David Younger

Lyrics

Freedom

Freedom

How long can you stand to live in this downtrodden land?
It’s time an escape to find and leave an ugly past behind
Another long day has passed – you wish that it had been your last
Hope seems far away – there seems to be no other way
Once again you wake up with a nagging feeling deep inside
There doesn’t seem to be a way around this – and there’s nowhere to hide
It’s gone on long enough and there’s no way out…

The blood that’s on their hands gives you strength to make amends
You know it isn’t right, the time has come to start the fight
And now you wake up with a very different feeling inside
There are those who know what they have done
– and now they know they’d better hide
It’s gone on long enough and now it’s payback…

It’s time to feel proud of what you’re doing again
– time to let your hopes become reality
And now is the time to dare to dream again
Hold it very tight and never let it go
– hold your fear inside and never let it show
Make a lot a noise – you want the world to know
What oppression there has been – it’s time to change this cruel regime
You have the power and the drive – and the passion

Now is the time to walk tall – throw away all your doubts
It isn’t a time to feel small – remember what your life’s about
– not a day for self- doubt
You’re dreaming in the way you used to do now
– you see yourself the way you used to do now

Early in the morning the light is just starting
– the spark of inspiration that will drive you forward
It’s energising and self-actualising your mind
– and now it feels as though there’s nothing to stop you
Slowly but surely you’re throwing your caution to the wind
– and then it’s gone in one defining moment
Passion and anger together they’re a powerful blend
– now you need to get the masses behind you

Too many memories, too many lives lost in the years of hopelessness
What a day to believe in yourself
You’re thinking in the way you used to do now
– moving in the way you used to do now

So many stories – so much toil and strife
– for years it’s torn your world apart  
Such cold injustice – so much loss of life
– it’s enough to break your heart
But it drives you on to right this wrong
There’ve been too many lives lost in the years of hopelessness
What a day to believe in yourself
You’re thinking in the way you used to do now
– moving in the way you used to do now

A new day is dawning, the fight is about to explode
– you brace yourself for a rush of raw adrenalin
It flows into your veins and drives you to fight your oppressor

And though blood will spill, it won’t break the spirit of rebellion
– the fight for freedom
As the world looks in from the outside, all open-mouthed
You find the tide is on your side – you’re feeling strong on the inside
Time catches up with the bad guys – they have fallen
– years of torture cast away into history
And now’s the time to claim your victory and to look to a brighter future
As you fought away on the inside, feeling alone,
you found the world was on your side
Now you’re feeling a strong sense of pride – and finally freedom’s yours…
You’re living in the way you want to do now
– breathing in the way you want to do now…

Staring At The Wall

So many times you enacted your crimes
It didn’t seem to bother you at all
You knew it was wrong
But you didn’t try to stop yourselves

And now you’re staring at the wall – you thought celebrity was a licence to exploit them
‘Famous criminals’ – is the shameful way that you’ll all be remembered

Time and again we see the sorry scale of what you have done
So many lives have been destroyed and yet you show no regret
You seem so cold – the way it never touched your inner souls as you grew old
Only you will know – how you never tried to stop yourselves – perhaps you did but you failed

So now you’re staring at the wall – you thought celebrity was a licence to exploit them
‘Famous criminals’ – is the shameful way that you’ll all be remembered

So many things about your lives that I don’t want to know
So many things that you have done that I don’t want to hear about
How you can seem so calm in retrospect I don’t know
And now it’s come back to haunt you
And you must take the consequences you have earned yourselves
Yes it’s come back to haunt you
And you will never lose the shame it’s earned you I can only hope

So many things about your lives that no one wants to know
So many things that you have done that makes us sad to hear about
How you can you be so calm in retrospect we don’t know
And now it’s come back to haunt you
And you must take the consequences you have earned yourselves
Yes it’s come back to haunt you
And you will never lose the shame it’s earned you we can only hope

You’re staring at the wall – you thought celebrity was a licence to exploit them
‘Famous criminals’ – is the shameful way that you’ll all be remembered
You’re staring at the wall – you thought celebrity was a licence to exploit them
Spectacular your fall – but it’s no recompense for the ones who lost their innocence

It’s Only Love

You don’t like this form of love – and you have lots to say
You won’t accept the world has changed ‘cause it doesn’t fit your way
But your outdated view’s increasingly irrelevant

You see it as immoral life – or even a criminal game
They’re not out to kill or maim but you see them just the same
But your outdated view’s increasingly irrelevant
You say you’ve open minds but the truth is you’re intolerant
We watch and wonder if this ugly bigotry will ever end

Too many faces and too many places for this to be ignored
Now is the time for you to accept that not everyone buys God’s word
Your outdated view’s increasingly irrelevant
Too many faces and too many spaces – this culture change isn’t new
Now is the time that you must agree that respect is God’s word too
And you say you’ve open minds but the truth is you’re intolerant

Tell me, tell me – why can’t you see it’s only love
Try to see how there can be a way for you to rise above
And your outdated view’s increasingly irrelevant
Tell me, tell me – why can’t your thinking change?
It’s a shame to me that you can’t see that your mantra can’t sustain
And your outdated view’s increasingly irrelevant
You say you’ve open minds but the truth is you’re intolerant
We watch and wonder if this ugly bigotry will ever end

Your leaders try but they all fail to hide its transparency
But we’re supposed to respect diversity
It may be your good old fashioned values
But it’s hypocrisy…oh yeah

And your outdated view’s increasingly irrelevant
You say you’ve open minds but the truth is you’re intolerant
We watch and wonder if this ugly bigotry will ever end…

Washed Away

Washed away by the raging tide
Washed away…
So many died, so many lost their lives

Washed away by the terrible tide
Washed away…
There was nowhere to run, nowhere that they could hide

Then a wave of world attention, people wanting to help
And those on the take for themselves
Seeing was believing – and the horrible way  
That they were washed away…

Washed away by the raging tide
Washed away…
Lost on a deadly rollercoaster ride

They wasted time and toil in case it happened again
On a one in a million chance
And the leaders who were saying that their money would come
Before they walked away…

Washed away by the raging tide
Washed away…
So many died on a cruel roll of the dice

Swept away on a turn of the tide
Swept away…
They tried to escape but there simply wasn’t time

Now the world has long forgotten that this happened at all
And what became of those who survived?
All that we remember is the news at the time  
When they were washed away…

Unlock Yourself

Unlock yourself now
Throw your troubles away
Unlock yourself now
There’s really nothing more you can do today
Surely looking upward and surely looking onward in time is a better way

Unlock yourself now
There’s nothing more you can do at this time
Unlock yourself now
Your worrying has no reason or rhyme
Surely looking upward and surely looking onward in time is a better way

Surely there’s a road, surely there’s a way
To take you away from here
Surely there is hope, surely there’s a break
So you can release your fear
Surely looking upward and surely looking onward in time is a better way
Yes it’s a better way…

It’s like a dancer on a stage as she’s nearing the edge
Self-belief will guide her and protect what she has worked for  
Though fate might turn against her, chance is surely with her
So just unlock yourself…

Surely there’s a road, surely there’s a way
To take you right out of here
Surely there is hope, surely there’s a break
To let you release your fear
Surely looking upward and surely looking onward in time is a better way
Yes it’s a better way…

Another Chance

Go back in time and take another chance
Go back in time – relive a fine romance
You promised me you’d always want me, you promised me you’d never leave me
You told me that you’d always need me, you told me that you’d always love me
Do you remember what it feels like?
Hold out your hand – I’ll take you for a ride
Hold out your hand – there’s no need to hide
Promise me you’ll always want me, promise me you’ll never leave me
Tell me that you’ll always need me, tell me that you’ll always love me
‘cause sometimes it feels like it maybe gone
Gone with the wind – I hope it isn’t gone with the wind

Now you and I have got to stop and think about why we’re falling out
We’ve got to look and see it as a warning
Let’s take another chance to believe in love again
Relive a fine romance before we see the light falling
Before it’s gone – I hope it isn’t gone

Now you and I have got to stop and think about why we’re falling out
We’ve got to look and see it as a warning
If we take another chance to believe in love again
We’ll relive a fine romance and we’ll see a new light dawning

Won’t you take another chance with me
Think about all the places that we’ve been
Let’s take another chance to believe in ourselves again
Relive a fine romance before we see the light falling
Before it’s gone

Please just take another chance with me
Let’s think of places which we really want to see
If we take another chance to believe in ourselves again
We’ll relive a fine romance and we’ll see a new light dawning

I want it so much – so much

We’re here in time – we’ve taken on a chance
We’re here in time – reliving our romance
You promised me you’d always want me, you promised me you’d never leave me
Hold me now and say you need me, hold me now and say you love me
And somehow it feels like we’ve come back home…

Shameful Legacy

Your mother looked right through them like she didn’t understand
But you saw a chance to save your brother from their evil hands
A brave act of resistance – for one so very young
Defiant preservation of your family had begun
A playtime place to hide became his secret saving grace
From where you vowed to free him – against time you’d have to race
Oh when you read it now – it’s so incredible to believe
Oh no it won’t go away – it’s a legacy they can’t retrieve
Cruel how they tore you apart – and it seemed to be without shame
Cruel how a nation could slip so easily into a prejudicial game…a shameful legacy

Time calling on your life as it used to be  
Light falling but shining through was your bravery
Cruel dawning – the moral of society was breaking down
In la belle the monster had reared its ugly head…innocents lay dead
Oh when you read it now – it’s so incredible to believe
Oh no it won’t go away – their shameful legacy

…and so they sent you on your way
But you vowed to escape and free your brother with the key
Determination won through and you finally showed them where
But the horror that awaited you was all too much to bear
Oh when you read it now – it’s so incredible to believe
Oh no it won’t go away – it’s a legacy they can’t retrieve
Cruel how they tore you apart – and it seemed to be without shame
Cruel how a nation could slip so easily into a prejudicial game…a shameful legacy

Light falling on not-forgotten history  
Recalling assisted murder by decree
Cruel dawning – the moral of society had broken down
In la belle the monster had reared its ugly head…innocents lay dead
Oh when you read it now – it’s so incredible to believe
Oh no it won’t go away – their shameful legacy…

Somewhere in your mind came the urge to wander
And you could no more live in this land
‘cause sorry’s not enough – no sorry’s not enough…

Somewhere in your mind came a spell you fell under
And you could no more live with yourself
‘cause sorry’s not enough – no sorry’s not enough…

Freedom Album Notes

All songs by David Younger
All instruments played by David Younger

Recorded and produced at Drakes Cottage by David Younger
Mastered by Xavier d’Arifat at Forward Mastering
Photos by Joy
Cover photo (‘Libya’) by National Post, Canada

Thank yous : Joy, Daisy, Mac, Andrew P, Romain, Chris W, Xavier, Steve Bryant, Gibson, Rickenbacker, Martin, Schecter, Roland

© and ℗ 2015 David Younger. All rights reserved.

Freedom Lyric Inspirations

Freedom – deposing of Gaddafi by Libyan rebels in 2011 (we flew through Tripoli to Ghana 24 hours before it all kicked off!) – and also representative of several similar cases of deposed dictatorships around that time

Staring At The Wall – exposure and prosecution of multiple celebrities in UK during 2013/14 for historical child abuse offences – I hope those still living are now spending time reflecting on their crimes as they stare at the wall in their prison cells

It’s Only Love – rebuke to homophobes everywhere and particularly inspired by extreme God-fearing Republican attitudes in the US – I’m once again to wearing my Spiritual Atheist ‘hat’ on this one

Washed Away – inspired by a visit to post-tsunami Sri Lanka in 2005

Unlock Yourself – anxiety and thoughts on a possible (simple) solution

Another Chance – challenges & romantic adventures of married life

Shameful Legacy – inspired by the film “Sarah’s Key” (based on the novel by Tatiana de Rosnay) & the shameful 1942 ‘Paris Roundup’

Spiritual Atheist

Feel Small

You’ll just walk away
Lies abound
I hope it makes you feel small

As you walk away
Bodies lie around
I hope it makes you feel small

You won’t cry
But I hope it makes you feel small
I know you won’t cry
But I hope it makes you feel small
Tell us it makes you feel small
Tell us it makes you feel small

When you’ve walked away
It’ll all die down
But it ought to make you feel small

You can just walk away
So many people down
It ought to make you feel small

You won’t cry
But I hope it makes you feel small
I know you won’t cry
But I hope it makes you feel small
Tell us it makes you feel small
Tell us it makes you feel small

Lying awake in the night – lying in pain
The two of you lying awake in your plight – knowing full well it’s insane
Not enough thought for the future then – it was so clearly about making your names
Not enough thought for those who would die – the price of infatuation with fame

Lying to the common men – lying under God’s wing
Your lying was such a coward’s way out – and saying you believed that you were ‘doing the right thing’
Spare more thought for the fallen men – misled heroes who died in your names
Spare more thought for the future now – and stop asking God to share the blame

I hope it makes you feel small
But you won’t cry
I hope it makes you feel small
But you won’t cry…

Once In A Lifetime

How can you sleep at night?
To be a leader isn’t right
Think it out – for once in a lifetime

You wouldn’t listen to their pleas
Now the institution’s on its knees
Walk away – just for once in a lifetime

I hope that you can feel the heat
While so many worship at your feet
Do what’s right – for once in a lifetime

Maybe your future’s void
But people’s lives have been destroyed
Don’t live a lie – just for once in a lifetime

It seems clear to me – it’s wrong if you walk free
Where does it go from here?
Now it’s all come to light, there’s no point in a fight
So where do you go from here?
Time has found you out – there’s nothing more to talk about

Why not listen to the world around you?
Face up to the truth that’s found you
Where do you go from here?

Won’t you listen to the public outcry?
The time has come for us to bid you ‘goodbye’
Where do you go from here?

Hiding secrets and in denial, in other words a criminal
Raise your hand – for once in a lifetime

You won’t accept the way we are, clinging onto out of date dogma
Apologise – just for once in a lifetime

Lying to the world, concealing the truth
Hiding crime away is crime itself
To lead the faithful clones you need to set the tone
But it seems that you don’t practice what you preach

Why not listen to the world around you?
Face up to the truth that’s found you
Where do you go from here?

Won’t you listen to the public outcry?
The time has come for us to bid you ‘goodbye’
Where do you go from here?

It’s Not Too Late

So much emotion all around us
We were scared our love would slip away
Tell me that it never left you
Tell me that it never went away
Hey…hold me now…don’t go away
Tell me now…the storm has gone away

Too much emotion to handle
I was scared our love would slip away
Now it feels it never left me
Now it feels it never went away
Hey…hold me now…don’t go away
Tell me now…the storm has gone away

Sometimes face it, that’s the way that it goes
We’re all asunder
Spinning around like a mole underground
I’m in darkness
Negative thoughts taking over
Too many signposts telling me it’s over
Maybe somehow it’ll all blow over
Looking around it seems like there is nowhere to run
So we stick it out again….we stick it out

Red lights, warning signs
Nobody knows where this will end up
Spinning around like moles underground
We’re in darkness
Negative thoughts taking over
Too many signposts telling us it’s over
Maybe somehow it’ll all blow over
Looking around it seems like we have nowhere to run
So we stick it out again….we stick it out

It’s not too late now
Too many problems to count
But it’s not too late now
Too many problems to count

Therapy Game

Seize the day and let your soul out
Don’t forget what freedom is when you’re drowning in the waves
of your self-doubt
Tell yourself to let your thoughts fl ow
Don’t accept that what you hear will show you the direction you should go
See what people really do – it might surprise you
See through who people really are – it might disappoint you

Over time, the red mist will clear
Over time, the power of reflection is here – it can happen
Over time, perspective is a great healer – if you let it happen –
so slow down…

Seize the day and raise your own alarm
Don’t accept that non-belief will shield you from a life of inner calm
Tune in to what you really believe – you might be enlightened
Tune up to fight for what is right – it might surprise you

Over time, the red mist will clear
Over time, the power of reflection is here – it can happen
Over time, perspective is a great healer – if you let it happen

Intuitive arousal sparks a challenging idea
It may be that forgiving has a cost to those who fear
Belief in higher powers fights a wave of evidence
But the conscience is no hypocrite and won’t leave you on the fence
Moving on is time-bound and it’s not just hollow words
In an apparent state of peace they sit there
They must be troubled deep inside but they sit there
There must be nagging doubts as they sit there…
about the big man in the clouds
Avoiding the debate looks like insanity – be honest with yourselves…

Over time, the red mist will clear
Over time, the power of reflection is here – it can happen
Over time, perspective is a great healer – if you let it happen

Wondering around in the dead of the night
Your mind doesn’t seem right
You can’t believe it – your trust was betrayed
You know it’s not right…not right
Then you’re slipping away – there’s comfort in planning what to say
Thinking is a therapy game
And when the daylight comes you’re alright – when the daylight comes
it’s alright

You’re wondering aloud in the heat of the night
It’s not a nice sound or sight
You can’t believe that your trust was betrayed
And you know it’s not right…not right
But then you’re drifting away – there’s peace in planning what to say
Thinking’s your therapy game
And when the daylight comes you’re alright – yes the daylight comes and
it’s alright

Over time, the red mist will clear
Over time, the power of reflection is here – it can happen
Over time, perspective is a great healer – if you let it happen

Living

I wake up in the morning and I wonder where I am
Last night is a distant haze but I just don’t give a damn
This is how I like to feel – when my mind is free to find
Ways around the things that played for too long on my mind

Somewhere – there’s a balance to find
Somewhere – there is peace of mind
But I can’t find it…I just can’t find it

I’m feeling alive – in this mindset I can thrive
The way that I feel right now – I want to change my life
So I won’t be overcome by the trouble and strife

Somewhere – there’s a balance to find
Somewhere – there is peace of mind
But we can’t find it…we just can’t find it

When we wake up in the morning and we’re still laughing
Laughing about our lives
When we don’t care what we do then we are living
Living in the way that we like

It’s like a prison – some of the time
I just can’t seem to find a way to escape things I don’t like
Too much at stake and not enough time
Waves of doubt just wash away what we want it to be like

Somewhere – there’s a balance to find
Somewhere – so life won’t leave you behind
But we can’t find it…we just can’t find it

When we wake up in the morning and we’re still laughing
Laughing about our lives
When we don’t care what we do then we are living
Living in the way that we like

Living…in the way that we like…

A World Away

Don’t you look away from the other side of the world
It’s all too easy just to focus somewhere else
When I see the plight of others far away
It seems so different from what we see every day
It’s a world away
But it just makes me sad to say…

Holding back the tears
I think of all the lives that slip away…every day
I’m holding back the tears
I can’t believe their lives just slip away
What a price to pay

Don’t you look away from a world in such ill-health
You make your allegiances – then you fritter all the wealth
When I realise that it’s much the same for me
I feel so different from the man I’d like to be
We need to take a stand
If everybody gave up something we could offer a helping hand
But I’m way up in the clouds again
And I’m not the first to see
There are lots of selfless people out there
Who’ve failed to make us see…
That we’re a world away
And we just don’t have the time of day…

Holding back the tears
I think of all the lives that slip away…every day
I’m holding back the tears
I can’t believe their lives just slip away
What a price to pay

Watching on the TV, once again it’s in your face
There really seems to be no hope for this desperate dying race
Then your mind is taking over, it doesn’t matter what they say
Your conscience fades and the pain is gone
And then later on you write this song
It’s a world away from ours…

Holding back the tears
I think of all the lives that slip away…every day
I’m holding back the tears
I can’t believe their lives just slip away
What a price to pay

Entrapment

Too many wrongs – it’s not right
I’m not alone
Too many wrongs – it’s not right
Cry out loud
Too many wrongs – it’s not right
Cry out
Too many wrongs…

I’m feeling sensitive
I just can’t take the way these people live
Failing, failing to follow their own rules
Entrapping and misguiding vulnerable souls

You’re not listening to me
You’re just not listening to me
But I hope you’ll be happy
When you look around you’re on your own now
You’ve got the control you’ve been craving

Won’t you listen to me
Please just listen to me
I hope you’ll live happily
When you look around you’re on your own now
But we’re here in case you need us – just waiting

Won’t you look at yourself in the mirror
All this new information and you don’t even reconsider
Don’t you say you act selflessly
Your leader would castigate your hypocrisy
Is it arrogance or naivety?
This doctrine offloads responsibility

So much hatred and suffering in the world
Don’t you think about the cause of it all
Self-deluding preaching of right from wrong
Dangerous belief that you’re not alone
You can’t see what you’re doing will reap
Your self-righteousness is too deep

Ever-present self-assurance makes a dangerous fool
Offloading mistakes when being humble would do
Preaching out your shallow conforming way
Believing that avoiding is forgiving you say
You won’t see what you’re doing will reap
Your self-righteousness is too deep

Too many wrongs – it’s not right
I’m not alone
Too many wrongs – it’s not right
Cry out loud
Too many wrongs – it’s not right
Cry out
Too many wrongs…

You’re not listening to me
You’re just not listening to me
But I hope you’ll be happy

Won’t you listen to me
Please just listen to me
I hope you’ll live happily

Spiritual Atheist Album Notes

All Songs By David Younger

All instruments played by David Younger

Recorded and produced at Drakes Cottage by David Younger
Mastered by Xavier d’Arifat at Forward Mastering
Photos by Joy

Thank yous to: Joy & Daisy (for support, encouragement and patience), Mac (for overwhelmingly enthusiastic support), Andrew P (for listening to numerous prototypes), Romain (for jamming and ‘musical approval’), Xavier, Steve Bryant, Joe Butler, Alex Lifeson, David Gilmour, Francis Dunnery & Steve Hackett (for guitar inspiration), Rush, Genesis & Neal Morse (for musical inspiration), Bush, Blair, The Pope & others (for lyrical inspiration), Joey the cat, Drakes Cottage

© & ℗ 2014 David Younger. All rights reserved.

Spiritual Atheist Lyric Inspirations

Feel Small – rebuke to Tony Blair and George W Bush for their ‘illegal’ invasion of Iraq in 2003 (primary focus on Blair from perspective of a disappointed British citizen)

Once In A Lifetime – rebuke to former Pope Benedict – not a bad person per se, but guilty of withholding his knowledge of extensive historical child abuse within the Catholic Church

It’s Not Too Late – challenges of love and married life with a hopeful outlook

Therapy Game – reluctance to accept Christian mantra of unconditional forgiveness – my strong belief is that people should not feel ‘pressurised’ to forgive, as it sometimes requires a passage of time to get over (and/or forgive) situations where we feel someone has ‘wronged’ us – I believe this is a better route to inner peace – I’m wearing my Spiritual Atheist ‘hat’ on this one

Living – an aspirational attitude to life that I sometimes manage to achieve (but perhaps not as often as I would like)

A World Away – following a trip to post-Tsunami Sri Lanka in 2005, I was overcome by the sad realisation that of course, in Africa and other 3rd world areas, people are dying from famine and disease every day

Entrapment – a very difficult parental experience in which our elder daughter was encouraged to move in with/by her boyfriend’s family (evangelical Christians) despite our plea for this family not to get involved in our family challenges at that time – more wearing of my Spiritual Atheist ‘hat’ on this one