Summer Lover

by Ben Mitchell

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Summer Love, like summer, can be hot, or warm, sometimes it rains. It can get sticky too. The days are longer and the nights shorter and the mornings crisp. Summer Lover celebrates all the glory of love as a season, and living it up in the summer of your life. These songs are at once intimate and vast, like the sun creeping over your naked shoulder while you lie on a towel, on the beach, contemplating a swim—or another stolen glance at the object of your affection. And just when you thought this record breaking heat couldn’t last, it turns into something else, an inner glow of recognition: you’ve found something special; or it found you. Whatever, you found each other.

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released June 21, 2016

Produced by Ben Mitchell.

All songs written by Ben Mitchell.
© and ℗ Ben Mitchell 2016

Recorded at Creepy Monkey Music, Healesville, Victoria, Australia.

Sixteen, Again & Again, Smooth Sailing & It’s Time mixed by Ben Mitchell.

Ocean Road (Bonus Mix) programmed and mixed by Richard ‘Jack’ Guy.

All other tracks—New Summer Record, If It’s All I Do, Worth Loving, Ocean Road, You Get What You See, Until The Day I Die, Kiss! Kiss! Kiss! and Tropical Holiday—mixed by Simon Russell at Deep Switch Recording Studio.

Drums recorded by Simon Russell at Creepy Monkey Music except Sixteen and Kiss! Kiss! Kiss! (Recorded by Ben at Andy’s joint).

Musicians:
Ben Mitchell - acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass guitar, keyboards/synths, accordion, harmonica, ganjo, BVs and percussion.
Andy Taite - double bass, BVs on It’s Time and Worth Loving, bass ‘riff’ on Ocean Road (Bonus Mix) and drums on Sixteen and Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!
Glenn Maynard - drums.
Shane Reilly - pedal steel, baritone guitar.
Simon Russell - bass guitar on Summer Lover.
Craig Strain - bass guitar on Ocean Road (Bonus Mix).

Artwork, layout and design by Le Riquiqui AKA Leanne Bock www.LeRiquiqui.com

Mastered by Martin Pullan.

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Ben Mitchell VIC, Australia

Touching…beautiful…captivating. Discover one of Melbourne’s musical gems.” THE BUZZ From blues to indie-pop Ben Mitchell is a songwriter at home jumping genres. Get Rhythm Magazine in London described Mitchell as, “A powerful performer with bags of stage presence and memorable songs.” Americana UK said, “his song-writing skills put him in a league above.” Inpress said “Screams out TALENT!” ... more

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Track Name: Sixteen
Sixteen
By Ben Mitchell © 2016

In the summer of ’16
She felt alive like she’d never been
But still she was alone

When she saw that boy
Her heart filled with a joy
Her soul had never known

So close, yet out of reach
The horizon on her beach

In the summer of ’16
He was almost seventeen
And he thought he was already a man

‘Cause when he saw that girl
He was King of the world
And so he made a bold plan

We will be together
No doubt in my mind whatever
So…

They spent that summer
Kissin’ and cuddlin’
Given it good lovin’
Hands and tongues
All getting’ twisted
Like love never existed before
Well, it never existed before

In the summer of ’16
She was ready to believe
Love could be right here for her

He had the same exact idea
Living with so little fear
How could something real disappear

Now they both know better
She remembers him, he can not forget her
‘Cause

When she saw that boy again
Her eyes filled with tears and then
They lit up like bright stars
Filling the dark
Of all those lost years
He said, “Girl, it’s good to see you here”
Track Name: New Summer Record
New Summer Record
By Ben Mitchell © 2016

You don’t make small plans
You gotta dream big man
I can see you shining
Every step on this road a diamond

You haven’t done your best
You’ve got something left

You’ve got a new summer record
You’re flying higher than ever
You’ve got a new summer record
You’re never gonna be bettered by anyone ever again

You’ve got a taste for life
You don’t hold too tight
I can hear you calling
A lion in the night roaring

I never doubted you
Even when they said you where through

This victory will stay
With you all of your days
Like the hope of a child
You have what it takes, watch it fade away
Into the wild…return…now
Track Name: Worth Loving
Worth Loving
By Ben Mitchell © 2016

This will be my last song
I never did right all the wrong
Then again, did I really try to?
All I really wanted was to love you

This will be my last word
I’ll never know if it was heard
Over all the noise and fuss
Silence don’t seem to count for much

What did I do with all the time I had?
Tried to be someone that
Was worth loving
Like you
Worth Loving
Like you

This will be my last life
Gonna find me a cloud to ride
Up there things don’t seem so dirty
Far away from the pain and hurting

This will be my last love
Still it will not be enough
I may well return to haunt you
Promise me you’ll do the same too
Track Name: Summer Lover
Summer Lover
By Ben Mitchell © 2016

You could not hear a sound
When the sun went down
On the holiday of your life

You knew that you had found
The someone who’d looked around
To find you on this night

Oh, it’s no other
Summer Lover, Summer Lover
Oh, it’s no wonder
Summer Lover, Summer Lover

You never could have dreamed
Now you must believe
‘Cause love stands by your side

Whatever’s gonna come
You will not be undone
Forever your hearts are tied

Each season rolls around
Like waves
We’ll look back on this life
We made
For now we’re in that special place
The honeymoon of
Loves embrace
Track Name: Ocean Road
Ocean Road
By Ben Mitchell © 2016

There’s a lot of room, from Ballarat to Broome
Gold mines and pearls, bronzed boys and red-head girls

And so we drive, all through the night
Singin’ as we go, down another ocean road

Ohhh, down another ocean road *2

There’s a lot to see, Brighton to Manly
An old cricket ground, someone kicking a ball around

And so we run, hot sand to sun
Under waters deep, we find the home we seek

When you come to the water
A lost son, a broken daughter
This land our mother
This land our mother

There’s a lot to do, from here to Timbuktu
Island for a King, a Queens’ land to put your palace in

And so we build, A tin-shed to fill
With stones and shells, and memories of friends we knew so well

When you come to the sea
You come to believe
This land our mother
This land our mother

Chorus

There’s a lot to say, about this place
From a mountain ridge, lookin’ out over a story bridge

And so we talk, the beauty of it all
And when the words are spent
We sit in awe of the silence
Of the silence
Track Name: If It's All I Do
If It’s All I Do
By Ben Mitchell © 2016

Let’s make this easy
Between you and me
There’s something I like

Let’s make this simple
It’s what I’ve lived for
What I tried to find

I’ve made up my mind
There’s no time to lose
While we’ve got tonight
And I’ve got you

If it’s all I do *4

Let’s go crazy
Don’t have to make me
I want to feel alive

Let’s be honest
On my roll of honours
It’s your name I will write

Fortunes come and go
Even winners lose
While we’ve got tonight
And I’ve got you

If it’s all I do *4

Hope it’s not too late
To get my head on straight
And turn my heart around to you
To you
Track Name: You Get What You See
You Get What You See
By Ben Mitchell © 2016

You never promised me
Your eternity
You never made a vow
Anyway, anyhow

So as I watch you go, I know
You get what you see

You always had a smile
Like a crooked crocodile
Lying in the wait
Your next move to make

So as I watch you leave, it’s easy to believe
You get what you see

I thought I was immune to your charms
But I was taken in and unarmed
Just enough to put me at my ease
Then on my knees

You told it like it was
“Boy, whatever you’re thinking of
Do not include me in your plans
I can not make you a better man

So when it’s over, kid
We did what we did
You get what you see”

Thought I was the one who had you pegged
But I was the one strapped to your bed
You put me on my back and then
I watched yours bend
Track Name: Smooth Sailing
Smooth Sailing
By Ben Mitchell © 2016

It starts with a trickle down a mountain in the country
It grows in the valleys ’til the river meets the sea
The thought you had you are all alone
And all you love will leave eventually

I was failing
Now it’s all…smooth sailing

It starts with a twinkle in the eye of a stranger
It grows in the hearts of those who love
The world don’t seem so small when you’re connected
I’ll admit I used to do it tough

Now I’m just saying
It’s all smooth sailing

Ooooh, ahhhh

It starts with a dream your life can be better
It grows with the things you do, the things you say
The one you thought of as your brightest flame
The one you thought of as your greatest shame

I’m through with blaming
Now it’s all smooth sailing
Track Name: Until The Day I Die
Until The Day I Die
By Ben Mitchell © 2016

I have often wondered what good would it do
To be someone who needs someone
Like I need you

If I am an island
You are the ocean I am floating on

I have always hoped for a love well worth the wait
Of years alone, that’s the way it goes
Searching sometimes

If I am a ghost
You are the one who haunts me the most

Hear what I say I got it bad for you
Too late nothing you can do
Hear what I say I got it bad for you
And I will
Until the day I die

I have always needed something to believe
Beyond the pain
Everyday the same
Everyday the same

If I am a dreamer
You made a believer out of me
Track Name: Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!
Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!
By Ben Mitchell © 2016

If you walk with me, today will surely be
If not now then never, a little bit better

If you take my hand, I won’t understand
Any more than I did, after our first kiss

‘Cause my world changed and I’ll never forget
That sweet day our lips met
Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!
Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!

If you take the lead, when we take a spin
I’ll let you go way out, so you can pull me in

If you sing to me, I’m likely to cry
You know that by now, I’m that type of guy

Ooooh, that’s life
As simple as you like
Ooooh, it’s right
As rain in the night

Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!
Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!
Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!
Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!

If you wanna know, something good for free
It won’t cost you a dollar, to see, to see

If you wanna try it another time
I really don’t mind, that’s fine, that’s fine

Oooh, I guess I love you so…
Track Name: Tropical Holiday
Tropical Holiday
By Ben Mitchell © 2016

My love, I swear
Won’t fade like the sun on a tropical holiday

My dreams, for you
Will grow like a full moon in the dark night sky

In the morning I will bring you a smile
Because you always bring me two
In the morning I will bring you a smile
All this and more for you

My life, is yours
From this day forward ’til there’s no more

My my, it’s good
When you find the one you always hoped you would

We can go together
Into a place serene
One day to last forever
One day to believe
Track Name: Again & Again
Again & Again
By Ben Mitchell © 2016


The waves were crashing in
I was ready to begin
This

The sun was beating down
I was thinking how glorious
It is

To have found the one
Who makes me two
To have found the one
You

The breeze was on your lips
For our salted kiss
Of summer

The thought crossed my mind
I was lucky to find,
My lover

Nothing but the best will do
Nothing but the best
Is you

Me, oh my I hope the sky don’t fall
Not before I’ve loved you a little more
If time stands still I hope
Today’s the day when
I will meet you
Again & Again

The stars were coming out as
We were laying down
In the sand

The fire on the shore
Kept us as warm
As fire can

Your hand was on my chest
As I confessed what I had to
The source of my feelings
Why I am reeling into
You
Track Name: It's Time
It’s Time
By Ben Mitchell © 2016

Tonight, I can’t sleep
Dreaming with my eyes open
I like what I see
You can’t fix what is not broken

Each second counts
Another minute ‘round
The hour arrives
For us to be alive

It’s time
It’s time

Tonight, I can’t help
Thinking this is all as it should be
In this place right here
We’re makin’ up our history

The past is done
The future’s yet to come
Right now, I choose
To give myself to you

It’s time for love
It’s time for love

The loveless need it most
Like the haunted need a ghost
The innocence returns
When the lesson is learned
Track Name: Ocean Road (Bonus Mix)
Ocean Road (Bonus Mix)
By Ben Mitchell © 2016

There’s a lot of room, from Ballarat to Broome
Gold mines and pearls, bronzed boys and red-head girls

And so we drive, all through the night
Singin’ as we go, down another ocean road

Ohhh, down another ocean road *2

There’s a lot to see, Brighton to Manly
An old cricket ground, someone kicking a ball around

And so we run, hot sand to sun
Under waters deep, we find the home we seek

When you come to the water
A lost son, a broken daughter
This land our mother
This land our mother

There’s a lot to do, from here to Timbuktu
Island for a King, a Queens’ land to put your palace in

And so we build, A tin-shed to fill
With stones and shells, and memories of friends we knew so well

When you come to the sea
You come to believe
This land our mother
This land our mother

Chorus

There’s a lot to say, about this place
From a mountain ridge, lookin’ out over a story bridge

And so we talk, the beauty of it all
And when the words are spent
We sit in awe of the silence
Of the silence