Alive

by Emo Empire

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1.
Without a doubt The time has come for me to sell out Eventually The same will come to everyone I knew to run, I chose to stay I had the plan but lost my way Anything can happen I broke the rules, I played the game I lost the round and brought this shame Anything can happen I turned my back became a slave I sealed my fate and dug my grave There’s a price you pay for selling out Unknown to me I traded peace for currency Looking back I can find the warning signs I knew to run, I chose to stay I had the plan but lost my way Anything can happen I broke the rules, I played the game I lost the round and brought this shame Anything can happen Intentions lost I closed that door Consumed by greed I lost it all That’s the price you pay for selling out I knew to run, I chose to stay I had the plan but lost my way Please don't judge me I broke the rules, I played the game I don't respect myself I lost the round and brought this shame The price of selling out I turned my back became a slave I sealed my fate and dug my grave Intentions lost I closed that door Consumed by greed I lost it all That’s the price you pay for selling out The price you pay for selling out The price you pay for selling out Anything can happen
2.
Started out just an ordinary morning til I got the feeling things would change I saw your face and I knew that I was going to make it through the day I was lost and lonely Broken before you found me You are the only place I can escape from it all Hold it close so that it never goes away Hold it close so that it never goes away Started out just an ordinary person til I got the feeling things would change Saw your face and I knew my life was never going to be the same I was lost and lonely Broken before you found me You are the only place I can escape from it all Run down, bruised and listless Hopeless before I knew this You are the only place I can escape from it all Hold it close so that it never goes away Hold it close so that it never goes away When I’ve lost my way, When I fear the day When I’m trapped inside, When I cannot hide You’re my escape I was lost and lonely Broken before you found me You are the only place I can escape from it all Run down, bruised and listless Hopeless before I knew this You are the only place I can escape from it all Hold it close so that it never goes away Hold it close so that it never goes away Started out just an ordinary morning until I got the feeling things would change
3.
It doesn’t surprise me that there were years of grieving It doesn’t surprise me the land was occupied It doesn’t surprise that people were arrested for a justice they had always been denied But what surprised me was how many people bought it We sit and watched them But we did not think it through You’ll never understand Until they come for you When you see it happen what action will you choose? You will find yourself alone when there’s nothing left to lose It didn’t surprise me that people have opinions It didn’t surprise me that it made it to The News It didn’t surprise me that people used free speech to protest others with beliefs they disapproved But what surprised me was how many people bought it We bound and gagged them But we did not think it through You’ll never understand Until they silence you When you see it happen what action will you choose? You will find yourself alone when there’s nothing left to lose When there’s nothing left to lose When there’s nothing left to lose You will find yourself alone
4.
When there’s nothing left to lose you will find yourself alone When there’s nothing left to lose you will find yourself alone You will find yourself alone
5.
Alive 05:40
We need to win this fight Are you bowing out? Are you bowing out? You promised me we’d cope Then the rain came down and I filled with doubt Breathe, The future is an open door Just Breathe, The Present’s not the gift I’d hoped for Take, take a moment to appreciate you I find it hard to concentrate The moment consumes the day Third place waiting for a second chance has left a fierce denial that I will long embrace If it means that you’re alive We made it to the storm but never made it out Never made it out I promised you we’d cope But as the rain came down you were filled with doubt Breathe, The future is an open door Just Breathe, The Present’s not the gift I’d hoped for Take, take a moment to appreciate you I find it hard to concentrate The moment consumes the day Third place waiting for a second chance has left a fierce denial that I will long embrace If it means that you’re alive The only chance I feel I have, I will survive if you’re still alive The only chance I feel I have, I will survive if you’re still alive The only chance I feel I have, I will survive if you’re still alive The only chance I feel I have, I will survive if you’re still alive, if you’re still alive Breathe, The future is an open door Just Breathe, The Present’s not the gift I’d hoped for Take, take a moment to appreciate you I find it hard to concentrate The moment consumes the day Third place waiting for a second chance has left a fierce denial that I will long embrace If it means that you’re alive Take, take a moment to appreciate you I find it hard to concentrate The moment consumes the day Third place waiting for a second chance has left a fierce denial that I will long embrace If it means that you’re alive
6.
Oh how the years count up but it’s more like a countdown of how much time we have left around I’m one with the fact I’m checking out anytime soon that’s why I’ve got my bags packed What legacy are you gunna leave with thousands of likes and a trail of selfies? Does anybody know what you even look like everything filtered or set in a perfect light? Every morning that you wake and every breath of air is a gift you choose to take I’m too tired I can hear you say but you gotta wake up and put the screen away You can’t take back any day once the day has passed you You have bought into a hoax which is consequential You underestimate your life by trading it in for borrowed time I’m gunna tell you the truth of how it is when your parents leave you it leaves a sting You feel scared like when you were four and you lost your parents at the grocery store This time they won’t find you, you’re all alone and there’s no one there to guide you The unconditional love they gave were sacrifices you never knew they made You’re out of time when you realise when they are in the ground you can’t apologise If you’re parents are alive today they are worth more than a text so put the screen away You can’t take back any day once the day has passed you You have bought into a hoax which is consequential You underestimate your life by trading it in for borrowed time Oh how the years add up and the days count down Oh how the years add up and the days count down Oh how the years add up and the days count down Oh how the years add up and the days count down All eyes on you If you know kids then you know it’s true, little people gunna copy everything you do What you eat, how you treat people, what you say, becomes them at school the next day You’re in the room but they feel alone, you’re hard to impress when you are staring at your phone Your app’s got a new feature but your kid’s get more attention from their teacher Aunties, Uncles, Siblings, Mums and Dads you’re the only family your kid’s gunna have Give the kid real love and start today, leave a legacy and put the screen away You can’t take back any day once the day has passed you You have bought into a hoax which is consequential You underestimate your life by trading it in for borrowed time Oh how the years add up and the days count down Oh how the years add up and the days count down Oh how the years add up and the days count down Oh how the years add up and the days count down
7.
All Right 05:00
I missed you by miles in every way What else is there left to say? If I had one chance to put things right Sometimes words can save a life I would hold you tight and say It will be all right, all right It will be all right It will be all right It will be all right It will be all right I will survive this bitter end What else is there left to say? I am lost and far away But I will be all right, all right I will be all right If you are all right I will be all right If you are all right I will be all right If you are all right I will be all right If you are all right It will be all right It will be all right I will be all right If you are all right I promise you I’ll be all right If you promise me that you’re all right Give me a sign that you’re all right And I’ll give you a sign that I’m all right I’m all right All right Give me a sign that you’re all right And I’ll give you a sign that I’m all right I’m all right All right Please give me a sign that you’re all right It will be all right
8.
You Owe Me 03:56
I missed you by miles in every way is all I can say After 25 years almost to the day Nothing’s changed I still feel the pain If someone looks you in the face and tells you time heals Put them in their place I think it’s fair to admit you owe me I’m still waiting for a sign you’ll show me I think it’s fair to admit you owe me I’m still waiting for a sign you’ll show me Two wrongs don’t make a right But if you had survived it would make two left I feel pain in my chest When I think of all the words that I could of said Robbing you blind of your chances I should be arrested for theft If I could go back I know what I would say So I guess that means I’ve learnt a lesson Pity the hard way hurts, it burns Trying too sleep but you just turn If someone tells you time heals to your face Put them in their place I think it’s fair to admit you owe me I’m still waiting for a sign you’ll show me I think it’s fair to admit you owe me I’m still waiting for a sign you’ll show me
9.
Without a doubt The time has come for me to sell out Eventually The same will come to everyone Unknown to me I traded peace for currency Looking back I can find the warning signs I turned my back became a slave I sealed my fate and dug my grave Intentions lost I closed that door Consumed by fear I lost it all That’s the price you pay for selling out Selling out Anything can happen Please don't judge me I don't respect myself That's why I'm selling out
10.
It doesn’t surprise that there were years of grieving It doesn’t surprise me the land was occupied It doesn’t surprise that people were arrested for a justice they had always been denied But what surprised me was how many people bought it We sit and watched them But we did not think it through You’ll never understand Until they come for you When you see it happen what action will you choose? You will find yourself alone when there’s nothing left to lose It didn’t surprise me that people have opinions It didn’t surprise me that it made it to The News It didn’t surprise me that people used free speech to protest others with beliefs they disapproved But what surprised me was how many people bought it We bound and gagged them But we did not think it through You’ll never understand Until they silence you When you see it happen what action will you choose? You will find yourself alone when there’s nothing left to lose When there’s nothing left to lose When there’s nothing left to lose You will find yourself alone When there’s nothing left to lose you will find yourself alone When there’s nothing left to lose you will find yourself alone You will find yourself alone

about

Emo Empire continues to cover new ground both musically and lyrically from its humble beginnings in 2016. It's clear that Billy Edwards has honed his songwriting over the years and is now incorporating elements of a wide range of genres into the vision he has for his music.

Alive and All Right are definitely the two tracks on this album which encapsulate the classic Emo Empire sound from early albums. Both these songs take the listener on an epic journey with their musical dynamics and heartfelt lyrics. You Owe Me is able to stand alone but can also serve as a Part 2 for All Right, allowing the epic musical journey to continue for a few more relaxing minutes.

The lyrics of Borrowed Time will challenge the listener to check their priorities in life. While, the more political, Nothing Left To Lose reflects on one of the more recent dark events in New Zealand history; comparing it with the current state of the nation. Asking questions of conscience and responsibility amidst living in a society that (allegedly) values free speech.

The album kicks off with the punk-popesque Selling Out. Here Steve Whimster shares the main vocal duties. Steve also features in the, less punk and more pop sounding, track following it called My Escape, but on bass guitar. You'll hear the vocals of Sarah Vukona singing on that same track, really bringing it to life.

Aside from, the immensely skilled and multi-talented, Penny Merton singing back up vocals on a few tracks, the rest of the album is Billy Edwards. He's obviously got a lot of stuff going on in his head but thankfully he managed to get it down and share it with the world.

Recommended Listening:
My Escape
Nothing Left To Lose
Alive
All Right

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released November 16, 2018

All music and lyrics written by Billy Edwards

Mixing & mastering by Billy Edwards

All vocals and instruments by Billy Edwards except:
-Steve Whimster shares lead vocals in 'Selling Out' and plays bass in 'My Escape'
-Sarah Vukona shares lead vocals in 'My Escape'
-Penny Merton and Sarah Vukona sing backing in 'Alive', 'Borrowed Time', 'Nothing Left To Lose' & 'The Time Has Come'

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Billy sings and plays everything you hear -with a few guest friends where noted.

He also records, mixes and masters everything. If only there was more time in the day.

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