Searching For Answers

by Joshua Batten

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1.
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…
2.
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
3.
Hey, Queen Susie, I’ve been living in hell I’ve got a sidewalk story that I just have to tell I 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 CHORUS: 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 CHORUS
4.
Poetry 03:56
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
5.
Look Up 04:08
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
6.
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 CHORUS 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 CHORUS

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released April 21, 2017

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Joshua Batten Melbourne, Australia

Joshua Batten is a modern-day troubadour, using music as his language to connect with the world. Equal parts folk, blues, country and rock, Joshua writes songs from the heart, with lyrics about modern living set against a retro musical backdrop.

Debut full-length album, "The City Within" Available now.
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