Colorful Creature

by Errol Bateman

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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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Track Name: April Matriarch
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
Track Name: Autopilot
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
Track Name: Right Now
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
Track Name: Sometimes In This Life
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
Track Name: Last Night
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
Track Name: Roll Your Dreams Up
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
Track Name: Eyes
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
Track Name: Little Braves
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
Track Name: Magnificent Tomb
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
Track Name: Point Break
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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