Sing Yourself Better

by Benjamin Poole

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Recorded in two weeks in a basement in Philadelphia, PA.

Thank you to everyone who played on the record, my parents, Chloe Glynn, Kevin Chemidlin, OwlCappella, Diana LaForest, /mu/, and all of the people who inspired these songs.

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released 02 July 2013
Produced and engineered by Matt Fox
Mixed by Matt Fox and Benjamin Poole
Mastered by Mark Trewella at Full Circle Mastering
Art by Jess Jahnle
CD Insert by Matt Fox
Words and music by Benjamin Poole

benjaminpoolemusic@gmail.com

Performed by Benjamin Poole (vocals, guitar, banjo, piano), Matt Fox (guitar, viola, glockenspiel, concertina, mandolin, percussion, vocals), Sam Keogh (bassoon, glockenspiel, trombone), John Heywood (bass), Wes Schaal (drums, percussion), Grace Holleran (trumpet), Stephen Kilpatrick (vocals, percussion), Ello Shertzer (violin) and Bexx Rosenbloom (cello)

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Benjamin Poole Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Master of the homespun and the heartfelt, Benjamin Poole is a Philadelphia folky who writes sad songs about sad things.

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Track Name: (You are my sunshine)
You make me happy when skies are gray
Track Name: Anniversary
Turn on the light,
Pretend what happened didn't happen.
Is that how these things go?

Aren't we a sight?
We'll laugh about this in the morning,
But just so you know-
The bottles on the table spill

A monument, erected
For every dent connected
In the name of Saint Saturday Night.
You can call it half-expected,
Tomorrow we'll regret it,
But now everything is alright.
And between you and me, happy anniversary.

Nothing is wrong,
Though we don't know if we're just joking,
So pull me in close.

Everyone's gone-
They're either dead or outside smoking,
So only we know.

I've escaped
The songs I made
About you, dear,
Our time is here.

The bottles on the table spill
A monument, erected
For every dent connected
In the name of Saint Saturday Night.
You can call it half expected,
Tomorrow we'll regret it,
But now everything is alright.
And between you and me, happy anniversary.

You were so close that I could taste you
And bring myself to face you,
We're standing with no one to thank,
So shatter expectations
And join the celebration
Created by all that we drank.

We've been broken up by distance,
But each month makes a difference
As quickly we've counted to twelve-
Now, you're the one who said it
And I don't want to forget it
So let's take a step back from ourselves,
And between you and me, happy anniversary.
Track Name: A Million Different Faces
It's always been this one thing,
And I've been up for hours wondering
"What do I get so worked up about?"

I've been in this room all night,
And I guess I still feel alright,
But it's late and I'm tired, could you please let me out?

Because, you see, it always ends the same.
My history keeps getting in the way,
But you know me. I've got nothing left to say-
Is that okay?

It's hard to find your place
When you've got a million different faces,
But I'm trying hard to find one.

Because, you see, it always ends the same.
My history keeps getting in the way,
But you know me. I've got nothing left to say-
Is that okay?

Because, you see, time is running out.
My history has filled me up with doubt,
But you know me. I may never come around,
So I'll just stay here on the ground.
Track Name: Toronto
Try to find your eyes,
But I can't see that straight this late at night
And I have driven myself blind
By looking for Alaska all the time-
Every day her bones are colder.

Trap myself in sound,
One last look before I forget how.
If I could only move my mouth,
I'd like to ask you what you dream about
When you're sleeping on his shoulder.

You stare and you stray,
I stumble and sway and wander away.
I'd ask you to stay and tell me what's changed,
Though I've been ashamed, estranged and enraged
With nothing to say. At the end of the day,
I still want you all the same.

Spend summer thinking all alone,
Become a single, silent ghost. This coast is home,
The wind and waves wear at my bones
Until each joint is still and old.
Remember when the days were longer?

You stare and you stray,
I stumble and sway and wander away.
I'd ask you to stay and tell me what's changed,
Though I've been ashamed, estranged and enraged
With nothing to say. At the end of the day,
I still want you all the same.
Track Name: Together Now
Around your neck, the mic is checked.
Shuffle up the deck and ignite a dying ember.
This is it, no one will talk you out of this.
You don't care for being missed just as long as you're remembered.

We learn to love and to fight with our fathers,
and if you wanna love god you gotta try a little harder.
Keep your feet on the ground, keep your body moving, and let it all out-
Keep it all together now.
Keep yourself together now.

Tomorrow brings choirs of cell-phone-speaker rings
As a dead songwriter sings that his hands are getting colder.
They may say "That's just how it is these days,
Kids and grownups have their ways." But we're all just scared of getting older.

We learn to love and to fight with our fathers,
and if you wanna love god you gotta try a little harder.
Keep your feet on the ground, keep your body moving, and let it all out-
Keep it all together now.
Keep yourself together now.

You just arrived, I'd hate to see you leaving,
So are you willing to die for the things you believe in?
Cause that's a pretty high cost when your causes are lost
And your money is gone.

We learn to love and to fight with our fathers,
and if you wanna love god you gotta try a little harder.
Keep your feet on the ground, keep your body moving, and let it all out.

We learn to love and to fight with our fathers,
and if you wanna love god you gotta try a little harder.
Keep your feet on the ground, keep your body moving, and let it all out.
Keep it all together now.
Keep yourself together now.
Track Name: Snowstorm Song
You say you wanna walk on some sunshine,
Today, well, we'll be walking on ice.
So hold tight, cause it ain't gettin' any warmer tonight,
So you'd best take my advice:

You fear you won't survive in the snow.
Out here, it's not so bad in the cold.
Your head is saying, "Love isn't real!
Just pretend you can still see the appeal!"
But if you still want to believe in your own bullshit,
Then I know how you feel.

Now, please, please don't misunderstand me.
You see, this ain't a song of regret.
What's more, this ain't some broken-hearted anthem
Just before you go outside to smoke another cigarette.

You fear you won't survive in the snow.
Out here, it's not so bad in the cold.
Your head is saying, "Love isn't real!
Just pretend you can still see the appeal!"
But if you still want to believe in your own bullshit,
Well, I know how you feel.

You fear you won't survive in the snow.
Out here, it's not so bad in the cold.
Your head is saying, "Love isn't real!
Just pretend you can still see the appeal!"
But if you still want to believe in your own bullshit,
(Because, really, I believe in my own bullshit)
So if you still want to believe in your own bullshit,
Well, I know how you feel.
Track Name: Red Petals
You are the warm night air,
I am the flower in your hair.
Each red petal brightly bloom
With arms that reach into my room.

You are the long walk home,
I am your tired soles.
Each red petal fall to ground
With arms that reach out into sound.

I won't waste my time,
Please don't waste my time.
Each red petal out of rhyme
With arms that reach outside of time,
With arms that reach into my mind,
With arms that reach into my life.
Track Name: Autumn Song
Sing through the end of summer,
We'll fall and float and shed our colors.
We once were green together,
But now we're red and yellow.

Hold my hand,
It's a branch you can hang onto.
Hold my hand,
With roots that reach to catch you.
Hold me hand
And I will always love you.

Trade these clothes for something warmer
When every day's a little shorter
And nights are getting colder.
So sharply we inhale.

Hold my hand,
It's a branch you can hang onto.
Hold my hand,
With roots that reach to catch you.
Hold my hand
And the ground you'll never fall to.
Hold my hand,
And I will always love you.
Track Name: Song for Beth (My only sunshine)
Speak truth for us in the land of the living!
Speak truth for us from the land of the dead!
Speak truth for us, though the truth is unforgiving!
Speak truth for us, though it's all inside my head!

Breathe with the lungs of a friend possessed,
Breathe with the lungs of a ghost obsessed
And tell her.

Words spelled in script lit with hands held together,
Words spelled in script lit with feet on the floor.
Words spelled in script bound to yes-or-no answers,
Words spelled in script dark and black across the board.

You sing with the voice of a mother, "Be safe."
I sing with the voice of a lover, afraid
To tell her:

And you are my sunshine,
My only sunshine.
You make me happy when skies are gray.
And you'll never know how much I love you,
I love you, I love you, I love you so
Please don't take my sunshine away.

Please stay.