A Fine Dance

by Be Brave Benjamin

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released 27 July 2011

The musicians you can hear playing on this album are:

Edu Campos - Bass
Matt Jackson - Electric guitar and backing vocals
Jordi Lanuza - Electric guitar (on ‘I’d Like to Laugh’)
Jordi Llobet - Drums and percussion
Cristian Pallejà - Percussion and backing vocals
Benjamin Palmer - Acoustic guitar and lead vocals
Simon Williams - Bass (on ‘I’d Like to Laugh’) and backing vocals

All songs were written by Benjamin Palmer.

Recorded by Cristian Pallejà at Cal Pop, near Hostalric in Catalunya

Mixed by Cristian Pallejà and Benjamin Palmer in Barcelona

Mastered by Yves Roussel

Artwork by Mike Swaney

Photograph by Aleix Plademunt

Design by Jordi Llobet and Edu Campos

Special thanks to Aleix, Lluïsa y Pere for allowing us to take over their beautiful home for a weekend to record this album; to Cristian for believing in the songs and for being so generous with his time and energy; and to Judith for believing in Be Brave Benjamin.

Thanks also to the following for helping us along the way: Albert, Mikey, Dan, Russell, Ramón, María, Mike, Alfons, Jay, Núria, Quique, Rita, Vero, Xavi, Ari, Dani, David, Heliogàbal, Vinilo and Error! Lo-Fi.

And many thanks to all the fine musicians mentioned above who accompanied Benjamin in recording ‘A Fine Dance’.

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Track Name: She
Renewed each morning's dew
As old as it's new
There's a glimmer of you
Miraculous you

She shows the world what its future could be
She gives birth to hope each day
She cries each time it's taken away

Faint on the fading breeze
Deep in the swelling seas
There's a shiver of me
Down on one grateful knee

She shows the world what its future could be
She gives birth to hope each day
She cries each time it's taken away
Track Name: A Fine Dance
God did a fine dance
We all admired it
But then he started to wilt
So we retired him
That's when you started singing

You sang a song of grief
And we all burst out crying
"Nice," we said, "but keep it brief. Can't you see we're dying?”

But you kept right on singing

So then they gagged you
And I was pushed into the ring
"Come on," they said, "do something."
But I just stood there blinking, thinking, blinking, thinking.

And they all fell to their knees
Praying for forgiveness
Immunity from sickness
Long life and riches

But I kept right on blinking. And I kept right on thinking

God did a fine dance.
They all admired it,
But then he started to wilt,
So they retired him.
That's when I started singing
Track Name: Devil Fool
The devil dips a finger into your soul
He likes the taste that lingers so he eats you whole

You're going down now
You're devil food

Your loved ones try to save you, to bring you home
But you're too far away now, you can hear the moans

You're going down now
That devil road

The lake of sin looked so inviting you jumped right in
But though that lake looked so inviting in it you could not swim

You just drowned down
That devil pool

You're going down now
You devil fool
Track Name: At First We Leap
At first we leap, then we crawl along the floor
At first we leap, at first we leap

And when we leap
It’s not heaven we’re trying to reach
But we’re as close as we could ever be
Almost close enough to see

At first we leap, then we crawl along the floor
At first we leap, at first we leap

And when we crawl
Hoping to avoid a fall
We’re just putting ourselves
That much closer to hell

At first we sing then we silently implore
At first we sing, at first we sing

And when we sing
We don’t sound like no angels
But we show our love for something
We show it when we sing

At first we sing then we silently implore
At first we sing, at first we sing

But to silently implore
Brings us nothing more
Than a mind-made wall
That hides our love from all

Come on let’s leap, let’s not crawl along the floor
Come on let’s leap, come on let’s leap

Come on let’s sing, let’s not silently implore
Come on let’s sing, come on let’s sing
Track Name: I'd Like to Laugh
His laugh is like the sound
Of a snake slithering through a skull
The skull is dry, as dry as drought,
As dry as death itself

Death darkens his path
Yet he tries so hard to laugh

I’d like to laugh
When I get there, I’d like to laugh,
But it sounds so painful
I won’t be able

I’d like to laugh
When I get there, I’d like to laugh
But I’m sure I’ll scream
Unless I keep dreaming
Track Name: He Thinks it Fun When You Try to Run
He wants more for his gaping maw
It stares straight at you
He thinks it fun when you try to run
He'll just wait for you

To get tired of your running

You want more because you're built that way
You can't help but take
Though you know there'll come the day
When you'll be forced to forsake

Your precious things and start running

But if you run too far, too long
You won't give up the fight
He'll come along and he'll take your song
He'll cut you down in flight

When he gets tired of your running

More - you want more.

More - he wants more.
Track Name: Sink or Swim
Sink or swim
Sometimes seems the same to me
Either way, I'm lost at sea
Trying to recall
How to feel free to be
Happy to be
Sink swim
In the sea

Sink or swim
Sometimes seems the same to me

And I know I seem small to those
To those sharks I'm one of the shoal
But my love could swallow them whole

Sink or swim
Sometimes seems the same to me
Either way, I'm lost at sea
In love with it all
When I feel free to be
Happy to be
Sink swim
In the sea

Sink or swim
Sometimes seems the same to me

And I know I seem small to those
To those sharks I'm one of the shoal
But my love could swallow them whole.

Sink or swim, sink or swim, sink or swim
Either way I am lost, lost at sea
Track Name: Home
You came today
You came to say
That you have found
Another way home

I learned today
That life does stray
I thought you were
My only way home

You left today
Now I can’t stay
I’ll have to find
Another way home