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by Dave Bradley

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Another bunch of my songs featuring musical collaborators such as Eddie "Andoran" Bryant, Marie "Commonwealthgirrl" Fontaine, Steve Guest, Dek "Monostone" Ham

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released February 1, 2014

Vocals, electric, acoustic and bass guitars, sequencing, recording, mixing - David Bradley. Recorded at Sciencebass

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Dave Bradley Cambridge, UK

Guitarist, singer-songwriter. Acoustic and electric indie pop and rock originals. Playing regularly with C5 and bigMouth and solo.

Has recorded at Abbey Road Studios and performed at the Royal Albert Hall and West Road Concert Hall
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Track Name: Escape to the Stars
Escape to the Stars

Over the water, no anchor out at sea
Islands will be washed away by change

Climbing up our mountain believing we’re free
Emptiness that clings hides only rage

You’ll see them as they struggle through the years that roll by
You know that they’ll try their best but in destiny they’ll die

But the air is poisoned, so there’s nowhere left to hide
Could we leave behind this empty shell with no pride?

Ever looking upwards it’s the stars that draw us near
If stardust’s what we’re made from then our fate is ever clear

Over the water, no anchor out at sea
Our island washed away by change

Know how we struggled as the light years flew by
Know that we suffered for the dreams we left to die

And the air that we poisoned, left us nowhere else to hide
So, we left behind that empty shell and our pride
Track Name: Titanic Syncing
On a storm, dream fading
Ride, the waves
Losing faith in the fear
Track Name: Don't wait for me
Don't wait for me

And though, the waiting game is over,
There's never time to really change your mind
You'll see that if at first it's clover,
Next time, it's thorns that you will find

Don't wait for me, I won't be coming
Don't to turn to see, what you think you left behind
If at first, you really don't feel anything
Then the blind don't need to lead the blind

There's a time and a turning point for everything,
And everything will turn out in the end
You'll know the thorns will cut and tear your fragile skin,
Next time let armour be your friend

Don't look at me, I won't be running
Don't turn away, from what you see ahead
If at first you really don't feel anything
Then the rest is better left unsaid

At last, the wounds begin their healing,
But skin bears the scars just the same
I know that armour won't save your feelings,
In the end, it's such a vicious game

Don't wait for me, I won't be coming
Don't to turn to see, what you think you left behind
If at first, you really don't feel anything
Then the blind don't need to lead the blind
Don't wait for me, don't wait for me, don't wait
Track Name: Fighting Talk
Fighting Talk

In kinder times, they're sinning, but forsaken there's no winning
The judges call and we have to tell them no
The thieves are running wild. But, they're drinking blessed mild,
and all our thoughts are with them as they go

Won't you run this way with me?
I'm fighting fires a little better this time
Won't you run away with me
or we carry on until we feel nothing

Fighting between the wars, take a chance or break a law
Hoping they'll never catch us now we're running
Facing up to older scores, Evened odds we've had before
But, we can seek neutrality

The gentler hand that's feeding, takes the food that we're all needing
The judgement scorns the honour that they show
The thieves once running wild now screaming, "Mercy mild!"
still all our thoughts are with them as they go

Won't you hide away with me?
I found the fire a little warmer this time
Won't you come and stay with me
Or we carry on as if we feel nothing

Fighting between the wars, take a chance on broken laws
Hoping they'll never catch us now we're running
Facing up to colder scores, Even gods we've heard before
But, we can face neutrality

Fighting between the wars, the fire's gone out, there is no more
Knowing they'll never catch us now
Sailing up to golden shores, we can hear the ocean's roar
Now we have found
Oh, yes, we have found
Well, we have found Neutrality
Track Name: Dead Man Walking
Dead Man Walking

The sun was high, the birds had fallen still
A painful wind spared none but those who hid their eyes again
They did not see, the stranger came to town
With vengeance in his heart, he spared not one that he could see

Ask yourself are you a dead man walking?
The price upon your head, for ever taking aim
Have you found the right way for talking
Cos a rope around your neck tells you who's bound take the blame

The son was gone, spared that he might flee
And tell a tale of hate no man should ever have to see
None would be despair, the stranger bit the ground
The lights were going out and I could tell you'd not believe

The sun still high, the wind picked up, and none would face their fear
How this would end to all was oh so clear
They did not see, the stranger came to town
With vengeance in his heart, he spared not one that he could see

The sun was high, the birds were still again
The gallows creaked and none would hide from what they always fear
They did not see, that stranger in the crowd
A single shot was all he'd need for mercy to be clear

You know you're just a dead man walking
No price now on your head, it's time to face the pain
There really was no right way for talking
Cos a rope around your neck,
Yes, the rope around your neck says who's to blame
Track Name: Too Old to Die Young
Too Old to Die Young

I don't want to leave
Don't want it to pass me by
Don't think I found the answers in a lie

Too old to die young,
Too free to belong to anyone
Too late to be wrong

I know that I can face it
When I think about your rights
I know that I can take it
All the way up to the fight

Too far have I gone
Stepping miles without a smile for anyone
Stand beyond the sun

Too young for not trying
Too old to cry over dying
Staring back is that old setting sun


We'd live for ever in the spring
The summer's moving on, And, every thing
leads back to The Fall


Too old to die young,
Too free to belong to anyone
Too right to be wrong

I don't want to leave
Don't want to pass it by
Don't think I found an answer in a lie
No, I don't think I found it in a lie
Don't you think I found it...

Too free to be wrong,
Too young to hold onto anyone
Too old to die young

Yes, I think I must be too old to die young
Don't you think that I'm...... too old to die young?
Track Name: The time of your life
Fortune sells the tokens for emotions that we fake
Is the price they're always asking the price you have to take?
Are you waking up each morning without a smile upon your face?

You can ride beneath the surface or dance on through the waves
This is the life you're living no time to be a slave
Step out of line, and work it out, this fever burns but only for the brave

We're all lifetimers caged within our rage, No one gets to take a dive

We're all highflyers grounded on the printed page, No one gets out of here alive

Fortune sets in motion the thirsting that we slake
It is the price of freedom set by the enemy we face
Have you woken to the real world that's just a fantasy we hate

We're all lifetimers caged within our rage, No one gets to take a dive
We're all highflyers grounded on the printed page, No one gets out of here alive
Track Name: Polarity
First the word, sweeping passion
Clambering up the heights, the views are dashing

So many words, meaning nothing
So cool the take on your source of wonder

Switching back, leaking anger
Blades unsheathed, flicking fire

So many words, meaning nothing
So cruel the fate that takes you under

But the glass is half full, it just looks empty
Shifting pole to pole, frustrated fancy

You know you have to turn the hourglass over
Times flow on, no time to look for cover

First the word, sweeping passion
Clambering up those heights, but views are crashing

So many words, meaning nothing
So cool the take on your sense of wonder

But switching back and forth, leaching anger
Blades unsheathed, flickering fire

So many words, meaning nothing
So cruel the fate that takes you under

But the glass is half full, it just looks empty
Shifting pole to pole, frustrated fancy

You know you have to turn the hourglass over
Time flows on, no time to take cover

You know you have to turn the hourglass over
Time flows on, no time to take cover

First the word
Sweeping passion
Track Name: Sinners and Saints
Sinners and Saints

There are no saints, only sinners
No latter day fates,
No prophets,
No judges
No happy ever afters

Your dreams are but the mists upon the waves
You might feel that there's a ghost in the machine
There are no answers in your breathing
Come hold my hand, the sea is the size of summer
Track Name: 'til I Met You
'til I met you

Spent all my life as a simple man
Never had no money, no long term plans
No thoughts of the future, no need to settle down

'til I met you

When I was young I never thought that I'd meet someone,
who would change my mind
Sometimes you just need time to realise,
that it takes someone to be the prize
Sometimes you take some time to realise,
that the special one, will see you through

As I look back over the passing years
I see lots of changes, laughter and tears
There is nothing more that I want to do
but spend my time with you
Track Name: Catchup, Breakdown
Catch up
Break down

Chase up
Devoured

Here we are feeling the pain, who'd you take back right to the end
Questions now, no one to blame
Would you fade the loss of a friend

Here we are waiting in line, how'd we know who to believe
The questions came time after time
Did you find a way to deceive?

Catch up - minute by minute
Break down - back to beginnings
Chase up - hour by hour
Fatal affliction end up devoured

Oh we're making easy work for the Devil's hands

Catch up - minute by minute
Break down - back to beginnings
Chase up - hour by hour
Fatal affliction end up devoured

Chase up - minute by minute
Asking the question - Facing the limit
Watching emotion - How'd you escape it
Can't you believe it? What were you sayin'?

Catch up - minute by minute
Break doooooown by the hour
Chasing the hour