Chance To Love

by Ben Mitchell

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Ben Mitchell is a singer-songwriter from Australia who revels in genre-hopping. Chance To Love showcases Mitchell’s love for melody, catchy choruses and his personal philosophy that love isn’t just all you need, it’s all we’re really here to do. While comparisons have been made to such varied talents as Beck, Leonard Cohen, Neil Finn, Ben Harper and James Taylor—Mitchell carves out his own sound on Chance To Love, a blend of lo-fi acoustic-pop, indie-folk/-pop-rock and country blues. Recorded in Healesville, a Victorian country town an hour east of Melbourne, Australia, Chance To Love features 17 songs, all written, recorded and produced by Mitchell—who plays every instrument on the album too.

Released independently in April 2015, each of the 17 tracks received radio play across Australia on radio stations including: 3 RRR (Victoria), 3 PBS (Victoria), 3 MDR (Victoria), 3 HOT (Victoria), 3 NRG (Victoria), 3 PVR (Victoria), 3 RPC (Victoria), 3 SER (Victoria), 3 NOW (Victoria), JOY FM (Victoria), Yarra Valley FM (Victoria), 88.6 SOUTHERN FM (Victoria), ABC 774 (Victoria), FBi (New South Wales), 2 AIR (New South Wales), 2MCR (New South Wales), 2 NVR (New South Wales), 2 BAR (New South Wales), 2 MNO (New South Wales), 2 EAR (New South Wales), 2 RRR (New South Wales), 4ZZZ (Queensland), 4 BVR (Queensland), 2 MCR (TAS), TYGA FM (Tasmania), RTR FM (Western Australia), TRIPLE J (National) and ABC RN (National).

It was also picked up by Amazing Radio in UK and Ireland, who chose the upbeat country-soul pop track, Beautiful Mess to spin.

What some people are saying about Chance To Love:

“My favourite local release at the moment.” Stephen Walker, SKULLCAVE, 3RRR FM

“A late night gem.” Jeff Jenkins, The Music

“He has a very interesting, sort of indie-folk/indie-pop-rock sound with some lovely, lovely songwriting.” John Carver, 3 PBS FM, Melbourne, Australia

“17 great songs!” Helen Jennings, ROOTS OF RHYTHM, 3PBS FM

Extra bits:

- Myles O’neil Shaw from 3PBS FM’s ‘Five Feet High and Rising’ alt-country music show included ‘Chance To Love’ in his favourite Australian albums of 2015.

- The video for Beautiful Mess had a couple outings on Foxtel’s Country Music Channel.

- Picked up in UK and Ireland by Amazing Radio.

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released April 17, 2015

Written, recorded, mixed, produced and all instruments played by Ben Mitchell.

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Touching…beautiful…captivating. Discover one of Melbourne’s musical gems.” THE BUZZ From blues to indie-pop Ben Mitchell is a songwriter at home jumping genres. Get Rhythm Magazine in London described Mitchell as, “A powerful performer with bags of stage presence and memorable songs.” Americana UK said, “his song-writing skills put him in a league above.” Inpress said “Screams out TALENT!” ... more

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Track Name: The Way of This Love
The Way Of This Love
By Ben Mitchell © 2015

You walked by so close
I tried, everything I know

You did not here the song I sung
And it was over before it begun

That is okay
That is the way of this love

I waved my hand for you to see
I watched you and you did leave

I held my breath for some time
I beat my chest from the inside

Chorus

Am I dreaming up this feeling
Am I dying to believe in it
Track Name: Undone
Undone
By Ben Mitchell © 2015

Day after day you dream
Of some perfect scene
You can’t believe this is all there is

Night after night you kiss
Your lover on the lips
You’re numb to it, your own happiness

Counting stars shooting by
Walking blind half the time
A full moon’s gonna come
And leave you undone

You tell yourself you’re waitin’
For less complication
You know it’s here
The coast is clear
Track Name: Mea Culpa
Mea Culpa
By Ben Mitchell © 2015

Nobody likes to always take the blame
In this way everyone is the same
What was it I did that made you cry
Like you got a needle in your eye?

Mea Culpa, I guess it was my fault
Mea Culpa, I’ll say what you won’t

Nobody likes any good thing to end
In this way I hope we can stay friends
Whoever you love ain’t up to me
“Maybe,” you say, “in time - we’ll see”

Mea Culpa, I guess it was my fault
Mea Culpa, I’ll say what you won’t

I broke your heart, you broke mine
The only thing between us now is time
We can’t go back to what we had
What’s done is done and that is that, alright
Track Name: Chance To Love
Chance To Love
By Ben Mitchell © 2015

What can come of this life
There’ll always be day and night
Until the end of time
What does it mean to be alive

Nothin’ much *2
Just a chance to love
(Repeat)

What can one person do
That is of real use
Build a bridge it will fall down
Oh come on now, what’s it all about?

Nothin’ much *2
Just a chance to love
(Repeat)

What can I even say
To brighten the way
What does anyone know
About what we’ll find on the long and winding road?
Track Name: Good Night Sleep
Good Night Sleep
By Ben Mitchell © 2015

I just woke up, how can I have the blues?
I’ve had all night to dream of you
I sure hope the sunshine can save me
Or else it’s gonna be
a long day without you baby

Why, oh why do I feel so beat
When I’ve never ever had such a good night sleep

I just woke up, how can I have the blues?
Aint had no time to even think of you
I wasn’t drinkin’ but I am hungover
More than one day I feel a million years older

Why, oh why do I feel so beat
When I’ve never ever had such a good night sleep

I just woke up, how can I have the blues?
Got a roof over my head and a belly full of food
But still I am hungry for a taste of you again
How can the start of my day feel like the end?
Track Name: Beautiful Mess
Beautiful Mess
By Ben Mitchell © 2015

Everything broken—just as it’s meant to be
Everything working never quite perfectly
You can’t tell me the sun ain’t gonna shine

Everyone talking ‘bout what they wanna do
Everyone walking in their own pair of shoes
You can’t tell me where to draw the line

What is it to live but to care
What is it to give but to share
The whole beautiful mess

Everyday something that I haven’t done before
Everyday something that I must have come here for
You can’t tell me there’s nothing left to learn

Everywhere you go someone to get to know
Everywhere you go someone to let go
You can’t tell me love ain’t gonna burn you

Chorus

Green and gold, body and soul
Up and down, high and low
Soft and hard, rough and smooth
Tightly wound cutting loose
Track Name: Gonna Make You Happy
Gonna Make You Happy
By Ben Mitchell © 2015

Gonna make you happy, If it’s all I do
Gonna make you love me, Just a little too
I’ll use a little magic
I’ll use a little fun
I’ll use whatever
To get it done

Gonna’ make you happy if it’s all I do
Gonna’ make you love me just a little too

Gonna make you dream, Of a better life
Gonna make you feel, It deep inside
I’ll tell you a story
I’ll sing you a song
I’ll come right over
And put a record on

Gonna’ make you happy if it’s all I do
Gonna’ make you love me just a little too

Gonna make you move, Like you never have
Gonna find the groove, You know is bad
I’ll play a little crazy
I’ll play a little slow
I’ll play my heart out
Just so you know
Track Name: Son of a Gun
Son of a Gun
By Ben Mitchell © 2015

Oooo, that’s right
Oooo, that’s nice

You’re sitting in the sun with a beer in your hand
Takin’ one day off from Working Man
Nobody knows everything you’ve done
But everyone calls you a Son of a Gun

Chorus

You’re standing in the place where you always have
Mindin’ your business - that is that
People think it’s easy, well at least some
But everyone calls you a Son of a Gun

Chorus

You’re walking to the rhythm of your own heart
Ready for whatever is about to start
Feelin’ like a honky tonk kind of one
But everyone calls you a Son of a Gun
Track Name: See Your Face Again
See Your Face Again
By Ben Mitchell © 2015

Step by step we slowly found our feet
Walkin’ round that lake where we did meet
The conversation flowed there pretty well
Before I told you I think you could tell

I sure hope I see your face again
I sure hope I see your face again

Day by day I dream of all we’ll do
Night by night and some of them come true
Rich the man who knows all that he has
I dream of something that I never had

I sure hope I see your face again
I sure hope I see your face again

The only thing that’s real
Is how deeply I feel
This love is why I live
And you’re the source of it

I sure hope I see your face again
I sure hope I see your face again

Brick by brick I’ll build a house for you
We can have our own family too
I’ll be the best provider I can be
Because you give so very much to me

I sure hope I see your face again
I sure hope I see your face again

The extent of my ambition
Is to gaze in to your eyes
My only real position
Is there right by your side

One by one we all come to an end
In that place I’d love to find a friend
Who knows how complicated life can be
Who makes it that much simpler for me
Track Name: Begin Forever
Begin Forever
By Ben Mitchell © 2015

I love your kiss
It’s what I’ll miss
When I go back to where I come from

It’s a place
No one stays
Very long, everyone’s movin’ on

The writing’s on the wall
From the moment we are born
We’re headed for the stars
We’re headed for the stars

Eventually
You and me
Will be as one in the atmosphere

What a trip
To think of it
One day you are; then one day you aren’t here

Chorus

Maybe along the way
We’ll find our pleasure
And on our final day
We’ll begin forever
We’ll begin forever
Track Name: The Love of My Life
The Love Of My Life
By Ben Mitchell © 2015

You are the love of my life
You are the one alright

I’ve known a few others
Guess, you could say that’s so
I don’t need another
To know

You are like the light
That went off in my head one night

When I realised I’d found
What I was looking for
And my life turned around
For sure

Everyday some sort of surprise
Every day I’ll spend right by your side

You are my fortune and fame
You are well worth the wait

All the things I did
Don’t amount to so much
All that you can give
With a touch

Everyday some sort of surprise
Everyday you’ll spend right by her side

You are the love of my life
You are the one alright
Track Name: 1000 Beautiful Things
1000 Beautiful Things
By Ben Mitchell © 2015

There’s too many to count
No way to write em down
But if I had to try
I’d start with those eyes
Those eyes

But that’s not all she brings
1000 beautiful things
(Repeat)

They’re different everyday
Somehow always the same
The best kind of surprise
Those eyes
Those eyes

But that’s not all she brings
1000 beautiful things
(Repeat)

Wherever I’m heading
She’s taking me there
I feel like I am getting
The magic in the air
It’s all there for the taking
If you’re ready to receive
She says believe me
Believe me
Believe me
Believe
Track Name: To Be Touched
To Be Touched
By Ben Mitchell © 2015

Day light brings it’s own kind of illusion
That things
Might just get better
Things might just get better

Night sets in and dreams
And prayers begin
For someone who’s not there
To someone who’s not there

The heart is for taking
Give it up
The body is achin’
To be touched

Years pass by and soon I’m forgetting
Why
I wanted to sing for love
I wanted to sing for love

The heart is for taking
Give it up
The body is achin’
To be touched

A lifetime lasts as long as a kiss
And that’s
All you can rely on
All you can rely on
Track Name: Slow Motion
Slow Motion
By Ben Mitchell © 2015

Gotta make love in slow motion
All good things take some time
No good just wishin’ and hopin
Apply your heart and your mind

To live a good and fruitful life
You don’t want to be told twice

Gotta make love in slow motion
Gotta make love in slow motion

Don’t take my word or advice
The opposite is also true
To sort the truth from the lies
Is the task in front of you

Do whatever you like
But take it easy, take your time

Gotta make love in slow motion
Gotta make love in slow motion

And when you die – you took your chances
And when you die – you lived life well
And when you die – go join the dances
In the sky, who watch us all walk by

Gotta make love in slow motion
Gotta make love in slow motion

What’s the rush? Where’s the fire?
You know you can take her higher?
Like the prince with one shoe
It’s not what it’s how you do

Keep marching to the beat of your own drum
4,3,2,1
Track Name: Never Love You Less
Never Love You Less
By Ben Mitchell © 2015

It takes a second to fall
And all your life to forget
But what can you do but
Give it your all and your best
It’s some kind of crazy
Some kind of mess

I’ll never love you more
And I’ll never love you less

With a blink of your eye
I knew my fate was set
And with a single kiss
I tasted happiness
Soon you’ll be gone
But I will not forget

I’ll never love you more
And I’ll never love you less

Just cause I don’t see you
Don’t mean my hearts at rest
It keeps beating like a drum
For you baby I do confess
You headed east
And I headed west
Track Name: I Ain't Done
I Ain’t Done
By Ben Mitchell © 2015

When I was a little boy
I had a big dream
Maybe I would grow up to be
Someone, or something

Now I don’t know what I’ve become
But maybe, baby I ain’t done

When I was a teenager
I thought I knew it all
No one could tell me anything
I thought I knew more

Tried some things that did me good
Some things that did me bad
In the end experience is
Really all I had

Most of the time it was fun
And maybe, baby I ain’t done

When I was a man of age
I still had much to learn
About the ways of love and such
How this big old world turns
And I had some success
My share of failures too
But then again all of this just led me to you

If life’s a race then I have won
But maybe, baby I ain’t done
Track Name: That's The Way It Is
That’s The Way It Is
By Ben Mitchell © 2015

If you want it, go and get it
If you need it, it’ll come to you

There aint’ much to life
You don’t need to fight
There aint’ much to love
Just give it up

If you say it, it is true
So be careful which words you use

There aint’ much to life
You don’t need to fight
There aint’ much to love
Just give it up

I learned so many lessons the hard way
And I hope you won’t have to do the same
Maybe you will, maybe that’s okay
And all I have to offer you is this…
That’s the way it is