Warm Bodies Cold World

by Ben Smolin

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released February 28, 2016

All songs written and performed by Ben Smolin. Produced by Ben Smolin and Bradley Timko. Engineered and mixed by Bradley Timko at Avondale Recording Studios in Birmingham Alabama. Cover design, layout, and artwork by Jacob Schwartz. Special thanks to David and Desiree Smolin and Mills Sproull (Swagalicious). Copyright 2016, Ben Smolin.

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Track Name: Divorce
Well I was thinking about the way you laugh,
I haven’t heard it in a week or more,
And I was thinking about the way you cry,
I hear it every time I close the door.

Do you think I’m stupid, Do you think I can’t see,
Did you really think that this was not going to affect me,
Well I’m here to tell you I know all your dirty details,
I know exactly what you’re saying.

I don’t want to hurt you child, I know you’re caught in the middle,
But it’s time to face the truth, we’re never going to recover,
I hope you understand, that this was never about you,
Some things are meant to last, and some things are meant to,
Fade away, and crash with the waves.

How dare you try to ask me questions you know the answers to,
When I just want to be alone.
I will not talk to your counselors and I don’t need them to pray for me,
I just want to be alone,
I don’t need to be analyzed because I don’t want to be understood,
I just want to be alone,
I just want to be alone,
I just want to be alone.

Well I was thinking about the way I ran,
Raised voices fading as I left our street,
I wanted so badly to lose my mind,
But Reality is not something you can beat.

Do you think I’m stupid, Do you think I can’t see,
Did you really think that this was not going to affect me,
Well I’m here to tell you I know all your dirty details,
I know exactly what you’re saying.

I don’t want to hurt you child, I know you’re caught in the middle,
But it’s time to face the truth, we’re never going to recover,
I hope you understand, that this was never about you,
Some things are meant to last, and some things are meant to,
Fade away, and crash with the waves.

How dare you try to ask me questions you know the answers to,
When I just want to be alone.
I will not talk to your counselors and I don’t need them to pray for me,
I just want to be alone,
I don’t need to be analyzed because I don’t want to be understood,
I just want to be alone,
I just want to be alone,
I just want to be alone.
Track Name: Dustbowl (feat. Alison Smolin)
I am not a jealous man, I understand that everyone leaves a trial of wreckage,
But you seem to enjoy, torturing me with words, and that low-cut neckline,
Well I am not ashamed, Yes I loved you fully,
But still you pretend I never knew the real you.

You know my name, Don’t pretend to mispronounce it,
And you know my face, Don’t pretend that you never kissed it,
I’ve seen you hurt, I’ve seen you cry, I’ve seen you naked,
I’ve seen you high, I’ve seen you low, and I’ve held you shaking.
And I loved it all, I loved it all, I loved it all.

They say that less is more, and all is fair in love, love and war,
But if loneliness is truth why do we all search for someone to wake up with,
But I am not your bitch, there is no shame in hurting, no,
And I am not your fool, to love is to be vulnerable to you,
But still you pretend I never knew the real you,

You know my name, Don’t pretend to mispronounce it,
And you know my face, Don’t pretend that you never kissed it,
I’ve seen you hurt, I’ve seen you cry, I’ve seen you naked,
I’ve seen you high, I’ve seen you low, and I’ve held you shaking.
And I loved it all, I loved it all, I loved it all.
Track Name: Sick
I bet it’s hard, being a celebrity,
I bet it’s tough having that perfect body,
I bet it’s weird making that much money,
But you won’t get no sympathy from me,
You won’t get no sympathy from me,

I found God inside a plastic ball,
I found my love drinking in a bathroom stall,
I found peace by staring at an empty wall,
So I’m no better than I was before,
I’m no better than I was before.

When you’re sick,
All you think about is getting well,
All you think about is feeling normal,
When you’re sick,
When you’re stuck inside your head,
You don’t think about the outside,
You just think about being sick.

I bet it’s hard having that peace of mind,
I bet it’s tough filling that leisure time,
I bet it’s weird having that much God inside,
But you won’t get no sympathy from me,

Because I only know the things that I’ve been told,
I only trust in objects that I can hold,
I only believe in facts that are bought and sold,
So I’m no better than I was before,
I’m no better than I was before.

When you’re sick,
All you think about is getting well,
All you think about is feeling normal,
When you’re sick,
When you’re stuck inside your head,
You don’t think about the outside,
You just think about being sick.
Track Name: Old Timer
Did you ever find yourself, I was just a boy, I never asked
why every time you smile, It slowly fades and becomes just a tired sigh,
A peace that’s only found in the dirt, the grass, the sky,
This was your land your only try.
And this is my one goodbye.

Cough drops and Busch Light cans are what it means to be a man,
And my hands will never be as big as yours,
“You may not remember me,” He smiles so casually,
“You may not remember me, But you’ll remember the things we did,”
And I remember the things we did.

My granddaddy was an old timer,
He said, “Kid you and me we’re a dying breed, we’re a dying breed,”
“Kid you and me we’re a dying breed, we’re a dying breed.”
My granddaddy was an old timer.
My granddaddy was an old timer.

Harsh words and dirty magazines I was not supposed to hear or see,
But I understood much more than you’ll ever know,
Love is not only found in picture perfect lives,
The kindest words most often come from the dirtiest of mouths,
I like the way those words sound.

My granddaddy was an old timer,
He said, “Kid you and me we’re a dying breed, we’re a dying breed,”
“Kid you and me we’re a dying breed, we’re a dying breed.”
My granddaddy was an old timer.
My granddaddy was an old timer.

And how can a boy understand an old man’s soul,
So many layers of dirt, and layers of gold,
C’mon let’s go home, home, home,
C’mon let’s go home, home, home.
Well she cut you down, she tore your life in two,
And you said you didn’t love her anymore but we all, we all knew,
C’mon let’s go home, home, home,
C’mon let’s go home, home, home.
Track Name: Alone Together (feat. Alison Smolin)
She said “Hold me please, I’m not okay,”
And her eyes seem so far away,
And with her face buried in your arms,
Your bodies just seem to keep your souls apart.

We all want to fall in love and yes,
Love makes life better but we’ll always be alone,
We like to be alone together,
Does a hand on your deathbed really make dying better,
No we all must die alone,
We like to die alone together.

We’re all stuck inside ourselves,
In a private heaven or a private hell,
And we can touch each other with our hands,
You want to do more but you can’t, you can’t, you can’t

We all want to fall in love and yes,
Love makes life better but we’ll always be alone,
We like to be alone together,
Does a hand on your deathbed really make dying better,
No we all must die alone,
We like to die alone together.

I watched as she softly cried,
Fifty years spent by his side and now, now he’s gone,
It was then I fully realized the bitter irony of life,
The hollow emptiness of love.

We all want to fall in love and yes,
Love makes life better but we’ll always be alone,
We like to be alone together,
Does a hand on your deathbed really make dying better,
No we all must die alone,
Track Name: Preconceived Notions (feat. Alison Smolin)
It’s hard to love a woman right,
You want to make love, you better learn to fight,
That’s what they told me, that’s what they told me,
That’s what they told me when I was young.

Watch out for long-haired boys and their guitars,
Never open your legs until you’ve closed your heart,
That’s what they told me, that’s what they told me,
That’s what they told me when I was young.

Preconceived notions about love,
If you think you know it,
It just means you don’t.

And I’m so sure that I’m right,
(Please be careful what you say)
That I can’t wait to start this fight,
(Once you say it you can’t take it away)
I should have known you’d never understand,
I guess you’re just another woman (man),
You have no idea who I am,
That’s what they told me, that’s what they told me,
That’s what they told me when I was young.

We all have our own ideas,
This is what love should look like,
This is what love is supposed to be,
But no one just wants to play a role,
If we both have all the answers are the right questions being asked,
You’ve got meet me halfway,
Because I love your face, but darling,
It’s not enough to make me stay,
I love your face, but darling,
It’s not enough to make me stay,

Preconceived notions about love,
If you think you know it,
It just means you don’t.
Track Name: Music is a Lover pt. 2
Music is a lover who holds me in her arms,
And takes me away from this cold, cold world.
Track Name: Warm Bodies Cold World
I found you in your car, crying out your heart, over that boy,
And you, you swear that you’re in love,
Well it doesn’t look like love is that much fun,
Because every time I say his name I can see it in your eyes,
And every time you turn away I can tell your about to cry.

Why, Why does a woman give her heart to a man,
When she knows he’s just going to rip it up,
Why do we trust one another,
It seems that you and me we’re just warm bodies in a cold world,
Warm bodies in a cold world,
Warm bodies in a cold world.

Well we look to the TV screen, to find the love we so badly need,
Where she can’t keep the smile off of her face,
And he can’t keep his hands off the curves in her shape,
Darling don’t believe them, they’re just actors playing pretend,
And when they leave the set at night their just as lonely as you and I.

Why, Why does a woman give her heart to a man,
When she knows he’s just going to rip it up,
Why do we trust one another,
It seems that you and me we’re just warm bodies in a cold world,
Warm bodies in a cold world,
Warm bodies in a cold world.

I know now is not the time but I’m overwhelmed with feelings,
Because I can feel your warmth,
I can feel your heart softly beating,
I have bandaged all your wounds,
You’ve sown up my cuts and stopped the bleeding,
And when lovers make us hurt,
Its always together that we find healing,
And in this cold plastic world when you find something real,
Don’t you think it’s worth keeping.

Warm bodies in a cold world,
We’re just warm bodies in a cold world.
Warm bodies in a cold world,
We’re just warm bodies in a cold world.
Track Name: Moving On
I don’t want to analyze all your insecurities,
I don’t want to interpret all your messed up dreams,
Did you think it was an accident,
Did you think that I was unaware,
No I chose to love you but I can also choose not to care,
I came to tell you that I won’t be hanging around anymore,
I’ve already told you a hundred times before.

So I’m moving on,
I’m moving on.

I chose to give you something, you chose to give it back,
We both make decisions, we both have to live with that,
Like when the sun is shining and you choose to stay indoors,
Pull the covers over your head and continue to snore,
Did you think the sun was going to shine every day,
Eventually you know it’s going to rain.

So I’m moving on,
I’m moving on,
I’m moving on,
I’m moving on.

Back home in Alabama it never snows like this,
So like a child I’m overwhelmed by winter’s cruel kiss,
Will you come outside with me and put your heavy jacket on,
I hear when the ground is frozen you can walk out on the pond,
I don’t want to fall in love with you again,
I think this ice is a little thin,
I don’t want to fall for you again,
Love the sinner hate the sin,
Under a grey Midwestern sky the tears are freezing in my eyes,
Even if I wanted to stay this northern cold would put a southern man in in his grave.

So I’m moving on,
I’m moving on.
Track Name: Work Harder (feat. Alison Smolin)
I’m so tired of being awake at 3AM,
And I’m so tired of being no one I won’t let myself sleep in,

Because when I make it to the top baby,
Maybe then I’ll stop, just maybe,
I’ll slow down.
But right now we’re eating white bread,
Can you see my skin through the threads.

But I know that I can work a little harder,
A little harder,
than I do now,
And if I can just hold on a little longer,
Push a little stronger,
and I can make our dreams come true.

Ambition is such a strong word,
Cheap whiskey is such a good burn,
Desperation is a form of energy,
I’m here man what can you do for me,

Because when I make it to the top baby,
Maybe then I’ll stop, just maybe,
I’ll slow down.
But right now we’re eating white bread,
Can you see my skin through the threads.

But I know that I can work a little harder,
A little harder,
than I do now,
And if I can just hold on a little longer,
Push a little stronger,
and I can make our dreams come true.

Do you see that big house hidden in the trees,
So many things we want that we don’t need,
But if we could see the truth with vision that is clear,
We’re not driven by our wants but by our fears,
But I’ve failed so many times,
I’ve stood naked here before,
Shivering from the cold wind blowing through the door,
It doesn’t scare me anymore, It doesn’t scare me anymore,
Once you’ve been there it doesn’t scare you any more,
You know I’ve been here before,
It doesn’t scare me anymore.

But I know that I can work a little harder,
A little harder,
than I do now,
And if I can just hold on a little longer,
Push a little stronger,
and I can make our dreams come true.
Track Name: Something Big
I have heard the thunder, I have felt the rain,
I’ve felt the healing power of love and the twisted sting of pain,
After the dust storm ravaged the plains,
I wiped the dirt from my eyes and rebuilt again,
And if I can do it one time I can do it again,
The chaos cannot penetrate the peace I have within,

See I used to want to be something big,
But now I am content to just sit with her and sing,
I realized happiness is everything,
And I’m happy just to be.

We burden ourselves to keep remnants of our youth,
But true peace comes from wisdom, old age, and truth,
See age is not a limit it’s just a measure of time,
The longer you’re eyes are open the more times you may of cried,
But the more that you’ve cried the more you’ve learned to heal,
You’ve learned to wrap yourselves in love’s protective shield,
And once you understand that life doesn’t scare you at all,
You’re tearing down barriers while their still building up their walls.

See I used to want to be something big,
But now I am content to just sit with her and sing,
I realized happiness is everything,
And I’m happy just to be.

I don’t need to be a shooting star I don’t need to be the moon,
I’m happy as the night light in the corner of our room,
Because the higher you rise the more you see over people’s walls,
You see the cemeteries that we’ve dug all the graves in our back yards.
And when you can fly and they cannot well that frightens everyone,
You know you’re nothing they aspire to be you’re just a target for their guns,
So I’ll keep my feet planted in this red clay dirt,
I don’t need special recognition to know our worth.

See I used to want to be something big,
But now I am content to just sit with her and sing,
I realized happiness is everything,
And I’m happy just to be.
I’m happy just to be.
I’m happy just to be.