Young and Amorous

by Patrick Ames

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Featuring Mikaela Matthews

Produced by Jon Ireson.

Songwriter Patrick Ames releases two new powerful singles: “Young and Amorous" and “I Was Thinking”. They are as opposite as the two edges of a radio dial. Young and Amorous has a dance-floor pulsing beat, soaring vocals, and a universal set of lyrics about growing older. On the other hand, I Was Thinking is an acoustic talk-along on climate change in the likes of Leonard Cohen and Mose Allison. The two singles couldn't be more different except as classic examples of the ever-determined songwriter, 69 year old Patrick Ames, who revels in exposing hidden places and the compromised pieces of life.

Young and Amorous is seemingly a combination of Sade, Al Green, and a lot of Ames. "Let's pretend we're young and amorous tonight" is the simple premise and age has everything to do with it. Each 16-beat stanza has a slightly different melody with Mikaela Matthews’ ever colorful backup vocal, Jon Ireson’s expert bass and master programming, and Ames rhythm guitar. It’s a tribute to some of Ames' more uptempo blues/rock songs, all produced by Jon Ireson: You Make Me Scream, Second Wave, Help People Up, Reawakened 2020, and Dontchawanna. Turn it up, loud

Take your pick. Ames has written and released two more jewels of juxtaposition.


Young and Amorous,
by Patrick Ames © 2023. All rights reserved.

Let's pretend / we're young and amorous
Let's Pretend / life is glamorous
Let's pretend / the years have been generous
Let's pretend tonight

Time breaks down and we lose control
Fantasies spill out like a waterfall
We think we're younger but we know we're not
Let's pretend tonight

Let's pretend / we're smart and curious
Let's pretend / our lives are luxurious
Let's pretend / our love is mysterious
Let's pretend tonight

Let's pretend / remember old emotions
Let's pretend / all the commotion
Let's undress and turn off the lights
Let's pretend tonight

yeah, yeah, yeah
Let's pretend tonight
Better, better, better, better, yes yes yes

Let's pretend / we're young and amorous
Let's Pretend / life is glamorous
Let's pretend / the years have been generous
Let's pretend tonight

Oh young and amorous
We're young and we're amorous,
Oh yes, yes that's us
Young and amorous

We're Young and We're amorous
life is glamorous
Oh yes, yes, yes that's us
Young and amorous


released October 4, 2023
Patrick Ames: vocals, guitars, synths
Mikaela Matthews: vocals (Young and Amorous)
Jon Ireson: bass, guitars, programming
Chana Matthews: remote recordings

Written and recorded by Patrick Ames, May-August 2023.
Produced by Jon Ireson


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Songwriter Patrick Ames continues to evolve his potent lyric signatures with new singles for 2023.

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