Capacity To Change

by Jamie R Hawkins

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"The appeal of Jamie’s song writing is that it is mixed with a heady combination of 'from the heart' self analysis and universal truths, stark realities and street level wisdom which make the lyrics as appealing as the melody driving them . Put the two together and you have something quite magical." - Dave Franklin - Secret Chord Records

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released January 23, 2016

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Jamie R Hawkins England, UK

Jamie R Hawkins is an Award Winning Singer Songwriter whose songs have won him critical acclaim in the UK and around the world - he has been described as "a powerful mixture of storyteller, philosopher and poet", his lyrics as "poignant and witty" and his performances, "emotive and captivating”.

"(His) songwriting is strong and the delivery is often exceptional" - No More Division
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Track Name: Denial
Denial

You didn't make my head spin, You didn't move my world or anything
You never had me wondering, what's going on behind that smile
You didn't give me butterflies, and I never once fell into your eyes
I didn't realise what it means to be alive

I never dream about you, and it's never hard to breathe around you
In fact I only barely knew of your existence anyway
You didn't leave me tongue tied, and it's not as though you ever cross my mind
I must apologise because I can't recall your name

It's just a matter of convincing through relentless self-conditioning
To give my memory a rinsing, wash away all trace of you

Denial, It's the only way to be
Denial, Is the safest place for me
Denial, It's the method I prefer
Denial, Denial
You never were

There wasn't any chemistry, or a sudden jolt of electricity
Whenever accidentally your fingers brushed against my skin
And it doesn't even bother me, that in many ways you're just my cup of tea
Or that you'll never be enfolded in my arms

I'll keep going through the motions like, the pounding of the oceans
In a while time and erosion will erase all trace of you

Denial, It's the only way to be
Denial, Is the safest place for me
Denial, It's the method I prefer
Denial, Denial
You never were

Solo

Denial, Denial
Denial, Denial
You never were
Track Name: Capacity To Change
Capacity To Change

INTRO:

He says “I'm worried dear, it's weighing on my soul
I'm habitual by nature with a heart as black as coal
And though I'm full of good intentions I've no will or self-control
And I'm afraid I'm in a circle without end
In other words I'm bound to mess things up again”

She says “I understand, the point you're trying make
If there's a risk of getting hurt, it's one I'm still prepared to take
Cos I believe we find redemption in, the choices that we make
So you don't have to make those same mistakes again
Cos, you were born with the Capacity To Change

Don't dedicate yourself to fate, don't place your faith in destiny
Become the master of your past, don't be a slave to history
Treat every day like it's a lesson then, Tomorrow you'll be free, cos you were
Born with the Capacity To Change”

SOLO

“Well, that's all well and good, but here's the the thing,” he said
“After everything I've been through it's a wonder I'm not dead
And though for once Luck has been kind and brought me here to you instead
It won't be long before the balance is restored
And I'll get what I deserve and nothing more”

Then she said “You're confusing karma with accountability
I'm no Dalai-frickin-Lama but I'm certain he's agree
That you can live your life in fear of self-fulfilling prophecies
Or you can learn from your mistakes and make amends
Simply get back on your feet and try again

Don't dedicate yourself to fate, don't place your faith in destiny
There is no pre-determined path, there's only who you choose to be
Shrug off the chains of superstition make, your own philosophies cos you were
Born with the Capacity To Change”

SOLO

“Don't dedicate yourself to fate, don't place your faith in destiny
Grab each moment by the balls, don't squander opportunity
Cos if today you make the best of it, then tomorrow you will see that you were
Born with the Capacity,
Determination and tenacity
you were born with the Capacity To Change”

OUTRO
Track Name: Come Undone
Come Undone

Well, the answer's in the asking, but as you're asking anyway
Which side of the bed did I wake up on today?
I could lie through my teeth, and say that everything's okay
But the truth is I'm coming undone

Cos, the meds, they don't seem to be working
I'm the Wizard of Oz, but today I need my curtain
And the one thing that I know for certain,
Is that I don't like the man I become
When I come undone
When I come undone

There's no silver to my lining, no learn to my curve
No way to define it, I just can't find the words when it
Sneaks up behind and puts my brain in reverse
Well, it feels like I'm coming undone

And my will to go on it keeps shrinking
I'm the King of The World, but my ship is slowly sinking
I'm consumed by my circular thinking
It's like I'm passing too close to the sun,
When I come undone
I come undone
I come undone
I come undone

But if I'm in for a penny, I'm in for the pound
Maybe I'm not ready to be stuck in the ground just yet,
Maybe I'll get stronger, so I think I'll stick around,
Until the next time that I come undone

When I've had enough of life to last me a lifetime,
I can't throw it away, because it isn't really mine, so I'm still
Holding out hope for a lifeline
Because it's over before I've begun
If I come undone.
Track Name: Keep Your Head On
Keep Your Head On

When the world turns grey and black, you can rest assured I've got your back
And when your days are full of compromise, And the tears are spilling from your eyes,
When you've gone and torn yourself apart, Scattered pieces of your shattered heart,
Gather up what still remains of you, And I will help you build yourself anew,

Ah-ah-ahh, Ah-ah-ah-ah x2

When you need to hide your face, And you could disappear without a trace,
When you've only got yourself to blame, I'll still love you dearly all the same,
Cos for every time you've let you down, there's a hundred when you've made me proud,
So be content with your own company, and be the change you'd move the world to see

And Keep Your Head On, Your heart strong, your feet moving,
Though the day's gone, before long, will come morning

Keep Your Head On, Your heart strong, your feet moving,
Though the day's gone, before long, will come morning

When it seems you've lost your way, and it's slipping further by the day,
When the wolves are howling at your door, and you just can't take it any more,
When your eyes can only see your feet, and you feel completely incomplete,
Take my hand and I will walk with you, and together we can muddle through

So Keep Your Head On, Your heart strong, your feet moving,
Though the day's gone, before long, will come morning

The world owes no one anything, cos it's not what you take it's what you bring,
And the only one you fool is you, cos it's not what you think it's what you do

So Keep Your Head On, Your heart strong, your feet moving,
Though the day's gone, before long, will come morning

Keep Your Head On, Your heart strong, your feet moving,
Though the day's gone, before long, will come morning

When the world turns grey and black, you can rest assured I've got your back
Track Name: Hey!.. Where'd Everybody Go?!
Hey!... Where'd Everybody Go?!

Come gather round and listen to my story of despair,
Come and marvel at the wretch that I've become
And I'd appreciate your cigarettes, and any change that you can spare
And I promise you'll be thankful when I'm done

There was once a time when friends of mine would hang on every word
And I was always glad to spread a little green
But then one day I found myself between a hard place and a turd,
And when I turned artound there's no one to be seen

So Where'd Everybody Go, Where'd Everybody Go
Because I need a friend and I can't find a soul
Where'd Everybody Go, Where'd Everybody Go
When I need a hand, there's no one here I know

Well this whole experience has taught me one important thing
That with enemies like these whose needs a friend?
Cos they'll be happy to oblige you while your pockets jingling
But they'll cut and run the moment it's been spent

So Where'd Everybody Go, Where'd Everybody Go
Because I need a friend and I can't find a soul
Where'd Everybody Go, Where'd Everybody Go
When I need a hand, there's no one here I know

Where'd everybody go? Hey! Where'd everybody go? Hey!
Where'd everybody go? Hey! Where'd everybody go? Hey!

Now at last you see there's more to me than you first realised
There's a spark of recognition in your eyes

So Where'd Everybody Go, Where'd Everybody Go
Because I need a friend and I can't find a soul
Where'd Everybody Go, Where'd Everybody Go
When I need a hand, there's no one here I know

Where'd everybody go? Hey! Where'd everybody go? Hey!
Where'd everybody go? Hey! Where'd everybody go? Hey!

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