to the other shore

by Ben Hunsberger

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released December 20, 2004

all songs written and performed by ben hunsberger
recording and production by ben hunsberger

Ben's website: www.welcomefarmmusic.com

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Ben Hunsberger Bowdoinham

layer fresh melodies with full-bodied undertones.
fold in a little nature and politics.
season with angst, humor, and a pinch of sarcasm.
serve with plenty of volume.

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Track Name: you're the better man
Words and music by Ben Hunsberger
April, 2004
© 2004 Welcome Farm Music

Here it comes again
Here it comes again
I didn't see it coming
But you're the better man.

On the fence again
On the fence again
I didn't hear it coming
But you're the better man.

You can blame it on me
You can blame it on sun in your eyes
You can blame what you see
When you hide in the dark
You can blame it on leaves in a teacup
Or clouds in the skies
Tides change in the sea
And it's time to decide.

It’s on your face again
Hidden in your grin
Didn’t see it coming
Yes, but you're the better man.

Don't ask me the reason
If it's winter the snow will fly
If it's spring then the snow's gonna melt on the hill
If there's a reason I'm sure that
You will make sense of it all
Tides change in the sea
Seems to me that it's time to decide.

It's only better when
It's better now than then
Didn't I tell you?
You're the better man.
Ah, didn’t I tell you?
You're the better man.
Track Name: day in day out
Words and music by Ben Hunsberger
September, 2004
© 2004 Welcome Farm Music

Winter's laughing in the summer wind
Same song, day in, day out.
Cold passion, with an icy hand
Same song, day in, day out.
Dark horse in the desert sand
Same song, day in, day out.
Place you bet, let the games begin
Same song, day in, day out.

Is the sun setting over the mountain,
Or is it rising up out of the sea?
Toss a coin into the fountain,
Really makes no difference to me.

New page, read the book again
Same song, day in, day out.
Clear skies, the fog is in
Same song, day in, day out.
Lost pride, score the loss a win
Same song, day in, day out.
Angels die and the night begins
Same song, day in, day out.

Is the sun rising over the mountain,
Or is it setting out over the sea?
Flip a coin, toss it into the fountain,
What's the difference between you and me?

Deny reason, give the word a spin
Same song, day in, day out.
Dig deeper, it's paper thin
Same song, day in, day out.
Cast the net, haul another in
Same song, day in, day out.
Speak the lie, raise your right hand
Same song, day in, day out.

Is the sun setting over the mountain,
Or is it rising up out of the sea?
Toss a coin into the fountain,
Really makes no difference to me,
Is the sun rising over the mountain,
Or is it setting out over the sea?
Flip a coin, toss it into the fountain,
What's the difference between you and me?
Track Name: for the little ones
Words and music by Ben Hunsberger
March, 2004
© 2004 Welcome Farm Music

Small child grows up fast
Heart full of hope, dreams of glass
Would she walk so tall and leave the same footprint
If she'd been born in the Port of the Prince?

Small child off to school
ABC's, the Golden Rule
Would his life be show any difference
If he'd been born in the Port of the Prince?

Shouldn't I pray for the little ones?

Say it's right and time will pass
Say it's wrong and the time will pass
What you call it makes no difference
To the little ones in the Port of the Prince.

Shouldn't I pray for the little ones?
Track Name: to the other shore
Words and music by Ben Hunsberger
June, 2004
© 2004 Welcome Farm Music

Give me the strength to bury my mother.
Row, my brothers, row to the sea.
She carried herself with the grace of an angel.
Row with me brothers to the other shore.

Show me the way to comfort my father.
Row, my brothers, row to the sea.
Give him some hope, and take all his sadness.
Row with me brothers to the other shore.

Save, if you would, a thought for me, brothers.
Row, my brothers, row to the sea.
Give me your hand; we’ll comfort each other.
Row with me brothers to the other shore.
Track Name: hard year
Words and music by Ben Hunsberger
November, 2004
© 2004 Welcome Farm Music

Take a bus out of nowhere on a highway of gold
To the point of departure where no one grows old
Pack the things that you need
Get your gear stowed
Destination is so far away

Tell your kids that you're going with a kiss on the head
Show your wife extra kindness and take her to bed
She will need to be fearless
When she's fill with the dread
Of a place that is so far away

It's been a hard year, a hard road
Seems like there's nothing but gray
Destiny's changing
It's been bought and sold
Hallelujah is so far away.

You signed on the line, the decision is made
Mothers are crying for the risks you will take
And if you should die before you awake
They will pray to your god your spirit to take

It's been a hard year, a hard road
Seems like there's nothing but gray
Nowhere to pull over
To balance the load
Salvation is so far away.

It was clear to you then, not a doubt in your mind
You could step to the plate, walk the straight line
But certainty's ellusive
In these uncertain times
And the stone keeps on rolling away

It's been a hard year, a hard road
There will be no indifference today
What hangs in the balance
And what you've been told
Will weigh on your mind, will weigh on your soul.

It's been a hard year, a hard road
Seems like there's nothing but gray
Destiny's changing
It's been bought and sold
Hallelujah is so far away.
Track Name: sweetie pie
Words and music by Ben Hunsberger
May, 2004
© 2004 Welcome Farm Music

Saving all my money
Going to get something to eat
There's a dinner on the corner
Few blocks down the street
Mmmm

Check the daily specials
Get the most for my dime
Order up something tastey
This is going to take some time
Mmmm

When the waitress asks me
"Would you care for some dessert?
I'm sure you'll find some room
If you just loosen up your shirt..."
I say, "Thank you very kindly,
But I'm saving room for Sweetie Pie.
I appreciate the offer,
But I'm saving room for Sweetie Pie."

Stopping by the grocery
Do some shopping for the week
Cruising down the aisles
Fill the basket to the peak
Mmmm

The lady in the check-out
Says her life is such a mess.
She wonders if I'd like to help
Relieve some of her stress...
I say, "Thank you very kindly,
But I'm saving room for Sweetie Pie.
It's a very handsome offer,
But I'm saving room for Sweetie Pie."
Track Name: water is low
Words and music by Ben Hunsberger
November, 2004
© 2004 Welcome Farm Music

Water is low in the river this year
Too little snow, not enough rain
For the sun I can't complain
But the water is low in the river.

Water is low in the river this year
It's low in the lake, low in the streams
There's some current, but not what it seems
Water is low in the river.

What will become of this river this year?

Could be I don't remember so well
My memories color, color with time
Maybe I remember the good years too well
And leave the bad years to fade on the vine.

Water is low in the river this year
I could never wade this spot before
I see new islands and far too much shore
Water is low in the river.

What will become of this river this year?