Animals

by Ben Hermanski

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This album was recorded in my home with the humblest of equipment and the noblest of thoughts.

These songs come out when I read books, listen to music, talk to people, walk by the sea, and think about humankind.

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released January 10, 2020

A big thank you to the people who helped me on this journey:

Becca Leigh, Lisa Jonas and Anne Lendle for running creatively wild and providing backing vocals for some of the tracks.

The Coast and the Sea for restlessly coming up with new instruments tracks to make my songs more beautiful.

Julian Rocco Lepore at Rocco Recordings for mixing the whole shebang and sneaking some backing vocals in, as well.

Fritz Fey at Double-D Mastering for being an awesomely experienced engineer and conversationalist. He also mastered these songs while having a nice chatty afternoon with me.

Silvia Dierkes for being an amazing human being and designer.

My wife and son, for being there and letting me be the introvert, I always wanted to be. I love you guys.

And finally, the guy who bought my bass guitar.

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Ben Hermanski Bochum, Germany

Ben likes to hold on to moments and give them away on stage. To you.
In his songs and the stories that he tells.

Ben Hermanski is an observer, a sensitive writer. A finder of melodies both engaging, catchy and familiar; a teller of stories both true and remote at the same time.

He keeps his eyes closed on stage, because these moments are for giving. To you.
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Track Name: By the Fountain
A blade of streams is cutting throught the sky
Endless drops of water, particles so fine
And I wonder, will it be tonight?
Racing through the city with animals alike

And I feel them so deep
As the rain’s falling down on me

By the fountain, in the water, in a made-up estate
In an hour, I’ll be over, I must be on my way

A flock of sparrows, led there by the blind
Is sitting on the fountain, dirty from their flight
I am watching, I wonder where I’ve been
And my heart is the anchor of my sins

I am watching, I wonder where I’ve been
And my story is written on my skin
I am thinking thoughts about myself
I write them down and put them on a shelf
Track Name: Bother
All the animals are far from here
if they haven’t all died
You got nothing to show for
I don’t care if you tried (2x)

There’s a feast going on over there
There’s a groom and a bride
They got nothing to show for
I don’t care if they tried (2x)

There’s a president sleeping so fine
Told the truth and he lied
He’s got nothing to show for
I don’t care if he tried (2x)

All the sadness we bought with our gold
All the tears that we cried
We got nothing to show for
I don’t care if we tried (2x)

All the animals are far from here
If they haven’t all died
And I got nothing to show for
Please don’t mind if I try (2x)
Track Name: Eiderdown
It’s soft and warm by your side – Eiderdown, Eiderdown
And I’m so tired tonight – Eiderdown, Eiderdown
So meet me tonight, in your loveliest gown
Eiderdown, Eiderdown


Your knees are poking my back - Eiderdown, Eiderdown
The sky is falling in black - Eiderdown, Eiderdown
Your eyes so blue, your feathers are brown
Eiderdown, Eiderdown


You offer nights in the spring - Eiderdown, Eiderdown
And I love everything - Eiderdown, Eiderdown
I race in my sleep, you’re slowing me down
Eiderdown, Eiderdown
Track Name: Wild Pigeons
John had got pigeons and slaughtered them all
To sell Christians the blood of their Christ
And then he got hung by the root of his tongue
A result of this secular heist
And he smiled like a man who had finished his work
As he’s drawing his terminal breath
For murder is sin and the God of the Christians will punish the sinners by death (2x)

All these wild pigeons I offered them home
The one without sin he may cast the first stone
John, he may go and sell blood of their Christ and I’ll hatch my pigeons tonight (2x)
Track Name: The Cold. A White Horse
Some say it’s the fault of our fathers
Some say it’s the fault in our dreams
Some say it’s the cold, for whatever that means
A wild horse is better than no horse
The winter will tear at the seams
And I like the cold, for whatever that means

It’s bitter cold and white
A candle on a table
I drink the poison wine
A friend inside a stable

Some met with their lovers at leisure
Some met with their lovers at night
Some met with the devil by candlelight
A blind horse is better than no horse
I stay with what’s left to atone
We crucified silver on houses of stone
Track Name: Good Things
There’s crazy people in the city and I do not feel so safe
There’s times my heart is feeling heavy and I’m tired of this state
There’s times my heart aches for the garden my grandmother used to tend
A pile of dirt beneath the willow where my afternoons were spent

All these people mean no evil, it’s just they have not been taught
That the books we are not reading make for emptiness of heart
That the bodies we are given are the ones we have to love
It’s a gift that keeps on giving, so we’re never giving up

And we need good things, and we need good things

And all things considered, what we do with our lives
The memories are bitter and sweet as cherry wine

And we need good things, and we need good things
Track Name: Blood Sweating Horse
With my head on a window pane minutes are travelling by
All the souls in a traffic jam stuck in their bodies inside
My thoughts, they are flying – a blood sweating horse in the night
I am staring in silence at all of these lights in the sky (2x)

I am witnessing heart-attacks coming from too many smokes
You are speeding and riding, forcing the engines to choke
I am calling a doctor, emergency line in my head
I am driving the ambulance, racing the horses to death (2x)

I am trading my diamonds for bread and for water instead
And the future’s on Fridays, the kids say it least you forget
I am having a lemonade in a lawn chair on your grave
I can’t let a horse die, there is too many people to save (2x)

I won’t let a horse die, there is too many people to save
Track Name: The Medicine
I’m careful with my thoughts
As I drink this bottle empty
The memories taste like more
And the bottle’s holding plenty

And I thought, all things were forgiven
And I thought, the medicine’s just right, for my live

I’m sitting at the bar
My mind already bleeding
The last drops from this jar
The memories receding

And I thought, all things were forgiven
And I thought, the medicine’s just right, for my live
And I thought, all things were forgiven
And I thought, they made our sins just right for our lives

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