The Circles We Make

by Ben Foerg

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The second in a string of three EP's, 'The Circles We Make' sees Foerg advance his psychedelic folk sound, supplementing it with elements of electronica, country, shoegaze and more. Written with the same subject-material from 'Songs About a Woman' in mind, 'Circles' presents a fresh (and slightly less optimistic) take on the madness of heartbreak and life in the aftermath.

From the liner notes (which can be acquired by downloading the EP), written by Josh Loney: 'Music is how Ben keeps himself sane. Well… Relatively sane. This latest EP paints a dreary picture. “Won’t You Stay”, written over a year ago, when romance was still in the air, is a desperate plea for love not to leave, even though it already seems a forgone conclusion. In “Sippin’ on a Beer (In the Middle of a Sunny Day)”, a man loses his woman and drinks himself into middle-aged obscurity. In “Smoke in the Alleyway”, a lonely lush passes out in the street. “One Last Cigarette” perfectly encapsulates the desolation of heartbreak. Some may listen to that song and judge Ben to be a suicide risk.'

Download 'The Circles We Make' for a glimpse into the mind of one of today's leading unknown psychedelic folk artists. Be on the lookout for the third EP and follow at soundcloud.com/benfoerg for the latest musical happenings from Ben Foerg.

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released January 3, 2016

Ben Foerg: Music & Production
Josh Loney: Album Art
Desolation: Inspiration

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Track Name: Sippin' on a Beer (In The Middle of a Sunny Day)
son said daddy, why'd you have to go and be so mean?
daddy said son, it's the way my daddy treated me
son said daddy, i don't understand
daddy said that's what keeps a boy from bein' a man
sometimes you just got to keep hush and let it be

son said daddy, did your daddy make you mow the grass?
daddy said son, if i didn't he'd whoop my ass
son said daddy, i don't understand
he said my daddy taught me how to raise a son and be a man
but he never taught me how to make love last
son said daddy, what do you mean?
and he said

lord, i'd give all that i own
if i could bring that damn woman home
but she ain't talked to me since i walked away
she got cold and i got the fear
she's a teacher now and i'm just sittin' here
sippin' on a beer in the middle of a sunny day

son said daddy, why do birds make nests in trees?
daddy said son, it's to keep away from the bees
son said daddy, i don't understand
daddy said son, one day maybe you can
but it don't make a goddamn lick of sense to me
son said daddy, what do you mean?
and he said

lord, i'd give all that i own
if i could bring that damn woman home
but she ain't talked to me since i walked away
she went nuts and shit got weird
but it beats the hell outta just sittin' here
sippin' on a beer in the middle of a sunny day

son said daddy, tell me somethin' i ain't heard before
daddy said son, imagine a knock on your door
and every time you hear it you go downstairs
to try and figure out who the hell is there
but no one ever is, so you just wave a fist and curse at the air
son said daddy, what do you mean?
and he said

lord, i'd give all that i own
if i could bring that damn woman home
but she ain't talked to me since i walked away
she went off and moved through the years
and i'm still hangin' round just a-sittin' here
sippin' on a beer in the middle of a sunny day
Track Name: Smoke in the Alleyway
you're stumblin' down the alleyway all alone
your wallet's empty, you've got no food to eat, you're without a phone
no one to call anyway, no cigarettes left to smoke
the whole city's laughing, but you're not in on the joke

you've got your debutante
but all you really want
is someone worth holding
and so the candle burns
and a poor boy never learns
to enjoy the circles we make
while the story's unfolding

you never make it home, you pass out on the concrete
a garbage truck rumbles along, wakes you up from your sleep
you find your shoes behind the dumpster and get to your feet
the city is strong and you don't know how to compete

but still here you stand
grabbin' the horns with your hands
but you never learned to ride
and so the story goes
when one door is closed
another door opens
and you can't help but walk inside

shop lights shine like a headache into the night
aneurysm's settin' in, blood pressure's on the rise
fire trucks barrel and scream
from sun-up into the ev'ning
what does it matter to you?
the city's on fire, but you wouldn't have a clue

you're out chasin' a song
everyone knows you're wrong
but you can't abide
what difference does it make
whether it's real or fake?
you know the truth
it's all the same in your mind
Track Name: Won't You Stay?
when you know what's gonna happen, but it hasn't happened yet
when nothin' in your past is left to regret
when you try to remember, but you just forget
and you shed a single tear while the sad sun sets

ain't it a wonder you've come a long way
since the world opened its eyes to you that day
i don't always have the right words to say
but if it ain't too much of me to ask
won't you stay, won't you stay?

when the room stares into you like you're a giant elephant
and you know you've been wrong, but you're too weak to repent
when a hole burns in your pocket from the money you have spent
and you're too lost to appreciate the sentiment

all along the avalanche is gaining speed
and you can't escape a storm you're trapped beneath
like anything, it's only temporary
you will find the storm will clear when you're ready

ain't it a wonder you've come a long way
since the world opened its eyes to you that day
i don't always have the right words to say
but if it ain't too much of me to ask
won't you stay, won't you stay?
Track Name: One Last Cigarette
pay my tab and tip my hat to the barkeep
take my leave as i walk on into the night
look for the stars, but the stars don't look for me
try to find the end of the road, but no end is in sight

i don't wanna live, but i won't let myself die
i just wanna smile, but sometimes all i can do is cry
meet me in the middle of nowhere
i'll be smokin' a cigarette
dreamin' of the days i never got to live yet

gimme three wishes, i wouldn't know what to do
gimme three kisses, i'd give 'em right back to you
gimme one reason why i can't find somethin' new
it couldn't be i'm trapped upon this plane with nothin' left to do

i don't wanna breathe, but i just can't help myself
i wanna leave, but i sit still as a shelf
all i need's somebody to hold me
but i just want to be alone
waiting for the end to be a friend and take me home

maybe it's lookin' for me
as i walk through the city
maybe it wants me, too