Night Songs

by Benedict Benjamin

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Ben Rubinstein - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Piano
Dan Blackett - Drums, Hammond Organ, Mellotron, Samples
Will Thorneycroft - Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Autoharp, Cello
Becca Mears - Cello
Emma Kraemer - Violin
Katy Young - Backing Vocals
Rosa Slade - Backing Vocals
Olly Joyce - Drums on track 5

All songs written by Ben Rubinstein,

Produced, Recorded, Mixed and Engineered by Dan Blackett
Additional engineering by Will Thorneycroft
Mastered by Denis Blackham

Recorded at St Barnabus Church (Dalston), St Mary’s Church (Teynham), Dan’s flat and Becca’s house.
Additional Mixing on tracks 2, 4 and 9 at Soup Studio by Giles Barrett

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released March 25, 2016

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Benedict Benjamin London, UK

Benedict Benjamin is Ben Rubinstein, formerly of The Mariner’s Children and Peggy Sue
(Wichita). His debut album ‘Night Songs’ is a collection of timeless compositions recorded in a
series of churches, bedrooms and kitchens across London and Kent with producer Dan Blackett
(Landshapes, Bella Union).
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Track Name: Move On Those Tired Feet
Oh there’s nothing left
Final traces have now been swept
Oh no nothing left
Wash the salt from the tears you wept

Clouds for a time will keep
But roses grow through the cold concrete
Move on those tired tired feet

Oh just let it be
The sooner clear then the sooner free
You can’t kill a memory
But can bury it deep so a man can breathe

Clouds for a time will keep
But roses grow through the cold concrete
Move on those tired tired feet

Standing still won’t get you anywhere
Don’t stand still I know I’ve done my share

Oh no summer froze
Winter came, just the way it goes
You take the sun then you take the snow
Life is Bitter but it’s Sweet you know

Clouds for a time will keep
But roses grow through the cold concrete
Move on those tired tired feet
Track Name: I Wish Your Lies Were Better
There’s a fever growing in my stomach
There are questions I’ve tried to ignore
Though I bite them down they always come back
And now they're knocking at my door


I wish your lies were better my dear
Your secrets further from view
I wish your lies were better my dear
And I could ignore the truth

Doubt it grows in silence like a cancer
Questions held too long held will start to burn
Anger moves within you like a dancer
And eats at the truths you held firm

I wish your lies were better my dear
Your secrets further from view
I wish your lies were better my dear
And I could ignore the truth

Over and over i’ve turned your words
They can’t hide what i see

Where’ve you been tonight my only darling
And what are you doing to me
Track Name: Thin Skin
I have thin skin baby
Can’t help how I bruise
Your honest words are needed
Doesn’t mean they’re welcome too

There is a dividing line
Cutting through the will and the design
There is who I’d like to be and who I am
I’m the sum of choices made
I’m the sum of errors and mistakes
There is who I’d like to be and who i can

I have thin skin baby
Wish it were not so
Give me some truth honey
And I’ll tell you to go

There is a dividing line
Cutting through the will and the design
There is who I want to be and who I am
I’m the end of choices made
I’m the sum of errors and mistakes
There is who I try to be and who i can

Admitting fault is easier than facing it

I have thin skin baby
Sorry how I bruise
Sorry that i punish
Those that tell the truth
Track Name: I Would Like To See You Tonight
We danced till the morning till we couldn’t walk
We danced till the morning to hold off our talk

I would like to see
You tonight can we
Find some time to be
On our own

I held you to me as our bodies swayed
Couldn’t be closer yet so far away

I would like to see
You tonight can we
Find some time to be
On our own

There’s a problem here my dear it’s clear
There’s a problem here my dear
Track Name: My Feet Have No Need For The Ground
Don’t know how you got in
But now you’re under my skin

You’re every thought I think
You’re every song i sing

My feet I have found have no need for the ground
I am lost and I’m losing you
Off with my head now the cold’s claimed my bed
To a grave of my choosing

I thought that I was strong
Turns out I was just young

Thought i could take you on
Time showed me I was wrong

My feet I have I found have no need for the ground
I’m lost and I am losing you
Off with my head now the cold’s claimed my bed
To a grave of my choosing

As the bubble burst
I was marvelling how well it worked
As the market crashed
I was buying everything you had
Track Name: Better Man
I will be a loving man
I won’t be the one I am
I will treat you like I should
I won’t treat you like I did

I am careless and unkind
Owner of a selfish mind
But I will be a better man
If you ask me to stay, you ask me to stay

For some time i’ve willed myself
To turn into someone else
Don’t know if I can succeed
But I know who I want to be

I am careless and unkind
Owner of a selfish mind
But I will be a better man
If you ask me to stay

I know who i was before
Don’t know if I’m him no more
But I know that i want to be
forever in your arms, forever in your arms
Track Name: How Weak And Unguarded The Happy Heart Is
Don’t you come running, I’ve got a gun and
The will to sink you into the ground
So deep that you won’t ever be found

There’s teeth in the clouds, they’re weighing them down
They’ll tear as sharp as nails ripping through
I’ve a roof but I’ve no room left for you

I’ve known love and I’ve known harm
Big my heart it swelled so soft and warm
Oh you took an oath you tore in two
Bitter resin formed to stone it grew

How weak and unguarded, the happy heart is
With no safety net to save against it all
And no arm to raise to parry fists that fall

The seeds you have sown, They have grown they have grown
In my hands the harvest’s waiting here for you
When I see your face I’ll grant you your due

I’ve known love and I’ve known harm
Big my heart it swelled so soft and warm
Oh you took an oath you tore in two
Bitter resin formed to stone it grew
Track Name: Coward
To be happy one must break a knuckle now and then
An honest heart will come to blows with many men

Honesty must navigate one through the darker nights
It’s gaze looked upon and mirrored back with all it’s might

Oh i am a coward,
To live fear must be devoured

Else your looking glass will haunt you till you lose your mind
Your reflection stare you down until you shut your eyes

Regret tunnels deep within and withers you away
You’ll be mourning for what might have been on sunny days

Oh i am a coward
To live fear must be devoured
Oh i am a coward
To love fear must be devoured
Track Name: Had What You Had
I’ve been sleeping too soundly
oh I’ve been too sure of the ground I walk on

I’ve been talking too proudly
Oh I’ve been too confident of my welcome

But it only takes one fall
To prove that it can all fly away
And once proven you can lose
Doubt grips hold of you and it’ll stay

I’m not cut out for failure
I can’t get used to the way that it feels

I won’t get better at losing
Just cos I’ve learned in time I’ll heal

Oh it only takes one fall
To prove that it can all fly away
And once proven you can lose
Doubt grips hold of you and it’ll stay

If I had what you had, I’d be so scared to lose I don’t think I could ever win
If I had what you had, I’d be so scared to lose I think i’d just give in
Track Name: The Hardest Thing
The hardest thing is to go and to stay gone
Give you your space not add to the confusion
To weather the cold that has grown in my home and the bed I made
I never found a thing easy about walking away

The hardest thing is the urge to be near you
Knowing the hurt that you feel and the fear too
Knowing that i’m not the one that can comfort you anymore
Cos I am the one that brought all of this to your door

And the hardest nights when all sleep has been stolen
When the ghosts terrorise and your soul is torn open
Though you want nothing more than to take back it all and undo all you’ve done
Still doesn’t mean that you made the wrong decision

The hardest thing is the hole that's created
The absence that grows till your heart's inundated
Hope the time will come soon when the silence that looms isn’t all I hear
I know it’ll come but I don’t think that time is near