T​.​C. Benjamin

by Tal Cohen-Shalev

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Search for answers night and day All the wrong questions left you nullified And petrified Looking for the easy way Play along It's only social suicide You can stay feeling sorry For a time that you lost In this moment Hey there boy, why do you stay? Realize you're captain of this ship of fools All the lies the paper say Fantasize that everybody's playing by the rules You can pray feeling lonely For a time you'll be gone in this moment Nothing on my mind No misery can find me Not the worst of it all can bring me down I'm going out in style It ain't worth all my while When all the world goes up in flames And then you fall Looking for a sign No meaning you can find It's not your fault It's just the insects in your mind Oh God, I'm not to blame The loneliness and shame creep in the dark.
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Rotten Roots 03:15
Say it to me one more time Tell it to me softly All those hollow words that I once knew You tell yourself you're just the same You'll never change In a way it's true You tell yourself it's someone else's fight now But if I'm free now, why does it still hurt? The bittersweetness of our days was fleeting I grew up And now it's worse The bridges that we built now lay in ruins Every plan we made is one more scar I'm back to where I started But look what I've become You kicked me while I was down and hopeless You cursed the very ground we used to walk I thought that time would undermine the heaviness I knew But lies outrun the ticking of the clock It's hard to heal It's hard to grow With rotten roots And rotten love don't have no seeds to sow
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Wanderlust 04:11
If I told you that I'm broken Would you let me go astray? Just a falling star as compass That soon just fades away Here I stand bewildered I am baffled and amazed By what's in arm's reach Like a cracked mirror Is doomed to break One too many roads was taken Far too few that led me home Oh it's wanderlust that made me wish I'd rest my aching bones I am scorned in my hometown I'm a stranger where I go It's no wonder I'm in pieces I'm a leper in disgiuse Being spat on and abused Left here begging from the skies Tried to tell you that I'm sorry But you don't pick up the phone So I picked up all the pieces Now I've gone One too many roads was taken Far too few that led me home Oh it's wanderlust that made me wish I'd rest my aching bones I am scorned in my hometown I'm a stranger where I go Here I stumble broken down A drunken shipless captain A lowly king without his crown on the gallows Seasons change around me in these old towns that I roam And these cobble stones Will never lead me home

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released June 27, 2018

Words, music, vocals, guitars, synth, drum machine and piano: Tal B. Cohen
Electric bass on Wanderlust: Ross Bellenoit
Drums on Wanderlust: Joe Baldacci
Accordion and Hammond: Jaron Olevsky
Backing vocals: Stephanie Cole
Viola: Andriana Markano

Produced by Tal B. Cohen and Doug Raus
Recorded and mixed by Doug Raus and mastered by Sean Svadlenak at Turtle Studios, Philadelphia

Cover design: Tal B. Cohen

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