Colorful Creature

by Errol Bateman

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1.
When I close my eyes and take a breath I can smell your scent I open them and lose my breath because you're gone again I close my eyes and I can feel your weight on my skin I open them and I can see that they're just your things but I can breathe easy when I can smell you other people may not understand but they're not just things I can breathe easy when I can smell you breathe easy when I can smell you
2.
Autopilot 03:22
Sometimes you come from such a far away place that I understand it's easy to get lost but please, oh please don't let that discourage you from knowing that this is home This is home I know that it's hard to shuffle through the dark without someone to shine a light for you you want to be that light spirit shining bright that guides you through the day But today's just today you're still making your way So just turn of your mind let your heart be your guide Autopilot let your instincts drive you Back home this is home I'll be home just waiting for you To come home this is home
3.
Right Now 04:05
Once or twice before I've written glorious choruses That spoke of sunshine and rainbows Once or twice before I've written fantastic lyrics That told tales of you Oh but I didn't think that you actually existed But today you've proved me wrong Once upon a time I thought I knew what love meant But is anyone really quite sure? I'm still known for being rather sentimental But I'm easy to please so just come and knock on my door And we'll go outside to play in the sunshine cause having fun with you is where I belong Sometimes I get worried About what it is that I should do But I know that you'd tell me Right now So I think I should do whatever makes me happy Which right now happens to be you Once in a while I'll have to believe in Fairy tales and dreams come true You just have to clear your mind To get a good view Oh cause I didn't think that they could actually exist What can I say please prove me wrong What can I say prove me wrong
4.
He left her in a booth with some cash on the table She was wearing that red dress she got for her birthday And they exchanged smiles despite conversation Of how utterly lost we all seem to be That’s just the way it is sometimes in this life He gave her a call a little bit later Just to say thank you for lending your ear She said no problem just wanna be a good friend He said I know just don’t wanna weigh you down That’s just the way it is sometimes in this life He said your beautiful and she blushed over air waves When he said it’s the same way talk to the sky Then a small hesitation as if it pained them to say it Then they both whispered goodbye That’s just the way it is sometimes in this life
5.
Last Night 03:19
Last night I told you that I hated you and I meant it With everything that is inside of me but I didn’t I am wanting you to fill this hole that is inside of me but that's my problem and not yours I asked if I could see you soon and I meant it You told me you'd call me today but you didn't I know that you can not replace the things that are missing they're my problems and not yours I asked for you to be my friend and I meant it You think I secretly asked for more but I didn't I'm not asking you to have any answers just to listen because they're my problems and not yours You asked for me to please go home and you meant it I thought things would work out okay but you didn't I am so sorry for this ridiculous beginning but there's no problem anymore
6.
She’s gonna breathe deeper whenever you see her than she ever breathed before Roll your dreams up light them on fire If you inhale deeply enough they’ll come alive again inside you Everyone’s just breathing unconscious of the smells of the word It's sad you lay down to sleep and don’t even smell the beauty if that girl When she walks into the room I dream of being the one Feeling her body give way to rest when the day is done I breath deeper whenever I see her than I ever breathed in my life One day your gonna wake up cold on the floor in a room full of smoke One day you’re gonna realize what was hiding behind those eyes You’re gonna swallow your heart with that breath when she walks out of the door It will ache with every beat once you can’t smell her anymore She’s gonna breathe deeper whenever you see her than she ever breathed before Roll your dreams up light them on fire If you inhale deeply enough they’ll come alive again inside you She’s gonna breathe deeper whenever you see her than she ever breathed before
7.
Eyes 04:53
What do you think when you see me sitting here? What kind of impression does it make? Oh I'd like to think Oh I'd like to think That it doesn't really matter It doesn't really matter When you look at me do you see a worldly woman? Or a pathetically scared little girl? And does it really matter? And does it really matter to you? When you look at me can you tell I'm growing nervous? When you touch me do you notice how I'm shaking? When you look at my face can you read the words hidden in my brow? Or are you too preoccupied? Eyes wide eyes shut tight Eyes wide emotions run high Eyes wide eyes shut tight
8.
I love the way that your body Sinks me into the bed And how when you finally move away from me Our bodies stick together like they’re meant to be They’ve been secretly longing and looking for each other We were both just lucky to have realized That they’ve been calling out I love the way that my heart pounds When you walk into the room And how whenever you embrace me I can feel Your heart like thunder in my chest Cause they’ve been calling out like little braves Their song rings through the night These most beautiful sounds Meant just for you and I I love the way your eyes glisten in the light When you sing out to me And how all of the words that drip out of your mouth Fulfill my secret fantasies They’ve been secretly longing and looking for each other We were both just lucky to have realized That they’ve been calling out Calling out like little braves Their song rings through the night These most beautiful sounds Meant just for you and I
9.
Through the years not much changed You grew up poor and died the same But never once did I see shame On your worn and weary face You worked long days and had hard nights You never cursed but you could fight Then you grew tired of living a lie Packed up your kids left in the night I picked cotton on the way to your funeral Behind a station down in east Carolina I picked cotton on the way to your funeral Now it sits on an old shelf of mine You had a house on Bruce’s land When you did they tore it down I took blankets pictures and rings They burned the rest it’s such a shame It took years before I returned Now there’s a garden where she burned It’s full of rows of collard greens Roosters chickens walker pins I picked cotton on the way to your funeral Behind a station down in east Carolina I picked cotton on the way to your funeral Now it sits on an old shelf of mine You weren’t dead a week before I was gone Caught a ride down drove the Cadillac home I sang this little bird in the mausoleum I sang you to sleep in your last home I sang you to sleep in your magnificent tomb I picked cotton on the way to your funeral Behind a station down in east Carolina I picked cotton on the way to your funeral Now it sits on an old shelf of mine
10.
Point Break 04:19
You piece together the music that captivates my heart We may not have a label but we will top the charts I want you to drink me in I want you to see my glory and my sins I think you should dig deep into the bitter ugliness I want you to love me baby despite that I’m a mess Cause I want you to stay and ride the wave And you’re gonna drown but that’s ok Breathe deep Sing sweet Cause you’ll never feel free Now I’m safely me

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Through smoky vulnerability and dazzling melodies, Colorful Creature is an intimately authentic collection of songs from a wildly talented musician named Errol Bateman. Shrewd in its observation, profound in its tone, and brilliant in its design, it’s a special record that shows just how much power can be given to an artist that lets the weight of her experience guide her art. -Doug Nunnally of The Auricular

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released December 12, 2018

Featuring performances by
Cris McAvoy, Kerry Hutcherson, Spencer Shorter, Phil Heesen III, Laney Sullivan, Tristan Brennis, Natalie Quick, Evan Bateman, Mike Windham, David Hood, Jared Golden, Sean Reese, Jake Ziemba

Recorded at Duh Temple Richmond Virginia
Drums recorded at Crosstalk Studio in Atlanta Georgia

All songs written by Errol Brown
Produced and Engineered by e evan bateman
Design Andre Magalhaes
Cover photo Evan Bateman

Thanks to my family, friends, John Broyer, Sean Reese, Anna Marie Heaton, Tabyn McAvoy, Ryan Whisler, Nathan Lewis, Rob Reardon, Doug Epstein, Scott Burton, Martin Reamy, and all of the amazing artists

A very special thanks to my husband

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