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released July 2, 2010

Written by Ben Brewer
Produced with Luke Bond

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

Featuring Joe Brewer, Frank Rawle, Luke Bond, Kez Symes & Stuart Brewer.

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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: On The Inexplicable Truth And The Talented Few
I found myself in a brand new scene
Where the blood runs thick, but the water runs clean
Use our talent and turn a shitty day
Into a shitty song and let the critics relate
You stole my drummer and took my bassist
Elusive truth in the look on my face says
We captured the perfect stack
Gotten totally smashed and nailed a hip-hop track

You see this is the best way that I've found
Of now and again
Releasing my soul and making myself feel whole again
We're sick with something I can never explain
Oh we'll make it 'cause we love it again and again
Even though we never were that satisfied

So you really think it's a waste of my time
To take everyday things, to add a beat and a rhyme
Did you have something better in mind?
Did you think your youth was less wasted than mine?

When this is the best way that I've found
Of now and again
Releasing my soul and making myself feel whole again
We're sick with something I can never explain
Oh we'll make it 'cause we love it again and again
Even though we never were that satisfied

This is the pledge of the talented few
There are more of us than there are of you
We're just the ones who are in this room
Singing songs from a guy who is just like you
We churn out songs and we fight to keep them free
'Til the breadline taunts us with royalties
True to our art and the passion inside
We'll hand it to you on the day that we die

I only wanted harmonies
I'm not concerned with legacies
I only wanted harmonies
I'm not concerned with legacies

Because this is the best way that I've found
Of now and again
Releasing my soul and making myself feel whole again
We're sick with something I can never explain
Oh we'll make it 'cause we love it again and again
Even though we never were that satisfied
At least we tried
Track Name: Tuesday Morning, Monday Mistake
As the sun was coming back up
And you led me by the hand
Away from where we'd slumped the night before
I peeled my skin away from yours
And left all pretence behind
I brushed your cheek and stumbled through the door

And I, I know you've given half away
But my hand still shakes as you give the rest to me
And why, when we've got everything we want
Do our heartbeats race when we're left together alone?

I would have thought that age would have shown
How responsible we could be
And let us throw away our lustful dancefloor turn
But now faithful is only a little more than
A theoretical running joke
I'm scared losing it has made it even worse

And I, I know you've given half away
But my hand still shakes as you give the rest to me
And why, when we've got everything we want
Do our heartbeats race when we're left together alone?

In the light of day I apologise
You tell me no, we're both to blame
It'd probably be more sincere to say I'm sorry for the lies
But then there'd be no next time for it to be the same

And I, I know you've given half away
But my hand still shakes as you give the rest to me
And why, when we've got everything we want
Do our heartbeats race when we're left together alone?

Why do we do
Everything we shouldn't do
For what's, on paper, clearly nothing
More than other people's suffering
I think we were
Both surprised at how right it was
If I felt bad that he was wondering
It crossed my mind, if that counts for something

As the sun was coming back up
And you led me by the hand
Away from where we'd slumped the night before
Track Name: Of Course It Reflects
Alright, excuse me, can you take me to celebrity?
Looks like your hair's straight, let's go
Flashing teeth all night
Well I'm sure they'll be expecting you
Just check your name's not on the list
It seems unlikely you'll be missed out
Oh hi, remember him? The kid, wait, the star
The child of falling out of cars
Into drugs and more guitars
No, why do you ask about his influence?
Just show him to the decadence
No, his throat's a little hoarse tonight

Why does it seem your life
Fails before even you've tried?
You'll get everything you've earned
Dream about tomorrow
Sleeping through today
Wonder who's to blame when
Nothing seems to fall in your way

Your light reflected in the golden streets
No more likely to succeed
Who needs talent looking like you?
God conspires to ruin you with STDs
And trick you into bankruptcy
At least he knows he isn't you

Why does it seem your life
Fails before even you've tried?
You'll get everything you've earned
Dream about tomorrow
Sleeping through today
Wonder who's to blame when
Nothing seems to fall in your

Way? I'm sure
You deserve a lot more
What with all of your
Imagery and minor chords
Trying to carbon
Copy what you can't be
Fairly sure you'll never see
Why you're you and that's not really me

Go find your dad and punch your kin
Go stand on your box and piss into the wind
Do you need to be watched so you can begin?
Or is one eye on your bubble and one on the pin?
You're less convincing in despair
With a petulent pout and flick of your hair
If you think hard work is less than fair
Please, find someone who doesn't have to pretend to care

Why does it seem your life
Fails before even you've tried?
You'll get everything you've earned
Dream about tomorrow
Sleeping through today
Wonder who's to blame when
Nothing seems to fall in your way

Why does it seem your life
Fails before even you've tried?
You'll get everything you've earned
Dream about tomorrow
Sleeping through today
Wonder who's to blame when
Nothing seems to fall in your way

Your life
Fails before even you've tried
You'll get everything you've earned
Dream about tomorrow
Sleeping through today
I wonder who's to blame when
Nothing seems to fall in your way
Track Name: Who Is Killing Your Friend?
Let me show you my pet monkey
I give him everything he needs
That's just him saying that he loves me
When he struggles on his lead
I'll dress him up, a pointless shave
Crash course in how my friends behave
I won't encourage him to leave this time
Play one more time with your monkey friends
While I go build your monkey pen

I see you've built an impressive zoo
Did those sweat and tears belong to you?
He'll quit to work and gather food
His dreams replaced by you
Just one last question still stands out
About a monkey in a reptile house

We missed him at first, but now he's covered in
The smell of a barely human being
We fight the urge to reject the homo
Erectus he's trained to be I'm sure he'll
Run back to the zoo again
With his tail between his legs
In a level of irony reserved for few
Does Stockholm Syndrome mean anything to you?

It's quite simple, the games are over
I won't stand for your own kind
Now get your arse back on my shoulder
And leave those other chumps behind
With any luck, one by one
They'll forget you, where you've gone
Truth be told, I couldn't care less
Your friends'll have to go away now
You other shits wave this monkey out

When he bares his teeth in a lonely grin
And his eyes light up with resentment when
He claps the cymbals she tied to his hands
In an effort to make him understand
Exactly what sucks about marching bands

We missed him at first, but now he's covered in
The smell of a barely human being
We fight the urge to reject the homo
Erectus he's trained to be I'm sure he'll
Run back to the zoo again
With his tail between his legs
Oh, visiting hours are over now
At least the rest of us can scamper out

We missed him at first, but now he's covered in
The smell of a barely human being
We fight the urge to reject the homo
Erectus he's trained to be I'm sure he'll
Run (why would he run?) back to the zoo again (when I'm having so much fun)
With his tail between his legs
(I made him better than you)
Holy shit, someone call the animal league
She's managed to squeeze him into jeans

You don't know anything about our love
Not quite, I just don't know what he's thinking of
But agree to disagree
I (You've) seen enough
You know we're not that different, you and I
I'd believe you if you weren't holding that monkey knife
But agree to disagree (yeah, you're probably right)
It's his life (Mine for life)

We missed him at first, but now he's covered in
The stink of a barely human being
We fight the urge to reject the homo
Erectus he's trained to be one day he'll
Run (Won't let him run) away
One day he'll bust out of his cage
And he'll snatch that shocked look off your face
Track Name: You're Impressed, Aren't You?
I'm flattered you use my stories to try and come off better
It might be more impressive if I'd actually ever said them
I guess it must be tempting to try and push the rest of us down
When the things you had to offer are slowly falling to the ground

And I'm sure you've done it better
And I'm sure I couldn't care less
And I'm sure you're keen to emphasise
All the things that you possess
And I'm sure we'd get on better
If you weren't so keen to win
You'll rattle around your empty house
And rule it like a king

If young is dumb and worthless and our training you can't trust
Then who are you going to look to, when you start to gather rust?
Have you come to a decision that implies that we're the best?
Just change your mind a couple of times
And let retcon do the rest

And I'm sure you've done it better
And I'm sure I couldn't care less
And I'm sure you're keen to emphasise
All the things that you possess
And I'm sure we'd get on better
If you weren't so keen to win
You'll rattle around your empty house
And rule it like a king

Now I've offered you this tune
As a window to someone else's room
But you won't look through, I know
Because the views contained here aren't your own

And I'm sure you've done it better
And I'm sure I couldn't care less
And I'm sure you're keen to emphasise
All the things that you possess
And I'm sure we'd get on better
If you weren't so keen to win
You'll rattle around your empty house
And rule it like a king
Track Name: Bear, They're Dead
Spectacular, the sight of the surviving uninfected by the firelight
You won't survive the night without the proper skills to
Make sure they're dead
Like removal of the head
How many nights left?
Maybe one, two, three, four?

We moved along that night, right after the seventh wave attacked
We got our bearings and we shouldered our packs
While all of our friends were lying dead on their backs, if only for the minute
And Bear seemed confident there'd be a helicopter waiting just a hill away
He crossed the river nude and I followed suit, it seemed a little bit gay, but

Bear, they're dead
Now they're crawling after our heads
I'm losing faith in your smiling claim that rescue's on the way
Bear, they're dead
But with a little bit of help from me
You'll find the survivors and bring the rest to their knees

He fashioned us a twelve-guage catapult from some broken bones
We managed shelter from a log and skin he made a home, if only for a minute
He waded through the human entrails looking for a protein source
Beware of branches bent, they can snap back at you with surprising force, look

Bear, they're dead
Now they're crawling after our heads
I'm losing faith in your smiling claim that rescue's on the way
Bear, they're dead
But with a little bit of help from me
You'll find the survivors and bring the rest to their knees

Then one night as the sun came down
Bear was pacing around, picking at a bite on his arm
He was reading my thoughts when I looked in his eye
He crafted me a spade and he begged me to die
A poorly-timed swing hit him right in the eye
His lips moved once as he gasped a final cry, man alive

Bear, you're dead
Bear, you're dead
Bear, you're dead
Bear, you're dead

A stoving spade is ineffective when
One minute you're down, now you're back up again
I didn't have the heart to finish the job
But now ironically neither do you, make the best of it
You're not like the rest of them
You've still got some fingers left, look
One, two, three, four

Bear, you're dead
Will you stop lunging at my head
I've come to believe we never would have seen a chopper on the way
Bear, you're dead
But with a little bit of help from me
We'll put you to work as a menial member of society
Track Name: My Head Hurts
Riding the bus
Paranoid, check for my keys again
I think she thinks I'm watching, that I'm staring when
I fidget in my favourite seat, loudest demos on repeat
Do they know who I am?
Maybe I should show them, brand new pad and pen
This lyricist who - what, now she's glaring again?
I'm the only sane one on this trip
We're becoming best friends

When did me drawing conclusions about you and me
From scrapes and contusions and marks on your sleeve
Change from the act of someone in control to
Someone who's lost underneath?
I'm lucky I'm the only one trained not to slouch
Don't these people know your lumbar's hooked up to your mouth?
I'm surrounded by fools, why do idiots surround?
Why does my head keep rewording this for grammar and sound?

I'm thinking too quickly for my hand with a pen
My 'a's look like 'o's, so they're kept in my head
I look like I'm preparing my words, it won't help
I'm set with two seconds on everyone else
I can feel time, it's stretching and it's bending around
I feel one with the lights and the merry-go-round
Give no shit that the tiniest shifts won't be seen
I would teach you, but no-one wants sane like me

I'd rather die for an idea than follow it through
My nose is so far up against a tree, the forest is lost on you
You can't see how important what I'm doing is
There's no such thing as overthinking this
How disparate, intellect and sanity
How multiple, my personality
And then I snore myself awake to fears I'm losing sleep
Let's all pick at where it's coming apart and focus on me
Track Name: 8 Years Broke
I'm just a girl, she said
She said help me get by, I've been hurt before
I guess she could see I was a little more
Than a regular piece of her game
They go first, she said
But the first to go was the second son, he
Couldn't watch it burn for love and money
While she called him all of her names

Don't you think that's crossing a line?
I'll let it slide again this time

I've been eight years broke
No debts to pay
Spent my love for spending's sake
What are you going to tell her now
That there's nothing left for you to take?
It's been eight long years
'til I opened my eyes
And I shook my jacket clean
I'll step outside myself and I'll be free

You've got to go, they said
She's built a fire with your pots and towels
You might need those when it all goes sour
If you'll forgive us for planning ahead
You can't leave, she said
You're no good for anyone else any more
Take your monkey ass back to your filthy whore
And leave your chequebook by the bed

Don't you think you've crossed a line?
I won't have to let it slide this time
My heart breaks that you'd be surprised
But I think I'll be just fine

And I'm eight years broke
No debts to pay
Spent my love for spending's sake
What are you going to tell her now
That there's nothing left for you to take?
It's been eight long years
'til I opened my eyes
And I shook my jacket clean
I'll step outside myself and I'll be free

I wish I could say this was the end of it all
You know what? Fuck the house, you can keep it all
I found the things that matter waiting for me
She painted me pictures of death and defeat
What, lilies again? That's, wow, no, you keep it
Now I don't care that you won't ever see

I pity the world for years to come
'cause I think I paid for another one

I've been eight years broke
No debts to pay
Spent my love for spending's sake
What are you going to tell her now
That there's nothing left for you to take?
It's been eight long years
'til I opened my eyes
And I shook my jacket clean
I'll step outside myself and I'll be free

I've been eight years broke
No debts to pay
Spent my love for spending's sake
What are you going to tell her now
That there's nothing left for you to take?
It's been eight long years
'til I opened my eyes
I shook my jacket clean
I'll step outside myself and I'll be free
Yeah, I'll be free
Track Name: In God We Rust
I've found something better prepared for you to believe
I think what I know, you're going to want to need
We can't be sure, but I'm happy enough to hold the pieces like a chimpanzee
We can't know it all, but the least we can do is keep the pictures of the places we've been

I've found something better prepared for you to believe
I think what I know, you're gonna want to need

We can't be sure, but I'm happy enough to hold the pieces like a chimpanzee
We can't know it all, but the least we can do is keep the pictures of the places we've been
You've got to see how much sense you ignore to make your simplified solution fit
At what point in your biology school did you suspect that you were full of shit?

And I can explain this to you if you'll listen
We're no better at facing the end
It's more perfect than you'd ever imagine
Would you feel better with the fake and pretend?
I will see with the product of eternity
And the shadows you need'll grow thin
It's no rehearsal, please forgive me
But we'll never meet like this again

It's not strong to live behind your faith and stick your fingers in your ears so far
The academic argument goes la la la, no I can't hear you, la la la la la
I've found something better prepared for you to believe
I think what I know, you're gonna want to need

I can explain this to you if you'll listen
We're no better at facing the end
It's more perfect than you'd ever imagine
Would you feel better with the fake and pretend?
I will see with the product of eternity
And the shadows you need'll grow thin
It's no rehearsal, please forgive me
But we'll never meet like this again

And I can explain this to you, even if it hurts
oh-ah-ah-ah
Honestly faith without truth only makes it worse
oh-ah-ah-ah

Brainwashed children have grown
And their views truly shown
Now the seeds that you've sown
Have been pulled from the roots
By an ounce of the truth
When your grip was too loose
God forbid this was us
God forbid us be proud of our role

I can explain this to you if you'll listen
We're no better at facing the end
It's more beautiful than you could imagine
Let me open your eyes, my friend
And we will see with the product of eternity
And the shadows you need'll grow thin
There's no rehearsal, please forgive me
But we'll never meet like this again
Track Name: Live Up To It
It seems we've come to the end of the line
Between making a difference and wasting time
I know you're scared, but for what it's worth
It was a pleasure to cross it first
Pronounce my life with Melissa again
Take what has been and make it what has Ben
I know the theory inside out
I just don't know what you're worried about

You may lose faith if you realise
I can't concentrate with my hands near your eyes
What did you want for eleven pounds
I laugh the more sincere you sound
Results are back and the papers are in
When did responsibility begin?
Maturity infects in insistence
This chord progression's the pill for resistance

And we will never die by serious
And we will give up on success to make you smile
And then we'll live forever

How about trying, just for today
And let your targets carry me away
I hear tell of a thing called 'ambition'
But now I'm breaking out, on a mission
If all that matters is mobile phones
The MEGApixels everyone owns
Why so keen to walk like me
The more I demonstrate my perfect insanity?

And we will never die by serious
And we will give up on success to make you smile
And then we'll live forever
And we will be those who still believe in us
And we will break our souls up for the ride
And then we'll live forever

I can't shake the feeling I'd have better spent my time
I'm looking for the answers instead of screaming clever rhymes

And we will never die by serious
And we will give up on success to make you smile
And then we'll live forever
And then we'll live forever

All the work of blistered hands
And all the worlds I understand
Can you see what I said
Was not that relevant
Waiting for me at the line
I'll meet you there in my own time
Forgive my confidence
You'll die with my regrets

And we will (we will, we will)
And we will (we will, we will)
And we will (we will, we will)
And we will (we will, we will)
And we will (we will, we will)
And we will (we will, we will)

Well that all sounds very interesting
I'm sorry, I wasn't listening

And we will never die by serious
And we will give up on success to make you smile
And then we'll live forever