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Wishful Thinking

by Dave Bradley

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Wishful Thinking - An eclectic mix of electric and acoustic rock and pop, with a splash funk and blues

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released 24 March 2014

Words and music by Dave Bradley.
Electric, acoustic and bass guitars, vocals, synths, percussion by Dave Bradley

Except:
Winter Warmer - Synths by Derek Ham
Dawn Chorus - Percussion by Adrian Hillier

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Dave Bradley Cambridge, UK

Guitarist, singer-songwriter. Acoustic and electric indie pop and rock originals. Acoustic and electric six string guitars, 12-string guitar, electric bass, cajon, iPad. Playing regularly with CCC houseband, bigMouth and TyrannoChorus choirs and Fast Eddie's Blues Band, have recorded at Abbey Road Studios and performed at Royal Albert Hall and West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge ... more

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Track Name: Wishful Thinking
Here's a thought: What if we all tried to get along?
That old cliche: "love your neighbour" really isn't so wrong

Do you think that we could make it right?
Without the wars maybe we'd sleep at night

With just my wishful thinking
To see me through
Head in the clouds and my feet off the ground
It's just that wishful thinking
Never comes true
Wonder if I need to find a new way to get around

I had a thought, can't we keep all the pain at bay
If that old cliche: "turn the other cheek" meant put your weapons away

Maybe then we could make it right
Without the guns we could all sleep at night

But wishful thinking
Might see me through
My heads in the clouds and my feet off the ground
You know that wishful thinking
Never comes true
Now's the time to find a new way to get a-round

Here's a thought: What if we all wished so very hard?
It's an old cliche, but happy-ever-afters may be not so absurd

Finally, we could make it right
Without the fear we could sleep at night

And our wishful thinking
Might see us through
Head still in the clouds but our feet on the ground

You know that wishful thinking
Can come true
If I'm not alone and you are wishing too
Track Name: Golden Light
Golden Light

Dawn

Dry night-time chills that fracture stone
Give way to distant East as shadows form
Wracked and stretched, escape the dawn
But they're defective, by the minute torn

Beyond the burning dry, the thorn
Now, searing sunlight rakes the floor

Fast, scorched to dust, in time, forlorn
And rising from their slumbers borne

Escape the rock, the fever sworn
And at its peak no air, no home

All anger, fear as life must flow
Those distant memories cannot atone

Then as the rake turns skies unknown
From deepest blue to tortured moon
Beyond the realm of tidal doom

There is nothing. There is nothing

Hope

But, golden in the night, The Light that lights their world
Tender by the Mother's love, His heart 'round all life is curled
Thus, fearful that they'll lose their way,
The Three seed starlight as a pearl...

Dusk

The dark enshrouds the desert blown
By skies that turn to wait the dawn
And chills return to fracture stone

As skies that turn to wait the dawn
The chills return to fracture stone

Eternity

And so the golden Light will rise
Beneath their star they tremble at the sight before their eyes
Perfume and metal, death disguise
Believers right the wrongs, deceivers must despise

And so the golden Light will rise
In all Eternity a date with fate we'll finalise
And so the journey of our lives
A never-ending story of the wrongs that will be right
Track Name: Radio Love (Radio Edit)
Radio Love (Radio Edit)

I'm writing a song they can play on the radio
I'm playing a game with the words but I want to know
Will you sing along or sway in a way that shows?
That there's a chance you'll hear what I want you to know

You can't tune out the words
that I sing as the music flows
Though static comes and goes
My love it only grows

Radio love, listen to the late night show
Radio love, tuning in to what you know
Radio love, catch the rhythm of my hope
Radio love, it only goes to show

Did you hear my song they played on the radio?
It had the words I wrote just to let you know
Want you to sing along in a way that shows
That there's a chance we're in tune and our love can grow

You can't tune out the words
that I sing as the music flows
Though static comes and goes
My love it only grows
My love it only grows

Radio love, listen to the late night show
Radio love, tuning in to what you know
Radio love, catch the rhythm of my hope
Radio love, it only goes to show
It only goes to show
Track Name: Security High
Don't write it down, keep it to yourself
Security high, locked on the shelf

I'm waiting for answers, I'm spying on myself
I've seen this world from both sides now and it's not good for my health

Don't lose your faith, keep it in your mind
When tragedy's high, it's cool to be kind

I'm searching for questions, I'm leaning on the blind
I'm angered by the claims you make for what you left behind

Running into trouble
Hiding from the fear
Secrets? Theyre just pouring out
Security high is not so near

No time for losing face, keep it all locked down
Emotions in the open, never just a frown
I'm finding what I questioned is turning me around
Reversing my position, in secrets I will drown

Don't lose yourself, Don't lose yourself, Don't lose yourself
Track Name: When your love's offline
Days when your love's offline,
Happens once in a while
You just have to smile on through it

I know it's not easy, but try
Wonder if you'll ever find
some kind of peace of mind

Times when it's harder to play
You just have to throw the game
It's the only way to get through it

I know it's not easy, to cry
Wonder if you'll ever find
you can stay, just the same

You're staring at the mirror and emptiness prevails
You can't take no for an answer
'cause you know that way you'll fail

Days when your love's offline
Happens once in a while
You just have to grin and bear it

You know it' not easy, but try
Wonder if you'll ever find
you can stay just the same

You're staring at the mirror,
but it's all to no avail
She won't take no for an answer,
And you know you're bound to fail

You move like you think you're in time
But you hear everything they're saying
You know it's not all in your mind

Day's when your love's offline
Days when your love's offline

Gotta reconnect this time
Find it hard down the line,
To never give a piece of your mind
When your worlds are out of time
She takes her love,
She takes her love offline

You'll see that you'll be fine,
Never gonna change her mind
It happens all the time,
when she, takes her love, she takes her love offline
Track Name: You can't hide a smile
You can't hide a smile

Wait for something, Something comes along
Do you realize you, you could still belong?
Could you handle it, or just move on?
If the love's still there then maybe it's me that's wrong

Tell me to believe, I will walk a mile
Say that I deceive, I will hide a smile
Show me what you mean I cannot be free
Not until the time, that time that I can see

Feeling nothing, I think that nothing's wrong
Could you handle it if it's the time to move on?
Do you realize now there's nowhere else to hide?
On the move again, and leaving behind all pride

Oh, tell me to believe, I would walk a mile
Say that I deceive, I will hide a smile
Show me what you mean I can-not be free
Not until that time, the time that I can see

Wait for something, Nothing comes along
Do you realize you really could belong?
Could you walk a mile, or just move on?
If the love's still there then maybe it's me that's wrong
Track Name: Dawn Chorus
Dawn Chorus

Asking for a favour, but nothing left to say
Churning up my insides still I hoped that I could stay
Making out the liar was the one who told the tales
Pushing back the limits 'cause they're really in my way

I can't take the pressure in the morning
But at night I know you'll tell me how to change
I can't face the day without a dawning
Would it be so hard for you to play, yeah

You won't find me at daybreak
Leaving now the light has come, such an easy way to go
Don't turn your head I'm making my escape
Got to know the time is right now that morning's come

Asking for a favour, still nothing else to say
Turning my down insights still I hoped that I could pray
Making out the liar was the one who told the tales
Pushing on those limits 'cause they're really in my way

No, you won't find me at daybreak
I'm leaving now the light has come, such a lazy way to go
Don't turn your head I'm making my escape
Got to know the time is right now the morning's come
Track Name: Cut and Pasted
Huddled down into a frozen place
Bracing for the cold it's no disgrace
Even though they taught me how to play
I always played the game in my own way

Cut and pasted
In this empty box I'm wasted
Take me back to the time I really cared

Waking up to the fact we're not living free
Never reckoned this day I'd ever see
Souls are never saved by worn out lies
Patching up the holes is no disguise

Cut and pasted
In this empty space I'm wasted
Take me back to the time when I really cared

I'm cut and pasted
In this empty space I'm wasted
Walk me home to a time I really cared

(All the space I've wasted, all the sweets I've tasted)
Track Name: I've got to know how it ends
It's like a scene in a movie where we talk all night but we don't know our lines
It's like a dream of what could've been
where we walked for miles
but we don't know what's inside

You thought I had the answer, I thought there was a part where you would shine
You're not just a face in the crowd you're special to me (Did I say that out loud?)
Oh, did I say that out loud?

I've got to know how it ends, not only that,
First, I've got to know how to start
I've got to know if it ends, but deep in my heart
I've got to know it's not just pretend
If we only stay friends, then the line wasn't right
and that's not the message to send

I've got to know how it ends, right from the start
It's like that time at the movies, we hardly said a word, though we both knew our lines
It was a dream I had of the two of us where we walked for miles
you felt that little kick inside

I thought you knew the answer, you thought there was a place that I should try
You always stood out from the crowd, you're still special to me (Did I say that out loud?)
Oh, did I say that out loud?

I've got to know how it ends, but more than that, first, I've got to know how to start
I've got to know if it ends, but deep in my heart, I've got to know it's not just pretend
If we only stay friends, then the line wasn't right and that's not the message I'd send
I've got to know how it ends, right from the start

Did you know how it ends, right from the start?
Track Name: Helium Heart
She's a long time falling down,
I wonder why she still hangs around
Though she can't bear the pain she's found inside

In the foundry of his mind,
he'd tempered anger tough as steel
Beating up his love on fatal flaws,
no stretch of time would heal

She's a lightweight mother with a helium heart
Did no one ever tell her to float away

The thing that she oughta be really sure of
Is that she had no reason to stay

She's a long time calling out
Wonder why she still hides her eyes
The bruises shine and it's the time to take a stand
In the refuge of those pills,
she halfs her life beyond the lies
Cutting through her love
as he lies bleeding by her hand

She's a lightweight mother with a helium heart
Did no one ever tell her to float away
One way or another she's got to be sure of
There really was no reason to stay

You know how the old folks say,
"I wish I knew then what I know today"?
Well, I see it in a different way
I'd rather be in the dark
and tomorrow just another day; just another day

She's a lightweight mother with a helium heart
Did no one ever tell her to float away
One way or another she's got to be sure
She really had no reason to stay
No one told her to float away,
didn't tell her, didn't show her the way
With a helium heart she could've floated away
Track Name: Gravity's Rainbow
If the fire's on the inside,
a naked flame can't touch you
Gravity can't pull you,
now the tide has turned there's no return

Walking back the way you came
Hoping that you'd be the same
Holding back your tears,
but the fear is just too much for you

All the colours of gravity's rainbow
Waves of pressure pushing you to fall

All the bruising from the grip of your halo
Aching with the pressure.
That's gotta bring you down

And the pressure that's gonna bring you down
Track Name: Collateral Damage
Waking up to the sins of the fathers
No sword to ploughshare, the battle's just begun
We are marching in time to a distant beat
Tense with fear, we know this war will over run

Think of somewhere that you'd rather be
You can't fight it you just have to change the world
There's karma, riding the stormy sea

But in time...

Isn't freedom worth fighting for? Are we free to fight?
Fight no more? Are we free?

Working up to the life that we're living
It's not easy, now it's just 9 to 5
I think I found a time when I was forgiven
But there's no turning back now we have arrived

The sins of the fathers they haunt us
And we really have to wonder why
In a past life they left none to call us
Without direction it's not hard to lie

Please take me to that place, where peace surrounds and there's no disgrace
Walk me through the open space, where peace abounds and we all embrace

Please take me to that place, where peace surrounds and there's no disgrace
Track Name: Winter Warmer
It sounds like winter, The wind is howling
The leaves are growling all along the road
The summer's over, you left me standing
Left me standing right out here in the cold

All I needed was to hold you, darling
For you to melt the ice within my heart
But, the Sun has gone and I feel misty
The year moves on and now the chills will start

It feels like winter, The wind keeps cutting
Through the trees and stills my aching heart
The distant warmth of summer could mean nothing
If you'd been so cold right from the start

When the green shoots of the Spring start growing
Remember me the one you left behind
The tales you told me of a heart that's showing
The warmth of summer like I'll never find

Hand me down my favourite enemy
All the words you cannot say
Hand me down I'm feeling half as free
I'll trip the needle and the pain

All I needed was to hold you, darling
For you to melt the ice within my heart
But, the Sun has gone and I feel misty
The year moves on and now the chills will start