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The Ben Gunn Society

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1.
Ben Gunn All alone Three long years On Treasure Island Half the world Away from home Without cheese On Treasure Island You can have All the treasure If you take me home I've been bad But I had Three years to reform All I need A piece of cheese To find my inner peace From this dismal paradise Take me home Please
2.
Washed upon a sunny beach Now I found my place Like in my mother's arms Where I never been hugged Greeted by banana trees I escape the world In the dreamy land Where I have all the luck I want to be a pirate Want to drink rum Want to have fun I want to be a pirate Ravage and pillage All in good fun Spent my last pieces of eight To buy a Jolly Roger Sailing high seas I will get paid In treasures and in wonders
3.
Hey, Monkey! 01:47
One fateful day I was lost in the jungle The sun was quickly going down And then I saw A ray of hope A tree with shiny Golden crown Banana-banana La-la-la-la-la A boost of faith In my own luck A perfect golden taste A dream of independent life A luxury of rest Banana-banana La-la-la-la-la
4.
True Pirates 02:37
True pirates don't expect to grow old They never feel the need to save their gold First thing they do coming ashore Is find some good wenches and grog The party lasts until they spend all the loot They drink, make love and brawl - life is good Nobody else can figure out their lot They only need some good wenches and grog When money's gone they go back to the ships Their fate will welcome them on high seas They risk it all and keep crisscrossing the world For nothing more than good wenches and grog
5.
Providence 00:51
Instrumental
6.
Moon in the dark sky Looks like a head of cheese That I so miss My pious mother said That I would be hanged Still I'm not dead I may be a wreck But I'm also rich o I paid her back I'm so incredibly rich My only companions are goats But that's fine I nurture my hope Moon in the dark sky Looks like a head of cheese That I so miss Mates didn't trust me And left me here alone They were so wrong I may be a wreck But I'm also rich So I paid them back I'm so incredibly rich My only companions are goats But that's fine I nurture my hope Moon in the dark sky Looks like a head of cheese That I so miss My brain is exhausted Dreaming of all its kinds Mostly toasted I may be a wreck But I'm also rich I will pay it back I'm so incredibly rich My only companions are goats But that's fine I nurture my hope
7.
Meditation 02:41
Instrumental
8.
Out in the sea There is not much In the way of culinary variety It's compensated in adventure and such Still I'm rather glad To have one traditional thing Apples in the barrel The best snack on a whim Apples in the barrel Say "Hello" to Jim
9.
Cosmic Wind 04:54
Yeah, I followed you along To the other side Everything that has gone wrong Never will be right Stars are shining brighter than Ever seen before You said you could fly to them And I said, "What for?" Universe is storming today Cosmic wind will blow you away String of psychedelic lights Marks the only way Follow it into the night Toward the ocean wave On a cliff above the world Looking down again Oversees another lord The descent of man Universe is storming today Cosmic wind will blow you away
10.
Ben Gunn 01:32
Ben Gunn All alone Three long years On Treasure Island Half the world Away from home Without cheese On Treasure Island You can have All the treasure If you take me home I've been bad But I had Three years to reform All I need A piece of cheese To find my inner peace From this dismal paradise Take me home Please
11.
Red X 02:26
Longitude and latitude And your determined attitude Have brought you near the red X on the map You thought that you could land at dawn And count the doubloons that same noon But all went wrong that should've been a snap Confusion reigns and bullets fly Says them says he says you says I The cutlass swings and pirates turn to run It is a double-crossing game You called yourself an ass in shame Just hope you have enough cheese for Ben Gunn
12.
Ham Sandwich 01:29
Like grains in the mill They are pouring in They turn into dust Like a demolished house To reach their goal Leaving none at all The damage toll Like pigs in the yard They play in the mud They gain their mass To build a bypass But just as you say You need it today It’s been on display So long and thanks The base is thirteen For the old routine And people always Struggle and fight While dolphins just play And enjoy each day Asylum's inside's outside So long and thanks
13.
Success 01:57
You can't regret What you never had A map in the pocket No treasure yet You could've thought The chance was real But it was never A done deal Wait for pleasure - get pain No loss - no gain Even if you work for it Success isn't guaranteed Sometimes you get Just what you expect But most of the time Don't count on that Fortune is something That's never secure A gentleman knows Not to be sure Wait for pleasure - get pain No loss - no gain Even if you work for it Success isn't guaranteed
14.
No Problem 01:22
Bitterness I feel every time I see you Has finally declined and almost gone away I don't understand why should I believe you Even if you lie it doesn't matter anyway It's no problem It's no problem anyway now It's no problem It's no problem anyway
15.
The man of the island is happy Eating his cheese The ship's headed home Through the blue round of sea Just like in the song "Fifteen men on the dead man's chest..." The devil has most of the crew And plans for the rest The treasure is stowed in the hold But the cook doesn't sleep A sack of coins for the road And his head he will keep The man of the island is happy Eating his cheese A thousand pounds is his To spend in three weeks Exactly the way he despised He'll be keeping a lodge A butt for the country boys And a singer in church Great luck came so close at times But only little he caught Too many thimblesful of rum Hardly did him much good But now on Hispaniola's deck He's eating his cheese The ship's headed home Through the blue round of sea
16.
Под синим небом сидит крутая обезьяна Выросла скромной и без малейшего изъяна Блохи, что скачут по ней, её уважают За горизонтом облака витают Гномы на грядках растят алмазы и рубины Каждую тысячу лет справляют именины В пламени жарком они вовсе не сгорают Все их боятся, но не уважают Красный дракон расправляет крылья над землёю Гномы ложатся в кроватки в своих покоях А обезьяна всю ночь пьёт, пока не пьяна Гномы не могут жить как обезьяна Чёрные горы стоят за дальними морями Чёрные горы хранят чужую тайну
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Instrumental

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Take a classic pirate story, turn it on its head, add wit, humor and catchy tunes, and behold The Ben Gunn Society. More fun than a barrel of monkeys, this song cycle celebrates the adventures of a cheese-crazy pirate marooned on Treasure Island. Also featuring monkeys, bananas, apples, tropical islands, high seas and more pirates!

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released February 14, 2003

Igor Koyfman - vocals, guitar, percussion
Zarina Silverman - backing vocals, art
Elliott Marx - guitar, E-bow, bass, piano, backing vocals
Taeo Marx - drums
Anthony Farrell - Hammond organ, piano
Glen Laughlin - percussion, mandolin
Chris Schuur - bass
Pacific Ocean - ocean
Produced by Glen Laughlin and Elliott Marx
Recorded and mixed by Glen Laughlin at Roundhouse Records
Mastered by Bob Fisher at Pacific Multimedia Corp.

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