Clarity

from The City Within by Joshua Batten

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about

Written after a nasty breakup with a fellow musician, this heavy, angry, dirty anthem is a warning about empty promises and communication barriers.

lyrics

I can't believe it took me so damn long to work out what you'd done
I thought that I was your best friend; turns out I'm not the only one
I gave you everything you wanted and what did I get back?
Your note of resignation feels just like a heart attack

I may not be a golden god, is that not good enough for you?
Before you sign the dotted line, tell me what you're gonna do
Take all your bright ideas and leave me here to start up something new
All I want is clarity (Sweet clarity)

I’ve had this feeling all along, but still I didn't seem to care
Knew you were bound to set me up then let me down with your despair
Maybe I should have seen the signs and left your Facebook page alone
Now all your hearts and smiling faces can't mend these broken bones

Maybe I've been a bit too slow, hoping things will work out fine
I’ve got to get a brand-new plan, and find a way to walk the line
You’ve been playing far too long, I think you’re running out of time
All I want is clarity (Sweet clarity)

(I don’t want your charity, I just want your clarity)

Can’t have it all in just one day, keep on constructing your machine
You’re in a hurricane of madness, trying to follow every dream
Some things are better left unsaid, but now I've got this off my chest
It’s time to go our separate ways, good luck with all of your success

I may not be a golden god, guess that’s not good enough for you?
Before you sign the dotted line, tell me what you're gonna do
Take all your bright ideas and leave me here to start up something new
All I want is clarity (Sweet clarity)

credits

from The City Within, released April 3, 2020
Joshua Batten - Lead & Backing Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
Shane McMahon – Drums & Cymbals
MJ Jeffrey - Backing Vocals

Written by Joshua Batten
Produced by Joshua Batten & Sean O'Sullivan
Recorded, Mixed & Engineered by Sean O'Sullivan at Highway 9 Productions
Mastered by Joseph Carra at Crystal Mastering
Photography by Jason Rosewarne
Graphic Design & Artwork by Renee Garling

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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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