Disposable Pleasures, and Meaningful Pursuits (2011)

by Drewvis

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BlueBeatBadger Superb acoustic ska-style tunes with clever, witty lyrics. Recommended. Favorite track: Drunken Words N' Dub.
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released June 13, 2011

All songs written, recorded, mixed and mastered by Drew Bristow except:
‘Estoy Esperando’ written by Drew Bristow and Amanda Bes, recorded at Metway Studios Brighton, engineered by Toby and Matthew Twaites.
Guitars, Vocals and Keys by Drew.
All Bass written and performed by Paul Mason, all Drums and Percussion performed by Sebastian Laverde.
Drums on tracks 2, 3, 5, 11, 12, 13 engineered by Tom Simister, Percussion on tracks 1, 8, 9, 10 engineered by Sebastian Laverde.

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Drewvis Brighton, UK

Well this is awkward. Biographies are always so full of ego so I'll try and keep it to a minimum! Been doing this longer than most, and often get called the Ska Belle & Sebastian, which isn't such a bad thing... I like to think of my songs as being of the Agora-Socia-Phobi-Ska genre, but it doesn't exist so Ska/Reggae/Rocksteady will have to do. ... more

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Track Name: Liberate, Never Hate
Liberate, Never Hate

This regime is falling down, before your chance to bring me down
I refuse to feel blue because of you.
You held me back for way too long, so now I’ll sing a different song,
I refuse to be ruled by you.

I carried your weight on my back,
Living in a world of black,
Now you’re lying on your face, lying in your rightful place,
Pushed me ‘til you made me react.

Threw me down and fucked me up,
Threw that mud until it stuck,
Looks like you are out of luck,
Sorry, I’ve had enough.

Since you’ve been gone from my life, every day has been alright
Now I’m free to breathe and be me…
You held me back for way too long, you didn’t even care that it was wrong,
And breaking out was how I made you see.

I’m knocking these walls to the ground,
Now turn my frown the right way round,
I hope you’ve learnt from your mistakes,
Once too much is all it takes,
Pushed me ‘til you made me react.
Track Name: It's All Good
It’s All Good

Today I woke up and you were right there,
It wasn’t some dream, and you weren’t thin air,
Everything’s ok when I know you’re lovin’ me.
Sun sets, and rises, and everything‘s ok
Nothing will be as bad as recent dark days,
Kiss me one more time as I lay down in my bed…

Ooh it’s all good.

If you still love me at the end of the day,
It doesn’t matter that you’re so far away,
Coz I know you’re mine and that’s the way it’ll always be.
When you’re not with me I see you in my head,
I know I’d rather see the real you instead,
But until that time I guess I only have to dream…
Track Name: Short Measures
Short Measures

Don’t need a reason? More fool you!
I’ve been procrastinating, way too much to do,
Pour out the second, and we know how this will end…
I’m just happy to pretend.

‘I work so hard!’ - And that’s a lie.
A poor excuse, but still I came too close to try,
One more for all the roads that lead me to my bed,
…and dreams of you inside my head.

It’s just a choice I have to make,
If I should die before I wake,
The benefits outweigh the facts,
Don’t bury me without my hat!

One more, one more, and I’ll be yours…
Track Name: Let It Go
Let It Go

Why do you act the way you do?
Did you wake up and misconstrue?
Misconstructed, missed your queue…

They can see that burden, it was put up there by you,
And now it’s time it was removed.

And I know you want to – let it go.
I really think you should let it go.

I know that you think the worst of me,
But I don’t care anymore.
Sometimes I’m my own worst enemy,
But that guarantees me this war.

Day three feels just like day one, and
You think you’re back where you began,
Thoughts building up behind a dam.

It’s a lack of progress, and it’s all because of you,
I wanna beat you black and blue.

And one day you’ll have to – let it go.
It’s damaging your soul, so let it go.

I know that you think the worst of me,
But I don’t care anymore.
You’ve got no time to invest in me,
So how can we even the score?

I know that you think the worst of me,
But I don’t care anymore.
Sometimes I’m my own worst enemy,
But that guarantees me this war.
Track Name: Drunken Words N' Dub
Drunken Words, n’ Dub

When I open my eyes, you’re all that I see,
Although I’m not sure what it is you see in me.
I did a bad thing, don’t forgive me if you feel no more love,
All I have is an empty glass, drunken words and dub.

Even though it may not be much to you…
I’ll stay awake ‘til the sun comes up,
And if you feel like you’re all alone,
I’ll be around ‘til you don’t need me no more.

The good Lord he blessed me, with guitar, and love for you,
I made a big mistake and this is all I know that is right to do.
So listen up my song, coz I sing this all for you,
To live without your love is like hell, been painted blue.
Track Name: Fortune Cookie
Fortune Cookie

Reflective or regretful? I can’t tell which way I am,
Uncertainty it certainly wasn’t part of the bigger plan.
I may have lied, coz I promised I would never need to question all the things I’ve done,
Living is all part of learning.

No-one waits for yesterday,
Don’t look back, it’s not the way.
Do the stuff you need to do,
And trust in luck to watch over you.

We make a path with the seeds we’ve sown,
We set the pace and we fix the tone,
Sometimes we walk a while alone,
But we’re never ever far from home.
And all the things I wish I would,
And all the things I know I could,
It could be gone tomorrow,
So it’s time to say ‘fuck it!’
Track Name: Estoy Esperando (feat. Amanda Bes)
Estoy Esperando (featuring Amanda Bes)

Wasting my time, wasting my time,
I give you a line, and make you feel fine,
You never reply, I’m wondering why,
Could it be I, oh could it be I…

I’m thinking maybe I am destined to be free –
From all the things that could become of you and me…
I’m waiting ‘til you fall for me.

I’ll tell you no lies... Open your eyes.
I can be prize, If you will be mine,
Wasting my time, I know I’m wasting my time...
But still you’re sharing my wine,
And I just wish you were mine.

Pensando en ti,
Y sigo asi,
Esperando - que pasa algo
Ojala llamas
O me vienes a ver
Que quiero tanto
Tu chica ser.
Track Name: iWant
iWant

I find it so frustrating, I can’t seem to win,
You’ve got a lot of nothing, but have everything.
I never did this with intentions to be ‘made’,
It’s never done me wrong, but it’s also never paid.

I want what - you have and - I wonder what you’ve got,
That I don’t seem to have!
You don’t know - you’re so lucky,
I’m losing in this game, you’ve got the upper hand.

I seem no longer to have something they can see,
Feeling invisible as they all walk through me.
People say ‘face the facts, she’s way out of your league’,
Deep down it’s what I want, but it’s not what I need…
Track Name: One Moment
One Moment

Missed opportunity, it’s happened to me once again,
How could I not have seen – the chance was there and then.
By now it should be easy acting on my instincts,
But I just can’t seem to find the words I need…

And now I’m –
Kicking myself, kicking myself,
I wish it would help, wish it would help,
A feeling was felt, feeling was felt,
And I regret not doing something.
If I could find a way to rewind,
I could be yours and you could be mine.
But now I guess we’ll never know…

If life was like a movie, this would be the part where I have lost something,
And need to get it back.
The moral of this story? Don’t let anything get in your way,
Just seize the day, and you won’t need to say…

You are –
Kicking yourself, kicking yourself,
You wish it would help, wish it would help,
A feeling was felt, feeling was felt,
And you regret not doing something.
If you could find a way to rewind,
I could be yours and you could be mine.
But now I guess we’ll never know…

I can’t say I’ll find the perfect line,
But introductions are a place to start next time,
If nothing’s ventured, nothing is gained and you will find –
You’ll walk away as if you ran,
An empty feeling’s no good and –
You’ll kick yourself again coz you’re back where you began.
Track Name: Compass
Compass

You keep your secrets like a compass keeps the time,
I will always hold my tongue,
Coz I shouldn’t be here anyway,
Wolf in sheeps clothing, but it’s wolf I hear you cry,
I could’ve seen where this would’ve gone,
But I didn’t and I don’t know why….

Don’t know why…

Meet with discreetness, it might sedate your troubled mind,
I will always hold you fond,
But I’ll never throw the sin away,
Please don’t repeat this, another place or another time,
I could’ve been why it went so wrong,
But I wasn’t and you can’t see why…

Can’t see why…

Your link’s the weakest,
You never cared and you never tried,
Just like an unexploded bomb –
There’s a danger in there anyway,
Dressed up in sweetness,
It’s just deceit in a love disguise,
Forever right, but you’re always wrong,
I didn’t tell you and I don’t know why…

Didn’t tell you and I don’t know why…
Track Name: Purple
Purple

I’m not where I should be tonight,
But I will be when I close my eyes.
Even though I know it’s over,
I just can’t turn out the light…
I fall in your eyes, see through your disguise,
I am ‘the one’ if you’ll just realize,
You need some more pain,
There’s no one to blame,
I’m hoping that you’ll be fine…

Coz I’ll be waiting, anticipating,
Waiting for one more try,
I’m dedicating, stop contemplating,
Waiting for ‘Purple’ to rhyme…

On a plush cover ocean, we tangle like string,
Please don’t untie me.

I’ll fall in your arms,
Take root in your palms,
Addicted to mixing the lust with the charms,
You’ll find me right here,
Extinguish your fear,
There’s nothing that we need to fight…
Track Name: These 3 Words
These 3 Words

If you miss me when I’m gone and think about me too,
Lose your concentration baby, that could be a clue,
Staring at your mobile phone you wish the day away,
And when I’m heading to your arms I really want to say…

These 3 words –
‘I like you’,
‘I want you’,
But I can’t say ‘I love you’,
I might do, mislead you,
No, I don’t want to need you,
Although I know I do,
I’ll say ‘I don’t’ to please you
I like you, I want you,
But I can’t seem to have you…

“If you want me, you can’t have me” games are for the pros,
We might not think the same way, but definitely know –
If there’s a spark inside, we should just let it glow,
I digitized my sentiment so I can let you know…
Track Name: Do One!
Do One!

He sits alone inside his home,
A drink or two, a turned off phone,
We only know what we don’t know.
With this philosophy,
It makes it hard to see,
When he needs everything,
He hides from me…

And if you need anything, you just need to –

Sing like it’s nothing and it’s everything at once,
It helps to bring you up when you’re down in the dumps,
Stick, strings, and wooden things are worth much more than angel wings,
So let go of everything and enjoy yourself for once!

He goes to work a jaded man,
So full of doubt, a faded plan,
No-one should ever feel so low.
Time is short for you and me…
No time for negativity…
The only thing that holds us down is gravity.
Track Name: Arrivals & Departures (Bonus Track)
Arrivals & Departures (Bonus Track)

I wake up, I sit down, and I waste oxygen.
I waste chances, waste verbs, and waste my time.
And all I really wanna do is commit some crime with you…
So this won’t just become another wasted rhyme.

I’ll take my troubles to the beach, and waste my mind on you.
And even when you were next to me, it was too far away.
But I don’t know who you are yet, coz I’m still finding you…
And the search goes on and on, coz I didn’t that day.

I know I “only have to dream” to but it feels like I’m lying too,
And if the feeling’s not the same both ways, then there’s no part to play.
4000 miles are in the way but I’m willing and trying to,
I’m still dying to, crying for you to say you’ll stay.

And every time I’m stuck in the rain,
I’ll remember the time that I held your hand softly,
And you might remember my name - coz that’s all I am…
And every time I’m stuck in the rain,
I’ll remember the time that I held your hand softly,
And you might remember my name - coz that’s all I am…

So wake up, and look down, down deep inside of you…
There’s an answer to my question, but you run away.
If all you really wanna do is just waste a dime or two,
Then I guess I’ll take my time ‘til you’re willing to play.

And so I only have to dream that it’s you that I’m flying to,
And if the feeling’s not the same both ways, then there’s no place to stay.
4000 miles is just a day, there’ll be no more ‘replying to’,
I’d be lying there right next to you, hoping you’ll tell me it’s true,
Don’t colour this ending with blue like you did that day…

And every time I’m stuck in the rain,
I’ll remember the time that I held your hand softly,
And you might remember my name - coz that’s all I am…
And every time I’m stuck in the rain,
I’ll remember the time that I held your hand softly,
And you might remember my name - coz that’s all I am…