Restart

by Dave Mackay

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released November 1, 2016

Produced by Dave Mackay

Dave Mackay – Vocals, Piano, Keyboards, Programming
Jon Greene – Guitar, Additional Vocals on ‘Escape’
Antoine Katz – Bass
JP Bouvet – Drums, Percussion, Additional Vocals on ‘Escape’

All Music and Lyrics written by Dave Mackay except ‘Escape’; written by Jon Greene and Dave Mackay and ‘Intermittent’; written by JP Bouvet and Dave Mackay.

Engineered by Chris Leon at The Bunker and Brooklyn Recording in New York City
Assistant Engineers: Nolan Thies at The Bunker and Adam Tilzer at Brooklyn Recording

Mixed by Chris Leon
Mastered by Chris Gehringer at Sterling Sound, NY

Photography & Album Artwork by Tanya Ghosh

©2016 ACT 27 Publishing (ASCAP)
℗©2016 Dave Mackay

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Dave Mackay New York, New York

Dave Mackay is a British alternative rock singer/songwriter and pianist based in New York City. Inspired by the sincere, emotive lyrics of Sting and Jeff Buckley, and the larger-than-life, gritty sonics of MuteMath and Muse, his music is the meeting point of two contrasting worlds: the intimate and epic. ... more

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Track Name: Restart
Wake up my sweet child
You can't dream forever, you know you'll never
Make this all go away
You must face your mistakes

Mr. Misconception got caught up
In his obsession once again

Just one more bridge that you have burned
And look what you got in return
Broke what remained of your heart
But it's not too late to restart

One more second to stare
I wanna feel every little thing that I can
And drink it all in
Like it's my very last chance

It's all an illusion, don't you know
You're only human, you're the
King of complication
Wrapped up in imagination once again

Just one more bridge that you have burned
And look what you got in return
Broke what remained of your heart
But it's not too late to restart

It's not too late to restart
It's not too late to restart
It's not too late to restart
It's not too late to restart

Just one more bridge that you have burned
Broke what remained of your heart
But it's not too late to restart

It's not too late to restart
It's not too late to restart
It's not too late to restart
It's not too late to restart
Track Name: Holding On
Say it
Say it like you mean it for the last time
Don't keep waiting for the right time
Cos it'll never come, no matter how much I
Want it
Do you want to be here? Cos I don't know
How much longer 'til I let go
I can't deal with these empty promises

I give it up too easily, I know
I know

But you are the only reason
I carry on, I carry on
As long as you're still breathing
I'm holding on, I'm holding on

You told me
This time was for real that you meant it
I'm too old now to keep pretending
That everything will fix itself
So help me
Tell me what you're thinking, where's your head at?
Did you really mean it when you said that?
Make this all a little clearer

I give it up too easily, I know
But I can't do this alone

You are the only reason
I carry on, I carry on
As long as you're still breathing
I'm holding on, I'm holding on

You are the only reason
I carry on, I carry on
As long as you're still breathing
I'm holding on, I'm holding on
Track Name: Automatic
Another day
Nothing new to tell
I'm just going through the motions
Like my mind has been frozen
I am lifeless
I think I might as well have been out cold

I got it wrong
Alright
I've mixed up the pieces of my life, but
I think that I can fix it if I
Open up my eyes
and see the machine that I've become

I've read my final chapter
Seen how it all could end
I'd turn off the world in a heartbeat
For a new beginning

I put myself on automatic
I live my life on automatic
So I don't have to feel
Down and out
And I will never know
What paradise is all about, but
Been getting by on automatic
For far too long

I'm going down
Downhill
Running around now my
Feet have hit the ground
I am caught up
Navigating my desires

I can't deny
I take the easy way out every time
I've tried
But the dream that I've been chasing
It has turned into a lie
When will this start making sense again?

The path of least resistance
Looks good from over here
I've seen the ambush in the distance
But I'll still walk right in

I put myself on automatic
I live my life on automatic
So I don't have to feel
Down and out
And I will never know
What paradise is all about
Been getting by on automatic
For far too long

I put myself on (automatic)
I live my life on (automatic)
I put myself on automatic
I put myself on (automatic)
I live my life on (automatic)
I put myself on automatic
Track Name: Escape
Move a little closer
You've been drifting away
While I've been stuck on replay
I need a fix of something strong
And you've got all the answers
Yeah, you know how to turn me on

I will hold you like I mean it, I'll hold you like it's true
And you'll believe anything I do
Now I'm leaving but you're asking me to stay
But you are just my getaway

I can't help it
I'll do whatever it takes
I'm just looking for
For a way to escape
I can't help it
Now that I'm awake
I'm just looking for
For a way to escape

Let's take each other for a ride
There's no use in denying
What we're craving inside
You know the score; you've played this game
We both answer to the devil
Yeah, you and I, we're just the same

You will hold me like you mean it, you'll hold me like it's true
And I'll believe everything you do
Now you're leaving and I'm begging you to stay
But I am just your getaway

I can't help it
I'll do whatever it takes
I'm just looking for
For a way to escape
I can't help it
Now that I'm awake
I'm just looking for
For a way to escape

So here we are
We get our kicks from being used
Can't play the fool forever
But we've come too far
There's nothing left for us to do
So keep on coming
This is something beautiful
And I don't want to let you go

Woah, oh, oh, oh
Woah, oh, oh
Woah, oh, oh, oh
Woah

You got me feeling,
You got me feeling,
You got me feeling,
So found out

You got me feeling,
You got me feeling,
You got me feeling,
So found out
Track Name: Soldier
Sound the alarm, I’m pulling back
I’m tripping over all the mess that I’ve made

I’m done with the politics and feeling sick from being this afraid
Something is working against me
Working to disconnect me
Stopped me in my tracks
But I’ve been running down this road for too long now to turn back

Soldier; be a soldier.
Don’t let it get to you now
Take your weapons; stand to attention
You can turn this all around

I’ll face my demons
I can’t see them but I feel them all surrounding me
This is just the beginning
I’ve been thinking my decisions could easily be all that I need
My only weakness is wearing all my secrets on my sleeves
But I’d rather be a warrior with a heart than a prisoner of greed

Now I’ve been loading all the weight onto my shoulders
And as I’m getting older, I can I feel it pulling me down
And I’ve got every intention of figuring this out, somehow

Soldier; be a soldier
Don't let it get to you now
Take your weapons; stand to attention
You can still, still turn this all around
Track Name: Anarchy
Time waster
You've got to face the danger
You're not doing yourself any favors
Standing around
Heavy lifter
You've got the nerve to whisper
Like you're breakable
A hostage in the battleground

The noise is taking over
And I've got nowhere left to go

This should be so easy
But I can't hear my voice above the anarchy
This should be so easy
But I can't hear my voice above the anarchy

My brother
You're a self-indulgent lover
You take all that you can get
And you think she hasn't guessed it yet?
You high roller
You just wait until you're older
And the highway ends
You'll never have this chance again

The noise is taking over
And I've got nowhere left to go

This should be so easy
But I can't hear my voice above the anarchy
This should be so easy
But I can't hear my voice above the anarchy

This should be so easy
But I can't hear my voice above the anarchy
This should be so easy
But I can't hear my voice above the anarchy

I can't hear myself
No, I can't hear myself
Track Name: Break Away
Face to face at last
Oh how I've waited
To see through the looking glass
These walls that I created

Nothing, nothing can save me now

Bottled up for too long, but now I see
That I just need you to set me free

Sometimes I’ve got to find out for myself

Go into the fire
You'll be okay
Into the fire
Oh, break away

Said goodbye long ago
To my first love
Gave up my crown, gave up my throne
To find out what I could be made of

Sometimes I've got to find out for myself

It’s not enough to survive
So kiss me mistress, I need to feel alive

Go into the fire
You'll be okay
Into the fire
Oh break away

I'll dare to write my story
Be heard in all my glory

It's time to let this boy be seen
Chasing his impossible dreams

Go into the fire
You'll be okay
Into the fire
Oh break away
Track Name: Find My Way Back Home
Can’t shake this feeling that I don’t belong
Don’t belong here anymore
All this time spent drifting down the river
Still looking for the shore

As I stare at the horizon
My body and my mind are still at war

Let’s take another run up to the edge now,
What are you waiting for?
What are you waiting for?


Stalled again
Dropping out the sky like hail stones
There I go
It’s all or nothing
There’s no middle ground down below
To catch me when I fall

This life is mine
And I’m not ready to go
Still trying to make it on my own
Running out of time
Abandon everything I’ve come to know
Oh, somehow I’ve got to find my way back home

Feels like I’m magnetized but I got my sights set in the wrong direction
I've got one too many reasons to be leaving you
Go to the other side, to the other side

Losing out?
This doesn’t last forever anyway
Or so they say
Look around
Even though these streets are still the same
I have changed

This life is mine
And I’m not ready to go
Still trying to make it on my own
Running out of time
Abandon everything I’ve come to know
Oh, somehow I’ve got to find my way back home

This life is mine
And I’m not ready to go
Still trying to make it on my own
Running out of time
Abandon everything I’ve come to know
I know, I know, I know

This life is mine
And I’m not ready to go
Still trying to make it on my own
Running out of time
Abandon everything I’ve come to know
Oh, somehow I’ve got to find my way back home
Track Name: Strangers Again
Where you going?
Can I follow you?
I need someone to hold
Left me stranded
Let it happen
It was out of my control

(I'll be fine/Are we out of time?)
(I'll be fine/Are we out of time?)

How's it going?
Ask me questions
Like we're strangers again
I don't need your full attention
I just don't wanna lose a friend

Cos you make me feel like I belong
Stood by my side for so long
And now you're gone

You make me feel like I belong
Stood by my side for so long
You make me feel like I belong
Stood by my side for so long

And now you're gone

And we're strangers again
We're just strangers again
We’re just strangers again