Autumn Suite for August Minor

by Lunifred Benjamin

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Recorded entirely in 1 night at Ace Hotel (NYC) as an artist-in-residence.

Josh Henderson played viola.
Danny Lipsitz played sax.
Izaak Mills played flute.
Steve Bowen engineered dis bitch.

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released November 3, 2014

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Lunifred Benjamin Brooklyn, New York

LB released 2 LPs in 2014, "Autumn Suite" & "Hideous Infatuate".

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Track Name: Brother Ray (Kingdom Came)
Here he come from behind the sun
just to swallow all your pain.
Kingdom Come done came & went
and ain't nothin' changed...

How you figure I owe you somethin'???
You made me go to church
and you broke my Gibson!
I can't walk no line
if you don't leave me no crutch.
But here he come from behind the sun
to swallow all my pain.

Brother Ray just died.
Self-inflicted.
Shit fucked me up inside
I was just with him...
I can't spend no time as fast as it's wasting.
But here he come from behind the sun
to swallow all your pain.

The Friends have all gone home.
The Friends have The Families.
and The Families move on
no matter the tragedy.
How did I get left behind??
I'm still wasted & reeling.

But here he come from behind the sun
just to swallow all your pain.

Kingdom Come done came & went
and ain't nothin' changed...
Track Name: Space & Timing
You know that death is just a day
that you don't ever reawake
and it looks just the same
to all those death did not take.

I wrote you a love song
and you used to sing along...
I had a whole new life mapped out in my brain.
But it did not go that way.
And where ever you are now
I just hope you're okay...

I'm just sendin' you love.
I'm not below or above...
And you can come find me anytime
I'll be straight down the one & only
knowable plane.

I remember your interpretations
and vulnerable articulations...
and I never once thought that you sounded insane!

But you did yell "stay!"
right as I was driving away.
And you told me to die
on my last birthday.

You wrote me a love song
but you don't know how come...
You had a whole new life mapped out in your brain.
But it did not go that way.
And where ever you are now
I just hope you're okay...

I'm just sendin' you love.
I'm not below or above...
And you can come find me anytime
I'll be straight down the one & only
knowable plane.

I remember your interpretations
and vulnerable articulations...
and I never once thought that you sounded insane!
Track Name: Sophia Johanna
Nowhere in the netherworld is father laughing
about the age of man.
Are you pointing to a place
where the pursuit could end???
Or, like the rest of us,
are you just asking?

But I never would have played that existential game
if I had known that you were alone.
'Cause everybody needs a friend
before they can put to bed
the notion of a god.

You have a common thread
of cosmic dust
wrapped around your heart
and sewn up in your soul.
Sophia Johanna,
what your love would allow...
I have all the knowledge that,
but none the knowledge how.

There go another pair of paired-off lovers...
What did one say?
What did the other need to hear?
I thought I was still in love.
I thought you taught me.
But after watching you grow colder,
maybe I just learned it on my own.

You have a common thread
of cosmic dust
wrapped around your heart
and sewn up in your soul.
Sophia Johanna,
what your love would allow...
I have all the knowledge that,
but none the knowledge how.
Track Name: Congratulations
Why do you cry Carolina Mama?
You've done nothing wrong
except answer your heart
when it came a-callin'...

But if you want the man that you kiss
to be the same
who'll raise a fist...
Congratulations darlin'.

You know this winter did not kill me
but it sure wore me down.
And when William the Handsome comes back into town
I have only silence.
And his violence gets so loud.
I know you're not proud.

And so you cry Carolina Mama.
Though you've done nothing wrong
except open your eyes
on your first morning...

Well, if you want the man that you kiss
to be the same
who'll raise a fist...
Congratulations darlin'.

You know this winter did not kill me
but it sure wore me down.
And when William the Handsome comes back into town
I have only silence.
And his violence gets so loud.
I know you're not proud.
Track Name: Wild Lily Whisper
I have watched you bow the heads
of twenty brutish men.
All awaiting the instruction of your
wild lily whisper.

And in the towers
the carillonneurs are chiming out your sins.
You speak the evolved state
so we do all hope that you have
achieved it.

Come on bring your love back home.
I don't care where it's been.
I am not the Bryte Lion
that I had once been.

And in the towers
the carillonneurs are chiming out my sins.
All of my youth
went up my nose.
And now,
where did everybody go?
Track Name: Men With No Mothers
Who are you to want me lovin'?
Who are you to ask?
Men with no mothers
they will not need you.
They have learned not to...

I can't,
I can't be cradled.
But I once lived with a lover
who'd play me Chopin on the grand
while I wept at her pedaling feet.

Less faith than the Zoar congregation,
but no less damned.
Men with no mothers
they are not grateful
to see the glass stained in a new way now.

I can't,
I can't be cradled.
But I once lived with a lover
who'd play me Chopin on the grand
while I wept at her pedaling feet.

You could line up every poet
tell the squad to fire.
They'll thank you for their moment.
They're not afraid to die.

But ain't you done enough damage???
To the earth...
And to the child...
Track Name: Good Today (But Lion Gonna Lay)
He whispers a promise;
a promise out loud.

Oh, he whispers.
Oh, he whisper whispers...
But he don't get too far.
He goes to the Jane St. meeting,
then he goes to the Jane St. bar...

Mama, I've been good today.
But tomorrow...
Well, you'd better pray.

He whispers a promise;
a promise out loud.

Oh, he whispers.
Oh, he whisper whispers...
But he speaks too soon.
He stares at the dirt in his broom.
Then he heats up his spoon...

Little lamb, we are apart today.
But tomorrow...
Lion gonna lay.

Mama, I've been good today.
But tomorrow...
Well, you better pray.
Track Name: What's Been Up?
There are these things that I want to become
but I just don't know how to do it.
Everytime that shit's on the table,
I just can't help but shoot it.

I just can't help but shoot it...

Spend my days with Jean-Michel at the cemetary.
Nowist Hymnal heroes,
they make me feel alright.
But I ain't been back to Blacksburg
since Cho came into my life.

Twenty-nine, and too scared to try...

Got a good woman,
and her goodness is good for me.
But like my papa & grand-papa,
lord, I am a cheater.
Every time you ask if I'm all done,
I can tell that you believe me.

I can tell that you believe me...

Spend my days with Jean-Michel at the cemetary.
Nowist Hymnal heroes,
they make me feel alright.
But I ain't been back to Blacksburg
since Cho came into my life.

Twenty-nine, and too scared to try...
Track Name: Recompense
The hardest thing that you'll ever do on this earth
is die with grace
now that you know the worth.
No life...
and no god...
after the rushing river
of blood.

Spent all the good green bills
on temporary after temporary thrill.
Now I,
I sleep right outside our old place,
in my car.

Spent all the recompense
on a new love.
Though I,
I owed it to you,
my love.

The hardest thing that you'll ever do on this earth
is die with grace
now that you know the worth.