Idiosyncratic

by Benjamin Arthur Ellis

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Idiosyncratic is Ellis’ newest solo release, 10 songs of varying genre and orchestration, intended to be heard in sequence from a comfy chair. Will be available for sale on vinyl in September 2016.

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released July 15, 2016

Engineered by Marcus Bronson
Produced by Benjamin Arthur Ellis
and Marcus Bronson
Cover Photo by Jonathan Traviesa
Album Design by Kathleen Kraus
and Benjamin Arthur Ellis

Executive Producers: Wilson Johns, Kathleen Kraus
All Songs ©Benjamin Arthur Ellis 2016

Players:
Tony Frickey – Drums
Eddie Payne – Electric Bass Guitar
Eric Belletto – Trumpet (#1)
Mac McCann – Trombone (#1)
Glenn Barberot – Tuba (#1), Bassoon (#3)
Hannah Kreiger-Benson – Piano (#5)
Neti Vaan – Violin (#5)
Norsola Johnson – Cello (#5)
Luke Brechtelsbauer – Harp (#5)
Drew Calhoun – Saxophone (#9)
Marcus Bronson – Upright Bass (#9)

--- Backing Vocals ---
Lydia Stein, Kathleen Kraus (#1, #4)
Eddie Payne, Marcus Bronson, Matt Bell,
Jon Kashner (#8)


-All other vocals and instruments:
Benjamin Arthur Ellis

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Benjamin Arthur Ellis New Orleans, Louisiana

Benjamin Arthur Ellis is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, graphic artist, filmmaker, actor, carpenter and curmudgeon based out of New Orleans.

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Track Name: I Can't Believe
-I CAN'T BELIEVE - Benjamin Arthur Ellis

-I Can't Believe that you don't realize you love me
I Get Upset that you don't know I love you too
It Bums Me Out that all the differences in language and perception
might spoil all the good things that we do

-I Can't Believe that you don't know that you're my brother
And Don't Forget you got your sisters out here too (yes you do)
so What The Heck you live and die alone, got to say to each his own
but everybody else is like that too

-I Can't Believe
I Can't Believe
I Can't Believe
I Can't Believe (make a noise like a car now) Beep-Beep!
Beep beep beep beep beep beep believe...

woah woah...

-I understand I might not be your favorite person
you might not like the things I say about you too
you'd think you'd know by now that love aint always pretty
but that don't mean that lovin' can't be true

-I Can't Believe...
Track Name: Keepin' Up With My Joneses
- KEEPIN' UP WITH MY JONESES - Benjamin Arthur Ellis

-tryin' to make a little place for me
tryin' to get all of the things I need
get hungry and I got to feed
gotta make a little money 'cause the sh-- aint free
so I
work my job and I pay my bills
jump the hoops and I take the hills
take a little bit off the top
maybe take a little more, baby I can't stop

-I'm keepin' up with my Joneses
can't let them get ahead of me
got to keep up with my Jones, it's my own
and it aint no one' else responsibility

-got my coffee and I got my beer
got a little somethin' else right here
got my woman and I got my bed
got a rain-proof roof up over my head
got the oil change for my car
got the brand new strings f'my electric guitar
popcorn in a big ol' jar
when I wanna watch a movie and the store's too far

-I'm keepin' up with my Joneses
can't let them get ahead of me
got to keep up with my Jones, it's my own
and it aint no one else responsibility

-I s'pose that there are those
who might quite rightly turn their nose
at all my foolish choices, meant to
dampen out the voices in my head
I s'pose if I'd been better bred
I'd have no vices, but instead
I'll chase my dragons 'til they
put me on the wagon...

-might be different in a perfect world
Mazeratti and the pretty girls
if I could get myself a Midas Touch
I might not feel the need to eat and drink so much but
I work hard to pay my way
and I like a little heaven at the end of the day
I do the things that I want to do
and I don't need permission from you
-'cause I

-I'm keepin' up with my Joneses
can't let them get ahead of me
got to keep up with my Jones is my own
and that aint no one else responsibility
Track Name: Kiss You On The Moon
- KISS YOU ON THE MOON - Benjamin Arthur Ellis

-I wanna eat you with a spoon
drink you up in a saloon
fly you home in my balloon
I wanna kiss you on the moon

-I wanna howl like a baboon
make you up like a racoon
wrap you up in a cocoon
I wanna kiss you on the moon

-because I feel I don't belong here
the gravity's too strong
and when the stars are in your eyes
it makes me swoon

-I know you think me a buffoon
with all my candy and cartoons
but come upstairs into my room
I wanna kiss you on the moon

-'cause we can fly if you'll just try it
and the moon is nice and quiet
we'll canoodle in the craters
and the dunes

-oh, must you go away so soon?
I know my rhymes are quite jejune
but on some afternoon in june
I wanna kiss you on the moon
I wanna kiss you on the moon...
Track Name: Jesus
- JESUS - Benjamin Arthur Ellis

-Jesus, if you come down again
maybe you could bring a little snack for me
'cause I'm hungry, heard you feed all your friends
bread'll be fine, but I'm allergic to fish
Jesus, heard you're a real nice guy
you bring the dead to life, you make a blind man see
Jesus, if you come down again
maybe you could bring a little snack for me

woah woah...

-Jesus, what a career you had
must be really weird to have God be your dad
I wonder what was your puberty like
I wonder what you thought about the girls that you liked
Holy Shit, did I forget to thank you one more time
for your suffering and death when you was hung on the cross
Jesus, if you come down again
I'd really like to buy you a drink -maybe wine

-I know we never met, I don't think I'd forget
I hear you make an impression
I wonder what you'd say if you came back today
oh, hey, do you take confession?

bah-bah bah...

-I know we never met, but that's no reason
that's no reason (Jesus)
that's no reason (Jesus)...
Track Name: Pretty Loud
- PRETTY LOUD - Benjamin Arthur Ellis

The sunlight fades from out my window
The moonlight hides behind a cloud
I sit alone in my apartment by myself
The noise outside gets pretty loud

You'll never know how I still want you
You'll n ever see how much I've cried
I'll never drink away the memories of yesterday
You'll never know how hard I've tried

I just can't make it by myself
Neglect my hygiene and my health
I can't stand living with regret
But my heart just can't forget
-I wish I'd never met you. . .

I got a right to feel the way I'm feeling
I gotta fight to hold my head up proud
I sit alone in my apartment by myself
The noise outside gets pretty loud.
Track Name: Pompadour Lady
POMPADOUR LADY –Benjamin Arthur Ellis

Driving downtown in her hip-length gown she was crazy
Radio playin’ that crazy sound, oh my god what a lady
Step aside tough guy stash your switch
She’s gonna kick your ass, she’s a son-of-a bitch

She’s a Pompadour Lady, teeth in the clouds
Stuck a boot in the pearly gates and she wouldn’t let go

I was flowin’, then she got me goin’
when she looked at me and blew me a kiss
I stubbed my toe and forgot where I was goin’
no an I wasn’t really ready for this
And then she laughed like she didn’t care
And would you look at what she did with her hair

She’s a Pompadour Lady, teeth in the clouds
Stuck a boot in the pearly gates and she wouldn’t let go
Pompadour Lady, so precious and proud
You can ask her anything
She’ll just say no

I spent an awful lot of time alone,
I’ve been wounded by a wicked world
And I’ve discovered I’m particularly prone
To being broken by a beautiful girl
So go on baby take the world by the horns
You been ready since the day you was born

You’re a Pompadour Lady . . .
Track Name: Never Have You
-NEVER HAVE YOU - Benjamin Arthur Ellis

-I always got a little somethin' up in my boot
I always got a back-up plan, an escape route
I never had no surprises, aint nothin' new
and I'll never have you
no, I'll never have you

-I always got a little somethin' up on the side
I always got some little girl to boost my pride
I always got someone to tell my problems to
but I'll never have you

-Instrumental...

-you always had that special way
you always had a pretty smile, somethin' nice to say
you never had no need for me, I'd only make you blue
and I'll never have you
no, I'll never have you...
Track Name: Holdin' On To You
HOLDIN’ ON –Benjamin Arthur Ellis

Holdin’, Holdin’ on to you
Holdin, Holdin on. . .

Some days I don’t know what to do
Some days, seem like nothin’ gonna get me through
Tomorrow might be sunshine, but today ain’t nothin’ but blue
I’m gon’ keep on holdin’ on to you

Gonna keep on Holdin, holdin’ on to you
I’m gon’ keep on holdin’ on to you

I know, a main ain’t s’posed to cry
I know, if you don’t succeed you try, try, try
Lord helps those that helps themselves
Good God you know that’s true
I’m gon’ keep on holdin’ on to you.

Gonna keep on Holdin, holdin’ on to you
I’m gon’ keep on holdin’ on to you

I can’t let go, I can’t let go. . .

I know, a man ain’t s’posed to cry
I know y’don’t succeed you try, try, try
Tomorrow might be sunshine, but today
ain’t nothin’ but blue
I’m gon’ keep on holdin’ on to you

Gonna keep on Holdin, holdin’ on to you
I’m gon’ keep on holdin’ on to you

I can’t let go, I can’t let go. . .
Track Name: Love Me Some You
LOVE ME SOME OF YOU --Benjamin Arthur Ellis

I love me some you, the things that you do
I love the way you wiggle and the way you think things through
And I really love the way you surprise me everyday
Baby I love me some you

Girl I waited so long, 'til you finally came along
I was feelin' weak and feeble, but, your love made me strong
Wanna thank you so much for keepin' me in touch
Baby I love me some you

I known some other women but it always fell apart
my quest for symbiosis was denied
But when I met you baby you fit right into my heart
Now I wanna symbiote you 'til the day that I die. . .

Been dreamin' bout you baby since I don't remember when
Never thought I'd live to see the day
What you see in me I might not ever understand
But til you tell me differently I think I'm gonna stay

Girl you know I'll be true, ain't no one else but you
-Yes, I am flirtatious, but that you already knew
You're everything I need, I talked to myself and we both agreed
Baby I love me some you. . .
Track Name: King Of The Animal Kingdom
KING OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM –Benjamin Arthur Ellis

I’m the king of the animal kingdom
I rule with opposable thumbs
The mind of man is touched by divinity
When all of the other animals are so dumb
I know it’s my obligation
To shepherd my flock as only humans can
I’m the king of the animal kingdom
The rightful place of man

The equine shall carry my carriage
The bovine shall provide milk for my young
The sweet porcine, though not quite clean,
provides the tasty bacon for my tongue.
Indeed, there’s numerous creatures
That gladly give their lives that I may eat
I’m the king of the animal kingdom
A king must have his meat

Not all of my subjects understand the things a king must do
Sometimes the needs of the many are outweighed by but a few
But they need not concern themselves my guiding hand is true
And if you are an animal then I’m the king of you

The fish that swim in the ocean
The birds that swim in the sky
The creatures great and small, I dearly love them all,
Regardless if they’re boiled, baked or fried
I know that my divination
Is all a part of God’s mysterious plan
I’m the king of the animal kingdom
The rightful place of man. . .