Good Times

by Roger Berkeley

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Good Times is the debut album of the up and coming solo artist Roger Berkeley. Released on 10 December 2012, it features nine songs written, recorded, produced and performed by himself - a true one man band!
In Your Arms starts the album. It is a recognisable Christian Rock song written in June 2012.
Free Fallin’ is the oldest song of the collection. This song is full of burning passion and desire and a great one to get you pumped! Written originally during the summer of 2011, this arrangement was recorded in July 2012. Its riff has been compared to Pink Floyd!
After the first two upbeat anthems, Owe It To Me is a complete contrast. It takes an introspective look at the artist during a troubled period in late December 2011. Needless to say, Roger’s 2012 proceeded to improve!
Back Again was written the two weeks later, in January 2012, and carries the same haunting backdrop, though it provides a more hopeful outlook, of something great to come.
The Final Encounter was written in two sessions. The two-chord progression was discovered in October 2011, and the first verse and chorus was written then. The second verse took its time coming, and was realised in February of the following year.
If You Were Mine came by chance in an idle improvisation when Roger was supposed to be recording another song for the album. When another song, Over For Me was dropped from the track list, this one slotted in perfectly, and so begins the love theme of the second half of the album.
Based on real life emotions, With You is a personalised love song, though that person will remain nameless!
Good Times (I’m Still Dreaming) is the reason for the secrecy, and it displays the raw emotions of a break-up ballad. Originally inspired by the passion of Whitney Houston’s version of Dolly Parton’s ‘I Will Always Love You’, the song takes on a slightly different style.
Nevermind is the perfect end to a well-constructed album. The simple lyrics narrate a post-break up anthem, with plenty of hook-filled choruses and a screaming guitar solo.
Good Times was recorded between July and November 2012 by Roger Berkeley, and it can be downloaded at www.reverbnation.com/RogerBerkeley

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released 10 December 2012
All tracks performed, recorded, produced, mastered etc by Roger Berkeley between July-November 2012.
All tracks written by Roger Berkeley between July 2011 and August 2012, except 'Nevermind' (Roger Berkeley and Daniel O'Driscoll, November 2011).

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Roger Berkeley Dublin, Ireland

Roger Berkeley is an 18 year old songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Dublin.
Roger's genres include anything from hard rock to classical and plenty in between.
Roger released his debut album, Good Times in 2012, and has released a number of singles - both original and covers - since then. He has recently recorded a second album, Going For Gold, which will be released in the coming months.
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Track Name: In Your Arms
In your arms
I rest my head
In your arms
I feel refreshed
Oh Lord
Oh Lord

In your arms
I can't fail
In your arms
I feel safe
Oh Lord
Oh Lord

When I have doubt
And when I see fear
When I hear something
That brings me to tears
And I find it so hard
To find my way
Every step that I take
Drives me far away
Then I see the light
The light of Truth
And I know what's missing
Oh it's you
Coz ya help me fight back
Every bit of the way
And I know I'm safe
When you call my name

In your arms
I am strong
In your arms
I'm filled with faith
Oh Lord
Oh Lord

When I have doubt
And when I see fear
When I hear something
That brings me to tears
And I find it so hard
To find my way
Every step that I take
Drives me far away
Then I see the light
The light of Truth
And I know what's missing
Oh it's you
Coz ya help me fight back
Every bit of the way
And I know I'm safe
When you call my name

When I have doubt
And when I see fear
When I hear something
That brings me to tears
And I find it so hard
To find my way
Every step that I take
Drives me far away
Then I see the light
The light of Truth
And I know what's missing
Oh it's you
Coz ya help me fight back
Every bit of the way
And I know I'm safe
When you call my name
Track Name: Free Fallin'
I'm so frustrated
I wanna make it
But you just keep pulling me down

You think you're so right
I'm tryna find the light
Will you consider removing your frown

You don't realise how helpless I feel
No support coz I'v chosen my dream

I'm free fallin'
But I wanna be free
I'm free fallin'
Yeah I gotta be me
I need help
I'm out of my depth
And I don't know what to do
I'm free fallin' in front of you

Constant criticism
Worse than communism
Can I please have some praise?

I'm working so hard
At my preferred art
I wanna fulfil my days

You don't realise how helpless I feel
No support coz I'v chosen my dream

I'm free fallin'
But I wanna be free
I'm free fallin'
Yeah I gotta be me
I need help
I'm out of my depth
And I don't know what to do
I'm free fallin' in front of you

You don't realise how helpless I feel
No support coz I'v chosen my dream

I'm free fallin'
But I wanna be free
I'm free fallin'
Yeah I gotta be me
I need help
I'm out of my depth
And I don't know what to do
I'm free fallin' in front of you
Track Name: Owe It To Me
Why do I always play the fool?
Keep getting distracted from you
I know you're not going anywhere soon
The time is opportune

Why do I
Keep kidding myself
I know it's a lie
I laugh at myself

Why can't I make contact
Join both of our hearts?
The haunt of past memories
Tears me apart

Why do I always
Do this to myself?
Whenever I'm onto something
I sell out
Everyone's getting on
In their own lives
I owe it to me
To join them and survive

What great thing Would you attempt
If you knew you could not fail?
I gotta take the advice I give
Turn the wind through my sail

I gotta meet my challenges
Face to face
Plan my success
And go with much haste

I can't describe
How much I want this
I need to strive
I need to accomplish

Why do I always
Do this to myself?
Whenever I'm onto something
I sell out
Everyone's getting on
In their own lives
I owe it to me
To join them and survive
Track Name: Back Again
My head pokes through my tightened hood
As I walk amidst the shivery tears
I turn a corner - not much change
On the final straight now, but it's been years

I duck between the empty trees
They are no use, here comes a dreadful breeze
Oh here I come, I'm back again
I'm back again, with a message to send

How to deliver it is my burning question
What is my master's impression?
I give you my life - I'm a pacifist
I try to spread hope and not the fist

Where do I go on my path from here?
Have I done well? And what of my peers?
Oh I need your light to guide my way
Coz I answer to you at the end of the day

My head poked through that tightened hood
As I fought through that frightful flood
We turned a corner - the message was sent
I came back again and that is the end
Track Name: If You Were Mine
I'd never leave you
I'd be right by your side
I'd always be there for you
To wipe the tears from your eyes

I'd hold you
I'd keep you safe
Safe, till the end of time
I know that
It would be fine
If only you were mine

Every laugh
Every cry
Every time I
See your smile
Well I know
It would be fine
If only you were mine

You are so perfect
You are the apple of my eye
The stuff dreams are made of
I'd give it all to be your guy

I'd hold you
I'd keep you safe
Safe, till the end of time
I know that
It would be fine
If only you were mine

Every laugh
Every cry
Every time I
See your smile
Well I know
It would be fine
If only you were mine

If you were my, my my mine
If you were mine

I'd hold you
I'd keep you safe
Safe, till the end of time
I know that
It would be fine
If only you were mine

Every laugh
Every cry
Every time I
See your smile
Well I know
It would be fine
If only you were mine

If you were my, my my mine
If you were mine
If you were my, my my mine
Till the end of time
Track Name: The Final Encounter
I stare at the crowd and I can't see a soul
They're sucking me in like a big black hole
And I wanna cry, but I have no tears
My face is dry after all these years
I try to make them disappear
But they know that fear is in the atmosphere
No matter how much I want it over
There's always much more to uncover

It's the final encounter
There's nothing you can do
But wait till it's over
It's the final encounter

I look at myself and I can see no goal
I know deep down that I'm losing control
And I need to try to face these fears
But there is no try: hit the stratosphere!
The heat is on - I'm my biggest rival
Worth something much more than survival
It's the ultimate situation, no left or right
But no-one passes here without a fight

It's the final encounter
There's nothing you can do
But wait till it's over
It's the final encounter

Yeah

It's the final encounter
Final
Final
Final encounter
Track Name: With You
You make me feel
Like no-one has before
Is this for real?
Or what's in store?

Well I was lost
Gone astray
That line you crossed
To take me away

You found me
Almost too late
For us to be
For us to contemplate

But now I see
You were never out of sight
We can always be
We can be like starlight

Coz when I'm with you
And when you're with me
It's just us two
In perfect harmony
When I'm with you
Oh can't you see
I'm in perfect harmony with you

You took me out
From where I was pretending
Without a doubt
I know where we're heading

I can't believe
That this is taking place
Do I perceive
Your beautiful face?

Yes! Ye! It's really happening
Yes! Yes! I really wanna
No more of our pretending
No not while I'm with you

Coz now I see
You were never out of sight
We can always be
We can be like starlight

Coz when I'm with you
And when you're with me
It's just us two
In perfect harmony
When I'm with you
Oh can't you see
I'm in perfect harmony with you

Now I see
You were never out of sight
We can always be
We can be like starlight

Coz when I'm with you
And when you're with me
It's just us two
In perfect harmony
When I'm with you
Oh can't you see
I'm in perfect harmony with you
Track Name: Good Times (I'm Still Dreaming)
Remember Good Times
It feels like another life
How have we
Grown apart

I was your lover
You were my Rose
Please can we recover
What came to a close

We still have the memories
Bright and clear
But nothing will I ever
Hold as dear

I remember when I used to
Talk to you
I couldn't believe
That it was true

It worked so well
Till we went astray
I should have known
We would have to pay

We found it so easy
To follow our way
Without even thinking
Of rules disobeyed

I know that no matter
What I say
Nothing will easily fix
This mess I made

But still I apologise
Albeit in disguise
I hope we can still be one
And have the time of our lives

I'm still dreaming of Good Times
Good Times matched so well with me
Good Times
I hope for better times with you

I'm still dreaming of Good Times
Good Times matched so well with me
I know I could see
You were never out of sight
My Starlight

I'm still dreaming of Good Times
Good Times matched so well with me
Good Times
I wish for better times with you

I'm still dreaming of Good Times
Good Times matched so well with me
I know I could see
You were never out of sight
My Starlight
Track Name: Nevermind
Looking back at old photographs
We looked so made for each other
Now we're nothing but separate hearts
I think we're heading for trouble

Never mind
I'll be fine
Broken hearts mend in time
When you're in the right frame of mind
Never mind
I'm sure I'll find
When I look behind

You think you're going on strongly
But I know it's the future you're a-fearing
Everyone can see you're taking it wrongly
And that it's not you who's steering

Never mind
You'll be fine
Broken hearts mend in time
When you're in the right frame of mind
Never mind
I'm sure you'll find
When you look behind

Never mind
We'll be fine
Broken hearts mend in time
When you're in the right frame of mind
Never mind
I'm sure we'll find
When we look behind