The Ebb, The Flow, and The Afterglow

by Brendan Bennett

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released September 5, 2016

Music, lyrics, and production by Brendan Bennett
Album artwork by Angela Rizza

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Track Name: Among the Clouds
A dreamer and her loyal Saint Bernard
Make tracks through puddles in their backyard
Hop from rock to rock 'cross the neighbors' brook
Once out of sight, spreads her wings, and takes flight

Blue sky breaks through the treetop parasol
Soon she's flying above it all
Weightless on clouds she plays, perfects her grand jete
Then looks out upon a boundless world

From plains to forest; forest to sea
A vast expanse of endless possibilities
Rise and shine there's so much left to do
Dreams don't wait for sleep, when you know how to see them through

She tails an airplane, toward the city lights
Where the buildings reach through the sky
Through the windows she spies, learns how adults spend their lives:
Among the clouds, yet so weighed down

Sunset stopwatch marks this journey's end
As she regroups with her canine friend
They stroll home and think of what tomorrow brings
Adventures plucked from her wildest dreams

From plains to forest; forest to sea
A vast expanse of endless possibilities
She makes a promise that in all of her time
She'll never forget her ability to fly
Track Name: Together Today
Matchstick tossed into the grill
Letting the fire start to build

Unfold a lawnchair by the pool
Smell the fresh cut grass and char-broiled food

You dive with backyard finesse
Slow motion crystalline splash

A single drop lands on my cheek
Left there to dry up naturally

This may not last for long
But while we're here, let's keep
This moment in focus
The sands of time slip away, but we're together today

Chest-pounding explosions in the sky
Light spirals out and multiplies

Wrapped up in towels on the steps
Temple on shoulder, hand in hand

No camera, phone, or video
We just appreciate the show

Experience the here and now
Until the last flame fizzles out

This may not last for long
But while we're here, let's keep
This moment in focus
The winds of change never fade, but we're together

...today

Doesn't matter where this goes next
Always cherish the present moment

Weightless, awake

This may not last for long
But while we're here, let's keep
This moment in focus
The band continues to play, 'cause we're together today

Don't know how long I can stay, but we're together today
Track Name: A Trail of Feathers
Part 1:

Sighing suburban routine
Tag along round the house, to the store, catch the bus on time

Inhaling chalkboard monotony
Sit still, voice down, eyes forward, don't look outside

Rest your wings, cage-bound bird
Some day you'll be free to explore the world

Mental notes outside the dmv
Two car lengths, 10 and 2, don't peel out this time

New adventures fill her dreams
West Coast road trips, Florida beaches, and the New York skyline

Ready your wings, nesting bird
Soon you'll be free to explore the world

Transition:

But days slip away
Running in place

Starting to believe
There's no room for dreams

Pre-packaged lives
The daily grind

Part 2:

Stuck once again in routine
Early rise, commute ride, 9-to-5, overtime

Far too spent to live the dream
A tiring week and a bleak retreat, a dry Manhattan spill on ruffled sheets

Mend your wings, fallen bird
You can find your way and explore the world
She says she can wait a few years more
But it's getting hard to ignore
The trail of feathers on the-

High-rise elevator ascends
A measured tower of clockwork success, battered by the winds of regret

Blue sky view from a metal desk
Panic races through her mind looking through the window from the other side

Spread your wings, long lost bird
There's still time to explore the world
She says she can wait a few years more
But it's getting harder to ignore
The trail of feathers on the

...floor
Track Name: Shelter
Barren wasteland
Verdant forest

Dried up fountain
Roaring ocean

Feeling hopeless
Childhood promise

Never lost for long


Barren wasteland
Verdant forest

Dried up fountain
Roaring ocean

Cold abandonment
Loving warmness

Never lost for long
Track Name: Live a Little
Snow falls gently outside the gates at the garden of eden
Where anyone who's left spends their days lined against her walls, to feel the radiating warmth from within

One by one, we walk back to our apartments routinely
Where the rent is way too high, but we'll be the first in line when those gates open up to let us in


But if you're wasting away
Waiting for your lucky day
Put this place behind you
In the time that you have
You'd better build what you can
Forge a way ahead; do it now


Roadways crumble under a midnight sky at the edge of the city
Where a still-wet message, scrawled
In pink fluorescent spraypaint
Beckons threateningly, "turn back now"


That reproach is a sign
That your instinct is right
Keep on driving onward
Don't get off of the road
'Til you find a place you can grow
Cultivate your world and let the sun shine down

You'd better build what you can
Better build what you can

Don't sell yourself short
Being helpless and bored
Live a little, start right now


Amber sunbeams warm our souls in the garden of eden
Where the greenest pastures glisten
With the sweat from our brow
As we breathe in deeply, close our eyes, and rest
Track Name: Ticket Stubs
Carousel and the ferris wheel
Spinning round in the warm night air
Powdered sugar and fried dough treats
Old-fashioned bulbs flash in bold marquee

Throwing darts at balloons on the wall
Milk bottles never go very far
Giant prizes no-one ever wins
Not worth as much as the ticket stub that got you in

Rusted metal and crooked games
Crackling speakers and ketchup stains
From parts unremarkable
Are born the memories we don't let go

Walking back through the field of cars
Winding down as we depart
Shoulders red, treasures in hand
A goldfish in a plastic bag

A blow-up hammer that squeaks when hit
Snake made of felt, already ripped
More than enough to carry back
Tokens of all the fun we had

Faithful friends laughing with ease
Simple thrills, cotton candy cheeks
At the time it might seem dumb
Taken for granted but not for long


Rusted metal and crooked games
Faithful friends laughing with ease
Crackling speakers and ketchup stains
Simple thrills, cotton candy cheeks
At the time it seems kinda dumb
From parts unremarkable
Taken for granted but not for long
Are born the memories we don't let go
Track Name: Fragments
(never lost for long...)

In a Seattle cafe, I saw the back of your head
Nodding dreamily to a rhythm I couldn't hear

Noticed your watch counting the minutes in Brooklyn
'Til a southbound bus would take you on your way

Through the window of my cab, I watched your feet cross Newbury Street
Gliding past a tour group, and shrinking out of view

Followed your shadow out of a bar in Dupont
Looked away for a second and then you were gone
So I just stumbled on

We move from place to place, in and out of frame
In focus for a blink of an eye; a chance to collide
But...never quite in time
Don't know who you are, 'cause all I see are fragments

When you perked up your umbrella out from a crowd in New Orleans
I was weaving between raindrops to get back to my hotel

I breathlessly tried to find you swimming at Pensacola
After spotting your top strewn across your towel

Smelled the rubber you burned on SoCo in Austin
We could've cruised together if I had run that yellow light

Last place we crossed paths was Chicago O'Hare
You were waving to a friend when I caught the gleam of your wedding ring
Checked my bag, carried on

We move from place to place, in and out of frame
In focus for a blink of an eye; a chance to collide
...can't say I ever really tried
Just another batch of unconnected fragments
Track Name: The Ebb, The Flow, and The Afterglow
Freeway clamor fades away
Overcome by rolling waves
Time suspended in a breezy calm
Open ocean, ready to move on

Toes sink into sandy shore
Enjoy these last few steps before setting course


The ebb and flow
And the afterglow
Tides rise and fall for us all

The current shifts
Sets my path adrift
Without distress, roam on ahead


Past the castles built by someday-kings
Scouting for shells, collecting memories
Sun-warmed towels on which dreamers rest
And those whose paths will never quite connect

At the line between the past and now
I shake off the ropes and then ship out


The ebb and flow
And the afterglow
Tides rise and fall for us all

The current shifts
Sets my path adrift
Without distress, roam on ahead

As my ship floats further out to sea
I wave to those who might remember me

As my ship sails beyond familiar tides
I stand tall on the bow and take the ride