Example (musician)

English rapper and singer

Elliot John Gleave (born 20 June 1982), better known by his stage name Example, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer.

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Studio albumsEdit

Playlist on YouTube of the tracks listed below

What We Made (2007)Edit

 
First we made the wheel
Then we made the car
Then we made the bomb
Now it's all gone wrong
  • It's worse by the day now, every time I lay down
    words come alive in my head and they play loud
    It's like they can't find a way out
    Wanna pull the plug on their party, it's starting
    to worry me, can't get to sleep when I wanna do
    How would you feel if your lyrics just followed you
    everywhere you went from the street to the bed
    and repeated through the night everything you said
    Tried so many things, pen and a pad
    by the side of my bed but it's sending me mad
    Every time I recline, I decline to opine
    but there's always a rhyme at the back of my mind...
    Sentences now they form in queues...
    And my mind won't stop cos I always gotta finish it

Won't Go Quietly (2010)Edit

 
I don't know why it happened so fast
When I tried to speak your language I'm happy you laughed
'cause I'm hardly a linguist
spoke through kisses cos you didn't speak English
and it was hard to distinguish
love at first sight or holiday romance?
Don't care, I was lost in the moment
I really should'a missed that flight
 
Two lives, living two lives
I don't know which side of me is
where the truth lies
I'm living two lives, living two lives
I got two sides of me try'n'a do right
I got one on each shoulder
both saying "I told ya"
One is saying "Go"
and the other's saying "No, no, no."
 
Start to think it could be fizzling out
Kinda shocked because I never really had any doubts
Look into your eyes, imagine life without ya
And the love kick starts again

Playing in the Shadows (2011)Edit

On YouTube: Example's analysis of the tracks on this album

 
Time might fly
girls may cry
lights may die
but the skies don't lie
It'll all make perfect sense
if you follow me
Come follow me now
 
Did we take it too far?
Did we chase the rabbit into Wonderland?
 
I've never been afraid of the highest heights
or afraid of flying now
I've never been afraid of the wildest fights
not afraid of dying
But now I want off this ride cos you're scaring me and I don't like where we're going
I need a new funfair cos you're scaring me and I don't like where we're going
 
We never had a day go by we were sober
Sittin' in a cold room wide awake
And now I've gotta say goodbye to the sofa
See, I gotta go, can't hide away
  • I gotta get out of this habit we're in
    The weekend comes and we're at it again
    Sayin' it won't but it's happened again, slackin'
    I worship the ground you walk on but you're dragging me down
    We never had a day go by we were sober
    Sittin' in a cold room wide awake
    And now I've gotta say goodbye to the sofa
    See, I gotta go, can't hide away
 
I'm playing in the shadows all night long
So good to play with bad girls (I'm still young)
They keep on saying hello I know what they want
You'll find me in the shadows
 
A song in my head and it won't leave me alone,
I should have followed my friends,
by now they're probably at home
all warm and tucked up in bed
Instead I'm stumbling home on my own
with no charge on my phone
in the east end of London
 
Maybe we should take another roll of the dice
Can't believe we both let it fade away
I want to stay for another day
If you want to save us, give me a signal,
anything will do
  • I got someone waiting at home for me
    staring out the door
    and I'll wanna stay in the zone till three
    all those calls ignored
    tomorrow she'll probably disown me
    happy no more
    keep falling into shadows.
    I'm playing in the shadows all night long
    So good to play with bad girls (I'm still young)
    They keep on saying hello I know what they want
    You'll find me in the shadows
  • A song in my head and it won't leave me alone,
    I should have followed my friends,
    by now they're probably at home
    all warm and tucked up in bed
    Instead I'm stumbling home on my own
    with no charge on my phone
    in the east end of London
  • Maybe we should take another roll of the dice
    Can't believe we both let it fade away
    I want to stay for another day
    If you want to save us, give me a signal,
    anything will do
 
I'll fight the tallest giants
and break the rules of science
  • And I'm happy to admit that I lied and I'll admit that I ruined you're life
    You could never admit if you tried and you're so wrong, and you're so wrong
    And I'm happy to admit that I lied and I'll admit that I ruined you're life
    You could never admit if you tried that you're so wrong
    Until you stop lying to yourself I'll never stop lying to you
    And until I stop crying to myself, I'll never cry in front of you
    I'll fight the tallest giants and break the rules of science
    But I'll never stop lying to you and I've never said a word so true

The Evolution of Man (2012)Edit

 
I'm missing my halo
Let me show you all the beautiful things
Come taste the rainbow
Always gonna live like it's my last day
  • I'm missing my halo
    Where did today go?
    Why does it rain so much when it says so?
    Let me show you all the beautiful things
    What do they know?
    Come taste the rainbow
    Always gonna live like it's my last day
 
There's light at the end of the tunnel
There's fight at the heart of a struggle
Your smile should've told me you're trouble
No more, no more, no more
 
I killed us, had tools to build us a castle
but I never played chess
Bad guess, made the wrong move
Queen takes King, now I've been removed:
out the back door like a famous actor
Cut us in half like stupid tax laws
  • Everything I promised you
    was there but I was late.
    Broke in two
    I used to blame the substance
    So confused but I carry no substance
    Lost in a cave like Sons of Mumford
    Kept moaning zoning in the comfort
    Now I blame myself
    Went downhill just to up my numbers
    You only need one, what's the point of hundreds?
    And I never did ask.
    (You said the answer would be "Yes".)
    I killed us, had tools to build us a castle
    but I never played chess
    Bad guess, made the wrong move
    Queen takes King, now I've been removed:
    out the back door like a famous actor
    Cut us in half like stupid tax laws
 
I gave up one day
Such a stop one day
I would stop one day, I was fallen

I wake up one day, give a fuck one day
I guess I just have to call it The Evolution of Man
I'm getting better
  • I gave up one day
    Such a stop one day
    I would stop one day, I was fallen
    I wake up one day, give a fuck one day
    I'm in love 'cause I hear you calling
    Nothing I can say to make you understand
    I guess I just have to call it The Evolution of Man
    The Evolution of Man
    The Evolution of Man
    It's better better
    It's better better
    It's better better that you didn't know the truth
    I'm getting better
    I'm getting better
    I'm living bigger
  • Impossible's possible
    I know 'cause I lost it all
    I know the price of my ego
    It's lethal
    I still got the hots for you
 
If we can make the whole world hear us
then I can see the whole world changing
I wanna make the whole world hear us
Would that be amazing?
  • You don't have to whisper
    You don't have to whisper no more
    Just scream and we'll take you to heaven
    Scream and we'll light up the world
    If we can make the whole world hear us
    then I can see the whole world changing
    I wanna make the whole world hear us
    Would that be so crazy?
    If we can make the whole world hear us
    then I can see the whole world changing
    I wanna make the whole world hear us
    Would that be amazing?

Live Life Living (2014)Edit

 
Give in to your desire, say goodbye
or play with fire
Play with fire, you'll get burnt
  • Another lesson learnt
    Another page is turned
    Give in to your desire, say goodbye or play with fire
    Play with fire you'll get burnt
    Another lesson learnt
    Another page is turned
    It's time I have to fly and then you say those precious words
    Stay with me
    Stay with me
    Stay with me, stay with me for just one more day

Some Nights Last for Days (2020)Edit

  • If only I could fly away
    Revel in the moonlight
    Try to find a good life
    Find a way to break the chains
    Find a way to break the chains
    Struggle just to hear the call
    It's easy now, easy now
    Heaven is a mile away
    I'll burn it all and leave today
 
When life throws us obstacles
and nothing seems fair at all
impossible's possible
'cause you take us there
Feelings ain't optional
And these are our chronicles
Impossible's possible
And you take us there
And true love isn't scared
  • When life throws us obstacles
    and nothing seems fair at all
    impossible's possible
    'cause you take us there
    Feelings ain't optional
    And these are our chronicles
    Impossible's possible
    And you take us there
    And true love isn't scared
    True love isn't scared
    True love isn't scared
    True love isn't scared

Remix albumsEdit

We Didn't Invent the Remix (2007)Edit

 
If only I had a Ferrari
Then I'd be a Ken doll and she'd be Barbie
We could ride together with the roof rolled down
With the whole town jealous of my girl and my fast car
  • This was a strictly a one-nighter
    to delight us
    we both knew this must stay quiet
    It was vital
    we couldn't forget though
    We never let go we just held on tighter
    See I'm a lover not a fighter
    so I didn't fight the fact that I more than liked you
  • If only I had a Ferrari
    Then I'd be a Ken doll and she'd be Barbie
    We could ride together with the roof rolled down
    With the whole town jealous of my girl and my fast car

MixtapesEdit

What We Almost Made (2008)Edit

 
There's all these monsters at work and they're burning burning burning
They keep their hush (hush) they'll never stop earning
Earth's needing us, it's just that no-one gives a flying fuck
Why give a damn if the world's still turning, huh?
  • World's getting hotter, not a lot you're gonna do
    Armageddon ensues and the rivers rise up
    (Chorus)
    There's all these monsters at work and they're burning burning burning
    They keep their hush (hush) they'll never stop earning
    Earth's needing us, it's just that no-one gives a flying fuck
    Why give a damn if the world's still turning, huh?

Bangers & Ballads (2018)Edit

  • When the lights go out
    come and hunt me down,
    keep me in your line of sight
    Be my predator, I'll give in to ya
    Take a taste, do what you like
    Show me how to love ya
    Show me how to get you high
    Show me how to love ya
    I just wanna rock you right
 
To-ing fro-ing never knowing
if I'm coming or I'm going
living in the fast lane
but our heartbeat's slowing
  • To-ing fro-ing never knowing
    if I'm coming or I'm going
    living in the fast lane
    but our heartbeat's slowing
  • Now I'm going into darkness
    trying to find my light
    my heart is like an eclipse
    every hour's midnight
    Feel like time is running out
    I need to break free
    cos I'm going into darkness
    and you're the only one who can't see

Non-album singlesEdit

As lead artistEdit

 
Oh darling, let's stay up all night
Drinking whisky, telling stories, I can keep you satisfied
 
You and me just click
Just click, just click
You and me just click
You and me just click
You and me just click
You and me just click
 
It's just something I do
Don't wanna kiss and tell
I'll make it up to you
And do it so well
I can't do many things
But one thing that I do
For you, it's true
I do it so well
  • Oh darling, let's stay up all night
    Drinking whisky, telling stories, I can keep you satisfied
    Oh darling, let's stay up all night
    Drinking whisky, telling stories, I can keep you satisfied
    Oh darling, let's stay up all night
    Drinking whisky, telling stories, I can keep you satisfied
  • Only one place we wanna be
    Only need the crew plus me
    Don't know who we're gonna see
    but I heard they play a couple CDs
    Eight quid for a G&T
    Probably gonna spill it on my jeans
    Don't really care, honestly
    'cause I only need the crew plus me
    We stay (all night)
    All day (all night)
    UK (all night)
    Okay (all night)
    Just vibes (all night)
    We slide (all night)
    All day (all night)
    All night (all night)
  • You and me just click
    Just click, just click
    You and me just click
    You and me just click
    You and me just click
    You and me just click
  • It's just something I do
    Don't wanna kiss and tell
    I'll make it up to you
    And do it so well
    I can't do many things
    But one thing that I do
    For you, it's true
    I do it so well

As featured artistEdit

 
And we're all daydreaming now
Escape to another world
Live for another day
Escape to another world
Don't have to be told
Don't have to grow old

Other charted songsEdit

 
Never should have listened to the serpent
You shot yourself in the foot again
Face looks jaded
Clothes look faded
Keep walking on, my friend
  • Take a bag with your clothes
    and leave your keys by the door
    'cos she never wants to see you no more
    Never should have listened to the serpent
    You shot yourself in the foot again
    Take that sad little face
    and leave your pride at the door
    'cos she never gonna touch you no more
    Never should have listened to the serpent
    You shot yourself in the foot again
    Face looks jaded
    Clothes look faded
    Keep walking on, my friend

Other appearancesEdit

 
Take my hand and don't let go
Take my hand and don't let go
oh no
Come with me
Temptation Avenue
  • Take my hand and don't let go
    Take my hand and don't let go
    oh no
    Come with me
    Temptation Avenue
  • How could I forget the day we met
    I had to date you,
    A couple months we were in love...
    Like Ross and Rachel,
    It went deranged, and then the chains...
    To leave, I hate you,
    It was kinda like that film where the Attraction's Fatal.
    You smash a plate, I slam the gate,
    (Yeah!, yeah!)
    You get irate, I turn up late,
    (We stuff our ammo)
    You scream and shout, I lock you out,
    (Who's in trouble now?)
    We call a truce and then we're back where we started.
    It's all good when we're on our best behaviour
    When the will turns sour it's like a scene out of Braveheart,
    Dark like Darth Vader,
    But still I love her,
    We fight, but there's light at the end of the tunnel.
 
We been living in a world full of free love
and the limit is the sky if we team up
yeah, we run the world, we run the world
  • We been living in a world full of free love
    and the limit is the sky if we team up
    yeah, we run the world, we run the world
  • And it goes and it goes
    And it goes and it goes
    I got ten bags of funds, some rum and some dubstep
    Head off into the sunset, one step ahead of the game
    They've been attacking my brain, they ain't done yet
    Count to 100, open my eyes and it's fine again
    No sign of them, back in the open I'm hoping I'm reaching utopia
    Coping without her but it's all for the best
    No mess, let me digress
    One day soon, find room in my head
    to let another special person fully immerse themselves
    And we'll merge our worlds so perfectly
    This is paradise, certainly

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