King of Bitter Sorrow

by Ben Lorentzen

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Ben Lorentzen releases third album: King of Bitter Sorrow.
Here Lorentzen continues to dive deeper into the Suburban Noir landscape ha started
exploring with two previous albums. In other words: it is still dark and moody, it’ s introvert,
eclectic and dealing with the pains and pleasures of existence. The pace is slower than on
the previous album “Pains & Pleasures of Intimacy”, but the lyrics are strong, heartfelt and
sung as if life depended on it. As a backdrop Ben Lorentzen explains how he imagines the
10 songs as a conversation between humanity and it’s collective conscience and how the
two entities falling apart becomes the King of Bitter Sorrow.

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releases February 28, 2020

Musicians:
Drums: Martin Denzin
Bass: Jan Fabricius
Guitar: Ben Schadow
Keys: Christian Nystrøm
Back up vocals: Pascal El Sauaf
Strings:
Vera Katharina Schmidt, Violine
Mona Burger, Violine
Lucas Schwengebecher, Viola
Ann-Katrin Eisold, Violoncello
Horns: Holger Becker, Trumpet
Eckhard Meyer, Trombone
Matthias Schinkopf, Sax
Recorded at:
- Studio Nord, Bremen, Germany
- Fat Middle Finger studios, NJ, USA
Engineer: Pascal El Sauaf
Mixed by Simon Nordberg
Mastered by Matt Colton, Metropolis.
Art work by Kevin Yoon
Images by Christian Nystrøm

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Track Name: KIng of Sorrow and Pain
The King of Sorrow and Pain

I was born by the mountain
On a green grass plane
But like Adam before me
I was driven away


Oooooh
Was driven away


You said the sea would be stormy
You said the land would be rough
You didn’t say where we’re going
I got to know soon enough


Ooooh
Soon enough


Light falls into darkness
Things will never be the same
You say: “It takes one to know one”
The king of Sorrow and Pain


Ooooh
The King of Sorrow and Pain.
Track Name: Underneath A Fatherless Sky
Underneath a fatherless sky

Underneath a fatherless sky
In throw away backyards, by and by
The ballerina and the jack
Rubin their eyes with glue


She’s a dancer in a pink tutu
With dirt stain dots and a story too
Comes from mummy, smells like dad
In grayish sleep she hears them




And the Jack will sing
‘Till the morning comes
With a broken voice
An unknown song for those




Crawled every country worn every faith
Two hearts and four lives clovers
One by one they bloom too late
Tomorrows train has left them
Track Name: If You Only Knew
If you only knew


"I'm sorry" won't do it
If there's nothing to it
"I'm sorry" won't do it
anyhow


"Forgive me" won't do it
If there's nothing to it
"Forgive me" won't do it
anyhow


But if you only knew
The way I feel for you
All is clear, all is true
And if you only knew
The way that I love you
All is clear, all is true


"I love you" won't do it
If there's nothing to it
"I love you" won't do it
anyhow
Track Name: Yes This Is A Sad Song
Yes, This is a sad song

You can go to the movies
You can hang out in bars
Take a stroll down a slow street
Or just stay right where you are


Most people seem to come in pairs
And it gets twice as lonely in here
I walk this shell of a body around
And yes, This is a sad song


You can go to a party
You can go to the church
You can stop by a night club
And tell them all how bad it hurts


Most people find a way to talk
And it gets twice as hard to do this walk
I'm watitn' for the right words to come along
And yes, this is a sad song


And sometimes I wish the sun would stop
And the rain would fall
Just to calm me down
'Cause there something, when the weather drops
About the way we all
Seem to be on common ground


Some people say Budda
Some people say Christ
Some people say religion
Contains everything they have despised


Most people seem to find a way
And it gets twice as hard to stay
I search my soul for what is right and wrong
And yes, this is a sad song
Track Name: All Knives Out
All knives out

I was talking to God
I was talking to God
I was whispering the word
And heard the saddest of songs


I was talking to the walls
I was talking to the floor
And then a shiver through the ages
found a pathway to my door:


“Say, will this day be the day, say…."


All knives out
Let the color come out loud
All knives out
Let them know what it’s about
Knives out now
If I could scream and shout
All knives out


I was talking to God
I was talking to God
I heard the echoes of my words as they
reflected down the hall:


“Say, will this day be the day, say…."


All knives out
Let the color come out loud
All knives out
Let them know what it’s about
Knives out now
If I could scream and shout
All knives out


Piercing the skin
Let it out, let it in
Track Name: Ben Lorentzen feat. Daisy Chapman - "Right Next To Nothing"
Right next to nothing

When this world seems confounding
And I’m elusively pounding
Through fleeting dispatches
And nothing matches
And I, I had my share
Will I find your here?


When I’m tied up by lose ends
And surrounded by no friends
And life is a shadow
That sits by my window
And I, I had my share
Will I find you here?


Will I find you here
Right next to nothing
Holding up What comes down
Will I find you here
Right next to nothing
Holding up What comes down?


One promise failed
Is a double wrong made
As the hurting is two fold
And the aftermath is too cold
And I, I had my share
Will I find you here?


I know the sensations
Of chintzy exhortations
That squirms out of passion
Like a floating apparition
And I, I had my share
Will I Find you here ?


Will I find you here
Right next to nothing
Holding up What comes down
Will I find you here
Right next to nothing
Holding up what comes down?
Track Name: Sometimes At Last Doesn't Happen At First
Sometimes at last doesn't happen at first

Sometimes at last doesn't happen at first
It all came together then everything burst
I felt so blessed, but now I am cursed
Sometimes at last doesn't happen at first


I met a man, he was old at 22
The laziest man to sit between two shoes
He said: "no one ever wins, one side's just slower to lose"
Without even trying he had misspent his youth


I met a woman, saying: "why not me,
just want to get ahead, is there a place for me?
Is the hour upon us in our democracy
The haters will hate, and the lovers... will they just let it be?"


I went out into the world and I heard the despair
Millions of people, no one was really there
I asked what has become of peace and love and care
And everyone pointed out the other one and said:
"Never while you are here"


But I travelled the land and I saw its rebirth
By the sun and the rain and the sky and the earth
By a frown of the will and sweat on the shirt
By an unnoticed, uncelebrated heart in the dirt


Sometimes at last doesn't happen at first
The cages are rattling, some of them may burst
But we can be blessed though now we are cursed
Sometimes at last doesn't happen at first
Track Name: Oh My Love
Oh, My Love

There’s a glint in your eyes, it says your leaving
Something's waiting out there to be found
Distance in your touch
Whatever it may be, It ain’t that much


There’s a grief that I know waving endlessly
Please, a way to retain crumbs of love
Tie me down to see
I never meant to be in your way


Oh my Love, Oh my Love
Is it a true, gesture of you
To keep me here and tell me:
"Dear, don’t leave"


There’s regret at the door when you’re leaving
There is no rest in you room when you sleep
Distance in your touch
It rips my heart apart at the seems
It ain't that much
Track Name: Life Down Here In Hell
Life down here in hell

Oh Lord - I can feel your suffering tonight
Oh yes - I can feel it now
Oh Lord - I can feel your suffering tonight
Coming down drenched in alcohol


They found ways to sell
Life down here in hell


Oh Lord - I can feel your agony tonight
Oh yes - I can feel it now Oh Lord -
I can feel your agony tonight
coming down drenched in alcohol


They found ways to sell
Life down in hell Tonight…
Track Name: Come On Home
Come on Home

There’s a light that shines on you now
Your troubles will fade somehow
Just let it go


Right here, right now - you belong
Right here, right now - you belong
Just come on home


There’s a way that opens for you now
All your fears will fade somehow
Just let it go


Right here, right now - you belong
Right here, right now you belong
Just come on home

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