When All Else Fails

by Chris Ward

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'When All Else Fails' is the first full-length compilation album by Chris Ward, featuring thirteen original songs and guest appearances by Darren Pugh from the tech-metal band 'Aliases' and Jake Ryder from the 'Happy Mondays' and 'Black Grape'.

Complete with all new artwork, this album brings together all twelve tracks from his previously released EPs - 'Souls For Trade', 'Metal Is Metal!' and 'Tell Yourself'; and includes an additional bonus track - a previously unreleased acoustic demo of 'Temptress' featuring guest vocals by Macca.

Special thanks go to Robert Ward for his help writing lyrics, Darren Pugh and Jake Ryder for their assistance with the drums; and to Gavin Brady for all his work in the studio.

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released September 16, 2014

All tracks written and performed by Chris Ward.
Guest vocals on track 13 by Macca.
Additional lyrics by Robert Ward on tracks 2, 4, 5, 7 and 11.
Drums by Darren Pugh on all tracks except where performed by Jake Ryder on tracks 1, 2, 5 and 11.
Recorded and mixed by Gavin Brady (2010-2013) except track 13 by Chris Ward (2014).

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Chris Ward Manchester, UK

Chris Ward is a heavy metal guitarist, bassist and songwriter. His main influences are Megadeth and Black Sabbath.

To date he has released three solo EPs and one compilation album which are all available on CDBaby, Bandcamp and iTunes.
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Track Name: When All Else Fails
Verse 1
You’re seeking a solution in the dark of the night
Hopelessly searching for a path to the light
You’re looking for a way to shift the blame
But you already know that fate has no name

Bridge (Pre-Chorus)
Wicked, evil, schemer
Twisted, liar, deceiver
Two-faced, blinded, dreamer
Faithful, eternal, believer

Verse 2
You’re hoping that the answer will present itself
Staring at the skies for the good of your health
You’re dreaming of a way to change the rules
But you already know that luck is for fools

Repeat Pre-Chorus

Chorus 1
When all else fails, you’ll believe in me
Might take some time, but you will see
One of these days, your luck will run out
And then you'll know, what karma is about

Verse 3
I’m waiting in the shadows ‘til it’s my time to fight
Dazed and confused you don’t know what’s right
I’m everywhere you look but cannot be seen
And now your number’s up if you know what I mean

Repeat Pre-Chorus

Chorus 2
When all else fails, you’ll believe in me
Might take some time, but you will see
One of these days, your luck will run out
And then you'll know, what karma is about

Chorus 3 (Alternate)
One day soon, your luck will change
And then you'll know, that fate takes the stage
Might take some time, but soon you will see
When all else fails, ha, you’ll come back to me
Track Name: Tell Yourself
Verse 1
You want that job but you don’t know how to get it
Tell yourself that you won’t regret it
You take the easy option just to get by

You want that girl but you don’t know how to get ‘er
Tell yourself that you can do better
You make excuses rather than try

Chorus
The greatest risk in life is never takin’ one at all
The only bad decisions are those you do not make
The greatest risk in life is never livin’ at all
The only rules you need are the ones you’re meant to break

Verse 2
You want those friends but you don’t know how to get ‘em
Tell yourself that you don’t really need ‘em
You’re just a fool livin’ a lie

You want it all and you know you can do it
Tell yourself that you’re gonna get through it
You can have the things money can’t buy

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Redeemer And Destroyer
Verse 1
Started by the Sarafan
To rid Nosgoth of vampires
A holy war vengeance for
The murder of a tyrant king
Corrupted by this genocide
Was a warrior called Raziel
But for his faith he was killed
Another martyr to their cause

Chorus
Redeemer, destroyer!
Angel of Death
Pawn or messiah!
Agent of free will
Redeemer, destroyer!
Reaver of Souls
Pawn or messiah!
A paradox in time

Verse 2
Many years passed him by
While he lay inside a crypt
Until one day a vampire came
And shared with him the thirst for blood
And so he lived in servitude
Serving Kain for millennia
Then things changed Raziel evolved
And was thrown into the Abyss

Bridge 1
Tumbling, burning, with white hot fire
Drowning, plunging, into the depths
Unspeakable pain and agony, time ceased to exist
Torture and hatred, for what damned him to this hell

Bridge 2
An eternity passed, and torment receded
Bringing him back from madness
Within the abyss, descent had destroyed him
And yet, he lived.

Verse 3
No longer man or vampire
Simply just a wraith reborn
Bounded by the Elder God
Consuming souls just to survive
Sent to hunt; his former brethren
And bring them to justice
To seek revenge by killing Kain
And fulfil his destiny

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Leeches On Society
Verse 1
Voted in by the brainwashed masses
Giving out orders for oil of course
Not doing much just sat on their asses
Lining their pockets with no remorse
Cash for questions they’ll make us pay
Lying to us clever use of spin
Golden pensions nothing we can say
Free trips for favours for every sin

Chorus
World Powers living a lie, a national conspiracy
They will suck us dry, the leeches on society!
World Powers living a lie, a national conspiracy
They will suck us dry, the leeches on society!

Verse 2
Change the rules and break the law
Politicians knee deep in lies
Making money while we’re at war
Their opposition is euthanised
Moral high ground ain’t no such thing
Our budget falls through fingers like sand
Bankruptcy they will bring
With a bank account in Switzerland

Repeat Chorus

Bridge
And now! Ask yourself!
Where does the truth...really begin?

Verse 3
So this is it we make a stand
And they step down like noblemen
But the government has the upper hand
And only next week they’ll be back again
Photo ops make them look good
While they dig deep snouts in the trough
We’ll bring ‘em down you know we should
It’s time for action we’ve had enough

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Give Me A Sign
Verse 1
Watching and waiting but always mistaking
The signs for the things that I feel
Hearing the voices and making bad choices
Tell me that this isn’t real
Righting the wrongs and then speaking in tongues
Please don’t deny what I see
Choosing a path so I don’t feel your wrath
Next time you’re coming for me

Pre-Chorus
Show me the way, show me the light
Let me know what I can do
Show me the way, show me the light
Let me know what I must do

Chorus
Are you listening? I need help!
Can you give me a sign?

Verse 2
Plotting and scheming but I’m always dreaming
Of ways to get all that I crave
Sneaking around without making a sound
And hiding when I should be brave
I know at a glance that I should take a chance
Instead of the easy selection
To follow my fate rather than wait
To find my one true direction

Repeat Pre-Chorus & Chorus

Verse 3
Ranting and raving and never behaving
The way that they say that I should
I’m always learning I never stop yearning
For answers so I can be good
But am I mistaken it seems I’m forsaken
Punished for being out of line
How long must I wait to learn of my fate
Lord can you give me a sign?

Repeat Pre-Chorus & Chorus
Track Name: Metal Is Metal!
Verse 1
Don’t care about the money, don’t care about the fame
Don’t want to storm the charts’, that’s not my game
Just want it heavy, and louder than hell
Don’t want to win awards, can’t you tell

Pre-Chorus
Metal is metal, at the end of the day
Old-school or modern, keeps the men in suits at bay
Metal is metal, wouldn’t want it any other way
Power or thrash, don’t care what they say 'cause...

Chorus
I’m on the edge of reality
Banging my head till it all goes black
Caught in a moment of insanity
Now it’s too late and there’s no going back

Verse 2
Don’t care about the t-shirts, don’t care about the TV
Don’t want to feature on the news, that’s not for me
Just want to play guitar, as fast as I can
Don’t want to be controlled, I’m my own man

Pre-Chorus
Metal is metal, at the end of the day
Old-school or modern, keeps the men in suits at bay
Metal is metal, wouldn’t want it any other way
Power or thrash, don’t care what they say, 'cause...

Repeat Chorus x2

'Cause metal is metal! x4
Track Name: Temptress
Verse 1
Of all the creatures I have seen
A temptress found on Halloween
Beauty of an angel’s daughter
She led sane men to the slaughter
Of all the creatures I have seen
She surely was the dark lord’s queen
Had no resistance she took control
She stole my heart and took my soul

Chorus
She took it, she stole it
I hated the day
She learned me, she turned me
And now it’s okay
She took it, she stole it
Then showed me her way
She learned me, she turned me
And now I’m here to stay

Verse 2
Felt the frenzy felt the fear
Evil temptress draw me near
Can’t react but can’t complain
Eternity it’s in my veins
Felt the frenzy felt the fear
Sexy hot breath in my ear
Can’t react but can’t complain
She drained my body I’m going insane

Verse 3
Now I’m a creature in her scene
She is my bride of Halloween
At her side when she takes flight
Together we will rule the night
Now I’m a creature in her scene
I’m not the man I could have been
No longer bound by mortal laws
Just a disciple to her cause

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Last Man Standing
Verse 1
I’m lost again, alone
No chance of rescue
I’m in trouble, no hope
Nowhere to run to
Why do I always
Have to see such pain?
And why am I always
The only option?

Chorus
I’m waiting for the day
When I can rest in peace
I’m searching for some way
To put an end to the killing
I’m hoping that some time
I’ll finally get released
But 'til then I’ll keep fighting
I am the last man standing

Verse 2
I’m left behind, abandoned
No second chances
I’m in danger, no friends
No reinforcements
Why do I always
Have to fight alone?
And why am I always
The lone survivor?

Verse 3
I’m saved at last, I’m rescued
From the battlefield
I’m in luck, my hardship
Is over now
But why do I always
Have to be the last?
And why am I always
The only one rescued?

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Lethal Devotion
Verse 1
A long time ago when I was so carefree
I made mistakes ‘cause I was too blind to see
I got sent to prison to pay my dues
Please wait for me out there I’ve got nothing left to lose

Pre-Chorus
I’m biding my time
Until you tell me when
I ask you my love
When will I see you again?

Chorus
Lethal devotion (for one I can’t see)
I’m left with confusion (you’re not by my side)
Too much emotion (is building in me)
Beyond the illusion, there’s no place to hide

Verse 2
When I get out I will hold you once more
I’ll spend my whole life waiting by your door
I’ll care for you always in my own special way
Don’t want anyone else no matter what you say

Repeat Pre-Chorus

Chorus [Extended]
Lethal devotion (for one I can’t see)
I’m left with confusion (you’re not by my side)
Too much emotion (is building in me)
Beyond the illusion, there’s no place to hide

Lethal devotion (is what it must be)
I’m left with confusion (while I’m stuck inside)
Too much emotion (it’s easy to see)
Beyond the illusion, I know that you lied!

Bridge
On that fateful day
It was true love at first write
I knew back then you’d never change
You’d never see the light.
But on that very special day
The truth was clear to me
I knew I had to have you
And that we were meant to be!

Verse 3
Now that I’m free I know what I’m going to do
Got nothing but a name but I will find you
Might take me years but I’ll search everyday
And if you don’t want me I’ll search anyway

Repeat Pre-Chorus

Repeat Chorus [Extended]
Track Name: Souls For Trade
Verse 1
Killing in the name of God
They say don’t have anything to lose
But what they don’t understand
Is that their fate in war is one they can’t choose
So they carry on battling the hordes
Unable to perceive the lie
'Cause whilst they’re busy fighting His war
They don’t believe He’ll let them die

Chorus
Marching off to another battle
Fighting for a holy doctrine
Choosing sides based on blind faith
A power they've never seen
Holding off the enemy warriors
Sword and shield keep the heathens at bay
Getting killed with no salvation
They're just souls for trade

Verse 2
Dying for a broken promise
They know that they have been betrayed
But they realise all too late
At home is where they should have stayed
So their destiny is not important
It only matters that they live for today
'Cause if they wake up tomorrow
They’ll only die in vain anyway

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Downward Spiral
Verse 1
Got no money, can’t get a honey
Hiding away on the shelf
Feeling viral, downward spiral
Not trying to help myself
Ain’t got no uses, making excuses
For my situation
Blame my mother, blame another
For my degradation

Verse 2
Feeling bleary, eyes are weary
Need more alcohol
Effects are brief, short lived relief
Don’t satisfy me at all
Need something stronger, needs to last longer
Need an extra dimension
Crack or a pill, need that thrill
Need some added attention

Bridge
Control got away from me (no second chances)
I left it too late for me (to come to my senses)
Time ran away from me (no second chances)
Life would not wait for me (to come to my senses)

Verse 3
It’s taking its toll, I’m out of control
Got nowhere to turn
Back is breaking, heart is racing
And I’m ready to burn
I’m looking gaunt, the street kids taunt
Mocking my very existence
No chance of revival, game of survival
Finally got no resistance

Verse 4
Hospital bed, am I dead?
Is this some kind of nightmare?
What am I hearing? Are they sneering?
Do they even care?
On life support, a bad report
Bring on the undertaker
I’ve had it rough, I’ve had enough
It’s time to meet my maker
Track Name: Best Served Cold
Verse 1
Why did you do this? Why did you lie?
And why does it always have to be this way?
Why didn’t you tell me? Was it something I said?
Why didn’t I see it? Now what can I do?
So all this time, you wanted him not me
Was he your lover? You went behind my back
But not any longer, I see past it all!
I’ll get my own back, he dies today!

Chorus
They say that its eye for an eye
And that vengeance is always sweet
So don’t try to change my mind
I’ll kill you the next time we meet

They say don’t get mad get even
Or so that’s what I’ve been told
So don’t say I didn’t warn you
That revenge is a dish best served cold

Verse 2
Why did you do this? Please tell me why?
And why do you always make it happen this way?
Why didn’t you tell me? Tell me that you cared
I’ve always loved you, and I always will
So all this time, how was I to know?
He was your brother, you weren’t cheating at all
But not any longer, I see past this madness!
No more chances, this is goodbye!

Repeat Chorus

Verse 3
Why did I do it? Why did I kill them?
And why must I suffer? What is wrong with me?
Why didn’t I listen? She was trying to help
And now I’m alone, and they’re both dead
So all along, It was me not them
They weren’t to blame, it was all my fault
But it matters not, I’ll right my sins!
With a gun to my head, I’ll end this thing!
Track Name: Temptress (Acoustic)
Verse 1
Of all the creatures I have seen
A temptress found on Halloween
Beauty of an angel’s daughter
She led sane men to the slaughter
Of all the creatures I have seen
She surely was the dark lord’s queen
Had no resistance she took control
She stole my heart and took my soul

Chorus
She took it, she stole it
I hated the day.
She learned me, she turned me
And now it’s okay
She took it, she stole it
Then showed me her way
She learned me, she turned me
And now I’m here to stay

Verse 2
Felt the frenzy felt the fear
Evil temptress, draw me near
Can’t react but can’t complain
Eternity it’s in my veins
Felt the frenzy felt the fear
Sexy hot breath in my ear
Can’t react but can’t complain
She drained my body I’m going insane

Verse 3
Now I’m a creature in her scene
She is my bride of Halloween
At her side when she takes flight
Together we will rule the night
Now I’m a creature in her scene
I’m not the man I could have been
No longer bound by mortal laws
Just a disciple to her cause

Repeat Chorus