Musicassette​/​Magnetic Memory

by Night Windows

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about

Night Windows is a project started by Benjamin Hughes. His self- engineered/produced album (Musicassette/Magnetic Memory) was crafted from the perspective of a young man facing a reality far different from the one promised him in his youth.

A 26 year-old with a bachelor's degree worth of debt and a series of unrelated day jobs to pay it back, Hughes is a poster boy for the bursted-bubble millennial generation. He sings about being part of a downtrodden blue-collar work force, helping loved ones through hard times, and clinging desperately to his musician dreams which ebb to the margins of his days. With his acoustic guitar, a hand-me-down drum kit, and an array of gritty lo-fi instruments and effects, Hughes shaped this seamless 12-track debut album in his bedroom.

All of this can be seen through Night Windows.
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credits

released April 15, 2014

Produced by Ben Hughes.
Recorded at Music Room 170 (Pennsville, NJ) from Nov '11 - Jan '13.
Engineered & Mixed by Ben Hughes at Music Room 170 (Pennsville, NJ).
Mastered by Ryan Buzby at Mobile Home Recording (Hoboken, NJ).
All music performed by Ben Hughes*
All songs written by Ben Hughes (Benjamin Hughes ASCAP).

Additional Production on "Life's a Spinning Wheel" by Josiah Hughes.
& Special Help from Jessica Woolman.

*except group vocals on 11 (Ben Hughes, Josiah Hughes, Mike Hughes, Jessica Woolman & Vince Sceno), lead vocals on 9 (Mike Hughes) and background drums on 9 (Dan Elmer).

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Track Name: Time
time, will there ever be enough time?
will there ever be enough time?
no, there will never be enough time.

it sounds harsh, but it's not like it's something you didn't know.
just take those hands, and you'll have no choice but to move forward.

no matter what you left behind.

life, will i ever live a full life?
will i ever live a full life?
how can i ever life a full life?

when they stick their guns into my back and then they tell me.
to walk the plank that's straight and laid out right in front of me.

no matter what i left behind.
we're all just doing time.

for the man who's sitting in that big leather chair, counting all of his gold coins there.
he laughs at us when we say "life's not fair."
but, hey, who's sitting in that big leather chair when everything he owns disappears?
he now says "life's not fair."

i get the feeling
someone is watching
every move i make
raise the debt ceiling
and tax the people
for every dollar they make
for every dollar we make!

life, will i ever live a full life?
will i ever live a full life?
how can i ever life a full life?

time, will there ever be enough time?
will there ever be enough time?
no there will never be enough time.
Track Name: Life's a Spinning Wheel
open up your eyes
he's not coming home
why do you look so surprised?

he left yesterday for a new life
silent words, scratched them on a note
"i might regret this, but i've got to try."

no, i can't say that i've been there before,
but i know now that i've never loved you more.

you got to believe what i'm telling you.
someday you'll be free from what you're going through.
though, i may not know how you feel,
someday you'll be fine, 'cause life's a spinning wheel.

in search of better days,
his kids cried "when's daddy coming home?"
she stayed silent; she had nothing to say.

but now his wife and kids have moved on.
there's nothing better out there and he wished he had known.
"goddamn this life. now i'm all alone."

no, i can't say that i've been there before,
but i know now that i've never loved you more.

you got to believe what i'm telling you.
someday you'll be free from what you're going through.
though, i may not know how you feel,
someday you'll be fine, 'cause life's a spinning wheel.
Track Name: Brothers
last night we were bonding over drinks
you told me the way you feel and how you think
i just listened and watched as you cried
thanks to you, i was no longer on the outside.

because in the end you'd like to say,
you meant to live your life that way.

today is tomorrow in disguise
you're only the person that you describe
what can be real, when everything else is fake
just tell yourself things will be ok after you wake.

because in the end you'd like to say,
you meant to live your life that way.

so i sang a song
sang a lullaby, and hushed you to sleep.
gave you my shoulder
when you started, you started to weep.
i was there for you like you'd be there for me
because i'm your brother, i'm your family.

because in the end you'd like to say,
you meant to live your life that way.
i'll be there for you like you'd be there for me
because i'm your brother, i'm your family.
Track Name: There's a Friend of Mine
i saw your face, and it showed me.
you really meant it when you said,
you'd like to get to know me.

you said you haven't found your place,
so you've been following me on a crazy chase.
losing breath and trying to keep pace.

see there's a friend of mine
he worries all of the time
he never stands alone
but i'm telling him that's the only way to grow.

see there's a friend of mine
he worries all of the time
he never gets to sleep
yeah, he's just looking for that one thing he can keep.

but if you only knew
how she really feels about you
then maybe you wouldn't act so afraid
when she's walking your way
stand up boy, and look her in the face.

because you're a friend of mine
don't worry all the time
you got to stand alone
'cause that's the only way that you are going to grow.
Track Name: Human Shell
it's a human shell
on it's way to hell
without a soul
searching for a bag of gold.

but what can you find
when your eyes are blind?
just follow me
to safety

i want you
to open up your eyes
'cause everyone but you
sees how lucky you are.
Track Name: Stay Asleep
i've been awaken from too many dreams
i dropped my ball and bat when i was just a teen
i've laid all my paychecks and diplomas at his feet
and now, with this guitar in my hand and these words in my mouth
i'm fighting to stay asleep.

because i know not every star can be born
i was on my way and someone else pressed abort.

and now i'm waking up into a world where
i only dream of the next holiday or lunch break
and i'm convinced that i'm happy making these ends meet
although i've never really felt complete, i've learned how to show my teeth
even when things suck.

because i know not every star can be born
because i was on my way and someone else pressed abort
yeah someone else pressed abort.
Track Name: Home
now, i just want to go home.
Track Name: I Believe in the Wind
what is going on?
i see a father and his son
i thought there was supposed to be
another one.

but if i say "i don't believe" in what's not there
then who exactly am i talking to?

i'd rather believe in the wind
see, i can see where that's been
and though it may destroy something
it doesn't make us pay for sin.

so, when we die i'll say "amen, and oh well"
'cause there isn't a human on this earth that deserves hell.

no, no, no, no, no

see i just believe in what's right here
can't stand to live my life in fear
but there are always a few men
trying to say the end is near.

but no one knows, because every book they try to scan,
has been written by their own hand.

so you see what they want you to
and with tears in your eyes you cry the blues
thinking back to grade school
when they said "there isn't anything you can't do"

but as you grow, they take back all of your dreams
and sell them to the next wide-eyed teen
and say man just focus on making these ends meet.

even if it's not where you wanted to be,
but like every good human being
you'll start to see the light
while walking in the straight line.

cause if you don't, you'll probably end up sick or dead
so assimilate or lose your head.

even if it's not where you wanted to be.
Track Name: Commit
It's better to commit and regret,
than to regret not committing.

(that's what you said to me)
Track Name: The Good Life (Promotion)
come on in
we've been waiting
for someone like you to show your face.

there's nothing left
for those who aren't patient
but you are, yeah you've waited your turn.

now tell us, what do you think you deserve.

do you want a new car?
or how about a brand new house we built on top of a farm?
welcome to the "good life"
where we tread on everyone else and don't think twice.

now that you're here
how do you feel?
thankful for the bread though it's bitter taste resonates inside the back of your head.

but really, what did you expect
when you signed your name and you said "yes"
to the life you'd eventually regret.

now, you have the new car
to park at the brand new house we built on top of a farm
living the good life
where we tread on everyone else and don't think twice.
Track Name: Human Shell Pt. II
it's a human shell
on it's way to hell
without a soul
searching for a bag of gold.

but what can you find
when your eyes are blind?
just follow me
to safety

i want you
to open up your eyes
'cause everyone but you
sees how lucky you are.
Track Name: Green Shirt
hey you with that green shirt on,
what was your name again?
i want to tell you some more lies
and see how you handle them.

but what would your family think?
and what would your friends say?
if they knew you believed in me
and what i said on that day.

you said you'd be here soon,
and five years later i'm still waiting.
pinching pennies for food,
and you said you'd take care of me.

now, what am i supposed to do
with all of these hidden day dreams?
i wish i never fell for
all those lies that you sold to me.

hey you with that sad face on,
what are you crying for?
is it cause the life you've been leading
has left you wanting more?

but what would your family say?
and what would those friends do?
if they found out about all those lies,
that i had been telling you?

never mind what doesn't matter in this old life.
i'm growing up and leaving my dreams behind.
because no past ambitions
could leave me more fortunate than i am right now.
as i sit here in my house.

with my family and friends and the love of my dreams,
i never could've envisioned this type of fulfilled happiness.
no, i'm not alone or an unsuccessful man.
i must have done something right to be blessed with this life.

so, i don't need all of that money or fame
that you've been trying to sell me since i was a child with a dream.

so you with that shirt and tie,
fuck you and your senseless lies.
'cause everyone on this earth will die
leaving everything behind.