Heat from the Day

by Ben Kreader

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Heat from the Day is Ben Kreader's second EP and features 5 songs including Down the Line which features a new music video available here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFflqwZOcKA

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released March 18, 2014

Production: Bryan Cook and Ben Kreader
Mixing: Bryan Cook
Mastering: Hans DeKline
Photography: Johnny Nicoloro
Design: Gary Trethaway
© 2014 Hecho Derecho Music / ASCAP

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Ben Kreader Los Angeles, California

Ben Kreader writes songs driven by the rhythm of the road and framed by the pain of the blues. His Chicago roots bring tornados, rain, and sky to his lyrics, mirroring the Midwest's meditative melancholy. Influenced by art-pop pioneers, Ben melds country-folk narratives and blues vocals with a dense forest of electronics and beats into heartbreaking songs of love and loss. ... more

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Track Name: Down the Line
broken bottle tore the tire
rode the rim and sparks made fire
pulled off and worked my hands to blue
switched a spare to look for you

lane change markers don’t tell me nothing
that I don’t already know
motel neon blinks pink a vacant glow
heading on down the line

chase the stars across the sky
leave the headlights set on high
speedometer lurches over
but then stops and twitches still
blind speed building
I’m burning down this hill

headlight traces all backlight faces
that I’ll never ever know
gas sign shadow
says all the pumps are closed
heading on down the line

I’m gonna find you
I’m gonna find you

truck throws a rod and the hood feels hot
and I’m choking on the smoke
green stream burning down
through the grass below
and I’m heading on down the line

I’m gonna find you
yes I will
yes I will
I’m gonna find you
Track Name: Empty as Empty
I turn on the faucet
and nothing comes out
rust on the tap
dirt in the spout
but drop by drop
the water begins to flow
I put my head in the stream
and I drink your cold
where did you come from?
how long will you stay?
please don’t walk away

will you show me who are?
the back of your knee, the jackknife scar
me I have no marks you can see
’cause I’m as empty as empty
empty as empty can be

all day long
nothing but words
spat out and choked
hollow and burned
but with your voice
you shatter the shells to dust
you sound like scissors
as you cut the truth from the trust
tell me a picture
I see what you say
I’ll watch it all day

stop me ’cause you’ve heard this before
sad and funny, I’ve got plenty more
I will make you laugh ’til you see
I’ve been as empty as empty
empty as empty
I’ve been as empty as empty
empty as empty can be

put your hand on my head
and you’ll feel the words I’ve said
put your mouth on my mouth
let your lips shape your whole world out

we’ll be as empty as empty
empty as empty can be
Track Name: Midnight Round
I’m gonna fill you then push you over
you’re gonna spill everything that you hide
and while the heat from the day is fading
into the darkness we can ride

I’m gonna hold you
like a shadow holds the ground
on my midnight round

you’re gonna cry ’cause your step will falter
you never knew you could breathe so deep
I’m gonna forecast you up some thunder
then lull a rain so you can sleep

I’m gonna love you
like a shadow loves the ground
on my midnight round

open up to the dark you hold inside
gonna get you
I can feel when you move
and when you sigh
close your eyes
let your fingers feel my bones
come and get me
find your way to my voice
and you’ve found home

midnight

’cause in the dark I see
that you’re the man for me

too many words have been broken open
too many lies have turned to truth
after the twilight there stands a silence
where only my hands can feel what’s you

I’m gonna love you
in the shadows on the ground
on my midnight round
Track Name: How Can I Leave
you painted stars and space above me
you paved the road so I could run
you understood more than you told me
now I’m the one who understands I’m not the one

how can I leave without you?
I’ve never felt someone so strong
how can I leave when I feel you holding on?
this is wrong, this is wrong
maybe
how can I leave without you?
I can’t forget you’re not alone
how can I leave when I don’t know where I go?
I was wrong, I was wrong
maybe

I can’t give back the gift you gave me
when you woke me up and asked me why
but you’re just a man without an answer
and now I must lose this love I dug so far to find

how can I leave without you?
I’ve never felt someone so strong
how can I leave when I feel you holding on?
this is wrong, this is wrong
maybe
how can I leave without you?
I can’t forget how I’m alone
how can I leave when I don’t know where I go?
I was wrong, I was wrong, I was wrong

I’m pulled by your side
and my eyes won’t let go
want to reach out and touch you
and make this thing whole
but I loved you too hard
and it broke me so slow
I know

how can I leave without you?
I’ve never felt someone so strong
how can I leave when I feel you holding on?
we were wrong, we were wrong
how can I leave without you?
I can’t forget how I’m alone
how can I leave when I don’t know where I go?
now you know, now you know, now you know
Track Name: Spill Through
and I left you
at the side of the road
kicking a sun-stained paper cup

but as I pressed the pedal down
and the tires gripped the ground
I couldn’t even look up

’cause it’s true that I loved you
and it’s true I was scared
they spill through
all those things I never knew we never had

and I watched you
swallowed by the mirror
the sun burned a hole in my eyes

sliding box of glowing red
crossed my mouth — fell off my head
wind blew the trash through the lights

pinwheel pictures
through the dark I could see you
shimmering and then spinning out of sight

then I saw you in a field
just a shadow as you kneeled
arms stretched out to the night

’cause it’s true that I loved you
and it’s true I was scared
they spill through
all those things I never knew we never had