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Student Song

by Ben Caplan



I wrote Student Song almost 15 years ago but it hadn’t found a home on an album until now. I’m glad that I’m finally putting it out. When I first wrote the song, I was reflecting on both the privilege and the hardship of trying to hustle through a university degree with tens of thousands in student debt while trying to work multiple jobs. All these years later, we are still seeing climbing tuition rates and the cost of rent has skyrocketed. I don’t have any profound solutions to offer, but hopefully this song will get your toes tapping long enough for you to forget about all your unpaid debts.

I was inspired by the beautifully sparse arrangements on Johnny Cash’s American recordings produced by Rick Rubin. In the tradition of old country folk, this is a song that grapples with social problems and the struggles of life without getting too ornate or fancy.


released October 1, 2021


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Ben Caplan Halifax, Nova Scotia

A charismatic charmer and a smasher of pianos. A madman and an earnest poet. A strummer of delicate chords and a lover of bent and broken melodies. His rough and textured tones cut through crowded halls; an enormous voice, roaring louder than raucous crowds. Once he has your attention, Caplan can croon smoother than a glass of single malt whisky, pouring beauty into a harsh world. ... more


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