Take A Form

by Henry Bateman

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For Ron and Joyce Bateman

“And I close my eyes to stifle my cries,
And I hear your voice entwined in my soul.”

The way that the music industry works often obscures what songs really are. There’s a tendency for songs to be presented as plastic, two dimensional snapshots – they emerge in one form and then fade out a few months later. Songs are a lot more exciting than that – they have life. From conception, they are a part of you and change, develop, and grow as you do. This album starts out with a couple of songs that, at the core, haven’t changed that much since the first few hours of their existence - and I think that, because of this, they still feel quite raw. When you get to tracks like “Show No Fear” and “Sober”, you reach versions of songs that have travelled a bit further sonically – elements of these ones have really been shaped in production. The back part of the album is on stage – because it is in live performance that these songs will continue to evolve. Why tie a song down? Songs are constantly taking a form – just like the people that write them.

“Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s Sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10)

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released June 19, 2015

All songs written by Henry Bateman
All tracks produced by Henry Bateman and Seth Bye, with Katie Griffin on “Constellations” and contributions from Jim Bateman and Bob Heath
Studio tracks engineered by Henry Bateman, Seth Bye, Katie Griffin and Jim Bateman
Live tracks (9-11) engineered by Seth Bye and Louise Matley
String arrangements on “Show No Fear” by Henry Bateman
String arrangement on “Sober” by Henry Bateman and Seth Bye
Mixed by Henry Bateman and Seth Bye
Mastered by Seth Bye
Recorded in Fairford, Highworth, Ampney St Peter and Whelford between the summers of 2014 and 2015
Live tracks (9-11) taken from a concert in MU1 at Farmor’s School, Fairford on 6th February 2015
Artwork and photography by Katie Griffin
All songs copyright Henry Bateman (c) 2015

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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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Track Name: The Garden
“Red and yellow and green and blue
Are the colours of my childish hue.

And black and white and death and tears
Are the colours of these golden years.”

He walks round the garden of his heart.
There’s nothing left here, nothing here for you.
Get your coat.

Puts on his coat and kicks the leaves
That swallow the path round his childish dreams.

The trees are dead, the water’s gone.
Not even hope can find a home.

He walks round the garden of his heart.
There’s nothing left here, nothing here for you.
Get your coat.

“Who’s this peeking at me from under the leaves?
Why it’s a little friend that I used to know.
A little snake I thought I’d lost such a long time ago.
Seems to be saying I’m not getting so old.

And I close my eyes to stifle my cries.
And I hear your voice entwined in my soul.”
Track Name: Little Boy in the Haze
Hey, Little Boy in the haze.
Hey, Little Boy in the maze.

No you don’t sleep at night.
You hear the fighting outside.
So scared out your skull.
One day they’ll come, and with them hell.

Little boy oh just try get some sleep.
Little boy oh just try get some sleep.
Sleep ‘til the light.

Hey, you got caught up in this adult life of anger and shame.
Hey, what you gonna be in a world that shows only hate?

Bad men are coming to your house.
Dad’s screaming get out.
But the window holds pain,
Bloody shots, lives in vain.

Little Boy oh you have to decide.
Little Boy oh you have to decide.
Knowing you don’t have to die to lose your life.
There’s nowhere to hide.

And she sits.
Five candles in a cake cut into twenty one.
And he runs
From a gun to his head, scraps of his life in his hands.

Little Boy oh just run for your life.
Little Boy oh just run for your life.
Little Boy oh just run for your life.
Run to the light.

Little Boy oh just run for your life.
Little Boy oh just run for your life.
All innocence is drained from your eyes.
Just run to the light.
Track Name: Grown
I’ve been spending all my time
Trying to break the ice that has grown.

And I’ve been wasting all my time
Finding words to fill the gaps that have grown.

Could we have guessed this is where we’d be,
Taking down walls and trying to see
What eachother’s thinking,
Hoping for some certainty?

All I want to do is tell you how I feel,
Free these words from my heart and find out if they’re real.
But I open my mouth and no words come out,
No words to fill the silence that’s killing me.
The silence that’s killing me.

It gets so hard to find them,
The pieces of the puzzle that I think we’re missing.
I need you to stay.
I know I’m throwing so much time away.

And I can’t find a way to clear this,
This tension in the air, please tell me you can’t feel it.
I know I’m moving so slow.
But there’s still so much I need you to know.

And I’ve been living my life,
Stumbling through the void that has grown.

And I’ve been wasting hours and hours,
Trying to fill the cracks that have grown.

And I’m waiting for the sun to come out,
To melt the ice,
To swallow the dark,
So I can find the piece of my shattered heart.

Maybe then I can scream through this empty space,
Smoke will clear and I’ll see your face.
And I’ll reach out
And tell you what you’ve always meant to me.
What you mean to me.

It gets so hard to find them,
The pieces of the puzzle that I think we’re missing.
I need you to stay.
I know I’m throwing so much time away.

And I can’t find a way to clear this,
This tension in the air, please tell me you can’t feel it.
I know I’m moving so slow.
But there’s still so much I need you to know.
Track Name: Constellations
Constellations
For Joey and Fiona

Friends we rise and friends we fall.
You pulled me in, out of the cold -
Into the warmth, into your soul.
Some sort of constant, something to hold.

I pray you’ll hold me there all your life,
But your heart’s overflowing as it is.
But I will always be holding you in mine.
We’ve been through too much to give up on this.

And will you take this hope of mine?
In it’s absence what can I find?
Will you dream in constellations every night?

And do you dream in black and white?
What you seeing through those eyes?
Will we burn like constellations, like stars every night?

Constellations.
Constellations.

And the silence would destroy my soul.
Don’t stop talking we can’t let this go.
The sky will crack and we’ll let it rain
To wash away the dark so I can see you again.

Will we be stranded in the sea?
The waves growing too much space between?
I’m so scared of being alone with dark shapes under me.

And do you dream in black and white?
What you seeing through those eyes?
Will we burn like constellations, like stars every night?

Constellations.
Constellations.
Constellations.
Constellations.
Constellations.
Constellations.

And are we treading further apart?
Don’t leave me alone here in the dark.
My brightest light is shining from your heart.

And do you dream in black and white?
Oh what you seeing through those eyes?
Will we burn like constellations, like stars every night?

Constellations
Constellations
Constellations
Constellations
Track Name: The Moth
I've heard it all,
Torture through these iron walls.
My breaking dawn,
Was all that I was fighting for.
Track Name: Show No Fear
You - hiding my ears with your hands.
The light was a reflection from behind.
What I thought was stone was really sand.
The tide washed away my best laid plans.

If all that we have is a lie,
What’s the point in trying?
We’re wasting our time.
Don’t want to waste your time.

Show no fear.
Show no fear.
Show no fear this time.
Show no fear.

And I - flying like a moth towards a flame.
It’s true what they say ‘bout the heart and the brain.

If all that we are is lost in the past -
Two drifting ghosts,
Tied to the mast.
We have to make a start.

Show no fear,
Show no fear.
Show no fear this time.
Show no fear.

And I’ve heard it all -
Torture through these iron walls.
My breaking dawn,
Was all that I was fighting for.
But we can’t ignore.

Show no fear.
Show no fear.
Show no fear this time.
Show no fear.
Track Name: Grandad
Remembering about the aeroplanes,
About all that music,
About the war.
Remembering and laughing -
Oh how your laughter warmed my soul.

And talking about your family -
Oh how you both taught me what that word means.
Remembering the love that you gave -
Oh the love you both gave.

Now I’m terrified,
‘Cause I don’t recognise
Oh, this place anymore.

But I’ll hold the line.
Don’t you think it’s about time
That I held the line oh for you?

So I’ll keep on trying,
And I’ll keep on trying.
But if I can be half the man you were,
Then I will be complete.

Oh if I can be half the man you were,
Oh if I can be half the man you were,
Oh if I can be half the man you were,
Then I will be complete.
Track Name: Sober
You - you look so beautiful tonight.
Your eyes see right through me, your smile holds off the morning light.
And then you started talking, and you put your hand in mine.
And I know that I can’t say it, but I’m so happy I could die.

And you know I want to kiss you babe,
But my morals get in the way.
But I really love just talking to you,
Could talk to you for the rest of my days.

Or ‘til you’re sober.
Or ‘til you’re sober.
So happy I could die in your arms tonight.

And we talk about your hands, about your poems and your plans.
Talk about your family, about how happy you’re going to be.
And I keep on looking around me, are you really talking to me?
But something in your eyes has gone, and I know you can see.

And I’m remembering something you asked me babe,
Something you told me to remind you of.
Guess I always knew I’d fail you babe.
Oh they kill me, these things I cannot do.

‘Cause now I’m sober.
‘Cause now I’ m sober.
So happy I could have died, in your arms that night.
Track Name: Two Brothers, One Barricade
One day, love will erode
This dying world that we know.
Our battles fading like when sun hits the snow,
Our battles fading like when sun hits the snow.

Two rivers from the same source,
Two sides to the same voice.
Oh, the same voice.

Stars in the night separated by man,
One church divided by time.
Oh, by time.

So why are you so far from me?
So why are you so far from me?
If we could take all the love we need,
And put it in the holes we bleed,
You wouldn’t be so far from me,
You wouldn’t be so far from me.

And we walk like strangers in the night,
But under the same moon, under the same light.
Just want to see myself through your eyes,
Just want to see myself through your eyes.

The little lines we draw on all God’s land,
One family separated by hands.
Oh, by hands.

Two lovers that don’t feel the same,
Two brothers, one barricade.
Oh, one barricade.

So why are you so far from me?
So why are you so far from me?
If we could take all the love we need,
And put it in the holes we bleed,
You wouldn’t be so far from me,
You wouldn’t be so far from me.

You wouldn’t be so far.
I want to cry, when I think I see your reflection
And you’re standing there.

Because I need to be loved, loved, loved.
Oh I need to be loved, loved, loved.
Oh I want to be loved, loved, loved.
Oh I need to be loved.
Oh I need to be loved.
Oh I want to be loved, loved, loved.
Track Name: Only Hope
Still feel your heartbeat,
Cling onto mine please.
I know it’s fading so far away.

Then scratch the surface,
There’s so much more than this.
I know I’ll see you again someday.

And my only hope is that you’ll be beyond that door.
And my only hope is that I’ll see your face once more.
‘Cause I don’t know what the time is here,
But I know the score.

Yes we’re all floating,
Some blindly sinking
Into the clouds beneath.

Don’t know where we’re going,
I catch you staring,
You know your time is here.

And my only hope is that you’ll be beyond that door.
And my only hope is that I’ll see you face once more.
‘Cause I don’t know what the time is here,
But I know the score.

When heroes fade away,
We cannot make their souls stay.
As a light goes out another appears.
And every single day,
The fear grows our way.
But it’s ok, if we just believe.

When heroes fade away,
We can’t make their souls stay.
As a light goes out another appears.
And every single day,
The fear grows our way.
But it’s ok, if we just believe.

And my only hope is that you’ll be beyond that door.
And my only hope is that I’ll see you face once more.
‘Cause I don’t know -
But I know the score.
Track Name: Take Me Home
Take me home.
Take me home.
It’s the end of the night,
And all this drink inside,
Has taken a hold.

Take me home.
Take me home.
I’m tired of living in,
Someone else’s skin,
And I need some walls.

Alone,
In this empty crowd.
But I would sell my soul,
To feel some love fall down.

Take me home.
Take me home.
Well could you hold me tight,
And turn out all the lights,
Whilst I Take A Form?

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