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released July 1, 2016

All Songs by Will Bennett, © 2016 Will Bennett Music, ASCAP
Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by BJ Davis at The Sonic Lounge
Additional Recording by Brandon Bankes At Earthwork Studios

Will Bennett - Vocals, Guitar
Daniel Martinson - Drums, Backing Vocals
Vinny Newton - Bass
Josh Zimmerer - Guitar

Additional Instrumentation:
Brandon Bankes - Pedal Steel

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Track Name: I Hope You Hear This On The Radio
I heard you moved away to Brooklyn for awhile
Trying to be an actress, living off your smile
I always figured New York City’s more the style for you
For you
Perhaps you ventured off to San Francisco Bay
Soaking up the city, trying to find your way
You’re not a hippy, but I’m sure you’ll be okay
It’s true, it’s true

I hope you hear this on the radio
I hope you hear it play
I hope this song hits number one
I hope you hear it every day
I hope this melody keeps running through your thoughts
‘Cause I’m only asking for one shot

I heard you headed north to Canada again
Away from all your family, away from all your friends
Another move in this game that never ends for you
For you
Perhaps you stowed away to Sicily or Rome
Trying to speak Italian a million miles from home
I know you’re smart enough to make it on your own
It’s true, it’s true

I hope you hear this on the radio
I hope you hear it play
I hope this song hits number one
I hope you hear it every day
I hope this melody keeps running through your thoughts
‘Cause I’m only asking for one shot

You could have gone up to the lake
Playing in the sun, swimming by the pier
You could have gone and hopped a train
Rode the rails north, completely disappeared
You could have flown away to Spain
I’d have never known because your never here
No you’re never here at all

I hope you hear this on the radio
I hope you hear it play
I hope this song hits number one
I hope you hear it every day
I hope this melody keeps running through your thoughts
‘Cause I’m only asking for one shot
Track Name: She's Got A Problem
She’s got a problem on her hands, in her bed
It’s been about a week now, I think his name is Ted
He’s got a briefcase full of mostly just hot air
He tries to look important, he thinks that people care

He’s just so serious, he’s like a heart attack
But he’s hers and I don’t think Sally’s coming back
But he’s hers and I don’t think Sally’s coming back
But he’s hers and I don’t think Sally’s coming back

I’ve got a problem watching good things go to waste
Tonight I might get wasted and try to clear some space
She’s got a problem and I think it’s getting real
The train has left the station and the devil’s signed the deal

He’s like a locomotive veering off the tracks
But he’s hers and I don’t think Sally’s coming back
But he’s hers and I don’t think Sally’s coming back
But he’s hers and I don’t think Sally’s coming back

Oh I’m standing on the sidelines cause I can’t make up my mind
I told myself I wouldn’t but I might
Just drive myself to madness, oh, I really got it bad
I wish I had the sense to make it right

I’d like to think I’ll keep my sanity intact
But I won’t and I don’t think Sally’s coming back
But I won’t and I don’t think Sally’s coming back
But I won’t and I don’t think Sally’s coming back
Track Name: The Villain
With her pen to the page and her lips to the bottle
She’s trying to write the next great American novel
About a girl like her in a town like this
It’s a hard luck story with a terrible twist

And I know how the whole thing ends
I know how the whole thing ends
I’m playing the villain again
I’m playing the villain again

With my heart on my sleeve and my head back in Dallas
I’m trying to write the next great American ballad
About a guy like me in a town like this
And a life I’d be lying if I said I missed

And I know how the whole thing ends
I know how the whole thing ends
I’m playing the villain again
I’m playing the villain again

And I know how the whole thing ends
I know how the whole thing ends
I’m playing the villain again
I’m playing the villain again

It’s the last time, God willing
I don’t wanna be the villain
Anymore
It’s the last time, God willing
I don’t wanna be the villain
Anymore
Track Name: Somewhere Down In Texas
It’s been three weeks since you came around
And brought some life to this sleepy town
Now you’ve disappeared without a sound
Oh no no my left brain knows you left last night
My right brain knows it’s just not right
To leave like that without a reason why

I’m scaring myself silly as I’m staring at the mirror
And I pray to God my problems aren’t as big as they appear
I’m drinking myself dizzy as I’m sinking to the floor
‘Cause you’re somewhere down in Texas and I just can’t take it anymore

I climbed a mountain, I came back down
I crossed the ocean, I ran aground
I’ve lost too much, you’re nowhere to be found
Oh my my I’m looking down, I’m seeing stars
I’m living out of these divy bars
I think this time I might have gone too far

I’m scaring myself silly as I’m staring at the mirror
And I pray to God my problems aren’t as big as they appear
I’m drinking myself dizzy as I’m sinking to the floor
‘Cause you’re somewhere down in Texas and I just can’t take it anymore

It’s been three weeks since I’ve seen your face
And I’m growing tired of this stupid place
You don’t love me, but I’m going just in case
Oh my my I’m feeling sick, I’m sleep deprived
I’ve no choice left except to drive
Eleven hours down I-35

I’m preparing now for failure as I’m staring down the road
And I sincerely hope I’m not as dumb as I’ve been told
I don’t know what I’m doing and I don’t know what it’s for
But I’m somewhere down in Texas, and I just can’t take it anymore
Track Name: Jolene
Come on in and join the party
They say the water’s nice and warm
I’m not looking for any trouble
But it always seems to come

Trouble comes to me in threes now
Diners, dives, and women named Jolene
I’m not looking for excuses
I don’t wanna make a scene

This kind of living might be catching up to me
I feel it bursting at the seams

Jolene, I’ll stop spinning you in circles now
Jolene, we can leave this three ring circus
Come with me
Oh, I probably don’t deserve it
No, I know I don’t deserve it
Maybe we can work it out in time

Come on in and join the freak show
They say the party’s just begun
I’m not looking for any trouble
I just wanna have some fun

This kind of living might be catching up to me
But all we have to do is run

Jolene, I’ll stop spinning you in circles now
Jolene, we can leave this three ring circus
Come with me
Oh, I probably don’t deserve it
No, I know I don’t deserve it
Maybe we can work it out in time

This kind of living might be catching up to me
I feel it bursting at the seams

Jolene, I’ll stop spinning you in circles now
Jolene, we can leave this three ring circus
Come with me
Oh, I probably don’t deserve it
No, I know I don’t deserve it
Maybe we can work it out in time
Track Name: No Matter
I’m waiting around at the bus stop
On the corner by the nickel and dime
I’m keeping my head on a swivel
Darling just give me a sign

Take me in California
Don’t let me down tonight
But the truth of the matter is it doesn’t matter
No matter how hard that I try
The truth of the matter is it doesn’t matter
No matter how hard that I try

I’m keeping my nose to the grindstone
I’m patiently biding my time
I’m fumbling around in my pockets
For the words I’m struggling to find

Take me in California
Don’t let me down tonight
But the truth of the matter is it doesn’t matter
No matter how hard that I try
The truth of the matter is it doesn’t matter
No matter how hard that I try

This wouldn’t be so bad
If I’d just make up my mind
I’m going nowhere, we’re going nowhere
I’m wasting all my time

I’m waiting around at the bus stop
On the corner by the nickel and dime
I’m keeping my head on a swivel
Darling just give me a sign

Take me in California
Don’t let me down tonight
But the truth of the matter is it doesn’t matter
No matter how hard that I try
The truth of the matter is it doesn’t matter
No matter how hard that I try
Track Name: Paloma
Paloma’s not a girl who knows just when to stop
She doesn’t ever seem to listen
She drives a Crown Vic but I swear she’s not a cop
If she were I’d probably be in prison

She drives me half insane
Oh I can’t take it in my brain
All the same I think I’m still in love
She drives me up the wall
And I can’t help but fall
All in all I think I’m still in love

Paloma’s not a girl to take back home to Mom
She’s not exactly keen on Jesus
She’s got a short fuse on an atom bomb
She’s gonna blow this place to pieces

She drives me half insane
Oh I can’t take it in my brain
All the same I think I’m still in love
She drives me up the wall
And I can’t help but fall
All in all I think I’m still in love

When Paloma came to town I was lost and I was down
She found me there and then she took me home
She’s a different breed, but she’s exactly what I need
To beat this empty feeling in my bones

Oh Paloma
All in all I think I’m still in love
Oh Paloma
With all she says and everything she does
Track Name: Maria, Maria
Playing with fire and scoundrels and liars and sinners
You’re twisting words and playing with my head
I wanna believe but I can’t see the trees for the splinters
I’m looking, sure, but all I see is red

Maria, Maria, you’re pushing me to the brink
Take me to the Mississippi, throw me in and watch me sink
Maria, Maria, you’re driving me to my end
Bending me until I’m broken, just to see if I can mend

I’m fumbling around, I’m stumbling around and I’m bleeding
I’ve found my feet, but there’s nowhere else to go
I’m clinging to hope by the thread of a rope ‘round my fingers
‘Cause holding on’s the only thing I know

Maria, Maria, you’re pushing me to the brink
Take me to the Mississippi, throw me in and watch me sink
Maria, Maria, you’re driving me to my end
Bending me until I’m broken, just to see if I can mend

Big blue eyes cut through bone
You cut me to the core
I should have known
I should have known

Maria, Maria, you’re pushing me to the brink
Take me to the Mississippi, throw me in and watch me sink
Maria, Maria, you’re driving me to my end
Bending me until I’m broken, just to see if I can mend
Track Name: Sleepless In Seattle
Let me introduce myself, I’d like to start again
I’d like to wipe the slate, yeah, I’d like to make amends
I’ve said a lot of stupid things I’m trying to forget
I haven’t yet, oh no, I haven’t yet
Please stop this pounding in my head

This city’s full of strangers like the closet’s full of bones
Summer’s creeping in and I don’t wanna go alone
So I wander on to Blake Street, haphazardly perhaps
I left a trail of breadcrumbs for you to follow in my tracks
Won’t you please just come on back

I’ve never seen Sleepless In Seattle
And it never goes just like on TV
But if I’m drunk enough to dance
And you’ll give it one more chance
Stop waiting around and come with me
Stop waiting around and come with me

I’m slipping out the side door, you’re slipping through the cracks
I saw you stealing glances ‘cause I’m staring right on back
The words are spilling out, but that’s okay ‘cause talk is cheap
I’m not making any promises ‘cause promises don’t keep
No, promises don’t keep

I’ve never seen Sleepless In Seattle
And it never goes just like on TV
But if I’m drunk enough to dance
And you’ll give it one more chance
Stop waiting around and come with me
Stop waiting around and come with me

I’ve never seen Sleepless In Seattle
And it never goes just like on TV
But if I’m drunk enough to dance
And you’ll give it one more chance
Stop waiting around and come with me
Stop waiting around and come with me
Track Name: Ann Arbor
The rain won’t stop falling but we’re too far to go back
But as long as I see taillights then I know I’m still on track
US-23 with just the billboards and a prayer
Ann Arbor I’m there

Lorraine won’t stop reminding us that it’s not all that bad
Drinking from the bottle as we’re walking down the drag
The cops won’t stop us now although they could have done before
Ann Arbor, I’m yours

So we’ll batten down the hatches
And I won’t let it spoil the party
I don’t know where I’m going but I know I’m here tonight
Ann Arbor, I’m sorry

The rain won’t stop falling but we’re too far gone to mind
All we need’s a roof and then I think we’ll be just fine
I don’t mind the floor because it beats being alone
Ann Arbor, I’m home

Lorraine isn’t laughing at our stupid little song
But what’s a happy ending if we planned it all along
Dean might disagree and, hell, I guess he might be right
Ann Arbor, tonight

So we’ll batten down the hatches
And I won’t let it spoil the party
I don’t know where I’m going but I know I’m here tonight
Ann Arbor, I’m sorry
Track Name: Manassas
Pretty girl with the boxy glasses
Came charging in like at the first Manassas
I had no chance to put up my defense
Pretty girl with the bright blue eyes
Caught me unaware took me by surprise
I had no chance against something so intense

Hold your fire I surrender
Lay down all your guns
Take it easy, won’t you tell me where we stand
When the smoke all clears and it’s all done

Pretty girl with the southern accent
Came charging in like at the first Manassas
I’d never seen this kind of thing before
Silly me in my full retreat
I couldn’t stick around, I couldn’t take the heat
I went walking out, my eyes firmly fixed to the floor

Hold your fire I surrender
Lay down all your guns
Take it easy, won’t you tell me where we stand
When the smoke all clears and it’s all done

Hold your fire I surrender
Lay down all your guns
Take it easy, won’t you tell me where we stand
When the smoke all clears and it’s all done
And it’s all done
And it’s all done
Track Name: Sayonara (See You Later)
I’m gonna cut right to the quick
I’m gonna throw it out and hope that something sticks
I’m sitting here, I’m waiting, yeah, I’m making myself sick
I guess that’s par for the course
I need to get myself a drink
I need to stop myself and take some time to think
But a story’s not a story unless it comes back from the brink
I’m going straight to the source

I tried to dance around it, but you never were a dancer
I tried to bite my tongue, but I was looking for an answer
Can’t you see? It’s driving me insane
Now there’s nothing left to say but sayonara, see you later
Nothing left to do but head out west, out of state
Out of mind, a million miles away

I need to get myself a grip
My head’s still spinning, oh, it happened all so quick
I’d like to understand but I know I’m just too thick
So I guess I won’t
I need to get myself some rest
I need to settle down and let it all digest
Am I supposed to feel relieved now that I’ve got it off my chest?
‘Cause somehow I don’t

I tried to skirt around it, but you’re a blue jeans kind of person
I tried to bite my tongue, but it didn’t go how I rehearsed it
In my head, it’s driving me insane
Now there’s nothing left to say but sayonara, see you later
Nothing left to do but head out west, out of state
Out of mind, a million miles away

I tried to dance around it, but you never were a dancer
I tried to bite my tongue, but I was looking for an answer
Can’t you see? It’s driving me insane
Now there’s nothing left to say but sayonara, see you later
Nothing left to do but head out west, out of state
Out of mind, a million miles away