Trench Digging During Peacetime

by Left-Handed 2nd Baseman

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LH2B is the creation singer/songwriter/producer Fran Broderick. Fusing diverse influences ranging from alt-folk to soul to synthpop, the result is stirring anthems and tender ballads, anchored by Broderick’s captivating lyrics. Rochester CITY Newspaper’s Frank DeBlase describes the music as a “joyous noise,” and writes, “you’re definitely going to want to get know the man and his work as Left-Handed 2nd Baseman...this is where he shines. His words are gold.” His latest album, 2018’s Trench Digging During Peacetime, was nominated for Best Local Album of 2018 in CITY Newspaper, and the album’s title track is in regular rotation on college radio (WITR), and NPR (WRUR). Having shared the stage with famed jam and folks acts like Max Creek, Ryan Montbleau, Ekoostik Hookah, and DJ Logic, and playing venues throughout Western New York, Manhattan and Brooklyn, Broderick is a seasoned performer constantly expanding his soundscape with styles ranging from Dylan and Springsteen to synth acts like Future Islands and Chvrches. He is probably listening to John Prine right now.

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released January 25, 2018

All songs written and produced by Fran Broderick (Left-Handed 2nd Baseman)
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Matthew Ramerman at The Green Room
Tracks 4 and 7 engineered by Brendan Simms
Additional engineering: Fran Broderick and Sam Snyder

All songs copyright Fran Broderick 2018.

Album artwork by Matt J. Carbone


Album personnel

Fran Broderick - vocals, rhythm guitars, lead guitar (track 3), synthesizer (3 and 6), accordion, piano (4 and 7), drum machines (3 and 9)
Greg Detwiler - drums
Dan Carter - bass
Shane Kelsen - piano, organ, Rhodes piano
Brendan Simms - trombone, acoustic guitar, backing vocals (4 and 7)
Ben Rossi - synthesizer (6), backing vocals (4)
Trevor Holly - lead guitar (1, 4, 8)
Matthew Ramerman - shaker, tambourine, drum machine (6)
Rita Harris Proctor - backing vocals (1 and 3)
Zac Lijewski - viola
Stephen Burke - standup bass (4)
Dan Merkey - saxophone
Justin Lloyd - trumpet
Hobbes - dog bark

Special thanks to everyone involved in making this happen. Y’all know who you are.

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Track Name: Never Grow Up
Well me and my friends, we ain’t growing up
This is what we know and what we know we love
We’re gonna keep dancing, we’re gonna keep singing
Keep hoping and wishing the morning dont come

Because we all seen pain, and yet we all remain
Standing tall with the beer in our blood in our veins
And me and my boys, and me and my girls
Are the ones that welcome the sun into a cold dark world

So if I seem tipsy, off Tennesee whiskey
It’s 'cause aged oak barrel are the sweetest words to me
Never stop living, and never stop giving
Back to those nights that gave you your name

Repeat Chorus

I’ve got em singing never grow up, never grow old
Keep drinking and singing that devil away from your soul
I’ve got em singing never grow up, never grow old
Keep drinking and singing that devil away from your soul

never grow up, never grow old
Keep drinking and singing that devil away from your soul
Track Name: Trench Digging During Peacetime
I had something to tell you
Must have been something you said
I sang a song to myself
But I could see you smiling inside of my head

I stayed up all night
Just thinking of something to say
Oh my true love is a hurricane,
My mind is a container ship caught in the way
And now you’ve got me digging trenches during peacetime
Down in a hole fighting my old demons again
But I’ll dig these trenches during peacetime
Like I’m fighting for my only friend

the tailor stitches my only suit
with patterns pulled from parachutes
but I wont float safely down

I’m a bend in a stream, I’m a friend to a fiend
the extended scenes of an American dream
A head held high yet full of doubt


Repeat Chorus

And I never know what I'm about to do
I've got my head in the clouds, so I'll keep an eye out for you
I’ve seen you come and go like the wind and snow and rain
But it's all good I know there’s no such thing as a place to stay

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Together This Time
here we go again with the doubt
you were flooded with gratitude then came the drought
you thought that you had it together this time
you thought that you had it together this time

but rest easy because nobody does
it's a twisted road, the melodies are overdubbed
it's easier said then done, to say all you need is love
so keep your head up and know that you're enough

you’ll be okay, maybe not today
maybe its the memories
maybe its the shame
maybe its the love
the hurt or just the pain
but remember hearts get broken
a river got to change


go out with your friends but the drunk is just a fog
the city lights wont let you hide, the subways just a slog
you thought you had it together this time
you thought that you had it together this time

but rest easy because nobody does
the heart doesn’t beat it wrestles and it shoves
the same heart that pumps the hurt and hope thru your blood
will pull itself up like a boot in the mud

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: (Don't Burn Down) Kelly's
Don't you burn down Kelly's, Don't you burn down like I did/
All of those nights as I sat 'neath your lights
and a Tom Collins ran thru my head

And don't blame yourself for my ID/
honestly it kinda looked like me/
so I'd sit out the cold at nineteen years old
in the only place I knew how to be

I became a senior in my sophomore year/ cheap liquor took the place of warm beer/
and some nights we'd go across the street at 1:30 but mostly we'd just stay there

And the signatures scrawled up the wall
Told the stories that escape us all
We carved our name in a booth, you me and the crew
but our love didn't die in those flames

And I remember after the first gig I ever played
you turned off your lights but you stayed open late
you knew rebels like us you could trust to lock up
after all we all protect our home

Repeat Chorus

The drinks are supposed to burn not the bar
The drinks are supposed to burn not the bar
Thanks for the memories and thanks for your heart
The drinks are supposed to burn not the bar
And thanks for helping me make it this far
the drinks are supposed to burn not the bar
Track Name: I Rode a Raft From Illinois
I rode a raft from Illinois
all the way to Delacroix
there i spent a night in jail, where I was told a tale of a holy grail
So I figured Id make that my next move

first man in my crew was Billy Reed
his pops told him about the grail and he told me
he said it was near the border north of all the Aztec slaughter
buried where the dirt bled darkest red


And I can never get along with anybody for too long
because they dont hear a word I say
but want me to say it anyway

Oh I know that it's a lonely road
But it's the only one that takes you home

keep on headin west i say!
i know we’ll make the coast any day
i heard it’s beautiful this time of year
and you can forget the crimes that drove you there
for that last little stretch before they catch back up to you

but one day Billy Reed said he didnt believe
he'd been forty days in the desert and he's looking for sleep
i told him no worries im in no hurry, some things best stay buried
and me anyway im just looking for me

Chorus

so me i keep heading out
some days im headed west at nights I'm south
but one day i hit the coast, kiss the sand
and strip my clothes, I will be finally free
and yet alone

Repeat chorus
Track Name: One Standard Deviation (From Myself)
Like a moth to a flame i got lost in the pain
Iook a walk through my brain but all the walls looked the same
One standard deviation from myself

I thought I had lost it, I couldn’t really take it
There were pictures on my pages and attics in my basement
We're sitting on a satellite orbiting a fire
Free to move around while walking on a wire

Repeat chorus

East went West in a carnival dress
Bring out the circus, start pitching tents
East Went West, overlooking the edge
Moonbeams in her breath, moonbeams in her breath

Repeat chorus

Basketballs on blacktop, black for the backdrop
haves for the have-nots, Carnegies in ascots,
JFK Ask Not, astronauts last stops,
it's all in the game and it came to the last shot
we are floating through the sky we don't have to drop
they can kick it on the ground we are astronauts
we are hanging from a shoe string, dangling off a moon beam
anything can happen, Oklahoma's got a hoops team

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: (I Think) I Wrote a Song For You Today
I think I wrote a song for you today
it came about in such a funny way
I think I wrote a song for you today

I was staring out the blinds
when you wandered through my mind
and the words began to rhyme
and I think I wrote a song for you today

I think I found the words I tried to say
I've got em written down on napkins in my mind
I think I found the words I tried to say

I was feeling pretty low
didn't think that I could grow
but then those words began to flow
and I think I found the words I tried to say

I think I found a place beyond these walls
Built a fire in a cave beneath an ancient waterfall
I think I found a place beyond these walls

Just a day hike from here
I got a backpack, raft and gear
I know we can make it out of here
I think I found a place beyond these walls

I think I wrote a song for you today
it came about in such a funny way
I think I wrote a song for you today

I was staring out the blinds
when you wandered through my mind
and the words began to rhyme
and I think I wrote a song for you today
Track Name: Willie Mays
I ran into blue skies, I ran into greys
I hit lots of long fly balls, ran into Willie Mays
I got a gut that I believe and sometimes my heart plays crazy hands (

I owe a couple dollars, I owe a couple more
I had to buy my soul back from the man I was before
But I've made even with every eye I've ever met

Cause I'm just me
The flaws come for free
Cant we agree to disagree
So you can keep on loving me
Because girl I'll make you shine
You'll be always on my mind
Even when I'm lost in rhyme
Or my love gets fucked up sometimes

I've spent many an hour in quiet contemplation
I've loved and lost but it sure ain't much compensation,
Baby, what am I supposed to do with all this love?

I've been broken down, I've been beaten up
I've swallowed blood while people screamed I've seen enough
And I can hear the rhythm section,
but I sure as hell don't hear no bell

Repeat chorus
Track Name: Discovery, Houston
(instrumental)

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