Brett Benowitz

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In loving memory of Betty Benowitz

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released February 16, 2011

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Brett Benowitz Brooklyn, New York

Brett Benowitz is a singer-songwriter from Georgia currently living in Brooklyn, NY.

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Track Name: Thank You Sam
We leave at dusk on a crowded bus
Arrive at dawn with a smoky yawn
Oh the sun has yet to meet the sky
One cigarette could get me by.

We cross the border our papers in order
The hungry peasants demand our presence
Oh with a scarred up face from high to low
His car has space, Take us to Cairo

We saw the destitution that sparked a revolution
Amidst the confusion came a smiling solution
Oh a jolly man just five feet tall
He said to us, "I'll help you all"

Thank you Sam, brotherman
You walk just like an Egyptian
Oh Thank you Sam, brotherman
You led us back to the Holy Land

The pyramids and koshari
Sam took us on an Odyssey
Oh atop his roof we smoked some hash
We carried on and laughed and laughed
He bribed the guard a hundred pounds
To looks away as he made rounds
Sam the man can do no wrong
I hope one day, he'll hear my song
You'll hear my song

Oh thank you Sam, brotherman
You walk just like and Egyptian.
Oh thank you Sam, brotherman.
You led us back to the holy land.

Thank you thank you thank you
Sam
Track Name: Long Ride Home
I want to remember
I want to recall
All the feelings
I had before
I had it all.

Its a long ride home
And now she's all alone.
She is waiting for an answer thats fading,
And I drive on.

My prayer for you
Was coming true.
A rush of joy, my singing kiss.
But in the end you did resist.
I traveled to the end of the world.
I was healed by some sugar girl,
But I will always come back to you.

And its a long ride home
And now she's all alone.
She is waiting for an answer thats fading,
And I drive on.

Listen baby, I know I know I know.
I know I know I know.
Listen baby, just remember,
Remember everything.

And goodbye
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye yeah!

Its a long ride home,
And she is all alone.
She is waiting for an answer thats fading,
And I drive on.
Track Name: With You
Where have they gone?
On and on,
Rising just before the dawn.
Leaving only echoes beckoning return.
With you or without you I have yet to learn.
But is it so that every man who lives, dies alone?
I cannot say
Nor tell you on the day I am shown.

Oh tell me what will come.
Just the simple sum?
Of the role I played,
Just to fold and fade.

And all that we learn,
Meant to only flicker in the wind as it burns.
Landing gently on the open palm of my hand,
Lessons lasting longer than the trifles of man.
But is it so that ever man who gives, finds a home?
Safe and sound
No longer having reason left to roam.

Oh tell me what will come.
Just the simple sum?
Of the role I played,
Just to fold and fade.

Oh no I say.
For on that fateful day.
When all and all is through.
My friend, I'll be with you!
Track Name: Isabella
Isabella,
Daring me to stare.
Long I've traveled
Just to breath your air.
In the city of lights,
A refuge with no glare.
My foreign beauty,
I will take your dare.

Oh I want to,
I got to know.
You I shall follow
For one moment alone.

Drinking and thinking,
The night goes to our head.
So much speaking,
Yet not one word was said.

Oh I want to,
I got to know.
You I shall follow
For one moment alone.

Away you stray from me,
But you will not get far.
I follow patiently.
Now show me who you are!

Oh I want to,
I got to know.
You I shall follow
For one moment alone.

Oh I want to,
I got to know.
You I shall follow
For one moment alone.
Track Name: Come in View
And I don't need nothin to do,
When I could spend all of my time with you.
And I don't need nowhere to go,
When I could stay right here all alone with you.
And all of the reasons before
Excuses to explore, but now there's you.
And yet one is still remaining.
It liberates to chaining me away from you.

Passing the time with you
Is all I need to get my through
The days so far away from you
My dream it is the scene of when you come in view.

Every time I close my eyes
Its never no surprise, all is see is you.
And here I have no more fear
Shining coming clear, my future is you.
And when I open them again
Returning to pretend that I'm not blue.
Your face, how your beauty breaks
From this sorrowful teared disgrace,
I'll be home soon.

Passing the time with you
Is all I need to get me through
The days so far away from you.
My dream it is the scene of when you come in view.

Sitting, strumming away the disaster.
You just will not answer, oh where are you?
Praying, silently saying:
Give us strength unfading, to me to you.

Passing the time with you
Is all I need to get me through
The days so far away from you.
My dream it is the scene of when you come in view.
Track Name: 20 More
Twenty years I've been here my dear
And if my God could give me twenty more,
Would you stay, til the end of every day,
With me by your side evermore.

Oh my love, my angel from above
Warming me with such peace.
And though we know that time will not slow,
And soon I must go to the East.
Where the sun does rise
Shining hope through the eyes
Of the people who maintain the flame.
This noble cause, my life and its laws.
A promise I will keep to you in your name.

Five months apart, keep me safe in your heart
And please oh please be true.
And if you can, I'll return to this land
With the greatest of love all for you.
Track Name: Jerusalem Syndrome
I can't take it no more.
I'm kicking down this door.
It keeps me so confined
To this worried, worried mind!

And I know where I can go
Far across the sea.
Jerusalem I've heard from some
Yeah it could help me be
So off I go, I do not know
What will be waiting for me.
But this I'm sure, it'll be the cure
Of whatever is plaguing me.

I don't want no tour.
Alone I'll explore.
I know I'm gettin close
To the father, son, and the holy ghost!

And I know where I can go
Far across the sea.
Jerusalem I've heard from some
Yeah it could help me be
So off I go, I do not know
What will be waiting for me.
But this I'm sure, it'll be the cure
Of whatever is plaguing me.

Now I hear your words.
The voices come in thirds.
I'm sleeping on the street.
I got no home and no food to eat!

And I know where I can go
Far across the sea.
Jerusalem I've heard from some
Yeah it could help me be.
So off I go, and now I know
What's always been waiting for me.
Heavy doses, a diagnosis
The syndrome has taken me.
Track Name: The Enemy Within Me
Everything changes, order rearranges,
Friends become stranger too.
My thoughts are broken, words are never spoken,
Lost in my head without you.

Change my identity for your fake festivities.
I've had more fun at home.
Liquid and smoke, all they do is choke.
Surrounded by I'm alone.

And my wheels keeps spinnin round.
But I go nowhere,
The wheels never touch the ground.

What is my fear? It feels so near.
Why is it so hard to see?
Its is not you, the reflection holds true,
They enemy within me.

And my wheels keep spinnin round.
But I go nowhere,
The wheels never touch the ground.

The enemy within me, the enemy within me.
Oh the enemy within me, the enemy with me.

My wheel keep spinnin round.
But I go nowhere,
The wheels never touch the ground.
Track Name: Bitter Earth
On the day of my birth,
I tasted bitter earth.
Put to blame by the horns,
Put to shame by the scorns.

Tell me all you know,
Of the men who run the show.
One day they will gather the herds,
And preach to them their final words.

I have been waiting.
I have been watching.
From behind in the dark.
Ready to set my mark.

Tell me all you know,
Of the men who run the show.
One day they will gather the herds,
And preach to them their final words.

Hold your tongue.
Untie the noose you've hung.
Lay low,
Beneath your shadow.

All the money, all the gold,
All the lands bought and sold.
All the stories, all the lore.
Soon enough will be no more.

Oh tell me all you know,
Of the men who run the show.
One day they will gather the herds,
And preach to them their final words.

Hold your tongue.
Untie the noose you've hung.
Lay low,
Beneath your shadow.
Track Name: Never to Waver
And though there are many who doubt,
I stand here devout, and pray
To follow your way.
You always have guided me
Always provided me. How could I stray?
I follow your way.

And oh the distance I followed.
Oh the pain I swallowed.
Oh only tomorrow will come when I wake.

Each one of us thrown into futures unknown,
Drifting suspended, broken and mended.
We reach out and grasp to
Whatever may last through
One moment's stability,
Felled felicity.

Oh and when its gone.
Oh how to move on.
Oh the breaking of dawn,
Another day.

Lay down your books, your guns.
Fathers and mothers, daughters and sons.
Hold onto every word.
I sing to your love, the blessings you've heard.
Now take my hand.
Never to waver, beside you I stand.

And I, I will never let go.
Only to show.
How the wind might blow,
But I remain.

Lay down your books, your guns.
Fathers and mothers, daughters and sons.
Hold onto every word.
I sing to your love, the blessings you've heard.
Now take my hand.
Never to waver, beside you I stand.
Track Name: Hatikvah
As long as deep in the heart,
The soul of a Jew yearns,
And forward to the East
To Zion, an eye looks
Our hope will not be lost,
The hope of two thousand years,
To be a free nation in our land,
The land of Zion and Jerusalem.
Track Name: Meet the Ground
People, yellin in my ear
Tellin me to fear
Everything that's far
And everything that's near
Oh and this is how it goes

Spare me, anymore advice
You say you're being nice
But life is just a game
So let me roll my dice
Yeah, and this is how it rolls

And oh, the truth that I have found
Is where these feet meet the ground
And I, I ain't coming down
Till I've taken off this crown

Movin, like a rolling stone
Searchin for a home
You could come along
Or I could go alone
Oh, And this is how I go

Fire, burning in my heart
Lightin up the dark
Make you feel warm
But this is just the start
Yeah, and this is what I know

And oh, the truth that I have found
Is where these feet meet the ground
And I, I ain't coming down
Till I've taken off this crown

And oh, the truth that I have found
Is where these feet meet the ground
And I, I ain't coming down
Till I've taken off this crown

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