Breathing Water in a Dream

by The Benzene Ring

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released January 1, 2006

Jeff Aldrich - vocals, guitars
Eric Hertenstein - keyboards, guitars, vocals
Erin Barlow - bass
Hwarg - guitars
Eric B - drums, programming

Written and performed by The Benzene Ring
Produced by Eric Reed

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The Benzene Ring New York

The Benzene Ring is a Brooklyn prog-rock band. They explore lush textures and intricate, ambitious compositions. Their music appeals to fans of Yes, Sunny Day Real Estate, Hum, The Mars Volta, Porcupine Tree, and Kayo Dot. Crossing the Divide, called “a true masterpiece,” and an "enormous, truly enormous prog-epic!", features Jeff Aldrich, Eric Hertenstein, Hwarg, and Daniel Gibson. ... more

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Track Name: You and Me in the Absence of Predators
Twist and shout
There's monsters hereabouts
Let's go smoke them out
Look at you
So soft and small and white
I could talk to you all night

But maybe there's a chance for you and me, in the absence of predators, to make it last and write more precious harmonies for no one else to hear

Children out on transatlantic tours
My seat next to yours
When we arrive
I don't want them to see
That you're next to me

But maybe there's a chance for you and me, in the absence of predators, to make it last and write more precious harmonies for no one else to hear

We were heaven sent
But I see no more, I see no reason to look back, look down, look back, look down
The cut that hurts the most and bleeds the most is one inflicted by a friend
Too bad, too bad, too bad

Say no more
We all love labor's laws in a man
Kick and scream
We all know what you mean
And we don't care
We don't fucking care

Maybe one day we'll meet again
On some other spectral plane
We'll go dancing by ourselves
We won't need to breathe this air

Can't you feel yourself distending like a bear?
And no one cares how you sound
Can't you hear yourself
You sound like someone's trash they took out because it was not worth a damn

Oh no
It can't be true
The paper heart I gave to you
Oh no
It can't be true
The paper heart I gave to you

Twist and shout
There's monsters hereabouts
Let's go smoke them out
Look at you
So soft and small and white
I could talk to you all night

But maybe there's a chance for you and me, in the absence of predators, to make it last and write more precious harmonies for no one else to hear
Track Name: An Old Man Dies and Finds Himself in Hell
Heaven help me it's a long way down
When the body breaks it makes a sickening sound
And the brain busts out when it hits the ground
You'd sink and savor anybody now

Stand and stare at the open door
Breathe out air 'til you're emptier
And you don't even feel it when you hit the floor
In this day and age who could ask for more

Aaaaahhhhhhh aaaahhh

Where am I?
So cold in here
Concrete walls
A mounting fear

Did I do something wrong?
Are you angry with me?
Did the best I could
I'm only human
Can you cast me away with a condescending smile?
Can you ever forgive me?
Oh no

Reaching back for memories
Cannot seem to find them
What was I supposed to do?
It seems a lifetime ago

Bitter now and freezing
Short of breath and feeling
Can't go back
Can't escape
Sit still and meditate

Don't leave me here
I'm all alone
I have no one
And I'll be here for so long
Don't leave me here
I'll be here forever
I'll be here forever
I'll be here...

Aaaaahhhhhhh aaaahhh
Track Name: We'll Keep You There
If you came in late
Have no fear
We'll find you a place
And we'll keep you there
Track Name: Sweet Pioneer
Sweet pioneer
You can't buy my smile
I've been here for many years
So wait for a while
Now you'll turn to ash
When you see my disquiet
You would try to buy it
If you could see me smile

The fates are unkind
They're demons I swear
You went exploring
And I was so scared
I stayed right here

Bored of your gracious host
You set out for the golden coast
For gold and the holy ghost
But which did you love the most?

Can't even wait 'til you're here
Seems undeniably clear
Fears were our loneliest dreams
Nothing's as bad as it seems

The more I lay quiet
I started to find
A change of location can't break the binds that tie you here

Sweet pioneer
You can't buy my smile
Well I've been here for many years
So wait for a while
Now you'll turn to ash
When you see my disquiet
You would try to buy it
If you could see me smile
Track Name: The Magical Road
Hit the magical road
With your legs both gone
You stumble and clutch and fall
Track Name: Help Is on the Way
Help is on the way
Help is on the way

Let's keep our shit together
They're gonna let us out
We won't be here forever
We'll see the sun again
A couple hours only
Suppress the urge to shout
But Christ it's getting lonely
And the air is getting thin

Help is on the way
Help is on the way

It sends out information
But it doesn't let it in
A black box innovation
To keep the data warm
A red light like insomnia
The message glimmering
Have faith in fancy gadgetry
And acetaminophen

Help is on the way
Help is on the way

Relax
This dance is like a movie scene
It's like breathing water in a dream
You feel relieved and realize
That this is not real and you cannot die

One more hour, baby
Bed yourself with hopes
And then breathe this thought like it's true
That help will be here to save you
Track Name: How to Be a Girl
Polarized ends, we persist
Withered or not, we insist
Poisoned or not, we while the hours
Until we end it all

Head down the road
As we dare attempt to grow
And let drivers go past
And they'll break down
Cuz nothing lasts
Oh no

When the horizon breaks
You'll see my hands, palms up, shivering
We can't suspend impending weight
We'll end it all, this sutured state
Darlin, hey, wait, darlin

Hang on for life
Pretend that you came home last night
Pretend that everything's alright

But you lost your grip
Now we fall
Leave me out of it all
One hand slips, now we fall
Push me out of it all
Lost your grip, now we fall
Cut me out of it all
Both hands slipped, now we fall

See now what we missed before
Scenes lost shot behind the door
Somehow figures don't add up
Seems like there should be one more
Track Name: Pretend I'm Not Here
The emptiness of rain
The patter on the lawn
The ground where all our children should have gone
If they had passed the test
We could have laid them there to rest
But they're older than they ever were before
And they ache like a summer day

Forgive this intrusion
I had no illusion you'd embrace my filthy heart
If violence could clean it
Then swing like you mean it
Loose your regrets like poisoned darts

Sleep tight
Cuz in the morning we will scatter
Like the hunted running scared
Sweet spite and stubborn autumn stale
We're breathing the same air

In summer we'd sleep in
But as fall colors creep in
We're awakened by the quiet
The trees we discovered
The cold air uncovered
Branches hard as anthracite

Keep it down
Cuz they're listening on all wires
And these dark red stains
Well it looks like someone died last night
I need your bravery
And your slipshod memory

Sleep tight
Cuz in the morning we will scatter
Like the hunted running scared
Sweet spite and stubborn autumn stale
We're breathing the same air

Forgive this intrusion
I had no illusion you'd embrace my filthy heart
If violence could clean it
Then swing like you mean it
And loose your regrets like poisoned darts