Imaginary Friends

from by Ben Lear

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Limited Edition double vinyl with gate-fold jacket. Plus, the two B-Sides are on the actual vinyl! Vinyl is the only format that has these tracks.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Lillian: A Folk Opera via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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When I was young my mother
Taught me caution,
She said listen to me, son,
You’re my only one.

That being said I didn’t
Have many friends.
So I spent all my time at home.
But I didn’t spend it on my own,
I had company alone.

Yes, I have imaginary friends.
Whenever I’m alone I know I’m one of them.

Hello my friends I haven’t
Seen you in years.

We were letting you grow up.
We didn’t want to interrupt.

I really hope that you will
Join my journey.

He needs what only we can find,
Hidden deep where he is blind,
In the waters of his mind.

Yes, we are imaginary friends.
Whenever he’s alone we will be there for him.

We’ll tag along because we need to show that
You are wrong in what you say.
That there never was a wave.
But rather you pushed her away.

Yes, these are imaginary friends.
Even though right now I don’t believe them.


from Lillian: A Folk Opera, released June 14, 2011



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Ben Lear Los Angeles, California

BEN LEAR is a Brooklyn based composer and songwriter. His debut album, Lillian, "an edgy, experimental folk opera blending acoustic guitar songs with percussive chamber and orchestral music" (Los Angeles Times), was released in June of last year.

His live show, which often contains orchestra and light sculptures, has been called "an epic blend of Arcade Fire, Feist and a Muppet show" (The Awl).
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