence invigorated and inspired a flurry of creativity as well as an insatiable desire to collaborate. Through a serendipitous introduction, he ended up in a Malibu studio overlooking the ocean with producer Cisco Adler. Within hours, Cody realized he had met his musical soul brother. They immediately began working on what would become Free.

The moment I finally felt I had the tools necessary to execute my vision was when I met Cisco in Malibu, he shares. I was looking at the ocean, and I felt home. It was the perfect environment with the perfect partner to make the album I had always wanted to make. The universe brought us together. I had so much peace, and I was able to move on from the frustrations of my prior situations. I was finally on the right path.

That path saw early morning surfing give way to late night studio sessions marked by laughter, smiles, and countless memories. Nodding to lifelong influences as diverse as Bob Dylan, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, and Sublime, Cody cooked up a sun-kissed sound of his own driven by sandy acoustic guitars, steel drums, soaring solos, and unforgettable hooks.

It sounds like me, he declares. I just wrote, and this is what came out. For the first time, I felt like I properly represented who I am as an artist. Being free from the pop world is the most incredible feeling. I dont have to conform to anything. I didnt think about anyone except for myself and the people who are going to be with me for a long time. I want to bring real music with live instruments back.

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