Hopes and Dreams

by Better Than The Book

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Nathan Puray
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Nathan Puray Hopes and Dreams is an album filled with deeply passionate lyrics that really bring out the best of those early adulthood frustrations, growing pains, and making your own place in this world. The Ska Punk that is brought out in this album really makes you want to scream out loud the lyrics as you head bang and air guitar to the sick solos and heavy drum set! If you're looking for a fresh Ska experience this album is for you! Favorite track: You've Got A Lot To Say.
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Vladimir Kuznetsov British punk rock project "Better Than The Book" is a one man enterprise with multi-instrumentalist musician and producer Nick Standing at the helm. Through this privacy, the lyrics are true and real and therefore extremely relatable. The happy memories that make us smile and the worrying memories that make us strong, the uneasy questions we ask ourselves today and the goals we set for tomorrow. Highly recommended to every fan of quality independent rock music. Favorite track: Hopes and Dreams.
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Better Than The Book - Hopes and Dreams

Continuing straight from where Two Years On left off, Hopes and Dreams is Better Than The Book’s 2nd full length studio album. Check out the official lyric video for the lead single “Meteor Shower” on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hl3Snl83OcI

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released July 19, 2019

All tracks written, performed and produced by Nick Standing
Recorded, mixed and mastered at JabunAudio by Nick Standing
Album artwork by Nick Standing
Meteor Shower lyric video and animated visuals by Vladimir Kuznetsov of World Beyond
www.youtube.com/c/worldbeyondsoundtracks
Press and lyric sheet photography by Roxi Abbott @roxisound

As with every heartfelt project like this, I couldn’t have done it alone and I’d like to extend my biggest thanks to a great few people who helped make the Hopes and Dreams album possible:

First of all, I cannot thank Vladimir Kuznetsov enough for his amazing lyric video for Meteor Shower, stylish animated visuals for the rest of the video streaming uploads, as well as the countless hours being my 2nd set of ears, proof listening to the project and pushing me to be a better and better audio engineer with each passing year. This album wouldn’t be nearly as good without all your support and help since 2013 and I can’t wait to lend my strings and ears to our next collaborative project together when the time comes!

Next, a huge thanks to Martin for gifting me his old (but MUCH newer than mine) music production computer as well as continually supporting and encouraging my musical endeavours since before I even picked up a guitar. I also want to thank my friend since childhood James for helping me fix up the new computer via the many tech-support phone calls last year, as well as his support and musical discussion whenever I’m back in my home town. I’m a firm believer in working around your limits to let creativity blossom, but the unprecedented headroom of computing power the new PC offered allowed me to pursue my creative goals for this album to the full with ease and comfort, and it simply would not have been the same without Martin’s generosity and James’ tech support. Thank you both so much!

Next, a big thanks to Nathan for his boundless BTTB directed enthusiasm since Two Years On and all the great discussion sorting out the cover artwork for the album. I also want to thank my Uncle Mark for the fantastic photo he took of the West Pier in Brighton which was one of the key reference materials when painting the final artwork.

Another big thanks goes to Bob Axell AKA Cyberdevil who rapped an amazing guest verse on Head Above Water from the Two Years On album, for always being a great guy to chat with and allowing me to sample our collaborative track together. I also want to give a shout out to the other featured performer in the BTTB discography Andy Forman, for his amazing support and enthusiasm since the start.

Another huge thanks goes to Meg for their fantastic PR work for the Hopes and Dreams album and support for BTTB and Jabun since Two Years On. Thanks for all the time and energy you’ve put into this campaign and all the previous times we’ve worked together. Many thanks too to Roxi, Sam and my brother Eamon for helping with the press photos for the campaign (also used for the lyric sheets) as well as their love and support in everything I do.

Next a huge thanks to the beta testing team: Vlad (again), David (also thanks for all the promo you do), Anthony and my brother Eamon (again). Thanks for all the feedback throughout the album’s production, proof listening, artwork discussion (along with Nathan and Eva), as well as always being terrific fun to be around! I also want to thank all my supporters on Patreon with special mention to the DEMOlition Pigeons & $10+ patrons, Michael White & Bob Roberts for helping keep my head above water while I pursue these passion projects. Your contribution goes a long way and I really can’t thank you enough!

Finally I’d like to say a massive thanks to everyone who’s been a part of my life since Two Years On and before. A huge thanks to my twin brother Eamon for always pushing me to be a better musician, keeping me equipped in the studio, and all the jams from Black Sabbath to BTTB throughout the years. A kiss and hug and boundless thanks to my everything buddy Eva who’s always pushing me to be the best version of myself possible, keeping me inspired, motivated and sane everyday and allowing me to pursue my hopes and dreams whether the times are good or tough. A huge thanks to my parents for their love and support and looking after my not-at-the-studio instruments for when I’m back in my hometown. I hope you don’t miss the rumbling above the kitchen too much. A big thanks to the rest of my friends and family for their support, discussion and inspiration, and lastly, a massive thanks to you who are reading and listening, whether you’re new to BTTB or have been following since the start. Without you there would be no-one to hear the music I’ve poured my heart into, and I hope it brings you many hours of listening pleasure for years to come.

Sample Credits:

01 - The Hardest Part
“Confessions” - Better Than The Book (from the "Two Years On" album)

08 - GG
“Head Above Water (feat Cyberdevil)” - Better Than The Book & Cyberdevil (from the "Two Years On" album)

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Track Name: The Hardest Part
Here we are again
Another Two Years On by now
Think it’s time we ought to change

They tell me “It’s not a race
Just hurry up you better pick up the pace”
And I’m out of my parents’ place now that’s a start

Here we are again
Another Two Years On by now
Think it’s time we ought to change

They said “Keep your head up, boy
No time to give up now
If you want to go and chase your Hopes and Dreams”

And no one ever said it would be easy

And when it feels like just one of those days
JUST REMEMBER THAT
I’m still alive and breathing, and that’s worth something

And that nothing’s really holding you back
But the hardest part is starting
Stop thinking; start living

And when you’re waking up
Mind filled to the brim with doubt
And you can’t bear to face the day

You’ve just gotta get up now
Drag yourself out of bed
And say “Shut up” to the voice that’s in your head

And no one ever said it would be easy

And when it feels like just one of those days
JUST REMEMBER THAT
My heart's still beating, and that’s worth something

And that nothing’s really holding you back
But the hardest part is starting
Stop thinking; start living

Here we are again
Another Two Years On by now
Think it’s time we ought to change
Track Name: Artificial Ignorance
I’m not gonna let you screw me over one more time

I know I can be bitter
And you think I should know better but
I’m only human

And I’m not the type to hold a grudge
But some things I can’t let budge
Because I’m only human

Did you just not know or even care?
Think I don’t see through your cold icy stare
And as soon as my back’s turned I bet you’re laughing

I’m not gonna let you screw me over one more time
Wish I could see through every one of your infuriating lies
Don’t try to be intelligent
Saying this was just an accident
All of my patience’s spent for your
Artificial ignorance

Maybe it was an honest mistake
How did things escalate?
I guess you’re just like me; and I’m only human

And maybe I could forgive and forget
But I’m just not ready to do that yet because
I’m only human

Fool me once; that’s shame on you
Fool me twice; that’s shame on me
And don’t expect me to give you another chance

I’m not gonna let you screw me over one more time
Wish I could see through every one of your infuriating lies
Don’t try to be intelligent
Saying this was just an accident
All of my patience’s spent for your
Artificial ignorance

You keep raising red flags
I’ve only got white ones to fly
I guess that’s probably why I’m treated like a doormat

And I try to see the best in people
But I guess you’re just pure evil
And maybe I’d sleep better if I never had to think of you again

I’m not gonna let you screw me over one more time
Wish I could see through every one of your infuriating lies
Don’t try to be intelligent
Saying this was just an accident
All of my patience’s spent for your
Artificial ignorance
Artificial ignorance

I’m not gonna let myself get screwed over another time
Until the next one comes along and I naively say “I’ll try”
I swear this happens every time
Why do I keep turning a blind eye?
I’ve gotta get over my
Artificial ignorance
Track Name: And I Fear
I’m worried again, about what people think of me
Feels like I might be, just one of your disappointments
I’m getting anxious, about stepping out these walls
When did it get this way again? Seems like I’m going backwards

I’m trembling at all the probing questions people ask me:
How’s life and business?
Brush over that; let’s change the subject
I’m buckling under all these great ambitions
That the world seems to have for me
Which I’ve no idea how I’m meant to achieve

Stop pushing all this pressure onto me
Hearing what you want’s got me feeling like I can’t breathe
Stop pushing all this pressure onto me
Can’t meet all these expectations

Stop pushing all this pressure onto me
Hearing what you want’s got me feeling like I can’t breathe
Stop pushing all this pressure onto me
Pressure onto me, pressure onto me

And I fear that I’ll never live up
To what you wanted me to be
And I swear that if I just keep trying to please you
Then that’ll be the end of me

I’m freaking out seeing all the faces I used to know
Going places, making something of themselves
While I’m just left behind
I’m questioning how am I supposed to beat this so-called
“Adult Game” without selling my soul
Or spending all the days ‘til I’m old in a job I hate?

Stop pushing all this pressure onto me
Hearing what you want’s got me feeling like I can’t breathe
Stop pushing all this pressure onto me
Can’t meet all these expectations

Stop pushing all this pressure onto me
Hearing what you want’s got me feeling like I can’t breathe
Stop pushing all this pressure onto me
Pressure onto me, pressure onto me

And I fear that I’ll never live up
To what you wanted me to be
And I swear that if I just keep trying to please you
Then that’ll be the end of me

And even though this life is mine
Feels like I’ve got to fall in line
But that all sounds like a waste of time to me

Don’t want to dress in a suit and tie
Stay at the office from nine ‘til five
Just sit at home with my guitar and bleed

And I fear that I’ll never live up
To what you wanted me to be
And I swear that if I just keep trying to please you

And I fear that I’ll never live up
To what you wanted me to be
And I swear that if I just keep trying to please you
Then that’ll be the end of me

(Stop pushing all this pressure onto me)
That’ll be the end of me
(Hearing what you want’s got me feeling like I can’t breathe)
(Stop pushing all this pressure onto me)
That’ll be the end of me
(Can’t meet all these expectations)
(Stop pushing all this pressure onto me)
That’ll be the end of me
(Hearing what you want’s got me feeling like I can’t breathe)
(Stop pushing all this pressure onto me
Pressure onto me, pressure onto me)
Track Name: Meteor Shower
Nobody said this would be easy
But that’s the biggest understatement of the century
And even after Two Years On
None of these fears are gone at all, if anything, they’re multiplying

Can’t get rid of this shake, lying awake every night
I’m in a constant fight between my head and my heart
And I know this music is my gift
But the compulsion for making it is tearing me apart

And it’s quickly getting dark

And before I knew it
Reality came crushing down like a meteor shower
Seems I’m facing my extinction
No use to run and hide
No choice left but to fight
So grab a bat and start swinging for your life

All the lights are fading out
And I’m banging on walls in the dark hoping to find a door
Anxiety’s closing in, the sky is falling again
And I’m screaming PLEASE NO MORE

I’m sick of wearing these fake smiles, just want to sing against Bathroom tiles trying to conjure up the next sound
But self-esteem is sinking down
Gotta to keep my head above water again before I surely drown

And I’m sure to drown

And before I knew it
Reality came crushing down like a meteor shower
Seems I’m facing my extinction
No use to run and hide
No choice left but to fight
So grab a bat and start swinging for your life

Be the change, beat the flames, break the chain it’s overrated
Be the change, beat the flames, break the chain it’s overrated
Be the change, beat the flames, break the chain it’s overrated
Be the change, beat the flames, break the chain it’s overrated

And before I knew it
Reality came crushing down like a meteor shower
Seems I’m facing my extinction
No use to run and hide
No choice left but to fight
So grab a bat and start swinging for your life
Track Name: Brighton
So many sunny afternoons
Choosing flavours of ice-cream in North Laine
Still remember my first flumes at the King Alfred
Wait that was Hove, actually
Best not to think of how much
Money I spent at the Palace Pier arcade
When people say those were the days
Here that is every day

It’s not my home town
But it means the world to me
That time spent growing up
By the sea

As a teen watched Alice Cooper
Get his head lopped off at the Brighton centre
Saw Reel Big Fish at The Concorde 2
Caught a pick and got Less Than Jake’s set list
And the time we partied so hard
And got on stage with Andrew W.K.
Not to mention the nights I played with LCA
Slapping that bass

It’s not my home town
But it means the world to me
That time spent growing up
By the sea

I could spend all day eating fish and chips on that stony beach
I hope the West Pier never gets fixed; I love it how it is
20 minutes from my home’s where the heart is

Can’t help but stop in GAK
Or is it G A K where I got my first stomp box
Then maybe off to Dave’s
To browse all the comics and pick up the next One Piece
There’s so many great places to eat
If you can’t decide then don’t miss this
Two words: Burger Brothers!
Go try it, you won't regret it

It’s not my home town
But it means the world to me
That time spent growing up
By the sea

I could spend all day eating fish and chips on that stony beach
I hope the West Pier never gets fixed; I love it how it is
20 minutes from my home’s where the heart is

It’s not my home town
But it means the world to me
That time spent growing up
By the sea

It’s not my home town
But it means the world to me
That time spent growing up
By the sea

I could spend all day eating fish and chips on that stony beach
I hope the West Pier never gets fixed; I love it how it is
20 minutes from my home’s where the heart is

I could spend all day eating fish and chips on that stony beach
I hope the West Pier never gets fixed, I love it how it is
20 minutes from my home’s where the heart is
20 minutes from my home’s where the heart is
20 minutes from my home’s where the heart is
Track Name: Get A Haircut
New town, a different attitude
But I didn’t think that it would be this way
Thought maybe the world had grown up
And is it too much to ask to just leave me be

And they’re shouting out of their cars
They’re calling out across the street
But I can’t let them show that it gets to me
Just want to flip them off and swear under my breath

When was it a crime to be different?
The world doesn’t need another prick like you
And I haven’t got it cut in ten years so don’t ask
Go get yourself a better hobby

Thought I’d left behind the taunts and discourtesy
With the bullies at school
But I guess the world’s still full of jerks like them
This gag is getting old

‘Cause I’ve had it since my teen years
Don’t think you’re being original
And I think it’s sad you have to rip on me
Just to make yourself feel bigger than an ant

When was it a crime to be different?
The world doesn’t need another prick like you
And I haven’t got it cut in ten years so don’t ask
Go get yourself a better hobby

Get yourself a better hobby
Get yourself a better hobby
Get yourself a better hobby
Get yourself a better hobby

Get yourself a better hobby (Get a life)
Get yourself a better hobby (Stay out of mine)
Get yourself a better hobby (Get a life)
Get yourself a better hobby (Stay out of mine)
Track Name: (The Travelling To See Eva Song)
Bags packed, overexcited
Double check my pockets, got my keys and my wallet
Shoes on, rush out the front door
Running to the station, or I’ll miss my connection

But the train is delayed (That’s just my luck)
And I should have prepaid (These tickets cost a bomb)
But nothing puts a price on seeing your face

And I’m on my way right now
Counting down these last few hours
Another one hundred miles couldn’t keep me away from you
Without you, what would I do?

Hi, yes, on the train now
Should be there in an hour or so, I’ll update you as I go
Wait... say that again
I think the signal’s getting weaker here... Hello? Hello?

But my battery’s dead (Should have charged it before I left)
I hope she heard what I said (Bit late to worry about that now)
And now I can’t get this whole thing out of my head

And I know it’s been a while
But it’s just a few more miles
And all the land and the sea couldn’t keep me apart from you
Without you, what could I do?

And now the train is pulling in
To this long anticipated destination
And as it comes to a stop, I can’t wait to get off and find you
(The train now standing at platform 1 is the
14:02 service to the love of your life)

That’s when I know it’s been worthwhile
‘Cause it’s there I see your smile
And I run into your arms for a kiss and a hug from you
Without you, what would I do?
Track Name: GG
Cure for the itch
Just put in a dusty cartridge
All to spend some time away from this busy place

Memories of long gone times
Where an RPG was the daily grind
And racing carts ‘cause we couldn’t drive

Off to save another princess
These times were priceless

So play fair, and be nice, don’t rage-quit now, that’ll be a shame
Don’t stare at my screen, unless you’re on my team
Good game guys, good game, good game

Hanging out with friends playing up past midnight
(‘Til we could barely keep awake)
Or staying in on those rainy days
(It was never a waste of time)

Always had to play a little more
Just enough to beat your high score
Want to be my player 2?
Gotta catch ‘em all? I’ll trade with you

Explore another world together
Man, I could do this forever

So play fair, and be nice, don’t rage-quit now, that’ll be a shame
Don’t know the controls? Just button-mash ‘til you’re on a roll
Good game guys, good game, good game

So play fair, and be nice, don’t rage-quit now, that’ll be a shame
Don’t stare at my screen, unless you’re on my team
Good game guys, good game, good game

So play fair, and be nice (good game)
So play fair, and be nice (good game)
So play fair, and be nice (good game)
So play fair, and be nice (good game)
Track Name: You've Got A Lot To Say
I know I don’t have it all
And I often fear it’s not enough for you
But your voice is all I need
To get me through the day

This world’s not an easy place to be
And tomorrow often seems unfaceable
But you never have to feel alone
And I’ll be here by your side

You’ve got a lot to say and I’m here if you need to say it

I know you want to be strong
And I know I’m not always the strongest
But neither one of us has to be, all the time
And we can always talk it out

You’ve got a lot to say, and I’ve something to ask of you

Will you listen to me too?
Doesn’t matter if it’s only you
Will you listen to me too?
Doesn’t matter if it’s only you
Only you

I’ve got a lot to say, please hear me out

There may be times when it feels like nothing’s worth it anymore
And things are meaningless
But the darkest time’s before the dawn
And the strongest seeds grow up from that darkness
So don’t force on a brave face
Remember that it’s ok not to be ok
And no matter how long it takes
This’ll fade away

And it’ll be ok

You’ve got a lot to say and I’m here for every word
Track Name: Hopes and Dreams
Here we are again, another ten songs on by now
Think it’s time we ought to change
I’m sick of dwelling on the negativity that comes my way
That’ll lead me to an early grave

Feels like I’ve sung these words a thousand times
Just like the paper cranes I’ve folded
Wishing that I don’t forget the goals I’ve had since the start
“This is my life, and we’ll just keep on running”
It’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon
Just keep moving forward

Another day, another step, hold your head up, stay strong
All the stops, no regrets, you’ve waited so long
Biding your time to make a mark, push through, carry on
Full speed ahead, never give up, and don’t quit ‘til it’s done

These hopes and dreams that burn inside me let them define me

And it’s at our lowest point that we’re open to the greatest changes
But keep changing paths and they’ll all become overgrown
Follow your passion, and great things are bound to come your way
Or so they say, or so they say

There’s a million lies we tell ourselves
To hold us back from what we want
A mind snowed in with worries of
What the world will think, but you’ve gotta
Seek approval within yourself
Not from anyone else
And I know that it’s easier said than done
But if you don’t try, you’ll never know

When fate seems to have it out for you, make this simple promise
You only get one life to be yourself so just be honest
Live for who you are and live for what you want to be
And don’t throw that life away, when it feels like just one of those days

These hopes and dreams that burn inside me let them define me
Each day that makes the struggle longer just makes me want it more
These hopes and dreams that burn inside me let them define me
Each day that makes the struggle longer just makes me want it more
These hopes and dreams that burn inside me let them define me

These hopes and dreams that burn inside me let them define me
Each day that makes the struggle longer just makes me want it more
These hopes and dreams that burn inside me let them define me
Each day that makes the struggle longer just makes me want it more

These hopes and dreams that burn inside me let them define me
(Nobody said this would be easy, nobody said this would be easy)
Each day that makes the struggle longer just makes me want it more
(Nobody said this would be easy, nobody said this would be easy)
These hopes and dreams that burn inside me let them define me
(Nobody said this would be easy, nobody said this would be easy)
Each day that makes the struggle longer just makes me want it more
(Nobody said this would be easy, nobody said this would be easy)

These hopes and dreams that burn inside me let them define me
(Nobody said this would be easy, nobody said this would be easy)
Each day that makes the struggle longer just makes me want it more
(Nobody said this would be easy, nobody said this would be easy)

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