Oceans I Could Drown

by Ben Kreader

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Oceans I Could Drown is the first EP from Ben Kreader. On this debut release, Ben teamed up with producer Bryan Cook and talented group of musicians to record new versions of four songs from Ben's history that share a common backdrop of melancholy and loss. The collision of this past and present is something distinctly different and emotionally earnest, bearing the indelible stamp of the extremes of the Midwest where Ben grew up and illuminated by the sunshine of the west coast where he now lives.

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released February 26, 2013

Produced by Bryan Cook and Ben Kreader
Mixed by Bryan Cook
Mastered by Hans DeKline
Photograph by Antony Spencer, Vetta/Getty Images
Design by Gary Trethaway
© 2013 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: Miss You
it's been one hard week
since I've been away from you
looking out my doorway
what I see is nothing new

well I went to the kitchen
and I found some mr. gleam
well I took a little sip
and I had a little dream

that I kissed you
oh baby how I miss you

well you screamed and you shook
"go to hell and don't come back"
please know that I won't hurt you
lay my head down on the tracks

something led me to your door
something made my knuckles knock
something made my mouth fall open
you shut the door and turned the lock

oh honey I miss you
oh baby how I miss you

well now where have you gone?
how long will you be?
I've been down so long about you babe
that down do worry me

well I guess I'll go to sleep now
Billie's singing in my dreams
well I try and make her face out
her voice is ripping at the seams

oh honey I miss you
Track Name: Sink or Swim
blue turns black before my eyes
you punched my heart so hard
I fell against the car
and bruised my side

and as I walk
along this shoulder into town
looking down
the puddles on the ground
become oceans I could drown
just from your lies

right now it’s hard to go on
but I will
gonna see this thing through
I know nothing I could do
sink or swim
is gonna carry me back to you

someday when all our anger burns away
when I could reach across
and touch the thing we lost
and make you stay

but go on and drive
to leave me in the dust so dry
this neverending fight
has cost me boy tonight
the best friend I had
and he left so mad

right now it’s hard to go on
but I will
gonna see this thing through
I know nothing I could do
sink or swim
is gonna carry me back to you

someday

it’s gonna be cold without you my baby I know
I’ve got to go
Track Name: Rusty Water
though the love for which we fought
won’t be ours anymore
what we tied into a knot
has unraveled ‘round its core

though this house is leaning down
old fatigue in the walls
with no current in their wires
all the sockets have grown tired

rusty water carries sorrow
more than angry words can know
wearing down this useless shackle
into oxidized hope

though the chairs are broken down
to feed the flames we stoke
though we have no place to sit
and we stand and shout through smoke

I’ve been burned by all these sparks
so I can’t feel anymore
standing quiet in the dark
soaking salt into the door

rusty water carries sorrow
more than angry words can know
wearing down this useless anchor
into oxidized hope

all I have is this picture I hold
where we were that day I will never know
nineteen years bleached the blue from our eyes
turned what was green into yellow lies
two young men who were bound to collide
people we’ve lost and we’ll never find

rusty water carries sorrow
more than angry words can know
wearing down this useless anchor
into oxidized hope
Track Name: Downspout
there's a child at the door
his tiny fists twitch
has his nose pressed into the screen

crooked bangs blunt across
scribbled lips are tight and taut
and his eyes are silver panes

I fell, my hands hit the gravel
salt sweat out through my eyes
warm rain and wind on my shoulder
glowing green grey yellow light

somebody in a truck
somebody on a train
somebody with a flood
gonna take me far far away

hell, with all I've been through
all I want to do
is forget about you

locomotive fell through the hail storm
forged tracks a mile wide
dirt and dust bit at my eyelids
photo flash lit up the sky

you took me down

then my back found the floor
hit my head against the door
all the pictures fell from the walls

when I woke, looked around
shining gold lay in the ground
all the people seemed so small

you took me down to the water
you left me there to dry
standing still, my arms churn a current
pulling water into the sky