Everything Left

by Benjamin Bear

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released August 20, 2010

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Benjamin Bear Reading, Pennsylvania

In 1750, Benjamin Franklin was observed by over fifteen residents of Philadelphia as he branded an unidentified man with an Illuminati insignia. He was overheard telling one of his associates, “my work will be done once Benjamin Bear arrives to complete it.”

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Track Name: The Ballad of Colonel Vampire
in the spring of '47
in the mired and bloody war
was a brave and noble colonel
whose troops he did adore
living only for the bloodshed
a secret he did hide
the secret that he kept from all
was the date he had died

well the enemy was camping
at the doors of mennelgrue
they were numbered in the thousands
we knew not what to do
we were all awaiting orders
when the colonel he did cry
"men, come gather round me
i'll ensure that no one dies"

now you can tell your children
about men you'd love to see
but all your golden heroes
don't mean a thing to me
for i have seen the glory of a hero
through and through
and though he may be undead
his spirit still is true

we were unsure when he bit us
as our blood began to run
but then we felt a power
joining each and every one
"come on lads, let's kill them"
we heard the colonel cry
descending on our enemies
to drink all of them dry

well we quickly found their camp
using our new vampire nose
but much to our surprise
we found the enemy opposed
no men we found at all
among the tents at mennelgrue
but an army of werewolves
greeted us and all our crew

now you can tell your children
about men you'd love to see
but all your golden heroes
don't mean a thing to me
for i have seen the glory of a hero
through and through
and though he may be undead
his spirit still is true

now the battle still is raging
and the fighting still goes on
every night and full moon since then
we have fought until the dawn
but we all remember colonel
and the secret he did hide
and we're all forever grateful
that he already had died

now you can tell your children
about men you'd love to see
but all your golden heroes
don't mean a thing to me
for i have seen the glory of a hero
through and through
and though he may be undead
his spirit still is true
Track Name: Spiral
i live in a mirror
inside of a cave
where nothing is clearer
and nothing remains
i came here in silence
and leave here in tears
i've been here for hours
but it seems like years

do you believe in things
that don't quite make sense?
have you ever lived inside your mind
in spite of yourself?
and all that i wanted was a place
that i could control
the spiral down won't take me up anymore

innocent whispers
replay in my mind
they're claiming to know me
they say that i'm fine
i keep trying to ask them
what do they see?
but they never answer
cuz they're part of me

do you believe in things
that don't quite make sense?
have you ever lived inside your mind
in spite of yourself?
and all that i wanted was a place
that i could control
the spiral down won't take me up anymore

[keyboard solo]

do you believe in things
that don't quite make sense?
have you ever lived inside your mind
in spite of yourself?
and all that i wanted was a place
that i could control
the spiral down won't take me up anymore

the voices are calling
just talking to me
i'm afraid if i answer
then they'll crucify me
so i'm gonna sit here
and take up my time
and if i ignore them
they'll leave me behind

do you believe in things
that don't quite make sense?
have you ever lived inside your mind
in spite of yourself?
and all that i wanted was a place
that i could control
the spiral down won't take me up anymore
Track Name: Bad Romance
i want your revenge
Track Name: Blood Clot
someone snuck in and altered my mind
cut inside of my head
someone broke in to ruin my life
tried to leave me for dead
and i've seen the way he moves
cold talking his lies
and i've seen the souls he used
cuz the body was mine

and there's nothing i can say
to take the blame from me
and there's nothing i can do
to ease the pain i see
forgiveness so they say
will sew up all these wounds
but what can you do when the blame's all you?

patience was all i needed to have
but i just couldn't wait
all of the nonsense i wanted to grab
piled up on my plate
and i storied up my life
by just breaking it down
and i've nothing left to show
but the scars when i drowned

and there's nothing i can say
to take the blame from me
and there's nothing i can do
to ease the pain i see
forgiveness so they say
will sew up all these wounds
but what can you do when the blame's all you?

[guitar solo]

and there's nothing i can say
to take the blame from me
and there's nothing i can do
to ease the pain i see
forgiveness so they say
will sew up all these wounds
but what can you do when the blame's on you?
Track Name: Where Is the Future?
i still wait for the future
i'm still stuck in the past
i can't buy a robot
just to take out my trash
my tv is not touchscreen
and it doesn't take up my whole wall
the sky isn't filled with cars
and i don't see any holograms at all

where is the future?
where is my flying car?
where are things they promised
back when the future was far?
where are the lunar drive-ins
and the robotic hordes?
where is the future?
i'm just craving it more

gimme the future
i want digital wings
i want to replicate food
from molecular things
i want to shoot some lasers
right up in the air
where is the future?
i'm thinking nobody cares

where is the future?
where is my flying car?
where are things they promised
back when the future was far?
where are the lunar drive-ins
and the robotic hordes?
where is the future?
i'm just craving it more

go back to the future
things were simpler then
give me a job pushing buttons
and do it with a grin
live in a big house
way on top of a pole
i'll travel to distant planets
and i'll never get old

where is the future?
where is my flying car?
where are things they promised
back when the future was far?
where are the lunar drive-ins
and the robotic hordes?
where is the future?
i'm just craving it more
Track Name: Mirrors and Solutions
lose time
i wake up in a mirror
seems strange
but things are getting clearer
i guess
i haven't been the best guy
cold hearted
thinking i could scrape by
but wait
there's fingers in my head
it's a nice change
but it goes red
all at once i see
i haven't been myself
i have lived so long
in becoming someone else

but lately my feelings are my own ones
returning
back to where i came from
strange dreams
again they fill my head
showing me this place
where i go and where i've been
so far it seems
i haven't lost my mind
in the wrong place
at the right time
finally i know
i'm falling into place
i can tell right now
just by looking at your face

fall away

oh please
take me to the landing
find out so that i can keep expanding
just once
i'd like to stay together
these pieces get a little weathered
lie down
my hands over my face
in the right time
and the right place
in the dark i sit
and smile for the rain
next to me i'm holding
the answer to my pain

fall away
Track Name: You're My Princess
you're my f*ckin princess
Track Name: Actual Conspiracy
they say our world is fake
i don't believe that's true
it's run by reptiles who are always watching over you
they say our dreams have gone
we've never seen the moon
they say you're leaving and you won't be coming home so soon
they say the masons and the skulls
have planned this from the start
they said that no one from the earth would ever break my heart
they think i understand
it's unbelievable
it's a conspiracy and we are under their control

the planets are aligning
the calendar is set
and all the prophets' visions have foreseen what happens next
as the ice is slowly melting
and the planet starts to warm
to a habitat for lizards who were here when you were born
and now you're gone

and everything i do
i written down unchanged
they're using microwaves to try and read inside my brain
what did they say to you
to make you want to leave?
i know they're using you to try and take control of me
and i can see the cameras
i can hear them on the phone
and even though you left me
i don't feel like i'm alone
and now my heart is beating fast
i feel it in my chest
but then my thoughts begin to calm me
cuz i know what's next

we'll overthrow the devil
eliminate the threat
we've been seeking out the problem so solutions can be met
but the devil's always near us
and the aliens are here
and they'll infiltrate our culture just to make you disappear
the planets are aligning
the calendar is set
and all the prophets' visions have foreseen what happens next
as the ice is slowly melting
and the planet starts to warm
to a habitat for lizards who were here when you were born
and now you're gone
Track Name: Change Me
changes
as sure as the tides
things get stranger
than real tonight
hopeful
for the things
the things that light my way
and being here with you
just makes
just makes my day

change me
back into myself
make me what i was
before
before i went out

patience
take the world
and holds its hand
look high
let em know
the toll
when you roll
when you roll on the land
a quiet peaceful look
awaits
awaits on the shore
and looking to the future
leaves me
leaves me wanting more

change me
back into myself
make me what i was
before
before i went out
before i went out

change me
back into myself
make me what i was
before
before i went out
before i went out
Track Name: Burning Away
out of place
away from home
i thought my heart had turned to stone
i lay awake and chased my head
i'd always take the world to bed
so out of touch
no place to go
i found comfort in your soul
so take my hand
take my heart
i'll let you heal me

help me
the things i've seen
are burning with the sun
all the smoke and gasoline
burned away and now they're gone
visions holding there
of the times we shared
now i've finally said goodbye

spinning backwards
worlds ago
to ties that kept me
burning slow
days rolled in and washed away
but all they left would stay the same
locked inside my wish had died
until you sank into my eyes
into the world in my mind
and you heard me

help me
the things i've seen
are burning with the sun
all the smoke and gasoline
burned away and now they're gone
visions holding there
of the times we shared
now i've finally said goodbye

quiet now
my heart can breathe
trust and comfort blanket me
with all i've dreamt of in my reach
vibrations warm me
in the dark i move
my gears are turning
stretch out my arm for you
and you take my hand
Track Name: Linoleum
possessions never mean anything to me
Track Name: Grass
i'm walking away
from all my troubles today
and i know it won't change
but i just can't live this way
grass wants to grow
before it gets cut down
to die in a pile
outside of your lawn
sometimes a seed
can find it's way earthward
i'd grow in the gutter
at least i could live in the sun

sow
sow with me
away from this
i know it's no accident
grow
grow with me
we'll sprout up to heaven
and make our own passages

and i followed the source
of all my frustration
and came back to me
and i've sailed off course
and i've been so hollow
that i couldn't see
hide from the light
my roots have been broken
ripped from the place
that i thought i could stay
now that i noticed
this land comes with favor
i bloom in broad daylight
and still see you light up my way

sow
sow with me
away from this
i know it's no accident
grow
grow with me
we'll sprout up to heaven
and make our own passages
Track Name: Walls to Windows
in my mind
the walls are coming down
all the pain i had
just shattered on the ground
i feel my wings
and soar into the blue
as i replace
all the lies with you

and i'm lost
could never trust myself
always thought the cost
was hurting someone else
you made me strong
to think i never knew
that all i need
is someone just like you

and only tragedy's behind me
and only darkness in the past
now the light, it almost blinds me
i see clear
the storm has passed

let's make our way
to castles on the clouds
we can make our dreams
and never come back down
ain't that the way
that love's supposed to feel?
i know it's true
i know it's real
i know it's true
i know it's real...
Track Name: Spiral (Silly Version)
i live in a mirror
inside of a cave
where nothing is clearer
and nothing remains
i came here in silence
and leave here in tears
i've been here for hours
but it seems like years

do you believe in things
that don't quite make sense?
have you ever lived inside your mind
in spite of yourself?
and all that i wanted was a place
that i could control
the spiral down won't take me up anymore

innocent whispers
replay in my mind
they're claiming to know me
they say that i'm fine
i keep trying to ask them
what do they see?
but they never answer
cuz they're part of me

do you believe in things
that don't quite make sense?
have you ever lived inside your mind
in spite of yourself?
and all that i wanted was a place
that i could control
the spiral down won't take me up anymore

the voices are calling
just talking to me
i'm afraid if i answer
then they'll crucify me
so i'm gonna sit here
and take up my time
and if i ignore them
they'll leave me behind

do you believe in things
that don't quite make sense?
have you ever lived inside your mind
in spite of yourself?
and all that i wanted was a place
that i could control
the spiral down won't take me up anymore