BEN KYLE

by Ben Kyle

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credits

released November 13, 2012

JT BATES drums
RYAN LOVAN drums
MATT WALVATNE drums
TONY ZACCARDI bass
DAVE STRAHAN electric guitar
LUKE JACOBS pedal steel
AARON FABBRINI pedal steel
ERIC HEYWOOD pedal steel
JOE SAVAGE pedal steel
JAYANTHI KYLE harmony vocal
CARRIE RODRIGUEZ strings
JESSY GREENE strings
JULIA STEWART celli
BEN KYLE vocal, guitars, piano, percussion, drums, harmonica, harmony vocals

All songs written by Ben Kyle (Across the Pond Publishihng, ASCAP)
Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Ben Kyle
Mastered by Richard Dodd

Carrie Rodriguez appears courtesy of Ninth Street Opus
Eric Heywood's pedal steel guitar was recorded by Alex Oana in LA, CA
Jessy Greene's strings were recorded by Jessy Greene in LA, CA

Photos by Tony Nelson

Art by Andy Kiekhafer

Management: Patrice Fehlen - patrice @septembergurl.com

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Track Name: Don't Settle
DON'T SETTLE

Whatever you do, don't settle
Please don't settle
I've been looking for the truth
Since I left it in my youth
But if you seek it you will find
There's a holy light that shines
Through the troubles in our minds
Through the rubble in our lives
There's a spirit in the air
Moving gently through your hair
Like a song or a prayer
For everybody, everywhere
Whatever you do, you gotta be true
To whatever's in the heart of you

I know the night will blind your eyes and you won't see
But soon the morning sun will shine and set you free
I know the winter will send a shiver through your bones and a quiver through your knees
But soon the spring, will be blowing easy

So please don't settle
Promise me you won't settle
Whatever you do
Don't settle
Please don't settle
If it isn't in the heart of you

Is it good, is it beautiful, is it true?
Was it made to be meaningful
Does it flow like a river from the soul in you
Is it good, is it beautiful, is it true?

Does it spring up like a fountain grows
In the heart from the deepest part in you?
And then flow like a waterfall
Over the roots and the rocks in your soul?
Is it good, is it beautiful, is it true?

Then don't settle
Promise me you won't settle
Whatever you do
Don't settle
Please don't settle
If it isn't in the heart of you
Track Name: Trust
TRUST

Everybody needs to find someone
Everybody needs to find someone they can believe
Everybody needs somebody they can trust
Everybody needs somebody they can trust

Everybody needs to find someone
Where they can run when the darkness comes
Everybody needs to know where to go
When the moon don't shine and the sun don't show
Everybody needs to find somebody they can trust

Everybody needs to find someone
Everybody needs to find someone they can believe
Everybody needs somebody they can trust
Have you found somebody you can trust

Everybody needs to find someone
Where they can run when the darkness comes
Everybody needs to know where to go
When the moon don't shine and the sun don't show
You and I gonna find someone
Where we can run when the kingdom comes
You and me gonna find somebody we can trust
Track Name: Hills of England
HILLS OF ENGLAND

I wanna get lost in the hills of England
I wanna go wherever she wills the wind and
Lay down in the grass
And watch the hours pass
Until at last my spirit will go free

O England England old and true
So green and gray and red and blue
What's a boy supposed to do
Dearest England
When I think of you

I wanna get lost in the hills of England
I wanna go wherever she wills the wind and
Lay down in the grass
And watch the hours pass
Until at last my spirit will go free

O England England made of stone,
You are such a heavy home
O England England cold and grey
I got nothing, left to say

I wanna get lost in the hills of England
I wanna go wherever she wills the wind and
Lay down in the grass
And watch the hours pass
Until at last my spirit will go free

Stone over stone, hand over hand
Year over year, the man on the land
Lay down your wreath upon the feet
Of heavy ancient royal feet
Beneath the thrones and stones and hollow homes
The grass, and the moss, and the peat

I wanna get lost in the hills of England
I wanna go wherever she wills the wind and
Lay down in the grass
And watch the hours pass
Until at last my spirit will go free
Track Name: Simple Life
SIMPLE LIFE

Lord, Lord I need the simple life
Lord, Lord I need the simple life

Everything is in flux
That's why I don't say much
If I should say something now
I'll be wrong later somehow

Lord I need the simple life
A healthy son, a holy wife,
I'll go and work out in the fields
And come home to my baby's meal
This loaf of bread and butter knife
This could get me through this life
Lord, Lord I need the simple life

How can we know what it means
When it means so much?
How can we love what we don't see
When all we need is to touch?

Lord I need the simple life
A healthy son, a holy wife,
I'll go and work out in the fields
And come home to my baby's meal
This loaf of bread and butter knife
This could get me through this life
Lord, Lord I need the simple life

Let's take this river and ride
Over to the other side
Let's take this rhythm and roll
Back before the things that we know
Track Name: Mercy
MERCY

May every word be spoken, and every truth be told
May every promise be unbroken, and every gift turned into gold

And let there be mercy, mercy, mercy
Let there be mercy, mercy, mercy

May every curse be broken, and every hope revealed
May every blessing be unbroken, and every broken heart be healed

And let there be mercy, mercy, mercy
Let there be mercy, mercy, mercy

Let the water flow, let the light shine
Let the blood go through me like a river winds
Through the valley, through the meadow
Through my spirit and my soul just like a river goes
Through the mountain, under the moonlight
Let the blood go through me till I truly see the light

And let there be mercy Lord,
Oh, let there be mercy Lord.

Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, forgive us all the things we've done
Leave the writing on the wall, but don't let it fall, don't let it fall

And let there be mercy, mercy, mercy
Let there be mercy, mercy, mercy

Let there be mercy for my brother and sister, my mother, my family
Let there be mercy for my friends and lovers, my foes and enemies
Let there be mercy for my words and wars, deeds and deeds I didn't do
Let there be mercy for every soul in this city may the Lord have pity over you

Let the water flow, let the light shine
Let the blood go through me like a river winds
Through the valley, through the meadow
Through my spirit and my soul just like a river goes
Over the mountain, under the moonlight
Let the blood go through me till I truly see the light

And let there be mercy Lord,
Oh, let there be mercy Lord

Jesus build a ship,
Let us sing a song
Let the spirit on the face of the water be the wind in the sail that carries us home.
Track Name: Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS

Oh Minneapolis,
I saw you and Saint Paul kiss
Neath the moonlight in a Mississippi mist
Never saw a thing as beautiful as this
Oh Minneapolis

Oh Minneapolis,
City on the water where the angels walk
O Saint Paul, city of peace and righteousness
City where the Lord and the angels talk

Oh Minneapolis,
I saw you and Saint Paul kiss
Neath the moonlight in a Mississippi mist
Never saw a thing as beautiful as this
Oh Minneapolis

Rain down, purple rain (I wanna hear the sound)
I wanna feel the royal rain on me
I wanna feel the holy water running like a holy stream
I wanna be baptized in the city in the Mississippi
I wanna be baptized in the city in the Mississippi

O Minneapolis,
I saw you and Saint Paul kiss
Neath the moonlight in a Mississippi mist
Never saw a thing as beautiful as this
Oh Minneapolis
Track Name: The Dark
THE DARK

I don't wanna go out tonight, if you're staying at home
I don't wanna go out in the dark of the night and leave you alone

The air is getting heavy, I feel like a rolling stone
Weighing me down like the memory of a Minnesota winter when I'm far from home
The dark is getting deeper, I feel so far from home
Pulling me in like the memory of the feeling of the fear of being all alone

I don't wanna go out tonight, if you're staying at home
I don't wanna go out in the dark of the night and leave you alone

The rain is getting heavy, falling like a waterfall
Filling my shoes with the memories of me and you in Belfast in the fall
The rain is beating harder, here comes a cannonball
Flooding my veins, but the feeling is the same, being without you after all

I don't wanna go out tonight, if you're staying at home
I don't wanna go out in the dark of the night and leave you alone

If I gotta be alone tonight, I'll be praying for the morning light
I don't wanna be a moon in the sky where the sun don't shine
And the rain ain't nothing but the tears we cry tonight
Track Name: The Turf Club
THE TURF CLUB

One more night under the city lights
I've got my jacket and I'm ready to go
Into the heat of a St Paul street
Summer in the city below

The Broadway lights, they treat me right
And watch me when I'm going home
One more kiss, before we do this
And take it on down to the show

Everybody's at the Turf Club
Over in Saint Paul
Dancing underneath the bar light
To the sound of Rock 'n' Roll
A local band is playing country songs
Everybody wants to sing along

One more drink before the moonlight sinks
Into the belly of a beautiful sky
It's cold out there in the Saint Paul air
And baby I've had too much to drive

Well take my hand, I'll be your man
You can be my baby tonight
One last dance for an old romance
Before somebody turns on the light

Everybody's at the Turf Club
Over in Saint Paul
Dancing underneath the bar light
To the sound of Rock 'n' Roll
A local band is playing country songs
Everybody wants to sing along

These Saint Paul city lights
Are just the angels that are watching over you tonight
These beautiful country songs
Another way of saying that we wanna belong
Track Name: God Only Knows
GOD ONLY KNOWS

I would rather be
A lover for my lady
A mother for my baby
Than a sailor on the sea

Underneath the lights
We look bigger than we are
We look brighter than the falling star
Of brief celebrity

God only knows how the winds gonna blow
And how it all flows together
If the words we use or the wars we choose
Are gonna change somebody for the better
God only knows

I know what it's like
When you lose your inspiration
Blow a fuse to the sensation
That you used to feel so bright

Many are the things
In my mind that I would sing
In my soul that I would bring
If I could find the words tonight

God only knows how the winds gonna blow
And how it all flows together
If the words we use or the wars we choose
Are gonna change somebody for the better
God only knows how the winds gonna blow
And how it all flows together
If the words we use or the wars we choose
Are gonna change somebody's life forever
God only knows
Track Name: Thank You
THANK YOU

Thank you for the way you make a feeling real
Rolling through my heart like a ferris wheel
Thank you for a pretty little laughing heart
Thank you from my heart, thank you from my heart

Thank you for the way you make your light to shine
In between the shadows in the back of my mind
Thank you for the children and the love I've found
Thank you from my heart, thank you from my heart

Let there be light, let there be love, let there be space
Let all the water flow together through the ether and gather in a beautiful place

Thank you for the way you make the showers fall
Like a blanket on the valley when the flowers call
Thank you for creating and sustaining it all
Thank you from my heart and my soul
Thank you from my heart and my soul

Thank you for the way you make the music play
In between the quiet on a beautiful day
Thank you for the meaning in the things we say
Thank you from my heart, thank you from my heart

Let there be light, let there be love, let there be space
Let all the water flow together through the ether and gather in a beautiful place
Let there be earth, let there be sea, let there be sky
Let all the water flow together through the ether and gather over you and I

Thank you for the way you make the flowers grow
Up through the cracks in my fractured soul
Thank you for the way the healing waters flow
Thank you from my heart and my soul
Thank you from my heart and my soul

Thank you for the way you make the moonlight shine
Between me and the horizon there's a perfect line
Like a love upon the ocean anybody can find
Thank you from my heart and my mind
Thank you from my heart and my mind

Let there be light, let there be love, let there be grace
Let all the water flow together through the ether and gather in a beautiful place
Let there be earth, let there be sea, let there be sky
Let all the water flow together through the ether and gather over you and I

Thank you for the way you make my soul to sing
With the feeling there's a meaning here in everything
Thank you for giving me the gift I bring
Thank you from my heart
Thank you from my heart
Track Name: The Child
THE CHILD

I am not the one, who taught my heart to beat
I cannot add a breath, even a step into my feet
I could not tell you where all of these thoughts even begin
I barely know this body that I'm traveling in

But I must use these hands to dig the land that I must sow
And feed upon the fruit of my love's labor when it grows
And think about a bed to lay my head when day is through
Rest this heavy heart, that it may start when tomorrow's new

I gave the seed that sprung to feed the soul of my own son
But a magic full of mystery grew those legs on which he runs
And I'll never know, how grew his soul, so wonderful and wild
He's a part of me but mystery, mostly grows the child

And the song that I now sing, from whence did spring the melody?
I cannot pin the origin, that sang the song to me
But I will be an emissary in my life upon the sea
Like a gift adrift the ocean, did the notion come to me
Like a gift adrift the ocean, did the notion flow to me

How can we ever know the way that the spirit flows to the bones
In the belly of a lady with a baby that grows even while her momma sleeps
Just so, we'll never know the way of the spirit in the river that flows
Through the valley in the canyon of the soul it's a secret she keeps