The Belle Sounds (With Ray Prim) - Stay Alive

from Stay Alive - The 2020 Singles by The Belle Sounds

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This is our 12th and final single of 2020. For this track we teamed up with our friend Ray Prim for a co-write. Ray is a great friend/songwriter and also my TV guru. We both watch a lot of TV and movies and draw song inspiration from that. When he suggests a show to me I usually watch it. He told me to check out Amazon's UTOPIA, which I did. The show itself was just OK, but the theme was way too close to our 2020 reality for comfort. In UTOPIA they often say to the reluctant hero, ‘Stay Alive’. That phrase was affecting me for so many obvious reasons. It is what we have all been trying to do all year, not just from a deadly virus but also for people of color walking down the street, people standing up for the rights of others in heated protests, politicians, judges and innocent voters being threatened by extremist groups, healthcare workers and all frontline workers trying to make sure they see their families again, people starving and becoming homeless because their income disappeared and so much more. Never in our lifetime has general survival seemed so difficult until now. We decided to co-write a song based on all of that and this is the outcome.
SAY ALIVE is like a mantra to keep us safe in the next few months. We see you and you are needed and loved.

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STAY ALIVE ©Noëlle Hampton/Ray Prim

Stay alive, we need you more than ever
Stay alive, we need you more than ever

No one’s here to save you but that’s nothing new
You’ve spent a lifetime waiting but nobody follows through
And all along you carry such a burden in your mind
Trying to just get through it
But they always will remind you
And your heart can’t take anymore

Stay alive, we need you more than ever
Stay alive, we need you more than ever

The truth is hard to swallow
The words get trapped inside
And everything familiar seems to change
Waiting for tomorrow and praying for the day
Somewhere somehow there’s gotta’ be a way
Oh to move on, oh to move on

Stay alive, we need you more than ever
Stay alive, we need you more than ever

Don’t let go (Don’t let go) Don't you let go
Of what you have, who you are,
Every breath, every day that comes next
Don’t let go (Don’t let go) Don't you let go
Of what you have, who you are,
Every breath, every day that comes next
I’m on your side

Stay alive, we need you more than ever
Stay alive, we need you more than ever
Stay alive, we need you more than ever
Stay alive, we need you more than ever
Stay alive, we need you more than ever (Keep breathing)
Stay alive, we need you more than ever (Keep breathing)

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from Stay Alive - The 2020 Singles, track released December 22, 2020
Produced by Noëlle Hampton and André Moran
Recorded by Noëlle Hampton at The Guest Room Studio and by André Moran at The Congress House Studio in Austin, TX
Mixed by André at The Congress House
Mastered by Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering

Noëlle Hampton: Vocals, drum programming, synths, piano, acoustic
André Moran: Electric Guitar, clarinet
Ray Prim: Vocals
Eleanor Whitmore: String arrangement and violins
Greg Hagen: Bass
Emily Shirley: Additional vocals

Original Art by Matjaz Slanic
Cover Layout by Noëlle Hampton

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The Belle Sounds Austin, Texas

The newest project from established Austin, TX based husband/wife team Noëlle Hampton & André Moran, The Belle Sounds
formed in 2013. Their signature sound features alluring three part harmonies & a dynamic, lush soundscape.
Live show band members include Emily Shirley (keys/vocals), Greg Hagen (bass/vocals) and Jim Echels (drums).
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