Bent Penny's One Tree Hill

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released August 22, 2015

Mark Bannerman - Words.
Ken Stephenson - Music, Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Basses, Recording....

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Lee Davidson - Drums on 2,4,6,7,8,9,10,11
Aria Stone - Tenor Saxophone on 1 and 10

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Track Name: In The Park
There are lions and tigers in the park
But they only come out after dark
There are elephants and monkeys too
And they'll do anything I want them to

The doctor told me not to go in there
I asked him why he should care
He said stay inside the lines and squares
You can leave them if you dare

I was standing there when a bus rolls by,
I try to catch the driver’s eye
He looks like he’s a monkey too
Ferrying animals from the zoo
They’ll be safer here he says
Staying here with me and you.
The foghorn sounds down by the bay
But no-one listens anyway

I've got to get away. Got to get away
Things go on day to day. But I’ve got to get away.

I saw you by the jungle jim
There was money in your hand
I didn’t see who you were talking to
You were looking very thin
I saw Jesus with his crucifix
Mary with her tears
I saw Gandhi with his glasses on
And Hitler wears a beard

The trees are above us
They disappear into the sky
They fill with bats and noises
As the hours go spinning by
There are lions and tigers in the park
They only come out after dark
There are elephants and monkeys too
They’ll do anything I want them to.

I've got to get away. Got to get away
Things go on day to day. But I’ve got to get away.
Track Name: Well I Left My Friends
Well I left my friends no I did not say a word.
Left them like mist hanging, on the cool morning air.
I pulled my hat down so I wouldn't be seen
I moved through the town like a shadow in a dream

Someone said they saw me
put the sentries on alert
But I left the sound of dogs behind
no sign upon the earth /tracks in the dirt
I travelled out beyond
Down through the badlands
Looking for the treasure
I was holding in my hands

Spun myself a web of gold boiled in a silver spoon
Someone stole my voice put a frosting on the moon

The devil will tempt you
He comes with a smile
Spread his hand across the landscape
You know what yours is mine
Now I roam the forest
Just the animals for friends
But when the food runs out
You know how the story ends

I spun myself a thread of gold turned into a spiders web
I spun myself a thread of gold candy floss inside my head
I spun myself a web of gold boiled in a silver spoon
but someone stole my voice
while I was howling at the moon.
Track Name: Listen To The Wind
There’s a long empty beach,
There a slow breaking wave
There’s a boat out to sea
with a cargo of slaves
You were coming to see me
at least that what you said,
Now these thoughts of you
run around in my head

Listen to the sound of the wind
Listen to the seagulls cry
Listen to the turning of the spheres
Watch the years go floating by

Let’s climb to the top of the hill
It might help us get a better view
Up here I can see for miles
But I can’t see a trace of you.
There’s a long empty beach
there’s a secret hidden in the dunes
There are footprints on my heart,
I guess only time will remove
Track Name: While You Were Sleeping
While you were sleeping…. I crept into your room
I sat in the corner…. by the light of the moon

while you were sleeping the night caught on fire
the cities all crumbled from the weight of desire
I can hear you breathing, see the shadows on the wall
Well, while you were sleeping the world turned away
Put its back to the sun, dis-membered the day
If I try really hard , It’s like I’m not here at all.

Don’t ask even once why I’m sitting here
Or why the light on your face makes me shed a tear
I know you don’t talk much… I don’t expect that you do
But there’s so much left unsaid… between me and you


Well, while you are sleeping I can count my regrets
Watched the moon turn black and the stars pirouette
While you were sleeping I kissed you goodnight
Went into my room and turned out the light.
Track Name: The Old Man On The Hill
There’s just one twisted tree
High on top of a hill
There’s an old man sitting there
And he’s sitting there still
I’m down in the valley
Drawing water from the well
I’m lost in the river
But I’m gonna climb that hill

So many steps
Such a long way to fall
And when you get to the top
You think you’ll have it all

The years roll like cartwheels
You see stars flame and die
Now you’re sitting alone
Looking down from on high
Then an old man appears
With a gold coin in his hand
As you reach out to take it
His face turns to sand

So many steps
Such a long way to fall
And when you get to the top
You’ll find nothing at all
Track Name: One Last Wave
It’s late in the evening and the north-easter’s in
The downtown crowd gathers, let the ceremony begin.
But don’t you try and find me - don’t try looking there
I’m hiding on the ocean - Yes I’m way out to sea

Yeah, I’m chasing something, something that I crave
I’m waiting for the feeling, I’m watching,
I’m waiting for that one last wave.

I’ve seen them all come
And I’ve seen them all go
Like pretty maids and their boys all in a row
They were torn by the breeze
They were burnt by the sun
And now I’m here all alone
As I watch the darkness come

The day feels like velvet, my skin starts to prune
I’ll watch and I’ll be lost If it doesn’t come soon
Like a dog being tortured I’ll howl at the moon
But you don’t need to come looking I’m easy to see

As night comes you’ll find me
Here any day
I’m waiting for the feeling
Yes I’m waiting for that one last wave.
Track Name: Sunday Night (Crash Landing)
It’s Sunday night on the lovers flight and
They don’t know if they should laugh or cry
but I know which one and I can tell you why
It’s Sunday night on the lovers flight and
They don’t know if they should laugh or cry
Yeah, I know which one cause She said goodbye

Waitress can I have a beer Better make that two
waitress can I have a beer but the drug I’m thinking of is you

Looking down from above And the city spreads out below
I’m asking myself so many questions
But there’s some answers you just don’t want to know
I’m riding in a silver cab Down an avenue of trees
You may be somewhere south of here Trying not to think of me.

Can I go sleep ... wake up when you’re old and grey
I guess that presumes I wouldn’t want you that way
Can I go sleep ... wake up when you’re old and grey
And the fact is it means I’m wishing my life away

It’s Sunday night on the lovers flight Shall i laugh or shall i cry
There’s no choice right now and I can tell you why
It’s Sunday night on the lovers flight Shall i laugh or shall i cry
‘cause it was Sunday when you said goodbye.
Track Name: That Old Guitar
There’s an old guitar out in the hall,
standing up against the wall
Some days it just sits there
says nothing at all,
But some days it calls out to me
calls to me like a church bell’s ring,
And then it tells e
tells me everything.

Bone and wood and steel Is this a measure of a life that’s real?
Or is this a curtain like a child that I can hide behind

You know it hasn’t always been that way,
I forgot about it for a lot of yesterdays
I left it out in the shed, Someone held you in my stead
But somehow you came back to me,
there’s some bruises and the paint works chipped
But that’s nothing ....that’s nothing, that good love won’t fix

Bone and wood and steel Some measure of a life that’s real
A map that tells me where I’ve been… That old guitar knows all I’ve seen

Bone and wood and steel, A measure of a life that’s real
coloured like tobacco stains, The sound of notes falling down like rain.

There’s an old guitar out in the hall, Standing up against the wall
I watch it as the sun moves and the shadows fall
A face the colour of tobacco stains,
my face has seen its share of wind and rain
i”ve put it down but I’ll pick it up again,
you’re the only one that keeps me sane
Track Name: The Numbers (1984)
Turn any corner. Listen for the sound
Of footsteps behind me. Something's coming down
We know where you're going. We know what you do
We know what you’re thinking. way before you do
We know you by numbers. just zeros and twos
There's no secrets between us now. we know your every move

We've got a list, got your picture on the wall
We know when you rise.And we'll be there when you fall
It's a life by numbers. Just fill in the dots
We've got you from birth. And that's not all that we got
While you wait to be questioned. Here’s a book you can read
It’s got numbers in the title. I’m just not sure what it means

I’m getting old. I don’t belong here any more
I’m just a survivor. Of another cold war
The language changes. The smiles just hide
They see me belonging. to some other side
I’ve fallen in the gap. The digital divide
Track Name: I'm So Restless
I may just have to go out and take a walk around
Like a dog sniffing corners, let me see what I can find.
Oh baby don’t you know I’m restless.
It’s so hard to keep a good man down
But in that whimsy lays a danger.
You just never know what you might find

There’s a path leading somewhere, takes me onward through the wood
There’s a mystery in the forest but I don’t know where to look
Come on let the river carry me all the way down to the sea
All those people and the faces, drifting by are all just lost to me

Oh perhaps I’m looking out for Jesus.
Perhaps I’m looking for a resting place
But I just can’t get myself settled 'till I can see his face
There’s a secret behind each doorway and a pleasure in a lonesome smile
I have come so far to see you
it’s hard to tell you all the things I’ve left behind

If we could just rest by the water.
Feel the tide go in and out
I see you standing by the window with a smile
that says you know what I’m about

If we could just rest by the water.
Feel that tide going in and out
I see you standing by the window with a smile
that tells me, you know what life is all about.
Track Name: The North Wind
There’s a north wind blowing
There’s ash on my tongue
I’ve opened the gates now
And let the dogs run.
There’s smoke to the north
A fires coming this way
It will catch us if we run
And we’ll be caught if we stay

There’s fire on the mountain
There’s a fire inside me
They said don’t play with matches
But I just couldn’t let it be

It all seemed so easy
When we started out
But there were tree branches fallen
and leaves lying about
you lit a flame that turned into a fire
and there’s no water that controls these flames of desire

There’s fire on the mountain
There’s a fire inside me
They said don’t play with matches
But I just couldn’t let it be

Someone bring me water,
Someone take me to the sea
But it won’t put out
This fire burning .... inside of me.