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Always Choose In Person

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released May 19, 2012

Featuring Joe Brewer, Frank Rawle, Luke Bond, Jax & Ellie Campbell
Produced with Luke Bond

Recorded at Big Green Door Studio www.myspace.com/biggreendoorstudio

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Benji One Lung Barnstaple, UK

Ben Brewer writes pretty good music - it combines energetic guitars, lyrics that range from witty (sort of) to heartfelt and the occasional hint back to Ben's punk rock roots.
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Track Name: Go Team
Sitting round drinking like three talentless fucks
Kind of contemplating thoughts that we might just suck
Now hold on, I'm not sure I'm following
Yeah, speak for yourself, you don't know nothing about me
I suppose more to the point doesn't mean more clear
Only seeing good in others kind of highlights my own fears
Focus here, at least you're still in your twenties
Yeah man the hell up, at least you nailed attendance
But here's one for you - how to break perfection
When I'm tearing out my hair working out one section
Well it's a cop-out to say that life's biggest lesson's
How to explain it all in easy chord progressions

If confidence in your music's lean
Come cry to us, we'll ignore how it seems

Go team

Now we've sorted music, can we fix up love?
'Cause this drink's too weak for me to know what it tastes of
I know what you mean, I've been through painful changes
I love you, but I'm not sure you know what real pain is
The best kind of lyrics are a broken heart
So are the best when it's broken down right from the start?
I'm six drinks under and this logic is lost on me
Floating around on your drunk philosophy
If what's in your heart can be loud and clear
Then let what's in your head live and breathe out here
I wish I'd have realised that back then
Not with two pretty girls and a bottle of Kraken

I've funked up love by the time I'm eighteen
You've funked up nothing 'til you've been where we've been

Go team

Now we're in the car, growing tired and cold
But we're here and these burgers are the best that they've sold
We're kind of tucked up laughing 'til the next day hurts
At the jokes or the hands where there are no words
Now it's three a.m., seen through to the sixth of November
And I don't mind admitting that these are the nights I'll remember

Go team

Where the hell was I when this was all going down?
I've got plenty of issues, if we're throwing them 'round
Moving out, management and work like a punk
I've got about six problems, I can name every one
Four times the burden doesn't make it heavier
At least we've made up answers
Being found like-minded only makes it scarier
This is the best kind of 'not alone'
Whether each mistaken or deluded liar
This might not work, I'm so tired
Higher, higher, higher, higher, higher, higher, higher, higher

Go team
Track Name: SFA
He takes to the stand
With a book of bad poetry and wine in his hand
Nothing so bad so far, but it's in his eyes
The words that he wrote
Obviously not enough to captivate the first three rows
He says he's waiting for attentive silence and I die inside
You ever hear an open mic all groan?
I'm sure the reason, he'll never know
Let's just say it's time to go home
It's super fucking awkward

This really could have been a nice meal, up until that
The worst we would have thought is that you bought a bad hat
Who'd have thought time could be so unkind?
The last thing you need
Is to highlight you're losing your hair at speed
Don't worry, we've got your back, we won't go after your pride
But yeah, thanks for pointing it out
We weren't bold and you called us out
And now there's nothing left to talk about
It's super fucking awkward

I know I've been where you are
To be honest, I'm surprised I haven't choked on my heart
I want to die at the things I've said, mostly to girls
And a few times to family and once to the world
But recognition's the key
I promise
It's super fucking awkward

Well it seems we're getting along
As the drinks grow small and the shadows are long
And at this point I'm not sure if I'm along for the ride
We leave each other alone
But the certainty grows as I stumble home
I'm sure that one last message would be worth the time
The minute it's left my phone
I've crossed a line and she lets me know
I shouldn't be allowed out alone
It's super fucking awkward
Track Name: Nothing Wasted, Nothing Gained
There are worse ways I could have felt alive
Than living seventeen minutes in every five
Staring down adult Ben with fear in his eyes
With simple 'trust me's and 'it'll be alright's
Because being's the only present tense of 'has been'
Because being's the only way to earn something to be

Yeah, excelling in a world with its sister apart
Through a social separation of science and art
Then fifteen years and a hole near the heart
Made my fingers and throat hurt and anarchy start
These stupid mistakes killed off who I should have become
These stupid mistakes are the smartest things that I've done

'Cause right comes down to what you want to believe
I believe in love and I believe in need
Tell me that's a waste
Tell me that's a waste
The smartest choice is the hardest to make
But it's ok now, 'cause facts are easy to fake
Tell me that's a waste

Ten years down and I've got friends out there
Who've only changed the world by maybe changing their hair
Never fallen down sick with their fist in the air
Or heard a hundred people cheer when their soul gets bared
The best day? Can you believe it was every one?
The best day? What if it's just begun?

'Cause right comes down to what you want to believe
I believe in love and I believe in need
Tell me that's a waste
Tell me that's a waste
The smartest choice is the hardest to make
But it's ok now, 'cause facts are easy to fake
Tell me that's a waste

The best day? Can you believe it was every one?
The best day? What if it's just begun?

'Cause right comes down to what you want to believe
I believe in love and I believe in trees
Tell me that's a waste
Tell me that's a waste

What I want from life changes day to day
The biggest lesson I've learned is that that's ok
The goals have changed but the passion's stayed
And I can't keep diaries anyway
And right now, trying to stay in time
And right now, lost in another line

Back to life, resuscitated, stripped of all the things we hated
This is the best way that I've found
And we will never die by serious, and we will give up on success to make you smile
So stand up and be proud of the person you have become, take a risk and shout it loud to the person you think you love
Whoa, Luigi, hero of my misspent youth, never one for being cool
I'll give it out, but not too soon, I'll call this out to get through, it's not in vain or self-doubt, before your action times out

Hindsight shows how it all worked out
I'm still a stupid kid prone to running his mouth
Debbie moved out, but I'm ok and Frank's still sick of hearing how my family's changed
I still have dreams that I make into songs
And it still means more when my friends sing along
The girls still suck from time to time
But Joe found a better one, yeah he's still alive
Yeah, it's still for love and it's still to learn
Still nearly died on the same right turn
Still unhealthy, but we don't care
The kebab man won, because life's not fair
I still love Christmas because of my friends
We still break out that rap every now and again
I love this mess and I'm damn sure
I'll still love it again after fifteen more

'Cause right comes down to what you want to believe
I believe in love and I believe in need
Tell me that's a waste
The smartest choice is the hardest to make
But it's ok now, 'cause facts are easy to fake
Tell me that's a waste
Tell me that's a waste
Track Name: I've Heard Everything There Is To Say
My old man, he gave me a piece of good advice
He said "Ben, never go through the bags of the women in your life"
I think he was speaking literally, but the metaphor stands
There's plenty of things I've learned that I don't want to understand
And I say I think I'm happier off that way

It's hard to ignore some of the things that you've told
It's hard to be the friend you need without just sounding old
And I care enough to hate that you're ok with this mistake
Not stupid enough to think that it's not yours to make
But it's easy for me to say you could be happier off that way

Uneasy as I am with how that worked out true
I'm still fighting with myself over what I think I'm supposed to do
This hand that's leading my heart, it leaves me tense and confused
Leaves me in a ringside seat for what you're putting yourself through

And 'for writing a song' is no reason at all
You've got to trust me, you'll have plenty more chances to learn how to fall
And I say you might be happier off one day