Mornings in the Goodie Garden

by Rob Bender

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Rob's latest album is best enjoyed sippin' a cup of joe on a Sunday morning. Songs evoke James Taylor, Michael Jackson, Steely Dan and more - all mixed up!

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released June 17, 2014

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Rob Bender sings and plays all instruments with the following exceptions:
Hey You: Steve Brown, lead guitar
Samana: Frances Livings, vocal; Greg Poree, acoustic guitar; Michael McGregor, synth
Money: Michael McGregor, piano & bkgd vocals
Down In The Barnyard: Val McCullum, guitar

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Rob Bender Los Angeles, California

Rob Bender has played with and formed groups in the Pacific Northwest, Madison, WI, New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. He now resides in Los Angeles, CA where he writes & records original music.

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Track Name: Don't Know if I'll Wait for You
LYRICS: DON’T KNOW IF I’LL WAIT FOR YOU

Gray sky in the morning, silent song
Car waits in the driveway, day is wrong

Still life, snow light, no time, not right
Am I here? Have I gone?
All we do, is play along

Don’t know if I’ll wait for you, Don’t know if I’ll wait for you
Don’t know if I’ll wait for you, Don’t know if I’ll wait

Dreams die all around us, day and night
Lips missed in the moonlight, out of sight
Come apart, drift away, now our words, are in the way
Pull me in, drive me out
Know your heart is full of doubt

Don’t know if I’ll wait for you, Don’t know if I’ll wait for you
Don’t know if I’ll wait for you, Don’t know if I’ll wait

All I want, all I need, is here today, guaranteed
What you want, what you need, waits for time, to proceed

Sun comes to the playa, gold and warm
Light floats over water, sweet free form
Far away, breezes blow, in my dreams, feelings flow
In your heart, holding back
All this talk, all these plans,
More than my poor heart can stand

Don’t know if I’ll wait for you, Don’t know if I’ll wait for you
Don’t know if I’ll wait for you, Don’t know if I’ll wait

Don’t know if I’ll wait for you, Don’t know if I’ll wait for you
Don’t know if I’ll wait for you, Can’t wait
Track Name: McKenzie
There’s a little bear
Who sleeps with me at night
He keeps me warm and cozy
Makes everything all right

Big dark eyes and coal black nose
Made to squeeze and hold
He’s always waiting there – no one knows about
McKenzie, McKenzie, McKenzie, McKenzie

Lookin’ for “McKenner”
Sometimes he can’t be found
Hiding in the covers
A sandy shade of brown

Can’t tell you what he means to me
He’s not like other bears
Don’t eat honey - but he’s sweet cause he’s
McKenzie, McKenzie, McKenzie

Where do you go at night
When I am sleeping tight?

When darkness veils extremes
You’ll be there in my dreams
When fate leaves me alone
You’ll be my heart and home
When I grow near life’s end
You’ll keep me warm my friend

McKenzie, watching over me
McKenzie, teddy bear reality
McKenzie, keep me warm at night
McKenzie, it’s gonna be all right
McKenzie, get me through another night
McKenzie, gonna be all right, gonna be all right
McKenzie, soft and sweet
McKenzie, got those floppy little feet
McKenzie, the light is on the bed
McKenzie, time to get up you sleepy head
Track Name: Hey You
LYRICS:
I was out there hangin’, with the cats at the bar
Just diggin’ the scene, Bam! there you are
Like a wishing well, just what I want
Cool little devil, lookin’ nonchalant

Got the latest fashion, you’re settin’ the mood
Bounce when you’re walkin’, got some attitude
All warm and fuzzy but, breathin’ fire and ice
A bona fide enigma, but you sure look nice

Hey you, can’t take my eyes off of you
Yeah you, want you right here by my side

Got your mojo workin’, workin’ overtime
Step out in the moonlight, looking so devine
Hip-hop, sip-stop, got it down tight
Shake it till you shiver, itch it good all night

Hey you, can’t take my eyes off of you
Yeah you, want you right here by my side

All the cats are tryin’, get next to you
Catch you eye, somebody new
The way you’re movin’, got figured out
Nobody’s fool, ain’t no doubt

You got it and brought it, and you’re by it and gone
The sweetest thing, I’ve ever come upon
Wanna get it goin’, break it all down
Let’s go jump start it, paintin’ up the town

Hey you, can’t take my eyes off of you
Yeah you, want you right here by my side
Track Name: Samana, feat. Frances Livings
LYRICS:
Sky and sand… Samána
Day and night, pass by, where we lie
Avians call near you, coral worlds beneath the waves
Fantasy, finally commands

Cool and calm… Samána
You and I, bare-dry, in the sun
Times of pure abandon, unfolding with desire
Feel the flow, letting go… Samaná.

Worlds revolve around us
Dancing without time
In your eyes they light up
Reflecting…
One who sees the same.

Sky and sand… Samána
Day and night, pass by, where we lie
I don’t even know if, there’s a road, up ahead
Let me stay, another day… Samaná, Samaná, Samaná
Track Name: She's a Lady
LYRICS:
First time that I saw her,
Light was shining from her eyes.
Like a deep clear darkness,
Set into a teal blue sky.

And I ached to taste her skin and touch her hair
But I fell into a dream that wasn’t there

Oh she’s a lady,
A child, a pearl.
Pale in the snow-light, I saw her there
Everywhere

She knew her heart was fragile,
What’s here today might soon be gone.
So life’s her opera,
And she’ll sing, until the dawn

I was a fool and didn’t sing the song I heard
I played the part but couldn’t find the words

Oh she’s a lady,
A child, a pearl.
Like a singing lark ascending, in the sky,
Very high

Walkin’ back to a place,
Where the water meets the land.
My time still lingers on,
Leaving footprints in the sand.

I drift back to days from long ago once more
But the waves roll in and cover up the shore

Oh she’s a lady,
A child, a pearl.
Like day and night
In my sky…. good-bye

Life flows through me
Time goes nowhere
I see slowly
She’s still in me, still there
Track Name: Money
When the frenzied finance crowd kneel down to pray
To the big gold god they worship night and day
It is only to examine the gold there is in Mammon
To select the biggest lump to take away
The big money kings pretend it would be rash
To admit that all they worship is cold cash
When the rage of the gold fever has seized them - they won’t leave
All they pray for is their banks won’t go to smash

There’s a big gold heiress over here I’m told
Who is rich in golden hair as well as gold
Dukes and earls who seek her hand
Now swarming all our land
Not so much to marry her as all her gold
Pa may buy a duke or earl for her they say
But must pay before or on her wedding day
Coin to squander when he gambles - in his automobile rambles
Pa is asking now the question will it pay?

It is money! money! all the time
We are after all the gold at Mammon’s shrine
In the trust and in the trade
In the marriage with the maid
It is Money! Money! Money! all the time

There are many who would visit all the Earth
But demand a private car and private berth
They must have the best hotels and must mingle with the swells
Or they’ll stay at home and work and work and work
There are many who set out to entertain
With extravagance from which they should abstain
Softly all the guests remark - there’s a secret very dark
In this whole affair but we are not to blame

It is money! money? all the time
We are after all the gold at Mammon’s shrine
In the trust and in the trade
In the marriage with the maid
It is Money! Money! Money! It is time
Track Name: Down in the Barnyard
Down in the barnyard, chickens livin’ they dreams
Scratchin’ around on they hands and they knees
It’s animal nature, a natural fact
That down in the barnyard you need to watch your back

If they see you comin’ and they catches your eye
Make no mistake, they want you to buy
This one’s got peaches, pretty as pie
That ones got bullets, what’s falls from the sky

The barnyard is crawlin’ with political men
Crowin’ like roosters, but actin’ like hens
And that weasel who took your hard-earned pay
Is out behind the barn suckin’ most every day

Get in touch with your soul
Gotta rock gotta roll
Why don’t you give it a go

Barnyard chickens preachin’ war and dirty lies
Chicken peckers plannin’ to peck your pretty eyes
Pricks pounding pulpits ‘till the cows come home
The bats are in the belfry, the sheep afraid to roam oh yeah

Down in the barnyard
Doin’ some scratchin’ around
Down in the barnyard

Rise, fly away
Why, can’t we fly?
Rainbows shimmering
Why don’t we try?

Float on, Up to the calm
As time races on, We’ll rise above the storm

Now the donkey’s so stubborn, the rooster’s so mean
And the rabbits are runnin’ just tryin’ to stay clean
The butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker
They’re all fightin’ ‘bout the percent they can take ya

The order they peck as they crawl through the dirt
Is the order they prey on other people’s hurt
What’s lost in the dust Is seldom ever found
Cause down in the barnyard it’s all spinnin’ round