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by Ben Zaidi

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A brand new EP from New York City-based poet-songmaker Ben Zaidi. Written and produced by himself in his bedroom studio, these songs unfold with the poetry and intimacy of an opened journal. The music tells of many endings––the end of summer, the end of love, even the end of life. But it runs like a hopeful stream through a damaged land, reminding us that within loss lies the possibility of self-discovery.

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released August 30, 2016

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Track Name: Refuge.
I made a refuge of you
When the storm came through
And now I don't know what to do
I made a refuge of you

I made a refuge of you
Because you told me to
So now tell me what to do
I need the refuge of you

I don't know what you wanted
I guess I didn't have it
But you laid with me all august
And I still can't understand it

I made a refuge of you
Because you told me to
So now tell me what to do
I need the refuge of you
Track Name: Choose You Twice.
Take me back to that field
I know that what I felt was real
You lay by my side
Dappled in the sunday light

I thought it would never end
But now we’re coming round the bend
And we’re so much older now
I feel the time is running out

In the halfway light
You said ‘baby I’d choose you twice’
‘I’d choose you twice’
You said ‘baby I’d choose you twice’

You said ‘if we had one more night
I’d be spending it by your side’
I’d choose you twice
You know baby I’d choose you twice

In the kitchen there
Your arm extended in the air
What was I to say
When we could see the end of days

All the places we never went
And all the books we never read
Isn’t it much too soon
I can’t believe I’m losing you

But in the halfway light
You said ‘baby I’d choose you twice’
I'd choose you twice
You said ‘baby I’d choose you twice’

You said ‘if we had one more life
I’d be spending it by your side’
Kissed me one last time
You said ‘baby I’d choose you twice’
Track Name: Penitent Love.
Penitent love, I was a fool for more
It was always changing, it was always changing

I thought of you today
Thought I saw you on my way
I was walking by the sea
In the place we used to meet
Where I took that photograph
And I caught you as you laughed
You were looking at the sun
And life had just begun

Penitent love, I was a fool for more
It was always changing, it was always changing

Then I looked around the room
It was now the afternoon
And I was all alone
Where did we go wrong
Funny how we still believe
In the people that we lost
What we want is who we see
What we get is who we are

Penitent love, I was a fool for more
It was always changing, it was always changing
Track Name: On Saturday.
You were all I had on saturday
I was coming home to love you love you down
And now I still forget on sadder days
That you're not at home, that you're not around

Living with your pain all autumn
Ain't a soul who could solve em
But I could've been more there for you
I could've told you that I cared for you
I should've said something that night
When you looked me in the eye and
Told me bout the time when
You were eighteen and you wanted to die
So you went and laid down in the dark on the highway
You said you were there just laying
But no cars ever came and
After half an hour you got up and you went back home
Cause you got sick of waiting
You laughed when you told me that story
And so I did too, but
I should've been more worried
I should've known what you would do

In my mind I'll always keep it close
One more time, before I let you go

You were all I had on saturday
I was coming home to love you love you down
And now I still forget on sadder days
That you're not at home, that you're not around

In my mind I'll always keep it close
One more time, before I let you go
In my mind I'll always keep it close
One more time, so I could let you know

That you were all I had on saturday
I just wasn't home in time to love you down
And now I still forget on sadder days
Which of us is gone, and which is still around