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Mothers Fathers Sisters Brothers is a collaborative project created by Oakland based musician, Benji Marx

The music of Mothers Fathers Sisters Brothers focuses on the cycles of gain and loss, happiness and sadness that flow through our lives. The songs were written after the loss of a relationship and a reevaluation of what it means to lead a fulfilling life. I realized that we all have a circle of responsibility and we choose how far we want to extend it. How far can we push this boundary? Can we include each other? This project is a totem to remind me and hopefully others of the circles we draw, and to maintain the mindset that we are all mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers.

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released August 19, 2016

Written and recorded by Benjamin Marx
Trumpets played by Matt Kelley
Additional Synths on Still Love you by Zach Seman
Mixed by Brendan Dreaper

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Track Name: Still Love You
(I'm with my friend)
(She has the forlorn look of an old dog in her eyes)
(And I just want to say goodbye to her)

With only minutes to go
You met me in a dream
The moon and stars up above
reflected in the stream

You said if I were older
We'd have more time
But you'd build another border and I'd climb
Cause I still love you

Still love you
Still love you
Still love you

And I still
Love
You

I said the worlds grown colder
And I asked you why
So you drew a home around us
and stepped outside
Do I still love you

Still love you
Still love you
Still love you

And I still
Love
You
Track Name: Favorite Food
Whenever you call me
Or speak my name softly
I know who I am and I know what I do
And just like a mirror
With you I see clearer
Reflections are only a good point of view

I'm terrifbly anxious
Despite my outrageous
Behavior I need you your my favorite food
And we're all meant to die here
So don't you dare cry dear
Those watery eyes wont do us any good

Oh your face in the morning
Is all that I'm longing to see
And at night when I close them
My eyes are beholden to thee

But now there's a distance
And I try to resist it
But my heart wouldnt care if you lived on the moon
I can't shake your vision
You keep me in prison
And I just keep wishing that you'd come home soon
Track Name: I Remain
Maybe I'm too much like my father
A stubborn man trying to change his ways
Twice divorced a living martyr
But celebrates his wedding days

Wears his gloves in the kitchen
A victim of sensitive skin
He says it skips a generation
From his grandpa to him

What's comes what stays
What's lost what remains
Will you call out my name
What's lost what stays
And I'll remain

Do I love just like my mother
A wounded heart trying to change her ways
To find ourselves in circumstances where
We can play the renegade

And oh brother do you hear me
Though my voice comes from far away
And oh sister though you miss me
I'll kiss you on your wedding day

What's lost what stays
What comes what may
Will you call out my name
What comes what stays
And I'll remain
Track Name: Dancer
You were a dancer from the Philippines
I built the stage you danced upon
I shined a light for your material grace
I wish I wrote your favorite song

Oh and I hardly know your name
And oh I know I play my childish games
Ya I know, I know
I already know

The way you danced in the movies
I already know
The way you drank coffee
I already know
The way you moved in spotlight
I already know
I already know

The second time you came around
I didn't want to see your face
You kept reminding me of what I lost
My tender kiss my warm embrace

Oh and I hardly know your name
And oh I know I play my childish games
Ya I know, I know
I already know

The way you danced in the movies
I already know
The way you moved in spotlight
I already know
The way you drank coffee
I already know
I already know

Now your gone but still your memory
Pulls a longing in my brain
Now and then I hear your melody
It plays in rhythm with the rain