LYRICS
 Cosmic Circus Tent  
 Tom Benjamin 

1.

   I Want to Walk on Mars

I want to walk on Mars

Out there among the stars

I want to gaze across at Venus

With the earth there in between us

Like a firefly in a jar…

 

I want to see the wondrous sights 

Of worlds beyond the dimmin’ lights

Of this city in the winter                       Where hope is just a glimmer

Fading in the night…

 

    There are miracles in this world

    There are miracles in this world…

 

        From the perfect curve of space

        To the elegance of dawn

        Stars drift across the night

        Who knows what’s beyond

        All these miracles…. 

 

As I turn back toward my home            The only one I’ve ever known

I see an outpost on the edge                 Of the universe it’s said

Whose fate is still unknown…

 

    There are miracles in this world

    There are miracles in this world…

 

I want to walk on Mars

Out there among the stars

I want to gaze across at Venus

With the earth there in between us

Like a firefly in a jar…

w/m Tom Benjamin 

2.

   Songs & Prayers 

I write songs, she says prayers

Sometimes there's not,

. . . much difference there

When the sun don't shine and

. . . the world don't care

I write songs and she says prayers

 

Sometimes I'm dark,

. . . most times she shines

I'm an old scrub oak, 

. . . she's a beautiful pine

Reachin' up to the star lit sky

Sometimes I'm dark,

. . . most times she shines

 

     We're just a moment in time

     We're just a moment in space

     Passing through to a better place

     A broken hearted human race

     We're just a moment in time

     We're just a moment in space

 

I play the drums, she plays guitar

We sing our songs at the local bar

We take home the change

. . . from the old tip jar

I play the drums, she plays guitar

 

     We're just a moment in time

     We're just a moment in space

     Passing through to a better place

     A broken hearted human race

     We're just a moment in time

     We're just a moment in space

 

I write songs, she says prayers

Sometimes there's not,

. . .much difference there

When the sun don't shine and 

. . .the world don't care

I write songs and she says prayers

w/m Tom Benjamin 

1.

 One Less Apple

There's one less apple on the tree

There's one less apple on the tree

When that mornin' sun came 'round

There for all to see

One less apple on the tree

And you know those apples 

. . . don't come free

 

The garden was damp

. . .from a midnight rain

The garden was damp

. . .from a midnight rain

There were footprints on the ground

Left without a sound 

In the garden damp

. . . from a midnight rain

That morning the world

. . . first knew shame

 

     Ooh... my my

     Something changed late last night

     Ooh... my my

     Now we're hidin' in the shadows 

     . . . instead of walkin' in the light

 

The camels blinked in disbelief

The camels blinked in disbelief

The monkeys swallowed hard

The pigeons froze in place

When the camels blinked in disbelief

What was this new use

. . . for a fig leaf

 

You don't know you're naked 'til you do

You don't know you're naked 'til you do

Exposed for what you've done

With nowhere left to run

You don't know you're naked 'til you do

And there's no one to blame

. . . except for you

 

     Ooh... my my

     Something changed late last night

     Ooh... my my

     Now we're hidin' in the shadows  

     . . . instead of walkin' in the light

w/m Tom Benjamin 

2.

 Sparrow

I'm a sparrow in this life                       I don't sing too well but I try

I don't soar too high

I don't fly too far

I'm a quiet light

Not a shootin' star

I'm a sparrow

 

I'm a sparrow, I’m glad to be

I can make a home in any tree

Resourceful

Could have been my name

I can hunker down

Through any hurricane

Sparrow. . . .

 

     I like corny dogs

     At county fairs

     And the cracker jacks

     The kids spill there

     Popcorn bags

     At the old ball park

     Under the bleacher seats     

     When the lights go dark

 

I'm a sparrow not much to see

My looks are plain you won't notice me

In the city park

By the quick lunch stand

In the winter trees

On a broken branch

Sparrow. . . . 

 

I'm a sparrow in this life                  I don't sing too well but I try

I don't soar too high

I don't fly too far

I'm a quiet light

Not a shootin' star

Sparrow. . . .

w/m Tom Benjamin 

1.

 Cosmic Circus Tent

Do you believe in stars

Do you believe in the sky so dark

Or is a cosmic circus  tent

Over a massive parking lot

Where we're all assigned our parts

Scripted from the start....

 

Some to the flying trapeze 

High above the room

Some behind the elephants

With a bucket and a broom

And so the story goes

Like a closet full of clothes...

The ones you always wear

And the ones you never dare...

 

     You better say what you will

     Better think what you like

     Before your mind slips away

     At another red light...

 

Now we don't work the land

Like our grandparents did

Their souls were in the soil

And the soil was on their hands

And so the story goes

Like a closet full of clothes...

The ones you're married in

And the ones  you're buried in...

 

     You better say what you will

     Better think what you like

     Before your mind disappears  

     At another red light...

 

Do you believe in stars

Do you believe in the sky so dark

Or is a cosmic circus tent

Over a massive parking lot

Where we're all assigned our parts

Scripted from the start....

w/m Tom Benjamin 

2.

 My Religion is a Song 

My religion is a song

Sung because it matters

My religion is a light

That shines where darkness gathers

My religion is my home

And my home's by your side

And I know I see God

Every morning with the sun rise

Every morning with the sun rise

Every morning with the sun rise

I know I see God

Every morning with the sun rise

 

As a child I was taught

The truth of God was in some book

With epic tales of wars and angels

Some descended into hell

But truth has many faces

And we choose the ones we see

The  blooming of a flower 

Is truth enough for me

Truth enough for me

Truth enough for me

The blooming of a flower

Is all I need to see

 

My religion is a melody

Drifting on an ancient breeze                I hear a little piece of God  

When we sing that harmony  

When we sing that harmony  

When we sing that harmony  

I hear a little piece of God  

When we sing that harmony  

 

My religion is a song

Sung because it matters

My religion is a light

That shines where darkness gathers

w/m Tom Benjamin 

Beauty's at the Mercy
of This World 
Tom Benjamin 

1.

   Unconditonal Love

     (CHORUS)   

     Unconditional Love

     Unconditional Love

     What people need,                               as much a heaven above

     Is some unconditional love

 

Take the child who can't do right

Hold his motives up to the light

Does he really need the back                  ... of your hand

Or your ... Unconditional Love

 

Take a woman and take a man

We expect so much and                        ... we make demands

When all we really need to understand

Is some ... Unconditional Love

 

       I look around and I know it's true

       I ask myself what can I do

       Just open up my heart 

       And let it flow through

       Open up my heart                                 And let it flow through

       Unconditional Love ...

 

This world can be such a lonely place

We hide our hearts and we hide our face

When all we need is a little faith

And some ... Unconditional Love

w/m  Tom Benjamin

2.

   Little World

Some love's like a phone call                  . . . after midnight

There's moment you hesitate

And unknown fears and feelings

Rush to your head and your heart

And the ones you love pass before you

As you reach out in the dark

 

Some love's like a carny midway

Where you simply lose control

The pitch man sells you anything

'Til you're down to your last dime

And you're left with the sun                    . . . and the sawdust

When the show moves down the line

 

     I just want to tell you I love you

     Tell you everything's alright

     Let's get lost inside our little world           . . . tonight

     Let's get lost inside our little world            . . . tonight

 

Our love's like a still stretch of highway

When you're drivin' late at night

The air is warm and silent

The stars are clear and bright

We don't always know where

. . . we're goin'

But we're goin' 'cause it feels so right

 

     I just want to tell you I love you

     Tell you everything's alright

     Let's get lost inside our little world           . . . tonight

     Let's get lost inside our little world           . . . tonight

w/m  Tom Benjamin

2.

   Forgive Myself 

I want to lay down

In the shade of the truth

I want to find the peace

Only that can do

Lord I need to be forgiven

For the times I slipped and fell

But most of all I need 

To forgive myself

 

You know what's done is done

It's never gonna change

No matter what you do

The past remains the same

Lord I need to be forgiven

And I know I need your help

But most of all I need 

To forgive myself

 

          As the river flows

          So life goes

          'Til the heartland meets the sea

          Somewhere along the way

          We're bound to learn to pray

          If we don't learn nothin' else

          Say a prayer for me

          Say a prayer for me

 

I want to lay down

In the shade of the truth

I want to find the peace

Only that can do

Lord I need to be forgiven

For the times I slipped and fell

But most of all I need 

To forgive myself

w/m  Tom Benjamin

2.

   Your Sweet Love

Who put the cream in my coffee

Who put the strut in my step

Who took my dictionary                ...tore out the word regret

 

Who takes the calls from my mother

Who gets me out of the bed

Who kicks me in the butt                      ...so I can remove my head

 

    I don't remember what I did

    To win your love

    I don't remember what I did but I did

    So I thank my lucky stars above

    Your love is easier than

 

           Rollin' down a mountain

           Switchin' on a light

           Sleepin' in the mornin'

           Runnin' 'round all night

 

    When I think of all you've done for me

    I fall down on my bended knees

    I thank the lord above for sending me

    Your Sweet Love .... Your Sweet Love

 

Who puts the rise in my biscuits

Who puts the fry in my pan

Who keeps the fires burnin'

...anyway she can

 

I don't know if I can tell her

Just what she means to me

I'm just a ship on dry land and she's the  ...deep blue sea

w/m  Tom Benjamin

2.

   Intention

I remember driving late through this town

Well past closing time

Headlights on wet streets

Reflecting colored neon, advertising beer ...and cigarettes

 

There was a feeling in the empty streets

A feeling of well being

Everything washed clean

From lower Broad to West End, a quiet ...cadence of caution

 

I remember my destination on Linden Ave 

A small house just off 21st Street

Leaves dripping from a midnight rain    A light in the window

 

          And I remember thinking

          What is your intention

          What do you intend                               ...to do with my heart

 

In those days you were singing with    ...your band

A trio from East Texas

Everything from Etta James to Cole Porter

It was a sound, it was a feeling

Like late night coffee after the last call

 

I remember watching you and wondering

I had no idea, I had not a clue

As to what was about to occur

...between me and you

 

          And I remember thinking

          What is your intention

          What do you intend

          ...to do with my heart

          To do with my heart

 

          w/m  Tom Benjamin

1.

  Rise Above

I'm gonna beat a song out of this ...highway

Make a man out of this dust

Make amends to those who've loved me

Rise above

 

I'm gonna find the truth and I will live it

Pass the flame that's passed to me

Sleep as sound as a new born

Rise above ... Rise above

 

Gonna rise above ... Rise above 

 

I'm gonna throw a stone into still waters

Rock the cradle rob the grave

Keep it steady, I'll be ready

Rise above

 

Gonna find a way to cool this fever

Find a way to calm this fright

Gonna jump this wall at midnight

Rise above ... Rise above

 

Gonna rise above ... Rise above 

 

I'm gonna write my life story

Then I'm gonna put it to a match

Burn all these illusions

Rise above

 

I'm gonna walk down to the river

When fall is in the air

Just to admire its Creator

Rise above ... Rise above

 

Gonna rise above ... Rise above 

w/m  Tom Benjamin

2.

  Loose Talk

Loose talk

Kinda like loose change

You carry it around

So you can buy cheap things

 

Loose talk

Kinda like a long line

You get nowhere fast

You're just wastin' your time

Loose talk ... loose talk

 

Loose talk

Kinda like loose love

Ain't worth a whole lot

When push comes to shove

Loose talk.....loose talk

 

     I know sometimes it's so hard to see

     Loose talk don't ever come free

     So if you ever have any doubts

     Just put some distance

     'tween your mind and your mouth

     Loose talk.... loose talk

     Talking 'bout Loose Talk 

 w/m  Tom Benjamin

2.

  You're My Gold

In the middle of the night

When everything is still

I feel you lyin' here beside me

And I pray I always will

 

It's the light that never dims

It's the trust between two friends

It's the work we do to mend what          ... gets undone

    I know it's true

    You know it too

    From the start I gave my heart to you

 

Silently I lie awake

And listen to the night

It's easier to see some things 

In the absence of the light

 

Like the truth that can't be changed

Compromised or rearranged

And the heart can't be explained by      ... anyone

    I know it's true

    You know it too

    From the start I gave my heart to you

 

    I'm not quite sure how it came to this

    Ain't it funny  how life goes

    One day you're hittin' up against the      ... wall

    Next day your touch is gold...

    You're my gold ... you're my gold

 

In the middle of the night

When everything is still

I feel you lyin' here beside me

And I pray I always will

w/m  Tom Benjamin

2.

  Who is This Teacher           of  Mine 

   Chorus

   Who is this teacher of mine

   Who is this teacher of mine

   Who is this teacher

   This teacher of mine

   Who is this teacher of mine

 

          Is it the land I walk on

          Is it the air I breathe

          Is it the cool clear water

          Or the wind blown seed

   Chorus

         

          Is it a holy book

          Is it the Lord above

          Is it the still of night

          Or a mother's love

   Chorus

          Is it a broken promise

          Is it a dream deferred

          Is it the doubt inside us

          Or the healer's cure

   Chorus

          Is it a field to harvest

          Is it the stars above

          Is it the rolling thunder

          Or the white winged dove

   Chorus

          Is it a new day dawning

          The blue sky above

          Is it a warm breeze blowing

          Or the one I love

   Chorus

   Who is this teacher of mine

   Who is this teacher of mine

   Who is this teacher...

   This teacher of mine

   Who is this teacher of mine

   Someone tell me who's that teacher

   Who's that teacher,

   That teacher of mine 

   w/m  Tom Benjamin

1.

 Beauty's at the Mercy       of this World

 In memory of Princess Diana & Mother Teresa

Pretty as a Princess

Lovely as a rose

Shimmerin' like a falling star                 When the night is clear and cold

Like a poem tossed on a fire

As the edges twist and curl

Beauty's at the mercy of this world

 

A life of true devotion

Much like Rembrandt's use of light

Reveals but one solution

Compassion in God's sight

Though she'll walk these streets no more  What she taught us must endure

Beauty's at the mercy of this world

 

Flowers came from Portugal

South Africa and Wales

To London and Calcutta

From a world that felt it failed

To see the least among us 

While we paid the scavengers               Beauty's at the mercy of this world

 

Pretty as a Princess

Lovely as a rose

Shimmerin' like a falling star                 When the night is clear and cold

Like a poem tossed on a fire                  As the edges twist and curl

Beauty's at the mercy of this world  

w/m  Tom Benjamin 

2.

With My Angel Tonight

I'm tryin' to make a connection

But this river is oh so wide

I'm searchin' for truth not perfection

But even this river has two sides

 

     I want to wade in the water

     I want to walk in the light

     I want to wade in the water

          With My Angel Tonight

          With My Angel Tonight

 

I get bought up & caught up & real lost

With a fever that's runnin' too high

I reach in the dark for a cool cloth

To soothe me and open my eyes

 

     I want to wade in the water

     I want to walk in the light

     I want to wade in the water

          With My Angel Tonight

          With My Angel Tonight

 

Moses parted the water so wide

Till his people were safe                         . . . on the other side

I'm not lookin' for the sea to divide

Just a little faith will get me by

I'm tryin' to make a connection

But this river is oh so wide

I'm searchin' for truth not perfection

But even this river has two sides

w/m  Tom Benjamin 

2.

Breakdown

The loyal wife, the loving mother

She wore it well, it was her cover

She didn't mean to lose her mind

She didn't mean to cross that line

She picked a bad place...to breakdown

 

The car was new, the car was fast

The ride was smooth                              ...as the road flew past

He didn't mean to run that sign

He didn't mean to get so high

He picked a bad place...to breakdown

 

She was young, thought her life too slow

A pretty face, a natural glow

She knew it all, she ran away

What a price that young girl paid

They found her face down...breakdown

 

He was  guy, like any other

But when he lied, he always stuttered

He told himself, she'd never leave

And if she did, he wouldn't ggggrieve

He picked a sad place...to breakdown

 

On the road, the other night

The wind and rain, obscured my sight

There on the shoulder, suddenly

I saw a man, who looked a lot like me

It was a bad place

It was the last place

You want to breakdown

 

w/m Tom Benjamin

2.

Let Something Go

If you can't hold the line,

 can't hold the line

If you can't hold the line,

 you gotta let something go

 

     The sun comes up in the morning

     A man gets out of his bed

     He walks over to the window

     And simply hangs his head

     The beauty of all creation

     Lies just beyond the glass

     But all he sees are his frustrations

     That he cannot get past

 

If you can't hold the line.....

 

If you can't speak the truth,               can't speak the truth

If you can't speak the truth,                 you gotta let something go

 

      You sit down to write a letter

      But the words they just don't flow

      You need a hammer and a chisel

      To get your feelings through

      And really that's the difference

      When you put words on a page

      When you're way beyond                      ...just gettin' along

      And you have to act your age

 

If you can't speak the truth.....

 

If you can't stand the rain,                 can't stand the rain

If you can't stand the rain,                   you gotta let something go

 

       There's a girl on the TV weather

       Every evening  at five

       She's got her smile and

       ...her Doppler radar

       She could make a barometer rise

       But when they cut to a commercial

       She don't know who she is

       She can give you a pretty good               ...five day

       But she keeps her secrets hid

 

If you can't stand the rain.....

w/m Tom Benjamin

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