Ben Foster

Ben Foster

BandRockAcoustic

No tinkerin'. Music that comes naturally. No flashy stuff. Good 'n wholesome, y'know?

Biography

My name's Ben Foster, though most people know me as Frosty. I started playing solo acoustic after a band I was in, Khyber Pass, was forced to split due to exams and gap year plans. I like to think that my music sounds a little different because I draw more heavily on older influences than many other musical people I know. My big three major influences are Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, although I listen to a lot of other stuff of that ilk; mainly being 60's & 70's folk, rock and blues. I'm a firm believer in not dragging out the songwriting process more than it should be, usually writing lyrics in 15 minute stretches and recording in single takes. A lot of the stuff I have written is a pretty laid-back, folk-rock style. Having grown up in the small villages surrounding oxford, I feel this has had an influence on me also, having realised at a later stage that a lot of lyrics seem to be based in a country home somewhere, not sure where. At the moment, I am currently working on a whole stream of recordings whilst arranging as many gigs as possible in the near future

Lyrics

Highways Beneath

Written By: Ben Foster

I'm heading down the road
Highway's beneath my old wheels again
Sun's setting down over the hill
Thought the day would never end

But I don't feel alone
'Cause I'm on my way home
I need that place to find myself again
And rest my soul

When you day seems so long
Things don't seem right
Mornings come I gotta get up and go
But I still have the night

But I don't feel alone
'Cause I'm on my way home
I need that place to find myself again
And rest my soul

I'm heading down the road
Highway's beneath my old wheels again
Sun's setting down over the hill
Thought the day would never end

But I don't feel alone
'Cause I'm on my way home
I need that place to find myself again
And rest my soul

When We Were Young

Written By: Ben Foster

When we were young, our past had
just begun
We did not let it slip away
We had the time to make it right
We lived for each and every day
But that was all before
Twenty years or maybe more
Those times are gone and we're alone
We paid the cost, those days were lost
How does it feel to be on your own?

As the rain falls down again, I think
back to a friend
One I knew so long ago
Are they still around? Can they even still be found?
Are they still someone I'd like to
know?
But why dwell on the past, as memories always last
With all the things that are with me now
I turn my eyes to you, knowing we
just might make it through
Come on, and let me show you how

Your Way

Written By: Ben Foster

There's a river rolling down
1000 miles or maybore more
The source don't know what's gonne happen at the end
Who moves through it or who it's for

So one more for the road before you have to choose your way
So one more for the road, lord knows you gotta choose someday

There's a house upon the hill
Looking out across the bay
Could there be people living in there still?
Or have the owners gone away?

So one more for the road before you have to choose your way
So one more for the road, lord knows you gotta choose someday

There's an ocean stretching deep
Always changing, always the same
What below the tides must there sleep?
Need it vision, need it a name?

So one more for the road before you have to choose your way
So one more for the road, lord knows you gotta choose someday

Black Grass

Written By: Ben Foster

They say you'll go to heaven, they say you'll go to hell
They hang the fakes that make mistakes down by the wishing well
The old man tries to feed you the theories of the damned
But you know his face seemed out of place when it all was such a scam

The road it may look winding but it just turns back again
The grass it may look greener but it's black for you, my friend
The man in the doorway is trying to keep his backbone hid
While I try and work out just what it was I did

They lead you like a blind man, beat you like a dog
They lost their way when they went a stray, out there in the fog
The never stop to question your theories or your rights
They leave you there without a care to which man wins the fight

The road it may look winding but it just turns back again
The grass it may look greener but it's black for you, my friend
The man in the doorway is trying to keep his backbone hid
While I try and work out just what it was I did

They make you trust in there own god before leaving you for dead
Y'know they refuse to believe the truth with all the lies that they've been fed
Don't lead me to temptation, nor to firing line
Just claw your way through one more day and you will be just fine

The road it may look winding but it just turns back again
The grass it may look greener but it's black for you, my friend
The man in the doorway is trying to keep his backbone hid
While I try and work out just what it was I did

Blue Skies Above

Written By: Ben Foster

Packed up his case, stepped out in the noon day sun
Blue skies above him, the road ahead seemed long
That old busted arrow still so fresh in his mind
Never sure what he had, didn't know what he would find

And he didn't even know if he'd be coming back again

The wheels start spinning, a moment later he's gone
For him there's no stopping, he's the last chosen son
The old ways never left him but he had to store them a while
Piece by piece and he travels mile by mile

And he didn't even know if he'd be coming back again

Never Could I

Written By: Ben Foster

I could have sent you a message, but I knew it would take to long
And even if I'd sung it out it would have been the same old song
I could have put it to paper, but the words won't come out right
I could have left it to conscience, but that ain't a pretty fight

And never could I deny it
And never could I say
That I didn't have this time for you
From day to day

I never mean to upset you if it should ever appear that way
Sometimes the things you most want to hear become the hardest to say
Should be breaking my back to be with you, to try and work it out
I was never one to go messin' around, that's not what I'm about

And never could I deny it
And never could I say
That I didn't have this time for you
From day to day

And now that things are behind us, we can see the road ahead
Forget about those nightmares
Build up our dreams instead
Those times gone by, I'm thankful for, they've taught me a thing or two
Don't shoot them blind or you just might find they're what you need to get you through

And never could I deny it
And never could I say
That I didn't have this time for you
From day to day

And never could I deny it
And never could I say
That I didn't have this time for you
From day to day

Get Back To The Country

Written By: Ben Foster

Well I strolled right into the city
Thought I'd take a look around
Ask about the honkytonks and bars What kinda girls there could be found
I stepped right up to the keeper
Asked him about a room
He said there's not place for you here, boy
You better get out of here soon

Well I guess that's the way things go
When you're not the urban kind
Gotta get back to the country
Where I can get back my piece of mind

I picked up my old bag and my guitar
Headed out for the door
When three Latino princes and some high-heeled punk
Went and took me down to the floor
I woke up back in the alley
Without my spare change or pride
I could the next train back out of town
It sure wasn't hard to decide

Well I guess that's the way things go
When you're not the urban kind
Gotta get back to the country
Where I can get back my piece of mind

I took my seat on the carriage
Pulled out just past noon
When a brunette girl sat across from me says
Come now, play me a tune
Well I never take good words lightly
And I never let them weigh me down
She asked me at which stop I was and said
Hey boy, that's my town

Well I guess that's the way things go
When you're not the urban kind
Gotta get back to the country
Where I can get back my piece of mind

Discography

Highways Beneath, Blues Skies Above - Album Feb 2009

Set List

Set list from last gig, lasting 45 minutes (original unless otherwise stated):

After The Gold Rush (Neil Young Cover)
Highways Beneath
Black Grass
Your Way
Get Back To The Country
One Fine Day
When We Were Young

Set list for upcoming gig, lasting 25 minutes (original unless otherwise stated):

For What It's Worth (Buffalo Springfield cover)
Highways Beneath
Your Way
Black Grass
Helpless (Neil Young cover)