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BENYARO

ONE STEP AHEAD OF YOUR PAST

 

"punk Americana...astutely written" - NO Depression

Triumphant...with a touch of humor" - GLIDE MAGAZINE

"Indie roots project of seclusive Jackson Hole, WY musician announces the release of his third original full-length album, One Step Ahead of Your Past, co-produced with Danny Kadar (Avett BrothersMy Morning JacketBand of Horses) and recorded at the legendary Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, NC and in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.


One Step Ahead of Your Past is an audible journey down the periscope of Ben Musser’s young marriage and voyage into fatherhood, or in his own words, “a deeply personal collection of tunes from a period in which I became a husband and a father.” Filled with hooks both musical and lyrical, the songs explore the profound, vibrant, and mundane with humility and humor, acting both as mirror and prism of a life once out of site, but which now envelops the artist."

-Mixtape Media 6/30/17
 

One Step Ahead of Your Past drops September 8, 2017 on Mohinga Music.

"Is it worth it" [official music video]

"One Step Ahead of Your Past" [Official album trailer]

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF YOU PAST

(lyrics & credits)

 

1. That’s The Way Things Seem to Go

(Ben Musser)

© 2017 Mohinga Music ASCAP

 

Slidin’ round from town to town

searching for the roads

That will deliver me from the doorstep of this house

Back to where I belong

 

But along the way are flats, falls, slips and cracks

some friends who really knew you pass on

 

So when we spend time out in the cold

keep yourself steady standing up for your own

hear yourself breathe

 

That’s the way things seem to go

Every other day, you just don’t know

It comes around the corner at the speed of sound

you’re flat on your back

you’ve lost your crown

That’s the way things seem to go

 

You’ve climbed beyond 30, gained your view

and changed a lot of clothes

but stayed true to how you must spend your time

to the gallery been exposed

 

They’ll tell you hard work at what you should

will equal double in your mind what you could

 

So when those folks blow that insecure cold

keep yourself steady knowing right serves the bold

Feel yourself breathe

 

That’s the way things seem to go

Every other day you just don’t know

It comes around the corner at the speed of sound

You’re flat on your back

you’ve lost your crown

That’s the way things seem to go

 

Thanks to free will, you plot your next move

Stand yourself up the seat’s reserved for the fools

(don’t be a fool)

Staring at your feet

(don’t be a fool)

Though the wrong ones put you down

there’re some good people you need to meet

You gotta keep things close together

Like a driver go on and get in your car

A rockstar’s who you are!

 

Don’t need no one’s permission

To head your own club

Don’t wait for no one’s blessing

to chase the things you love

 

That’s the way things seem to go

Back when there’s a time when you just didn’t know

Now you come around the corner like the speed of sound

Kindly attack, spread your good all around

That’s the way things seem to go

 

Wake up, pick up what’s left

Will yourself to roll

Back to the grand coliseum that is life

to fight to save your soul

 

© 2017 Mohinga Music ASCAP

 

Ben Musser: lead & harmony vocals,

nylon & steel string guitars, tambourine

Leif Routman: upright bass

Brian Geltner: drum kit

Meg Chamberlin: harmony vocals

Camille Obering: harmony vocals

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2. Breadwinner

(Ben Musser)

© 2017 Mohinga Music ASCAP

 

You are no breadwinner

You will not wear a crown

Someday someone is going to own you

make you put your ego down

Maybe you’ll find it’s a woman

who laps you each other turn

or maybe it’s just a man who knows better

requires you to deal with the burn

 

So you’re a man, who wears it on his sleeve

trust me to believe, the scene unfolds

the room swallows it down

Maybe it’s just me and my sensitive way

like my mother feels the pain

so far away from where you think you stand

 

Bend down to me

and you will start to see how bright

the road ahead can gleam

bleak are the chapters

facing your ass as you walk straight by

one step ahead of your past

 

Go on out and kill your dinner

and feed from food till your right

But either way don’t you go and grow hungry

cause your pride can’t feed your belly

and your head each night

Plagued by lack of ambition

and words that come from the bed

You sell yourself short to the lowball offer

then go home and play pretend

 

So you’re a man, who wears it on his sleeve

trust me to believe, the scene unfolds

the room swallows it down

Maybe it’s just me and my sensitive way

like my mother feels the pain so far away

from where you think you stand

 

Bend down to me

you might start to see how bright

the road ahead can gleam

Bleak are the chapters

facing your ass as you walk straight by

one step ahead of your past

two steps ahead of your past

 

It’s clear you long for what i’ve got

like the stubborn seed glares at the dirt all night

Just get in the garden

Leave unpardoned heartaches behind

 

Bend down to me

you will start to see how bright

the road ahead can gleam

there’s dirt on the windows

facing your ass as you walk straight by

one step ahead of your past

two steps ahead of your past

 

© 2017 Mohinga Music ASCAP

 

Ben Musser: lead & harmony vocals, cowbell,

steel string guitars, shaker, brushes, feedback

Leif Routman: upright bass

Brian Geltner: drum kit

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3. Time’s Not On Your Side

(Ben Musser) 

© 2017 Mohinga Music ASCAP

 

The blue of your eyes is

brighter than the sky, money

The few things you’ve seen

still blow your mind

As you experience things

that make you feel better

make sure they’re recurring

not just on your mind

 

Listen to me my son

Time’s not on your side

Someone may come along

and kill you just for pride

Though nimble moves may help

you keep that runnin time

it ain’t so cheap, but time, rolls on

 

Be careful of the man in the hat

with the fire on his back

Looking for somebody to burn

Excuse me did somebody steal your sleeves, my friend?

Son, you’re gonna have to stand up tall

for the right things

make sure they’re recurring

not just on your mind

 

Listen to me my son

time’s not on your side

someone may come along

and kill you just for pride

Your family’s devastation

will last through many years

of therapy

but that’s just life, and life rolls on

 

But now we are alive

and thank God for your smile

 

© 2017 Mohinga Music ASCAP

 

Ben Musser: lead & harmony vocals, upright piano,

steel string guitars, shaker, tambourine, hand drum

Leif Routman: upright bass, harmony vocals

Brian Geltner: drum kit

Meg Chamberlin: background vocals

Camille Obering: background vocals

Mazie Chamberlin: background vocals

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Nice ‘n’ Steady

(Ben Musser)

© 2017 Mohinga Music ASCAP

 

Sometimes in life

one must put their smile down

let fire fill the eyes

when your dignity’s challenged

Oh I, got a story for you

 

Today the sun came up

Caught the stench of an evil woman

whose been trying to take my place

trying to give it to my lover

when the lights go down

‘cause she shackled to her Lynchburg taste

she needs more than what she’s got

more than her cheap perfume

that insecure laugh stinks up the room

I told you once, told you twice

So now it shouldn’t be a surprise

When I give it to you

 

Nice ‘n’ steady

 

Oh what I got to give to you

ain’t nothing you can use

when you slither into bed each night

as you close your eyes

not alone, so you fantasize

the moment you turn out the light

 

What you got comin’ more like the back of my hand

You’re the only female I’m wanna … like a man

I told you once, told you twice,

So now it shouldn’t be a surprise

When I give it to you

 

Nice ‘n’ steady

 

I’m gonna give it to you steady

but not so nice

next time you think of sucking

you’d better think twice

about your reputation

and a parasite

 

Only one

gets to be with my girl

Fortunate for me I get to rock that world

But you, better back the front down

 

© 2017 Mohinga Music ASCAP

 

Ben Musser: lead & harmony vocals,

steel string guitars, drum kit, bongos,

tambourines, whispers

Leif Routman: upright bass, whispers

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Is It Worth It

(Ben Musser)

© 2017 Mohinga Music ASCAP

 

Is it worth it

to say what they say you can’t say

Is it worth

to sing what they say you can’t sing

 

We all like to reminisce

about the time we used

to not have to pay a price

 

But life extends

to a place where one must stand

pick a side for your conscience

align it with a man’s

where passion and truth

can no longer be ignored.

 

So I push my hat to the center of the ring

Entertainment’s what they say it’s to sing

but thousands of voices

start to cry

they want a tooth for a tooth

when your work get’s wild

 

I wish you wouldn’t  

check your taste at the door

 

Is it worth it

say what they say you can’t say

Is it worth it

To sing what they say you can’t sing

Is it worth it

to play what they say you can’t play

Is it worth it, etc

To bring who they say you can’t bring

To do what they say you can’t do

To say what they say you can’t say

To draw what they say you can’t draw

To play what they say you can’t play

To be what they say you can’t be

 

© 2017 Mohinga Music ASCAP

 

Ben Musser: lead & harmony vocals,

upright piano, nylon string guitars,

drum kit, beatbox, toy piano, claps

Leif Routman: upright bass, harmony vocals

Brian Geltner: drum kit

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Pimp Wife

(Ben Musser)

© 2017 Mohinga Music ASCAP

 

She’s a pimp wife

She’s a pimp wife, yea

Expecting the good life

cause she’s a pimp wife

 

Behind every good man is a woman

though admission for many defeat

Me I stopped counting so long ago

ego best serves marriage when petite

 

My baby don’t care bout her diamond rings

But the fortune of fame on her mind gets her to sing

She’s always getting on my case about the tasks at hand

Like a time square hooker

She tries to sell her man

 

Calling up her friends on Monday sayin’

Calling up her friends on Tuesday sayin’

 

Everybody should know how this hard life goes

beg a stranger for a place to sleep

That man still thinks I’m living the dream

While I try to slip these shoes from my feet

 

My baby insists that the desk’s a death

conditional love’s gone like a breath

says it’s who you are & what you’ll be

While I dream of the drip of the suit setting me free

 

She’s calling up her friends on Wednesday sayin’

I got what you need

Calling up her friends on Thursday

She gimme that look, she don’t have to scream

 

She’s a pimp wife

She’s a pimp wife, yea

Expecting the good life

Cuz she’s a pimp wife

 

Tryin’ to make a deal on Friday sayin’

Oooo, I got what you need

Trying to make a deal on Saturday

And I’ll I can do…

it’s the weekend baby

 

Though evidence exists

occasional sweetness

She know’s better

comfort comes and washes it all away

A business woman

right to the bone

sometimes i feel so alone

when i wake up so far from home

But the streets and the shows are all I know

 

So if you ever knew a woman like this

you could get away to live a life like that

though it’d never be the same sans smoke of fame

so keep those pimp arms on my back

 

Well my baby ain’t afraid to push the rules of love

but the fine line stumbles and she starts to shove

so keep on practicing your patience while I get some rest

till I’m back out on the street to show ‘em who’s the best

She’ll be

 

Calling up her friends on Friday sayin’

Oooo, I got what you need

Calling up her friends on Saturday sayin’

Ooo, Benyaro’s got what you need

Calling up her friends on Sunday

She gimme that look she don’t have to scream

 

Chorus

 

(Champagne, red carpets and planes

She don’t even know my name

Champagne red carpets and fame

I think I love her just the same)

 

© 2017 Mohinga Music ASCAP

 

Ben Musser: lead & harmony vocals, nylon string guitars,

charango, toy piano, brushes, shakers

Leif Routman: upright bass, harmony vocals

Brian Geltner: drum kit, castanets

Jacob Rodriguez: baritone sax

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Home Cookin’

(Ben Musser)

© 2017 Mohinga Music ASCAP

 

After a long day at the office

where I live the dream

Ain’t nothing beats the moment

when I flee the scene

limp back home

catch that scent

my juices start flowing

mouth pitches a tent

 

My baby’s home cookin

Smells like home cookin

Ev’rybody loves home cookin

My baby’s home cooking

 

Sunday fun-day, when the weather

cooperates like a studious babysitter

Outside’s like a beach

though it’s 5 below

Can’t never get enough of that sun & snow

I’m aware when it time to go jiggity jig

and get myself back home

to the butter and bread

provided by the sweet girl

when I cross door

my glass comes down and

my drink gets poured

My baby’s home cookin

Say what?

 

My baby’s home cookin

Smells like home cookin

Ev’rybody loves home cookin

My baby’s home cookin
I’m like grinnin lookin

At all those things she’s hookin

Ev’rybody loves home cookin’    

My baby’s home cookin

  

© 2017 Mohinga Music ASCAP

 

Ben Musser: lead & background vocals,

steel string guitars, beat box

Leif Routman: upright bass, background vox

Brian Geltner: drum kit

Camille Obering: background vocals

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New Moon

(Ben Musser)

© 2017 Mohinga Music ASCAP

 

Everytime I catch her smiling face

start feeling everything I want to

Only if it happened more each day

the world would be a better place

 

My lady twinkles like a star

each time her chance comes around

Noticed these smiles come to bear

The more & more I shut my big ol’...

 

I got to learn to curb

this mouth for a day

let the new moon

shows the stars

in the shadow it stays

Sit down, relax, young man

hand the woman the reigns

Let the new moon show the stars

never give em away

 

Woman’s got the taste of the Queen

the eye of a stock judge

but around me she can’t fit a word in

no ‘cause you haven’t met me

I can talk a deaf man out the room

as she whispers sweet everything

Wisin’ up to hear the tune she sings

for everyone to forget why they’re blue

 

Time to step back

Time to fade to black

Time to let the quiet light glow

 

Chorus

 

© 2017 Mohinga Music ASCAP

 

Ben Musser: lead & harmony vox, nylon &

steel string guitar, brushes, tambourine, shaker, cowbell

Leif Routman: upright bass

Brian Geltner: drum kit

Jacob Rodriguez: tenor & baritone sax

Horn arrangement: Ben Musser & Jacob Rodriguez

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I Do

(Ben Musser)

© 2017 Mohinga Music ASCAP

 

When you’re alone do you plan to do drugs? I do

When you get high, does your heart ever race with fear

Nobody’s near

 

When you go home back to where it all began

do the losses add up

When your shown love does your hair stand up

you give yourself raw

At the bottom of the glass, does your tongue outlast your brain

turns you blue

 

When you’re in your walls do the knives shine bright

longing for flesh

Because you feel the guilt, for the thanks you cannot repay

Anything, everything

Only to later have the audacity to flirt with the mirror

I’m not proud, but I do

 

So confiding in my instruments

The harmonic bubble bounces back

The din of the day

Lacking sounds this sea of music

My walking dead’s no disguise

like folks suffocating their passions

you can see it in their eyes

 

When you’re alone do you plan to do drugs? I do

 

When you lay down at night do you dream tears for your father

yearning for more

When you wake up do you kill all your time on us? Cuz I do, I do

When you drive away, can you feel all the weight come down

Cuz I do

 

So confiding in my instruments

The major safe bubble bounces back

The din of the day

Lacking sounds this sea of music

my walking dead’s no disguise

Like folks suffocating their passions     

you can see it in their eyes.

 

Look in their eyes do you plan to do drugs? I do, I do

When you get high, does the world get dark and real,

wondering who’s next

 

© 2017 Mohinga Music ASCAP

 

Ben Musser: lead vocals, upright piano,

steel string guitar, slide guitar, tambourine

Leif Routman: upright bass

Brian Geltner: drum kit

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Penchant for the Blue

(Scott Claassen and Ben Musser)

© 2017 Mohinga B Music / Dedales de Oro BMI

 

I see sand there in your eyes, again

I don’t know why we have to waste our time

talking it over when

you know what I want and I know

what you think you need to

make it through the night

with me

 

You’ve been holding out on me

hoping I won’t lose

my penchant for the blue

 

Laugh when expected

(we’ll see)

Smile anytime you need

(how it goes now)

Your rules for affection

(we’ll see)

haven’t done a thing for me

(how it goes now)

 

And I’ve been holding out on you

hoping you’ll come through

your palate to the blue

 

And I’ve been through this before, with you

and I can’t hold your hair back anymore

 

© 2017 Mohinga B Music / Dedales de Oro BMI

 

Ben Musser: lead & harmony vocals, nylon string guitars

Leif Routman: upright bass

Brian Geltner: drum kit

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Home

(Musser)

© 2017 Mohinga Music ASCAP

 

You’ve made me rich

Let’s be up front

but to take you with no sugar would be alright

and more

 

It’d be the best

All that could permeate my stomach and my chest

where my heart is protected from everything

but you, ‘cause it let’s in what’s true

 

you lift me up so high

I can feel you for miles

and almost smell your rose

Alone sitting here

several states away from anyone who loves me

The light that shines near brings the tears

 

And I can’t wait to be home

For this time to end

when I feel so alone

It’s cold here sitting on this stone

But I could curl up and sleep for days

if I could wake up and just

be home

 

It is my job

to go away

At times it invigorates, flees boredom

and chores

Then comes the rush

up on my stage

skeptical crowd needs their medicine face to face

When it’s over and time for rest

there’s something conspicuously missing

as I turn the lonely page

 

You lift me up so high

I can feel you for miles

and almost smell your rose

Alone sitting here

several states away from anyone who loves me

The light that shines near brings the tears

 

Choruses

 

© 2017 Mohinga Music ASCAP

 

Ben Musser: lead & harmony vocals,

steel & 12 string guitars, slide, snare brushes

Leif Routman: upright bass

Brian Geltner: drum kit

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Hey, Camille

(Musser)

© 2017 Mohinga Music ASCAP

 

One fine day I dreamt I was a groom

I was handsome clean and shaved

For a fine man i must’ve stepped in something good that day

to call this sweet bride for my own

 

She floated to me with her father by her side

my friends helped me from the floor

as we traded promises ‘neath those yellow Aspen trees

uncertainty plagued this man no more

 

Hey, Camille

won’t you come inside

pay your mind to me

I’ve been waiting all my life for you to set me free

 

Eyes turned to rain as you dried up all my pain

our mouths trembled poetry from our hearts

Upon hearing chains hit the ground as our lips broke the silence

blue eyed preacher declared a fresh start

 

Then the waves rolled in

swept us off together

past the most beautiful souls in the hole

I’ve yet to wake up

though I grin as that same current

carries us idyllically along

 

Hey, Camille

won’t you come inside

pay your mind to me

I’ve been waiting all my life for you to set me free

 

From time to time

You know she goes away

But she’ll be back, you’ll see

Hey, Camille won’t you come inside

And put your hands on me (3x)

 

Hey, Camille

won’t you come inside

 

© 2017 Mohinga Music ASCAP

 

Ben Musser: lead & harmony vocals, nylon, steel & 12-string guitars, percussion

Leif Routman: upright bass

Brian Geltner: drum kit

Jacob Rodriguez: tenor saxophone

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Recorded at Echo Mountain Recording, Asheville, NC

and Mohinga Music Recording, Jackson Hole, WY

 

Produced by: Ben Musser & Danny Kadar

Mixed by: Danny Kadar

Engineered by: Danny Kadar, Clay Miller & Ben Musser

Mastered by: Jeff Lipton for Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA

Asst Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice

 

Photography © Linton Productions

Graphic Design by: Jesse & Karen @ PorterOneDesign.com

Art Design by: Camille Obering & Ben Musser

 

Special thanks to Camille, Cassius, & Danny Kadar

Thank you to our families…Mussers, Oberings & Routmans;

to all our friends & supporters across the country!

to Echo Mountain Recording, Bubba the Eagle Owl, Jason Jones,

Maggie Poulos, Scott Claassen, American Pharoah, Gar Ragland,

Shane Peters, Aaron Wallis, Steven Sandifer, Drew Rosenfeld,

Powderfinger Promotion, Planetary Group,

Grand Teton National Park, & ALL National & State Parks