Nocturnal Fables And Illusions

by Ben's Imaginary Band

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1.
I have heard before of a place beneath the shore where you can go and live with happy little fish And if you find this place far beneath the waves you won't ever miss the world that still exists above this rocky land where towers still do stand and you don't have to go to the 32nd floor to get the things you need A job that makes you breathe A box you've come to know with tiny little things you own Until your dying day that emptiness will stay cause you could never fill the hole left by the life you killed I've been told before that its deep beneath the shore but you can spend your days with crustaceans who live to play And in this ivory tower a year goes by an hour and you won't want to leave you'd rather be here and free of cages built from thought until you brain will rot And desperation's for the 32nd floor to get the things you need A job that makes you breathe A box you've come to know with tiny little things you own Until you dying day that emptiness must stay cause we can never fill the hole left by the life you killed And when you are born again and you still feel the same you feel that you feel that pull from the waves
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Black Sheep 03:42
And if the things you choose come with some delay and there isn't any use in trying to find the words to say well its all its all the same And if you build something only to break it down well you might as well not build it least not on solid ground Its all its all the same If we're sheep then the Shepard's not doing his job he tells you what to think but you think its all wrong and the dog's in the shed the leader's gone and dead If the world starts to spin no ones gonna win And if the waves you drift along begin to change and the current that's beneath it starts to rearrange Its all its all the same And how come five minutes can turn into a year but the silence that contains it never disappears Its all its all the same If we're sheep then the Shepard's not doing his job he tells you what to think but you think its all wrong and the dog's in the shed the leader's gone and dead If the world starts to spin no ones gonna win
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Forget it 02:19
Do you have to pretend I don't exist? does it make you happy when I'm not around am I at the very end of your list why do you make me feel so put down maybe now I'll disappear Doesn't make sense I know but you make me feel better when I'm feeling low silence isn't as sweet but I love every moment whenever we meet There is nothing I want more than to see you smile have you ever considered - the fault is all mine never anything to you and all the while I know I'll just disappear Doesn't make sense I know but you make me feel better when I'm feeling low silence isn't as sweet but I love every moment whenever we meet
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A Reason Why 03:29
Well its alright I don't mean it And I guess I'm blind cause I don't see it and I just can't find any reason why And I'm not used to believing and there's no truth in deceiving someone if you never tell a lie Guess it might be kind of nice to do something right So Uh Oh Say the things you think you know low and behold its the things you buy that can't be sold its the words you say and I'm not told that your nights aren't long and your days aren't cold at all I'll be quiet and I'll let it or I'll confuse and regret it There's no excuse or a reason why Lose Even if you do Even if the things you say I never knew And I Guess it might be kind of nice to do something right So Uh Oh Say the things you think you know low and behold its the things you buy that can't be sold its the words you say and I'm not told that your nights aren't long and your days aren't cold at all
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If you're lying, lying down down beneath the angels with their golden crowns sunny days, rays of sun the night is only one lonely one and only some agree A river bent into the sky reflected on those who'll die An ancient war between heart and soul and those who've grown have grown too old Bloody hands you're overworked disliked and you hurt If you could find a way home if you could have been alone If you could have been unknown would you if you would see yourself If you're lying, lying down down beneath the devil with her golden hounds dark nights and moon rises Don't like it, don't let them don't make them to fight then Broken bones and tired eyes painful looks and mournful cries If you could find a way home if you could be an unknown If you could have been alone would you or you would sell yourself Bloody hands you're overworked disliked and you hurt If you could find a way home if you could have been alone If you could be an unknown would you if you were to see yourself
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So tell me now tell me how not to think that learning to swim is just knowing not to sink I don't want to know your name I don't want to know mine too but I don't want to understand how going down is through Have you ever been so tired that you started looking down Then you notice there's something buried deep beneath the ground you dig you did until you find that time that time has passed you by So tell me now tell me how learning to fly is different than never knowing not to get high Well you might be on my side well you might be on mine too but I'd never let you down cause going down is through
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I am certain now that being down is far more rewarding than ever being up no, I haven't been alone for much longer than a week but I don't believe in love And the only thing that holds us down is this giant ball of dirt and the only reason we can see is to count our worth My self-centered world has walls and they won't break for anyone or anything at all my soul I can not control its filled with tiny holes and these holes will never fill Cause worthlessness stays worthless and that is all I am worthlessness is worthlessness and that is all I am I do not understand why light should be so grand I'd rather be in the dark yes, I have been awake for longer than I'd like to take And the only the bothers me I cannot say And the only thing thats kept me here is bound to go away My self-centered world has walls and they won't break for anyone or anything at all my soul I can not control its filled with tiny holes and these holes will never fill Cause worthlessness stays worthless and that is all I am worthlessness is worthlessness and that is all I am
8.
Time was wasting while my heart was racing like a car with the brake lines cut and you're at the wheel, how does it feel to be in control Tires are slipping, and I'm tired of listening to things that I know are wrong how much can we take, before we will break, I'd like to know And if we crash whos going back there again and don't pretend to be my friend I guess I'll see you later then And if only it weren't so lonely driving your car into the sea let the currents take you down I'd help you now but I don't know how It was snowing, I was barely going, watching little flakes fall by asleep at the wheel how does it feel to be And all that I meant to try and forget I remember clearly now mistakes that I've made, prices I've paid along the way And if we crash whos going back there again and don't pretend to be my friend guess I'll see you later then And if only it weren't so lonely driving your car into the sea let the currents take you down I'd help you now but I don't know how
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What if I'm undecided I hear your voice and then I try it I find a place, run away, spend my days in isolation undisturbed, unexcited no one mentions I'm too quiet but I know I hear the echo In these caves, I'll stay, until I find a better way in these caves, I'll wait, until there is a better way I'm lost but I don't mind cause I can stay here on these islands now I'm free, as I see, of any responsibility And somewhere down the line I'm thinking I could've kept that ship from sinking that's alright, I can sleep at night In these caves I stay, until I find a better way In these caves I'll wait until there is a better way I, enjoying the sunshine its been such a long time since civilization She way across the shoreline acting like a lifeline till I said I was fine now she has gone she has gone away I never get to lonely the inhabitants always show me what to do what to say in fact they never go away And when thoughts of her run to my brain I will think of returning there again and I just lost my place In these caves I stay, until there is a better way in these caves I wait, until there is a better way She has gone She has gone away
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[Instrumental]
11.
What if for one day take everything you hate throw it all away keep what you love And if in that day all the things that stay work together in perfect harmony And if you want sleep nothing haunts your dreams noone makes you noone makes you sad But if for one day all the things you hate do not go away please don't be mad And if in that day all the things that stay do not work together at all try to get some sleep cause nothing haunts your dreams and noone makes you noone makes you sad Why can't we be anything we want to be Why can't we see anything we want to see Why can't we be everything we want to be Why can't we see everything we want to see And if you want to travel back in time and change the things that changed you before try to get some sleep cause nothing haunts your dreams and noone makes you noone makes you sad
12.
I would never leave another word for you to read unless I thought you would know I could never write another note for you to find unless I thought it meant the most unless I thought it meant the most Long long gaps in time the snow is cold so why aren't I And far far beyond where you could belong and seasons will change but its always the same And late late at night I will confide in the last man left alive I would never breathe another breath unless you need something warm to fill your lungs I could never bleed another false dreamed memory unless I thought it meant the most unless I thought it meant the most Long long gaps in time the snow is cold so why aren't I And far far beyond where you could belong and seasons change but its always the same And late late at night I will confide in the last man left alive

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released June 10, 2008

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Ben's Imaginary Band Toronto, Ontario

The band is imaginary, but the music is real — I am just making it alone. I write the songs and lyrics, sing, play all the instruments separately, and record and mix the songs in my bedroom/studio. Occasionally I get some help from one friend or another for a backing vocal or instrument part. ... more

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