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2018 Demos

by Ben Bruce

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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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Track Name: One Blue Sky
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
Track Name: Let Me Burn
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
Track Name: Gigantic Moon
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.
Track Name: Inexplicably Happy
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
Track Name: Fitzwalter's Lace
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
Track Name: Strike Twice
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.
Track Name: Martial Heart
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
Track Name: Humbled
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
Track Name: Mother of All Waters
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
The road
is cold
but we go
Track Name: So Predictable
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
Track Name: Beam of Light
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
Track Name: Break My Mama's Heart
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
Track Name: I'm 'Onna Die
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?
Track Name: Baggott Inn
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
Track Name: Sunstruck
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
Track Name: Rose Garden
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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