The Berlin Years - 2 (first demos)

by Billie Ray Martin

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I approached Andreas of the Subtones in a bar, asking them if they would consider playing on my first demos. Andreas said they didn't normally do this kind of thing. I insisted. He was bemused. I showed up at the rehearsal room, opened my mouth, they played on my demos. I became their guest vocalist from there on until the formation of Billie and the Deep.
1. I don't wanna.... and vision were the demos that we recorded on a 4 track reel-to-reel in the rehearsal room that day, approx. 1985. i don't wanna is of course the Mary Wells song. Vision is one of my first song writing attempts. 'That's how strong'...is one of my strongest memories. I showed up at the outdoor place, holding about 1500 people i guess, put my handbag down, and we played the song, that we'd only rehearsed once in the rehearsal room before. I was hungover, my eyes were closed. When we got to the middle section i heard a roaring noise, like waves. i opened my eyes to see that the entire audience had risen from their feet and were screaming and applauding spontaneously. The same happened in the second middle section and this is the noise you can hear on this recording. As it was one of my first appearances on a stage, let alone in front of so many people, i had a glimpse of what i could achieve in my life if i continued. Whether I did or still will is another chapter. Thank you to the subtones.

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released August 21, 2014

vocals Billie Ray Martin, music The Subtones
mastered by steve honest at hackney road studios

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Track Name: I don't wanna take a chance (demo)
You say you love me, and I believe you do
You really really love me 'cause I love you

I don't wanna take a chance
I don't wanna take a chance
I don't wanna take a chance and come out
Oh, and come out, and come out
on a losing end

I still remember the last love I had
Left me so blue and oh so sad
I just wanna let you know

I don't wanna take a chance
I don't wanna take a chance
I don't wanna take a chance and come out
Oh, and come out, and come out
On a losing end

I've had lonely days oh and lonely nights
That's something that I don't wanna go through, no no
Just give my heart some time
And I know I'll make up mind
When I give it up, I'm gonna give it up to you
You, you you you

One day, baby, when my heart is stronger
And I'll have this fear no longer
Maybe then I'll come running to you
But right now

I don't wanna take a chance
I don't wanna take a chance
I don't wanna take a chance and come out
Oh, and come out, and come out
On a losing end

Songwriters
Stevenson, William / Gordy Jr, Berry

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Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing
Track Name: Vision (demo)
Vision

What can I do when all the hope is gong
When I don’t fall in love anymore now
I used to dream but now reality won
I’ve no more tears to cry now

So I’m fighting the vision
The vision in my head
To forget all the things
Things you said
Vision
I’ve got this vision

It was the fifth drink
That made me jump into the big world
The pain
All aching bodies in the night tide

So I’m fighting the vision
The vision in my head
To forget all the things
Things you said
Vision
I’ve got this vision

I can hardly believe
What time did to me
But just look at me now boy
Ain’t it plain to see
And it’s killing me

But it was good luck
You got my out of this madhouse
This party began to be too much for my nightmare mind

So I’m fighting the vision
The vision in my head
To forget all the things
Things you said
Vision
I’ve got this vision

Etc.
Track Name: That's how strong my love is - Subtones live at Hasenheide Berlin, feat. BRM
That's How Strong My Love Is Songtext

That's How Strong My Love Is deutsche Übersetzung

That's How Strong My Love Is

If I was the Sun way up there
I'd go with love most everywhere
I'll be the moon when the sun goes down
Just to let you know that I'm still around.

That's how strong my love is, woh
that's how strong my love is.
Thats how strong my love is baby. baby
that's how strong my love is.

I'll be the weeping willow drowning in my tears
And you can go swimming when you are here
I'll be the rainbow after the tears are gone
Wrap you in my colors and keep you warm.

That's how strong my love is, darling
That's how strong my love is, baby
That's how strong my love is, woh
That's how strong my love is.

I'll be the ocean so deep and wide
And catch all the tears whenever you cry
I'll be the breeze after the storm is gone
To dry your eyes and love you all warm.

That's how strong my love is, baby
That's how strong my love is now
That's how strong my love is, darling
That' show strong my love is, again now.