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Paying the Toll

by Joe Benoit



The first single from the forthcoming album Too Old to Be a Rock Star.


Another year older
Another year wiser you know
A third of a century
I got the white hairs to show
Over the years
I’ve tried to enlighten myself
But it’s getting harder
To pull one more book from the shelf

How many lessons have I ignored?
Missed the whole point because I was bored
How many more times must I be told
That just buying in doesn’t get you sold?

We could be elevated
If we’d just open our eyes
We could be vindicated
If we’d stop believing our lies
There’s not much here that’s free
And soon we’ll surely see
That we’re paying the toll for a bridge
That’s already been burned

I met a prophet
Who never would use the word hate
She called it a cancer
On which you cannot operate
If love’s all we need
Then why is the world such a mess?
It’s like her disciples
Neglected to tell us the rest

How many lessons have we ignored?
Missed the whole point because we were bored
How many more times must we be told
That just buying in doesn’t get you sold?


A man sells a cigarette
And he winds up dead on the street
Churches and classrooms
Are not safe places to meet
Nazis are marching
And ignorance sits on a throne
It’s hard to imagine
But this is the place we call home

How many lessons have we ignored?
It’s not like we haven’t seen this before
Why do we act like it’s something new?
We spread our agenda and kill the truth



released November 7, 2018
Joe Benoit - all guitars, all vocals
Sam K. Shaw - bass
Kieran Kelly - drums
Dominic Carioti - saxophones
Kasperi Sarikoski - trombone
Keaon Brown - trumpet

Produced by Sam K. Shaw & Joe Benoit
Engineered and Mixed by Sam K. Shaw
Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio

Song written and arranged by Joe Benoit
© 2018 Jo-Re-Mi Music (ASCAP)
Lyrics reproduced with permission


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NYC-based guitarist and singer, formerly of the band The Regulars: wearetheregulars.bandcamp.com

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