Race To The End

by Ben and Lenny

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Race To The End is Ben and Lenny's most ambitious album yet. With touchstones such as Bleach-era Nirvana, progressive rock instrumentation, and a punk rock ethos, the duo's third album expands upon this year's Great Pig as well as their 2015 debut. Race To The End captures the personal and political nature of the times, touching on themes of oppression, control, nostalgia, and modern life.

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released October 8, 2016

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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: Overture 2016
(instrumental)
Track Name: Iron Fist
twelve years
trapped inside
no escape
from his mind
twelve years
live or die
try to run
he just can't hide
oppression, rise
burn it down
opposition
nailed to the ground
no respect for words
and dirty lies
gotta fight the fire
in the skies
you can't escape the iron fist
try to run man, make a wish
you're not the last, but you might be next
you can't escape the iron clench
you can't escape the iron fist
obey directions or don't exist
you're not the first, no, you're not the last
you can't escape the iron grasp
lead on
the bridge is clear
no escape now
the enemy's near
there won't be time
to run and hide
fight for survival
fight till we die
the iron fist
will be destroyed
can't keep on falling
for their ploy
gotta make damn sure
this is the last
the last victim
of the iron grasp
you can't escape the iron fist
try to run man, make a wish
you're not the last, but you might be next
you can't escape the iron clench
you can't escape the iron fist
obey directions or don't exist
you're not the first, no, you're not the last
you can't escape the iron grasp
Track Name: Where Is The Time
where is the time we thought we had
we thought we had enough of?
where is the sky?
we thought we had the freest place above us
don't spend a dime on this side
or on that side
don't drop a dollar
we're out here fighting for our lives
no one else will calm the waters
where is the time?
have they made up your mind?
it's a dangerous climb
better not get too high
where is the time we thought we had
we thought we had beside us?
all of the lies we thought we had
are only the tip of the iceberg
don't spend a nickel
trickle down into
something for yourself
they're out here fighting for our death
but it's not going over too well
no one else will do it for us
where is the time?
have they made up your mind?
it's a dangerous climb
better not get too high
Track Name: Grudge Machine
don't leave me down here, baby
I didn't mean to make you crazy
come back down and rescue me
I don't feel safe with your grudge machine
it's always staring at me
it's always laughing at me
the hallway's there behind me
but it keeps on collapsing
and I can't stop from gasping
the hot iron strikes forever
the bell tolls and pulls the strings
now my mind's behind the lever
behind the lever of your grudge machine
and it's mean
it's so mean
I'm lonely
I'm choking
it's always yelling at me
it's always screaming at me
we've been to hell and back, please
come down and free me at least
send me the help I need
the hot iron strikes forever
the bell tolls and pulls the strings
now my mind's behind the lever
behind the lever of your grudge machine
you left me too long in the basement, honey
and now I'm starting to see things different
this whole thing's starting to seem real funny
you know I never liked commitment
until I met that special someone
until I broke the old routine
you're never gonna see it coming
I fell in love with your grudge machine
now I'm free
the hot iron pulls me closer
the bell rings and calls for me
bye bye baby, it's finally over
I'm happy down here with my grudge machine
the sharp steel reflects my weakness
I'm feeling more like me
I owe it all to your grievance
I think I'll keep it, your grudge machine
till it leaves
Track Name: The Return Of Halvar
burn it down and take it back
there's no way we're turning back
fool me once
shame on you
fool me twice
and I'm the fool
you say all pigs float and tell
me that this legend is real
but I won't believe it
I have always known another way
this time it's not too late
to tear down the gate
burn it down and take it back
there's no way we're turning back
fool me once
shame on you
fool me twice
and I'm the fool
I will send in the battering ram
no stopping my master plan
I will send in the battering ram
you can't stop my master plan
burn it down and take it back
there's no way we're turning back
fool me once
shame on you
fool me twice
and I'm the fool
I will send in the battering ram
no stopping my master plan
I will send in the battering ram
you can't stop my master plan
Track Name: Thaw
you're getting warmer and warmer
but the treasure is still out of reach
the leash gets shorter and shorter
it's a pleasure to meet you
a kick in the teeth
bite down
on the reins, please
right now
till the pain leaves
you need some time to recover
time to forget what you saw
before they cook you for supper
you're gonna thaw
you've been stuck in the deep freeze
for a few dozen years
and that's enough to forget
that you were once a weakling
in a few dozen more
you're gonna start to get wet
because they're turning the heat up
no concern for your chilled out state
there's no escape you can dream up
that doesn't begin with you wasting away
or end with a big splash
think you're suffering now, just wait
till they come with a pickaxe
to crack you wide open and seal your fate
you're gonna thaw
Track Name: Three Days In The Cave
slow down
and get a grip on your head
you know how
these days get filled up with dread
you wanna tip it
so we're all on the same ground
well, forget it
you're gonna do what I say now
you're speechless
it doesn't make you a saint
it makes no difference
you've got no food on your plate
well, take a bite now
from the bread in my hand
and say you'll fight now
to spread my bread cross the land
'cause I'm the law and the order
the borderline I'm controlling
is never gonna show
I just wanted to come over
and put my foot in the ring
while increasing my dough
I never wanted to be your king
but you can still bring me the gold and the green
I'm ready to tip my hand
I know that they're small
but you know it don't matter, man
speed up
you're gonna need to catch up to me
you can reach up
still never going to clutch the things
that I speak of
because you don't know the people I do
you think what
ever I want to program in you
and you're speechless
again I say
you think I'm Jesus
I wouldn't last three days
inside that office
or even in a deep cave
and here's the plot twist:
I'm not going all the way
'cause I'm the bait and the switch, yeah
when it all comes together
you're gonna see why I'm rich, man
you can call me your leader
but I've spent my whole lifetime
as a liar and cheater
so why change now when it's gotten me so far?
I'm only doing what I know
and I probably won't fall
but even if I do
just look at what I've accomplished
made a laughing stock out of you
and took your soul in the process
yeah, why change now?
already into too deep
you're gonna lose it if I lose
and then you'll take to the streets
but remember what I told you
remember all the lines
they're planning to destroy you
so destroy yourselves before they try
Track Name: Turning The Wheel
(instrumental)
Track Name: Knife In My Back
the page has turned
another day has died
there's nothing left to hide
we see through the lies
with every reason to indict
they let you walk for another try
one day the hammer will strike
and expose your lies
betrayed the country you love
you stabbed your own in the back
there's no security threat
there's no cyberactive terror attack
you see the danger is you
and we are the victims too
you're the security threat
you crossed the line
now there's a knife in my back
the book has closed
but you did no time
with everything to hide
you got through it fine
with every reason to apologize
you doubled down with your eyes on the prize
one day your children will cry
and you'll know just why
betrayed the country you love
you stabbed your own in the back
there's no security threat
there's no cyberactive terror attack
you see the danger is you
and we are the victims too
you're the security threat
you crossed the line
now there's a knife in my back
you know the score
you know the outcome, you've seen it before
it's not enough to explore
bowing out of this
you're going down with the ship
the one you built and then crashed into bits
one day the steel will split
and you'll sharpen it
Track Name: Sharper Than Steel
keep me in your wildest thoughts
the things you never discussed a lot
let me be your architect
I know how to build
just need your help with the rest
keep me in the news, my friends
I'm sharp enough to win the race to the end
they can't break or bend our message
I'm sharper than steel
make a deal, hope you forget it
they can't stop me
but they're still gonna try
anything to get me caught in a lie
they won't play fair
so neither will I
I'm not above doublespeak
and my tongue has two sides
that's just how the game is played
you've gotta have thick skin
that's never gonna break
gotta stay focused on the razor's edge
can't let those numbskulls continue
to rattle around in my head
because I'm sharper than steel
you can't resist the appeal
yeah, I'm sharper than steel
so keep on turning the wheel
until we flatten the field
we've got it sealed
I'll lead, you'll heel
I'll stand, you'll kneel
I'll cut you each a new deal
because I'm sharper than steel