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Who's The Old Guy Now

by Ben Sidran

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We the people In order to form a more perfect Union establish Justice insure Domestic Tranquility, provide for the Common Defense, promote the General Welfare, and Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Because we the people! Ain’t no lie if it’s true Ain’t no me Ain’t no you Ain’t no red white or blue We just people We the people Ain’t no up Ain’t no down Ain’t no lost Ain’t no found Ain’t no bad side of town We just people We the people We come from the earth We Belong to the Stars We talk about church We hang out in bars Don’t lose that connection To the cosmic direction Don’t ever forget who you are! (Who you are!) We just people We the people … Ain’t no them Ain’t no us Ain’t no get off the bus Ain’t no more to discuss We’re just people We the people Ain’t no out Ain’t no in Ain’t no lose ain’t no win Ain’t no better time to begin We just people We the people Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" We just people We the people
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When I was a young man just getting started I didn't even have me a ride into town I asked my heroes out on the corner I said now "brother, where'd you get that sound?" And one by one the old men told me 'bout what they'd done and sometimes how Now step on up and take a number and take a look at who's the old guy now When I was a young man just getting started I didn't even have me a story to tell Now that I'm older I got my own story But it's the way how I tell it, make the damn thing sell I been looking back at all my adventures And I'm gettin' to wonderin' if there's a point somehow Looking for answers comin' up with nothin' but questions Well take a look at who's the old guy now Who's the old guy now...
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Little Benny Blue playing out in the back Running through the weeds by the railroad track Just a happy kid got nothin’ on his mind Well a minute lasts for hours when you’re barely just nine But pretty soon Benny well he’s gonna find That the blues is the bottom line Little Benny Blue now he’s writing a song About a sweet little girl how she done him wrong He’s hoping that the song is gonna bring her back But the girl’s gone running with rest of the pack Looks like little Benny well he’s ‘bout to find That the blues is the bottom line Little Benny Blue drives a beater to work. Just putting in time on planet earth. Days are passing slow now that years are passing fast Punching up the clock trying to pay for his gas Little Benny Blue finally cashed in his chips Learned to play piano picking up tips Running down the highway on a dark summer night Got a whole lotta women ain’t none of them right Looks like little Benny well he’s starting to find That the blues is the bottom line Little Benny Blue figured out what it’s worth Just by putting in time on Planet earth Now his hours passing slow but his years passing fast He’s just playing the blues and smoking the grass Little Benny Blue well he never got a hit Found a good woman, and he never did quit Learned to love the blues because they hurt so nice Wouldn’t trade that love for money not at anybody’s price Don’t always make sense and it might not rhyme But the blues is the bottom line
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I can understand it I can look the other way It’s underhanded, so what That‘s life today I didn’t plan it Maybe I don’t have the right to say By while I’m on the planet If it’s underhanded Let’s call it And let the fallout fall out We’re here tomorrow But we’re gone today Too many people Nothing to say Too many people What’s up with the planet Where did we lose our way Who’s got their hand on the handle Who’s got the final say No we didn’t plan it That’s why we’re here today So let’s be candid If it’s underhanded Let’s just call out And let the fallout fall out ‘Cause we’re gone tomorrow Nothin’s here to stay Too many people Nothing to say Too many people
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Old wine new bottle (X3) You don’t know what to think Have another drink See everything that’s old They call it new today Want to change the way you look Just got to look the other way It goes around and comes around It’s that same old cliche But how we gonna miss you If you don’t go away? Old wine new bottle (X3) You don’t know what you got Take another shot You know the Bible told us Nothin’ new beneath the sun Before you even do it it’s already done You lacing up your shoes And the race has just been run If you stop to think about it You won’t have any fun Old wine new bottle (X3) You don’t know what to think Have another drink So let me ask you something Don’t you miss the good old days? Here they are, these are them And they are here to stay You don’t have to worry About if they go away Cause everything old is new again Just like yesterday Old wine new bottle (X3) You don’t know what you got Take another shot

about

There’s an expression “older but wiser.” I don’t know I'm any wiser
but I definitely am older. And that’s the good news. There are
advantages to being the Old Guy. Especially now. A developed
sense of humor and a deeper historical vision come to mind.

My son Leo and I went into the studio in Madison for a couple of days in
August of 2020. I have the good fortune to work with this man
who can play any instrument and play it well and who
understands both song writing and record production. So all I
had to do was be myself and carry some water; Leo dug the well,
􀃶lled the bucket and brought it up to the surface. Dig the well.

A word about John Ellis. Word!

These songs are about timeless times. They come from a deeper than usual place because that’s where we’re all living
today. The cave is the new wave … old wine, new bottle …. stay positive, test negative. - Ben Sidran, October, 2020

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released November 20, 2020

Produced by Leo Sidran
All songs by Ben and Leo Sidran (Bulldog Music / ASCAP

Ben Sidran: piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond organ, vocals
Leo Sidran: drums, bass, guitar, Hammond organ, vocals
John Ellis: bass clarinet and clarinet (4)
Billy Peterson: bass (1)
Paul Peterson: guitar (1)
Ricky Peterson: Hammond organ (1)
Moses Patrou: percussion (1,3)

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