Raw State

by Dan Whitehouse

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Recorded live in the studio over just 5 days and in the midst of a period of relentless touring, this album features re-workings of previously released material, something akin to my live show.
Produced by Danny George Wilson and Chris Clarke of the band ‘Danny and the Champions of The World’, it features their drummer Steve Brookes on kit, Danny plays guitar, keys, sings backing vocals, and it was all recorded at their studio – Reservoir Studios in North London.
The record features many wonderful musicians including pedal steel legend BJ Cole, who has previously worked with a vast array of artists including REM, Elton John, Brian Eno and Bjork.

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released December 1, 2014

Produced by Danny George Wilson and Chris Clarke of Danny and the Champions of the World

Recorded and mixed by Chris Clarke at Reservoir Studios, London, UK

Mastered by Mark Lord at Supernature Music

The Band:

BJ Cole: Pedal Steel
Chris Clarke: Vocals
Harriet Harkcom: Vocals
Danny George Wilson: Vocals, Guitar, Hammond Organ
Dan Whitehouse: Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Harmonium, Hammond Organ
Rebecca De Winter: Flute & Vocals
Simon Smith: Upright Bass, Electric Bass & Vocals
Steve Brookes: Drums & Percussion
Tom Billington: Banjo & Accordion


All songs written by Dan Whitehouse, except:

1. Dan Whitehouse & Michael Clarke
2. DW, MC, and John Meehan
4. DW, MC, Steve Clarke, and June Mori
5. DW & MC
10. DW, MC & JM
11. DW & MC

© Heantun Records 2014

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Track Name: Maybe I Too Was Born To Run
MAYBE I TOO WAS BORN TO RUN

I’ve been looking for someone
or something to come along and close the deal
I’ve had my arms open
But no one has come close enough to feel

Should I stand here and wait for the sun?
Should I get moving?
Maybe I too was born to run

I’ve been drawing circles
But now I’m heading back to square one
I’ve had my heart broken
Yeah I’m broken, but isn’t everyone

Should I stand here and wait for the sun?
Should I get moving?
Maybe I too was born to run
Track Name: Come To Me
Lewis.

Come to me.

I said “yeah”,
I’m gonna find it.
Not gonna lose it.

I said “yeah”,
I really want it.
I’m gonna taste it.
Not gonna waste it.
I said “yeah”.

I want your arms around my heart.
Set me free, come to me.

Bring me every breath you have,
I’ll give you an ocean back.

I said “yeah”,
we’re getting close now,
soon we’ll see it rising up.
I want your scar,
on my heart.
You and me, our history.
Track Name: The Fire Of Lust
I can’t stay and love does not last
I’m a man like all those others in the past
That made the mistake of believing they could
Follow their desire into the fire of lust

But it burns like a bastard my friend
so warm and tempting
it measures me, the fire of lust.

No warning signal, no light
Just a punch in the face, you couldn’t really call it a fight
Leaves you stunned, defenceless, exposed
No chance to hit back, dropped like a stone,

You cry for help, but you’re out there on your own
In a wilderness looking for a home
A drunken hand stabbing in the dark
No going back when you know not where to start

And it burns like a bastard my friend…
So warm and tempting
It measures me, the fire of lust

give it some thought - is she really so hot
That you'd give everything for a piece of what she’s got?
well yeah, maybe so: lust stirs the low
lust turns you around
when you’ve no where else to go
lust sends you high and adds weight to your desire
lust is a soldier no surrender, he will fight
lust is a killer, asking you to kill
Lust breeds an emptiness that nothing else can fill

And it burns like a bastard my friend…
Yeah it’s so warm and tempting
Then suddenly it’s the end
Track Name: They Care For You
My love for you will keep on going and going You can track it, map it, follow where it goes
It’s yours to own My love for you will keep on growing and growing You could chalk it on the wall, but you don’t need to ‘cos i'll tell u everytime i see you When you're out on your own take care don’t go wandering anywhere Come back home there will always be someone who loves you there
They Care For You You don’t have to explain yourself to me I'll hold you if you need me to ‘til you sleep Then I’ll see you in the dream We'll keep on running until we reach the sea Never looking down, we'll feel the water at our feet and then our knees We'll sink beneath So rise.
Track Name: A Light
It rolls on, seemingly evermore,
from a snowball in my arms to a monster form.
It picks up a deadly speed, yet sails along with such ease.

There’s a light that never goes out,
warning me spinning round.
There’s a light that never goes out,
If you’ve seen it too then you’ll know how it feels.

A train rushes by, a new day unfolds.
You radiate a warmth and glow.
The truth is out there, but she is hiding low,
willing you to let go.

There’s a light that never goes out,
warning me spinning round.
There’s a light that never goes out,
If you’ve seen it too then you’ll know how it feels.

There’s a light that never goes out,
warning me spinning round.
Flashing red, screaming with doubt.
If you’ve seen it too then you’ll know how it feels, how it goes.
Track Name: A Dream That's Floating Out To Sea
Where d’you think you’re going?
(You’re not)
Who d’you think you’re fooling?
(You’re not)
Where d’you think you’re living?

I tell myself to move along,
there’s nothing left all hope is gone.
I scream until my shadow bleeds,
but I do not take heed.
You’re staring back at me,
waiting on a dream that’s floating out to sea.
Track Name: Something In The Way
I don’t know what’s right,
but I know what’s in my life.
A constant sound,
I hear it all the time…

There’s something in the way.

Choices I don’t make,
forever resonate.
The record has been scratched,
words stuck on repeat.
I hate who you are.
I hate who you are.
I hate who you are,
(a phrase without regard).

There’s something in the way.
Track Name: The Painter
I will paint a picture in your mind,
and I’ll try to keep a steady hand.
You, you've got my head turned to the skies…
yes you’ve painted a beautiful picture in my mind.

I’m no painter, and this may not be beautiful.
I won’t touch it up, I will show you how I see it.
How it looks from where I’m stood,
and I’ll be listening when you want to answer back.

I’ll hold your hand, if you’ll allow me,
And guide you as my father did.
Please don’t follow blind, take notes,
I won’t be here when you’re making your way back.

I will paint a picture in your mind,
and I’ll try to keep a steady hand.
You, you've got my head turned to the skies…
yes you’ve painted a beautiful picture in my mind.
Track Name: Why Don't We Dance?
You tell me your secrets,
you tell me your fears.
I don’t have the answers,
but I’ve given you years.
You say that you love me,
you say I’m the one.
But I don’t hear your words,
when I’m lost in the song.

Why don’t you dance with me?
Why don’t we waltz?
Why won’t you move with me?
Don’t you want to feel close?

I know I’ve been wayward,
I’ve been up and down.
Let’s put that behind us,
and get lost in the sound.
I wanna feel you breathing,
on the nape of my neck.
I wanna pull you closer,
‘till there’s no space left.

Why don’t you dance with me?
Why don’t we waltz?
Why won’t you move with me?
Don’t you want to feel close?

Why don’t you dance with me?
What is wrong?
Just put your hand in mine,
and get lost in the song.
Track Name: When We Were Sleeping
I want light I want love I want the fear of falling over taken from my hands.
I want days I want hours, I want a night that’s never over. Do you understand?

Moments are there to take you away.
Times we can share, I want to stay.

When we were sleeping it all became clear.

Here I am this is me as still as a dead man beside you.
Then your skin reached my skin and for a second it felt like you crawled in.

These moments we share they do not compare.

For what I’m feeling now I could not prepare.

When we were sleeping it all became clear.

When we were sleeping you took away my fear.


I searched for years telling everyone I meet all about you.
I had so many important things to do, then I met you.

And now all I have is you, now all I want is you.
Track Name: My Heart Doesn't Age (It Just Gets Older)
My heart doesn’t age, it just gets older.
As if it’s frozen in time, but it doesn’t feel colder.

My body shows the signs, but inside I’m still about 5.

Like an old drum machine, it beats on and on.
My heart feels so young, it runs on and on.

If you listen to an old man,
and really focus on what he says;
there are feelings there that don’t decay with age.

The heart grows stronger and fights for success….it’ll win in the end.

And this old drum machine, it beats on and on.
My heart feels so young, it runs on and on.

There are things that we learn, and things that we say.
But the heart doesn’t change much, from day to day.
Just beats on relentlessly, leading the way.

Beats on and on. Beats on and on.
My heart feels so young, it runs on and on.
Track Name: Somebody Loves You
Is this what it’s for? all that work.
Is this what it’s for? all those words.
Is this what it’s for, just to beat me down here on the floor?

I’m fed up of thinking that I exist for some other reason, I insist.
This is all you get. This is life. Good morning. This is it.

So get out of bed, go to work.
Those thoughts in your head, they’ll only make you hurt.
This is daytime, dreaming is for nightime. This is life.

Born a little boy, you became a man.
It didn’t happen fast, and it didn’t go as planned.
But you are in one piece and you have the rest of your life at your feet.

And everybody else has been down here too,
They might not show it – but they have felt like you.
So pull yourself together, wash your face, dry your eyes. This is life.

Tomorrow you’ll be fine, (well maybe not!) but in a week or so’s time…
Someone will say something, and you will realize:
you’re smiling, you’re having a good time.

Yes you will look around and see the flowers, all the colours under the sun,
And you could stare for hours, or for a minute there…
you realised what you’ve got…
Not merely a bag of bones, beautiful skin,
and inside your little head, there’s that thing that makes you think.
Tell it not to worry, you won’t be coming home – follow your heart.

‘cos somebody loves you, you know that.
They really really need you, and you need them back.
It’s a very simple thing but you must try to remember it now so please sing