Great Pig

by Ben and Lenny

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Great Pig is a guitar-driven concept album by Ben and Lenny with a wide variety of influences, from acoustic ballads to hard-hitting heavy metal.

PROLOGUE:
After an apocalyptic war nearly wipes out the human race, only two civilizations survive. Himinour and Heimisgar each view the other as a dire enemy, yet neither remembers why.

In Heimisgar, word breaks out that a peace treaty has been brokered with Himinour in order to facilitate trade and keep both camps alive. The symbolic initiation of the agreement, which will serve as confirmation to the people that a meeting did in fact take place, is said to arrive in the form of a Great Pig in the sky. Once the pig has been sighted by Heimisgar, it will be safe enough for them to reach out to Himinour.

Years go by with no pig sighting, despite the people of Heimisgar's vigilance. Eventually, the story of the meeting and the Great Pig becomes merely mythical in nature. This does not prevent the people of Heimisgar from believing it, however.

ACT I:
Our hero, Halvar of Heimisgar, has had enough. Unable to hear Himinour lamenting and empathizing with his people (Bottom Of Heaven), he is oblivious to the fact that the Great Pig has finally been released (Cut Him Loose). He decides to take matters into his own hands, recruiting a team of similarly disgruntled citizens of Heimisgar to wreak havoc upon Himinour (Battering Ram). Halvar and his crew begin to fancy themselves heroic warriors, careening towards battle for the good of their people (Stone Giants).

ACT II:
As morale peaks, their journey is interrupted by a transmission from Radio Swine, alerting them that the Great Pig has been spotted overhead (Hooves Up). Halvar struggles with a next move, but ultimately decides to lead his team back to Heimisgar (Turn Around And Face It). Upon his return, he is met with an extravagant, yet ultimately hollow, celebration. He sees through it all: Heimisgar manufactured the radio transmission to keep him under control (Welcome Home).

ACT III:
With renewed vengeance, Halvar escapes the scene and resumes his journey alone (Lost Time). He is confident and committed, but he quickly realizes the difficulty of operating the battering ram by himself. As he sets up camp for the night, he is met with the sudden, painful realization that he will never see his loved ones again. Halvar's entire life spreads out before him in a moment of heartbreaking nostalgia, and a fond memory from his childhood is the last thing he hears before falling asleep (Goodbye Forever). He is awoken in the predawn by an apparition hovering above him. Confused and somewhat frightened, Halvar wonders whether the object is indeed the Great Pig, or whether he is losing his mind (Final Flight).

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released April 9, 2016

Ben: Guitars, Bass, Production, Lyrics (Welcome Home)
Lenny: Vocals, Lyrics, Guitars

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Ben and Lenny Temecula, California

Ben and Lenny is a collaboration between Ben Rones and Lenny Violet. Equal parts Joe Satriani and the Velvet Underground, this project is a genre-bending excursion to the depths of rock music.

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Track Name: Bottom Of Heaven
hey, this nightmare…it’s awfully potent
bed of flowers…but no roses
and this feeling…it’s awfully vivid
waited hours…still can’t get in
I know it’s getting harder these days
it was hard where it started a long way away
in the town you grew up in
the top of the mountain
the waterfalls led to the bottom of heaven
I know you’re getting meaner and meaner
but it don’t bother me much if you can believe it
the town that grew over you
held you under
sounds so much worse than the town I grew up in
have you seen it flying over?
I heard screams…it’s a natural thing to be totally, completely scared
and I know it’s getting harder these days
it was hard where it started a long way away
in the town you grew up in
the top of the mountain
the waterfalls led to the bottom of heaven
I know you’re getting meaner and meaner
but it don’t bother me much if you can believe it
the town that grew over you
held you under
sounds so much worse than the town I grew up in
hey, this nightmare…it’s not helping
must be nice where the sun’s never shining and moon’s never melting
and we’re never reminded of star-spangled lies
getting wrangled and mangled and tangled in time
in the sky we bowed down to
the last living wonder
the cannonballs bled through our wide eyes like thunder
and I know it’s getting harder these days
it was hard where it started a long way away
in the town you grew up in
the top of the mountain
the waterfalls led to the bottom of heaven
Track Name: Cut Him Loose
(instrumental)
Track Name: Battering Ram
all this talk about peace is giving us a little more war than we’d bargained for
do we know what we want yet?
is anyone confident that we’ve done the right thing?
is it really so obvious?
I’m not convinced that we’re out of the ditch
it makes some sense, but the nausea still exists
and that Great Pig seems like a hell of a plan
but we still haven’t seen it, and it’s getting hard to stand
if we did it my way, I’d have sent in the battering ram
with a twinkle in both eyes and four wheels of steel in the back
our own personal savior would protect us at the beat of my drum
we can do it today and quit waiting for what may never come
all this talk about war is giving me a piece of the puzzle, and I know where to put it
do you know where it fits yet, you gullible fools?
have you quit slitting your wrists yet?
I’ll show you what we’ll do:
we need to come together with renewed spirits
do you remember what they did to us?
isn’t it clear yet?
we’ve gotta look down the barrel without fear
instead of looking up for something that’ll never appear
I’m not convinced that we’re out of the ditch
it makes some sense, but the nausea still exists
and that Great Pig seems like a hell of a plan
but we still haven’t seen it, and it’s getting hard to stand
if we did it my way, I’d have sent in the battering ram
with a twinkle in both eyes and four wheels of steel in the back
our own personal savior would protect us at the beat of my drum
we can do it today and quit waiting for what may never come
all this talk about war and peace has made up my mind, and I’m going today
is anyone coming with me? we’ll split the cost 50/50
we can get lost in their city until we blow it away
just come up inside, I’ll make some room
we’ve got nothing to hide, it’s just what we have to do
it’s just what has to be done before their heads get too big
and they expect us to be fooled by their promise of pigs
there’s no such thing as flying pigs!
there’s no such thing as flying pigs!
there’s no such thing as flying pigs!
there’s no such thing as flying pigs!
Track Name: Stone Giants
WE ARE THE STONE GIANTS, AND WE’VE HAD IT UP TO HERE
WE WON’T WAIT ANOTHER DAY FOR THE GREAT PIG TO APPEAR
WE AREN’T GONNA TAKE ANOTHER YEAR OF STANDING BY
WE ARE THE STONE GIANTS AND WE’RE FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVES
DON’T LOOK NOW, HERE WE COME, YOU BETTER GET READY TO DIE
DON’T LOOK NOW, THE KIDS ARE OUT, AND THEY WON’T BE PUSHED ASIDE
DON’T LOOK NOW, AND DON’T MAKE A SOUND WHEN YOU SEE US COMING ‘ROUND
DON’T LOOK NOW AT YOUR BEAUTIFUL TOWN WHILE WE BURN IT TO THE GROUND
WE ARE STONE GIANTS!
KEEP YOUR ZONE SILENT!
DON’T YOU DARE TRY IT!
YOU BROUGHT THIS VIOLENCE!
HEIGH-HO, HERE WE GO, NO LOOKING BACK OR SECOND-GUESSING
THE FINAL BLOW IS COMING, AND YOU KNOW WE’RE NOT PRETENDING
YOU’VE DONE ALL THE LYING, CHEATING, STEALING FROM OUR FAMILIES
SO YOU AND YOURS WON’T EXIST NO MORE ON THE COUNT OF ONE, TWO, AND THREE
ONE…TWO…
ONE…TWO…
ONE…TWO…
ONE…TWO…AND…THREE!
Track Name: Hooves Up
(have you heard the news today, oh boy!? the pig, the pig, indeed! it’s up, it’s up! it’s over the moon! it’s pink as can be! it’s big, and it’s cute…that’s the truth! our hearts and minds are saved at last! all parties in no man’s land: come back! and join the celebration we’ve been having in your absence! HOOVES UP! TURN AROUND AND PASS IT!)
Track Name: Turn Around And Face It
I am gonna turn around and face it
I don’t wanna, but I know I gotta
and if this is the real thing, I don’t wanna waste it
I don’t wanna miss it, so I’m not gonna
if that pig is flying, I’m not gonna believe it
I’ll be so deeply high in the sky if it is
but if those kids were lying, I’ll give ‘em a reason
to never put their thoughts and their dreams in a pig
and then I’ll turn back…get back on the road
make sure I burn that…last piece of my soul
if this is some kinda trick to get me feeling complacent
then I’ll blow them to bits
but for now I’ll turn around and face it
right now…I’m gonna get myself home
I’m gonna find out…if there’s any truth to what I heard on the radio
and if so…I’ll be the first one to admit I was bad
but if no…I’ll be the first one out and back on the ram
I am gonna turn around and face it
I don’t wanna, but I know I gotta
and if this is the real thing, I don’t wanna waste it
I don’t wanna miss it, so I’m not gonna
if that pig is flying, I’m not gonna believe it
I’ll be so deeply high in the sky if it is
but if those kids were lying, I’ll give ‘em a reason
to never put their thoughts and their dreams in a pig
and then I’ll turn back…
for now I’ll…just turn around and face it
for now I’ll…just turn around and face it
for now I’ll…just turn around and face it
for now I’ll…just turn around and face it
right now…I’m gonna get myself home
I’m gonna find out…if there’s any truth to what I heard on the radio
and if so…I’ll be the first one to admit I was bad
but if no…I’ll be the first one out and back on the ram
Track Name: Welcome Home
as the day draws near, we lay down our arms
return to our home…will they forgive us for what we’ve done?
I can’t believe it’s finally true
so many years of misery
this heavenly mystery now here for all to see
no more war for me
was blind but now I see
no more war for me
I’m finally free
welcome home to a time of peace
long we will live
this is our destiny
my destructive vision cannot be hidden
this isn’t right…I think they think I must be blind
all this talk of peace
it is all too cheap
it’s a simple ruse…don’t they know I ain’t no fool?
oh no, not this time
this battle, this war is mine
and I won’t hear no more lies
they’re all gonna die
welcome home to a time of peace
long we will live
this is our destiny
this time I finish it!
this time it’s mine!
and no more listening!
to Radio Swine!
I don’t need anyone!
I never did!
and you’ll all thank me!
and not some pig!
that don’t exist!
that don’t exist!
that don’t exist!
that don’t exist!
that don’t exist!
Track Name: Lost Time
gonna sneak out the back and get back on the ram
before I freak out the people, get thrown in the slammer
they reached out to pull that wool over my eyes
no time to speak out, their pig is just a sheep in disguise
and I’m the big, bad wolf coming to blow up the whole town
gonna make it all hurt like I saw in my mind
so build your houses of sticks, straw, and bricks…they’ll still go down
gonna make up, I’m certain, for all that lost time
for all that lost time
for all that lost time
for all that lost time
for all that lost time
I’m on the road again; my goal is to expose this lie
‘cause if I don’t, no one will know we’ve been their slaves all our lives
and some might need to believe to help them sleep at night
but me, I don’t need no sleep, I keep my opened eyes
fixed on their kingdom, they need us to keep up their end
if they could leave us the first time, what do we expect?
if we don’t clean up this act before the curtains descend on us
we’ll never get no closer to that prodigal pig…IT’S JUST A MYTH
and I’m the big, bad wolf coming to blow up the whole town
gonna make it all hurt like I saw in my mind
so build your houses of sticks, straw, and bricks…they’ll still go down
gonna make up, I’m certain, for all that lost time
for all that lost time
for all that lost time
for all that lost time
for all that lost time
Track Name: Goodbye Forever
(instrumental)
Track Name: Final Flight
what’s that in the sky…hovering over me right now?
I’ve still got sleep in my eyes…do they deceive me, or is this real life now?
it must be a dream…but even a dream ends before it takes off
and I’ve been here for hours, it seems…I’m awake and it’s not a mirage
there’s a pig in the sky…flying above me and turning the sunlight pink
I think I whispered goodbye…before I should’ve, and now I cannot think
and if I could, there’d be no words
to sum up everything this means to my soul
it’s not the end of the world
it’s the beginning of a new one…here we go
I was in the bottom of heaven when they cut him loose
and this battering ram made our stone giants move
when we picked our hooves up to turn around and face it
our welcome home march ended in humiliation
the lost time we spent just ignited my temper
I never thought I’d have to say goodbye forever
but it looks like my farewell was only one night
the pig’s in the air making its final flight
the pig’s in the air making its final flight
the pig’s in the air making its final flight
the pig’s in the air making its final flight