"Benson Hedges (Demo)" as written by and Nathaniel Joseph/dost Ruess....
Holy ghosts,
When do you come out to play?
'Cause if the Lord is gonna find me,
He'd better start looking today.

Last week my baby hit the slopes.
I spent the weekend setting traps in the road.
I should have been cutting out my eyelids,
You'll never guess what baby did when she got home.

Na na na na
Now at least the birds are singing to me,
But what they're trying to say,
I don't know.

(you're beautiful)
I think they come from the cold
(for all your big mistakes)
I think they come from the cold
(you stayed the same)
To the city that don't snow.

So I drove until we both broke down.
I was stranded in a border town
Believing the motel TV would bring me to safety,
But between MTV and Mr. O'Reilly
I've come to find, that I can't be defined
So I turned it off, now convinced I would cross
Took one last look at the gold
As it shattered on a mountaintop

Now I believe the sun, it's like a symphony.
But what it's trying to play,
I don't know.

(you're beautiful)
I think it's come for the cold.
(for all your big mistakes)
I think it's come for the cold.
(you stayed the same)
To the city that don't snow.

C'mon, Holy ghosts
When do you come out to play?
'Cause if the Lord is gonna find me,
He'd better start looking today.

So I can rise with the river
We all float before we sink
So pray for satellites,
Pray for courtesy
And pray that it can climb mountains to me!
I say goodbye to the canyon.
I will set sail to the streets
Where I don't care to be forgiven
I want to be forgotten.
I don't care to be forgiven
When Lord I only want to be forgotten!

Now I receive a call from my family
And what they started to say
Brought me home.

(you're beautiful)
They think I'm beautiful
(for all your big mistakes)
They think I'm beautiful
(you're beautiful)
For all my big mistakes.


Lyrics submitted by Tri_T, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Benson Hedges" as written by Andrew Dost Nate Ruess

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    General Commentwow, this is one of those few songs where the meaning isn't painfully obvious, and can have multiple interpretations. it almost seems to be two different stories to me, like first half and second half.

    anyway, wonderful song, can't wait for all the new stuff nate's gonna come out with : )
    cmongon August 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAny Format fans notice that he mentions "gold" and "set sail" in this song? The song If Work Permits on The Format's last CD mentions "that piece of gold" and "set the sail." You should go back and look at those lyrics for the full quotes.

    I think there's a connection though. The lead singer mentioned that he had written this song while still in The Format, so it's certainly possible that this song is picking up where If Work Permits left off.
    IfWorkPermitson November 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with IfWorkPermits. The connection between If Work Permits (last song on Dog Problem) and this song (first song released by Fun) is similar to the connection between A Save Situation (last song on Interventions) and Matches (first song on Dog Problems).

    A Save Situation ends with "...and we all fall down." Matches starts with "ashes to ashes". These are some of the lyrics to Ring a Ring o' Roses. So those two songs are obviously connected.

    Now, as IfWorkPermits pointed out, the song If Work Permits says "you'll grab that piece of gold" and "..is gonna set the sails, and send me back to you". This new song says "Took one last look at the gold" and "I will set sail for the streets."

    It's a neat little pattern. Nate connects the end of his albums with the beginning of the next lyrically.
    Anyways, awesome song!
    Maelglonon February 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentBy "Should've been cutting out my eyelids, You'll never guess what baby did when she got home", I'm pretty sure that this is the same idea as one sleeping with one's eyes open, perhaps so that Nate can constantly keep an eye on "baby".
    MunkeyNerdon August 27, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"I don’t care to be forgiven
    I want to be forgotten"

    i love how this song says sad things like that to such an upbeat tune. it seems like fun is going to be like the format in that way. i can't wait to hear more.
    juicyyyon September 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti can't wait i'm so excited for this stuff,
    i miss the format...
    emilyheartsrockon December 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthat may be true but we will have to wait and see what track this is on aim and ignite, its typically the last track linked with the first track
    mattgermon May 08, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti completely agree with the whole if work permits connection. to go into that deeper, i think its about the girl going on a ski trip so she says and doesnt or ends up cheating, basically she betrayed him some how, and he was pining (sp?) after her and then when she did whatever she did, he opened his eyes and realized maybe this wasnt the relationship he thought it would be. and although he still loves her he knows he has to move on. so he goes to a new city to try to start a whole new life. and in cities its very easy to feel like just a blimp on the radar, where in a small town everybody knows your business...

    may be wrong. just my thoughts.
    caitcait17on January 17, 2010   Link

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