Uncle Ben

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about

"I love the vibe of "Uncle Ben". It's a Psychedelic Neo-Blues song with a strong groove. I won't give anything away but if you don't know who this song is about then you are simply uncool. I'll let you do the math. Let's just say it is about a "marvel-ous" character.

When I wrote this, I was listening to Pops Staples "Don't Lose This" a lot. Spencer Tweedy's drumming on that album pushes the envelope while still remaining classic and timeless. I bought one of those old "Green Bullet" harmonica microphones at a pawn shop and I was really itching to make a blues song. I sang into the green mic and this is what came out. I like that this song sounds so familiar, like it has existed before in the 1930's. But at the same time it's getting to a new uncharted territory. The song covers all of these genres but still has a catchy pop sensibility to it. But most of all, it fits my ultimate criteria for this record which is to make music that could be in a scene of a bank robbery."

— Ty Richards

lyrics

Uncle Ben, Uncle Ben you're Gone
Uncle Ben, Uncle Ben you're Gone

Uncle Ben, Uncle Ben you're Gone
Uncle Ben, Uncle Ben you're Gone
You brought me up like I was your own

You got shot by a dimestore thief
Now you're dead in the middle of the street

Uncle Ben, Uncle Ben you're Gone
You're stepping out just to bring me home
After all, after all you've done

You got shot by a dimestore thief
Now you're dead in the middle of the street

Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaah

Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na
Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na

Uncle Ben, Uncle Ben you're Gone
Uncle Ben, Uncle Ben you're Gone
You brought me up like I was your own

You got shot by a dimestore thief
Now you're dead in the middle of the street
Uncle Ben you're gone and you're never coming back

credits

from Zillion, released February 3, 2017
Song by Ty Richards
© 2017 Ty Richards Music (BMI)

Vocals, Electric Guitars, Bass, and Drums by Ty Richards

Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by Ty Richards

Recorded at Tremolo Records in Austin

Mastered by Brian Lucey (Beck, David Lynch, The Black Keys, The Arcs, Spanish Gold, Ray LaMontagne, Sigur Rós, Cage the Elephant, Dr. John, Arctic Monkeys, Lucinda Williams, Dr. Dog, Ringo Deathstarr)

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Ty Richards is an alt rock artist from Austin, Texas with psychedelic & dance influences.

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