Kanandah

by Ben Mason

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ninibaseema I’ve been following Ben’s music since the 1st days of MySpace when SocialMedia was still new/ refreshing. I’d found his account accidently. The tune playing stuck in my head for weeks, it was so good, it made me come back regularly. Fast forward over 10years I still keep coming back in the hopes of discovering new material. Having enjoyed all of Ben’s work so far, Kanandah also delights my ears. It conjured a satisfied smile on my face with the very 1st note lasting throughout the album.
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1.
The border of a property A hole where a fence ought to be boxing you in Instead it stares you in your face And dares to keep you in your place You lose, it wins And every time you step through that square gap in space It'll peg you for a thief But round pegs fit through square holes if they're small enough Don't forget your long lost friends are still lost
2.
Sticks 04:07
Nine houses in our street Ours separated by just two Two widows, six families And old Murphy with his cockatoo We were destined to be friends The same age, same grade at the same school Same play date each weekend Marco Polo in our above ground pool Then we'd spend our afternoons At yours, you Barbie and me Ken You'd teach me what grown ups do At night when they think we're all tucked into bed We were six Our first kiss One weekend you never showed Turned out your family moved away You and your dad moved out of town Your mum took your sister interstate Those things you learned from watching her Through your bedroom window after school With the dad who lived next door His bedroom window facing yours I never understood just why They separated you two girls And how they chose who to leave behind And if it shook your tiny worlds You were six And that shit sticks
3.
Do you believe in like at first sight When you meet somebody and it just feels right Coz I've a feeling that you and me might Be good friends for the rest of our lives Have you ever met somebody and it felt so weird Like you've known them for a million years And every bit of awkward simply disappears That's me whenever you're near Do you have someone you can call your own Always ready at the end of your phone To talk about nothing 'til the early morn' Then meet for brunch and sit in silence some more Do you have faith in forever friends Some things break and are hard to mend Friendships change but ours never ends We take a break and back to normal again But if you go away For a week, a month, a year I'll miss you every day But when we're back together it's like we never parted anyway. Do you believe in like at first sight Coz I believe in like at first sight
4.
That Night 04:59
Awake in the dead of the night Opened my eyes like I'd been startled from my sleep But I hadn't heard a thing Just seven years old Never been told everything that I should have known About where I'd come from Planned my escape from peril I'd run straight down the hall unaware what I'm running from From one end of my home Down to your room I hadn't a clue that I'd come face to face with all my fears I couldn't look you in the eye Just stood and cried Till I was ordered back to bed on my own To process things That I had seen When I walked in on both of you that night Awake in the dead of the night Opened my eyes like I'd been startled from my sleep But I hadn't heard a thing Twenty seven years old It suddenly dawned on me what I might have seen That night that I couldn't look you in the eye Just stood and cried Till I was ordered back to bed on my own To process things That I had seen When I walked in on both of You couldn't look me in the eye Just stood and smiled Like I'm the punchline of every joke ever made I felt so small Like nothing at all When I walked in on both of you
5.
T Bus 02:33
From pure necessity The Talbot family Acquired a large automobile The biggest Green Machine Our street had ever seen To transport their decent family from A to B From our bored depravity Hatched an elaborate scheme Less for fun, more coz we're just mean We'd hide among our shrubbery Laying in waiting And when we'd see their bus leaving out we would spring And ride it down the street To the back clinging Past the school grinning For all of our friends to see Hitch-hiking recklessly into the city So, I'm sitting in my place When rumbling through the gates The guttural sound that bus creates Jump to my feet and make chase And as I pick up pace The driver's eyes and mine meet in space He hits the brakes And I hit his bus with my face Blood all over the place Egg all over my face No sign of my mates And as I start to cry, he waves goodbye
6.
Gerry Built 03:44
Making things is easy if you've got the time With a little bit of nous, build yourself a house But with three young boys, a procrastinating dad Trying to pave his way could take a whole decade Pissing on a lemon tree can do some good All that nitrogen compound, soaking in the ground But if three young boys and their alcoholic dad Start spraying it around, they'll burn it to the ground I was doomed right from the start With my Gerry built brain and disconnected heart I don't blame anybody else I wont complain, I built this life myself Making friends is easy if you've got the time That old gift of the gab, will keep them coming back But with three young boys and a wife at her wits' end Trying to keep a friend could send you 'round the bend I was doomed right from the start With my Gerry built brain and disconnected heart I don't blame anybody else I wont complain, I built this life myself
7.
Retracing my path back through blackberries I'm racing the dusk and my anxieties The land where the sun sets Commanded, be home by then Back through that hole for more despair Hopeless and helpless, holed up at home My relentless tormenters wishing me gone The land where the sun sets A plan to be gone by then Out to that whole world on my own No voices to call me home I get that I'm just a kid and I'm always scared of everything I understand that I'm oversensitive, but you don't get to treat me like this And I know that one day I'll grow up and I can choose with whom I live But do you get that I'm still a kid and I wanna get away from here
8.
Always Alone 06:48
I've not travelled far, but you've come a long way for me I've not battled not battled hard, but you bare the scars for me I'm tucked in my bed, but you are the one fast asleep I'm stuck in my head, hearing just one heartbeat All alone. Alone. Alone, always alone.

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released June 5, 2020

Produced by Ben Mason and James Cecil at G13 and Super Melody World. Mastered by Adam Dempsey. Artwork by Ben Mason.
Additional musicians: Lewis Coleman, Nick Murphy, Kelly Day, Madeleine Duke, James Cecil, Dave Depper, Darian Sahanaja.

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