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released May 24, 2011

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Benjamin Winter California

Benjamin's folk roots have snuck their way back into his songs as he has matured as a singer-songwriter in recent years. Son of a cowboy & raised on old country & gospel, maybe the flavor should have presented itself earlier. But from his years concentrated in the ‘indie’ scene, he’s now presenting a true & unique “Nu-Folk” style. His band, The Make Believe is an rotating, international cast ... more

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Track Name: The Great Below
Horizon. Lift my eyes to the road
I heard that out west there was a shore
Don't know why. But i have to go
now I'm no dreamer. But i heard that's where they go
It's not that bad here. But there's got to be more
Maybe there's something that will ask me to never go
To whom I may say
So rise my body
Oh sings this soul
I throw my anchor to the great below
So it was strange when the road west came to an end
Cause it's never ever ever ever the same as in your head
But the wind was at my back. And something magic pushed me further yet
Now I'm sailing. And as the shore fades away
something sparkled there below the waves
now I'm fallin'. And i feel your embrace
Out there in the blue, I disappear with you into the rays
and we say
So rise my body
Oh sings this soul
I throw my anchor to the great below
Now take my anger
bind it to a stone
and cast thee ever
to the great below
Track Name: A Dark and Sacred Night
On one dark and sacred night
when they met to say goodbye
sat upon a cliff above the sea
He looked into her teary eyes
then up to the starry skies
and said there's so much more here than you think
I have seen
My road indeed it has been cruel
but i am still alive and you'll
see me die long before i loose
Though the world would hold me down
I have been given a crown
but finding jewels to fill it is up to me
so i seek
Oh gimme that sunrise
I weathered the cold night to see
Oh under the stars I wait for first light to gleam
So don't cry for me
save your tears for the mean
who confuse the battle for the war
and although i dismay
despair this soul will never take
cause victory was written long ago
The darkest hour it becomes
the say just before the sun
breaches the horizon like a king
so i sing
Oh gimme that sunrise
I weathered the cold night to see
Oh under the stars I wait for first light to gleam
Track Name: Cynic
They bombed the clinics and burned the cynic's, then went to Rome and build giant walls
men with dreams and mounted kings, across the treaterous continents they trod
he preferred his dirty feet but they dressed him in pricey purple robes
& said don't read it for yourself, we'll tell you what it says. Now give us gold
do you see where this is going? Nowhere good
Then they put it on the three ships. Now we're banking on the British to bring it home
well I guess that they were too late, cause that Joseph Smith he swears by what he saw
and if your wondering if generations bound in ancient politics were the point just ask Paul
ask him what he saw
And all these men of God don't speak for me at all
Every man's his own. There is no law.
There's only love my friend
now I'm no friend of Nietzsche but I don't give a fuck what you're preaching. Some things are just once and for all
kick ass & take names, give vent to your rage ain't that the way to win that we've been told
I got the one, two, do unto punch comin', but I refuse to be there when you fall. When you fall
And I've come to love the season's. I don't need to know the reasons why they change
But they labeled every movement & think we can improve what we can't explain
You're missing everything
So I've come to raise a panic. I've been hoping the Atlantic for so long
and the things I've seen, well my friend it needs to be said. Christ is not your pawn
Though you've tried for so long
Track Name: Friday
THOSE PALMS WERE WAVING WHEN HE RODE IN FRI
KEEP RIDING STRAIGHT ON AIMING FOR THAT NEEDLES EYE
ROBES RESTING ON THE WIND AND STREAMING WHITE
OH MY JERUSALEM WE'LL PARTY TONIGHT

SAY TO THE HILLS FALL ON US TODAY
IN THE DRY WOOD THEY PRAY

MY GOD IT'S LOOKING LIKE RAIN TONIGHT
A MAN WITH ANY SENSE AT ALL WOULD STAY INSIDE
BUT SOMETHING IN BREATHING ON THE STREET ALRIGHT
& I'LL BE DAMMED IF I AM GONNA MISS THIS RIDE

MORE THAN A LOT BUT NOT ENOUGH TO SAVE
GOTTA GO ALL THE WAY SAY
HEY HEY LET HIM PAY - WE WILL DRINK BLOOD TODAY
HEY HEY WHO IS HE. LET THE HAMMER FALL ON FEET

WORDS OF THE KING OF KINGS AND STEEL GREY EYES
NOT ENOUGH TO CHANGE THAT OL' PILATE'S MIND
THOSE ARE THE DARKEST CLOUDS I'VE EVER SEEN
IF I'M MISTAKEN THEY ARE HEADED THIS WAY
SAY TO THE HILLS, FALL ON US TODAY
IN THE DRY WOOD, THEY PRAY
MORE THAN A LOT BUT NOT ENOUGH TO SAVE
GOTTA GO ALL THE WAY, SAY
HEY HEY LET HIM PAY - WE WILL DRINK BLOOD TODAY
HEY HEY WHO IS HE. LET THE HAMMER FALL ON FEET

WELL I GIVE YOU LOVE AND YOU STEAL IT
I HEAL BUT YOU DON'T FEEL IT
I CALL THE BEASTS OUT FROM THE WILD
KINGS THEY FEAR ME AS A CHILD
BUT I'LL LAY IT DOWN DESPITE IT
CAUSE YOU KNOW NOT WHAT YOUR FIGHTIN'
YOU TURN ME IN BUT I'M GONNA WIN
IT WILL END TONIGHT
Track Name: Gone
She gone & said it all
asked why. I said, I don't know it just feels right
gone & break the fall. For you and I like when
Jesus put a sheet underneath Pete that night
Gone & set it right
Reconcile yeah well. You can say that again alright
Glory make a home in my mind
I know who I am. I know why
So take me down to dust
Let the mountains turn to fire
Let the world be a liar
If someday that chariot comes
I won't say you see
I'll say friend. Just take my hand
Track Name: Incoming
Incoming they yelled from a distance
I see our enemy
They’re marching straight and strong for my heart to strike
And leave me there to bleed
It’s do or die in the arena of spirituality
This is what we trained for so give em’ hell men
No we’ll never leave
Then they opened fire on me
Just for being born and living here, this the penalty
They opened fire on me
And I quickly died, thank God
Now I can finally breathe
Arrest and press against the head
The sweet sound of understanding
We wrestled there in the dark until the morning came
Oh Father find me where I falter
Take me there again
We hope and pray it won’t come to this
But we know that it may

& I recall it comin back again
oh how I hate you now my old friend
that pride that pride my greatest sin

And they opened fire on me
Just for being born and living here, this the penalty
They opened fire on me
And I quickly died, thank God
Now I can finally breathe
Track Name: The Best Thing
It could go either way
So I’ve been praying making sure for no mistakes
It’s hard but I’m listening
I wanna walk until we can’t see home anymore
Suddenly somewhere lost in the world
My only fear’s that you don’t care

So I act like I don’t fight every night
& this will be the best or the worst thing that I ever knew
And I’m stretchin out
You got me now
It’s coming down in or out
Before long we’ll say it out loud

And if only it was the same
What you did and what you say
I can take it either way
If only I knew what to think

If we just kinda lye here quiet and wait
And we wait
But I’ve never known
the line between playing your cards right and fate
so this will be the best or the worst thing that I ever knew

And I’m stretchin out
You got me now
It’s coming down in or out
Before long we’ll say it out loud
And it’s stretchin out
It’s getting loud
Yeah I see it all
We’ll rise and never fall
Just believe and keep breathing beautiful

And I will save it
Yes I will save it
Yes I will save it
And we’ll never fall
Track Name: Collide
It looked like we'd have more time. You go so soon. quite a surprise
it's like i'm seeing you still. Your spirit stays with me until i rest,
i'll stay here and do my best.
Memory and forever collide. Meet mercilessly in my mind.
While i dwell with the present confined. Liazanne of love and time.
Speak your request love. and i'll do my best for us.
As sure as the moon will rise tonight i will see you.
When the sun and the stars have all died.
I will look in your eyes again.
So i guess it's true what they say. no promises but one remain.
That this won't stop with the heartbeat. we will meet by the river side
and lye. wait for night.
So speak your request love. and i'll so my best for us.
Track Name: Only Me
If it was only me I would try
But as it is I'm alone
If it was only me I would fight
Flags are down. For i have prayed
So whatda you say? Are you with me babe?
Track Name: Ole
In low light you look like a mannequin.
Made me move slow and feel like a man again. There's no need to speak.
Balconies and princesses in the breeze.
Did some survive or has true love long since died? She waits for me there.
I need fresh air. I need snow in my hair.
I'm getting soaked. I can't tell you how much i don't care.
Wash me clean away.
Ole ole. Ole ready for the arena. Go ahead and charge. Hey
My hands are white. Their knuckles are broken and tired.
Can't find the chords. They don't obey my mind anymore.
There's nothing more to say, i haven't said already.
Ole