I Am You

by Benny No-Good

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This album is my first solo acoustic project. I draw influences from so many different places lyrically and musically that I'm not even going to attempt to classify it. If you hear something you like in it, awesome. That means it connected.

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released December 11, 2013

Engineered/Produced By Ryan Gibbons
Photography by Jill Justus
Layout and art by Preston Lee

Thank you to the following: Kristine Dean, Preston Lee, Ryan Gibbons, Jill Justus, The Enders (Pete and Omar), Scott Courtney and the rest of Last Standing, the Sam Ash family, Rich Barker, Punk Rock Night Indianapolis, 5th Quarter, Bryan McPherson, Ducky Boys, Nowhere USA, Heath Hooligan, Those Lazy Cabineers, Gina Venz, Chris Griffith, Podunk Radio, Chestnut Hullabaloo, John Bowles and Paddy Rock Radio/One Kind Radio, Silverhounds, Gang Green, Danny Thompson, Kristy and the JBR crew, The Honeys (Jennifer and Diana), Real Punk Radio, Chris, Shipwreck Shep and the Lazy Bones gang, Brian Cogan, OC45, Outrun the Archers, Rogues, my Indy friends, my family (blood and otherwise), Greg Graffin/Bad Religion, State Line Records/Mark Lind/Douglas Sullivan, Eric "Moose" Murray, Five Year Mission, Wayne Bertsch, Joe Mizzi, Greg Brenner, and everyone else who has supported/believed in me over the years.

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Benny No-Good Indianapolis, Indiana

Frontman for Indiana-based hardcore punk band The Enders, I needed an outlet for songs that don't lend themselves to screaming and high-gain musical assault. That's where we find ourselves here.

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Track Name: Bloom
Everyone, and everything
Through my memories they ring
A sound from long ago
Echoes from a muddled past
How long can any one thing last
And will I ever know?

Everything I've ever shown
Reflected in the eyes that I show you
Everything I've ever known
Somewhere in my mind still rings true

All the bars and all the scars
I wonder how I got this far
A toast to lessons learned
To songs I sang and friends I had
To people who I treated bad
And a nod to bridges burned

Everything I've ever shown
Reflected in the eyes that I show you
Everything I've ever known
Somewhere in my mind still rings true

Chorus:
But the seeds I've sown grow today
Though the things I've known blow away
And I wish to God, how I pray
That I could stay
and watch them Bloom

Tell me why it's everyone
Remembers everything I've done
That ever caused a tear
Across the years, weeks and days
My memories like children play
Behind my own worst fears

Everything I've ever shown
Reflected in the eyes that I show you
Everything I've ever known
Somewhere in my mind still rings true

Chorus:
But the seeds I've sown grow today
Though the things I've known blow away
And I wish to God how I pray
That I could stay
and watch them Bloom
Track Name: I Am You
I am sadness
I am hope
I'm the end of both at the end of a rope
I am conscience
I have none
I'm the victim, I'm the guilty one
I'm the fire,
I light the day
I'm the obstacles that are in your way
I am drought
I am rain
I'm your shelter, and I'm all your pain


And you, pray to me
And you beg my heart to bleed
And believe everything they say of me is true
And you, credit me
For your petty victories
While you blame me for the evil that you do
I am you
I am you
I am you
and we are fools

I am hatred
I am rage
I'm the plot twist, on a missing page
I am creator
I destroy
And I play with you all like you were toys
Track Name: Children of the Gael
Cromwell's whips
And coffin ships
Tied up and kicked about
Excise men
And hats of tin
We've seen it all, no doubt
Sugar cane not sweet, but pain
Exiled from our land
Crushed beneath
The Empire's feet
But we built it with our hands

Chorus:
You'll find us in the railyards
You'll find us in the pubs
You've seen us oh so gentle
But we fight without the gloves
Some are bound for heaven
Others on the road to hell
But we've always done it all with pride
We're the Children of the Gael

They shipped us
A million plus
Across the Western Sea
Just five years
Of pain and tears
They told us we were free
When ashore
They gave us war
But wouldn't give us jobs
Our dignity, integrity and pride they tried to rob

Chorus:
You'll find us in the railyards
You'll find us in the pubs
You've seen us oh so gentle
But we fight without the gloves
Some are bound for heaven
Me, I'm on the road to hell
But we've always done it all with pride
We're the Children of the Gael
Track Name: Stride
All this work to make me stronger
Leaves me feelin weak
And from this sunny outlook,
Everything looks bleak
So I drink
Hide the light within myself

Got an angel on the one side
Who makes me feel uptight
A devil on the other
Tellin me that it's alright
So I wait
Don't do anything at all

Yes I wait,
Takin everything in stride

Life can overwhelm you
So don't you look away
Cause you'll lose all of your years
Livin day to day
So don't wait
Just take it while you can

No don't wait
Take everything in stride

Take everything in stride
Track Name: Fire Within
They take and they take
Til your spirit it breaks
Your will is broken with your back
The struggles are traced
In the lines on your face
So deep that the skin starts to crack

Chorus:
So burn with the fire,
Burn with the fire in your soul
When all is lost
It's the one thing inside you can hold
So burn with the fire
Burn with the fire in your soul

The clock it winds down
And the sun goes to ground
And night comes to swallow the day
You've never held back
Now the thing that you lack
Is time that is running away

Chorus:
So burn with the fire,
Burn with the fire in your soul
When all is lost
It's the one thing inside you can hold
So burn with the fire
Burn with the fire in your soul

You shiver and shake and your limbs start to quake
and you begin to wonder how much you can take
Got their chains on your mind and their claws in your soul
but you can't stop a fire burning out of control

Chorus:
So burn with the fire,
Burn with the fire in your soul
When all is lost
It's the one thing inside you can hold
So burn with the fire
Burn with the fire in your soul
Like
Track Name: Show Me an Evening
Looking back across the past
I can see it was never that kind
So I turn to the future
But I know that it's no friend of mine
Every gift I was given
Just as fast snatched away
All the time I've spent living
Seems as much, wasted days

Chorus:
So give me a morning
That I ain't seen yet
Show me an evening
When the sun doesn't set
Help tame the furies
That dance wild in my heart
And take my regrets, take my regrets
before they take me apart

I lose track of years gone by
Since I stood 'neath the stars of my home
And though I don't lack companions
In a sense I'm always alone
Not a thing that I've taken
Would I volunteer to give back
And though my back is breaking
I will never ask you for slack

Chorus

I've fought this fight before
nothin's new anymore
All my defeats
have left me on my feet
No surprises in store