Searching For Answers

by Joshua Batten

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released April 21, 2017

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Joshua Batten Melbourne, Australia

Inspired by Classic Rock, Blues, Folk and Progressive Rock, 21-year old Joshua Batten is rising fast on the Melbourne Music scene. Combining songwriting with aggressive guitar playing, powerful singing, live looping and a charismatic stage presence, he has played at over 30 venues covering all corners of Melbourne as well as major interstate cities. ... more

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Track Name: Not Your Kind Of Man
Hey there darling – welcome to the show
Singing a song like no one else you know
Watch these fingers as they walk up and down
Words about women, wine, and foolin’ around

I may be something special,
but don’t get in over your head
I’m not your kind of man;
ain’t here to butter up your bread

Tell me stories of fortune and fame
Time and a place where everybody knows my name
I’ll I’ve got to do is play by your rules
Soul for a diamond and a bag full of tools

Well don’t you give me no papers, I’ll throw them right over your head
I’m not your kind of man; ain’t here to butter up your bread

Tell me darling – what do you need?
Did you just come tonight to beg and plead?
All you ever want is to kiss and tell
Leave me heavy hearted and staring at hell

Well I’m sorry miss daisy; get those dreams out of your head
I’m not your kind of man…
Track Name: Nobody Understands Me
There's music always playing in my head and
It's driving me mad
The people always put me under pressure
There's better days to be had
I don't see why I have to keep explaining
Why I am what I am
There'll come a time when everybody needs me
And I'll be stuck in the sand

Nobody sees the truth; all they see is a freak
They think I'm crazy but I'm just unique
Even though I'm living high I'm never living free
Sometimes I feel nobody understands me

Some things I'm sure are easily remembered
Some things I’d rather forget
I’ve spent my life trying to deliver
And I ain’t finished yet
Got time now to make up for the wrongs that
pushed me out and brought me down
No more will I be sitting on the couch, I’m
taking over this town

When I ask for water they give me diet coke
Then they laugh it off, ‘cause they think that it's a joke
Even though I'm living high I'm never living free
Sometimes I feel nobody understands me

Looking back on when I was younger
I didn’t get much respect
All the kids thought I was just a madman
No great achievements to expect
Well I won't forget to thank them in my speech when
I become a millionaire
Although I'll probably just remind them
They never helped me get there

It’s a funny old thing how time treats the pain
Long ago there was sunshine, but now there’s only rain
Even though I'm living high I'm never living free
Sometimes I feel nobody understands me
Track Name: Homemade Wine
Hey, Queen Susie, I’ve been living in hell
I got a sidewalk story that I just have to tell
Walk these streets but no one sees
how the indecisions have come back at me
Joker passed me I was afraid
One more slice upon the edge of the blade
Now I’m on my own, drinking my homemade wine

Champagne glass gonna kill your stream
Living a lie in a coffee-flavoured dream
Diamond’s last kiss was nothing but stone
Call it what you like, a house ain’t a home
The band played on, you could still hear the call
One day the bullet’s gonna take us all
Now I’m on my own, drinking my homemade wine

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You’re no longer a friend of mine
Drinking my homemade wine
You’re no longer a friend of mine
Drinking my homemade wine
Maybe one day you’ll see the sign
And I’ll see you at the end of the line

I had this vision of a perfect life
I was bread and butter and you were the knife
But something went wrong; your blade’s too sharp
Next thing I know, you’ve got a cold little heart
Play with fire you’ll be taking a hit
Only go so far before your hate submits
Now I’m on my own, drinking my homemade wine

I once tried getting a little bit of help
A simple idea turned relic on the shelf
The mop tops came and went past my way
Now I listen to T-Bone every other day
So I’m begging you, Susie, don’t bring me back up
Pain is my pleasure and I’m perfectly stuck
‘Cause I’m on my own, drinking my homemade wine

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Track Name: Poetry
The sky is as black as a man without hope
As I sit here and pour out my dreams
Purple hearts and melancholy stars
Sound nice, but I don’t know what they mean

Never want to fall back
It just doesn’t feel right
I’m reading poetry
all the while wondering if you’ll come and see me tonight

Flying over mountains and diving underwater
Lying in the grass upon the land
Lazarus watches and silently waits
When you’re down, he always lends a helping hand

He says it’s not too late now
To redeem yourself and do what’s right
I’m reading poetry
all the while wondering if you’ll come and see me tonight

When I was a child, everything was spectacular
Didn’t know about the danger up ahead
Now that I’m older, everything is scary
It’s a wonder why I’m still not dead

Come down from the castle
Lay down your arms, give up the fight
I’m reading poetry
all the while wondering if you’ll come and see me tonight

Years ago, the line was drawn between you and I
And we both went our separate ways
Somehow the rules didn’t register
So now I write about you each and every day

Suddenly in front of me
I see you shining bright
I’m reading poetry and
Girl, I can’t thank you enough for coming down tonight
Track Name: Look Up
Sitting at the Café, living out a replay
It’s going to be a long day
And this is where it starts
She said she’s feeling better, but change is in the weather
It looks like we’re together
But we’re really worlds apart

When I try to communicate
She looks down, now ain’t that great?
She’s never going to get my views
concerning herself with the social news

CHORUS:
Look up; look around; Give me a sign
Look up; look around; Throw me a line
Look up; look around; so much to say
Look up; look around; got to find a way to let it out

Thought I found a calling
Didn’t hear the warning
Now my dreams are falling
Faster every day
I’m working on creation
But there’s been no elevation
I need a sensation
and it’s gonna have to come today

Everybody thinks that the dream is dead
They’re just going by what the old man said
Get out and have some fun
There’s plenty of things you can still get done

CHORUS

High on a hill, somewhere far away
A teacher weeps his last days away
His students are mighty unclean
All in the room but stuck behind a screen

CHORUS
Track Name: Searching For Answers
Today I have lost my nobility
Today I've become the new class clown
I risked everything in the search for justice
Now all I want to do is get up and leave this town

CHORUS:
They see I'm drowning
But they think there's nothing they can do
There's just no sympathy in this godforsaken world
It may sound disheartening, but believe it or not it's true.
Stop the madness! Just start moving!
No more sadness! No more losing!
No more wasted time sitting around
Searching for answers that never get found

All I wanted was to share an opinion
With somebody I called my friend
But they took my words and put them through a blender
Now I'm standing too close to the end

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Don't know why, but somehow I care too much
I've still got ten fingers, but I feel I'm losing my touch
Stepping out of line from the game where nobody wins
It's a new world of losers, wars and computers,
and I'm on the outside looking in

Don’t put trust in folks you don’t speak to
‘Cause one day that trust will just get thrown away
It’s times like these I get frozen
So full of rage that I don’t know what to say

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