shadow of the eagle

by Ben Hunsberger

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released February 5, 2007

all songs written and performed by ben hunsberger
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layer fresh melodies with full-bodied undertones.
fold in a little nature and politics.
season with angst, humor, and a pinch of sarcasm.
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Track Name: shadow of the eagle
Words and music by Ben Hunsberger
21 Oct 2005
© 2005 Ben Hunsberger

From far away through dark of space
The sun's rays reach Earth
A feathered form circles endlessly
And casts a silent shadow
On everything beneath

I am one who falls within the shadow of the eagle.

For one whose childhood ran its course
Protected from every harm
The great bird's reach and snowy head
Was a symbol, a silent messenger
Protection from the storm.
A silent messenger.

I am one who lives within the shadow of the eagle.

One painter's brush is tipped with blue
To paint the boldest sky
Horizons lit with purple hues
And gold the eagle's eye.

One painter paints a darker sky
A hopeless scene of grays and blacks
Vast and desperate, full of fear
No sun to light the eagle's back

I am one who knows the sun makes the shadow of the eagle.

For those who twist a sign of strength into belligerence and fear
There is no bird to lend its name
To the twisted truths, the practiced tear
I am the one to name your name.

I am one to call you out from the shadow of the eagle
I am one to challenge you to the shadow of the eagle
I am one to stake my claim to the shadow of the eagle.
Track Name: how deep it was
Words and music by Ben Hunsberger
29 Jul, 2006
© 2006 Ben Hunsberger

Can't pretend I didn't know
I waded in too deep
Can't pretend I didn't know
How deep it was.

I understand it's stupid
No argument from me
Really should have noticed
Just how deep it was.

Could have kept my mouth shut
But I pitched my two cents in
Shouldn't be surprised
How deep it was.

It all seemed so innocent
Just to wet my feet
Didn't pay attention to
How deep it was.

Suddenly I'm struggling to stay above the water
Wishing that I'd found a better way to say what I mean
It's a tragedy I didn't see
How deep was the water.

Carlessly forgotten
Important things you said
Better off remembering
How deep it was.

I'll never get another chance
To be sensitive
To care about your hurt and
How deep it was.
Track Name: inhibited
Words and music by Ben Hunsberger
Aug, 2006
© 2006 Ben Hunsberger

I'm a quiet boy
Don't draw attention to myself
Just a little mouse
Keeping close to the wall where you won't see me

I'm a quiet boy
Rather not make your acquaintance
Just a little mouse
Sweaty finger twitching on the trigger of a gun

Please don't say my name
Please don't look at my face
I don't want to be your friend
I'm inhibited.

I'm a quite boy
Anonymous login to a private chat
Just a little mouse
Untraceable hacker on the company line

I'm a quite boy
Barely a heartbeat, check my pulse
Just a little mouse
Eighteen years now, I think you'd better run

Please don't say my name
Please don't look at my face
I don't want to be your friend
I'm inhibited.

I'm a quiet boy
Don't draw attention to myself
Just a little mouse
Keeping close to the wall where you won't see me

I'm a quite boy
Barely a heartbeat, check my pulse
Just a little mouse
Eighteen years now, I think you'd better run

Please don't say my name
Please don't look at my face
I don't want to be your friend
I'm inhibited.
Track Name: answer me
Words and music by Ben Hunsberger
29 Aug, 2006
© 2006 Ben Hunsberger

Will we all be here in the morning?
Will the sun appear at all?
I can hardly wait to hear your answer,
If you answer me at all.

Will the road be clear in the morning
With a path away from here?
I can hardly wait to hear your answer
If you answer me at all.

Will you share a dream in the morning
Or defend your flawless past?
I can hardly wait to know your thinking
If you ever give a thought.
If you're thinking much at all.

Will you sound alarm in the morning
As we flounder in the tides?
I can hardly breathe until you answer
For a chance to sink or die.
If you answer me at all.
Track Name: fooled again
Words and music by Ben Hunsberger
July, 2006
© 2006 Ben Hunsberger

Surely we're safer than we were yesterday
All the horses are grazing green meadows of hay
And we're flying buck naked, good to see you my friend
And we won't be fooled again, we won't be fooled again

It used to be I had a secret or two
But that made us all nervous, and just wouldn't do
So we hired some folks to keep a tap on my line
And we won't be fooled again, we won't be fooled again

I can sleep well at night, our democracy is strong
We've elected fine people heirs to the thrown
To preserve and protect and get rich while they can
And we won't be fooled again, we won't be fooled again

I used to worry about freedom, used to pray for the poor
Now things have changed and I don't do that no more
'Cause I'm free as a bird in a cage in a mine
And we won't be fooled again, we won't be fooled again

Folks like to tell me "fish or cut bait"
All your bitching and moaning, why not move out of state?
But I love everything about this country, except them...
And we won't be fooled again, we won't be fooled again

You can fool me once, that's a shame on me
Next time you do it is red I will see
But if lightening should strike me three times and I'm dead
I won't be fooled again, I won't be fooled again.
I won't be fooled when I'm dead in the ground, I won't be fooled again.
I won't be fooled when they bury my old bones, I won't be fooled again.
Track Name: black sand
Words and music by Ben Hunsberger
September, 2005
© 2005 Welcome Farm Music

Black sand shows your footsteps on the beach
Every wave gently breaks finds them just out of reach
Your plan works away at my defenses
Every wave draws me closer to a time when it is complete

The castle wall begins to crumble at my feet
Water's rising, there's nowhere to retreat

You dance with the moonlight in your eyes
A bend in your hips, your fingers caressing the skies
Black sand wears away at my defenses
Every wave draws me deeper in the sea of your rising tide

The wall is breached, I can't swim for higher ground
The swirling waters loose my grip and draw me down

I stand a prisoner of your love
Every wave is a wall, the stars form a ceiling above
Black sand has me shacked by the feet
And I'm forced to my knees to confess what I'm guilty of

You make me question everything I know
If I surrender you'll incarcerate my soul in black sand.
Track Name: charmed life
Words and music by Ben Hunsberger
Sep, 2006
© 2006 Ben Hunsberger

I lead a charmed life
Bouncing from one good thing to the next
Days seem to roll by
Like a script has been written and I'm reading the text
I'm sure there's a catch that I haven't seen yet
That suddenly turns out the light
But for now it's all right, there's no end in sight
I lead a charmed life

I lead a charmed life
Good friends and family, a good place to live
I give it my best try
And make my mistakes, and they seem to forgive
I look out the window and watch winter's wind blow
And cover the world with ice
But the dreams of the night are vivid and bright
I lead a charmed life

I lead a charmed life
A delicate balance, a dance on the waves
There's no telling how or why
Or when it will end, could be years or days
Sooner or later the things I'm afraid of
May sneak up and give me the knife
For now it's all right, I sleep well at night
I lead a charmed life
I lead a charmed life.