Kerry Ellis 'Anthems'


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Kerry Ellis 'Anthems'

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Released 13 September 2010, reached number 15, on chart for 2 weeks.
Album length 44:53.

Tracklisting
1. Dangerland
2. Anthem
3. I Can't Be Your Friend
4. Defying Gravity
5. I'm Not That Girl
6. You Have To Be There
7. Love It When You Call
8. Save Me
9. Diamonds Are Forever
10. No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young)
11. I Loved A Butterfly


Other Tracks:
The Way We Were (2014 Kerry Ellis album track)

 

Produced by Brian May
Album arranged by Brian May and Steve Sidwell except tracks 3, 7 and 11, arranged by Brian May
Co-produced and engineered by Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson
Recorded and mixed at Allerton Hill, England
All album tracks apart from track 3, 7 and 11 feature the London Session Orchestra, conducted by Steve Sidwell

Kerry Ellis - lead vocals
Brian May - guitars, bass, piano, keyboards and backing vocals
John Micelli - drums on tracks 1-3
Taylor Hawkins - drums on tracks 4-5
Rufus Taylor - drums on tracks 6-9
Roger Taylor - drums (sticks) on track 10
Keith Prior - drums (brushes) on track 10
Chris Chaney - bass on track 5

Kerry also appears on 'Badger Swagger' by Arful Badger, alongside Brian, and a version of 'Somebody To Love' by Only Men Aloud, without him.

 

Singles: [discography]


Dangerland


Track 1. Written by Brian May. Length 5:58.
Lyrics:
Oooh
Oooh
Dangerland

There is a land I know
Far from our gravity
Where healing waters flow
And love is always free

Come with me
Come with me
To love's dangerland

Here every creature knows
Respect and dignity
And every wind that blows
Speaks of a new deity

Come to my world of dreams
Nothing is what it seems
I'll take you (dangerland)
For all eternity
A life in harmony we're living
And you love me
And you love me

Oooh
Oooh

The lamb lays down beside
The lion while he's sleeping
He wakes, the sun is rising
The stars themselves are bleeding

Take my hand
Dare to stand
In love's dangerland
Oooh
Oooh
Oooo
Yeah

Blue eagles rule the sky
No evil in disguise will take you (dangerland)
This land is filled with plenty
No cup is ever empty
It's heaven
And you love me
My fantasy
Oooh

Green dinosaurs go striding
Through fields of humans hiding
The world of empathy
Decreasing entropy

Come with me
Come with me
To love's dangerland

To love's dangerland
Oooh
Oooh
Oooh
Danger, danger
Dangerland

Anthem


Track 2. Written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice. Length 3:15.
This track appears in the musical 'Chess'.

Lyrics:
No man, no madness
Though their sad power may prevail
Can possess, conquer, my country's heart
They rise to fail

She is eternal
Long before nations lines were drawn
When no flags flew, when no armies stood
My land was born

And you ask me why I love her
Through wars, death, and despair
She is the constant
We who don't care

And you wonder will I leave her
But how?
I cross over borders but I'm still there now

Yeah, how can I leave her?
Where would I start?
Let man's petty nations tear themselves apart
My land's only borders lie around my heart

I Can't Be Your Friend


Track 3. Written by Don Black and Brian May. Length 3:55.
Live Versions:
1. Acoustic By Candlelight (4:02) (recorded in Corby, England, on 7 November 2012)
Lyrics:
There should have been some tears
There should have been some pain
You didn't raise your voice
It didn't even rain

And so our story ends
The way we didn't plan
Can you live without me?
I don't believe you can

We're putting on brave faces
Acting like we don't care
Pride won't take us anywhere

This can't be over
This can't be true
No, you're a part of me
And I'm a part of you

This can't be over
This can't be the end
'Cos I'm your true lover
I can't be your friend

So after all this time
I don't know who you are
We should have talked it through
Before we got this far

We're putting on brave faces
Pretending we don't care
Pride won't get us anywhere

This can't be over
This can't be true
No, you're a part of me (part of me)
And I'm a part of you (I'm a part of you)

This can't be over (over, oooh)
This can't be the end (can't be the end)
'Cos I'm your true lover (oooh)
I can't be your friend

'Cos I'm your true lover (oooh)
Don't ask me to be your friend

I can't be your friend

Defying Gravity


Track 4. Written by Stephen Schwartz. Length 4:16.
This track appears in the musical 'Wicked', and segues into 'I'm Not That Girl'. It was recorded by Idina Menzel and released as a single in 2007.

Alternate Versions:
1. 'Wicked In Rock' Edit (4:02) (appears on the sampler CD only; this is the same as the album version, but loses part of the orchestral outro from around 3:57 to 4:11, before segueing into 'I'm Not That Girl')
2. G-A-Y Remix Edit (3:41) (released as a download single in March 2011; this adds a dance beat and other effects throughout, loses much of the music, but retains Brian's guitar, adding it throughout the track)
3. G-A-Y Remix (6:25) (released on the above download single; this features a much longer intro and outro, two extra verses, and additional instrumental sections)

Lyrics: (click here for the lyrics to the G-A-Y Remix and Edit)
Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I'm through with playing by the rules
Of someone else's game
Too late for second guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes, and leap

It's time to try defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye, I'm defying gravity
And you won't bring me down
Mmm

I'm through accepting limits
'Cos someone says they're so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I'll never know
Too long I've been afraid of
Losing love I guess I've lost
Well, if that's love it comes at much too high a cost

I'd sooner buy defying gravity
I'm way up high, I'm defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye, I'm defying gravity
And you won't bring me down

Unlimited
My future is unlimited
And I just had a vision almost like a prophecy
I know it sounds to be crazy
And true, the vision's hazy
But I can see it, I can feel it
I swear I'll be so high
Yeah, yeah

So, if you care to find me
Look to the western sky
As someone told me lately
Everyone deserves a chance to fly

And if I'm flying solo
At least I'm flying free
To those who ground me
Take a message back from me
Yeah, yeah

It's time to fly defying gravity
I'm way up high, I'm defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye, I'm defying gravity
And you won't bring me
You won't bring me
Down

Ohhhh, ohhh


G-A-Y Remix Lyrics: (the lyrics in red are present in the full remix, but lost from the edit)
Defying gravity
And you won't bring me down
And you won't bring me down
I'm defying gravity
And you won't bring me
You won't bring me
You won't bring me down


Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I'm through with playing by the rules
Of someone else's game
Too late for second guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes, and leap

It's time to try defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye, I'm defying gravity
And you won't bring me down
Mmm

Mmm

I'm through accepting limits
'Cos someone says they're so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I'll never know
Too long I've been afraid of
Losing love I guess I've lost
Well, if that's love it comes at much too high a cost


I'd sooner buy defying gravity
I'm way up high, I'm defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye, I'm defying gravity
And you won't bring me
You won't bring me down


I'd sooner buy defying gravity
I'm way up high, I'm defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye, I'm defying gravity
And you won't bring me down

Unlimited
My future is unlimited
And I just had a vision almost like a prophecy
I know it sounds to be crazy
And true, the vision's hazy
But I can see it, I can feel it
I swear I'll be so high

Yeah, yeah

So, if you care to find me
Look to the western sky
As someone told me lately
Everyone deserves a chance to fly

And if I'm flying solo
At least I'm flying free
To those who ground me
Take a message back from me
Yeah, yeah

It's time to fly defying gravity
I'm way up high, I'm defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye, I'm defying gravity
And you won't bring me
You won't bring me
Down

Ohhhh, ohhh

I'm Not That Girl


Track 5. Written by Stephen Schwartz. Length 3:47.
This track appears in the musical 'Wicked', and segues from 'Defying Gravity'.

Live Versions:
1. Acoustic By Candlelight (2:44) (recorded in Bury St Edmunds, England, on 5 November 2012)
Lyrics:
Hands touch, eyes meet
Sudden silence, sudden heat
Hearts leap in a giddy whirl
He could be that boy
But I'm not that girl
I'm not that girl

Blithe smile, lithe limb
She who's winsome, she wins him
Gold hair with a gentle curl
That's the girl he chose
And heaven knows
I'm not that girl

Don't dream too far
Don't lose sight of who you are
Don't remember that rush of joy
He could be that boy
I'm not that girl

Every so often we long to steal
To the land of what might have been
But that doesn't soften the ache we feel
When reality sets back in

Don't wish, don't start
Wishing only wounds the heart
I wasn't born for the rose and the pearl
There's a girl I know
He loves her so
I'm not that girl

I'm not that girl
Don't dream too far
Don't lose sight of who you are
(I'm not that girl)
I won't wish, and I won't start
Wishing only wounds the heart
(I'm not that girl)

I won't dream, but I'm gonna pray
That maybe someday
I'll be that girl

You Have To Be There


Track 6. Written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice. Length 4:27.
This track appears in the musical 'Kristina från Duvemåla'.

Lyrics:
You have banished me
From the land where I was born
Here upon a foreign shore forsaken
I have followed you and done thy way

Should I kneel to you
When I rise you strike me down
Once again a little one you've taken
Everywhere I turn is darker still

What is it Lord that you want that I am not seeing?
What in my innocent prayers am I failing to say?
Never before have I questioned the truth of your being
Never once have I dared
Never until today

All of a tremble I stand on the edge of confusion
Who is to save me if into the darkness I fall?
Now that I need more than ever my God to be near me
Do you hear when I call?
Are you there after all?

You have to be there, you have to
My life I have placed in thy keep
And without you I am drifting on a dark and rising sea
You have to be there, you have to
Without you I'd drown in the deep
Too far, too far from land
The waters drag me down
I reach for your hand

Who when I die will throw open his arms to receive me?
Who will believe me and take me into his embrace?
When I have gone to my rest, will you watch me and wake me?
When my time comes at last, will you grant me your grace?

I am so small on this Earth, I am nothing without you
Daring to doubt you at all is a knife to my heart
Little by little I'm losing my way in the shadows
I am losing my hold and the world falls apart

You have to be there, you have to
My life I have placed in thy keep
And without you I am drifting on a dark and rising sea
You have to be there, you have to
Without you I'd drown in the deep
Too far, too far from land
The waters drag me down
I reach for your hand

You have to be there, you have to
Without you I'd drown in the deep
Too far, too far from land
The waters drag me down
I reach for your hand

Love It When You Call


Track 7. Written by Dan Gillespie Sells, Richard Jones, Kevin Jeremiah, Ciaran Jeremiah and Paul Stewart. Length 3:34.
This track was originally recorded by The Feeling, and reached no 18 in 2006.

Lyrics:
I love it when you call
I love it when you call
I love it when you call
But you never call at all
Woo
Ha, ha, ha
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Ha, I found a switch
You turn it on
I hit the ditch
And carried on
I was so near
Now you’re so far
Are you quite sure
Just who you are

Oh, I
Know you can chose a friend but you don’t seem to have the time
Oh, I
I wonder if you ever get to say what’s on your mind
Oh, take a little time
Yeah, take a little time

I love it when you call
I love it when you call
I love it when you call
But you never call at all

So what’s the complication
It’s only conversation
And I love it when you call
But you never call at all

Remember me, I used to be
The best time buddy that you couldn’t wait to see
But getting old, it takes a toll
Hearts getting broken leads to people growing cold

Oh, I
I'm flipping with a coin that’s got a tail on either side
Oh, I
I'm gonna be the one who makes you stop and realise
Oh, you could have it all
Yeah, we should have it all

I love it when you call (she loves it when you call)
I love it when you call (she loves it when you call)
I love it when you call
But you never call at all

So what’s the complication
It’s only conversation
And I love it when you call
But you never call at all
(She loves it when you call)
(She loves it when you call)

Yeah, I wonder where you've been
Yeah, I wonder who you've seen
And I hope you find your dream
When you do I really hope it’s all it seems

I love it when you call
I love it when you call
I love it when you call
But you never call at all
So what’s the complication
It’s only conversation
And I love it when you call
But you never call at all
Woo

I love it when you call
I love it when you call
I love it when you call
But you never call at all

So what’s the complication
It’s only conversation
And I love it when you call
But you never call at all
I love it when you call
But you never call at all, oh-oh-oh

Save Me


Track 8. Written by Brian May. Length 3:58.
This track was originally recorded by Queen and appears on the 1980 album 'The Game'.

Alternate Versions:
1. Website Version (3:12) (used on Brian's 'Save Me' website; this version fades in at around 0:47, features electric guitar instead of Kerry's vocals upto 2:04, and then continues as normal)
Lyrics: (the lyrics in red are present in the website version)
It started off so well
They said we made a perfect pair
I clothed myself in your glory and your love
How I loved you
How I cried

The years of care and loyalty
Were nothing but a sham it seems
The years belie we lived a lie
I love you 'til I die

Save me, save me, save me
I can't face this life alone
Save me, save me, save me
I'm naked and I'm far from home

The slate will soon be clean
I'll erase the memories
To start again with somebody new
Was it all wasted
All that love

I hang my head and I advertise
A soul for sale or rent
I have no heart, I'm cold inside
I have no real intent

Ooooh
(save me, save me)
Save me

I can't face this life alone, oh
Save me, save me, save me
I'm naked and I'm far from home


Ooh, each night I cry, I still believe a lie
I love you, 'til I die

Ohhhhh (save me, save me)
Save me
Don't let me face my life alone, oh
Save me, save me, save me
Can't make it through the night on my own
Save me, save me, save me
I'm naked and I'm far from home

Oooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, ooooh

Diamonds Are Forever


Track 9. Written by John Barry and Don Black. Length 3:04.
This track was originally performed by Shirley Bassey and is the title track of the 1971 James Bond film of the same name. It reached no 31 in the UK charts.

Lyrics:
Diamonds are forever
They are all I need to please me
They can stimulate and tease me
They won't leave in the night
I've no fear that they might desert me

Diamonds are forever
Hold one up and then caress it
Touch it, stroke it and undress it
I can see every part
Nothing hides in the heart to hurt me

I don't need love
For what good will love do me?
Diamonds never lie to me
For when love's gone
They luster on

Diamonds are forever
Sparkling round my little finger
Unlike men, diamonds linger
Men are mere mortals who
Are not worth going to your grave for

I don't trust love
Fancy words will not sway me
Diamonds never betray me
And when love's gone
They luster on

Diamonds are forever, forever, forever
Diamonds are forever, forever, forever
Forever

Diamonds are forever, forever, forever
Diamonds are forever, forever, forever
Forever
Forever

No-One But You

(Only The Good Die Young)


Track 10. Written by Brian May. Length 5:18.
This track was originally released as a free download on 19 March 2005, and later as part of the 'We Will Rock You - Around The World' EP. It also appeared on the 'Wicked In Rock' taster CD.
The track was originally recorded by Queen and appears on the compilation album 'Queen Rocks'.

Live Versions:
1. Acoustic By Candlelight (5:25) (recorded in Bury St Edmunds, England, on 5 November 2012)
2. The Candlelight Concerts - Live At Montreux 2013 (4:51) (recorded at the Stravinski Hall, Montreux, Switzerland, on 19 July 2013)

Lyrics:
A hand above the water
An angel reaching for the sky
Is it raining in heaven
Do you want us to cry?

And everywhere the broken hearted
On every lonely avenue
No-one could reach them
No-one but you

One by one
Only the good die young
They're only flying too close to the sun
And life goes on
Without you

Another tricky situation
I get to drownin' in the blues
And I find myself thinking
Well, what would you do?

Yes, it was such an operation
Forever paying every due
Hell, you made a sensation
Oh, you found a way through

One by one
Only the good die young
They're only flying too close to the sun
And we'll remember
Forever

And now the party must be over
I guess we'll never understand
The sense of your leaving
Was it the way it was planned?

And so we grace another table
And raise our glasses one more time
There's a face at the window
And I ain't never, never saying goodbye, oh

One by one
Only the good die young
They're only flying too close to the sun
Crying for nothing
Crying for no-one
No-one but you

I Loved A Butterfly


Track 11. Written by Brian May. Length 3:09.
This track was originally titled 'Some Things That Glitter' and appears on the Queen + Paul Rodgers album 'The Cosmos Rocks'.
This is an acoustic version of the track, featuring just Kerry, Brian on guitar, and tambourine towards the end.

Live Versions:
1. The Sunflower Superjam (3:15) (recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London, England, on 16 September 2012)
2. Acoustic By Candlelight (3:19) (recorded in London, England, on 11 November 2012)

Lyrics:
Once I loved a butterfly
Don't wonder how, don't ask me why
But I believed what I'd been told
All things that glitter can't be gold
Ooh-ooh-ooh-oooh, ooh-ooh-oooh, ooh-ooh-oooh, yeah
All things that glitter can't be gold

Those jealous minds conspired to say
Just let that creature fly away
How can it be she has it all
Her pride is headed for a fall
Ooh-ooh-ooh-oooh, ooh-ooh-oooh, ooh-ooh-oooh, yeah
All things that glitter can't be gold

Oh Lord, what races we run
Seeking our place in the sun
Reaching and hoping we find the right one

Now every day a new joy brings
My butterfly grew golden wings
It seems we find as we grow old
Some things that glitter may be gold
Ooh-ooh-ooh-oooh, ooh-ooh-oooh, ooh-ooh-oooh, yeah
Some things that glitter may be gold

So let us mind what's there to see
Before our hearts become too cold
In spite of all that we've been told
Some things that glitter may be gold

Ooh-ooh-ooh-oooh, ooh-ooh-oooh, ooh-ooh-oooh, yeah
Some things that glitter may be gold
Ooh-ooh-ooh-oooh, ooh-ooh-oooh, ooh-ooh-oooh, yeah, ooh
Some things that glitter may be gold

The Way We Were


Non album track. Written by Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman and Marvin Hamlisch. Length 2:58.
This track was released on Kerry's 2014 solo album, 'Kerry Ellis'. It features Brian on acoustic guitar throughout, alongside an orchestra.
The track was originally recorded by Barbra Streisand, and released as a single in 1974.

Live Versions:
1. Acoustic By Candlelight (3:00) (recorded in Corby, England, on 7 November 2012)
2. The Candlelight Concerts - Live At Montreux 2013 (2:54) (recorded at the Stravinski Hall, Montreux, Switzerland, on 19 July 2013)

Lyrics:
Memories
Light the corners of my mind
Misty watered coloured memories
Of the way we were

Scattered pictures
Of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another
Of the way we were

Can it be that it was all so simple then?
Or has time re-written every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me, would we?
Could we?

Memories
May be beautiful and yet
What's too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget

So, it's the laughter
We will remember
Whenever we remember
The way we were

Ooooh
The way we were

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