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1.
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
2.
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
3.
The Villain 03:02
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
4.
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
5.
Jolene 03:47
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
6.
No Matter 03:12
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
7.
Paloma 02:56
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
8.
Maria, Maria 03:44
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
9.
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
10.
Ann Arbor 03:50
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
11.
Manassas 04:09
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
12.
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

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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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