The View From The Attic (Demo collection)

by Louis Ruben

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In 2007, seventeen of my original songs were recorded in my friend's bedroom, this is the result.
It was a rushed first effort, but there's certain moments in this album that work really well. And I love the fact that you can hear birdsong from the back garden coming through, throughout the collection.

A new version of 'Inside' is available on my 26-song collection 'Alphabet Songbook' and elements of 'Here Right Now' reappear on the song 'Life Is!'.

Newer demos of 'Love Bites' and 'Afterlife' are available on my 'Pre-Flight Epitaph' collection.

Developed versions of at least 3 of the other songs will also be re-recorded for future releases.

Feel free to add me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/louisruben) or drop me an e-mail (louis_ruben@hotmail.co.uk) if you would like updates about my music and upcoming gigs or want to book me for a private/public solo acoustic performance.

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released January 2, 2007

Louis Ruben - Vocals, Guitars, Keys, Percussion, Sound FX.
Henry Everitt - Percussion, Keys, Sound FX.

Produced by Henry Everitt. Copyright 2013.

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Louis Ruben Bristol, UK

Feel free to contact me directly for bookings/gig updates etc. via www.facebook.com/louisruben or email me: louis_ruben@hotmail.co.uk

Bio: After initially playing bass guitar and singing with various rock bands, Louis Ruben is now happily enjoying the creative freedom of being a solo singer-songwriter. Debut album Coming 2017
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Track Name: Ivy House (2007 Demo)
I was born in my parents bed
Home from the beginning.

Snow fell from the sky outside.

Not expecting what was ahead, the midwife fainted.
As I slowly opened by eyes.

First house I lived in.
Smiled in, and cried in.
First place I could breathe in

That clean village air.
Crawl on the patio without a care.
At one with whatever's there.

Remember hurting my head, crying at the ceiling.
They stitched me up with glue.
Remember burning my hand.
Learning about healing, and different shades of blue.

The sand I played in.
Laughing and singing.
The space, I could breathe in.

That clean village air.
Crawl on the patio without a care.
At one with whatever's there.

Whatever's there.
Yeah, yeah.






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Track Name: Levitate (2007 Demo)
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I have a dream where I can fly.
Recurring, up into the sky
Not as often as I would like.
It's an indescribable high.

Free fall. Flying through the sky.
Free fall. Not questioning why.

I go up to all of my friends.
To see their reaction again.
Seeing my body levitate.
Man, it feels just too great to say.

Glide past roads and over lakes.
Glide past guilt from past mistakes
Free fall. Flying through the sky.
Free fall. Not questioning why.

Not questioning why.
Not questioning why.
Flying through the sky.
Not questioning why.

People express diluted dreams.
I will tell it just as it is.
Spend time alone; you notice things.
How powerful your mind can be.


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Track Name: Closing Eyes (2007 Demo)
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Recognize real eyes, a genuine smile.
Hard to tell on these days.
Everyone wil lie, pretend to be shy.

You will never totally know someone
And understand their life.
But you can promise to stay by their side
Through time.

Cross your heart and soul, never lie
And hope to die, sharing life
Growing old peacefully.

Closing eyes
Recognize a genuine smile

When you tell me these things
Melting me inside, I am warm tonight
But you will never totally know someone
And understand their life.
But you can promise to stay by their side
Through time.

Cross your heart and soul, never lie
And hope to die, sharing life
Growing old peacefully.

Cross your heart and soul, never lie
And hope to die, sharing life
Growing old peacefully.

Sharing life, growing old peacefully.


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Track Name: Our Final Chance (2007 Demo)
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A gift of material from your jeans
Wrapped around my wrist like string
This sweet and symbolic offering.
Taste of the love you will bring.
Your eyes are so similar to mine
Colour of the world; blue and green.

Holding you through the pain, kissing under the streetlights again.
Now's the time for our final chance
We'll build our love on trust and romance.

I'll take you on my favourite walk
We'll stroll along, holding hands, and talk
You'll show me to your favourite place
We'll speak of things we overcame.

My choice was to tell you the truth
Even though I knew it would hurt you
And we'd probably be through
The guilt for the pain I added to.
I was selfish, my heart was confused.
Monique I could feel it through your eyes.
You could tell I loved you and always will do.

You can't put a price on being true
And that's just me now, through and through
I know deep down I'm the same as you.
I'm the same as you.


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Track Name: Sweet Intimacy (2007 Demo)
Fly like a sparrow, glide into the night.
I'll greet you at my window, never slip or fall this time.
When the timing is right, along with the light.
You know it's fine.

When we know that probably sometime soon.
You and me could share some sweet intimacy again.

Again.

Collide with shadows.
I sing to feel alive.
I'll serenade you on your rooftop, never sing off-key tonight.
When the fire inside is oh so bright
Sing.
Sing.

When we know that probably sometime soon.
You and me could share some sweet everlasting ecstasy.
Yeah, some sweet everlasting intimacy.
Some sweet everlasting ecstasy.

Some sweet everlasting ecstasy.






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Track Name: Found Remains (2007 Demo)
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They found remains of cocaine down Shakespeare's place.
I can't believe what we see
Evidence of cannabis outside Shakespeare's house.
Smoker just like me and you used to be.

People have always been the same
Existing at a different time
People always deny change
Your name's been used a million times.

I found remains of better days inside your eyes.
I can't believe what I saw.
A perfect place inside space where there are no lies
A great escape from it all.
From it all.

People have always been the same
Existing at a different time
People always deny change
Your name's been used a million times.

I found remains of better days inside your eyes.
I can't believe what I saw.
A perfect place inside space where there are no lies
A great escape from it all.
From it all.

People always deny change
Your name's been used a million times.


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Track Name: Swanage (2007 Demo)
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Stroll through little shops and cafes
Enjoying everything today
Colour of the sea and the bay
Just sometimes takes my breath away

Singing along to 'Ocean Drive'
Where all ages feel alive
Sing happy, loud and proud
Where you never feel old

Appreciate when it is cold
Things like this will help you grow
Don't hesitate, follow your heart.
Don't underestimate this art.

Singing along to 'Ocean Drive'
Where all ages feel alive
Sing happy, loud and proud
Where you never feel old

Colour of the sea and the bay
Swanage is a magical place to stay


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Track Name: Holding You (2007 Demo)
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Holding you while you were crying for a little while.
Your tears were drowning your smile
Hugging for quite a long while
Wishing we could turn back time
Do and say everything right
Make up for the times you weren't nice

Holding you while you were crying for a little while.
Your tears were hiding your smile.
Hugging for quite a long while.
Wishing we could get back life.
Spill our guts one last time.
Declare your love, make it alright.

Holding you while you were crying for a little while.
Holding you while you were crying for a little while


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Track Name: Love Bites (2007 Demo)
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Am I the only soul who feels lost all the time?
Why did you say you wanted to meet up with me today or tonight
When right in the back of your mind you knew it was a lie?
High and dry, you don't deserve my tears so I'm not gonna cry.

But I thought maybe just once, luck would be on my side.
By some strange coincidence, you'd be looking forward to our night.
But guess what? It's just me.
Staring dumbfounded at this screen.
Remembering the existence of you and me.
Together but completely free.

Yeah
Yeah, sometimes I feel that to fall in love is to fall full-stop.
When there's one person who loves but the other does not.
It's like one person shines while the other rots.
An evil plot, smoke rising from a babie's cot.

But I thought maybe just once, luck would be on my side.
By some strange coincidence, I wouldn't feel like s**t tonight.
But guess what? I do.
Staring dumbfounded at my shoes.
Remembering the existence of you and me.
Together but completely free.

Is it me or do you sometimes feel so alone when you're on your own?
Knowing how good it feels to be in love
When you're on your own.
When you're on your own it sucks!
No more love bites or long hugs.
No more feeling completely loved.
No ecstasy without drugs.
I would forget, if only I could.
But I just my tounge
Yeah, I just bite my tounge.
Sing, sigh and shrug


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Track Name: Formless (2007 Demo)
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You never have a decent night's sleep
And you just laugh like it's a good thing.
You know it's not a positive habit
But you've got the strength to kick it.
Too many minds are fried and spoiled
Stoned with thoughts, crazy and pointless
The voices talk to each one of us
Relatives helping us from the past

Everything sharing the same space
Just different sides of the same place
Ever-changing and nameless
We're born forever formless.
Formless.

My thoughts like clouds in the sky
Disappear like the fading nights
I am the sense of touch and sight
These are the wings that gave me flight.
A rainbow triggers the season change
And fireworks fly like comets in space.
At the show you feel something.
Enough to inspire and change your life.

Everything sharing the same space
Just different sides of the same place
Ever-changing and nameless
We're born forever formless.
Formless.
Formless.
Formless.


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Track Name: Here Right Now (2007 Demo)
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I can't believe I'm here right now.
I wonder why I'm always questioning how
We should live our lives
We should live our lives

Wear your clothes how you want
Until the day you drop
We all only get one chance
To untangle the knots in our head.

I can't believe I'm here right now
I wonder why I'm always questioning how
We should live our lives.
We should live our life.

Wear your clothes how you want
Until the day you drop
We all only get one chance
To untangle the knots in our head.
Yeah, we all only get one chance
To untangle the knots in our head.

Don't judge anything but yourself
And you will fly.
Yeah, you will fly, here right now.


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Track Name: Greater Good (2007 Demo)
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It's OK, I love you just the way you are.
Sure thing. We'll never stand apart again.
Just too much indecision.
Co-operation or confrontation?

It's your choice.
I know you're fair about most things
And you need to feel accepted
So keep on doing what you do
For the greater good.
For the greater good.
For the greater good.

It's OK, I love you just the way you are.
Sure thing. We'll never stand apart again.
Just too much indecision.
Co-operation or confrontation?

It's your choice.
I know you're fair about most things
And you need to feel accepted
So keep on doing what you do
For the greater good.
For the greater good.
For the greater good.

From one extreme to another
You always try to find the perfect balance.
So sensitive to social undercurrents
Just one smile of yours could melt away
The coldest heart there is.

It's your choice.
I know you're fair about most things
And you need to feel accepted
So keep on doing what you do
For the greater good.
For the greater good.
For the greater good.

It's OK, I love you just the way you are.
Sure thing. We'll never stand apart.



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Track Name: Afterlife (2007 Demo)
Always
Searching for a reason,
Maybe there is no reason.
We are.
All waiting in line
For that eternal sunshine.

At one with all who've died.
She said 'I wish there was an afterlife I could believe in
but i'm trying so hard not to lie, so i won't mention it'.

Sideways.
Moving like a crab, today I have no plans.
I am.
Searching for the right line to be remembered through time.

At one with all who've died.
She said 'I wish there was an afterlife I could believe in
but i'm trying so hard not to lie, so i won't mention it'.

I just love and live.
These songs I give.
To peace and moving on.
To everyone alive and gone.





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Track Name: In Patches (2007 Demo)
The morning appears
And now those sparrows sing.
A brand new year, self pity somehow disappears.
Silent sunrise, you make me feel.
Almost as high as when I was lost in your eyes.

When I was caught in the moment.
Happiness will prevail, in patches.
In patches.

So I sang 'Take and look and see just what you'll find'.
Trying to make you feel alright.
So many tiny details to take in.
As I see heavenly patches of your soul, through your eyes,

Caught in the moment.
Happiness will prevail, in patches.

Size doesn't matter, It's how you feel.
In your eyes, I felt someone who's strong and real.

Good things come in small packages, i saw your soul in patches.
Good things come in small packages, i saw your soul in patches.

When I was caught in the moment.
Happiness will prevail.

Size doesn't matter, It's how you feel.
In your eyes, I felt someone who's strong and real.

Good things come in small packages, i saw your soul in patches.
Good things come in small packages, i saw your soul in patches.

In patches.





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Track Name: Nothing Stops (2007 Demo)
We pass by the joys of life.
Without knowing we've missed them.
Question why we question time.
Just leaning our mind again.

Everything's moving, energy never leaves.
Seize all the movements of the conscious mind.
To realize.
Truth is this moment.

Just follow the breath.
Frozen views will melt.
Awareness awakes.
Nothing starts or stops.

Everything's moving, energy never leaves.
Seize all the movements of the conscious mind.
To realize.
Truth is this moment.

We pass by the joys of life.
Without knowing we've missed them.
We've missed them.





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Track Name: The View (2007 Demo)
The view from the attic window looks so peaceful in the mornings.
This room holds many memories of laughing and loving.

I'll have to say goodbye one day.
But it's OK, i'm so used to change, it's easy.
I need to say goodnight, baby.
It's the right time for me to stand on my own two feet.

The views I sing in my bedroom can calm me in the evening,
This home hides many highs and lows.
Sleepless nights to great heights.

I'll have to say goodbye one day.
But it's OK, i'm so used to change, it's easy.
I need to say goodnight, baby.
It's the right time for me to stand on my own two feet.

I see.
Balloons tied to a garden gate symbolize a birthday.
but with no candles for the cake, every gift can go to waste.

You can't help but smile, on great days.
When the view holds you high.
Inside.
Only you will ever know your mind.
Only you will ever live your life.






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Track Name: Inside (2007 Demo)
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I'll be there in your waking moments, dear.
Your daily dose of confidence.

Endless different roads to go down.
Infinite number of sounds.

Money gets in the way
of what's important to me.
One day we'll witness true equality.

Endless different possibilities.
Badgers making friends with trees.

I'll always love the play on words.
The mystery of child birth.

Endless different roads to go down.
Infinite number of sounds.

Don't worry the dark won't fall in.
I'll be right there next to you.
Smiling.
Inside.


Copyright 2013. Louis Ruben.