Ready or Not​/​/​Mother

by Henry Bateman

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1.
Ready or Not 06:26
Here I am 
In promised land I grieve for you Can see them cry
 And you close your eyes In Daddy’s arms Ready or Not I’m coming for you Ready or Not I’m gonna make it to your heart I call your name Ready or Not We can break this tide Ready or Not You’re gonna hear my voice inside I’ll find a way I will find a way I will find a way Back to you Took so long For you to come You gave me life So I shed that skin With dying grin
 I know your grace Ready or Not I’m coming for you Ready or Not I’m gonna make it to your heart I call your name Ready or Not I hear you through the floor Ready or Not I’m gonna make it to your shore I’ll find a way I will find a way I will find a way I will find a way Back to you Heaven cannot hold me I’ll fill the space between My soul will swing before me Like moonlight through the leaves I’m cutting through the oceans I’m breaking from these chains I’ll reach across the border Calling out your name
 For you I’d do it all for you For you I’d give it all for you Ready or Not I’m coming for you Ready or Not I’m gonna make it to your heart I call your name Ready or Not I will be your friend Ready or Not This love will have no end I’ll find a way I will find a way Back to You Back to You Back to You
2.
Mother 04:27
My family has lost it’s way We’ve lost the one that kept us safe Will we survive mother? I’ve never felt so exposed My roof has gone like flesh from bone Will we survive mother? I believe I believe ‘cause I have faith in you I believe we can see this through I believe our time will come again I believe in you Feels like I’ve been torn in half I’d give it all to hear his laugh Can we survive together? I believe I believe ‘cause I have faith in you I believe that we can see this through I believe our time will come again I believe in you Hold your heart to the sun Feel his palms as morning comes My family will find a way Hearts all around take our weight We will survive mother I believe I believe

about

For Dave Coleman, Lynn Bateman, and Flynn Coleman

These are two songs which I started writing during Summer 2016 - which was quite a strange time for me, and some people close to me. This version of 'Ready or Not' was actually recorded entirely by me, featurng some vocals from Lynn Bateman, in my bedroom in Gloucestershire. It was supposed to be a demo to illustrate the track to my band. Likewise, with 'Mother', myself and Caitlin Stubbs (who duets with me on the track) decided to get a take down - not necessarily with a view to releasing it. But - in both of these cases, I’ve realised that these particular versions of these two songs have something about them that I can’t re-make, probably because of the situation and the headspace that I made them in. I’ll continue to explore and experiment with these songs, and will release other versions of them later in the year. But for now - I want to get these tracks out there, because I think they have something about them that I really believe no amount of experimenting or persistence will recapture.

I hope you like them!

Henry

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released February 6, 2017

Artwork by Lynn Bateman
Mixed and Mastered by Tim Goddard

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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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