Bury The Hatchet

by Benton Leachman

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released January 25, 2015

Harmony Vocals: Ellen O'Meara, Lora Markham, Brian McRae, and Randall King.

Guitars: Jon Taylor, Brian McRae, Will Boreing, and Mitchell Rambo.

Drums: Brian McRae, Michael Vann, and Justin Lentz.

Bass: Jon Taylor and Brian McRae.

Pedal Steel: Lloyd Maines and Wally Moyer.

Lap Steel: Jon Taylor.

Fiddle: Kyle Aaron and Billy McClaren.

Keys: Matt Cardenas.

"Cross to Bear", co-written with Brett Hauser.
"I'd Rather Burn", co-written with Phlip Coggins.
"Run", co-written with Jordan Schultze.

Produced, engineered, and mixed by Jon Taylor.
Recorded at Mount Vernon Studios, Lubbock, Texas.

Assistant Engineers: Ben Kalvoda, Rob Phillips, and Brian McRae.

Mastered by Nick Landis at Terra Nova Digital Audio, Inc. Austin, TX

Artwork by Bristen Philips.

Special thanks to Jon Taylor, my parents, and all my Blue Light Family. Without y'all this couldn't have happened.

Additional thanks go out to:
My Sigma Nu Fraternity brothers, Boone Leachman, Jordan Schultze, Stephen & Ryan Heape, Ross Smith, Alex & Stuart Biltz, Michelle Esqueda, the Martin Family, Paul Baray, Brian McRae, Lora Markham, Mitchell Rambo, Will Boreing, Thomas Mooney, Bristen Phillips, Dustin Six, Lance Lusk, Jason Biggs, Phlip Coggins, Marshall Vines, Austin McManus, John Barger, Daniel Klimpel, Vincent Cannella, Connor Larson, Kyle Thomas, Zachary Haber, Ross Cooper, David & Stephanie Brooks, Andy Wilkinson, Charlie Stout, Brandon Adams, Kenneth & Ellen O'Meara, Red Shahan, Zachary Taylor, Shad Durham, Kyle Isbell, Adam Schydlower, Carlos Armengor, The Texas Heritage Songwriters Foundation, and all the friends and family who helped and supported me along the way.



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Benton Leachman Lubbock, Texas

Benton Leachman is a young Texas songwriter with one full-length album under his belt. Released in January of 2015, Leachman’s debut album is entitled “Bury The Hatchet”. He attempts to tackle dark and complex romantic relationships and mature emotions in a way that you might not expect from a songwriter with only 24 years of life experience. ... more

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Track Name: Desire
Back when we were younger,
we were bold and we were brave
And we had a little faith in our hearts

We could wear them on our sleeves
Just as long as we believed
That we would never tear each other’s apart

And we never had to get our feet wet first
We held’em right on the fire
Yeah, we dove head on after we felt
Or we burned in our desire
Yeah, we burned in our desire

Didn’t’ complicate things
Until I said its name out loud

Then experience and fear
Held it back till it was clear
That she was gone and I was too damn proud

Cuz I’d never had to get my feet wet first
I held’em right on the fire
Yeah I dove head on after what I was feeling
And I burned in my desire
Yeah, I burned in my desire

Now I’m getting older and I’m getting scared
Cuz I don’t wanna alone right now,
But I don’t wanna show I care

So maybe I’ll just get my feet wet first
Before I hold’em to the fire
Then I’ll dive head on after what I’m feeling
Or I’ll burn in my desire
Yeah, I’ll burn in my desire
Track Name: Hand to Hold
Your perfume and your hair
In this bar room air
Say enough for me to know
That your heart tonight
Is heavy and cold
You’re about to lose control
But I’m not the kind to take advantage of your pain
Yeah we’ve both had our fair share to show

So take my hand
For the next slow dance
For the next five minutes I’m yours
With your hand in mine
Let your heart unwind
Let the music speak to your soul
So your broken heart
May once more be whole
Cuz at least you have my hand to hold

He may have been
The apple of your eye
And you loved him more
Than he’ll ever know
He said goodbye
Yeah, he made you cry
Now he’s got no cards left to show
And you can’t remember how to be alone
Hell, you can’t remember the last time
That you were on your own

So take my hand
For the next slow dance
For the next five minutes I’m yours
With your hand in mine
Let your heart unwind
Let the music speak to your soul
So your broken heart
May once more be whole
Cuz at least you have my hand to hold
If you’re ever in pain
Or feelin’ alone
You will always have my hand to hold
Track Name: Pride
Heat of the moment
Words we should omit
Seem to slip right through our teeth
Heated exchanges
And harsh interchanges
Make it hard for me to sleep
We couldn’t help that the tensions we high
That just gives us more reason to try
Lets stop pointing our fingers
And put our tempers aside

I’m halfway down the road between
Pride and what could be
I’m standing out here in middle my dear
Ride out and meet me
I’ll be here with arms open wide
And out here there ain’t secrets to hide
Halfway down the road between
Pride and what could be

Bottom of a bottle
Bottom of a glass
Tryin’ to get the time to pass
Sittin’ in silence
Pain in my chest
Can’t put these feelings to rest
Cuz there’s something different
Know that its true
Knew it minute I laid eyes on you
So I’m gonna open my heart
Darlin’ please don’t tear me apart

A proud soul gets wasted on a sad goodbye
A broken heart keeps screaming out for one more try
I’ll meet you halfway darlin’ , take that leap of faith
Put your fears and doubts aside before its all too late
Track Name: Bury the Hatchet
I remember…the first time
My tear stained shoulder met your blood shot eyes
Bleeding alibis
You said, “put yourself in my shoes”
And what did I have to lose…, but time
Just to find
What I could never do to you

I refuse to turn a blind eye
To the truth
Another hatchet in the ground’s
Another lie to lose
Cuz when grass grows green
over all the tombs
Of promises you made
I’ll dig too deep find the rusted parts
And I’ll bury this damn hatchet in your heart

So here I am a digging through the dirt and the hurt
Filling in the holes and putting in the work, for you my dear
…For what that’s worth
Cuz a broken promise is a promise in itself
To break your word if it suits yourself
Put my ring on his floor
And your conscience
On the shelf
Track Name: Run
5 dollar habit
Extra in change
Its making me cough
Its making me go insane

Don’t go to bed
For days at a time
I’m a working man
My time is worth my dime

And I know
I know
I’m close to the edge
Stiff wind gets a blowin’
I’ll fall right off the ledge
World spins faster
Face down on the ground
And I’m too damn young to know
I should settle down

So Run…
Yeah run….
Just like the wind
I can’t save you
From the kind of man I am
Misery loves company
I’ll bring you to the ground
Yeah, I’m too damn young to know
That I should settle down

Hold me up
Or let me go
Make your choice now
I don’t need to know

But keep your faith
In what I say
Gold ain’t worth the promises I make

Track Name: Lonely
Fun night at the bar
And now I’m going home
Before I start my car
I put a sad song on

Oh, it ain’t because I’m depressed
You can put my heart to the test
Oh, it just sooths my sould to hear the blues

Yeah, I’m doing well enough I guess
A broken heart’s been laid to rest
I fought to get my demons out of me
When I ponder what my existence sums
Pretty clear what I’ve become
Oh, and its easy enough for you to see
Yeah, Lonely has become a part of me

Others came since you left
And they were nice enough I guess
But when I tried to hold them close
That’s when I missed you the most

Cuz giving up the chase
Has never been this hard
Yeah’ I’d like to start it over again
But I wouldn’t know where to start

And going away from home
Beats coming back alone
When there’s nothing but these empty walls
And silence for company
Track Name: Cross to Bear
I think I hate you
And I want him dead
But I think I’ll take all this hurt
And I’ll just rhyme these words instead

Now I’m forced to sleep here
In a bed that you made
Oh, and these sheets are colder now
Than anything that I have to say

I hope the guilt will weigh you down when you hear my songs
I hope the truth between these line makes you sing along
You won’t find damnation in my thousand-mile stare
Because in end your conscience will be your own cross to bear

They say love’s relentless
Oh, but my heart ain’t
So I think I’ll cover the cracks in these walls
With a red coat of paint

Cuz half of me needs you
And half of me don’t
Darlin’, and that half of me ain’t afraid that I’ll end up alone

I hope the guilt will weigh you down when you hear my songs
I hope the truth between these line makes you sing along
You won’t find salvation in my thousand-mile stare
Because in end your conscience will be your own cross to bear
Oh baby, yeah in the end
Your conscience will be your own cross to bear
Track Name: I'd Rather Burn
We fell hard as a setting sun
Honey, it took a while,
But our day is gone
Our day is done

It was once bitten twice shy
Twice bitten goodbye
But maybe I'll give it one more try
Before i sleep in this cold bed

I’d rather burn,
I wanna feel again
I’d rather stir the coals in your dark heart
Than feel this cold within
I’m damned if I still love you
And I’m damned if I don’t learn,
But I’d rather burn
I’d rather burn

Funny how a flame is such a fickle friend
Too close and its too bright to see
Too far you’re in the dark again

And darlin’ you are still my fire
All my hopes, all my desires
And I’ll run blind through mines and wires
If you’ll just take my hand

We fell hard as a setting sun
Baby it took a while,
But our day is gone
Our day is done
But tomorrow comes
When the morning comes

We’ll burn
Yeah we’ll feel again
We’ll stir the flames in your dark heart and melt the ice within
I’ll love that I still love you
I know I’ll never learn
I’d rather burn
I’d rather burn
Track Name: Safety Net
Count the day’s sins on your hands
If you’re lucky it won’t take two
There’s a long line of sinners at heavens gate
Hell bent on getting through

Temptation has many faces and forms
A bad habit’s hard to kill
But who can you expect to save you now
If you don’t have the will
To save yourself

Take a step back toward your past
And find your innocence
Facing your demons on the way
Is worth the consequence
Just know that there’s someone out there
Who would never let you fall…down
I will catch you
Before you hit the ground

When this heart needs a kickstart
To set the empty free
I bring out some old birthday cards…
Pieces of love from you to me.
I’m less love than I am pride
But that don’t mean I won’t be at your side…
When hope is hard to find

Go and find the rocking chair
Where momma rocked you to sleep
Where she sang you old time lullabies
And prayed your soul to keep
Track Name: The Zombie Song
Funny how you feel alone
When you see a fresh cut stone
Makes you wanna hold your breath and run

Funny how your hair will raise
When you stand on shakey graves
Feel the fresh turned earth between your toes

Then you hear a drumming sound
Seems to come up from the ground
Maybe its your heart beat in its cage

But the rhythm don’t match
Then you hear the creature scratch
Clawing at its hole to get away

There’s only six feet and some change
Between the living dead and your brains

Then the sky fades to black
And I see the headstone crack
Is that the wind or did I hear it moan?

Dear Lord, whats my plan?
Should I flee or should I stand
And face this dirty devil on my own?

Blood surgin’ through my veins
Lord I’m feeling pretty faint
When my legs give out from under me

When I wake the sound is gone
The sun is bright the earth is calm
Guess that I should blame it all on me
But its easier to blame… LSD