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The Broken Family DaySaver

by Ben Calvert

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    CD in digipak with full-colour lyric booklet insert with original photography by Ben Calvert.
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I hope you're feeling very warm and loved tonight There's an aching fear that's killing me he's there tonight In my head there's been a switch Now there's a constant nagging itch I hope you're feeling very warm tonight I hope you feel that there is hope for you tonight The children missing both and harmony tonight There's a feeling in my head That nothing has been said I hope you're feeling very warm tonight And what becomes of the broken hearted? And what becomes of this thing you've started
The creatures gathered round I hung her from the strongest tree You see the death of love My girl has turned to enemy The forest floor it dropped away And then I felt so free The creatures of simplicity They lapped it up, applauded me! Please change your mind 'Cause this scene it ain't fine Why so unkind? Angel please be mine And then the children stand Their mother dead by daddy's hands The seeds of hate she sowed so free So damn her for eternity Nothing was ever said how she felt And how my heart lay heavy with uncertainty So damn her twice eternally Then they buried her Four hundred flowers One for every day she tortured me Ignoring basic simple needs Then they washed thier hands The creatures looked on quizically And talked about how love should be: Forever-All eternity.
Kids 02:37
I have a gift for a wish I wrote a song for kids Remember carousels and bicycles that skid? I wrote a song for kids I read my stars today 'Cause they won't go away Remember cartoons and aeroplanes that live? I wrote a song for kids Who's got more to give? Make love and kids Remember aerosols and things you should not sniff And pass it on to the kids Remember playgrounds and girls you could not kiss Then remember kids And be in love with almost everyone
Kids Go Free 03:12
Drive me slowly through the city Where the lights are free-totally Silver and blue behemoth don't like you But who cares? Shops are there Just because it's gone don't let it go Just because they've stopped the traffic's flow Drive me quickly to the country where the fields meet the sea-So lovely Drown me with your inflatable thing Cross off the strange flotation toy warning Just because it's gone don't let it go Just because you're down don't let it show Kick me gently with your new horses That run free in town and country Unfettered and unhung by their own mortality They run free Just because it's gone don't let it show Just because your down don't let it show Take me back to 1980 where the kids go free.
Sunlight won't penetrate this window today Am I Wonderboy? Blinds drawn. Pixalated porn fixation. Am I Wonderboy? Steeples and cripples and factories that whistle The flowers and bowers Sister McNicholls Wreathes and the hollies The depth of the snow The depths of my follies The clock that's set wrong Everyone will go Stuart may still go Brian may still go Rheeston may still go And everything will go I'm meant to be Wonderboy I won't penetrate anyone today.
Easter 01:55
I woke up late and took a walk around the lake I'm thinking of the blindness that will come with age I'm seeing good things I'm seeing bad things Who's gonna make me great today? The village in the city breeds bohemians So churn them up 'cause all I'm seeing is the dumb Who's saying good things? Who's saying bad things? Who's saying nothing much today? What's the use in knowing anyway? So float me higher than the curb upon the street 'Cause all I'm feeling is the earth beneath my feet Who's feeling good things? Who's feeling bad things? I'm feeling tired of me today.
Fly No More 03:40
Its plain to see I'll fly no more I'm disabled in a love at war Your missile sweet has shot me down I'm crawling now on firmer ground God guide me sweet and guide me true 'Cause guiding is all I ever do These awkward words are quite absurd And all my rights have now gone wrong A lovely mess you've made of my life There are plastic toys in a big brick house We can't share it so I'm thrown out I'm doing all the best I can But love for you is temporal A lovely mess you've made for my girl There's a boy with you and a boy upstairs This boy is old who you've turned to air A heavy heart and an empty bed You were never here and nothing was ever said A lovely mess you've made for your boy I'm too undone to be upset I'm choking on a Nicorette A lovely mess you've made of my life.
In a bottle, in an adult shop Nervous laughter public place Bloodshot eyes a different face Heart is racing in my throat All the words I never wrote I don't wanna die without perfect eyes It's a chemical, solvent chemical With someone or on your own With someone you've taken home Contact or a magazine Naughtiness is never clean I don't wanna die kissing your face I don't wanna die sniffing chemicals Thousand thoughts run through my head In my blood and in my bed My! One for you and one for me Top class torn queen just turned 19 You will, you won't, you do, you don't? I love having this rush I love being in love It's a chemical-torn apart a chemical
So have it your way I'll see them when you want If only for an hour or two We could all spend time together That's not what you want You'd rather let decay What we all had together In your own hateful way The Broken Family DaySaver oh please save us now I go on day trips with my two I do not know what else to do 'Daddy cries when he's happy as well as when he's sad' An empty message to try to push through. The Broken Family DaySaver will not save us now And will my same wish made with different coins Thrown into wishing wells, wishing streams Wishing pools on days out save this family? No. You go on walks with him and them They're dropped round her and They're telling me of him When they're with me I know that you're with him Jesus saves when he knows where to begin The Broken Family DaySaver cannot save us now
Flee 03:37
This is a sad old song But it runs at a fair old pace By the time you've worked this out You'll be on your next train And what of children that are badly planned? Upon that fateful night I should have cum in my own hand Fair grow the ones that know how to harm hearts Old grow the ones that have to flee with their lives I met another one on the bus to Preston He was going further north 'Cause he had to feed a horse And as he rattled on he stole my sleep from me He made me think of you and the ones I cannot keep Fair grow the ones that know how to harm hearts Old grow the ones that have to flee with their lives All's quiet in the north-west sky All's quiet so just don't ask why I've had to flee This is an old, old song And it runs at a fair old pace By the time you've worked me out I'll be on my next train And you'll wave me on
You've got to be so strong to face the new day You've got to be so weak that you can't last you've got to be so tough to swear at Jesus 'Cause Jesus knows that you ain't gonna last Those of you awaking in the new day Often find the strength to keep things clear Now that I'm awaking in the darkness By the dusk the choice is very clear I want to wake in the light this impossible summer I want to wake just to find Recompense with their mother Who is fine What do children think of in the new day When they find that I'm no longer there? Where do both those children find the new words Picking them like shapes out of the hot stifling air? I want to be with you and the kids When you climb sand dunes I want to wake just in time When you arrive in the morning I'm not fine
Please help me think with my mind this time Not my cock, not my heart, but my mind this time I had a girl With a girl that I should have just fucked one time A little girl she blew my world I should have just fucked one time I know there is trouble ahead I know we can't share the same bed again


“The world of Ben Calvert is one of family, sex, drugs and psychedelic folk soul where city doldrums, insalubrious corners, glue-sniffers and cynical grey tile skies are redeemed and lined with silver by the innocence of ‘Kids’. “The Broken Family Day Saver” is the very type of English modern day troubadour album which would be perfectly aplomb in any Shane Meadows film, and sees a return to the form which previously heralded radio play and endorsement from John Peel. An unexamined life is not worth living.”
Redbricks Magazine.

“Flee is a soft and delicious slice of near nakedly drawn early Marr-esque musings, that in truth is quite perfect for these sultry days. Beyond that the only thing you need know is that you ought to investigate Ben Calvert further for yourself.”
Losing Today

“Although Ben Calvert has a folk heart, it is a folk heart which has been broken on indie dancefloors to the sounds of Blur and The Smiths. An accomplished piece of art.”

“A booty bag of avid odes to poppers, kids and wonderboys; he’s an understated emancipator of lyrical wisdom.”
Louis Pattinson, Plan-B.

“Haunting, heart-bruising tales bitterly stumble into each other as if played by a meth-ed up, homeless Johnny Marr. The dark humour and stark honesty of Ben Calvert is paralysing, and charmingly so.”
The Fly.


released July 7, 2008

Recorded by Dan Hoffman at The Bridge and
Dave McCabe at Muthers.
Mastered by Simon Fox at The Institute Den
Artwork/Layout by Adam Williams at sleepy.me.uk
Photography by Ben Calvert, except cupid image
Cupid Image courtesy of Jaques Sabourin.


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Influenced by British folk, early 90s Indie and US Psychedelia, Ben’s post-folk sound has melody, stories, and lyrics at its heart.

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