All Your Favorite Songs

by Will Bennett & The Tells

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released July 26, 2019

All Songs by Will Bennett, © 2019 Will Bennett, ASCAP
Recorded by Stephen Shirk at Shirk Studios, Chicago, IL
Except “Tumblin’ Down” recorded by BJ Davis at Sonic Lounge Studios, Grove City, OH
Additional recording by Brandon Bankes, Erik Jarvis, and the band

Mixed and Mastered by BJ Davis

Will Bennett - Vocals, Guitar
Wilson Brehmer - Guitar
Ethan Kenvarg - Bass
Daniel Martinson - Drums, Backing Vocals

Additional Instrumentation:
Brandon Bankes - Pedal Steel
Erik Jarvis - Organ
Sean Jones - Bass, Vocals on “Tumblin’ Down”
Alan Gabrenya - Guitar, Vocals on “Tumblin’ Down”

Cover artwork designed and pieced by Judy Martin
Quilting by Dawn Cavanaugh
Cover photography by Mittera Creative Services, Des Moines, IA
Back cover photography by Lou Engleman

Special thanks to Lou Engleman, Alan Gabrenya, Sean Jones, Vinny Newton, and Josh Zimmerer for being a part of this band; Katie In and Erik Jarvis for their wisdom; Joe Engleman and Colin Fry for their expert management; Lauren Sheely for all the inspiration; and to our friends and families for their support.

This album is dedicated to Steve, Judy, and Kate.

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Track Name: Rabbitt's
We sit around on porches watching lightning bugs and drunks
Stagger home from Rabbitt’s like we’ve all done at least once
Spinning cigarette soliloquies on cinema and sex
As we cling with rigid fingers out of fear for what comes next

And the only thing I know right now
Is the only place to go right now
It’s a subtle creeping feeling till it cracks you in the jaw
So we’re marching on to Rabbitt’s one and all

We shuffle past the houses, past the churches and the stoops
Armed with all the urgency of recklessness and youth
Someday we’ll look back on this, crack a beer and laugh
‘Cause nothing seems important till its time has almost passed

Chorus

We’ll scatter off like ashes, throwing caution to the wind
So let’s raise up all our glasses to until we meet again
I’m not sure there’ll ever be another one like this
So we race to find our Wendys for our everlasting kiss

And the only thing I know right now
Is the only place to go right now
I hear the clock is ticking but you’re holding all the cards
Come on darling let’s go arm and arm
Come on darling let’s go arm and arm
Come on darling let’s go arm and arm
Track Name: Off The Ground
I knew a girl from Hartford
Who knew a girl for me
I don’t know how this goes now
So I guess we’ll see
We’ve been talking circles
We’ve been spinning webs
Trying to get this whole thing
Wrapped around our heads

But now all my bones are shaking
With nerves and hesitation
But I’m not leaving here just yet
Not till we get this off the ground

All our friends are wasted
We’re just wasting time
Basking in the glow
Of the karaoke lights
Patience is a virtue
But wavering a sin
Closing time has gone now
And autumn’s closing in

Chorus

Oh, you can twirl me ‘round your hips
I don’t mind, I don’t mind
You’ve got me on your lips

I knew a girl from Hartford
Who knew a girl for me
I don’t know how this goes now
So I guess we’ll see
I’ve been up for hours
Trying to write these lines
But if the words don’t come
Well, I can try all night

Chorus
Track Name: Charades
What you don't know can't hurt ya
But I've got way too much inertia
To stop myself from asking you right now
It's been eating me up and I need to know somehow
Is this the real thing or are we just fooling around?

I can read your body language
So don't just let me languish
Just waiting around for the other shoe to drop
If this is it, just rip the bandaid off
We're both adults so no sense going soft

Chorus:
Aren't we all just a little tired
Of this whole charade
It was good for a little while
Now it's me who's getting played

You can blame your intuition
Or the human condition
Or the well-dressed guy making eyes across the bar
But I know the signs and it's written in the stars
I'm the sap who should've never got this far

Chorus

When you told me that you loved me was it all some kind of joke?
Were you playing with my heartstrings or were you only blowing smoke
You’re clearly not too broken up about the way this all went down
So don’t come back crying when this comes back around
No don’t come back crying when this comes back around
No don’t come back crying when this comes back around

Chorus
Track Name: Caroline
I know I said I’m sorry but it’s only ‘cause I’m not the kind to fight
What’s the point of arguing with someone who always knows she’s right?
I’m sorry I’m not sorry, but sometimes that’s the way it is
How’d I get myself caught up in this?

I know you think it’s stupid, well, I guess that means we’ve found some common ground
What’s the point of staying here if all we do is bring each other down?
Oh spare me your excuses, darling I think I get the gist
How’d I get myself caught up in this?

Oh Caroline, oh Caroline
Tell me are we wasting all our time
Don’t just lie and say it’s fine
Don’t think about tomorrow I can’t even think tonight

I know you said you’re leaving but I’ll leave the backdoor open just in case
You get wasted or get lonely and need to crash at someone else’s place
If you want me, well, you’ve got me, but you probably ought to seal it with a kiss
How’d I get myself caught up in this?

Chorus

I didn’t wanna let it fester
So I appreciate the gesture
All I need’s a little time to think
I need to wrap my mind around it
You’ve got this place surrounded
The walls are closing in, I’m moving closer to the brink

Chorus
Track Name: Happy Thoughts
I had a dream last night and you were there
Hanging on ‘round someone else’s neck
And I don’t care that that’s not really fair
But I can’t just shake the image from my head

Give me happy thoughts and sedatives
And if this starts to sound repetitive
I bet it is, I bet it is
Now I’m losing sleep and losing faith
In faithfulness and saving face
There’s gotta be a better way

I never thought I’d be the jealous type
But these feelings came and climbed into my head
Now I wonder where you are tonight
I’m second-guessing everything you’ve said

Chorus

I had a dream last night and you were gone
Walking out like it was no big deal
Now I’m more anxious than I’m letting on
With paranoia nipping at my heels

Chorus
Track Name: Just Looking
I’m just looking for some warmth
In Minneapolis or somewhere further north
Where all I see are pine trees
And all it does is snow
I’m just looking for somewhere to call home

I’m just looking for some peace
In Philadelphia or somewhere else out east
Where all I see are smokestacks
And all I hear are cars
I’m just looking for somewhere I can start

I’m just looking for some rest
In San Francisco or somewhere else out west
Where all I see is ocean
Peeking through the fog
I’m just looking for something to unlock

I’m just looking for a crowd
In Chattanooga or somewhere else down south
Where all I see are mountains
And all I hear are trains
I’m just looking for someone to call my name
Track Name: Linger On
In some far-off foreign land
On some sun-drenched stretch of beach
Where the water pulls you in
And the telephones don’t reach
But if the fortune teller’s right
And the horoscope’s are true
You’ll be coming back this way
Oh, what am I to do?

Well, for better or for worse
I’ve been lucky, I’ve been cursed
I’ve been hanging around this town for far too long
But I can linger on some more
‘Cause I’ve been down this road before
If you don’t know the words by now then just hum along

In some dusty little town
On some creaky wooden stage
Down below the ground
Where I always used to play
But I don’t play there anymore
‘Cause the words all come out wrong
But what I said was true
You knew it all along

Chorus

Well if this seems a little too familiar
and God I know it does
Lately I’ve been going through the motions
Shaking off the rust
Holding on because
Holding on because

Chorus
Track Name: In Nashville
Everyone’s a starlet, a charlatan, or harlot in Nashville
The suits on music row don’t know a songbird from a crow in Nashville
They’re picking at the bones of the Cashes and the Joneses
Till the cops can’t even make out the remains
But the spirit’s still alive in the honky tonks and dives
While lower Broadway’s going up in flames

I don’t wanna make it down in Nashville
If that’s what making it is really like
All the kiss-asses can kindly kiss my ass—we’ll
Just wave goodbye to Nashville
Keep this tour van rolling till we die

Everyone’s an artist working part-time jobs like martyrs in Nashville
Praying for a break that’ll take them one step towards making it in Nashville
They’re digging up the bones of the Cashes and the Joneses
For the shred of credibility that remains
But the one thing that’s for certain is there ain’t nothing worse than
Watching talent spiral down the drain

Chorus

Everyone’s a critic, too full of shit to give it in Nashville
The suits on music row just sold the last remaining soul in Nashville
They’re picking at the bones of the Cashes and the Joneses
Till the cops can’t even make out the remains
But the legacy endures, unshackled and unmoored
So let’s take this ship right back to the refrain

Chorus
Track Name: Vultures
Broken hearts and battered egos
Follow her where ever she goes
Like a ring of vultures ‘round the dead
How the hell did I not see the end?
How the hell did I not see the—
How the hell did I not see
The warning signs there right above me
Devilish looks don’t seem so lovely
When you’ve seen them from the other side
If I said I wasn’t stupid, well, I lied
If I said I wasn’t stupid
Oh, God, I know I’m stupid

Fool me once, she’ll fool me once again
The more I see, the less I know, the less it’s making sense
Fool me once, she’ll fool me once again
Oh, darling please, is this the end?

Everybody knows but they’re not
Saying nothing—no, they dare not
Tempt the sleeping giant as it lies
I’ve heard this kind of story many times
I’ve heard this kind of story
This played out little story
In fairytales and television
But I can’t cure this indecision
Maybe I just need a good night’s sleep
Another promise I wish I could keep
Another stupid promise
Another stupid promise

Chorus

Chorus
Track Name: Tumblin' Down
Sometimes telephones can only do so much
When it’s been too long
And I need your touch
So I’m pulling into town and I need a spark
To cure these restless feet
And mend my tired heart

Till we both come tumblin’ down
And crash into the sheets
When the walls come crumblin’ in
We’ll sing ourselves to sleep

Nothing seems as urgent as that two-step swing
Down on Milwaukee
Where those sirens sing
Your feet were made for dancing and your lips for mine
So let’s paint this town
Marching arms entwined

Chorus

We’ll slide across the floor at the Double Door
Till the music stops
And we yell for more
When they finally kick us out into the wind and cold
We’ll take the long way home
If you would be so bold

Chorus
Track Name: All Your Favorite Songs
I got the news today
From a couple states away
You said I shouldn’t worry yet
But I caught the next bus west
‘Cause I couldn’t stand to be alone right now
I just need to be at home right now
Where the stereo keeps playing all your favorite songs

And we talk and we laugh
Like nothing ever happened ‘cause it happened so fast
So we’ll wait and we’ll see
Picking up the pieces as you get on your feet
I got the news today
And I don’t know what to say
So we’ll play all your favorite songs

Since the last I’d been in town
The Danish Maid closed down
But all the pageantry remains
And the faces look the same
Nothing seems to change here much at all
I’m holding out for something in the fall
When the stereo keeps playing all your favorite songs

Chorus

Keep that stereo still playing all your favorite songs

Chorus

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