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by Ben Minnotte

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released June 23, 2010

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Ben Minnotte Denver, Colorado

Rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, but with an experimental/hard-edged streak. Listen at your own risk...

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Track Name: Dark To Light
The sun shines a little differently these days
Or should I say, hardly at all
And everything seems a little upside down
Things seem a little strange
And everything seems to turn around
Can make you rearrange
But if you think that life
And this time just might
Make you feel like a fool
Just remember that life
And this time just might
Help you break every rule
Mmm-Hmm…

The sun goes down a little differently these days
Or should I say, all the time
And it always seems there’s a certain someone
Who’s puttin’ you up a tree
And it always seems there’s a certain someone
Who just won’t set you free
And it seems to me
The only life you see
Is the one that turns you on
And it seems to me
The only things you see
You only see them when you want
Mmm-Hmm…

© 2005 by Ben Minnotte
SBU Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Dear Kate
Kate, you’re bringin’ me down
It’s too little, it’s too late
But you know I just might
Take the bait
Any other woman
Could make me wait
You’d like to see me crawl
Wouldn’t you, Kate?

Kate, you’re doin’ it again
It’s your art, you do your part
But Kate, I’m still not ready
To give my heart
There’s gotta be somewhere
To hide in this state of mind
But you’d probably meet me inside
Wouldn’t you, Kate?

I want you here right by my side
Can’t you see these dark circles under my eyes?
You know I’m gettin’ so tired
All I want to see is through your disguise

Kate, you’re always the same
You thrill, but still
I think I might have just
Had my fill
Maybe you’d like to start
With a clean slate
You’d like to see me crawl
Wouldn’t you, Kate?

© 2007 by Ben Minnotte
SBU Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: The Wire
(Instrumental)
©2005 by Ben Minnotte
SBU Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Purple Sky
Purple sky
Black trees
Full moon
Shinin’ down on the street
Black light
White heat
So strange
Every person I see

Blue eyes
Halloween
Vampire girl
And she’s lookin’ so sweet
Amber light
Red blood
So cold
Just before the flood

Brown sky
Fallen leaves
No time
Not for you, but for me
Dark beauty
Blue lights
No room
Got me hypnotized

©2005 by Ben Minnotte
SBU Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Let The Night Invade
Every day gets a little bit darker
The cover of darkness would ease my mind
The tears that I try to hide
To see them, you’ll have to look a little bit closer

(Pre-Chorus)
Those eyes, those lips
They wreck me, don’t wanna think about it
Your hair, your smile
They hit me, keep the fire lit

(Chorus)
So let the night invade
So I can forget about you
Let the night invade
Maybe I’ll get some sleep – tonight

You really got me just where it hurts
Got me trapped in my own little hell
You don’t know, but I know all too well
That the pain keeps gettin’ just a little bit worse

(Pre-Chorus/Chorus)

I’m gonna turn out the light, and draw the shades
And until I’m feelin’ right, I’m gonna hide my face
I’m gonna sit in the dark, ‘til my feelings fade
(And) til my heart has left its mark, just…(back to chorus)

©2009 by Ben Minnotte
SBU Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: The Gypsy (Entrance)
(Instrumental)
©2005 by Ben Minnotte
SBU Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Sundown At Elderbush Gulch
(Instrumental)
©2005 by Ben Minnotte
SBU Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Angel In Black
Dreamer, fallin’ in fire
Eyes burnin’ hot with desire
Cross the sands of hell itself
Temperature couldn’t get no higher

Well, I thought I could escape you
But what good would that do?
All you had to do
Was dance across the room

(Chorus #1)
She’s an angel in black
She’s an angel in disguise
And I can’t stop starin’
Into your deep, dark eyes

You look like the devil
But you feel like heaven to me
Dressed in black
Could you be mine?

The devil was close behind
Can’t find no place to hide
So I’m gonna sit myself right down
Let her take me for a ride

Well, I thought I would escape you
But what good would that do?
You know what you do to me
When you dance across the room

(Chorus #2)
She’s an angel in black
She’s an angel in disguise
And I can’t stop starin’
Into your deep, dark eyes

You look like the devil
But it feels like heaven to me
Dressed in black
We’re running out of time

(Chorus #3)
She’s an angel in black
She’s an angel in disguise
And I can’t stop starin’
Into her deep, dark eyes

You look like the devil
But you feel like heaven to me
Dressed in black
Would you be mine?

©2004-2005 by Ben Minnotte
SBU Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Blood In The Wine
I’ve always learned from the past
Thought I’d know what to do
The ever-reliable exit--
Just not always for you

We cut off the flowers
Stuffed them in the box
It was just a matter of time – ‘til we tasted
Blood in the wine

I could never live by this sword
Nor by the one in his hands
Double-edged, no handle
Brains replaced with sand

We paid your admittance
With the pennies on your eyes
It gets so thick and then we find – that there is
Blood in the wine

(Bridge)
I never felt it was my place
I would gladly place a call
I may ask just one thing
If you’re not an angel
Are you still expected to sing?

I fear it’s not quite over yet
This was just the first of three – at least
That’s what they always say
So, send my regards to the absentee

Now kindly let me step back
And take all of this in
There’s not a grape on the vine – that accounts for
Blood in the wine

(Tag)
Blood in the wine

©2008 by Ben Minnotte
SBU Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: The Show (Stuffed Squirrel) (a.k.a. - The Music-Box)
(Instrumental)
©2009 by Ben Minnotte
SBU Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: You Wanna Rain (Go Ahead And Rain)
It’s not like I don’t deserve it
But just once, I’d like to think I don’t
Too many puzzle pieces don’t seem to fit
You always said I should drop dead
But I think I won’t

(Pre-Chorus #1)
I’ll play the part of the broken heart
But you’ll do the cryin’ (now)

(Chorus)
You wanna rain? Go ahead and rain
Just don’t make like this rose will bloom again
Right down the drain, goin’ right down the drain
Sometimes things are just better that way
So go ahead and rain

It’s not like I won’t admit it
But maybe you’d like to think I won’t
Just put me on a shelf where I can sit
You said to me, are you feeling guilty?
But I think I don’t

(Pre-Chorus #2)
You always take and you always fake
(And) yet, you think I don’t

(Bridge)
And I’m sittin’ here with my pencil and paper
And I’m drawin’ blanks yet again
And yet still I know that sooner or later
You’ll want to hear that stupid, old song yet again (or maybe this one)

(Repeat Pre-Chorus #1/Chorus)

©2009 by Ben Minnotte
SBU Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: A Lot Of Good (It Did Me)
We stood there so silently
Couldn’t muster a single word
I watched him get into his limousine
And that was the last that I ever heard

He was a comfort and an inspiration to me
With the way he managed his words
The bastard took my memory
But I’ll always have his records
(Thanks Warren)

(Chorus #1)
And a lot of good it did me
All these things that I hold dear
A lot of good it did me
Though I know it’s so sincere

(Now) Two girls were followin’ me
By now you’d think I’d have learned
That how much you bet on your privacy
That don’t change the whacked people in this world

It was a comfort and a relief to me
When I reached the penthouse floor
But yes, those two had found me
So I ran for the trap door
(Thanks for nothing)

(Chorus #2)
And a lot of good it did me
All these things that I fear
A lot of good it did me
Though I know it’s not sincere

Then I stepped inside
And there stood an old friend
I asked if she knew of a place to hide
And would you stick with me ‘till the end?

She took me by the hand and she led me away
And we ran in the crowded elevator
And the door closed only halfway
And what happened next is a blur
(Thanks Christine)

(Chorus #3)
And a lot of good it did me
All these things that I hold near
A lot of good it did me
Though I know it’s so sincere

©2008 by Ben Minnotte
SBU Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Move It Out (Roadie Song)
She had 37 costumes, but only 15 songs
I had no idea a dress could be that long
She had a couch, it was purple with gold trim
I almost impaled myself trying to carry it in
I got a wrench in my pocket and in my plans
And I can’t let down 20,000 screaming fans
No, this job’s not such a cinch
A swinging, 2-ton motor just missed me by an inch

(Pre-Chorus)
I never signed up for this, I only wanted to see the show
Maybe just some free tickets, (and) not to have to sit in the back row

(Chorus #1)
Don’t ask me why, it’s so hard to explain
Just help me move it out, and we’ll do it all over again

A girl backstage wants me to relieve all her tension
She asks if I’d put my plug in her extension
I tell her I’d like to lend a hand
Then she slaps me when she finds that I’m not in the band
And so I’m rolling out her big black box
And my flannel shirt is caught in one of the locks
Her rider says not to look in her eyes…
Unless it’s Thursday, your name is Al, and you’re a Gemini

(Pre-Chorus)

(Chorus #2)
Don’t ask me why, it’s so hard to explain
Just hurry it up kid, or we’re gonna miss our plane

Now I’m sliding through puddles of stale beer
Trying to haul this amp owned by Bob Weir
All this smoke in here, I think I’m getting stoned
I run to the vending machine, but I’m not all alone
I fumble around, looking for some spare change
It’s been a long trip, yes it’s been so strange
I think it’s all over, but much to my shock
Mickey Hart’s drums go by and they fly right over the dock

(Pre-Chorus/Repeat Chorus #1)


©2009 by Ben Minnotte
SBU Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Cold Wind
My heart has melted again
Cold sand running through my veins
My heart and my eyes are trying to mix me up
But I’ll try, I’ll try
Not to fall in love again

(Pre-Chorus #1)
(And) I hope you feel the same
‘Cause when all is said and done
I will remain

(Chorus)
Through the cold wind, I wanna hear my name
(Through the) cold wind, I don’t wanna feel this way
(Through the) cold wind, it’s not gonna happen to me again

The tide’s turning again
And I’m way in over my head
My heart is pounding like it’s gonna give it up
But I know, I know
It’s just a temporary pain

(Pre-Chorus #2)
It goes swimmin' around my brain
And when you see no shadows
It sure looks like rain

(Chorus)

©2008 by Ben Minnotte
SBU Music (ASCAP)