Ian Roberts

Wake Up

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About Ian Roberts

I’m from a Scots/Irish family and our house was full of Scots/Irish immigrants who all sang and played instruments. My Mum was a singer, the best I’ve ever heard, she sang straight from her heart, I’d sit and listen to her and everyone harmonising over classic songs by The Beatles, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison and many other greats. I was massively influenced by those who write instantly catchy melodic songs.

I picked up a guitar at 14 years old but it was in the 90’s with a band called Listen With Mother that things got interesting. LWM were voted by Making Music Magazine as the best unsigned band in the country.

I then went solo and met one of my songwriting heroes and became great friends with Billy Franks (The Faith Brothers) who I sang backing vocals and played acoustic guitar for. I then became good friends with another of my songwriting heroes, Martin Stephenson (The Daintees). Singing backing vocals on stage for him was a dream come true for me. Martin also played and mixed a couple of songs on the new album of my band Tinkers Lane.

Tinkers Lane write and deliver upbeat catchy melodic tunes; and my dreams are still alive and kicking.

 

The songwriting competition intrigued me because it was specifically for songwriters over 50, and knowing how ageism runs free and unchallenged in the music business I wanted to put my name to it. I met some like minded 50+ songwriters with shared experiences in making and creating music. We’d sit up late into the night sharing our music and history, but most of all we’d laugh and joke and realise that we’re not alone; we’re kindred spirits who just can’t stop what we’re doing because music is our life.

The idea of starting a Facebook group called Scared Hitless was born and we talked about creating a compilation album of our work. We all threw a song in and I believe these songs are as relevant as anything being written by the young un’s today. We’re still gigging and our music is still selling: it’s something that the big labels need to wake up to. So maybe this album will finally shine a light on ageism in the music business. Late Night Flying is a really great eclectic album by some of this country’s best unsigned songwriters who just won’t go away, and I’m proud to be a part of that.



Wake Up - LYRICS

They talk about separation, but we need inspiration
from all the people who still believe
that we are one and nothing (no nothing)
should ever tear us all apart,
we gotta blow this breeze on the wind of change ourselves.

And it really doesn’t matter whether it’s now or latter,
and I don’t care if you’re rich or poor, black or white,
make no exceptions from the rules that must be broke,
we gotta blow this breeze together,
we gotta blow this breeze of change forever, and ...

wake up, wake up and feel all the love around,
it doesn’t matter to me your background
just wake up and feel all the love, love, love, love.

Wake up, wake up and feel all the love around,
It doesn’t matter to me your background,
Just wake up and feel all the love, love, love, love.
Come feel this love, come feel the love,
come feel this love, come feel the la la la la love.

If we could just pull together, maybe we’d live forever
bathing on this breeze of peace and love,
we gotta get our own thing going on
and take them on at their own game,
we gotta blow this breeze together,
we gotta blow this breeze of change forever, now ...

wake up, wake up and feel all the love around,
it doesn’t matter to me your background
just wake up and feel all the love, love, love, love.

Wake up, wake up and feel all the love around,
it doesn’t matter to me your background,
just wake up and feel all of the love, love, love, love.

(dream ~ dream)

And if you ever feel that you are fighting all alone,
just remember that there’s many of us
dreaming the same dream as you,
and we’ll pull through, oh yeah.

Wake up, wake up and feel all the love around,
it doesn’t matter to me your background
just wake up and feel all the love, love, love, love.

Wake up, wake up and feel all the love around,
it doesn’t matter to me your background
just wake up and feel all the love, love, love, love.

Wake up, wake up and feel all the love around,
It doesn’t matter to me your background,
Just wake up and feel all the love, love, love, love.

Come feel this love, come feel the love,
come feel this love, coz all you need is, all you need is ...

love, love, love, wake up.

The Story Behind The Song

The melody of the chorus just turned up in my head one day as I was driving. It was bouncing around in my mind all day and I hummed it and whistled it for hours and when I finally got home I picked up my guitar to find the chords to fit the melody and the words “wake up and feel all the love” just flew out.

I was flying out to France the next day to visit a good friend and when I arrived on the beautiful west coast of France we went out for dinner to a restaurant looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean. As I sat there in the sun the song was still running around my mind as I was chatting to friends, then the opening line of “They talk about separation but we need inspiration from all the people who still believe” appeared in my head with a new melody that fitted perfectly with the chorus. I grabbed my phone and sang it into my voicemail. When I got back to my friends house I went into my bedroom and picked up my guitar (I had as usual brought it with me) and the whole song just came together; I could hear all the backing vocals and harmonies as I wrote it, I even knew what bass line would work. The hardest part was the bridge but once I heard the backing vocals in my head of “dream - dream” it all fell into place. The lyrics just flew out.

What I’m trying to say in the song is that the good people from all backgrounds, all colours, and all religions need to come together to create a better world, a world full of love instead of the usual spewing of hate, fear, and division that appears daily from our governments and on our news stations and media outlets.

It’s us who have to blow hard on the beautiful breeze of the wind of change, those who lord and rule over us don’t want it to change, so it’s up to us, and I honestly believe that we can do it if we use love as our weapon, because only love can defeat hate.

So firstly we need to love and respect our brothers and sisters from all backgrounds, all colours and all religious beliefs because together through love we can move mountains and change this world forever. And yes the old rules and ways need to be broken down and rewritten to achieve this, and no one can do that alone so we need the good people from all backgrounds to come together, there are many of us who believe that a better world is possible, we’re never alone in wanting that, and we can never be torn apart if we stand in unison for love and a better world for all.

It’s a very simple message, but I believe that an instantly catchy upbeat melody is the vehicle that carries that message to the ears and then drops that message into the heart, and with music the ears are the gateway to the heart, and that’s where we have to reach if we’re to change this world for the better, and forever, and it will be forever because once we achieve a world full of love then no one will ever want to go back to how it was.


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