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Welcome To The Ball

by David Ell

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    Full length album with jewel case together with 16 page booklet combining original Mask Carnival photography and stunning artwork by artist Somhairle plus full lyric sheets.

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released August 27, 2015

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David Ell Edinburgh, UK

David Ell's debut album Wreckingball, preceding both Bruce Springsteen and Miley Cyrus, is a record full of "epic" pop songs. "For raw heart-on-the-sleeve pop, look no further".

Dance of the Furies (instrumental) features as one of NTL Music Radio's top 100 albums of the year (2012).

Enigmatic long player, Welcome To The Ball is due for release under record label Mask Carnival in 2015.
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Track Name: Starlight
Small boy big eyes staring out at the twilight sky
Metal wires coming out of his skin
Bright lights shining down
Something strange high above the town
“It’s late time for bed sleepy head”
Sneaking down late at night
Strange voices from the other side of time
Trying hard to wipe the sleep from his eye
What a magical sight bathed in light
Her ghostly form floating high above the ground
If only papa was here to see this now
And she said “You followed the light that’s how we found you
In the darkest night that’s how we found you
It was all the love that you had inside
And in a matter of time....
Starlight’s beauty brings you to your knees
Washing through you like a summer breeze
Blowing gently through the hills and trees
Before long you won’t feel this disease
We’re going to bring you home
You followed the light that’s how we found you
In the darkest night that’s how we found you
It was all the love that you had inside
And in a matter of time....
Starlight’s beauty brings you to your knees
Washing through you like a summer breeze
Blowing gently through the hills and trees
Before long you won’t feel this disease
Starlight
We’re gonna bring you home (Love is going to save you)
We’re gonna bring you home (Love is going to save you)
Starlight’s beauty brings you to your knees
Washing through you like a summer breeze
Blowing gently through the hills and trees
Before long you won’t feel this disease"
Track Name: Don't Know
The face on you, it cuts right through
Stealing thoughts I never knew
Those eyes on you, they're crystal blue
You kissed the devil and you made him cry
And I don't know if I'm coming or going
I don't know when I've had enough
I get the feeling that I'm losing my senses,
Never gonna stop, never going to make it stop.
The bitch heart's cold, the soul was sold
Turned into dirt what was pure gold
Her mind was ice, you better think twice
You better be willing to pay the price
And I don't know if I'm coming or going
Don't know when I've had enough
I get the feeling that I'm losing my senses
Never gonna stop, never going to stop
I went deeper into you, deeper into me
I got so deep, I just can't see the truth about you
About you....
Track Name: Bleed
There’s something strange about the way I feel tonight
I’m freaking out while the whole world goes to sleep
It’s not the drugs it must be my insanity
I’m self destructing to rid myself of me
I’m on the first train out of here
I’m not welcome in this town
You don’t see the things I see
Because you’re not the same as me
You don’t want the things I need
You don’t bleed the way I bleed
There’s people staring
Their thoughts cut me like a knife
They want it all from me my heart my soul my life
I’m on the first train out of here
I’m not wanted in this town
You don’t see the things I see
Because you’re not the same as me
You don’t want the things I need
You don’t bleed the way I bleed
You don’t see the things I see
I see ghosts in front of me
You don’t want the things I need
You don’t bleed the way I bleed
I hear myself cry from somewhere deep inside
And there’s silence all around
I’m heading underground
I’m on the first train out of here
I'm not welcome in this town
You don’t see the things I see
Because you’re not the same as me
You don’t want the things I need
You don’t bleed the way I bleed
You don’t see the things I see
I see ghosts in front of me
You don’t want t he things I need
You don’t bleed the way I bleed
You don’t bleed you don't bleed you don't bleed
Track Name: My American Dream
Part 1
We raised our hands bled the red into American Flag
Gave up our homes gave up our lives
Gave up our dreams for a drive thru meal
Now the oil is running out
While the tv host he laughs and shouts
Strangers burn in the desert sand "Hallelujah" for the promised land
(America) What you gonna do when they come for you
What you gonna say when the city burns
What you gonna do when the homeland falls
Will you wrap yourself in the burning flag
Hide away in a foreign land
Learn to talk like the foreign man
Your time is running out (got to run got to keep on running)
Time for you to take a bow (got to hide got to keep on hiding)
Your freedom lies in ruins
Dreams are in the dirt....

Part 2
They found a good looking boy, a poster boy
Short brown hair and no fear in his eyes
Son of a farmer, it’s time to be a man
They shined up his shoes, put a gun in his hands
Took a photograph to send back to the old town
"They’ll be so proud of you and you’ll go so far
They’ll be so proud of you"
So they trained him up and they shipped him out
So he’d be a hero in a foreign land
The brass they all told him he would be a star
Handpicked by us, a celebrity soldier
A man of the people, a man for all seasons
The hero of the hour
He had bodyguards even had his own chef
A personal trainer, fresh sheets on his bed
While his brothers in arms they slept in their own blood
They reported back home on his first day alone he killed seven hundred
And maybe a thousand or more new recruits signed up that day
For a phoney way
New recruits signed up that day
It's such a phoney war.....

Part 3
Left home, nothing in my pocket
No learning but a head full of dreams
Slept rough under the Texan stars
Like a prince in the land of the free
Got lifted spent a night in the cells
A man in black he chastised me
He said “boy you’ve got to do something find some work t o make ends meet
Stop living by the grace of God start waking from your American dream”
So I got a job in a parking lot moving cars for minimum wage
In the evenings I went out hustling
By the morning my hope was gone
I stopped living by the grace of God
I stopped living the American dream
Met a girl she was a beauty queen hair of gold and skin like honey
We had a child and we bought a house
For a while we were happy
We were living like a king and queen
We were living the American dream
We weren’t ready when the crash it came
They took our home they took our money
We had no welfare when my boy got sick
He passed in fall and she turned on me
She had left me by the winter time
She had left me with my American dream
My American dream my American dream......

Part 4
By the light of the moon in wooden boats
We’re cutting through the sea we’re cutting through the sea
To a new world to a new dawn to a new life shining bright
We left the witches’ curse far behind
A barren world where there was no light
To a new world to a new dawn to a new life shining bright
By the light of the moon we’re following the stars
In wooden boats we’re cutting through the sea
To a new world shining bright shining bright
It’s a new dawn it’s a new day it’s a new world.
Track Name: Reach
Broken bottles and sad eyes follow me home, home, home
The night it wraps round me like a glove
And it keeps me warm, warm, warm
I close my eyes and I’m floating in the clouds
I’m drifting in the sea I’m in the hills where the wind takes me
I’m in a field of love
Angry voices close in on me so I start to run, run, run
But these legs won’t set me free then the pain it comes, comes, comes
I’m a child in my mother’s arms she comforts me
I’m with a girl trembling at our first kiss and my heart skips a beat
I’m falling forward after my first steps faces beam with pride
But then I’m on the ground and I’m bleeding out
And there’s noone around.....
If this body it gives up if this blood it runs out if this breath it gives up
This soul never will
I’m reaching for the stars
I’m reaching for the sky
I’m reaching for the love that I always had
Yes if this body it gives up
If this blood it runs out
If this breath it gives up
This soul never will
I’m reaching for the stars
I’m reaching for the sky I’m reaching for the love.....
Yet the darkness it descends
Yes the lights are going out, out, out
And there’s noone in the street noone to hear me shout, shout, shout
I came to this alone that’s how I choose to go, go, go
But it’s tearing me apart
All the love that’s in my heart, heart, heart
Track Name: Mother Earth
Have you ever seen the sunrise
Burning shadows on a painted face
Have you ever heard the four winds blow
A storm in the souls of men
Have you ever heard mother earth
Crying in pain while she’s giving birth
Have you ever heard the wilderness voice whisper in the night
"I love you forever not just for tonight
I love you forever I’m holding you tight"
Did you ever see the moon turn red
The oceans rise like the prophets said
Did you ever feel the summer rain falling on your skin
Did you ever feel a hurricane breaking through your window pane
Did you ever feel the force of love tearing you apart
"I love you forever not just for tonight
I love you forever I’m holding you tight
I love you forever not just for tonight
I love you forever I’m holding you tight"
I will be where the crossroads meet
Where the heavens meet that’s where I will be
I’ll take your heart I’ll take your hand
I’ll take your soul until it turns into sand
Until it turns into sand, until it turns into sand
Until it fades into sand until it’s fading
Have you ever seen the sunrise
Burning shadows on a painted face
Have you ever heard the four winds blow
A storm in the souls of men
Have you ever heard mother earth
Crying in pain while she’s giving birth
Have you ever heard the wilderness voice whisper in the night
"I love you forever not just for tonight I love you forever I’m holding you tight
I love you forever not just for tonight I love you forever I’m holding you tight"
Track Name: Flatline
The colour it all drains from us
Like an old picture left out in the rain
My memories they fade of you
An atom that splits in two
And disappears from view
It’s like a bell that never rings
It’s a choir that never sings
A sun that falls at night
Never to rise again
It’s a light that never shines
A clock that never chimes
It’s a pattern on a screen
Turning into the flatline
And the laughter in the hall
It’s all in my mind
Not really there at all
The footsteps that once moved in time
Now they leave no mark
No shadows on the wall
There’s nothing there at all
It’s a bell that never rings
It’s a choir that never sings
A sun that falls at night
Never to rise again
It’s a light that never shines
A clock that never chimes
It’s a pattern on a screen
Turning into the flatline
I was following your shadow
But it never followed me
It lead me to the gallows
Brought to my knees
Now the sky is falling down
And the stars are crashing down
I was floating on the surface
Now I’m sinking far below
The ocean has consumed me
The robe that was this body
Is pulling me down
Pulling me down
Pulling me down
This broken bell it barely chimes
This old heart it hardly beats in time anymore
This broken bell it barely chimes
This old heart it hardly beats in time anymore
Track Name: The Man Behind The Mask
Living in dream, life's not what it seems
I think I've seen your face before
I think I've seen your face before
The mirror staring back at me
Seeing things that I don't see
I think I've seen your face before but I just can't place it
I took the poison just to wake me up
Drinking from a paranoid cup
Bloodshot eyes beneath this devil disguise
Gonna turn the music up, turn the music up
Feeling kind of shitty dressing for the city
Laughing through the lies telling all the girls they're pretty
Living in the shadow of a fallen man
And I just can't face it
I'm the man behind the mask
The man behind the mask
The man behind the mask
If you lie with me
We'll be spinning around in ecstasy
So Welcome To The Ball.....
I'm the man behind the mask
The man behind the mask
The man behind the mask....
Track Name: We Carved Our Names Into The Wood, a.k.a. Scars
When I was just a child
My father raised his hand at me
I had done nothing wrong
Except it seems that is to be
Except it seems that is to be
Don’t know if you remember when
We hid in father’s shed
We carved our names into the wood
And swore we’d always remain friends
And swore we’d always remain friends
But your father got a job
In another city
So you abandoned me
To my father’s knee
Yes you abandoned me
But I learned over many years
How not to cry any more
Yes I learned over many years
How not to cry anymore
Years later I saw you in the street
You had a woman on your arm
When all I’ve got on mine are scars
It looks like life’s been kind to you
Not sure you saw me standing there
Or the venom in my stare
I didn’t mean to startle you
But you didn’t even know who I was
So I raised my fist to you
Don’t you know that’s how these things work
I beat you until you were black and blue
Until you lay bleeding in the earth
Until you lay bleeding in the dirt
Until you lay weeping in the earth
But you’ll learn like I had to learn how not to cry anymore
Yes you’ll learn like I had to learn how not to cry anymore
Yes you’ll learn like I had to learn how not to cry anymore.....
We carved our names into the dirt
And swore we’d always be friends
Track Name: Feed Me To The Wolves
Your breath was cold, your eyes were colder still
Caught me in your web, blinded me with spells
You caught my scent, you had me in your sight
And before you left, you stole the fire from my light
I have the sound of your voice in my head
And there was no truth to the words that were said
Now I'm confused I don't know what to do
I was lost the moment I found you
If you want to know what I'm up to now
I am nothing nowhere
I'm hanging on
I'm hanging on
I'm hanging on
You left me to the wolves
You sent me out to die
You left me to the wolves
Hung me out to dry
Left me to the wolves
Sent me out to die
If you want to know what I'm up to now
I am nothing nowhere
If you want to know what I'm up to now
I am hanging on.....
Track Name: Bitter Wind
Oh bitter wind you burn our skin
You’re creeping in, consume our sin
We’re not giving in to your bitter wind
To your bitter wind
To your bitter wind
We’re giving life while you’re taking ours
We’re giving life while you’re taking ours
(you can burn us, you can beat us but you’ll never defeat us)
Watch the children play watch the people breathe
In the air that we’ve given them
We’re giving life while you’re taking ours
(you can burn us, you can beat us but you’ll never defeat us)
We’re giving life while you’re taking ours
Watch the children play watch the people breathe
In the air that we’ve given them
Oh bitter wind we can’t let you win
We’ll shed our skin
Begin again begin again
Oh bitter wind.