Throwing & Catching

by Henry Bateman

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For Dave Coleman and Ray Mathews

This album process was set in motion after I read a biography of Nick Drake - so the first thank you goes to Trevor Dann, for writing such an inspiring and moving book. Thank you to my incredible band - Lewis, Frazer, Chris, Greg and Caitlin - for lending me your time and talents, and for understanding and realising my songs in such an inspiring way. A massive thank you to Tim - you’ve put so much time and effort into the sound of this album; I couldn’t have made it without you. Thank you to the phenomenal engineers who we’ve worked with - Frankie, Jack, and Matt. Thank you to all of other musicians whose talents I’ve stolen during the making of this album. Thanks to Ian Bateman for his sample library for ‘For You’. Thanks to Paul for the phenomenal artwork and design, and to all of the videographers I’ve worked with on music videos around this album. Thank you to my friends and family for your unending support, guidance and inspiration. Thanks to Bob Heath, Jay Mathews and Kate Hicks Beach for your support and good advice. Thank you for buying this album, I really hope you enjoy it. This album is the sound of my first two years at Leeds College of Music - thank you to Richard Petch, Adam Martin and my many other teachers and friends for your wisdom and help. I’ve had a really great time.

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released November 21, 2017

Henry Bateman - vocals, acoustic and occasional electric guitar, synths (7)
Lewis Downs - vocals (2, 6-7), electric guitar
Greg Burns - vocals (2), drums, percussion
Frazer Kerslake - fretless bass, double bass (3)
Chris Camm - piano, electric piano
Caitlin Stubbs - vocals (4, 7, 10)
Lynn Bateman - vocals (7)
Duncan Abbott - vocals (8)
Esme Higgins - vocals (1)
Tim Goddard - synths (7)
Charlie Hewitt - double bass (1)
Tim Cook and Matt Rist - percussion (1)

The choirs on tracks 1 and 4 are made up of the voices of: Henry Bateman, Lewis Downs, Rob Kirby, Chris Camm, Hannah Lamb, Esme Higgins, Rory Mann, Sophie Gill and Brandon Harding.

All songs by Henry Bateman
Orchestral arrangement on ‘For You’ by Henry Bateman
Produced by Tim Goddard and Henry Bateman
Engineered by Tim Goddard, Frankie Harper, Jack Tremelling, Henry Bateman and Matt Rist
Mixed and mastered by Tim Goddard
Artwork and design by Paul Brough
Copyright Henry Bateman 2017

Recorded at Leeds College of Music, and in various bedrooms and living rooms in Burnley, Leeds, and Fairford between the end of 2015 and the summer of 2017

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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: Should I?
Sitting in the club
With a crooked tongue
Music like his brain
Nothing he can say

How the bodies sway
Time calls out his name
Feels his should turn grey
Would be a lie to disobey

If this the answer, what will I become?
I’ve tried to be human - was not enough
My soul turns grey with human love.

Should I?
Should I?
Should I?

Sitting in the park
Sitting in the dark
Sees them come and go
Waits for one alone

The fox he has no same
The sky calls out his name
Now he hears her on her way
Would be a lie to disobey

If this is the answer, what have I become?
I’ve tried to be human, was not enough.
My soul turns grey with human love.

Should I?
Should I?
Should I?
Track Name: How A Man Should Be
The night is deep like the tide
Worked up boys, production lines
Your lipstick stains will all turn stale
Your love is like a beggar’s wail

I hope you find some peace
But that life is not for me
I’ll show you how to be.

Open arms make peaceful hearts
That is how a man should be
Peaceful hearts point to stars
That is how a man should be
That is how a man should be

But I’ve no love inside these bones
It’s buried far beneath the snow
Amongst the trees that grow so deep
I wait for warmth, my truth to leak

I feel so incomplete
There’s a missing part of me
Won’t you show me how to be?

Open arms make peaceful hearts
That is how a man should be
Peaceful hearts point to stars
That is how a man should be
That is how a man should be

That is how a man should be
That is how a man should be

Open arms make peaceful hearts
That is how a man should be
Peaceful hearts point to stars
That is how a man should be
Track Name: Amelia
Amelia just wants to play
Her friends aren’t coming out today
Daddy told me to stay away
That’s what they say

She heads for home but on the grass
To get round all the broken glass
Mummy said that this would pass
That’s what she said

But Amelia flies out the door
Just to see those marching uniforms

Amelia
They won't ever win if the sun is always shining from your heart
They won't ever win if the sun is always shining from your heart

Amelia how she could climb
But in the park they've nailed a sign
Jewish kids banned at all times
That's what it says

And Daddy had a market stall
They drew a ‘J’ onto the wall
Mummy knows that he won't call
But she won’t say

Amelia's still all aglow
When big red flags come through her road

Amelia
They won't ever win if the sun is always shining from your heart
They won’t ever win if the sun is always shining from your heart
They won’t ever win if the sun is always shining from your heart

A dove's captive song
Brings warmth through the dawn
Amelia sing on
To the free

Amelia sing on
A dove's captive song
Bring warmth through the dawn
To the free

They won’t ever win
Track Name: At The Water's Edge
Standing at the water’s edge
Painting pictures in her head
Like words that go unsaid

Looking out from shore to shore
There is always something more
Her hand is on the door

To leave those days so far behind
Weeping wounds within her mind
Where you’re born is not your definition

But no-one hears her when she cries
Like star across the sky
She’s got heaven in her eyes

Mama says little girl peace is round the bend
Close your eyes and get some rest
But turning to the sea she says

Do they know how it hurts to be the ones left out in the cold?
Do they know how it hurts to be alone?
To be forsaken by your own

Englishmen choose to accuse
Seen the pictures on the news
And they want a better view

See them choosing to pretend
Got so much here to defend
So much to defend

And so we wait for the day when they realise
If they looked though another’s eyes
We’re all the same inside

Do they know how it hurts to be the ones left out in the cold?
Do they know how it hurts to be alone?
To be forsaken by your own
Forsaken by your own
Forsaken by your own

Do they know how it hurts to be the ones left without a home?
Do they know how it hurts to be alone?

Do they know how it hurts to be the ones with no place to go?
Do they know how it hurts to be alone?
To be forsaken by your own
Track Name: Place To Be
Drink inside forms a womb
Around her soul in crowded rooms
She dances like a love unchained
But hunters come to cause her pain

What would your mother say
Of your love like wine
Spilling over all her printed lines?

'Your love is blind girl but why try to see?
In daylight you’ve got no place to be'

Little girl put on some clothes
And run the night to find a home
Streetlights binding your dusty wings
To severed lines they’re tangled in

What would your mother say
Now you’ve let her down?
'Don’t turn on easy, stop this fooling around

Your love is blind girl but why try to see?
In daylight you’ve got no place to be
In daylight you’ve got no place to be'

Don’t care what your mother says
Your love is free
But to see you burning
It is agony

Your mother’s blind girl
How I wish she’d see
That in daylight we’ve all got a place to be.
Somewhere we’ve all got a a place to be.
Track Name: Ready Or Not
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

Held on 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
Track Name: For You
I shine into the darkness
The dark can’t understand
The poet’s words of healing
I hold out my hands

I loved you before the bird’s sang
And each day you’re gone I grieve
Your face turned from my stage
Won’t you come and sing with me?
I’m the rose and you’re the bee

So open up your heart son
For all the world to see
Open up your heart son
And let your soul dream
Let it dream

Though I may seem far away
I am with you everyday
When will you see it’s for you that I breathe?

Oh I’m hidden in plain sight
Wipe those riddles from your eyes
When will you see it’s for you that I breathe?
For You
For You

'Might get seventy if I’m lucky
Give or take a few
The only ones that matter to me
Are those I spend with you

Tugging your hair beneath the willow
Telling you to be my wife
But our hair has all gone grey now
Will I be a child all my life
Oh tell me that’s not right'

So open up your heart son
Open it up to me
Open up your heart son
And let your soul dream
Let it dream

'Though I may seem far away
I am with you everyday
When will you see it’s for you that I breathe?

Oh I’m hidden in plain sight
Help me tear down my disguise
When will you see it’s for you that I breathe?
For You
For You

For You'
Let it dream
'For You'
Let it dream
Let it dream

Though I may seem far away
I am with you everyday
Now you see it’s for you that I breathe

Oh I’m hidden in plain sight
And now I see you through her eyes
Now you see it’s for you that I breathe
For You

For You
Track Name: Here Now Anyway (Bonus Track)
She walked out and left me dying
Pining for some love
I could feel my body aching
For her touch

But then you came from a web of solution
You swiped that pain away
And though I love our random connection
I feel so ashamed

‘Cause it’s not right
To be the one
Who calls you up just to get it on
But I was cold and so alone
And we’re Here Now Anyway

When I hear those fingers knocking
When you give that love so pure
When it feels like you’re stopping
I’ll keep howling out for more
I want more

But is it right
To carry on
Though I know that this is what we both want?
And I was cold and so alone
And we’re Here Now Anyway

Is it just chance we’re a match for each other?
‘Cause I really feel like we were put together
Tell me do you feel like we were put together?

Oh is it right
To be the one
Who calls you up just to get it on?
Oh I was cold and so alone
And we’re Here Now Anyway
Track Name: Mother (Bonus Track)
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

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