Move On

by Ben Shannon

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Copyright 2011 Welcome Abraham Publishing
Reissued by Roar Shack Records 8-8-2013

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released August 8, 2013

Recorded at Treelady Studios
Produced by Ben Shannon and Dave Hidek
Engineered by Dave Hidek
Mixed by Dave Hidek
Mastered by Garrett Haines
Drums by David Throckmorton
Bass by Justin Brown
"Addiction Road" Featuring Dave Fiuczynski on guitar
"Break On Through" Co-written with Clark Slater
All Songs written by Ben Shannon

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Ben Shannon Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ben Shannon is a dynamic songwriter with appalachian roots. Born in Nashville and based in Pittsburgh, Ben Shannon draws inspiration for his characters and stories from his family and the community he lives and works in.
His songs find unexplored cracks and crevices in the well worn singer songwriter genre and manages to make them shine anew.
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Track Name: Break On Through
Break On Through  

Sometimes you got to judge a book by its cover
can't be too careful when your lookin for a lover
who knows what you'll discover after meeting under covers 
you might find out that you invented one another
you saw her in a coffee shop sippin on a double shot
typin something slow on a silver lap top
she was lookin real hot wanna give her what you got 
you think once think twice and then you think "I think not"

Maybe its finally time to commit to some love in your life
Maybe with some practice and time you might find that you 
want to get this love thing right and
Break on through. Break on through. Break on through.

She walks out the door shakin in that miniskirt 
she's got a dragon tattoo under her belly shirt 
a movie-star-lookin-flirt makes you wanna quit work  
It must be the real deal cause she's makin your body hurt

When you get inside you'll be sittin ringside 
watchin the roller coaster ride of your crazy life
stuck in the sand its about to be full tide
and you'll be wishing you had left her all alone

She hits you on your blind side gets you so your tongues tied
makes you watch her while she serves your heart to you deep fried
can't say that I lied left your self open wide
and now your wonderin how you got on such a long long ride
Track Name: Without A Lie
Without A Lie

There's a hole in the ocean where the water falls through 
into a machine that makes the sky turn blue 
and it runs on coffee and cigarette highs. 

What would I do without a lie? 

Everything is perfect in a package brand new 
and its mother is a store located near you 
and its never been touched by children's hands. 

What would I buy without a lie.

My country tis so sweet.
Sugar coated kisses of liberty-- 
its of you that I sing. 

Where would I live without a lie? 
Where would I live without a lie? 
Oh where would I live without a lie? 

There's a hole in the ocean where the water falls through 
and it runs on the promises given by you
 
Who would I love without a lie? 
oh who would I love without a lie?
Track Name: Wanted
Wanted

You took off to find the one I could not be with you 
I was settin up for good and you were passin through 
I don't have to linger to know each one of my scars 
just a memory of forgiveness and how soft you are... 

and how I loved you 
I truly loved you for who I wanted you to be 
I loved who I wanted you to be 

Sorry about the year we lost walkin in our sleep. 
Sorry about my nickname tattooed on your cheek 
and all the rum and the whiskey I poured down the sink 
and all the times after that I joined you for a drink... 

and how I loved you 
I truly loved you for who I wanted you to be 
I loved who I wanted you to be 

How come we can't just love the one we're with? 

I guess you loved me 
you truly loved me for who you wanted me to be 
you loved who you wanted me to be
Track Name: One Try
One Try

She found music in a dream 
disappeared like a breath of steam 
she sang it out tried to find a seam 
and put together a song  

Giving it one try before the music dies
Giving it one try

She wore a 6 string wedding ring
Picked a 5 finger melody
Sang a 4 chord good bye
And 3 verses of gold

Giving it one try before the music dies
Giving it one try

She's pickin and she's singin like the 
worlds hangs on a guitar string

Giving it one try before the music dies
Giving it one try
Track Name: You Got Away
You Got Away

You got a way with your walk and a swing in your talk
and a funny kind of innocent grace 
and your wild eyed stare and your curious care
and a laugh thats all over the place

you got a way thats makin me want you
you got a way like a dream--thats not quite through
you got a way thats making me one with you

You toss out secrets like empty sea shells
and you weave another story to tell.
You’re catching moonlight with the songs that you write
and your voice is like a musical spell

you got a way thats makin me want you
you got a way like a dream--thats not quite through
you got a way thats making me one with you
You got away....
Track Name: Waste Some Time
Waste Some Time

The world's a harsh and cold place full of greed and distaste  
even in the worst of all of this you shine

we could just waste some time
like what ever is gonna happen is fine
we could just get intwined
and take a sweet loving line

You give me the feeling our love has no ceiling
that we will rise up stronger ever more

Are you one who is empty
are you full and brimming
do you wear the armor
do you call out from the tower?

Our story is a mystery deeper than all history 
woven into untold threads so fine

we could just waste some time 
like what ever is gonna happen is fine
We could just waste we could waste
we could waste some time...
Track Name: Ghost Town
Ghost Town

Someones coming home with some workboots on 
and a lunch box in their hand.
And someone is hearing that rock n' roll music
like its coming from a little tin can.
Someones picking food in a back yard garden 
with the wash out on a line
where the honey suckle blooms and the buzzing bees loom 
in the town that used to live here

Yeah the town that used to live here
there was a way of livin that we could be living if we 
had a moment to share in the town that used to live here

Someone sits down and plays the piano 
with the door wide open to the night
Someone sits rockin in those rockin chairs
singin along in the pale moon light.
Someone is standing at the bottom of the stairs
listening with all of their might
to the song that keeps coming from the place we been running
the town that used to live here...

Yeah the town that used to live here
there was a way of livin that we could be living if we 
had a moment to share in the town that used to live here

no one is cryin thats just water thats tryin to turn itself back into rain
and no one is lonesome thats an old dog moaning
and straining at a length of his chain
and no one is broken thats just empty bottles
lying on their side in the rain
no one is feeling that empty old feeling in the town that used to lived here

“Once upon a time the end” is a story 
that some folks believe is coming true
It says our factories and schools our firehalls and pools 
Are just a flash of light passin on through
It says we all will become comfortable and numb 
forget what we were put here to do
It says we'll plant a flag in our yard and turn back
in the dream we're livin up to

Yeah the town that used to live here
There was a way of livin that we could be living if we 
had a moment to share in the town that used to live here
Track Name: Darpo
Darpo

By the swamps of the Pee Dee River back in the piney woods
there's a little place called Darpo where the swimmin sure is good
There's no roads to Darpo--no dock or lifeguard stand
just a footpath lined with kudzu vines and faded old beer cans

When that summer sun hits the sand it like to burn off your bare feet
it get you runnin right down to Darpo just to get out of the heat
and you find a stick and you find a stone and you splash them into that lake
you got to scare them water-moccasins and the little alligators away

By the swamps of the Pee Dee River back in the piney woods 
there's a little place called Darpo and I'd take you if I could
to the sweetest little place I know I wonder if I could
I wonder if I could

Well its circled by Cypress trees and fed by old Swift Creek
and there's nowhere else like Darpo with waters as cool and deep
Well its dark as a CocaCola with a taste almost as sweet
and the bottom feels like velvet tickling your feet

By the swamps of the Pee Dee river back in the piney woods 
there's a little place called Darpo and I'd take you if I could
to the sweetest little place I know I wonder if I could
I wonder if I could
Track Name: Don't Break My Momma's Heart
Don't Break My Momma's Heart

Momma's back in college now finishin her degree
sittin at the table doin homework with me
then you come in your pickup truck and take my momma away
Ain't seen my daddy for years 
and I never known a man who stayed

But I've known lots of beginnings I've known lots of brand new starts

Don't you break my momma's heart
whatever you do make that promise
keep it true...Don't you break my momma's heart

Now your standin on the altar with my momma dressed in white
your smellin like Wild Turkey and your tuxedo's too tight
your makin me happy we're an instant family
warm us up and add a little bit of kindness
and I'll be callin you daddy

I'm loving this new beginning and I'm loving this brand new start

Don't you break my momma's heart
whatever you do make that promise 
keep it true...Don't you break my momma's heart

you wouldn't stay sober ended it all in a wreck
now I'm standin at your casket payin my last respects
and little sister's all confused cause no one's told her yet

that its time for another beginning

and you broke my momma's heart

Got my clothes in these garbage bags piled into this shoppin cart
pushin it across the tracks movin to my friends apartment.
Got a room of my own with a decent view
an I told momma, "Just can't stay home with you...

"This is my new beginning this is my brand new start"

And I broke my momma's heart
yes I did, I broke my momma's heart.
Track Name: Addiction Road
Addiction Road

Launder my bones in a front selling phones
and wire me my money all day
Your 100 grand take just a crumb from the cake
from Brooklyn to Scranton Pa.
8 ball teener half an ounce of hard
clan lab clan lab 62 large
one for your runner front from your man
one for the CI wired in the van

How come whats getting us high puttin us down in a hole?
How come so many gettin by working on addiction road?
Workin on addiction road.

Home home home on the range
where task force goes to get paid.
They switch a cell phone and move a stash home
and the warrants won't catch em today.
Seldom is heard discouraging words
the rehabs are pay to play.
Stamp bags are free meth is growing on the trees
and the chronic lines the city walk ways.

How come whats getting us high puttin us down in a hole?
How come so many gettin by working on addiction road?
Workin on addiction road.

4 and 20 ounces packed in caulking tubes
wrapped in some plastic slathered down with lube
Break em into bundles sell em each balloons
4 and 20 addicts calling for you.
Check their arm for tracks make sure they're dope sick
Soldiers be nimble runners be quick
Dope for your car dope for your home dope for your dope
that your gettin on a loan and...

how come whats getting us high puttin us down in a hole
how come so many gettin by working on addiction road
yeah workin on addiction road 
Track Name: Move On
Move On

This one goes out to the left behind 
to the under loved and the undermined. 
If your keepin your hope alive far past the end 
If your lookin for a good beat 
and you wanna go out dancin... 

Here's another little love song 
if you wanna get a move on. 
Come on and get a move on. 

This one goes out to the starry eyed. 
To the ones untouched by compromise. 
If your keepin your hope alive far past the end. 
If your lookin for a good beat 
and you wanna go out dancin... 

Here's another little love song 
If you wanna get a move on. 
Come on and get a move on.