Lyrics: Send Me

Send Me written by Adrian Medeiros and John Kalishes,©1993

 

Day’s breaking, my body’s aching, this bed don’t feel the same

Who am I, where am I, need someone in my life

But I’m sitting here, talking to no one

 

I tell you one thing, you gave me something that made it feel so right

I need it now, I’m wondering how to keep you in my life

But I’m sitting here, talking to no one

And they tell me I’m crazy, but darling you’re the only one

 

Send me all of you, send me

Send me all of you, send me

 

It’s a fine line, just a matter of time, I hold my ground

I watch and wait, you hesitate, until you come around

But I’m sitting here talking to no one

And they tell me I’m crazy but darling you’re the only one

 

Send me all of you, send me

Send me all of you, send me

 

What’s nothing to you means everything to me

I’m talking to you, wherever you may be

I’ll be there, too

 

And I’m sitting here talking to no one

And they tell me I’m crazy but darling you’re the only one

 

Send me all of you, send me

Send me all of you, send me…

 

(Repeats to fade)

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Benjamin: Lead Vocal List

C’mon, do I even need to say it? Benjamin’s voice is… everything.

Beautiful to the ears. Wonderful in vocal range. He opens his mouth and easily creates those lilting harmonies, or those deep warm tones.  Dramatic, melodic, seductive. Full of disdain or smoldering with emotion. Exuding confidence. Descending and weaving and pressing close…

I could go on and on, gushing about the mellifluous sounds that come out of that man, but I promised myself I wouldn’t. This is supposed to be just straightforward research. As you know, I love to have my little rows of facts and dates and figures; they make me so happy. Pulling data together and organizing it into a meaningful, structured presentation gives me a geeky thrill.

I’m a nerd… I know this.

So I decided I wanted to see a list of all of the songs Benjamin sang in his far-too-short career. Typing it into a single column in chronological order triggered a bout of pinball-machine-analysis and deep, varied speculations, but I’ll keep those to myself for now. And as satisfying as it was for me to see the list in a simple Word doc, I decided to stretch myself into the world of designing ‘infographics’ with this article. Bear with me, they are a little basic, but I wanted to add some color.

(And did you like my title? “Vocal List”… “vocalist”… see what I did there? Haha. Okay, okay… moving on…)

Before we dive in… some little disclaimers:

  1. This blog post is a work in progress.
  2. During the Milkwood and Ocasek & Orr years with Ric, the two harmonized and shared vocals so often that I decided not to list every single song they recorded, but instead only listed the ones where Benjamin handles the lion’s share of the vocals.
  3. I believe Ocasek & Orr recorded a version of “Start It All Again,” and I have always assumed that Benjamin sang the lead on it (as he did with Cap’n Swing), but I didn’t list it under O&O since I’ve not actually heard that version (but boy, would I love to!).
  4. I understand that Benjamin did some background vocals for other artists, but I haven’t been diligent about making notes when I come across that information. I’ll start a file to collect those notes, so hit me up with links, please and thank you.
  5. And again, I am only listing songs where he sang lead or the majority of the vocals…
  6. …except for “Since I Held You” and “You Are The Girl.” Wikipedia gave Benjamin a shared vocal credit on those, so I added them, too.
  7. I’ve only addressed songs that I’ve actually heard or can otherwise verify the existence of, but as always, I obviously don’t know everything. If I’m missing information PLEASE let me know!

And we’re off!

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** Update July 26, 2018: Added two songs to The Grasshoppers and the songs recorded by The Mixed Emotions (recently discovered through ebay). Also updated The Cars’ demos column to include “Midnight Dancer” and the demo recording of “Shake It Up” from the expanded edition of Shake It Up, released in 2018.

**Update August 18, 2018: Added “When You Gonna Lay Me Down” to The Cars — a song I somehow forgot to list. Thanks so much to my dear research-nerd-twin, JMW, for the catch!

**Update October 5, 2018: Added “I Know I’ve Had My Chance” to Cap’n Swing. Made available for sale by Glenn Evans in April, 2018; apparently recorded on August 28, 1975.

**Update June 17, 2019: Added “You Wanna Man” (written by John Gardina, sung by Ben) and “Julie Ann” (written and sung by Ben) to The Mixed Emotions. “Julie Ann” was performed and recorded with The Mixed Emotions at some point, and then apparently recorded again at Cleveland Recording Studio in November of 1969 while Ben and Ric were playing as Leatherwood.

Lyrics: River of Fire

River of Fire (written by Stan Meissner and Glen Burtnik*, ©1992)

 

My life you hold in your heart

I look for the light, I wait in the dark

Burning emotions, I’m drawn to the flame

Chasing the shadows that call out your name

 

Searching for some kind of escape, I find my way right here to this place

‘Cause the night has no end

All of my life my dreams run wild, now I stand alone in this river of fire

Days of despair and nights of desire, I wait for you in this river of fire

 

I still remember the look in your eyes

I wish I knew then that it was goodbye

I try to fight it but I know I can’t win

Sometimes your dreams just get lost in the wind

 

Something beyond all time and space leads me right back here to this space

At the edge of this world

All of my life my dreams run wild, now I stand alone in this river of fire

Days of despair and nights of desire, I wait for you in this river of fire

 

Burn for you… burn for you… burn for you… burn for you…

 

All of my life my dreams run wild, now I stand alone in this river of fire

Days of despair and nights of desire, I wait for you in this river of fire

*The original composition had some differences in the first verse; I transcribed the lyrics as Benjamin sings them.

 

Lyrics: A Little Mind Working

A Little Mind Working (written by Benjamin Orr and John Kalishes ©1993)

 

I heard you screaming deep in my dreams

No sense in sleeping, max my machine again, my friend

I heard you breathing, I know it was you

Such heavy breathing left me speechless too, my friend

 

I know you’re watching and hiding from view

I feel your frustration and I’m walking new

I feel your frustration, I’m watching you, yeah

 

I heard it’s healing, an eye for an eye

Do me I’ll do you, out from the side again, my friend

 

I heard you crying alone in the dark

A little mind working, a big broken heart

And I know you’re watching, I’m watching you, yeah

 

I know you’re watching… I’m watching you

 

I heard you screaming deep in my dreams

No sense in sleeping, max my machine again, my friend

I heard you breathing, I know it was you

Such heavy breathing left me speechless too, my friend

 

And I heard you crying alone in the dark,

A little mind working, a big broken heart

And I know you’re watching, I’m watching you

 

I know you’re out there and hiding from view

I feel your frustration and I’m out here too

I feel your frustration, I’m watching you, yeah

I’m watching you

You know I’m watching, too, yeah

Lyrics: I Am

I Am (author and copyright unknown)

 

I am the fire that shows no flame, I am the killer who has no name

I am the wind you cannot feel, I am the truth that is not real

I am the river that flows nowhere, I am the feeling that does not care

I am the drug your body’s been missing, I am the soul that you’ve been wishing for

 

I am… I am… I am… I am the man

 

I am the time that will not pass, I am the future living in the past

I am the shadow you cannot see, I am the prisoner you cannot free

I am the legend of lust, love and pain, I am the man who’s lost his name

I am the drug your body’s been missing, I am the soul that you’ve been wishing for

 

I am… I am… I am… I am the man

I am… I am… I am… I am the man

I am… I am… I am… I am the man

 

I am the fire that shows no flame, I am the killer who has no name

I am the wind you cannot feel, I am the truth that is not real

I am the river that flows nowhere, I am the feeling that does not care

I am the drug your body’s been missing, I am the soul that you’ve been wishing for

 

I am… I am… I am… I am the man

Lyrics: The Edge

The Edge by The Cars (written by Ric Ocasek, ©198*)

 

Today you feel so hopped up like you’re cooking **

Prisoner of your own dilemma, you can keep the dirty looks

We’re talking* says the Chinaman, you can transplant instead

Or you can shuffle down to kingdom come but that’s just what he says

 

You gotta take off the edge, you gotta take off the edge

You gotta take it off, come on, take it off… well…

 

Today you feel so cracked up, and you feel this running fever

That rises when you least expect it, and comes on like a cleaver

Get lost in the ballerina, it’s just like dancing with myself

And the only time you sneak around is when you need some kind of help, ho!

 

You gotta take off the edge, you gotta take off the edge

You gotta take it off, come on, take it off…. go!

 

Today you feel electric, zippin and a-zappin

A little like ‘condition dead’ with all the extra trappings

I’m with you said the jedi, as he pockets all your hope

Well if you really want to hang yourself don’t supply* the extra rope

 

You gotta take off the edge, you gotta take off the edge

Come on, take it off… take it… take it off… take off the edge

 

You gotta take off the edge, you gotta take off the edge

You gotta take it off, come on, take off the edge

 

You gotta take off the edge, you gotta… come on, take it off… well

 

You gotta take off the edge, you gotta take off the edge

You gotta take off the edge, take it off

You gotta take off the edge, you gotta take off the edge

Come on, take it off… well… take it off… take off the edge

 

 

Lyrics: Even Angels Fall

Even Angels Fall by Benjamin Orr (written by Benjamin Orr and John Kalishes ©1994)

 

I have felt your fires flow and I now feel your winter’s cold

So now I know the meaning of ‘alone’ and I know how angels fall

Even angels fall

 

I see writings on the wall and I hear the wilderness, it calls

And I have found a place among these things and I know how angels fall

Even angels fall, like diamonds from your eyes

Even angels fall

 

And you know when you go you have my attention

So you see what you’ve sown, sure goes a long long way

Are you sure you’re right? Are you sure you don’t feel guilty?

 

I have felt your fires flow and I still feel your winter’s cold

And now I know the meaning of ‘alone’

Even angels fall, like diamonds from your eyes

Even angels fall

Even angels fall, like diamonds from your eyes

Even angels fall