2018 Demos

by Ben Bruce

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1.
04:40
They've cut us in pieces like American Pie Everyone is fighting for their own slice It's old advice from roman times Before you conquer you must first divide It doesn't matter if you agree I affect you and you affect me So lets raise a glass, raise it high We are one under one blue sky If you want to dance, dance -- make your fighting stance your stance Everyone must practice what we're preaching to have a chance So let's raise a glass, raise 'em high We are one under one blue sky When we return to dust and truth be told we must there will be no one to mourn or cry but the world will keep on spinning under one blue sky
2.
03:46
My mood is fire, oh let me be I don't want you getting burned It's my pyre, oh let me burn Then like the phoenix I will return I'm holding grudges, oh it's been years I guess I'll take 'em six feet down You keep your distance, you watch your step I don't want you ending up under ground You don't stoke the fire and then pray the fire burns down You don't stoke the fire and then pray the fire burns down My mood is fire, oh let me be I don't want you getting burned
3.
There is a great gigantic moon tonight Reminds me of a night in June and its all right My wife some music and our friends, and the firelight's a little hazy There is a great gigantic moon, I hope it drives us all a little crazy They say the moon up in the sky can control the seas I must have tides upon my soul, 'cause it's pulling me Moderation in all things, even moderation baby There is a great gigantic moon, I hope it drives us all a little crazy Let's go crazy under the moon Morning will be here soon.
4.
I don’t fear thunder I’m not afraid of pain But I often wonder why I’m inexplicably happy in the rain I’m not afraid of lightning Nor those we do not name But I find it a little frightening the way I’m inexplicably happy in the rain In the rain When the sky is grey In the rain I’m inexplicably happy In the rain I don’t mind the wind Go ahead and point my weathervane It’s almost a sin the way I’m inexplicably happy in the rain
5.
Fitzwalter’s Lace is an English bloom It’s namesake sewn by Mary’s hand She gave it to him on the Downs The day his country called him off to war Mary waiting on the Downs Feeling hopeful every morn Fitzwalter’s gone off to the war The gulls are crying by the shore Fitzwalter’s Lace was in his hand as he kissed his Mary one last time All unknowing he left behind the shine of a lass in Mary’s eyes Mary waiting on the Downs Feeling hopeful every morn Fitzwalter’s gone off to the war The gulls are crying by the shore Fitzwalter’s Lace fell to the ground that Mary made him just last spring Fitzwalter’s hand was on his heart his thoughts of Mary as he fell Mary waiting on the Downs Feeling hopeful every morn Fitzwalter’s gone off to the war The gulls are crying by the shore Fitzwalter’s Lace is an English bloom It’s namesake sewn by Mary’s hand She gave it to him on the Downs The day his country called him off to war
6.
03:07
I may not have my guitar mastered But if I wait until I do Lightning may strike twice where I am standing And I’ll never sing my songs for you I may not have my hipster credentials It’s essential that you know, I never will Lightning may strike twice where I am standing So here I am, I’m singing still You may say my song has a simple progression My confession is I wrote it purposefully that way Lightning may strike twice where I am standing and it’s a simple point that I’m trying to conve-e-ey.
7.
One day, my love will be revealed One day, all will become clear One day, you will understand My love is a warrior by your side Like a Lord of Morning in his prime At your command my love will ride And your enemies will flee before the fey look in his eyes
8.
05:18
I've been humbled by a vision of my body in chains made of pain, or iron or shame We are all going to die So the only question is how we live while we're alive Well may you wonder why his ruin evokes my despair For he's a monster, and who cares? We are all kings and queens If you only knew the music that might have been
9.
Looking out and all I see A thousand heroes standing by me Hercules once fell from grace Never stop striving for your place Gird yourselves it's time for war All they want is more, more, more, more Sons and daughters time to rise The mother of all waters cries She needs heroes
10.
If it's better to stay still You'll react If I need to focus You'll distract You take a misplaced a word And make it fact It's a shame But I know what you're gonna do It's a shame But I know what you're gonna do If she stands firm Your costume cracks And a darkness at your roots is exposed Twisted words and the way you said them You can't take back It's a shame But I know what you're gonna do It's a shame But I know what you're gonna do You want a prediction I've got one for you Keep bothering me and mine I'm going to bother you If she reaches out Your disease kicks in If she nails you down You distract again If she's too strong You weasel in It's a shame But I know what you're gonna do It's a shame But I know what you're gonna do It's a shame But I know what you're gonna do It's a shame
11.
I woke up this morning It was dark outside I made some coffee for my wife Then I stood alone and sighed And the morning lost its way As I turned to grey Yeah the morning lost its way And the moment breathed I was looking for answers in the dark Then a beam of light burned through my window Broke into a rainbow and the colors sang And the morning lost its way As I turned from grey Yeah the morning lost its way
12.
I never done nothin’ so awful as break my mama’s heart I told her that I fell in love and we would have to part It was due to circumstances beyond my control but I never done nothin’ so awful as break my mama’s heart Many times in my life I’ve felt the clutch of Dark On a stormy ocean my mama’s been my bark In another life, we might have played a different role but I never done nothin’ so awful as break my mama’s heart
13.
I've been trying to make my way without fighting through the fray But I ain't cryin' I'm 'onna die, so what's the use? I've been lyin' to myself about how long I've got on the shelf But I ain't cryin' I'm 'onna die, so what's the use? I'm 'onna die now honey, I'm 'onna die So the only question's how I spend my time Well I could go out sighin' I could spend my time dyin' Or I could suffer smilin' Well that's just life my friends, and guess what, it's gonna end But I ain't cryin' I'm 'onna die, so what's the use?
14.
04:45
November in the City dreams of fall I left her number in the dark, so I can’t call The door is open and my god she’s already at the Inn Divine intention and I mention the one at the Inn Life in the City is a strange, strange thing Like a dragon’s wings, or his flames, it can lead to a ring The drinks on Aaron and the homegrown bluegrass at the Baggott Inn One foot in Faerie and a candlelight confession at the Inn Estranged from daily sadness I Remember fondly a time that neither fades nor goes by The drinks on Aaron and the homegrown bluegrass at the Baggott Inn One foot in Faerie and seed of marriage at the Inn
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03:00
I’ve lived a charmed life I give thanks to the sun Beautiful wife Beautiful son Life is good You make your own luck When you’re sunstruck Sometimes life is hard just can’t get nothing done when things are tough look up at the sun Life is good You make your own luck When you’re sunstruck
17.
04:54
I was walking in the rose garden with you We were talking about me growing old with you And though it's hard to believe, I fell more in love with you I was watching while you sang to our son He was sleeping by the time you were done And though it's hard to believe, I fell more in love with you Floating in the lake with our daughter My two ladies enjoying the water And though it's hard to believe, I fell more in love with you Normal moments pass me by like the river of my dreams It's sacred life I realize Each is more beautiful than it seems And though it's hard to believe, I fall more in love with you

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Recent demos. Help me decide which songs to put on my next album by listening, and downloading the tracks you like. The download count will help me derive my final list of songs to record. Thank you! - Ben

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released June 27, 2017

Art by Erin Bruce.

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Hey everybody! I’m Ben. I’m a singer and songwriter in Seattle, WA. I’m also a husband and father, a homebrewer, Web master and ideator. I help produce some of the Northwest’s most amazing parties.

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