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released March 16, 2019

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A Bearded Cat Production • (©) & (℗) 2019 • All Rights Reserved


Performances By:

Kathleen Parks - Vocals, Dahlia 5 String Violin, Collings Mandolin, Gibson LG-1 Acoustic Guitar (Track 6), Hand Percussion

Brad Bensko - Vocals, Gibson J-45 Acoustic Guitar, Yamaha 12 String, Hand Percussion, Percussion, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer 200, Hammond A-100 Organ, Rickenbacker 4003 Bass, Kay Upright Bass, Silvertone 1446 Electric Guitar, Collings Mandolin (Track 2), Roland 808 Drum Programming, Drums (Tracks 1, 4, 5, 7, and 8)

Marty Richards - Drums (Tracks 2, 3, 9, 11 and 12), Tambourine (Track 11)


A Bearded Cat Production

Produced By: Kathleen Parks, Brad Bensko, and Chris Rival

Arrangements By: Kathleen Parks and Brad Bensko

Tracks 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 recorded at Middleville Studios, North Reading, MA By: Chris Rival

Additional Overdubs recorded at Bearded Cat Studios, Mystic, CT by Kathleen Parks & Brad Bensko

Tracks 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7 recorded onto analog tape at Bearded Cat Studios, Mystic, CT by Kathleen Parks, Brad Bensko, & SAL (16 Track 1” Otari MX70)

Mixed by: Brad Bensko at Bearded Cat Studios

*Tracks 4 and 8 mixed by: Brad Bensko & Kathleen Parks at Bearded Cat Studios

Mastered by: Chris Rival at Middleville Studios, North Reading, MA

Illustration By: Ananda Spadt
Photography By: Anya Briz Photography
Art Direction and Design By: Paul Wallen




Our ‘Thank you very much’es!
Paul Rishell & Annie Raines: This album would never have been possible without both of you - thank you for bringing us together, being our mentors and early on bandmates, jump starting this album, and having so much faith in us. We love you both!
Paul and Diane Wallen: Thank you for being our friends over the years, and for making the artwork of this album come to life. You both are such dear and loving friends of ours now. Thank you for your constant generosity.
Chris Rival: Thank you for being such a fantastic engineer and friend. We have so many memories to cherish from making part of this record in Middleville Studios with you. You really helped shape these songs in a way that is impossible to measure. We always look forward to our time together, and will be singing your praises down the highway in the ol’ Volvo 850!
Marty Richards: Thank you for playing with us, Marty! You really got the sound we were going for on so many of the tracks and we were just blown away at your one take magic! You truly are a force to be reckoned with. Can’t wait wait to play with you and Nick Cancelmo at our release parties!
The Squishy Parks Family / O’Brien Clan / Salem Witches: Without this family - we would have had to find guinea pigs to test our arrangements on, and what good would they provide? They aren’t even that squishy! Thank you for the many nights of wine, cheese, loads of laughs, candlelit dinners (and always dessert) followed by fireside concerts from us in return. We love this loving yet bodacious family and all the feline friends that have been involved!
The Smiley yet Sarcastic Benskos: Thank you also for the many evenings of wine, mixed drinks, whiskey, Mary Tyler Moore, sarcasm, hugs, and for tolerating the noise. Special thank you to Evan and Tori for rescuing us when Sheila the Subaru blew up. Without your encouragement along the way, listening to mixes down in the depths of Bearded Cat Studios, and without George’s cackling meows and Bentley’s Jack Nicholson smile for a treat, we may have never made it through. We love each and every one of you!
Friends of Boston and CT: Thank you for coming to our shows, playing with us, and lending a helping hand or an ear when needed over the years. You all hold a special place in our hearts. Special shoutouts to Paul, Diane, and Happy Wallen, Zoe Mitchell, Twisted Pine, Emily Haviland Baker, Hawthorn, Sadie Gustafson-Zook, Scott Johnson, Garrett Jones, Jason Banta, The Marvelous Liars, Burnouts from Outer Space, Pocket Vinyl, Acousticool, Strange Brew, Club Passim, MBar, The Burren, The Knickerbocker Tap Room.

In loving memory of the bright and spirited Maisie O’Brien. She was a ripe 96-year-old Mamo who always made us laugh, made sure we were fed and warm, and prayed for everyone, near and far - including all of Brad’s tumultuous cars of 2018 - but most importantly gave us her love. May this music make her dance in heaven.

...Purrrrrrrr…

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Kathleen Parks & Brad Bensko Boston, Massachusetts

Drawing from 50s and 60s pop, American Songbook standards, and much more, Kat & Brad channel and fuses these influences through two voices, a guitar, mandolin, and violin. This duo consists of Brad Bensko on Vocals and Guitar, and Kathleen Parks on Vocals, Violin, and Mandolin. While busy with performing and writing, they are also in the process of recording their first LP of original material. ... more

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Track Name: Too Late
We have loved each other for six whole months
But I have found another, to fill this space in my heart

It has nothing to do with you
You've been so good to me
But I must make you see that

It's too late
Too late to try
It's too late
And I wanna die
'Cause I never wanted to hurt, I thought the love would grow
It's too late
Too late to try

My feelings have drastically changed, I've never felt this way
And it hurts to say, but the truth is the only way

It has nothing to do with you
You've been so good to me
But darling can't you see?

It's too late
Too late to try
It's too late
And I wanna die
'Cause I never wanted to hurt, I thought the love would grow
It's too late
Too late to try

I cannot keep this inside
I don't mean to hurt your pride
Our hearts will both keep beating on
Though they are no longer one

'Cause It's too Late
Too late to try
It's too late
And I wanna die
'Cause I never wanted to hurt, I thought the love would grow
It's too late
Too late to try
It's too late
Too late to try
Track Name: Cleveland Line
There's never been a day
When I wished the clock would just turn away
But with you that face, it just unwinds
Would you like to come around?
Stroll around downtown?
Although it's getting kind of late
All my bedside dreams, well, they can wait

Well, I'm on my way
I've gotta catch that outbound train
But I feel there's things we ought to be making plain

Don't let this go to waste
To turn from such a thing would surely be in bad taste
Stop your wondering ways, and take the day
Who knows where this will go?
No notion or thought will ever let us surely know
But for now I feel that this is fine

Well, it's about that time
I've gotta catch that Cleveland line
But I'd rather spend an hour with your eyes in mine

So much on my mind
Now I'm on that Cleveland line
But there'll be more to say in due time
Track Name: Someday Soon
Verse 1, Lover 1:

I wonder if I'm meant for love?
I'm asking all my lucky stars above,
"Won't you bring me someone?"
I'm tired of waiting on time
Longing to have my fingertips intwined
Who's fingertips will I find?

Someone to make me giggle,
Someone to make me laugh
Someone who'll make the rainy days quickly pass
Someone who may be true
Someday Soon

I met him just the other day...

Lover 2:
Two vacant chairs tucked in a small cafe
It wasn't any other way
I called as soon as I got home
One ring and she was at the telephone
I never felt so at home

And I made her giggle,
And she made me laugh
And she spoke of rainy days long passed
Someone new may come through
Someday soon

Instrumental Doo - Doos

Lover 2: I wonder if she'll wear the ring?
Lover 1: I wonder if he takes me seriously?
Lovers: How funny that would be

- 'Cause he makes me giggle
- And she makes me laugh
And we make the rainy days quickly pass
Someone who may be true
Someday soon

- 'Cause he makes me giggle
- And she makes me laugh
And we make the rainy days quickly pass
Someone who may be true
Someday soon
Track Name: I Really Really Want To Be With You
Baby, all I want to do
Is drive my car around with you
You do not get or seem to understand
I really really want to be your man
Shall you step in my Corvette?
We'll ride real fast, we'll go, we'll jet
I don't know if you have a single clue
I really really want to be with you

Baby I want you
I do not know what else to do
I thought that I would take you for a spin
Your beating heart I'd have the chance to win
Baby I need you
I do not know what else to do
Hop in my car and let's be more than friends
Lover's Lane is just around the bend

I just love all your bows and curls
I wanna take you on a whirl
Come on now won't you give me a chance
Wear my jacket and let's have a sweet romance

Baby I want you
I do not know what else to do
I thought that I would take you for a spin
Your beating heart I'd have the chance to win
Baby I need you
I do not know what else to do
Hop in my car and let's be more than friends
Lover's Lane is just around the bend

Just like in 1952
Where Spring for lovers always bloom
I'll sneak the car keys we'll go "vroom, vroom, vroom"
I really really want to be with you
I really really want to be with you......
Track Name: Lover's Game
What's all to come of this?
Oh, I can't wait any longer
Sitting 'round is hard to do
As my desires grow stronger

Oh these feelings, they compel
As I fall under her spell, oh well
Can't go back to the square that I came from
Oh, my head is spinning 'round, my hands are numb
Seems this lover's game's lost all its fun

Well there's nothing more to do
Except for sitting and wishing
You play me for a fool
What's with your kidding and witting

Take a minute, try to see
Just what you are doing to me, to me
Falling back to the square that I came from
Oh, my head is spinning 'round, my hands are numb
Seems this lover's game's lost all its fun

Hello, it's been a while
Tell me, what's on your horizon?
Oh, something's changed, I know
To me it ain't so surprising

Oh, the hand I took that night
Is far too out of sight for me
Guess I'm back to the square that I came from
Oh, my head is spinning 'round, my hands are numb
Seems this lover's game's lost all its fun
Track Name: Navy Blue
You came into view clearer than ever
Your colors they shattered my saddened hues
Navy blue fell with a softness
Kissing us as we caressed the whole night through

I loved you then, I love you now
Oh please return to me somehow

I needed time to get it together
The spout in the weather poured for a while
The rain came and went, I thought I was better
But when you saw me again I let you down

I loved you then, I love you now
Oh please return to me somehow
Track Name: No Better
My lady's hairs are long
And lift in the air
To rest on the colorful clothes she wears
And when my well runs dry
My baby is my water
Bringing something new upon my day
Oh I'm her melody
My baby is my rhyme
And together we will make the line

And I couldn't find no better
No I wouldn't even try
Some may doubt and jest
But I will always rest
On thoughts of her and I oh yes
On thoughts of her and I

I know I've been a child
And much more a fool
For all the times I ever hurt you
But baby you take my hand
Give me a glance
And say love like ours it ain't just happenstance

And I couldn't find no better
No I wouldn't even try
Though life's day to days may get in our way
I know that we'll get by, oh yes
I know that we'll get by

And I couldn't find no better
No I wouldn't even try
Though life's day to days may get in our way
I know that we'll get by, oh yes
I know that we'll get by

I know your love's been slow
Strong all the same
For this I'm surely one to blame
But baby listen closely now
Just turn your head my way
There'll never be a day when I cease to say

That I couldn't find no better
I wouldn't even try
And though love comes and goes
I will always know
Our love will never die, oh no
Our love will never die
Track Name: Don't Come Over Tonight
Don't come over tonight
I would like to be alone
And I would like to hear my thoughts without you telling me just what I am thinking

Don't come over tonight
I would like to be myself
And I would like to be myself around myself without you calling me "Baby"

People they talk about it
They say "Why do you change so much when you're around him?"
"So much when you're around him?"
People they talk about it
They say "Why do you change so much when you're around him?"
"So much when you're around him?"
Track Name: Lost On You
Your gentle touch
The caress of your head upon my chest
Fades in the night
Leaving my imagination to the rest
Another night alone

You feel it too
I could see it within those tear stained eyes
I know it's hard
Because heart like this can be so hard to disguise
So far away from home

So when you dream
Picture me with you
Like we used to be

Close your eyes, and I'm alone with you

Wherever you go
Know that I'm always thinking of you
It's in my blood
I hear your name and there's nothing I can do
But get lost on you

So when you dream
Picture me with you
Like we used to be

Close your eyes, and I'm alone with you
Track Name: Promise I'll Be True
Who knows what's to come
What's life but uncertainty
All I know is I want you to be here with me

For if I saw you sooner I would have rushed in
I'm a fool I was blind to all the things you are

Many times I've been alone
Never knowing what to do
And somehow I found you

Well I want you now, want you now
I can't wait forever
Hoping it won't be long
'Til we are together

Many times I've been alone
Never knowing what to do
And somehow I found you

Well I want you now, want you now
I will come through here
And if you say you want me too
I promise I'll be true
Track Name: Take Away The Pain
Some people don't go near you
They say that they don't need to
But when I run and reach you
I find that they're all wrong
They're all wrong

The stars shine up above me
Like riddles that defeat me
To find you is so easy
Yet still you're so discrete
So discrete

Your love's got a hold on me
Something I can't explain
And even when I get weary
You take away the pain
Take away the pain

When I'm down and in my darkest place
I simply call, you show your face
Oh your love is something I could
Never wish to replace
Replace

Your love's got a hold on me
Something I can't explain
And even when I get weary
You take away the pain
Take away the pain
Track Name: Sugar Baby
Oh Sugar Baby
Won't you come down to me
I long to love thee, and I offer my melody
Oh Sugar Baby
Come down the stairs with your pretty brown hairs for me

And kiss me
Let the moon witness our love song
Hold me
Let our melodies roll into one
Beneath your window tonight

Oh Silly Baby
You can have the key
You don't have to win me for there's no one who can compete
Oh Silly Baby
Come up the stairs let the neighbors say their prayers in peace

And kiss me
Let the moon witness our love song
Hold me
Let our melodies roll into one
Beneath my window tonight

Kiss me
Let the moon witness our love song
And Hold me
Let our melodies roll into one
Beneath your window tonight
Beneath my window tonight
Beneath our window tonight

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