What Kind of World

by Joe Benoit

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1.
Can you hear me Screaming through this open door? Am I pathetic? Sometimes I’m just not sure There’s gotta be something more than this Creatures of habit We’re never breaking with the mold Isn’t is thrilling?
Excitement awaits us when we get old There’s gotta be something more than this Chorus:
Every day that passes seems to seal away my fate And I’m tired of believing good things come to those who wait Oh I need some motivation I gotta get it through my head The struggle’s real for everyone And I guess we’re all just hanging by a thread Are you out there? Do you even know my name? Are your friends cool? ‘Cause to me they’re all the same There’s gotta be something more than this A million subscribers In a land of faceless clones If this is the future I think we all wind up alone There’s gotta be something more than this Chorus We got a long way to travel We set a course for what is in our sights But are we really so fragile That we can’t even bear to see the light? Chorus Oh get me some medication Before these thoughts go to my head The struggle’s real for everyone And I guess we’re all just hanging by a thread
2.
Hey what’s your hurry? You don’t have to worry There’s nowhere to go anyway I think the clock still ticks As I’m watching Netflix But I’m losing track of the days There’s nothing left out there for me Chorus: Welcome to the longest weekend that you’ve ever known It’s getting kind of strange to be alone At least we’re still breathing We’re living in the longest weekend You’d think it would be fun I never thought I’d say that I want Monday to come The shelves are all empty As far as we can see New York has become a ghost town Too much hesitation And no preparation Has led us to where we are now Will there be something left for me? Welcome to the longest weekend that you’ve ever known Now every waking moment’s in your home Just try not to lose it We’re living in the longest weekend that we’ve ever known It’s getting kind of strange to be alone… With our thoughts And our fears And our hands that stay sanitized It feels like a dream But did we ever wake and realize We were heading for the longest weekend that we’ve ever known It’s getting kind of strange to be alone At least we’re still breathing We’re living in the longest weekend You’d think it would be fun I never thought I’d say that I want Monday to come I never thought I’d say but I want Monday to come I never thought I’d say that I want Monday to come
3.
I can’t find the words to tell you What I want to say I can’t find the words to tell you I let them slip away Nerves don’t leave me now To rise up to some challenges You’ve gotta take a fall Nerves don’t leave me now It’s tough to hear But everything is changing Chorus: Why is it so hard to relate? Why do I make the same mistakes? There must be a reason There’s got to be a reason If there’s no solid ground to walk on Should we just stand still? I don’t want to run in circles Like a hamster on a wheel Nerves don’t fail me now If progress was so easy We wouldn’t notice it at all Nerves don’t fail me now I know it hurts But everyone is changing Chorus Before I find something to believe I’ve got to open my eyes to what I cannot see That we’re all slowly changing Chorus
4.
Wrong Turn 03:07
I’ve been clinging on to false expectations They’ve taken over my head I’ve been dreaming of a permanent vacation To get myself out of bed I’ve been waiting on divine intervention To show me which way to go I’ve been hoping that somebody with an answer Knows something that I don’t know Chorus: Yeah you gotta take a wrong turn Yeah before you get it right Yeah you gotta take a wrong turn It’s all right I’ve been cooking up some plans for the future And losing track of the now I wanna disconnect and let go of my worries I just wish that I knew how I need to reacquaint myself with some passion Before it goes up in flames I always said I’d rather die than just be normal But we all end up the same Chorus Mirror, mirror on the wall Tell me where am I to begin I don’t wanna fuck it up But you gotta lose to know how to win Chorus You gotta take a wrong turn You gotta take a wrong turn You gotta take a wrong turn Before you get it right
5.
I wanna feel the sunshine But clouds are all I see I keep reminiscing ‘Bout how it used to be Times we took for granted for so long You can look back but it’s all gone Chorus: It’ll never be again It’ll never be again It’ll never be again You could be the solution But you’re causing so much pain You’ve been so inconvenienced Can’t go to your strip mall chain You shout the loudest when you disagree Count the ways that you are free ‘Cause it’ll never be again Chorus Oh my darling don’t you cry Holding hands we wave goodbye Chorus
6.
Lucky Man 03:32
Is it any wonder That we’ve come so far? Ours is one in a million Lightning in a jar Did I throw coins in a fountain? Blow out a birthday cake? I’m not really sure what worked But you’re the best wish I could make If I gotta be stuck with someone I’m glad I’m stuck with you If I had to face this shit alone I don’t know what I would do Chorus: Thank you for tolerating some white noise in the night Thank you for disagreeing when you know I’m not right I’m not really one for gambling That’s never been my plan I’m not a high roller but I’m still a lucky man Is it any wonder We still laugh a lot? Jokes no one else thinks are funny Show us what we got And when the day is over I cap it all off with a smile Before the world starts to haunt me I can find peace for a while If I gotta be stuck with someone I’m glad I’m stuck with you If I had to face this shit alone I don’t know what I would do Chorus Now make believe That our paths never crossed You know that I’d be lost Floating around And waiting there for someone to guide my way Did I know you would come? Or was I just too dumb to see That you’d be there to make it all ok? Chorus
7.
You threw your cap in the air And threw caution to the wind For once in your life you’re having fun And you hope it’s not a sin Chorus:
You’re going nowhere Well at least that’s where you’re from You’re going nowhere You know just what you’ll become Father time is cruel He don’t care what comes of you And then someday soon You’re gonna want to go home You seemed so excited As you set out on your own But the disillusionment set in The further that you roamed Chorus: You’re going nowhere Well at least that’s where you’re from You’re going nowhere And now you’re feeling numb People can be cruel They got no time for you And then someday soon You’re gonna want to go home If you change the way you see the world The world you see can change Examine your priorities So you can rearrange Chorus: We’re going nowhere Well at least that’s where we’re from We’re going nowhere And to that we’ve all succumbed Existing can be cruel We’re just pawns and fools We feel it too And we want to go home
8.
Take a look around you Dispose of what you outgrew ‘Cause what you are ain’t always what you’ll be Think about tomorrow And who you’re gonna follow Just because someone’s in charge Don’t mean they have the key When you’re feeling like a lemming Question everything The answer lies in your own mindset So come around and see Chorus: We’re caught in a storm right now The road ahead looks bleak We’ll make it through somehow But we can’t be weak As sure as daytime Turns itself to night Sooner or later It’s gonna be all right I know it can be better Right down to the letter The cosmos lights the way to brighter days I know it’s hard to see it But I’m trying to believe it The time will come when We’re no longer lab rats in a maze When you’re sick of rolling over Question everything The answer lies in your own mindset So come around and see Chorus When you’re asked to follow blindly Question everything The answer lies in your own mindset So come around and see Chorus We’re gonna make it better
9.
O say can you see the destruction? The bodies in the dawn’s early light No one was equipped for a battle No one even knew how to fight We just lost another 10,000 He said without a hint of regret You’re failing to distract us with chaos I promise you that we won’t forget Chorus:
Our divided house will surely fall We stand for none if we don’t stand for all It was nice knowing you America Though you made my cry Now we must say goodbye Call in all your goons with their big guns After all these people have signs They’re blocking up the road with their freedom And you gotta get to the church on time We just lost another 10,000 He said without a tear in his eye “The economy is gooder than ever” He doesn’t give a fuck if you die Chorus
10.
What kind of world do you see? Is it for you or for me? How will I know my place?
 How am I gonna keep pace? Will you care if I try?
 Will you accept or deny?

 Are you keeping up appearances? Broadcasting experiences? Would you be shocked to find out you’re alone? What kind of world do you see? 
Is anyone really free?
 Are we slaves to the past?
 How will we ever last? Will you care if I try?
 Will you accept or deny? Are you keeping up appearances?
 Broadcasting experiences? Would you be shocked to find out you’re alone? What kind of world do you see?

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Joe's third solo album recorded at home during the 2020 pandemic. Includes the singles "The Longest Weekend" and "There Must Be a Reason."

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released January 15, 2021

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All music and lyrics written and arranged by Joe Benoit

Produced by Joe Benoit
Mixed by Sam K. Shaw
Recorded by everyone at their homes
Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio

Cover design by Joe Benoit

The Players:
JOE BENOIT - vocals, guitars, organ, piano, mellotron, drums, percussion, orchestration, samples, bass on "Our Divided House"
DAN "DANO" MILLER - bass
KIERAN KELLY - drums on "The Longest Weekend," "There Must Be a Reason," and "Wrong Turn"
REBECCA BANCHIK - additional vocals on "Caught in a Storm" and "What Kind of World"
SAM K. SHAW - bass and additional backing vocals on "Hanging by a Thread"
JEFF LITMAN - additional guitars on "There Must Be a Reason"
BRIAN CLARK - additional guitars on "Wrong Turn"

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