Open Arms EP

by Henry Bateman

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1.
Open Arms 05:00
I’ve been so lost inside, Just not open wide. A bit confused, trying to figure out the truth, And I can’t decide. Now which path to take, To pretend or fake, To scream so loud with my head above the clouds, Or keep low and not complain. But I, oh I, I look to you, will you reassure me? And I, Oh I, I’ll run to you, with Open Arms. They say there’s a light in the, Tunnel once again. But don’t rise to fall, It’s just an oncoming train. But I will be so free, Of this tormenting me. This ticking clock will let me pick myself up, And shed uncertainty. But I, oh I, I look to you, will you reassure me? And I, Oh I, I’ll run to you, with Open Arms. I look into the stream, Alone with my fears. I see the darkness in me, Why do I, Always magnify the bad instead of appreciating what I have? “You’re not alone” says a voice from behind me, Or from within my heart. “You’re not alone”. There’s nothing more that you could say or do, That could console me, Or give me a better view, Or this dusty haze. But I’m sure that my heart is ablaze, I’m just waiting to find the space within my mind, Ignited once again. But I, oh I, I look to you, will you reassure me? And I, Oh I, I’ll run to you, with Open Arms. I’ll run to you with Open Arms.
2.
As he slammed the door And walked out into the street She looked out the window And tried to speak She gave him a look as if to say I just can't love you no more The melancholy music Rings through their minds They ignored the truth But now the lie must die They drift like ghosts through the house And they know Now the tears are streaming down a face Like a flood destroying any truth that had stayed As he tried to hold her he looks to the sun: "Please bring it back to me" Goodbye lovers You ignored where your heart was You forgot the truth and got swallowed in the sea Whilst we've been waiting Life's been anticipating What's going to happen to you, what's going to happen to me Just look at their souls - 'cause they've been subtly devoured He sat in his chair Day and night Since she had gone His days had become nights And he'd just been thinking About nothing at all Now he had no friends No family He was the last in a line So lonely He'd become just a shell With no future at all Now he climbs up the stairs into a screaming abyss Turns out the light and to himself he says this: "Oh why did she have to go? 'Cause I wish I was dead Please bring her back to me" So goodbye loners You forgot where your soul was Became lost in misery, dreams were shattered - now you just can't get out Whilst we've been waiting Life's been anticipating What's going to happen to you, what's going to happen to me Just look at their souls - 'cause they've been subtly devoured Well she knew the risks But she couldn't resist Her attraction to drugs So all she did was persist She spent her life out of her mind Or lost on the streets The girl that once was Became so lost too Inside herself Now all that showed was a fool Her family barely knew her He soul had been drowned Now she sits by the fire, the tears drip from her face Somehow she knows she's just so out of place Her soul died years ago, but not the shell's gone too Please bring her back to us So goodbye wasters You forgot where your life was Now all that's left is a hollowed out image of you Whilst we've been waiting Life's been anticipating What's going to happen to you, what's going to happen to me Just look at their souls - 'cause they've been subtly devoured Just look at their souls - 'cause they've been subtly devoured
3.
The One 03:54
Who knows how this song could turn out? It's not easy to say Screaming out a million words They don't mean much to me I've been living in a life on my own Where every angle's on me In a boat on some tempestuous sea It's hard to see it from another point of view But it don't matter now It don't matter now No it don't matter now 'cause you're The One Yeah you're The One Who knows how this song could turn out It's hard to explain Life is full of ups and downs You can't get through it any other way But it don't matter now Well it don't matter now No it don't matter now 'Cause you're The One You're The One, you're The One, you're The One You're The One, you're The One, you're The One You're The One, you're The One, you're The One You're The One It's not easy to say, it's not easy to say It's not easy to say, it's not easy to say But it don't matter now Well it don't matter now No it don't matter now 'Cause you're The One Well it don't matter now No it don't matter now No it don't matter now 'Cause you're The One Yeah you're The One You're The One, you're The One, you're The One You're The One, you're The One, you're The One You're The One, you're The One, you're The One You're The One
4.
Within 04:02
They take you into the room of destitution Confused and exhausted you cannot resist them They clutch you and kick you, oh they hold you so tight The hero and hope you thought would save you Is lost in the night Like some restless dream From which you cannot flee Like somone paralysed who's mind needs to break free So take what you want of me, consume what you can Take what you need of me, but you cannot have what I am Deep inside me; a vibrance, a burning flame You can steal what you see, but you cannot have me They take you out of your room and say there's things to be said Hung a lock round your neck of control and consequence They have you under lock and key now and those who hold the key: Their minds are infernos, what will they do to me? Oh their minds are infernos, nothing else can exist Oh their minds are volcanos and the eruptions persist So take what you want of me, consume what you can Take what you need of me, but you cannot have what I am My worn flesh is like an army that guards it's master You can steal what you see, but you cannot have me You can steal what you see, but you cannot have me You can steal what you see, but you cannot have me
5.
When the morning comes, She’ll discover what she seeks. Surveying the horizon for happiness, With a pool of tears beneath. It’s not as if she’s selfish, But her world just don’t seem quite right. And she knows that life isn’t long enough, To be spending time unsatisfied. And so she prays: “Lord I know I’m lucky in a lot of ways, But I know, I’ve had my fair share of sand in my face”. Don’t kick them when they’re down, Coz they’re lost not found. Needing a break in the clouds. When the morning comes, No he won’t give in. Though ever corner that he turns seems to thrust darkness upon him. The songs he used to sing, Used to tell him to follow his heart. But now the path that he treads to the promised land seems to push him further back. And so he prays, That one day he might see, His dreams before him, Become a reality. Don’t kick them when they’re done, Coz’ they’re lost not found, Needing a break in the clouds. When the morning comes, They pray it will all go away. The mists to ascend, So they can concentrate, On life itself. A breathing space, A saving grace, A break in the clouds. An illuminated path, A candle held to your heart, A new place to start. They’re looking for a break in the clouds, in the clouds. They’re looking for a break in the clouds, in the clouds. So Lord I pray, They’ll find an oasis on their barren plain, To drown their fears, To quench their hearts and minds again. They won’t be kicked when they’re down, They won’t be lost but found, With a break in the clouds.

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Henry’s debut release was an EP which featured his five finest compositions written by the age of sixteen. Wanting to present a recording which was honest to his capacity as a live performer, the entire EP features only two separate tracks – an acoustic guitar and and a vocal. The result is an intimate, immediate recording – the songs are presented in the exact form the songwriter first created them. From the introspective yet rousing optimism of the title track, to the heartfelt and empathetic storytelling of “Subtly Devoured” and “Within”, this EP is very much a snapshot of a young musician discovering himself as a songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, and storyteller.

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released April 27, 2013

All words and music by Henry Bateman
All guitar and vocals - Henry Bateman
Engineered, produced, mixed and mastered by Henry Bateman and Jim Bateman

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Henry Bateman England, UK

Henry Bateman is a songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist from Gloucestershire, currently based in Leeds.


"Not so much a breath of fresh air - more a full force musical gale that
lifts you to places you didn't know existed. A very extraordinarily gifted
young man; one of the coming musical generation's front-runners in the
making" - John Drummond (Promoter for Brewery Blues, Cirencester)
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