Tales from the Notepad

by Stuart Benbow

Released 08/30/2018
Stuart Benbow Music
Released 08/30/2018
Stuart Benbow Music
This 2018, 6 track EP release is the result of countless hours of writing and performing, and is a direct result of the feedback that you, the fans, have given during shows.
  • 04:00 Lyrics Enjoy The Ride

    When I was a younger lad 
    I went there with my dad 
    The farris wheel it was so rad 
    So tall and colored brightly 

    The rides, man they went so fast 
    The animals and the circus acts 
    The clowns and all the acrobats 
    I wished it'd last forever 

    Each year we'd come back to this place 
    This fair, surrounded by the Great Lakes State 
    Where we'd make some memories 
    Have us a blast 
    Pass traditions on down to the next 
    We're here for a good time 
    But not a long time 
    We just grab some great food 
    And Catch some tunes and 
    Enjoy The Ride 

    As summer turns to fall 
    We gather here, one and all 
    On these grounds to have a ball 
    Where differences don't matter 

    We come together, Black red and white 
    Religions are all set aside 
    Underneath this awesome sky 
    We stand brother to brother 

    Each year we'd come back to this place 
    This fair, surrounded by the Great Lakes State 
    Where we'd make some memories 
    Have us a blast 
    Pass traditions on down to the next 
    We're here for a good time 
    But not a long time 
    We just grab some great food 
    And Catch some tunes and 
    Enjoy The Ride 

    With diverse harvests, and livestock 
    Diverse neighbors coming together 
    Don't let the world divide us 
    What's different makes us stronger 

    Each year we'd come back to this place 
    This fair, surrounded by the Great Lakes State 
    Where we'd make some memories 
    Have us a blast 
    Pass traditions on down to the next 
    We're here for a good time 
    But not a long time 
    We just grab some great food 
    And Catch some tunes and 
    Enjoy The Ride 

    We just grab some great food 
    And catch some tunes and 
    Enjoy The Ride

  • 03:22 Lyrics There Is Good
    If you watch the news 
    Left or right don't matter 
    They all pick fights, 
    Say we're headed for disaster 
    Well I'm here to tell you it ain't so 
    Step outside, change that feed, and come to know 

    That there is good in the world 
    And good deeds being done 
    There are people who care 
    Willing to lend a helping hand 
    We are one 

    An old man loses hope, 
    He's desperate and alone 
    Prays night and day for salvation 
    He's all but given in, 
    Thinks no one is listening 
    As he falls down to his knees 

    But there is good in the world 
    And good deeds being done 
    There are people who care 
    Willing to lend a helping hand 
    We are one 

    From the guy who chips in when you're short 
    To the woman always paying forward 
    Good deeds happen in the background 
    Good deeds small and good deeds great 
    make the world a better place 
    Be inspired to help out 

    'Cause there is good in the world 
    And good deeds being done 
    There are people who care 
    Willing to lend a helping hand 
    We are one 

    There is good in the world 
    And good deeds being done 
    There are people who care 
    Willing to lend a helping hand 
    We are one, we belong, we are one
  • 03:40 Lyrics Can't Help Yourself

    Can't help yourself from dreaming 
    And Reaching for the sky 
    Can't help yourself from trying 
    Night after night 

    Though you stumble and fall 
    That doesn't matter at all 
    You do it over and over again 

    Can't help yourself from picking up the pieces 
    And giving it another go 
    Can't help yourself from trying to make it work 
    Despite the looks folks throw your way 

    Most aren't like you at all 
    They fail before they can start 
    That's what makes you special 

    'Cause the world belongs to the dreamers 
    The few, the proud the brave 
    The world belongs to the dreamers 
    Who are willing to stand up for what they believe 

    Can't help yourself from working 
    On those goals more than once in a while 
    Can't help yourself from planning 
    For a future that's looking bright 

    Taking one step at a time 
    With your eyes open wide 
    Willing to do more than try 

    'Cause the world belongs to the dreamers 
    The few, the proud the brave 
    The world belongs to the dreamers 
    Who are willing to stand up for what they believe 

    Can't help yourself from moving forward 
    Can't help yourself from becoming more 

    'Cause the world belongs to the dreamers 
    The few, the proud the brave 
    The world belongs to the dreamers 
    Who are willing to stand up for what they believe

  • 04:22 Lyrics Not Anymore
    I woke up, stubbed my toe again 
    On the toy that the dog left when 
    He walked out, just like you 
    You broke my heart and tore out in a cloud of dust 
    Nothing left but the memory of us 

    When bills came, I did a double take 
    All maxed out, and you're to blame 
    Don't make enough to make it through 
    That repo man, you know that he's cleaning house 
    Nothing left, but the memory of us 

    The couch where we'd cuddle and laugh all night 
    The bed where we would make sweet love 
    They're gone, long gone 
    The kitchenette, with meals prepared 
    The living room, friends everywhere 
    We had it all, guess I was wrong 
    You don't get to come 'round here 
    Not anymore 

    My bud called, he saw you again 
    Seemed happy with my best friend 
    You hurt me, and he did too 
    Still can't believe how cheap you thought our love was worth 
    Nothing left, but the memory of us 

    The couch where we'd cuddle and laugh all night 
    The bed where we would make sweet love 
    They're gone, long gone 
    The kitchenette, with meals prepared 
    The living room, friends everywhere 
    We had it all, guess I was wrong 
    You don't get to come 'round here 
    Not anymore 

    I'm moving on, I'm moving out 
    It'll take a while to sort out this pain 
    Here it comes again 
    Gonna find someone new 
    Someone I can hold on to 
    Learn to love again, heal this pain 
    Forget about the two of us 
    Memories don't matter much 

    The couch where we'd cuddle and laugh all night 
    The bed where we would make sweet love 
    They're gone, long gone 
    The kitchenette, with meals prepared 
    The living room, friends everywhere 
    We had it all, guess I was wrong 
    You don't get to come 'round here 
    Not anymore
  • 04:24 Lyrics That Chair

    That old rocking chair beside the crib 
    I used it like so many other fathers did 
    A babe in the arms, 
    Just rocking the night away 

    Humming songs from the radio 
    And telling stories, every tale I'd known 
    Whatever it took to let his mama sleep the night away 

    A constant companion 
    All but alone in the near dark 
    Me and my child 
    And that chair of wood and bark 
    Just the two of us 
    In that chair 

    That old rocking chair beside the door 
    I used it like so many fathers before me 
    That boy out too late 
    And I was just rocking the night away 
    Strumming songs on this old guitar 
    Passed the time hoping he wouldn't come to harm 
    Whatever it took to let his mama sleep the night away 

    A constant companion 
    Sitting alone in the near dark 
    Me and my thoughts 
    And that chair of wood and bark 
    Looked like I'd be up all night 
    in that chair 

    That old rocking chair in the corner of a dorm room 
    Keeping company in the wee hours of the morning 
    Caffeine and books, and studying way too late 
    But in time, a child will come along 
    A generation to follow 
    The cycle will continue 

    With that old rocking chair beside the crib 
    He'll use it like so many other fathers did 
    A babe in the arms, rocking the night away 

    He'll hum songs from the radio 
    And tell stories, every tale he knows 
    Whatever it takes to let his wife sleep the night away 

    A constant companion 
    All but alone in the near dark 
    He and his child 
    And that chair of wood and bark 
    Just the two of them 
    He and his kin 
    Just the two of them 
    In that chair

  • 03:06 Lyrics So Glad You're Mine

    Never saw you coming, didn't have a clue 
    But now there's nothing I won't do 
    To keep you by my side 

    Walked down the aisle, stood side by side 
    Said I do, didn't know 
    what we were in for 

    I'm in love, sweet love 
    Like a hurricane is just a little wind 
    And I can't wait to have you back again 
    Each time that we part it breaks my heart 

    Like the deepest sea is just a little wet 
    A love like ours we can't regret 
    If it lasts a moment or a lifetime 
    So glad you're mine 

    With two kids now and getting older 
    We take our time while they get bolder 
    It's funny from this side 

    I'm in love, sweet love 
    Like a hurricane is just a little wind 
    And I can't wait to have you back again 
    Each time that we part it breaks my heart 

    Like the deepest sea is just a little wet 
    A love like ours we can't regret 
    If it lasts a moment or a lifetime 
    So glad you're mine 

    Before I met you I had blinders on all the time 
    Didn't know what I'd been missing, was too blind to see 
    But now you're hear with all the kindness of our true love 
    The years roll on unending though it feels like just a day 

    I'm in love, sweet love 
    Like a hurricane is just a little wind 
    And I can't wait to have you back again 
    Each time that we part it breaks my heart 

    Like the deepest sea is just a little wet 
    A love like ours we can't regret 
    If it lasts a moment or a lifetime 
    So glad you're mine 

    I'm in love, sweet love 
    Like a hurricane is just a little wind 
    And I can't wait to have you back again 
    Each time that we part it breaks my heart 

    Like the deepest sea is just a little wet 
    A love like ours we can't regret 
    If it lasts a moment or a lifetime 
    So glad you're mine 

    I'm in love, sweet love, 
    So glad you're mine

NOTES
Tracks include Enjoy The Ride, There Is Good, Can't Help Yourself, Not Anymore, That Chair, and So Glad You're Mine

Demo EP

by Stuart Benbow

Released 07/15/2016
Stuart Benbow Music
Released 07/15/2016
Stuart Benbow Music
My debut, 6 track EP, the songs span relationship woes, life's struggles, and most importantly, hope and a chance for a better tomorrow.
NOTES
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02/28/2016
Stuart Benbow

Story

This is my brand new release of A Little Snowflake. The song was written a few weeks ago for FAWM (February Album Writing Month) and initially done as a quick demo recording. I really felt that there was something special about this one though, and wanted to give it more attention.

The song is about domestic violence, and trying to help someone escape. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Lyrics

Just a little snowflake, falling to the ground

Likely it won't stay long, to chill the air just beyond

So insignificant and lonely, you've got to look hard just to see

Before long more will follow, making it harder just to breathe

Oh, bit by bit they fall

Till you're buried by the weight of it all

 

It began just like that snowflake

Harsh words spoken in the dark

Leaving you frozen inside

Appearing fine without

Words becoming tone, becoming volume

Until fists fly like a storm once in a lifetime

Until it happens again and again and again and again and again

Until the end

Seems you're worth less than nothing to him

 

You keep thinking that a shovel will help you clear a path

Back to where you once were, and all the love you had

But everything that you try, just rubs salt in the wound

Can't help but be angry, and he takes it out on you

Oh, bit by bit they fall

Bruises partly hidden by a shawl

 

It began just like that snowflake

Harsh words spoken in the dark

Leaving you broken inside

Appearing fine without

Words becoming tone, becoming volume

Until fists fly like a storm, once in a lifetime

Until it happens again and again and again and again and again

Until the end

Seems you're worth less than nothing to him

 

I'm reaching out a lifeline

Oh, just take my hand

I'll help you find some safety

And help you learn to stand

 

It began just like that snowflake

Harsh words spoken in the dark

Leaving you frozen inside

Appearing fine without

Words becoming tone, becoming volume

Until fists fly like a storm, once in a lifetime

It doesn't have to happen again and again and again and again and again

This doesn't have to be the end

This doesn't have to be the end