Who Do You Think You Are

by Ben P. Williams

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Having honed his trade busking on the streets of Manchester, Ben Williams has become an in demand performer for both studio and live work. As a session guitarist Ben has appeared on BBC1, ITV, Channel 5 and Radio 4, played worldwide concerts including South by Southwest Festival in Texas, gigs across Europe, and enjoyed extensive UK tours supporting artists such as Lisa Stansfield, Will Young and Mick Hucknall. Ben has also received plaudits for his studio work from Grammy award winning producer Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Paolo Nutini) and legendary drummer Steve White (Paul Weller, Oasis). As a songwriter, Ben has co-written tracks on albums by Kristyna Myles, Jon Kenzie and Beggar Joe amongst others.

Recently Ben has decided to move to the front of the stage. Climbing over his amplifier, tripping over a few cables and sending some stands flying, he finally finds himself at the microphone for the release of his debut album 'Who Do You Think You Are?'. Ben’s most recent single ‘Too Cold For Snow’ received airplay across the UK on stations such as BBC Manchester, BBC Southampton, BBC Reading and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire. It also received international airplay on stations such as BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Services). Ben’s album contains eleven self-penned songs in his quirky and inimitable style, performed by a selection of Manchester’s finest musicians.

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released March 2, 2015

All tracks written by Ben Williams
All tracks recorded and mixed by Mark Lewis except tracks 7 and 9 recorded and mixed by John Hughes and Wil Hesketh.
All tracks produced by Ben Williams
All tracks mastered by Pete Maher
Artwork and Design by Julia Lowe
Photograph of Ben Williams by Gemma Latham

Ben Williams: Vocals, Backing vocals, Guitars on all tracks. Hand-owl and Percussion on track 7.
Justin Shearn: Keys on tracks 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,10,11.
Matt Owens: Double Bass on tracks 1,2,3,4,6,8,10,11.
Eryl Roberts: Drums on tracks 1,2,3,4,6,8,10,11.
Gaz Hughes: Drums on track 6. Percussion on tracks 1,3,4,6,8,10,11.
James McKeown: Keys on track 9.
Barry Howard: Double Bass on track 9.
Nick Gosling: Drums on track 9.
Simon Reynolds: Brass arrangement, Tenor and Baritone Saxophone on track 8.
Chris Stevens: Trumpet on track 8
Steve Pycroft: String arrangement on track 5.
Litsa Levendis: Violin on track 5.
Frances Jones Tabone: Violin on track 5.
Denise Beynon: Viola on track 5
John Williams: Cello on Track 5.

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Track Name: To My Delight
To my delight my heart is on a string
To my surprise I haven't changed a thing
I just keep on with my normal life
To my delight my heart starts to fly

Now in daylight I feel you standing near
Right by my side and whispering in my ear
Words that ring so cool and clear and pierce my foggy mind
To my delight I find that you are mine
(To my delight I find that you are mine)

Oh- oh - Keep your eyes on me
Oh- oh - There's nothing else to see
Keep your eyes one me

I see you smiling we're going to have some fun
Last time I felt this way well I was pretty young
Turn up the music, I'll open up some wine
To my delight I find that you are mine
(To my delight I find that you are mine)

Oh -oh - I've got my eye one you
Oh- oh- There's no-one else in view
I've got my eye on you

When you came to me you knocked me off my feet
Driving the wrong way up a one-way street
Don't feel the need to look for the reason why
To my delight my heart starts to fly
To my delight my heart starts to fly.
Track Name: Bide Your Time
I'm not cool I don't tie my laces
Trip and fall right on my face
Each time (time)
And I've got no idea why I came here
Who I am or who is to blame here
Aye aye

BRIDGE:
Oh and we have this discussion
Every single day
It always comes to nothing
Cos we've both got nothing to say

CHORUS:
When you say nothing to me, it means so much more
Than all the words that used to roll off our tongue when we were young
And didn't know the score
It's the silence in your eyes that I can recognise
So hold your silence, bite your tongue and bide your time.

You took my soul you took my life
And cut it with your pocket knife
Ah-ah
And everything you say rings true
I only cry when I'm with you
Ah-ah

RPT BRIDGE AND CHORUS

Oo-oh don't say a thing
Oo-oh just start to sing
Just keep rolling, just keep rolling, just keep rolling, just keep rolling on

RPT CHORUS

Hold your silence bite your tongue and bide your time x2
Track Name: The Fall Out
Get down from the table
You're too high to pick that fight
You dance like you're not able
To tell your wrong from your right
Maybe it's alright, maybe it's fine
Maybe it's something you do all the time, all the time
You're stumbling around like you don't know how
To stay on your feet, and I've seen more than one raised eyebrow now.

CHORUS:
Are you going all out tonight (how many days, how many nights?)
Do whatever you can to make it right (how many days, how many nights?)
Are you going all out tonight (how many days, how many nights?)
Watch out for the fall out

Maybe it's alright, maybe it's fine
Maybe it's something you do all the time, all the time
You've got new friends, I don't know who
I see them circle round you and I can't get through
You're looking much older it shows in your skin
You're desperate to score but you're not going to win

RPT CHORUS

I can see you, but I can't work you out
It's sad to see you do it to yourself

RPT CHORUS......
Track Name: I Can Do That
I like to get up in the morning
When the coffee starts to flow
I like to get up in the morning
Knowing I've got somewhere to go
I like to make my own decisions
Don't like having someone to answer to
But on the other hand
It's not always easy knowing what to do

CHORUS:
And if i want to be lazy, I can be lazy
If I want to be sad, I can be sad
If I want to spend all day watching the sky go grey
I can do that

Do you ever feel the pressure of time
Pressing so hard
I barely blink sometimes
And I've got another birthday card
I feel I should do a bit more
Than just muddle through
I've got to get moving
I've got such a lot to do

RPT CHORUS

SOLO

RPT CHORUS

If I want to spend all day watching the sky go grey
I can do that
If I want to spend all day watching the sky go grey
I can do that.
Track Name: Hold Your Fire
Roof top rows and houses
Falling down, falling out
It's like I'm waiting for the call
So I can bail out
Your voice is filled with passion and anger
It's eating up your health
Your judgement's fuelled by rage
I'm not listening to what you say
I'm going to remove myself.

Come back and see me when you've calmed down
Come back and see me when you're calm
I've had enough of you shouting out
Come back and see me when you're calm

Hold your fire x2

You're like a volcano waiting to erupt
Where to go, where to go
Sometimes your temper can be so abrupt
Where to go, where to go
You've been planning this attack for a while
But it's coming out confused
The tears are pouring down
The knife is twisting round
It's not the way I'd chose

Come back and see me when you've calmed down
Come back and see me when you're calm
I've had enough of you shouting out
Come back and see me when you're calm

Hold your fire x 3

Come back and see me when you've calmed down
Come back and see me when you're calm
I've had enough of you shouting out
Come back and see me when you're calm x2
Track Name: Who Do You Think You Are?
Good friends come, good friends go
There's just one thing I'd like to know and that's
Who do you think you are?
Light my fire, lift me up
Pour some coffee in my cup oh
Who do you think you are?
You stood me up, you let me down
You turned my smile into a frown oh
Who do you think you are?
You play your part then slipped away
And left me shattered torn and frayed oh
Who do you think you are?

Who do you think you, who do you think you
Who do you think you are?

Broken signs, perfect crimes
Take what's yours and leave what's mine
Who do you think you are
I never guessed, I never dreamed
Someone like you could be so mean
Who do you think you are

Who do you think you, who do you think you
Who do you think you are?

You gotta give what you want, take what you need x2

Every morning, everyday
You took my little heart away oh
Who do you think you are
When i asked for it back you said
"There is no chance of that"
Who do you think you are

You gotta give what you want, take what you need x2

You kept me up all night, you never played it right
Your dirty little violin baby
You need to practice more, oh what you waiting for?
Never go out walking on your own.

Never go out walking, never go out walking,
Never go out walking on your own.

You made an effort, you made me sure
It was you that I was living for
Who do you think you are
Good friends come and good friends go
There's just one thing I'd like to know and that's
Who do you think you are?

Who do you think you, who do you think you
Who do you think you are? x3
Track Name: Did I Didn't I?
Did I didn't I hold my head up high
Did I didn't I hold my head up high
You gotta try
Did I didn't i hold my head up high
Ain't nothing but sunshine

Did I didn't I do what I must do
Did I didn't i do what I must do
To make it through
Did I didn't i do what I must do
Ain't nothing but the truth

Didn't I look you up, didn't I look you down
Oh I can see you're busy just fooling around
Didn't I look you up, didn't I look you down
Oh take your time but don't take mine

Did I didn't I think that it would last
Did I didn't I think that it would last
You had to ask
Didn't I didn't i think that it would last
Ain't nothing but the past

Didn't I look you up, didn't i look you down
Oh I can see you're busy just fooling around
Didn't I look you up, didn't I look you down
Oh take your time but don't take mine
Track Name: Change It
You can change it
Or you can keep it the same
To change it
Might cause you suffering and pain
But that might be the thing to do rearrange it x3

I can rearrange things for you

Let me get my boots
Let me get my shoes on
Let me book up a booze cruise baby for you
Let me get my coat
Let me get my hat
It's all over
And that is that
Just keep on smiling as your world falls apart
Just keep on smiling as your world falls apart
Just keep on smiling if it rips your face in two and breaks your heart
Just keep on smiling
A-ha

You can change it
Oh you can change it
You can change it
Oh you can change it

Just keep on smiling as your world falls apart
Look at the dartboard
And throw the dart
Do you want this?
Do you want this?
Put you answers on the back of a post card

You can change it
Or you can keep it the same
To change it
Might cause you suffering and pain
But that might be the thing to do rearrange it x3
Track Name: Balloon String
She got hold of my balloon string
She won't let me fly away
I think that she wants me to stay.
She got hold of my guitar
She won't let me play
I think that she wants me to stay.

She's having trouble, she won't be told
She doesn't want to get the police involved.
Oh, she's having trouble, it's bought and sold
Where is she? Her food is going cold.

She got hold of my balloon string
She won't let me fly away
I think that she wants me to stay.
She's so gutted to be back in the U.K
I think that she wants me to stay.

She's being tortured, but she won't talk.
Will they ever let her walk?

She got hold of my balloon string
She won't let me fly away
I think that she wants me to stay
She's selling my body parts on ebay
I think that she wants me to stay.

She's a dangerous woman, she makes grown men cry
She is a dangerous woman, you might as well say 'bye bye'.

She got hold of my balloon string
She won't let me fly away
I think that she wants me to stay.
She got hold of my guitar
She won't let me play.....
Track Name: Trying So Hard
Trying so hard to put my hands on the table
Trying so hard to put my feet on the wheel
Trying so hard but I don't know if I'm able
Trying so hard but I don't know if I will

Mm-hm

Trying so hard to do things just like you told me
Trying so hard to make the sky meet the sea
Trying so hard and just a-hoping that you'll hold me
Trying so hard and just a-hoping to be free

And if I try hard enough she said I'm gonna fly

Mm-hm

Trying so hard to move up another level
Trying so hard to find a reason and a rhyme
Trying so hard not to dance with the devil
Trying so hard to turn this water into wine

And if I try hard enough she said I'n gonna fly

You got the time I got the money
You put these ideas in my head
And now you're laughing like it's funny
Now you're leaving me for dead
You got the time but I got the feeling
I won't be seeing you again
You got the time but I got the feeling
You've got no time to explain

Trying so hard to put my heart on the table
Trying so hard to put my soul on the wheel
Trying so hard but I don't know if I'm able
Trying so hard but I don't know if I will

Try try try try try
Trying so hard x2

And if I try hard enough she said I'm gonna fly.
Track Name: Jukebox Secret
It's like I never saw you coming
It's like I never saw you leave
Baby will you put some shoes on
You'll get a chill right on your feet
You can't sit still, you won't sit still
You like to move around
Baby will you move a little closer
So we can find some common ground

Tell me do you remember
When we forgot the words
I think we almost had the first line
But then it only got worse
We like to sing, we love to sing
Like two little drunken things
And if there's going to be a next time
Do you think we should rehearse

What's your jukebox secret
What song do you like to play at the end of the day
When it's just you and your drink
And all the friends you like to think
Will never go away.

I think they're going to have a lock-in
Keep everybody on their toes
Baby keep the records spinning
And we'll just see how it goes
The night is young and the truth is here
In-between the grooves
And baby will you move a little closer
Cos I like the way you move

What's your jukebox secret
What song do you like to play at the end of the day
When it's just you and your drink
And all the friends you like to think
Will never go away
What's your jukebox secret
What would you like to do when it's just me and you
What's your jukebox secret
If you tell me I will keep it
For exactly when you need it

INSTRUMENTAL

What's your jukebox secret
What song do you like to play at the end of the day
When it's just you and your drink
And all the friends you like to think
Will never go away
What's your jukebox secret
What would you like to do when it's just me and you
What's your jukebox secret
If you tell me I will keep it
For exactly when you need it

So what's your jukebox secret