The Way - Half Awake

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The Way
Half Awake

Big Red Rubber Ball (3:32)

Motoluv (2:37)

Rigamarole (3:27)

Warm (3:42)

Make Me Cry (3:13)

The Wizard (4:34)

Continuum (2:37)

Baby, I Love You (3:22)

Hot Dog! (2:31)

Give It Up (3:24)

Half Awake (5:07)

Baby Bluz (2:33)

Hopeless Opus (3:35)

credits

released January 1, 2009

All songs © The Way 2009

The Way is :
Benjamin Arthur Ellis – keyboards, vocals
Christian Repaal – bass guitar
Drew Chastain – keyboards, backing vocals
Edward Payne – drums, percussion

- Additional backing vocals: Laura Laws, Anastacia Ternasky, Kathleen Kraus, Marcus Bronson
- Handclaps on Give It Up: Marcus Bronson, Mattew Ellis
- Cello solo on Baby, I Love You: Helen Gillet


Recorded and engineered by Marcus Bronson
Audio mastering by Aeryk Laws
Produced by Benjamin Arthur Ellis and Marcus Bronson
Cover photo by Jonathan Traviesa

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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: Big Red Rubber Ball
- BIG RED RUBBER BALL - Benjamin Arthur Ellis

-I don't chase women, I let 'em come after me
I don't chase paper, I sit my ass down by a big ol' tree
I don't chase ambulances, don't need one yet
but I lose all composure, I just got to get
-m'big red rubber ball

-Big Red Rubber Ball
bouncin' away from me(big red rubbubbubba)
big red rubber ball
sometimes the only thing that I can see

-I don't chase the birds away when they come to eat my seed
you want what I got baby, I wanna give you what you need
I don't chase busses, I leave time to walk
but I go runnin' like a fool, chase down the block
-m'big red rubber ball

-Big Red Rubber Ball...

-I don't chase rainbows, they just make believe
don't chase Mr. Postman, gotcha bad news up his sleeve
I don't chase ringin' telephones, they prob'ly call me back
but I'm just like some bad ol' kitty cat, I'm gon' attack
-my rubber ball

-Big Red Rubber Ball...
Track Name: Rigamarole
- RIGAMAROLE - Benjamin Arthur Ellis

-this town used to be so doggone easy
now it seem to get harder everywhere I go
y'got too many fingers in the pot and the palms get greasy
how we 'posed to get over baby I don't know, let's go, come on y'all

-every day, everywhere I go, got me stuck up in some rigamarole
every time I try to go to the store, got me stuck up in some rigamarole
everything that I try to do, take all my patience just to get me through
and every day everywhere I go, got me stuck up in some rigamarole

-try to straighten out the DMV, got a hundred fifty people up ahead of me
pothole streets like a bad joke, every gas station gotcha air pump broke
IRS wanna piece of me, seem my Individual Freedoms sure as hell aint free
and every day everywhere I go, got me stuck up in some rigamarole

-stuck up in some rigamarole...

-every day, everywhere I go, got me stuck up in some rigamarole...

-stuck up in some rigamarole...
Track Name: Warm
- WARM - Benjamin Arthur Ellis

-I'm not tryin' to do you any harm
I'm just tryin' to keep you safe and warm
I'm gon' keep you sheltered from the storm
I'm warm, I'm warm

-I'm not tryin' to set off no alarms
I'm just tryin' to hold you in my arms
I wanna show you all my charms
I'm warm, I'm warm

-'cause the landlord wants your money, and the boss he wants your soul
and all the people on the TV want you (to) do what you are told
I don't mean to disrespect you, please forgive me bein' bold
but I'm just tryin' to tell you just in case nobody told you
you don't have to be so cold

-I'm not tryin' to do you any harm
I'm just tryin' to hold you in my arms
I'm gon' keep you sheltered from the storm
I'm warm, I'm warm

(optional "rap" segment:)
-I been watchin' you
I think you been watchin' me too, but I
see you takin' a defensive stance
y'prob'ly think i'm only tryin' to get in your pants, but I'm a
grown man with a sensitive mind
got my eyes wide open so to
see what I find
fightin' Fear with Love in all it's forms
take off your coat, girl -I'm warm...
Track Name: The Wizard
- THE WIZARD - Benjamin Arthur Ellis

(optional intro, "The Legend Of The Wizard")

-long ago, in another time
there lived a young man in his prime
who dallied not with maids nor rum
in order that he should become
A Wizard

-secluded in his wooded lair
he studied fire, water, air
the ancient laws of alchemy
and in time he came to be
A Wizard

-but as his powers came to hand
a darkness spread across the land
evil forces sought their purchase
demon army forward lurches
laying waste the peasantry
one thing they did not forsee:
The Wizard

-his time had come, this dark behest
his eyes rolled back, a man possessed
a voice welled up from deep within
incantations burned the skin of
demons, writhing, howled in pain
thunder, lightning, sheets of rain
the earth burned black, the moon, it froze
...but when the morning sun arose
the dark was gone, the demons slain
and no one soon would see again
The Wizard

(instrumental introduction...)

-he's boiling and he's mixing in his castle in the woods
he may be doing bad things, but who knows? it could be good
he's watching and he's waiting for his time to come again
and then you'll wish he was your friend

-he's a Wizard
A Wizard
Track Name: Baby, I Love You
- BABY I LOVE YOU - Benjamin Arthur Ellis

-Baby I love you
baby I love you
baby I love you
baby I love you

-maybe it's stupid
maybe it's cupid
maybe it's supid
maybe it's cupid

-Baby I love you...

-maybe it was your dress
maybe it was your breasts
maybe it was your dress
maybe it was your breasts

-Baby I love you...

-maybe it's sappy
but it makes me so happy
maybe it's sappy
but it makes me so happy

-Baby I love you...