Better Homes And Gardens

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released December 30, 2016

Scarlet Street (was) - Ben Seitz

Mixed, Mastered, Edited, and Produced by Lukas Shows and Ben Seitz at Lukas's home, Columbus, Ohio between December 1-26, 2016.
All songs written by Ben Seitz, except music by Oso Oso on Track 2.
Photography by Ben Seitz

Special thanks to: Lukas Shows, Hannah Shows, and the entire Shows family for raising two amazing humans. Laura Greenawalt for putting up with our shenanigans while working on finals. Beatrice Greenawalt-Shows for being the most precious feline in existence. Billy Menke and Andrew Ryan Sterner, for providing much needed emotional support when recording, after release, and being my support system when all else fails. Hollyann Howard for all the advice and then some. The Seitz family for believing in your dumb son/brother and feeding him while he's home. Shell Gas Station on 17th and Summit where vocals on various tracks were recorded in the back room. Cody Disney for drum support post-release. Robert Dale Sager for giving me my start in music with Atomic Potato, and advice throughout the making of this. Morrissey for providing the household with comic relief and lyrical inspiration. Oso Oso for being an amazing artist and letting me steal his music. The Ohio DIY scene, coffee for fueling this entire album, and You.

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Track Name: 81 Days Of Sunshine
One day you might just trip and fall down one thousand stories
from the high horse that you call the shots from, built in all your glory.

You've set sail on a sinking ship but now your having second thoughts
taking out your transgressions with pot-shots.
You can blame it all on simply being young,
but don't point the finger when your time's gone.

Where did the adult contempt come from?
You use to have a scapegoat, now she's gone.

Would you believe me if I told you that no one ever once believed in anything that you have ever said.

You've set sail on a sinking ship but now your having second thoughts
taking out your transgressions with pot-shots.
You can blame it all on simply being young,
but don't point the finger when your time's gone.

Where did the adult contempt come from?
You use to have a scapegoat, now she's gone.
And I know that life won't seem to go your way,
but blaming me won't make it go away.

I can't believe I let this get to me again, after all I've been through in the last 3 years I should be letting light back in.
But I won't despair, I've still got 81 days of sunshine to call mine.
Track Name: I Don't Want To Work I Just Want To Bang On This Mug All Day
I've spent the last 14 months running away from my problems
trying, in vain, to catch my breath, but I'll never solve them

It's a reoccurring episode of who needs what and what goes on behind my back, the deck is stacked against me.

You know you are only temporary, and I am still a mess.
I'm organizing books and coffee mugs, I'm waiting for the sunset. I'd do anything just to pass the time.
And I'll say this; I know there's open wounds, but if you had to call me I'd hang up and leave you stranded on the line.

And now I'm heading for a low point, but this is nothing new; I've been doing this since 16.
Covering all my bases is just something I've had to do.

You know you are only temporary, and I am still a mess.
I'm organizing books and coffee mugs, I'm waiting for the sunset. I'd do anything just to pass the time.
And I'll say this; I know there's open wounds, but if you had to call me I'd hang up and leave you stranded on the line.


Just like the last time, I know that you'll hide all of your hindsight, You're just afraid what you'll become.
Track Name: Anti-Taco Legislation/Disestablishmentarianism
She stopped and told me once; 'you can feel the seasons change.'
those days it was hard enough to keep my head on straight.
this song is short and sweet just like your love for me,
I've gotta get my feet up off the ground 'cause words are cheap,
and it's temporary,
Nothing ever felt the way it did in June
was it just happenstance or did you feel it too?
A tension so overt and tangibly cut through in every rooftop, starlight, midnight car ride, picture of the eastern skyline
Every late night, blasting Bayside,
feeling empty on the inside.

You left me in the deep with nothing to grab to
and every bad thing that is happening I'm blaming it on you
and I know that this is selfish but I don't know how to cope
without losing every semblance I've ever had of hope.

A phrase to live by; 'All is fair in love and war'
It's beat its way into my brain the times before
when I was young I was naive, ideal and hoping for the best
but then those people just like you came by and put that to the test.

And as time goes by I'm sure that I'll redact,
but as it stands right here, right now, you hardly have a name.

You left me in the deep with nothing to grab to
and every bad thing that is happening I'm blaming it on you
and I know that this is selfish but I don't know how to cope
without losing every semblance I've ever had of hope.

I swear to god it must be hard to sleep at night
with the thoughts of all the things you've done just weighing on your mind.
so one last time; I'll hand you the gun and I'll just take a knee
when you life it up to take a shot just do so carefully.
And as the shots ring out I hope you think about the times and what they meant to everyone around.
Track Name: Dealey Plaza
This is what they mean when they say that history forgets the losers.
Everyone told me you wouldn't leave laugh lines, only bruises
I defy anyone to tell me why I spent 3 months getting to know you, and ended up asking why.

This is what they mean when they say that you reap the things you sow
and I'm like a battered Victor Frankenstein and I'm crawling through the snow.

Don't feel so bad for me, this is how I make amends
and if I still take things this badly, this is how it needs to end, you know?

Some days I like to think about Jack Kennedy in office
and how we'll never be completely sure if his killers walk among us.

This is what they mean when they say keep your friends close and enemies closer; down the hall, across the street, burning bridges with kerosene. This isn't healthy

on't feel so bad for me, this is how I make amends
and if I still take things this badly, this is how it needs to end, you know?

Some days I like to think about Jack Kennedy in office
and how we'll never be completely sure if his killers walk among us,
and how October is my November
and how this city is my own Dallas
and how I'll never know who took the shots
because there's no one left to tell us.



Some days it would be easier to leave all this behind and go down south.
Some place where no one would try to find me, I'd even send a post card
and I'd drive to Dealey Plaza and I'd blow my brains out.