The Benefit of the Free Man

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released 19 January 2013

Music by The Benefit of the Free Man
Lyrics by Lee Piazza
Produced by Bentley Jarvis, Simon Jarvis and The Benefit of the Free Man
Engineered and mixed by Bentley Jarvis and Simon Jarvis at Bentley's Project Studio, February to August, 2012
Additional engineering on Ducats, Summer Moons and Harbord by Anna Jarvis
Mastered by Shawn Jurek Mastering
Art and Layout by Amber Edgar, CITIZEN A

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The Benefit of the Free Man Toronto, Ontario

With their sophomore record set to be released later this year, The Benefit of the Free Man continue to build their repertoire of chamber folk songs that are as piercing as they are soothing.

"A mesmerizing and inspiring sonic force to be reckoned with" (Indie Round Table)

"A sound that is rich but unsettling; the negative space in the music becomes an instrument in itself." (Audio Reckoning)
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Track Name: Ducats
Ducats for nothing, nothing
Ducats for nothing, nothing
Ducats, ducats, ducats, ducats
I am so lonesome, lonesome
I am so lonesome, lonesome
Give me something to shade this nothing
I want to spend like a drunken Saudi prince on the birthday of the chick he's courting, chick he's courting
I am so restless, restless
I am so restless, restless
Ducats, ducats, ducats

I'll be the first in line

Bundles of joy in the corner of a store, better snatch them
Before it runs out on us, runs out on us
I am so ready, ready
I am so ready, ready
Open your portals give me some of that synthetic
Tear gas in hand, gonna spray you where you stand
Get a head start on you
So I can gobble bargains
Oh man
All for nothing, nothing
All or nothing, nothing
Ducats, ducats, ducats

I'll be the first in line

It's a nice full fall

I'll be the first in line
Track Name: Summer Moons
I could go on for days, dear, days, dear
Just make sure you stay awake, stay awake

I can't be tamed by the rain oh rain oh
I can't be tamed by the rain

Gasoline and guns and pancakes
Never had I seen all three in one place

I can't be tamed by the rain oh rain oh
I can't be tamed by the rain

Grip my hand, come
Grip my hand now

That lightning storm put the fear of God in me
Guess that's why they go to church in Tennessee

But I can't be tamed by the rain oh rain oh
I can't be tamed by the rain

That 18-wheeler oh it came way too close
Tried to steal our summers and our suns and our moons oh

I can't be tamed by the rain oh rain oh
I can't be tamed by the rain

Grip my hand, come
Grip my hand now

Summers and our moons oh

Grip my hand, come
Grip my hand now
Track Name: Swans
Old man drifting towards the falls
Young child drifting towards the falls
Numb hand steering it all
We're all drifting towards the falls
Towards the falls

Something stern is on its way here
We will learn its black name, I fear
Pierce the sky with poison spears and all
All things pretty, all things dear will fall

Sew your eyelids, close your ears it calls
Scramble to recover years we stalled
Cracks your roof, seeps inside your halls
There's no honey, there will be no dolls

Swans won't swim in nightmare lakes
Just the sight will make you ache
We'll be feasting 'til the grave
We'll be leeching 'til the grave

Swans won't swim in nightmare lakes
Just the sight will make you break
We'll be feasting 'til the grave
We'll be leeching 'til the grave

We'll be leeching 'til the…
Track Name: Toxic
We've got ourselves a verbal virus, virus
That sprung from a misguided iris, iris
A vision black and charred and narrow, narrow
With all the substance of a zero, zero

Your messenger is one lost rider, rider
And his false path is growing wider, wider
Then others tread it uninvited
And they feverishly recite it, recite

Recite the broken battered rumour, rumour
And let it expand like a tumour, tumour
Toxic as a glass of cyanide cider
Weave your web, you sinister spider

Tongues oh tongues can be like talons, talons
With all the grace of Joseph Stalin, Stalin
The lush garden it bears briars, briars
Stupid stupid stupid fucking liars
Track Name: Harbord
Keeping steady, always in motion
Keeping steady as I can be
Steady as your crane above 1000 feet

You and I we've drank an ocean
Come on, pass the potion please
Moons waxing rapid-fire, waning with the breeze

Gotta breathe
Gotta breathe now
Gotta breathe
Moon's falling, dawn keeps calling

Breathe
Gotta breathe now
Gotta breathe
Moon's falling, dawn keeps calling

Never want to get up early
Unless it's on my own accord
Never want to get all surly and dumb and bored

I've got someone who celebrates me
Folks around me who donate their wings
People gathered all their nuts just so I could sing

Gotta breathe
Gotta breathe now
Gotta breathe
Moon's falling, dawn keeps calling

Breathe
Gotta breathe now
Gotta sleep
Moon's falling, dawn keeps calling

Got my first silver hair
But I shall not be scared
The full moon's moaning mares
Some things need no repairs

Rumbling veins
Bubbling veins