This Is That

by Benjamin Zeman

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In the roughly one hour between the end of the work day and the beginning of my band's practice time, I managed to write, play, record, mix and master these 12 songs. It took me about 4 months, in short spurts, three to four days a week. They mix a lot of musical elements I've learned along the way but mostly stick to an energetic Post-Punk/Rock/Pop feel.

I wanted to keep things simple, write music that was fast and short, with high energy and most importantly, music that I just let happen, without thinking about it too much. Most of the guitar and drum tracks are improv and first takes. The bass guitar took a little longer but I spent the most time working on the lyrics and recording the vocals.

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released June 10, 2011

All Music By Benjamin Zeman

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Benjamin Zeman Brattleboro, Vermont

I'm just one guy out of Brattleboro, VT. I have a couple of bands, but in the one hour between work and band practice, I write and record my own music and release it under my own name.

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Track Name: Center Of Attention
No no no no no no no, no no no no no no...

So you think you know it all.
Girl you always gotta control the room
Always gotta be the center of attention
The only sound sensation
A one-sided conversation.

Da da da da da da, Oh what do you know.
I know you know that you think that you know it all.

Girl you always gotta accusation
Always gotta be a big source of frustration
All the drama and confrontation
Its all just provocation.

Da da da da da da, Oh what do you know.
I know you know that you think that you know it all.

And if you think you know it all
There's nowhere you can go
Hello, tomorrows filled with sorrow
And you're still alone

Girl you always gotta be the center of attention
We always gotta be ready for annihilation
Because you're ripe for emotional detonation
And you're going to take us down with
Ultra-violet radiation.

Da da da da da da, Oh what do you know.
I know you know that you think that you know it all.
Track Name: This Comedy Isn't Funny Or Romantic
Contacts not always so pretty
You go around and around in this city
Feeling alone, so let it take you over
Caught watching the shadows
Dancing in your head, whispering...

I understand that you've got something
You've been wanting to tell me.

We'll make things right
You and I, You and I
On this one night, on this night
You never told me that
You would come around again.

I understand that you've got something
You've been wanting to tell me.

No I don't want to hear what you've got to say
Please just get, get, get, you get away
No I don't want to hear what you've got to say
Please just, you get away.

I understand that you've got something
You've been wanting to tell me.

Contacts not always so pretty
You go around and around
Yeah you go around...
Track Name: Institution Of Pill Pushers
All these men in their white coats
carrying clipboards, they say, just wait
You've got it all wrong
We're all professionals, just swallow
This pill and you can leave this institution.

I know you had your head
Turned inside-out by those men
Its not what they think
No you just had a few bad days
It doesn't matter what you say
They've got the drugs.

All these men in their white coats
Carrying clipboards, strike a chord
So you play along
Cuz they say the only way out
Is beyond a doubt, complete absolution.

I know you had your head
Turned inside-out by those men
Its not what they think
No you just had a few bad days
It doesn't matter what you say
They've got the drugs.
Track Name: This Is An Industry Of Theft
They are all (They've got)
Criminals (Power)
Criminals (They've got nowhere)
To go but higher.

This ain't the right way we bleed
And only the crazy can sleep, I can't sleep
Gotta make this interest in the industry stop.

Oh oh oh oh oh no no.
They've got us in their hands
And I know they will kill.

This ain't the right way we bleed
And only the crazy can sleep, I can't sleep
Gotta make this interest in the industry stop.

Oh oh oh oh oh no no.
Breath. Breath it right in now.
The air that we breath is always air and
The ground beneath our feet is always there
So breath. Breath it right in now.

This ain't the right way we bleed
And only the crazy can sleep, I can't sleep
Gotta make this interest in the industry stop.

Oh oh oh oh oh no no.
We've got a chance if we give them hell.
Track Name: Colorize All The Negatives
Stay awake, stay all night
Never wanna go back to the 9 to 5
This is right, this is what we do
A weekend to feel renewed

You and all of your friends and
Me and all of my friends
Gonna get the party started, started.

Gettin down on the dance floor
You are I aren't talking anymore
We get our groove on, we feel the beat
Completely free, we feel the heat

You and all of your friends and
Me and all of my friends
Gonna get the party started, started.

Oh girl you've got nothing to prove
No you've got the moves down
So we spin around
Caught in the rhythm and groove now
Sway to the sound.

Just to get it, oh oh, yeah get it right
Colorize all the negatives in sight
Forget about all the little things
Don't need those little things
Our future's looking bright.

You and all of your friends and
Me and all of my friends
Gonna get the party started, started
Starting now.
Track Name: Deductive Reasoning (This Is That)
Oh yeah
If this is that then this is that.

We only knew one thing then
But now we know two things
From that one thing.
One thing.

Oh yeah
If this is that then this is that.

We only knew one thing then
But now we know two things
From that one thing.
One Thing.

Now you've lost your head in the melody.

Oh yeah
If this is that then this is that.

We only knew one thing then
But now we know two things
From that one thing.
One Thing.
Track Name: Confessions Of A Failing Artist
I thought you were such and artist
But you've never finished what you started.

So this one's for you
Yeah, this one's for you.

Stop this constant chatter
Replace it with something better.

This one's for you
Yeah, this one's for you.

This is focus, focus yourself.

This one's for you
Yeah, this one's for you.
Track Name: Drifting In Open Space
Here we are, here we are
Is anybody out there?
Here we go, here we go
We're sending out a signal to you
Its such a tragedy
We've lost our way today.

Oh no, slow radio waves flow in stereo
Transmit your position to make it back home.

Here we are, here we are
Is anybody out there?
Here we go, here we go
We're sending out a signal to you
Its such a tragedy
We've lost our way today.

Oh no, slow radio waves flow in stereo
Transmit your position to make it back home.

Time will tell if they were honest
Contacts not always as its promised
Regardless, the satellite might be alright
and lead us home tonight.

Here we are, here we are
Is anybody out there?
Here we go, here we go
We're sending out a signal to you
Its such a tragedy
We've lost our way today.

Oh no, slow radio waves flow in stereo
Transmit your position to make it back home.

Time will tell if they were honest
Contacts not always as its promised
Regardless, the satellite might be alright
and lead us home tonight.
Track Name: We Imagine What We Don't Know
I try to find meaning in this life
Where did we come from?
Oh, so many question
Like why are we here?
And where do we go when we die?
I don't really know so
I'll ask one more time.

Kindly tell me where
We were before we were here.

She said Father, was I a star
Before I was born?
He said probably no but
I think were, why should we ever stop
Imagining we were.

Kindly tell me where
We were before we were here.

She said Father, was I a star
Before I was born?
He said probably no but
I think were, why should we ever stop
Imagining we were.

Can't kill curiosity
Soley, Soley, Soley.

Kindly tell me where
We were before we were here.

She said Father, was I a star
Before I was born?
He said probably no but
I think were, why should we ever stop
Imagining we were.
Track Name: We Want To See It All
You, you're tired
Honestly its okay just shut your eyes
And get some sleep
I'll keep up my energy
And drive far away
Far from here, anywhere is okay
I know you just want to get away
Oh, on holiday.

Oh oh oh oh, its a go!

So you're inspired, totally
Its all good, let's hit the road
Steady as she goes
Let's go see this country
And we'll drive far away
Far from here, anywhere is okay
I know you just want to get away
Oh, on holiday.

Oh oh oh oh, its a go!

I wanna see places where I've never been
I wanna travel the world from end to end
I wanna be, I wanna be
I wanna be free.

You're so fired up
A cup of coffee and a cigarette
Windows rolled down just a little bit
The summer breeze makes the trees
Dance gently in time with the melody
Crank the stereo baby
And drive far away
Far from here, anywhere is okay
I know you just want to get away
Oh, on holiday.
Track Name: Immortality Is A Curse
Its not like you've got other
Answers to uncover
Whatever you have suffered
All hell breaks loose.

The thunder, the weather, the wonder
The whispers of your power.

They're so far away.

Your Mother, your daughter, your father
Your lover lost to the water.

They're so far away.

The curse is laid
You're closer to pain
But further from death
Betrayed by your fate.

Whatever the future requires
You know that forever is yours to take.

They're so far away.
Track Name: There's No Remedy For This
I've been down that windy road
Praying to the Lord above
I've been face to face with the Lord
but the Lord didn't give me a remedy.

All my time in a cigarette haze
All my time playing whiskey games
I've got no one to blame
For all my risky ways.

I've been down that fiery road
Praying to the lord below
I've been face to face with the Devil
But the Devil didn't give me a remedy.

All my time in a cigarette haze
All my time playing whiskey games
I've got no one to blame
For all my risky ways.

I am my own worst enemy
The Devil and the Lord
They rage inside of me
And no Great Work or alchemy
Will save me from my destiny
Or set me free, so leave me be.

All my time in a cigarette haze
All my time playing whiskey games
I've got no one to blame
For all my risky ways.