All Your Favorite Songs

by Will Bennett & The Tells

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1.
Rabbitt's 03:15
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
2.
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
3.
Charades 04:00
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
4.
Caroline 03:19
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
5.
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
6.
Just Looking 02:36
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
7.
Linger On 04:15
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
8.
In Nashville 04:03
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
9.
Vultures 03:55
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
10.
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
11.
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

credits

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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