We Are The Ones (album)

by Gavin Chappell-Bates

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1.
The only gods in which I believe play Fender guitars and preach perfect melodies Now get down on your knees Wasted days spent at school All I learnt was from own holy bible, in the songs and lyrics of my idols You can shove your pop fads up your ass Cause rock ‘n’ roll will always last WELCOME TO THE CHURCH OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL JUST GIVE US YOUR MONEY AND WE'LL GIVE YOU A SHOW It’s better to burn out than fade away, become a one many army Don't wait for heaven, live with the spirit of '77 With teenage angst and young lust we ain't going down No regrets in my life, we're going out to get high And we don’t really give a fuck Cause the punk will always be with us WELCOME TO THE CHURCH OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL JUST GIVE US YOUR MONEY AND WE'LL GIVE YOU A SHOW With a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll you can save your lives and save your souls… WELCOME TO THE CHURCH OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL JUST GIVE US YOUR MONEY AND WE'LL GIVE YOU A SHOW
2.
03:03
“There’s a world outside”, she said; “that we don’t know” Gotta get out on the streets and find the way to go They’ll never take you away from me You’ll never desert me They’ll never take you away from me IN ALL WAYS WE WILL MAKE IT THROUGH DON’T BACK DOWN, THERE’S NOTHING LEFT TO PROVE There’s a truth inside ourselves, so let it show Gotta put it to the test and find out what we’re fighting for They’ll never take me away from you I’m nothing without you They’ll never take me away from you IN ALL WAYS WE WILL MAKE IT THROUGH DON’T BACK DOWN, THERE’S NOTHING LEFT TO PROVE IN ALL WAYS WE CAN MAKE IT, WE CAN MAKE IT SOMETIMES, THERE’S JUST NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE They’ll never take you away from me Always a part of me They’ll never take you away from me IN ALL WAYS WE WILL MAKE IT THROUGH DON’T BACK DOWN, THERE’S NOTHING LEFT TO PROVE IN ALL WAYS WE WILL MAKE IT THROUGH DON’T BACK DOWN, THERE’S NOTHING LEFT TO PROVE IN ALL WAYS WE WILL MAKE IT THROUGH DON’T BACK DOWN, THERE’S NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE
3.
03:37
Do you remember the first time when years ago in 95, Those summer days were alright? Me, Glen, Bobby and Steve setting fires, running free When I look back in anger it’s what I see Escaping into the night, first taste of sex and love bites That was our design for life And even when we cut our arms for those girls who came from Mars Anyone can play guitar I WANNA BE BACK IN 95 WITH YOU FOREVER YOU When I remember St. Ives sun I’m still Thom Yorke and James Bond We write our own words to those songs And the poster we all signed says ‘live forever’ not goodbye We will always be I WANNA BE BACK IN 95 WITH YOU FOREVER YOU
4.
05:03
Take your love from me Become a memory Another refugee Take your breath from mine Become the perfect crime A stranger out of time Take your dreams from me Become reality No possibilities Take the air I need Become a disease An endless misery IF WE COULD SEE WHAT WE WANT AND WHAT WE NEED WE COULD SET US FREE IF WE COULD BE A PERFECT MEMORY WE’D NEVER LEAVE NEVER BE ANOTHER REFUGEE Take the life from me Erase all my beliefs My sweet insanity If we should die tonight We’d never say goodbye Forever frozen in time IF WE COULD SEE WHAT WE WANT AND WHAT WE NEED WE COULD SET US FREE IF WE COULD BE A PERFECT MEMORY WE’D NEVER LEAVE NEVER BE ANOTHER REFUGEE There were times I couldn't breathe There were times I couldn't see You sucked the life right out of me And left me a refugee IF WE COULD SEE WHAT WE WANT AND WHAT WE NEED WE COULD SET US FREE IF WE COULD BE A PERFECT MEMORY ANOTHER REFUGEE ANOTHER REFUGEE IF WE COULD BE THE PERFECT MEMORY WE’D NEVER LEAVE NEVER BE ANOTHER REFUGEE
5.
I remember when we were young We used to chase the sun It never set on us We're no longer 17 and while our bodies sleep We still dream One generation locked inside Breaking free, we sing WE ARE THE ONES STILL BURNING BRIGHT WE ARE THE ONES UP EVERY NIGHT WE ARE THE ONES, WE ARE THE ONES I remember summer songs We still sing along They still turn us on And whilst time may have gone We're not lost We keep burning on and on One generation locked inside Breaking free, we sing WE ARE THE ONES STILL BURNING BRIGHT WE ARE THE ONES UP EVERY NIGHT WE ARE THE ONES, WE ARE THE ONES WE ARE THE ONES STILL FIGHTING ON WE ARE THE ONES EVER STRONG WE ARE THE ONES, WE ARE THE ONES And we will sing our song WE ARE THE ONES STILL BURNING BRIGHT WE ARE THE ONES UP EVERY NIGHT WE ARE THE ONES, WE ARE THE ONES WE ARE THE ONES STILL ALIGHT WE ARE THE ONES TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT WE ARE THE ONES, WE ARE THE ONES WE ARE THE ONES
6.
So many years have come and gone But it’s not yet the final act There are still more melodramas to come If I could live forward instead of falling back Then maybe this time would be my own BUT I’M STILL CLINGING TO THE MEMORIES OF YOU AND I CAN’T MOVE ON AND I’M STILL CLINGING TO THE MEMORIES OF YOU I keep making plans that are written in the sand Walked over by my own footprints I’m old and I’m wise but I’m still terrified That this life is not my own to live CAUSE I’M STILL CLINGING TO THE MEMORIES OF YOU AND I CAN’T MOVE ON AND I’M STILL CLINGING TO THE MEMORIES OF YOU And I don’t want to say goodbye But now is the time And I don’t want to say goodbye But now is your time Now is my time Now is our time
7.
03:32
Where are these lives? We let them slip away Where is the time we once had? Forgotten numbers we hide in the past In factories and playgrounds, churches and graveyards We burn out tonight WE KEEP FADING AWAY TIME AFTER TIME WE KEEP FALLING IN BLACK HOLES WE KEEP MAKING MISTAKES LIFE AFTER LIFE WE’RE STILL STUCK IN THESE BLACK HOLES Where are our eyes? Cause we don't see Scattering ashes to eternity Where are our hearts while we watch these stars? Fade one by one into the unknown We burn out so bright WE KEEP FADING AWAY TIME AFTER TIME WE KEEP FALLING IN BLACK HOLES WE KEEP MAKING MISTAKES LIFE AFTER LIFE WE’RE STILL STUCK IN THESE BLACK HOLES We keep fading away WE KEEP FADING AWAY TIME AFTER TIME WE KEEP FALLING IN BLACK HOLES WE KEEP MAKING MISTAKES LIFE AFTER LIFE WE’RE STILL STUCK IN THESE BLACK HOLES IN THESE BLACK HOLES
8.
Nicky stares at the blank screen She’s fading away Working all hours just to find an escape But she still dreams she can be anything She still believes Cause she’s dancing She’ll be dancing tonight And she’s dancing She’s dancing tonight It will be alright AND WE’LL KEEP DANCING DOWN THESE DEAD END DISCO STREETS WE DON’T KNOW WHERE WE’RE GOING WE’RE JUST FOLLOWING OUR FEET Jimmy dies every morning There's no space to think To silence the noise he has his first drink But he can see a distant memory of what he wanted to be Cause he’s dancing He’ll be dancing tonight And he’s dancing He’s dancing tonight It will be alright AND WE’LL KEEP DANCING DOWN THESE DEAD END DISCO STREETS WE DON’T KNOW WHERE WE’RE GOING WE’RE JUST FOLLOWING OUR FEET Sally keeps running with nowhere to go The shadows and streets the only friends that she knows She will be what you want her to be She can make you believe Cause we're dancing We’ll be dancing tonight And we're dancing We'll be dancing tonight It will be alright AND WE’LL KEEP DANCING DOWN THESE DEAD END DISCO STREETS WE DON’T KNOW WHERE WE’RE GOING WE’RE JUST FOLLOWING OUR FEET AND WE’LL KEEP BREAKING DOWN THESE DEAD END DISCO STREETS WE DON’T KNOW WHERE WE’RE GOING BUT IT'S BETTER THAN WHERE WE'VE BEEN
9.
Sometimes life beats you down The world beats you down And you crawl alone There's always someone who'll hurt you Someone who'll use you If you let them But you can follow the light SO DON'T BREAK DOWN ON ME DON'T STOP BELIEVING THAT YOU CAN BE So now the man stands over you Ready to walk on you if you lie down So get up Stand eye to eye Stand up and fight And control your life And follow the light SO DON'T BREAK DOWN ON ME DON'T STOP BELIEVING THAT YOU CAN BE SO DON'T FADE ON ME NOW'S THE TIME TO SEIZE WHAT YOU WANNA BE WANT TO BE SO DON'T BREAK DOWN ON ME DON'T STOP BELIEVING THAT YOU CAN BE SO MAKE THIS MOMENT RIGHT MAKE THIS PERFECT LIFE AND KEEP FOLLOWING THE LIGHT
10.
Conservative failure and employment disgrace The Iron Lady left this country an empty place Dead socialites, Neil Kinnock’s face New Labour/Old Tory – the same fucking mistakes AND WE WON’T LET YOU GO WHILST YOU’VE GOT PROMISES TO KEEP AND WHERE DOES IT END? WHEN WE’VE GOT MILES TO GO BEFORE WE SLEEP? A fresh new man with sound bite success The promise of a nation re-manoeuvring from the left But his bullshit words were spoken for history The legacy of a man never to fulfil any policy AND WE WON’T LET YOU GO WHILST YOU’VE GOT PROMISES TO KEEP AND WHERE DOES IT END? WHEN WE’VE GOT MILES TO GO BEFORE WE SLEEP? Is this the finest hour? Do you remember when we were innocent and young? Didn’t care about anything at all When the only things that mattered were the school bell and football AND WE WON’T LET YOU GO WHILST YOU’VE GOT PROMISES TO KEEP AND WHERE DOES IT END? WHEN WE’VE GOT MILES TO GO BEFORE WE SLEEP? Is this the finest hour?
11.
05:18
She’s alone tonight The same pains as every day The drugs that fill her mind make the world fade away She’s tried so many times to run from her mistakes But she’s not letting go and now there’s no escape She writes GOODBYE TO ALL WHO’VE LOVED ME I WAS NEVER STRONG ENOUGH TONIGHT WILL BE MY LAST NIGHT ON EARTH She sees the future now Falling to her sins All she feels of the past is emptiness Once a beating heart now just a broken frame All that was left of her vanished yesterday She cries GOODBYE TO ALL WHO’VE LOVED ME I WAS NEVER STRONG ENOUGH TONIGHT WILL BE MY LAST NIGHT ON EARTH GOODBYE TO ALL I’VE LOVED I WILL NEVER GIVE YOU UP WHATEVER WE’RE DOING I’LL BE WATCHING YOU And she couldn’t hold on to her dreams But now she will forever sleep She couldn’t hold on to her dreams Now she will sleep As she turns away she will never see The people left in disbelief GOODBYE TO ALL WHO’VE LOVED ME I WAS NEVER STRONG ENOUGH TONIGHT WILL BE MY LAST NIGHT ON EARTH GOODBYE TO ALL WHO’VE LOVED ME I WAS NEVER STRONG ENOUGH TONIGHT I’M THE LAST ANGEL GOODBYE TO ALL I’VE LOVED I WILL NEVER GIVE YOU UP WHATEVER WE’RE DOING I’LL BE WATCHING YOU I’LL BE WATCHING YOU
12.
05:04
I spent so many years stargazing Staring into space and waiting And I couldn't see the brightest light in the sky until I uncovered my eyes A burned out star Marooned in a desert land Waves of sunshine slipped through open hands Flickering in my bell jar you caught me in time Held my darkness whilst you breathed back the sounds of life YOU ARE MY STARLIGHT YOU ARE MY GUIDE In the beginning fate called us friends But we plotted our own course now we're star-crossed lovers ‘til the end After one thousand, eight hundred and forty nine days This is our moment to play on our own stage YOU ARE MY STARLIGHT YOU ARE MY GUIDE Burning so brightly for everyone else You never fade or shine just for yourself You don't just brighten up the sky You illuminate the best in us and give life In this grand scheme what are we? Two tiny specks amongst endless galaxies But we scatter our stardust, sowing the seeds And our garden will grow infinitely YOU ARE MY STARLIGHT YOU ARE MY GUIDE Two stars blazing together Partners on this limitless journey Even when one of us stumbles the other keeps our world turning I sing, you paint; you draw whilst I write Together we create our perfect life Instead of watching, waiting and searching We'll burn forever, together, amazing Amazing AND WE SING

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We Are The Ones' is the debut solo album from Cambridge musician Gavin Chappell-Bates.

It features 12 tracks, including previously released songs ‘95’, ‘We Are The Ones’ and ‘Black Holes’. Other tracks include the aggressive adolescent punk of ‘Church Of Rock ‘N’ Roll’, the bright upbeat pop of ‘Dead End Disco Streets’, the shining sentimental ballad of ‘Starlight’, and ‘Refugee’ – a Manics-esque epic tinged with loneliness and loss.

The album is the culmination of years of playing in bands, writing songs and gigging relentlessly. Friends, family and fans helped pick the final tracks to feature on the album. It was recorded and produced by James Coppolaro at Mix66 (Okiem Warmann, David Botrill, David Ellefson and Loretta Heywood) and features Rob Gibiaqui on drums (Sergey Lazarev, The Pinker Tones), Anna Scott on cello (Imogen Heap), Prue Ward on violin (The Willows) and the choir Full Score conducted by Ralph Woodward.

With hints of and nods to Manic Street Preachers, Feeder, The Pixies and Ash, ‘We Are The Ones’ captures Gavin’s unique style of effervescent emotive yin / yang indie-pop-rock. Mixing the energy of youth with the thoughtfulness of an older mind, ‘We Are The Ones’ is filled with anthems and sensitivity, with social and political commentary sitting alongside more personal moments.

“Unapologetic and uplifting pop-rock… these honest and accessible tracks are going to put a smile on your face…We foresee Gavin snagging some more promising support slots and making medium-scale festival appearances next year. If he’s not, we’ll eat our hats.”
Never Enough Notes

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released April 8, 2016

All songs written by Gavin Chappell-Bates except ‘The Finest Hour’ - lyrics by Luke Townsend / Gavin Chappell-Bates, Music by Gavin Chappell-Bates

Gavin Chappell-Bates (Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Programming)
James Coppolaro (Production, Guitars, Bass)
Robert Gibiaqui (Drums)
Prue Ward (Violin on tracks 4, 5, 6, 8, 11 & 12)
Anna Scott (Cello on tracks 4, 5, 6, 8, 11 & 12)
Kathryn James (Vocals on ‘Last Angel’)
Jamie Brooks (Piano & Organ on ‘Last Angel’)
Full Score, directed by Ralph Woodward (Choir on ‘Starlight’)

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Gavin Chappell-Bates is an acoustic folk-rock singer-songwriter from Cambridge, England.

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