By Chance or Design

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1.
Better Days 04:17
Dripping wet and windswept, I walked in from the storm Which seems to just be rolling on and on But I’ll take whatever weather; let it rain and let it pour It’s just another thing that’s out of my control Just take a second, disconnect Don’t let the trouble stir your tranquil mind Just take a second, take a breath Let’s pretend, just for tonight That all this chaos is just fine Let’s unscrew the cheapest wine that we can find And raise a glass to better days Where all our worries slide away Could be tomorrow, if I wake up by your side The fire purrs and crackles, and invites me to the warmth Your shadow gently flickers on the wall And that heavy burden’s gone the second I walk through the door Without you doing anything at all Does ‘na’m byd o bwys pan wyt ti’n fy mreichiau i Ac os ‘di’r byd yn dod i ben, jysd caea’r llenni a chanlyn y llif
2.
I’m not sure if it’s me that’s talking, or if it’s the liquids I’ve consumed Playing my tongue like a puppet, making me sing out of sync and tune I’m afraid to sober up, ‘cause I’m afraid that I might find I’m just a perspective shift away from losing my mind It may not be reflected by real life (But in my mind I’m doing fine) It’s all rose tinted through these bloodshot eyes (But in my mind I’m doing fine) It may not be reflected by real life (But in my mind I’m doing fine) But in my mind I’m doing fine I’m doing, yes, I’m doing alright Style over substance unless the substance can be abused No empathy, no heart on the sleeve of my slick designer suit I used to sing sad ballads but these days it’s mostly meaningless rhymes From the vodka addled vacuum of my mind Yes, sublime; I’ve got heaven on my mind And joy reverberating through my soul Ignorance is bliss, and bliss is the only goal And so I’m letting go of everything I know To keep my conscience clean, a drink and a dance is all I need The bright lights simply serve to deepen the shadows Ignorance is bliss, and bliss is the only goal And so I’m letting go of everything I know
3.
Turn off the lights And baby, come back to bed, don’t leave Keep me company Oh, these summer nights Are far too long and far too lonely Without you here Just stay Just reconcile with me I’m running through a thousand lines Trying to find a suitable lie Hoping to convince you it’s fine That I don’t want to be yours, I just want you to be mine You’re stuck in my head Like a simple and saccharine melody Wish you were here physically But you’ve up and left Though your touch and your taste are still lingering I know they’re just fantasies You’re just teasing Just keeping me on a leash Maybe I’m drunk; my words tripping over my tongue Perhaps my heart’s sunk a little to deep in this love But your rhythms and rhymes play on a loop in my mind Your rhythms and rhymes play on a loop in my mind Are you playing my game? Or am I the one being played? I’m losing my cool - resorting to tired clichés We’re breathing in time; but is it by chance or design? We’re breathing in time; but is it by chance or design? I’m running through a thousand lines Trying to find a suitable lie Hoping to convince you it’s fine That I just want to be yours, I don’t mind if you’re not mine Your rhythms and rhymes play on a loop in my mind
4.
A broken old toy, that once could be trusted To bring the boy joy, now’s gathering dust, And he’s onto something new He’s dulling his thoughts with synthetic salvation, And all that it cost was his imagination; He’s blacking out the blues He wasted his youth chasing the truth, Now he’s lost and confused; running on fumes, With nowhere to go - So far away from home Can you read between the lines? Or are you scared of trying? Scared of the horrors you might find? There’s more than meets the eye But you’d rather go blind than look away from the light An old polaroid - its colours all faded - Depicting a boy expressing amazement And curiosity Now he’s a man, weathered and jaded And that photograph is hidden away In a chest, under lock and key And as he grows older, with each passing day, The colours become just different shades of grey And all his wonder drifts away A broken old toy, that once could be trusted To bring the boy joy - he blows off the dust And he’s onto something new Read between the lines Don’t be scared of trying - you might light what you find There’s more than meets the eye, But the best way to go blind is to look toward the light
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It’s harder to discriminate the artists from the fakes The melodies are lifted and the words are all the same We’re all plastic poets too dishonest to just say That we’re calling garbage art in a effort to get laid Oh, it’s just rock ‘n’ roll There’s no need to show you my soul Oh, it’s just rock ‘n’ roll I’ll talk in clichés; paraphrase the words that smarter men said yesterday Affecting phony accents, faking authenticity Primal rhymes and rhythms, no need for complexity Manufacture truth to hit the audience in the heart Honesty may be a virtue, but in lying lies the art Oh, it’s just rock ‘n’ roll There’s no need to show you my soul Oh, it’s just rock ‘n’ roll Who needs heart when you’ve got guitars? Who needs soul when you’ve got solos?
6.
Clowns in fine suits, neither shrewd nor astute, expressing faux dissatisfaction They don’t shoot blanks, they shoot flags that say bang; it’s all trickery - no actual action Drawn to the spotlight like bears to a beehive They’ll gladly be stung for some of the honey inside In the blink of an eye, the ink is all dry And the history’s now undeniable A suit and a tie are no armour from ire Still human, still fickle, still fallible These modern day gods, they’ll smile and they’ll nod But the cogs will rarely be turning A roll of the dice deciding a life But it’s fine, ‘cause it’s not there house burning down The wordplay betrays a slapstick display where panic replaces the pratfall Somebody’s puppets are our puppeteers, it’s been that way since time immemorial Drawn to the spotlight like bears to a beehive They’ll gladly be stung for that, mmm, sweet, sweet honey inside Down it goes Your hopes and your home up in smoke As they laugh and they jape, ‘cause they can’t see the flames from their thrones
7.
Seeing Stars 04:03
I used to think of happiness as something you could buy On the rocks or with a tonic, for a reasonable price I’ve since seen my reflection in a dozen broken mirrors But I’ve got this sneaky feeling that my bad luck’s just run dry As we drove down unknown roads, the clock ticked away from midnight Stopped and sat beneath the moon, no synthetic light in sight The emptiness of the universe made us question who we are B’t’you filled it up with meaning, and you left me seeing stars We’ll take on the world, just you and me Rewrite this clichéd script somehow I’ve skipped to the end and the pages were blank But that’s because we are the narrators now I was getting drunk on spirits and writing serenades To fabricated damsels that I hoped to someday save But whatever inspirations I had drawn on, I’d still wake up With a shit song, and hungover all the same But you turned up out of nowhere, and you taught me how to feel Not the love of lustful teens, but something tangible and real And all the cheesy songs that I was once dead set against Started moving me to tears, because they suddenly made sense We’ll take on the world, just you and me Rewrite this clichéd script somehow I’ve skipped to the end and the pages were blank But that’s because we are the narrators now No longer beholden to dreams that aren’t ours Not pawns on a chessboard, not crossed by the stars We’ll take on the world, just you and me Because we are the narrators now
8.
There’s violence in the air tonight, it’s brewing up a storm In the cold, we stand united, trying to keep eachother warm The truncheons give percussion, but their beat’s not one of peace It’s a hard macabre march advancing down these crowded streets And arm in arm, we sing our anthems; arm in arm we cry That we have won this war already because love is on our side Though we know that love has never won a war before If we stand strong and tall, we may just have something worth standing for We prayed to any god who’d listen “Help us find the peace we’re missing, please” So sick of living on our knees There’s violence in the air tonight, a riot on the streets We’re spitting blood and desperate words through a cage of broken teeth We’re all in love and all in war, all with our beliefs So beautiful, so passionate, such a primitive release And as the riot vans come rolling, and we scatter like leaves The sirens sing a symphony to bring about the “peace” Sixty sticks and shields against protesting pacifists Just pleading for a respite from the riot police We prayed to any god who’d listen “Help us find the peace we’re missing” We never had an answer given ‘Til we stood up and found a reason for Love to win the war

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I Fight Lions - By Chance or Design

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released April 4, 2019

Hywel Pitts: Lead Vocals and Guitar
Dan Owen: Guitar
Dan Thomas: Bass Guitar
Rhys Evans: Drums

Russ Hayes: Additional Synth and Keyboards

Songs composed and arranged by:
Rhys Evans, Dan Owen, Hywel Pitts and Dan J Thomas

Lyrics by:
Hywel Pitts

Music porduced, mixed and mastered by:
Russ Hayes

Recorded at:
Orange Sound Studios, Penmaenmawr

Artwork by:
Dan Owen

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I Fight Lions UK

I Fight Lions are a rock band hailing from the mountains of North Wales. Like many other bands, they write songs and perform them in public places; often for applause, seldom for money.

Mae I Fight Lions yn fand roc o ardal fynyddig Eryri. Fel llawer o fandiau eraill, maent yn sgwennu caneuon a'u chwarae nhw i bobl sy weithia'n gwrando, ond yn anaml yn talu.
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