Attention Seeker

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released October 12, 2017

Produced, mixed and mastered by Joe Davison

Recorded at WR Audio, Manchester
Overdubs at Auburn Jam Music, London

All songs written by Felix Hagan
Burn Down This City written by Felix Hagan & Dom Brown

The Band:
Felix Hagan - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Ellie Cowan - Backing Vocals
Tash Hodgson - Backing Vocals
Joe Davison - Keys
Tom Webber - Lead Guitar
Chris Hunsley - Bass
Stuart Mann - Drums

Additional vocals by Nikki Davison, Biff Roxby and Andrew AB
Trombone on Fall Away by Biff Roxby

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Felix Hagan & The Family London, UK

Felix Hagan & The Family are a seven-piece beast made of makeup, hairspray and rock and roll. They fuse punk, rock, pop and musical theatre into a seamless, high-energy blend of genres, all held together by masterful musicianship and an outrageous desire to entertain. ... more

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Track Name: Attention Seeker
I see her glisten in the lights. Just listening to people
Shout things they don’t mean
She spouts worn-out carpe diems in her torn up tights and DM’s
She’s the queen of her wasted little scene

And if she hates me my heart breaks
With such an earth-shaking sound
So turn and face me for my sake
You could save me if you come around
And I don’t like to bare my soul to strangers
But show me yours and I’ll show you mine
And we'll dance together. One more time. Come on.

Well he’s so single, searching for a simple kind of love
That withers in daylight
And in his mirror, he’s a king. He’s a winner
He’s the patron saint of each great Friday night

And if he hates me my heart breaks
With such an earth-shaking sound
So turn and face me for my sake
You could save me if you come around
And I don’t like to bare my soul to strangers
But show me yours and I’ll show you mine
And we'll dance together. One more time. Come on.

It’s not a cry for help. It’s just a cry for connection
And I’d trade my life and health to make people pay attention
I’d sacrifice myself for the sake of entertainment
And die smiling when you’ve seen it. So sing out like you mean it.

When I hear people stand and cheer
It’s the dawn that shimmers in the dark

And if they hate me my heart breaks
With such an earth-shaking sound
So turn and face me for my sake
You could save me if you come around
And I don’t like to show my soul to strangers
But show me yours and I’ll show you mine
And we'll dance together. One more time. Come on.
Track Name: The World's Yours
Something’s alive in the shadows
Something’s got eyes in the dark
Flies through the night like an arrow
Is it a nightmare? Is it a bullet aimed at your heart?

Your nights fill with demons and visions
Fire-breathing monsters and claws
You’re locked up in your own superstition
And you’re shaking. Too frightened to open the door

Well playtime is over
Time to grow up, boy child
Life won’t wait much longer
Til it blows up, boy child
So ya get strapped and march off to conquer
Whip crack now dance with the monsters
Start taking over
‘Cos the world’s yours, boy child.

So kiss like you’re leaving forever
Dance like this night is your last
It’s true that you can’t change the weather
But you can go out, shout down tornados and laugh

Well playtime is over
Time to grow up, boy child
Life won’t wait much longer
Til it blows up, boy child
So ya get strapped and march off to conquer
Whip crack now dance with the monsters
Start taking over
‘Cos the world’s yours, boy child.

So cry, if you want to
And throw open every door
Just sing, cos you’ve got to
And you won’t be afraid any more.

Well playtime is over
Time to grow up, boy child
Life won’t wait much longer
Til it blows up, boy child
So ya get strapped and march off to conquer
Whip crack now dance with the monsters
Start taking over
‘Cos the world’s yours, boy child.
Track Name: Gene Kelly
There’s a boy who sits alone among a thousand little dreams
Wants the break the hearts of hundreds, growing drunk on fevered screams
He’s running from a shadow that has stalked him all his life
It’s the darkness that is lurking when you feel like you’re dropping out of sight

Well he’s torn himself to pieces and each night he feels the itch
To grab the needle, thread and scalpel. He’ll gather, slice and stich
And he’ll build a brand new person where the current person sits
Until he’s nothing but a patchwork of other people’s greatest hits

And every lost evening while time ticks ever on
He sings for his supper goes home to write songs
Waits for some signal, waits for some break
To make him feel better he’ll say

I wanna dance like Gene Kelly
Dress like Elton John
Give those kids who get me a star to wish upon
Tell the world I’m ready
To write their favourite song
So folks who never met me will miss me when I’m gone

But these dreams don’t keep the lights on, they don’t pay for bread and cheese
There’s no free ticket for the rockstar with the most convincing pleas
And though ambition is a virtue, and desire can breed a king
There’s no reaction without action. There’s no life if you don’t sing

So kiss goodbye to comfort, say hello to fun
Grab your battered guitar. Face the dark and run
Halt the shadows creeping, turn up every dial
And watch the people smile when you say

I wanna dance like Gene Kelly
Dress like Elton John
Give those kids who get me a star to wish upon
Tell the world I’m ready
To write their favourite song
So folks who never met me will miss me when I’m gone
Track Name: Woah There Kimmy
I’m so sainted, untainted, scrubbed up and squeaky clean
My virtue will serve you delight that’s so pristine
That’s what I tell myself well you’ve torn those lies apart
Just touch my wrist and for that instant I’m yours with all my heart
Woah. Step back and slap myself sane
Now lust erupts to leave shame
Bad little man. Catch him and make him say

Woah there Kimmy I’m not that kind of boy
I’m not some womanizing, self-defiling
Slave to my own joy
Woah there, Kimmy. But I’m programmed to destroy
And make mistakes, so hit the brakes
And find another to enjoy

Well I’ve got these demons
They’re screaming for something good to eat
Trussed up and dreaming of their freedom
Their chains are getting weak
But I’ve seen darkness
In my heart, miss
And it scares the shit out of me
So I’ll cement my defences
And get up off my knees
So, lust fades to black and I’m done
Quick turn my back and I run
Bad little man, catch him and make him say

Woah there Kimmy I’m not that kind of boy
I’m not some womanizing, self-defiling
Slave to my own joy
Woah there, Kimmy. But I’m programmed to destroy
And make mistakes, so hit the brakes
And find another to enjoy

Well I’m so sensible
But now your sex has struck me like a siren and I’m sceptical
Because behind my eyes I feel a yearning so damn sexual
It’s like a whisper, fixing up to make me feel delectable
But it ain’t so simple baby
Cos my body’s not yours to possess
But you wish to press the flesh nonetheless
My brain says no, my gut says yes, well it’s no no no
But there’s no defending of the indefensible
When those defences are not a test for you
Bad little man, catch him and make him say

Woah there Kimmy I’m not that kind of boy
I’m not some womanizing, self-defiling
Slave to my own joy
Woah there, Kimmy. But I’m programmed to destroy
And make mistakes, so hit the brakes
And find another to enjoy

Woah there Kimmy I’m not that kind of boy
Get out of my mind and forget me forever
Woah there, Kimmy
I’m programmed to destroy my body of mine, but that’s fine
So take your black heart and go
Track Name: Hey I Want You
Well you could build me a house made of silver and gold
So fine it’d make a grown man weep to behold it
And dust all the walls in jewels of every hue

And I will dance like a child through the castle and grounds
Drinking wine from a cup worth a billion pounds
And I’ll feel so fucking empty through and through

‘Cos the one little thing that I’m lusting after
Only thing that’ll make my dreams come true
Well if a smile’s what you wanna see
There’s only one thing you could give to me
I said hey, I want you.

Well you could show me the world, lay it out at my feet
Change the names of the towns and the names of the streets
To Felix Hagan City and Family Avenue

And I will walk through the towns with a tear in my eye
See the platinum statues a mile high
And I’ll cry for mercy, cos Oh no it just won’t do

‘Cos the one little thing that I’m lusting after
Only thing that’ll make my dreams come true
Well if a smile’s what you wanna see
There’s only one thing you could give to me
I said hey, I want you.

You could start a religion based on things that I say
Put my name in the mouths of the folks as they pray
Put a wide-eyed, truthed-up zealot man in every pew

And I would stand in the pulpit and wave my arms
Spit my sin, damnation and napalm psalms
And as they kill each other in my name I’ll know that it’s not true

‘Cos the one little thing that I’m lusting after
Only thing that’ll make my dreams come true
Well if a smile’s what you wanna see
There’s only one thing you could give to me
I said hey, I want you
Track Name: On The Double
Darling you don’t know what you do to me
I’m like a lowdown leach boy sticking to ya
And you’re a queen such a sight to see
I’m just a time-bomb, won’t ticking til ya
Take my hand, darling. I’m on your leash, snarling
To throw my head back, howl at the devil
Ready to start something. And there’s a storm coming
So take me back, my muse, to your temple

So let’s get out now. Back to the house now
You and me for something bad

Eyes wide. Chest tight
So get back, get down on the double
Heart pounds. So loud
One look, one touch, I’m in trouble
We’re fine, supine
Gloves on, let’s go for another round
Just come on down

Well there’s religion in the things we do
As if the whole world sweats every second of it
And at the centre there’s just me and you
Smashing morality to dance in the wreckage of it
We are the heartbreakers. Fresh out of our cages
Ready to crash, break, kill for the thrill of it
And if they’re wishing for it, we’ll charge admission for it
And when it breaks my soul, yeah I’ll still love it

So take a bow, now. We'll bring the house down
Time to drive a good man mad

Eyes wide. Chest tight
So get back, get down on the double
Heart pounds. So loud
One look, one touch, I’m in trouble
We’re fine, supine
Gloves on, let’s go for another round
Just come on down
Track Name: Babe I Ain't Comin'
What’s this hot flash of attraction?
Like daggers thrust in the night
With all the vain satisfaction
Of feeling sexy like
A whisper, tempting and dangerous
A promise. A lie.
Electric fingers seeking skin
To tear, then kiss and cry

So steal a glance at the siren in the night
Come, take the bait. What you waiting for, sucker?

I hear you calling like the ocean
But babe, I ain’t coming. Babe, I ain’t coming.
You’ve got me courting your devotion
But babe, I ain’t coming. Babe, I ain’t coming.
You’re not my future, oh. You’re just my past
I’ll turn my back on you. Start running fast
You’re dealing out such sweet emotion
But babe, I ain’t coming. Babe, I ain’t coming.

How can such a sweet temptation
Bleed with such despair?
Divine exhilaration,
Sex hangs in the air
But here there ain’t no salvation
No love. No truth
Just lust and desolation
Long nights and wasted youth

So kiss me once, boy. And sing out my goodbye
Dance til you’re feverish. Dance til you die.

I hear you calling like the ocean
But babe, I ain’t coming. Babe, I ain’t coming.
You’ve got me courting your devotion
But babe, I ain’t coming. Babe, I ain’t coming.
You’re not my future, oh. You’re just my past
I’ll turn my back on you. Start running fast
You’re dealing out such sweet emotion
But babe, I ain’t coming. Babe, I ain’t coming.
Track Name: Fall Away
Hello Old Friend
I haven’t been home in a while
I’m all screwed up
But having you here makes me smile

I saw an old photo from when we were kings
We were dressed up like Teddy boys, dancing on strings
Playing at grown-ups, learning to sing
And I reached out to pick up the past
But it rushed through my fingers so fast

But in my thoughts you come back again
Bathed in light forever, my friend
I walk right up to hold you but then fall away, away, away

‘Cos what could I say to the face in the dark
Would I speak of the nightmare that will soon come to pass
Or leave him forever to dance in the past
A memory to keep in a box
And pray that it never gets lost

But in my thoughts you come back again
Bathed in light forever, my friend
I walk right up to hold you but then fall away, away, away
Track Name: Burn Down This City
I find myself darling, all messed up
The phone’s gone silent, and they’ve hung up
My love is fading so far away
And they said that all I can do is pray

But I would burn down this city
To keep you from the cold
And I would chase back the shadows
That are slowly taking hold
I would run to the mountain
And scream into the storm
And push it back down forever
So hold on

The miles inch by on idle tides
Each second cuts like a thousand knives
I’m living lifetimes in every hour
And growing famished on my willpower

And I would burn down this city
To keep you from the cold
And I would chase back the shadows
That are slowly taking hold
I would run to the mountain
And scream into the storm
And push it back down forever
So hold on

So pray for me and I'll grow stronger by the mile
I'll run a thousand years and never tire
Just turn your face to the sky
Call out my name
And I will burn across the night like I'm on fire

Now through infirmary doors I’ve burst
Each face is haggard, each glance is cursed
And I see those monsters won’t set you free
Well wait til they get a load of me

Cos I would burn down this city
To keep you from the cold
And I would chase back the shadows
That are slowly taking hold
I would run to the mountain
And scream into the storm
And push it back down forever
So hold on
Track Name: Delirium Tremendous
Sweat, ache, Hands shake
Heart begins to palpitate
Legs twich. Twist and kick
Something’s wrong
Eyes wide, dilate
Every shadow seems unsafe
Can’t sleep, can’t eat
Help me, I’m gone

Well I drank, sipped, sucked it up
Threw every last shred of hope in the cup
Then knocked it back, world fades to black
Not quenched until I drown
Now where’s my soul, said I
This twitching kid with the bloodshot eyes
Got oh so high, failed to fly
Now falling to the ground

What would make you get so battered
That your bones betray you, start to shatter
And you can’t relate to all the happy little night-time boys and girls

Teeth clench, hands too
Won’t do what I want them to
Can’t think, need drink
Wrong kind of thirst
But it’s done, sense won
Couldn’t handle all this fun
Save breath, crave death
Can’t be much worse

And I'm sick, sigh, can’t abide
This twitching track from wet to dry
I’m too old to cry, too young to die
Too rabid for the pack
So I’ll spit, try to hold it in
Search for a sign of life within
And I’ll fake a grin, until my skin
Is starting to crack

What would make you get so battered
That your bones betray you, start to shatter
And you can’t relate to all the happy little night-time boys and girls
Well you’ve got to break through, got to battle through
The nights that hate you, ‘til you’re better
And the shakes can’t shake you
Like the happy little night-time boys and girls

So just stay cool and break through this sick delirium state
I got wasted, now I’m tasting the cruel justice of fate

Can’t sleep. Bones creak.
Must seek the night-time boys and girls
Track Name: Be A Freak
I used to die inside
Pent up and paralysed
By fear of strangers’ perception
I thought that being afraid
Should never be displayed
‘Cos then you’re risking rejection
Eyes sliding over me
That evil laser beam
Pray that I’d pass their inspection
But life’s too short to be
Slowed down by trying to be
Everyone’s kind of perfection


So be a freak
Be something astounding
They’d just love to shut you up
So why speak when you can shout it
Why crawl when you can strut
Sing loud
Especially if you can’t sing
Dance like you don’t care at all
And be proud
‘Cos baby you’re the best thing ever ever ever

What does it feel like
What does it feel like
What is it like to be shameless?
To dance from a to b
Footloose and fancy free
No fear or guilt to restrain us
But if we try to be
Bigger than ever
We might find that love is contagious
So let’s break free of these chains around our liberties
Time to start living outrageously

So be a freak
Be something astounding
They’d just love to shut you up
So why speak when you can shout it
Why crawl when you can strut
Sing loud
Especially if you can’t sing
Dance like you don’t care at all
And be proud
‘Cos baby you’re the best thing ever ever ever


Well if you find that your soul is starting to decay
Submerged in sorrow and drenched in every kind of grey
Or if your fabulous future is looking kind of bleak
Then sneak right up to the edge of the light and take a peak
You’ll find the devils and freaks, watch as they jump and spin
Throw out a lasso to grab your heart and pull you in
And when you kick off the chains it is the best thing Ever Ever Ever

So be a freak
Be something astounding
They’d just love to shut you up
So why speak when you can shout it
Why crawl when you can strut
Sing loud
Especially if you can’t sing
Dance like you don’t care at all
And be proud
‘Cos baby you’re the best thing ever ever ever
Track Name: Tough To Be A Dreamer
Well everyone’s the hero in their own story
Everyone’s a sucker for a taste of glory
But stories are for children, and glory’s not a taste I can acquire

And people say that wishes are the path to freedom
See the stars a-shining, honey. You could be one
But pipe dreams flush away and in the cold grey light of day they expire

And I’ve built my castle on broken dreams
And as time goes by, I must admit it seems like
I was sold a lie. Makes me want to cry so loud

‘Cos it’s tough to be a dreamer when they don’t come true
Nothing seems to happen and you can’t break through
Feel like your blossoming is overdue
And you realize no one’s gonna give the world to you
Well ain’t no use in crying, darling. So they say
Find a thing you love to do and make it pay
Nothing you accomplish matters anyway
So all that really counts is how you live today

Well I’m not one to get uptight for no good reason
While some might see decay I see a change of season
And everyone’s got problems, no more or less pathetic than mine

‘Cos I’m trying to project a sunny disposition
But it’s hard to paint a smile on wasted young ambition
And every day’s another little grain of sand lost to the mists of time

But I can’t make it, then what’s the point
If my whole damn life is set to disappoint
Well I guess there’s nothing left to do but smile, so smile

‘Cos it’s tough to be a dreamer when they don’t come true
Nothing seems to happen and you can’t break through
Feel like your blossoming is overdue
And you realize no one’s gonna give the world to you
Well ain’t no use in crying, darling. So they say
Find a thing you love to do and make it pay
Nothing you accomplish matters anyway
So all that really counts is how you live today

Well if this is that ever will be, that’s okay
But there’s no damn noise left to drown out
The sound of the petals that sigh as they’re falling away

‘Cos it’s tough to be a dreamer when they don’t come true
Nothing seems to happen and you can’t break through
Feel like your blossoming is overdue
And you realize no one’s gonna give the world to you
Well ain’t no use in crying, darling. So they say
Find a thing you love to do and make it pay
Nothing you accomplish matters anyway
So all that really counts is how you live today

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