Poema Poematis

by Ben Sures

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1.
04:25
Marie Marie by words and music Ben Sures Marie Marie The devil in me Has taken you for a ride He’s Never been much for sticking around The glue wears off, and he drives Marie Marie Marie Marie The contract is torn Leave your soul and depart The signature’s faded And it won’t stand up There were loopholes from the start Marie Marie The house on Balmoral is fading away All dust and memory , all ground no play We’re standing like salt pillars, but we cannot stay Marie Marie angel and servant you were the advocate true pointing at facts but stuck with a jester the devil’s in the shadows, it’s true Marie Marie The house on Balmoral is battered and worn declared historic, we are forlorn its hard to let go, of rooms where you loved
2.
04:09
I wanna fly away it’s true Fly across the ocean blue See something that’s brand new Do a lot of walkin’, and thinking too send a postcard back to you I wanna hear a different tongue Get some sight and seeing done Eat a lot of different foods Drink some drinks and act the fool send a postcard back to you I want to do something brave Be the man that made the save Fearless with a heart that’s true Not be the jerk you’re married to Send a postcard back to you I wanna have a wild romance Learn to do a killer dance and the art of passion play Be the one that got away Send a postcard back to you Stuck here in this office chair Dreaming circles feeling square The marriage doesn’t bring me down Its being stuck here in this town With no one to send postcards to
3.
04:15
I Don’t think about Winnipeg or Bella Vista Girls All those waitress legs that showed me their world or Sherbrooke Street and Welfare Moms Whose kid’s pull chalk out of there shoe I don’t think about Winnipeg but it sure does make me blue The late great blue note diner Greg and a chainsaw on the stage yea the owner bumming cigarettes and coming on to our dates we all complained behind his back but that place was half our life I don’t think about Winnipeg but it cuts me like a knife The last time that I did mushrooms the first girl I ever dumped now every sidewalk whispers back at me and calls me names like chump all the good and gents people who took or threw their lives away I don’t think about WInnipeg but it haunts me everyday
4.
03:39
There is a hole in the bucket, a hole in the ozone a big big hole in the lonely man’s bed Hole in the donut, hole in the forest holes in the tummies of the kids not fed Holes in the streets where the poor folks live holes in the hearts where love has failed holes in your skin so your skin can breathe holes where the fish used to swim in the sea Holes in the ears, Holes in the eyebrows the nose and cones of the honey bee Holes for diggin, holes for piercing all kinds of holes we do and do not need If a hole needs love, love should fill it if a hole needs air thats where air should be If there's no love and there's no air these holes are just holes thats all they be
5.
03:53
Its your choice to take a chance, on drinking from a still To take a walk through traffic, you might catch a thrill Every bit of medicine you choose to take the pill Maybe you won’t get killed in Burma If the Junta doesn’t get you, The cyclone will A mighty man might come along and shoot you in the face you could have a heart attack running in a race get a disease, sleeping in the wrong place Maybe you won’t get killed in Burma If the Junta doesn’t get you , The cyclone will try a new diet stick a finger down your throat Perform a criminal act on an old farmer’s goat Choose to live on land or on a BC house boat Maybe you won’t get killed In Burma If the Junta doesn’t get you , The cyclone will
6.
Used to have a raygun, it was good for everything Never had to deal with problems, Like other human beings It was no ordinary Raygun, didn't just shoot to kill It could change reality, and even bend wills I really loved my Raygun, I really really really did say I wanted you to like me, or forget what I just said Dial up the setting, and point it at your head It overpowered embarrassment, made mean people dumb even vaporized traffic, the whole world was more fun But Something happened to my raygun , commenced to acting up Wouldn't finish what it started, I think the trigger got stuck Then I had to be careful, what I said and what I did There were no easy solutions, no more point shoot and fix Now I'm stuck here on this planet, I can barely breathe the air Wish I still had my raygun, I'd blast my way off of here I was gonna build a death ray, I just lost heart I don't have a laboratory, its hard to find parts Its hard to find anything ,its hard to get along Hard to make friends, its hard to belong
7.
Everybody has one pops in their head we wonder where are they now are they living or dead? living or dead It might be you they think about maybe you ‘re the one that got a way the one that makes them cry or pout Where are they now are they overseas Where are they now Other side of the rainbow where are they now do they think of me Where they are now Once there was a French girl Her eyes were clear She was on an exchange we exchanged for a year Where are they now are they overseas Where are they now Other side of the rainbow where are they now do they think of me Where they are now
8.
03:08
Maybe the prettiest girl will give you the eye Maybe you'll end up caressing the skin on her thigh Maybe you will. maybe you will Maybe you will. maybe you will Maybe you'll fall off a ladder and hit your head Maybe the blow will leave you entirely dead Maybe you will. maybe you will Maybe you will. maybe you will The clouds might even part for you Children may even gather leaves We'll all sing and dance with Eves Love will come and be true Maybe you'll have everything that you ever dreamed Maybe you'll even come up with the perfect scheme Maybe you will. maybe you will Maybe you will. maybe you will But a Maybe is only a maybe there's no guarantee No guarantee of what maybe will turn out to be Yeah maybe oh maybe your maybes will all come true Some of them do Some of them do Some of them do Some of them do Well I'm going to the fair that's for sure And I'll ride on every ride I can see I'll eat til I have my fill Yes I will, yes I will Yes I will, yes I will
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10.
All around the world, every human being Has a start and a false start, an end and a beginning whether a bone to pick or seed to sow there is one thing that I know what you choose to do or not do this is one thing that is true Everybody matters Everybody matters Even you The Concubine, the Creole maid The one who calls a spade a spade The drinker drinking in the bar the dreamer staring at the stars The cook who burns all the meals The dad who can’t say what he feels the fat kid on the fat farm, the salesman with all the charm Everybody matters Everybody matters Even you matter too the bum with the shopping cart the redneck and the pop tart the bully in the schoolyard the porn star working hard the man who cheated on his wife the robber with the kitchen knife the hooker at the edge of town the drummer who keeps slowing down the peacenik and the fascist the slowest and the fastest the mailman, the store clerk bartender and the soda jerk the dancer with the left feet the girl that doesn’t eat wheat the rich and the royal the clean and the soiled dicator and the diplomat bald guy in a big hat the comic book collector the soviet defector the drunkard and the teetotaler the bluesman and the mountain yodeler the one who gave the plot away the other who just couldn’t stay the pirate and the sailor the mother and the jailor the winner and the failer Everybody matters Everybody matters Even you matter too
11.
my little sister went running into the street bare naked, the paramedics came and took her away she was just being creative the ambulance arrived for a crazy woman dancing in the street with no clothes all they took away was my baby sister the clown with out her nose every day is a full moon every day is a full moon every day is avoiding a padded cell for any precious girl born without a shell my father flew in to help with the refit the cleaning her apartment there was paint everywhere in their clothes and in their hair I think they had a good time all of his kids are exactly the same we live in the extremes we have crazy love affairs do weird things to our hair we walk around in dreams every day is a full moon every day is a full moon every day is avoiding a padded cell for any precious girl born without a shell When you don't fit in to the world you know you make do with what you can yeah read poems in the street go shopping in bare feet make castles in the sand my baby sister is happy now same as before if she remembers to eat she'll be a little more discreet stick to naked dancing indoors and ..every day is a full moon every day is a full moon every day is avoiding a padded cell for any precious girl born without a shell

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recorded, mixed and mastered by Miles Wilkinson
featuring a band of 6 horns and strings

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released May 18, 2018

Audrey Ochoa, PJ Perry, Jeremiah McDade, Bob Tildesely, Sergio Rodrigues, Joe Phillips, Stephanie Suchy, Luke Fraser, Sarah Frank

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Ben Sures Edmonton, Alberta

Ben Sures sings in English, French and Spanish. Plays mostly folk meets roots meets world originals and and a few cover songs by Boubacar Traore, Los Zafiros and Blind Lemon Jefferson. He more recently has dabbled in electronic collaboration.

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