Grand Forks EP

by Ben Arsenault

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Recorded by Jonathan Scherk in Vancouver, BC
Pedal Steel recorded by Blake Enemark in the Steel Lounge in Victoria
Mastered by Joe Lambert

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released February 14, 2014

Ben Arsenault - vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
Marc Jenkins - pedal steel guitar
Emlyn Scherk - drums
Michael Wagler - acoustic bass

All songs by Ben Arsenault (SOCAN)

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Ben Arsenault Vancouver, British Columbia

Ben Arsenault grew up in Vancouver, BC. For a while, Ben lived in Montreal and played with Martyr & Pistol. Back on the west coast, he plays around western Canada with the Real Ponchos and under his own name with his backing band, the Cryin' Cowboys.

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Track Name: Hold On To You
I hold on to you babe when the road gets long
I hold on to you babe when the winds are strong
When that rain's pouring down and I feel lost
I hold on to you when my hope is gone

That rock in the ocean gettin' pounded by the waves
Stands alone, he's got no one to save
He's got nothing to prove, got nothing to gain
But just a little is lost with each passing day

I hold on to you babe when the road gets long
I hold on to you babe when the winds are strong
When that rain's pouring down and I feel lost
I hold on to you when my hope is gone

If our dreams are nothing but crowns
Worn by losers who should be cast down
Then I hope you'll come when I call
And be there for me when I fall

I hold on to you babe when the road gets long
I hold on to you babe when the winds are strong
When that rain's pouring down and I feel lost
I hold on to you when my hope is gone
Track Name: We'll See
Over the river where the bridge runs and the cars stop 'cause there's nowhere else to go
Except down
If you been there before you'll know what I mean. It's the same old, same old, same old scene
Down every road

We'll see what we see when we see it
We'll dream what we dream, who would believe it?

Up in the hills where the bears sleep and the birds nest on the tops of the trees
That's where you'll find me
Deep in a cave in the mountainside with nobody else, just my bones and my hide
Nothings inside

We'll see what we see when we see it
We'll dream what we dream, who would believe it?
We'll need what we need when we need it
We'll have what we have when we have it
Track Name: Naked Lady
You don't know me
I don't know you
I look in your eyes like I want to
I want to say you'll understand

Feel how its faded far from the truth
Quickly she changes, turned against you

I don't know you
You don't know me
But we're barking up the same tree
In the hazy sunlight, after the rain

Look where you've landed in this strange, beautiful land
Naked lady take my hand

So few moments we live are true
Stop talking let me be with you
Track Name: Faithful Animals
Broken glasses, running water, holding hands
On the floor the papers carrying the commands
Faithful animals burned with the brand
As darkness falls

A sour union caught in a rusty trap
The last two cannibals on a desert island
Ungrateful partners to unwanted plans
As darkness falls

Up a road in your old wreck
A bag of clothes and your dog in the back
Dream of wild horses running down the beach
As darkness falls

And the sacrifice calls us home
And the sacrifice calls us home, leaves us alone, and hits the bone
Track Name: Worn Out Tires
Sing about the days to remember
Idly wasting my time
Playing it slow, aiming low
And trying to stay high

Oh come see me love
I been living in this dump
Picking up the crumbs, biting my tongue
At the end of the line

No it aint so simple
You can't let it blow by
Persistent as a dog chasing ducks in a pond
Burning like worn out tires

Laid out on the promontory
In the shade of a solitary tree
Look out for the ones who show pity
They'll take you too seriously

No it aint so simple
You can't let it blow by
Persistent as a dog chasing ducks in a pond
Burning like worn out tires