Crying Stones

Crying Stones

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With 10 years of history and 2 Full-length albums under their belt, Crying Stones are sure to bring an onstage experience no one will soon forget. Witty lyrics, crowd involvement, and pulsating music are sure to get your hands in the air, your voice shouting out, and your face rocked off!

Biography

"When I was in the 7th grade I wrote my first song," says Ben Montgomery, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for Crying Stones. "It was horrible, but it had potential." And potential seemed to be the word that followed Ben for the next few years.

Shortly following his first song he joined with High School buddies to form a band. After many ideas, the name Crying Stones prevailed, and the members began to write songs together taking such influences as Relient K, MXPX, and Gametime. After a couple months, CS had their first opportunity to perform: The Mound City Talent Show. "I'd say that show was a learning experience for the band," says Sam (drummer). "We definitely weren't all that great that night, but it opened doors and eyes of the Northern Missouri area that a new band was on the move."

And on the move they were. The next few years would determine the shape of the group. Playing all over Northern Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska, the band began to expand. A fan base began to grow.

Ben adds, "It was a really interesting time for the band. Our music was getting better and the shows were getting more and more numerous, and it just felt as if we were on the edge of a huge explosion."

And explode they did. Just six months following the addition of Bradley on bass, Crying Stones released their first full-length album "Ode to Your Mother." Sales boomed for the first two months of release and the boys knew that they had "potential" all over again. That same summer following Brad's addition the band played an average of 2-3 shows a week and even traveled as far as Washington State to embark on a two week tour. They even took the act coast to coast when they traveled to Washington D.C. just 9 days after returning from Washington State.

In the fall of 2004, Ben and Sam's cousin, Jordan Goldsmith, wholeheartedly took on the role of rhythm guitar and background vocals for Crying Stones. Since then Dan and Tim Montgomery have joined the band on guitar/vocals and keys.

Now the thing Crying Stones look forward to is the release of their next full-length album "Crying Stones--Punky Soup" set to be released in June of 2009, and the road to rock stardom that God is leading them down which Ben originally dreamed of nearly 10 years ago. And this dream seems to be a reality which rather noticeably is fast approaching.

As they strive to take you (the audience) to that place where God is, they promise that all of their talent is given by God for the Glory of His Son and their goal and focus is to see Him lifted up.

Crying Stones Management

For more on Crying Stones

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Lyrics

Missouri Loves Company

Written By: Crying Stones

So recently I’ve been thinking of only me, it makes me miserable / So selfishly my history of loving me is undeniable / And usually I could care less if you think that I’ve been careless but I’m starting to understand / That I’m living in the Show-Me State and what I want is what I’ll get / And when everything isn’t goin’ great I’ll take it out on you I bet / In my defense my experience with obedience was way over my head / My attitude of solitude, excluding you, the very thing I needed / It wasn’t very smart, I hadn’t got too far, messed up right from the start just trying to get ahead / This concept of how you let me get upset (doesn’t make sense) / It doesn’t make sense / It doesn’t make sense / My stated state of misery was all because of me (I was the one to blame) / Jesus, You restore Your joy to me but why you do is a mystery (‘cause I don’t deserve Your grace) / ‘Cause I was living in the Show-Me State and what I wanted was what I’d get / And when everything wasn’t goin’ great I took it out on you I bet / Because misery is kinda like a certain kind of Cadillac / An old one that has cardiac / Attack is what it really lacks / So I guess I will leave this state of misery / I’ll start thinking about You / And stop thinking about me / I’ll stop living in the Show-Me State and, Lord, what you want is what You’ll get / And when everything is goin’ just great I’ll give you all the credit

©Crying Stones Music 2009. All Rights Reserved.

New Girl

Written By: Crying Stones

The first day of school I saw her standing there / She didn’t have a care / With long flowing brown hair I couldn’t help but stare / I drooled everywhere / She walked right up to me and then right past me / I’m squashed beneath her feet / Na Na Na / She’s the new girl / Na Na Na / She stepped into my world / The cafeteria is always way too full / I stood there like a fool / I walked right up to her ‘cause I thought it would be cool / It was the only open stool / She said to me can’t you see someone’s in this seat / I finally got her liking me / It just took too long for me to see / That she was that kind of girl where everything in her world was a party / And since I’m not that kind of guy I had to let her fly / And now you’re asking me why / So I’ve got to testify / Na Na Na / I’ve got a new girl / Na Na Na / And Jesus is her world / So the point that I’m conceiving is that looks can be deceiving

©Crying Stones Music 2009. All Rights Reserved.

Cotton

Written By: Crying Stones

Sometimes our words can get the best of us / Sometimes we say things we don’t mean / At times we hurt the person sitting next to us / Why do we always have to be so mean / Why do our words always feel like wool up against my skin? / If only our words could be like the touch, the feel of cotton / The fabric of our lives / I want my words to be fabricated softly / Not irritating like many others are / The words I spit out today could end up being rather costly / Eating them tomorrow could be awful hard / So what is the point I’m trying to make here? / If all can’t hear it then it shouldn’t touch my ears / And your words can pick me up or they can make me fall / If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all / Suede and leather they are fine but I’ll never make them mine / Polyester, it won’t do / Cotton I’m in love with you

©Crying Stones Music 2009. All Rights Reserved.

Backup Planes are a Lack of Faith

Written By: Crying Stones

I guess this wasn’t all thought out because I know that you are way too thoughtful / For the thought of changing even if it’s for the better / So will you try this out forever / Will it be your one endeavor / Because I hope you won’t say never to a life that won’t end ever / When you close your eyes and lay awake at night you dream big dreams despite expectations they’ve made / See across the skies a shooting star goes by and then you realize that it’s just a plane / I’ve decided indecision is precisely not my vision / Whoa / These desires I’ve been given, I refuse to hold them within / Whoa / So lay your seat back as far as it’ll go / Tray tables up because you know that without vision your plane won’t fly / But at least you know that you’ve got to try / Close your eyes / Don’t lay awake at night / Close your eyes / And dream big dreams tonight / Close your eyes / It doesn’t matter what they say / Close your eyes / And wish on airplanes anyway / ‘Cause planes can fly, don’t take me wrong / It won’t take long for your dreams to come true / You wonder why they say it can’t be done / But look what they’ve begun / One day they’ll respect you

©Crying Stones Music 2009. All Rights Reserved.

Snot You

Written By: Crying Stones

I knew how I wanted this song to end before I even touched paper to this pen / But somehow it never goes that way / I wanted this to be the perfect song but for some reason it’s starting to go wrong / And I don’t know quite what to say / Hey now / And you misquoted me again / Up and down / ‘Cause you just can’t let me win / All around / Now you see the mess we’re in / And it’s just not getting better / It’s just not getting better anymore / Here goes / I’m gonna let the words slip out / So close / Don’t know what the pressure’s all about / And I know what I need to say / Without you / I haven’t got a chance in the world / What to do? / ‘Cause all my plans have unfurled / And I thought I was goin’ all the way / And I’m gonna put it simply / It’s not you it’s me / It’s just not getting better / It seems to be getting worse / And I know that I’ve got to decide soon / And for the life after death that I prefer I’ve got to turn my life in reverse / And this is the time that’s most opportune / And I’ve gotta put it simply / It’s gotta be you, not me / Hey now / And I misquoted you again / Up and down / And you finally let me win / All around / Now we’re out of this messy sin / And now everything is better / Everything is better anymore / And this is how I wanted this song to end

©Crying Stones Music 2009. All Rights Reserved.

Party Pooper

Written By: Crying Stones

When Fred comes up to you and he says / Do you want to go to a party Friday night? / And you don’t know how to tell him no / But you know that these parties aren’t right / You don’t want to look like a dork but you don’t want to go back on your firm beliefs / Could someone just interrupt this conversation so you can have relief? / You don’t have to wonder what to say to him anymore / ‘Cause this is the answer that you can give that they just can’t ignore / I don’t wanna be a party pooper / Don’t wanna spoil all your fun / If I went you wouldn’t think it was super / I’ll have my own party of one / I’ve been there before, I’ve been there, too / Walked two miles and more while in your shoes / I’ve had the same dumb look spread across my face / My measure of pride outweighed by disgrace / You don’t wanna make Christians look bad / But either decision makes both sides mad / But the choice is so clear, I’ve made it before / I’ll hand this one over to my Lord / ‘Cause it’s your party, you can do what you want to / Do what you want to and I won’t stop you / But I’ll have my own party and I’ll do what He wants to / Do what He wants to / Do what God wants me to

©Crying Stones Music 2009. All Rights Reserved.

Discography

Crying Stones - Ode to Your Mother (2003, full-length); Crying Stones - Not Self Titled EP (2005, EP); Crying Stones - Punky Soup (2009, full-length); All Crying Stones music can be purchased on iTunes; Some songs may be heard at http://www.myspace.com/cryingstones or http://www.purevolume.com/cryingstones

Set List

Set lists depend on the venue. A typical set list for CS can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Our set lists usually include:

Missouri Loves Company
New Girl
Cotton
Snot You
Party Pooper
Backup Planes are a Lack of Faith

Cover Songs include:
Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles
Softer to Me - Relient K
Chapstick and Chapped Lips and Things Like Chemistry - Relient K