When You Choose

by Henry Bateman

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This song was a co-write. I wrote and recorded it with Lucas Vermeer and Chris Smith in Sweden last year. We wrote it in a few hours and recorded it on the same day. There’s something about that very first demo that I’ve not been able to recreate - so it’s that recording that I’m sharing with you all. I love this song; it was genuinely a privilege to work with those two guys.


Call me to your home every evening
And I come running in like a dog
Drinking with your friends in the bedroom
Any song you like, I'll sing along

But I don't feel too well
No I don't know myself

But I would love to say no
But I have no control
When you choose

Throwing all the clothes into the corner
Following instructions from your throne
You drain the reds and golds from my emotions
And let me face the morning on my own

Oh you cast out your spell
and I can't rebel

Oh I would love to say no
But I have no control
When you choose

Screaming down the place
As you walk away
You filled a hole I don't want to face
But God I hate loving you


released August 7, 2020
Written by Henry Bateman, Lucas Vermeer and Chris Smith

Henry Bateman - vocals
Lucas Vermeer - piano, vocals
Chris Smith - vocals, engineering, mix


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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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