Demo EP

by Stuart Benbow

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My debut, 6 track EP, the songs span relationship woes, life's struggles, and most importantly, hope and a chance for a better tomorrow

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released July 15, 2016

All songs written, arranged, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by Stuart Benbow.

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Stuart Benbow Westland, Michigan

Blending the heart of country music with the rich story telling of folk, and adding a touch of pop to give it some drive, Stuart writes about the world around him. Acoustic Americana, pure and true.

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Track Name: It'll Never Be
Your true identity, is walled off by layers of lies
You tell me you need me, but that's just not true
You just need someone to need you
For an hour
Every once in a while

This person you show to me is lifetimes away from the truth
Let this soak in, let it take root
Ooh, baby we're through
No more hours
Every once in a while

I'm heading out, I'm moving on
Babe you don't have what I need
I've wasted more time than I could imagine
Hoping that this love is real
But it'll never be

These crocodile tears that you're crying
Like you're losing your whole world
You've used those old lines so many times
Can't you try something new
Like the truth

I'm heading out, I'm moving on
Babe you don't have what I need
I've wasted more time than I could imagine
Hoping that this love is real
But it'll never be

Don't turn your back while I'm walking away
Keep thinking that I'll change my mind
I won't come back though you beg me to stay
I'm moving forward this time
More than hours
For the rest of my life

I'm heading out, I'm moving on
Babe you don't have what I need
I've wasted more time than I could imagine
Hoping that this love is real
But it'll never be
I'm heading out, I'm moving on
Babe you don't have what I need
I've wasted more time than I could imagine
Hoping that this love is real
But it'll never be
No no, no no, no no
It'll never be
Track Name: What Can I Do
You can't find redemption when that little can of soup's been watered down
As far as it can go, as far as it can go
Recycling pop to fuel the tank, so I can try to find some work again
Pride is gone once you fall, once you fall
These boots will do, though the sole's worn through
Add another hole to the belt
What can I do, what can I do
Sewing holes in old cast offs
'Cause the wallet's too light for thrift shops
What can I do, what can I do

It's hard to stay upbeat when you hear how people think of those
Falling through the cracks, falling through the cracks
Abusers, moochers, malcontent-ers, why should you even bother to
Maintain society, maintain society

These boots will do, though the sole's worn through
Add another hole to the belt
What can I do, what can I do
Sewing holes in old cast offs, 'cause the wallet's too light for thrift shops
What can I do, what can I do

It's hard to look you in the eye when the food stamp card is swiped
Don't you know this isn't what I want, I'm just trying to survive
And at the end of the month, the balance runs dry

These boots will do, though the sole's worn through
Add another hole to the belt
What can I do, what can I do
Sewing holes in old cast offs, 'cause the wallet's too light for thrift shops
What can I do, what can I do
What can aI do, what can I do
Track Name: Never Ours
When your world seems dark, and it's hard just to breathe
Know that I'll be there, we've got all we really need
When there's no end in sight, and you're down on bended knee
Take my hand, stand and fight, and we will be redeemed

We can stay strong together
Now and forever
Let the weight of the world come undone
We can get where we're going
Cross the widest ocean
Reach for the moon and the stars
The worries we've clung to so hard
Were never ours

Speak to me of dreams, and share your darkest fears
We'll cast those demons aside until they disappear

We can stay strong together
Now and forever
Let the weight of the world come undone
We can get where we're going
Cross the widest ocean
Reach for the moon and the stars
The worries we've clung to so hard
Were never ours

Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh

We can stay strong together
Now and forever
Let the weight of the world come undone
We can get where we're going
Cross the widest ocean
Reach for the moon and the stars
The worries we've clung to so hard
Were never ours

We can stay strong together
Now and forever
Let the weight of the world come undone
We can get where we're going
Cross the widest ocean
Reach for the moon and the stars
The worries we've clung to so hard
Were never ours

The worries we've clung to so hard
Were never ours
Track Name: Nosedive
When I - have reached the end of my rope
And I - don't know which way I should go
I get down on one knee
Though I don't really believe
There's a chance we can make it
Oh, come out alive on the other side
Pull out of this nosedive

But I've still got mouths to feed
And those lights will be off by the end of the week
I've followed every lead
But it doesn't work out it seems
So hard just stop make it
Oh, come out alive on the other side
Pull out of this nosedive

Friends looking on from the outside
Can't know how hard I've tried
With the deck stacked against me
I'll try once again to survive

Do I - see that small glimmer of hope
And I - think we'll soon find the life some folks know
Days turn to months turn to years
It seems we've stopped spinning our gears
I think we can make it, come out alive on the other side
Pull out of this nosedive
Track Name: Can You Guide Me
Can you guide me through the storm
Can you shine a light from above
Can you guide me through the storm
Don't let go until I'm home

When I'm fearful, unconfident
Without a nickel to be lent
When I'm fearful, unconfident
Please help me to repent

Can you guide me through the storm
Can you shine a light from above
Can you guide me through the storm
Don't let go until I'm home

When I'm weary to the bone
Can you lend the strength to carry on
When I'm weary to the bone
When I fall into your arms

Can you guide me through the storm
Can you shine a light from above
Can you guide me through the storm
Don't let go until I'm home

When I come out the other side
I'll have you to thank that I survived
When I come out the other side
I'll remember you with all my heart

Can you guide me through the storm
Can you shine a light from above
Can you guide me through the storm
Don't let go until I'm home
Track Name: She's My Drug
Why are all the good girls drawn to bad boys like me
We chew them up and spit them out, we lie and we deceive
I just don't understand it though I know I'll never change
The love of a good woman is the one thing that I crave

She's my drug, but I'm her poison
The longer she stays, the less of her remains
She's my drug, but I'm her poison
She really needs to leave me, but I just can't walk away
She's my drug

They say opposites attract, and I guess it must be so
'Cause the woman I deserve would leave me lying in the road
If there is a heaven then I'm going straight to hell
At least I'm having fun and haven't landed in a cell

She's my drug, but I'm her poison
The longer she stays, the less of her remains
She's my drug, but I'm her poison
She really needs to leave me, but I just can't walk away
She's my drug

Ooh, what have I done
And ooh, why will I do it again

I see pain within her eyes and a darkness in her soul
I know that it's not hers, but a reflection of my own

She's my drug, but I'm her poison
The longer she stays, the less of her remains
She's my drug, but I'm her poison
She really needs to leave me, but I just can't walk away
She's my drug

She's my drug, but I'm her poison
The longer she stays, the less of her remains
She's my drug, but I'm her poison
She really needs to leave me, but I just can't walk away
She's my drug