We Want More: The Artist EP (Special Edition)

by Ian Doherty

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(From the original 2014 release:)

This EP features 7 songs from a longer work called We Want More, a rock opera exploring the effects of the industry, the media, and the audience on artists. It tells the story of Roger Mackson, a hard-up music producer who discovers a tape in his backlog submitted to him by a young musician named Sid Williams. The rock opera follows Sid as he makes his way through the music business, guided only by Roger and his own experiences in the business.

These songs are a sample of what you can expect from the rock opera as a whole. They are each pulled from a different place in the story and put in chronological order (excluding the bonus track[s]). I’m still working on the rest of the music, but I wanted to record these tracks as a way to get the music out there. There’s only so many times you can tell people “I’m working on a rock opera” and meet the question “When can we hear it?” with an empty sigh.

So let me introduce you to Roger and Sid (and Grace!), if only briefly. I hope you enjoy these songs. And keep your eyes and ears out for more news on We Want More in the future. It may be finished in a year, it may be finished in 10 years, but trust me—when a story wants to get told, it gets told.

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released July 26, 2016

Recorded at Hobin Studios September 2012 – February 2013
Produced, engineered, and mixed by Andrew Sudol and Patrick Bergemann
Mastered by Andrew Sudol and Brett Hobin
Photography, album art, and design by Patrick Bergemann

All music & lyrics by Ian Doherty, except “Autumn Dreams” lyrics by Ian Doherty & Lewis Land

Vocals, guitars, keyboards – Ian Doherty
Bass – Pat Bergemann
Drums – Greg Mason
Additional vocals on “The Real You” – Taylor Bigelow
Additional guitars on “Let Loose” and “Out of Your Mind” – Michael Doherty

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Special Edition Credits

"The Artist (Piano Version)" & "Paint That Picture (Piano Version)" recorded at Hobin Studios February 2014
Produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Andrew Sudol

Vocals & piano - Ian Doherty

"Let Loose (Acoustic Version)" recorded at Mike's House May 2016
Produced, engineered, and mixed by Ian Doherty

Vocals & acoustic guitar – Ian Doherty
Additional acoustic guitar – Michael Doherty

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Track Name: Feel That Way Again
ROGER:
I can’t believe this
The words that I’m hearing
It’s gotta be someone else
That they’ve been accusing
That’s double-crossed them
It’s me who lost them
I can’t defend the shape I’m in

All of those people
What were they expecting?
Lightning can never strike twice
For anyone, excepting
The fallen rock star
Perhaps I fell too far
I can’t explain the state I’m in

But up there in the spotlight
I had the world held on a string
What I wouldn’t give
To feel that way again

Hundreds of people
With hundreds of voices
They all sound the same to me, nowadays
I can’t make the choices
On who’s gonna last
Still living in my broken past
I never thought that it could end

But up there when it felt right
I had the world held on a string
What I wouldn’t give
To feel that way again

(Instrumental)

But up there in the spotlight
I had the world held on a string
What I wouldn’t give
To feel that way again
To feel the rhythm of the song
Beneath my skin

What I wouldn’t give
To feel that way again
Track Name: The Artist (Goin' Down)
SID:
Your skin was pale as a winter sky
The day that we first met
I asked you what was wrong;
You said that somehow, you forget
And it seems to me
That you’re goin’ down the drain
Yeah, it seems to me
That you’re goin’ down, you’re goin’ down

Ooo…

At night you walk through empty halls
Without a thought to care
And you know the way your sunken eyes
Are showing all the wear
And it seems to me
That your life could use a change
Yeah, it seems to me
That your life could use, your life could use

Some time to iron out the wrinkles on your face
And return the glimmer to your eyes
And maybe when you take things at a slower pace
You can finally shed this thick disguise

Oh…

Your life has taken a turn, it seems,
That you did not expect
And the person you once were
You know you’d love to resurrect
And it seems to me
That it only takes a choice
Yeah, it seems to me
That it only takes, it only takes…a choice.
Track Name: Let Loose
SID:
Safe inside your scripted dramas
Each routine drives you insane
How’d the formula get started?
You've only got yourself to blame

I need to break out of this prison
Find something else to believe
Trapped by my own inhibitions
Trying to find some release, I need to

Let loose and break everything around me
Take all the time in the world
Let loose, and damn all the days that found me
Sitting still and letting life pass me by

All the while the press keeps running
No drop of ink to waste on you
Try to make a clear connection
A steady signal to radio through

I need to get a reaction
To give me some proof I exist
Someone out there's bound to stop me
I’ve got to try to resist so I can

Let loose and break everything around me
Take all the time in the world
Let loose, and damn every day that found me
Sitting still and letting life pass me by

(Instrumental)

I need to break out of this prison
Find someone else to believe
Trapped by my own self-obsession
Trying to find some relief, I need to

Let loose and break everything around me
Take all the time in the world
Let loose, and damn all the days that found me
Sitting still and letting life pass

Let loose and break all the walls around me
Build up a whole different world
Let loose, and damn all the days that found me
Sitting still and forgetting to live,
I know there's
So much more that I can give,
If I can
Stand up and never let life pass me by

Go on and pass me by
Just please don’t pass me by
Go ahead and pass me by
Don’t ever pass me by
Track Name: The Real You
GRACE:
I’m well aware
Of this stupid act you’ve been putting on
Now what I want is the real you

You can play
This old game until you drive yourself insane
But what I want is the real you
I see him somewhere inside you

SID:
How can I give you what you’re asking for
When I can’t even tell myself
From this strange role I’m playing anymore?

Show me the way to me
’Cause I can’t see it—no, I can’t see it…

GRACE:
Whatever you’ve been pushing down
In the depths of you
It’s time to let it all out
You’ve been holding back—
For a long time, too
And now it’s time to let it out

Whatever you’ve been hiding from
Behind closed doors
I think it’s time to let it all out
Just some honesty’s
All I’m looking for
Now it’s time to let it out

SID:
Well, okay, maybe you’ve got a point or two
But you don’t want to see the real me

It’s a sad and weak thing turning black and blue
From all I’ve done to the real me

GRACE:
Still you won’t give me what I’m asking for
’Cause you’re afraid that all you are
Is just a shadow, always wanting more

But there is strength in you,
And I can see it,
Don’t hold in

Whatever you’ve been pushing down
In the depths of you
’Cause it’s time to let it all out
You’ve been holding back—
For a long time, too
And now it’s time to let it out

Whatever you’ve been hiding from
Behind closed doors
I think it’s time to let it all out
And the antidote
You’ve been searching for is to
Take a chance and let it out

Let it all out…

SID:
There’s so much I can’t hear
With all these voices in my ears

GRACE:
Then lift your head above the noise

SID:
And what if I just can’t do it?
What if I can’t break through it?

GRACE:
It’s up to you to make that choice

(Instrumental)

Whatever you’ve been pushing down
In the depths of you
It’s time to let it all out
You’ve been holding back—
For a long time, too
And now it’s time to let it out

Whatever you’ve been hiding from
Behind closed doors
I think it’s time to let it all out
And the sweet relief
You’ve been searching for
Can only come if you let it out

Let it all out...

Let it out
Track Name: Autumn Dreams
ROGER:
The leaves fall from the trees
Out of strength from holding on
And now their limbs are standing bare
Whispering echoes of a past long gone

You hear what you forgot
The hopeful words you passed along
And everything seems far away
Fading out like summer’s song

And all those summer dreams you had
Fade to autumn dreams deferred
Lying in wait upon the ground
Turning to dust
And all the grandest schemes you made
Crumble before a single word
Losing resolve like dying sounds
And spreading like rust

You give it all you got
And never get back in return
You try your best to do it all
But in the end your prospects burn

Then lost and feeling low
You turn the embers on yourself
The punishment: that you alone
Could make your life a living hell

And all those summer dreams you had
Fade to autumn dreams deferred
Lying in wait upon the ground
Turning to dust
And all the grandest schemes you made
Crumble before a single word
Losing resolve like dying sounds
And spreading like rust

Bitter roots spread bitter fruit
And I can’t stand the taste
But now it’s all I have

(Instrumental)

And all those summer dreams I had
Faded to autumn dreams deferred
Lying in wait upon the ground
Turning to dust
And all the grandest schemes I made
Crumbled before a single word
Losing resolve like dying sounds
And spreading like rust

Bring me back those golden summer hues
Take me back there
Oh, let me go back…
Track Name: Out of Your Mind
ROGER:
You must be out of your mind
You’ve got to take this in stride
Or you might just lose your head
They’ll say, “He’s fallen apart.
There’s no hope for him now.
He’s on his final thread.”

But you just won’t leave it alone
Maybe you’re better off on your own

You lost yourself a long time ago
The moment you made it, you died
You keep on falling, but you never learn
Sometimes I wonder if you tried

And it’s all so overwhelming
When you’ve got the world held on a string

You’ve got to hold yourself up
Or you could fall too far...
Track Name: Flower Child (Acoustic Version)
You’re like a modern day flower child
Dressed up in a long, long dress
Barefoot in a field of green
You are the only one who seems to know
Exactly what I say
And exactly what I mean

Never known a person who had eyes like yours
Seeing things that I’ve kept hidden
Behind closed doors

Just like an autumn night, leaves falling
All around—you give me chills
Moonlight piercing through the clouds
Out there on your patio, sit and listen
As your dreams go whistling by
Make them your only guide

On a road away from all the pain inside
Time to
Open up your door,
And face the world, so deep and wide

(Instrumental)

And when the night gets cold and fill your heart with fear
Just know that, if you need me, I’ll be waiting here

You’re like…

You are…
Track Name: The Artist (Piano Version)
SID:
Your skin was pale as a winter sky
The day that we first met
I asked you what was wrong;
You said that somehow, you forget
And it seems to me
That you’re goin’ down the drain
Yeah, it seems to me
That you’re goin’ down, you’re goin’ down

Ooo…

At night you walk through empty halls
Without a thought to care
And you know the way your sunken eyes
Are showing all the wear
And it seems to me
That your life could use a change
Yeah, it seems to me
That your life could use, your life could use

Some time to iron out the wrinkles on your face
And return the glimmer to your eyes
And maybe when you take things at a slower pace
You can finally shed this thick disguise

Oh…

Your life has taken a turn, it seems,
That you did not expect
And the person you once were
You know you’d love to resurrect
Yeah, it seems to me
That it only takes a choice
Yeah, it seems to me
That it only takes, it only takes…a choice.
Track Name: Paint That Picture (Piano Version)
GRACE:
I have my good days,
But I’ve got bad that stick around
I’m dealing with them the best I can

An empty canvas
Is the best therapy, I’ve found
It’s where I start to sketch my plan

’Cause when I close my eyes, I see the beauty
Of what the world could be:
Colors brighter than reality
And if the world can’t measure up to what I’ve seen,
I’ll just have to paint that picture to show them what I mean

Hanging pictures up
To see what people say
Feels like my heart’s hung on these walls

The doctor asked me,
Does it feel like it’s the only way
To deal with all the flaws and faults I see, and I say,

When I close my eyes, I see the beauty
The person I could be
Finished paintings steal the breath of me
But when I open them, a shadow’s all I see
And I have to paint a path to lead me back to me

I can’t pretend that it’s been easy on my mind
Still got these scars from all the pain I left behind
I’m trying to understand the darker shades they are
Fighting with a world that stretched this canvas way too far

(Instrumental)

I have my good days,
But I’ve got bad that stick around
I’m dealing with them the best I can…
Track Name: Let Loose (Acoustic Version)
SID:
Safe inside your scripted dramas
Each routine drives you insane
How’d the formula get started?
You've only got yourself to blame

I need to break out of this prison
Find something else to believe
Trapped by my own inhibitions
Trying to find some release, I need to

Let loose and break everything around me
Take all the time in the world
Let loose, and damn all the days that found me
Sitting still and letting life pass me by

All the while the press keeps running
No drop of ink to waste on you
Try to make a clear connection
A steady signal to radio through

I need to get a reaction
To give me some proof I exist
Someone out there's bound to stop me
I’ve got to try to resist so I can

Let loose and break everything around me
Take all the time in the world
Let loose, and damn every day that found me
Sitting still and letting life pass me by

(Instrumental)

I need to break out of this prison
Find someone else to believe
Trapped by my own self-obsession
Trying to find some relief, I need to

Let loose and break everything around me
Take all the time in the world
Let loose, and damn all the days that found me
Sitting still and letting life pass

Let loose and break all the walls around me
Build up a whole different world
Let loose, and damn all the days that found me
Sitting still and forgetting to live,
I know there's
So much more that I can give,
If I can
Stand up and never let life pass me by

Come on and pass me by
Just please don’t pass me by
Go ahead and pass me by
Don’t ever pass me by