Waiting For Zavala

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Bat's first album. Singer/Songwriter material with very few arrangements or overdubs. Songwriting and storytelling at it's finest.

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released June 1, 2012

All songs written by Bat Bat unless otherwise noted.
*Written by Bennett/Crowder
**Written by Bat & Brenda Bennett
Recorded at Smilin' Castel Studios, Kyle TX
Produced by Bat & Rick Del Castillo

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Bat Bennett

Amazing.
Phenomenal. Unbelievable. These are the adjectives most commonly used to describe the Singer/Guitarist from Flower Mound, whether they are talking about his voice, or his guitar playing. Now in his fifth year as a Solo Performer on the National stage, Bat leaves quite an impression wherever he plays.
Amazing guitar playing, wonderful storytelling, absolutely delightful.
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Track Name: Loverboy*
Loverboy Bennett/Crowder

Hey there lonely little girl, heard you got your heart broke again
Lonely, lonely little girl all alone with nothing again
What’s it like in your world? When does Mr. Right wander in?
Mr. Wrong is moving on- should have seen it coming

I know your lonely heart can never get enough
I’m gonna show you what it’s like to be in love

I’m your loverboy-
I’ll never leave you broken-hearted like that other boy
I’m your loverboy, oh
I’m your loverboy

Girl you know what’s good for you- I can give you full time love
I want to tell you that your heart is safe with me
Something tells me you and me would go together naturally
I’m gonna give you everything, and here’s my guarantee

Too many lonely nights have passed before your eyes
I could be wrong, but deep inside you know I’m right

I’m your loverboy-
I’m gonna leave you broken hearted like a broken toy
I’m your loverboy, oh
I’m your loverboy

That heart of yours is getting stronger everyday
And if we wait too long you might turn me away
A million yesterdays will likely never find
The picture of the love you carry in your mind

I know your lonely heart can never get enough
I’m gonna show you what it’s like to be in love

I’m your loverboy -I’m the big hearted kid from Illinois
I’m your loverboy
Giving you the kind of loving that you will enjoy
I’m your loverboy
Track Name: Jumping Jolly Jimmy John
Jumping Jolly Jimmy John Bat Bennett

Jimmy John is twenty-two, but he’s fifty-four
Beery boozing late at night and snoozing on the floor
Leering lurid lecher, his mind keeps in the dirt
With a flash- quite unabashed- he’s chasing every skirt

Oh Jimmy John, you’re much too old for that
You should be feeding pigeons or caring for a cat
Your mother wouldn’t like it, she’d tell you right away
Jimmy John, you naughty boy, you’ll give me hair the grey

Jumping Jolly Jimmy John joins the healthy spa
Barely bending barbells, but spotting sporty bras
Hooting owls and snapping towels
He thinks he’s made the scene
Working his imagination positively green

Oh Jimmy John, you don’t use spas for this
You should be in aerobics, not trolling for a kiss
The manager don’t like it, he’ll show you to the door
Jolly Jim, you randy runt, you’re rotten to the core

Jolly Jim and women swimmin’ fit to make you drool
Skinny dipping honeys dripping naked by the pool
Open airs and derrieres don’t make it at the country club
And no doubt they’re kicking out your frilly fanny flub

Oh Jimmy John, when will you learn the tune
Your body is in autumn, but still your mind’s in June
The end of you is certain to come from these foolish games
Jumping Jolly Jimmy John is going down in flames
Track Name: Turtle Island
Turtle Island Bat Bennett


My grandfather once told me the story of the trout
Of how he swims down deep within and how he’d do without
He sent me on a mission to learn to stay alive
Our people all together is how we would survive

Two Moons over the water/ Two Moons under the sky
I’m swimming to the shores of Turtle Island
To find the Eagle; see with his eye

My father knew the wisdom and taught me to inscribe
The stones of our history, the ways of the tribe
And as we grew from Sipapu we came to understand
The land goes hand in hand with the integrity of man

Two Moons over the water/ Two Moons under the sky
I’m standing on the sand of Turtle Island
Got to get some wings before I fly

But when I was a warrior I thought I knew it all
I didn’t do what I knew was true
Or hear the Eagle call
It took a lot of wandering to make me look inside
And find a man of sky and land
And hold my head with pride

I have passed my father’s age and soon grandfather too
A man is a man, is a man, is a man--does what he has to do
If I misunderstand now, or if I did not try
The Great Spirit is calling me; I cannot hide

Two Moons under the water/ Two Moons over the sky
I’m paddling away from Turtle Island
Got to make a little peace before I die
Track Name: Just You & Me**
Just You and Me
Bat Bennett & Brenda Bennett

Just you and me-No one in the world could disagree
We don’t need champagne and caviar
‘Cause all we live is what we are
Our eyes look only far enough to see- Just you and me

Just you and me- We’ll grow old together gracefully
We will be our shelter from the storm
We keep each other safe and warm
And time will tell the things that we could be- Just you and me

‘Cause it’s never been that I recall
When love was just so magical
And if I’m only dreaming,
Then I’ll pray to stay asleep

There’s a voice that calls without a name
Our lives will never be the same
It’s telling us that you’re the one for me
Our love can be

Just you and me- In the end you know we hold the key
We will be together , you and I
We’ll ride the clouds across the sky
‘Cause now we see the world so differently- Just you and me

Just you and me- There’s no other place I’d rather be
‘Cause your love has made me high enough
We’ll never say goodbye my love
‘Cause now we know what love was meant to be- Just you and me
Track Name: The Two Of Us*
The Two of Us
Bennett/ Crowder

Start the car and pump the gas-hit the road and count the cash in our pockets
The sun don’t look out on this highway no more
Just the shirts upon our backs
And the dirt beneath the nails of our fingers
A rope made from our shoestrings holding the hood down

Closing the door on an insufficient memory
Ahead of the game; we’re running away
Well on our way to an undetermined destiny
As far as the eye can see
We’re breaking away from everything we used to be

Yesterday was long ago
And tomorrow doesn’t know where we’re headed today
Passing cars, counting telephone poles
Heavy foot upon the floor-And the other hanging out of the window
You know there’s nothing good on the radio

Stopping the car at every opportunity
We’re taking it slow; we’re letting it go
Clutching at all that’s left of our insanity
Trying to shake off the dust
And happiness shines from the faces of the Two of Us

Ditching the car when the engine’s too hot
Hitching a ride to the nearest truckstop
As far as you’re going- right here would be just fine
Thanks for the ride. . . .Bye bye

All the luggage on our backs
And an old guitar that’s keeping the sorrow away
Get us through to another day
And the road goes on and on
Stretching overhead, the sky seems elastic
We know another lifetime awaits us tomorrow
Track Name: Flash & Fire
Flash and Fire Bat Bennett

Dry your eyes lonely child
Very soon you will be give another chance to smile
The little rose comes and goes
And you can’t be too unhappy about the things you chose

Things are never what they seem; they’re never what they are
And you can’t protect yourself from everything within your heart
When the Flash and Fire of love is through, I’ll still be with you

Longer roads, secret codes
Indifference forgiven with heavier loads
Lose the love, win the fight
Memories of silhouettes in the candlelight

Day and night you dream the dream
You just can’t let it go it seems, but you can try
When the Flash and Fire of love is through, I’ll still be with you

And when it seems you’ve gone too far
You must remember who you are
The love is your heart so let it shine
When the Flash and fire of love is through, I’ll still be with you

Raise the shield, hold the fort,
Resign yourself to crying as a last resort
Giving up in the end
Going through the motions you’ll find yourself again

Your head is strong; your heart is steeled
You step out on the battlefield one more time
When the Flash and fire of love is through, I’ll still be with you
Track Name: Hold Me Tight*
Hold Me Tight Bat Bennett/Ron Crowder

Killing curiosity lends me a philosophy
Timeless ideology buried in antiquity
Reaches me instinctively again

All through the ages we can trace one line of reason
In any season, the condition has a cure
I have a vision we can pool ourselves together
And let the past endure. . .

Hold me tight—give it all to me; can’t you see that baby
We may not feel this way tomorrow?
Hold me tight—what’s come over me?
Hold me tight

Strictly conversational till we’ve got the wherewithal to be
Truly unbelievable, highly inconceivable,
Constant unpredictability

It may be true that me and you won’t be together
But if we never do, I’ll be misunderstood
This tail of might-have-beens could chase itself forever
So if you think you should. . . Hold me Tight

And if you keep an opened mind, so many secrets you will find
Crossing bridges that have yet to be designed
Turning the pages of the story as it’s told
As long as you can hold me tight

It ain’t no mystery a touch could still redeem us
And just between us girl, your touch is all I need
I’ve got the feeling we could pull ourselves together
So if we’re both agreed. . . Hold me tight
Track Name: Moonbeam
Moonbeam
Bat Bennett

Moonbeam (Moonbeam)
Shining through my window pane (Stay with me a while)
Threading clouds and gentle rain (help to make me smile)
Carry me away again
Somewhere in the night

Moonbeam (Moonbeam)
Starry sky and glowing light (standing in the rain)
Silhouettes and twilight (I am not afraid)
Dreaming on a summer night
Life can make you high

If you want what’s mine, If it’s your will (If you want what’s mine)
Then take it all and have your fill (have all you want)
I’ll just sit atop my hill (Want to be alone)
Where all is quiet, all is still (Make this hill my home)
And listen to the Whippoorwill

Moonbeam (Moonbeam)
Shining through my window pane (Stay with me a while)
Threading clouds and gentle rain (help to make me smile)
Carry me away again
Somewhere in the night

Moonbeam (Moonbeam)
Shining through my window pane (Stay with me a while)
Threading clouds and gentle rain (help to make me smile)
Carry me away again
Somewhere in the night
Track Name: Islands*
Islands
Bat Bennett/ Ron Crowder

Sometimes I feel like
This is important so don’t interrupt me
You don’t hear a word that I say
How can you hear when you’re too busy talking?
I never get your attention anyway
You say that you me just to be happy
You know that you make me feel like I don’t belong

I see your signal
I see you wave
From here on my island
So far away; are you there?
Do you ever think about me anymore?
Did you care?
Cause some things you can never, ever change

Can we walk away?
You know I’ll be back
‘Cause baby I’ll miss you

So Sad
One of us is sad
It didn’t hurt so bad when we were angry
So long
Both of us were wrong
And now that you are gone
I miss you baby
Track Name: Ridin' Alone*
Ridin’ Alone
Bennett/ Crowder
Up in the morning and off with the sun
Another day’s journey already begun
He’s got hours to ride, and he’s ridin’ alone

He’s got hoof beats cloppin’ out time in the sand
He’s got his feet in the stirrups and the reins in his hand
Whoa—and he’s ridin’ alone

Ridin’ alone
The perfect remedy when everything’s wrong
Singin’ a song
A simple melody like
Ya-de-ode-a-lady-ode-a-lady-hoo

A six-gun tied down tight to his thigh
Because sooner or later somebody must die
He wants him dead or alive
And he’s ridin’ alone

Ridin’ alone
The perfect remedy when everything’s wrong
Singin’ a song
A simple melody like
Ya-de-ode-a-lady-ode-a-lady-hoo

He’s got the buzzards up above him
And the wind at his back
He’s got a half pound of jerky rolled up in a sack
He’s got blood on his hands
And he’s ridin’ alone
He’s just a-ridin’ alone
Track Name: Firefighter
Firefighter Bat Bennett

When I was a little boy so many years ago
Growing up in the suburbs north of windy Chicago
Poppa was a fireman and he rode a red machine
He swore we’d be protected if we followed his routine

Pretending we’re asleep and waiting the alarm
Then keeping low below the smoke to keep our lungs from harm
Stevie knocked out the window, little me would check the door
Then we’d drop the chain-link ladder from the burning second floor

Firefighter! You’d hear us calling from way up the street
Firefighter! Great pretend flames were licking our feet

All our friends would watch us from right across the street
And wished that they could join us ‘cause it all looked pretty neat
Dad would let them drill if they would promise to be good
So down the ladder passed each child in our whole neighborhood

A designated meeting place so no one had to hunt
We’d gather at the oak tree on the lawn out in the front

We were kind of famous in our house upon the hill
Half a dozen children climbing out the window sill
Roaring to the rescue, then the Fire Chief would appear
And happily the neighborhood would wave their hats and cheer
Track Name: Out Of The Blue*
Out of the Blue
Bat Bennett/Ron Crowder

(Out of the blue) The melody hit me yesterday afternoon
(Into the glue) Making its way into my memory room
(And then disappeared) And then disappeared before it was clear
Back into the blue

(Coming again) Once introduced we were the closest of friends
(Again and again) It turns in my mind with no beginning or end
(Wherever I go) Wherever I go, I’m sure that I know I’ll hear it again
(It’s fast or it’s slow) It’s fast or it’s slow, it won’t let me go
Keeps pulling me in

I’ve got a song, and you’ll never hear it
I carry around in my head every day
I’ve got a song, and nothing comes near it
I keep being swept away

(Day after day) It always repeats in a particular way
(Into the Grey) Rational thinking never comes into play
(Whatever I do) Whatever I do, it’s undeniably true I’ll never shake it today
(It keeps going on) It keeps going on-this wonderful song; it won’t go away

An unforgettable melody; an irresistible tune
A little refrain is stuck in my brain
A musical interlude

(This wonderful sound)
This wonderful sound keeps coming around whenever I’m blue
(I’m up on a cloud)
I’m up on a cloud, it’s quietly loud, it’s all I want to do
(It’s thick and it’s thin)
It’s thick and it’s thin, must be getting in through a hole in my shoe
From out of the blue
(I’ve got a song)
I’ve got a song too good to be true
Track Name: Anna & The Yurt & Me
Anna and the Yurt and Me Bat Bennett

Things don’t always go the way you want them
The cost of living spins out of control
Instead of a guitar, or a brand new fancy car
I’d gladly trade them all for a bamboo fishing pole

I’m gonna live in a yurt with Anna
Anna just makes me feel swell
Do what we please,
She makes me weak in the knees
Give up all our stuff
So we can live in the trees

I’m gonna live in a yurt with Anna
Oohwee how happy we will be
Gonna downsize—got to minimize
Just Anna and the yurt and me

Most likely we will farm some armadillos
And herd them to a pasture of their own
Take an armadillo bone, learn how to clone
And beam like happy parents
When we see how they’ve grown

We’re gonna throw away all our computers
And live without instant messaging
Love will abound
With the easier life we’ve found
Riding armadillos with our knees dragging the ground



I’m gonna live in a yurt with Anna
Anna just makes me feel swell
Do what we please,
She makes me weak in the knees
Give up all our stuff
So we can live in the trees

I’m gonna live in a yurt with Anna
Oohwee how happy we will be
Gonna downsize—got to minimize
Just Anna and the yurt and me

Anna, I love you madly
And everything I’ll give up gladly
Anna you make me just swoon
On the deck of the yurt
By the light of the moon

We’ll build our little yurt out on a hillside
And live beside a margarita stream
Life is such a breeze
Skinning up our knees
Just Anna and the yurt and me