Jersey Devil

by Brennan

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It's dark and we were driving down a snowy back road in rural New Jersey. Branches kept brushing up against the windows of his mom's car, one knocked the cigarette out from between my index and middle fingers. With one hand on the wheel and one hand holding a Wawa quesadilla, Gabe turned to me and asked, "Do you know what the Jersey Devil is?" I laughed as he began to explain this half-beast, half-man centaur thing that lurks around New Jersey. The week ahead in Jackson, I thought a lot about what the Jersey Devil could be. Maybe it wasn't a monster at all. Maybe the Jersey Devil is life itself, maybe it's a metaphor for youth, for love?

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released March 1, 2017

Produced, engineered and mixed by Evan Rudenjak at Coolman Music Productions in Jackson, New Jersey.

Mastered by Julian Beal at Spotino Studios.

Recorded to Connor Thomas' tape machine by Julian Beal.

Housed by Gabriel Carvalho and his sweet, sweet mother, Paola.

All music and lyrics by Brennan.

All vocals and instrumentals on Jersey Devil by Brennan.

Dialogue in I Love You But I'm Letting You Go and laughter in Queen Anna by Lucy the dog, Gabriel Carvalho, Jeff Buchanan, John Brownwood and Brennan.


A love letter of thanks and hell yeahs,


To Gabe, you are the rock of this project and the reason it all came to fruition. I'm so glad that this big, bad world brought us together to create. To Evan Rudenjak, for having an open heart and mind when making this record with me. We understood each other so quickly and we made a really special thing together, I'm still pissed that my first Wawa experience was gross though. To Gabe's sweet angel mother for taking us in and feeding us. To all at the Moore house, the people that sifted in and out of those doors knocked me on the side of the head and reminded me that art is the strongest/strangest thing we have and it brings us all together whether we are aware of it or not. Thank you for embracing your inner weirdness with me and being absolute FIENDS. To Mom and Dad, thank you for trusting me and respecting me. Thank you for having sex and giving birth to me. To the people who these songs are about, you don't know they are about you and maybe you'll never know but thank you for teaching me about myself and showing me love, good love and not so good love. To Dunks, my danskos, PBR, baths, anti-depressants, Steven Tyler, Dosa Factory...

THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE, THIS MUSIC IS FOR YOU.

LOVE,

BRENNAN

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Track Name: Walking
I met a twelve year old disciple
he said I was six feet under
he looked at me with one eye
said I am the moon I am the thunder

Pain is the sigh of yesterday
translucent and slowly showing on your shoes
ten miles forward ten miles back
looking for something you didn't lose

ooh, la, la
ooh, la, la

I don't know if I have a God but my mother likes to think that I've got her's
Help me, help me operator I'm jaded but my words don't slur
Heaven's for the faint of heart and hell is for the folks that stay the same
I don't know which one's for me but one will surely be glad I came

You and I are quite the same
go on and hold your tongue but not in vain
climb the highest picket fence
don't lie and tell me that you are impressed

Oh cause nothing that you build will stand tomorrow
and nothing that you say will leave a scar
there's nothing in your lies that you can't borrow
and nothing in your eyes to keep me here

H E Y

I met a twelve year old disciple
he said I was six feet under
he looked at me with one eye
said I am the moon I am the thunder

Don't cry for me, don't die for me
Don't cry for me, don't die for me
Track Name: Blue
Leave today and I'll come back tomorrow
cross your heart and I'll cross mine too
when I close my eyes I hope I'll see you in color
and not just shades of blue

When you look out your window
do you see your reflection
or all the little people and places staring at the sun
I'd like to see them but they don't know I'm watching
always looking for someone

Time interrupts like a snowstorm in August
always there always speaking her mind
I can't stop my hair from growing and growing
I can't stop the time

Leave today and I'll come back tomorrow
cross your heart and I'll cross mine too
when you close my eyes I hope you'll see me in color
and not just shades of blue

I still hope the sun is shining
wherever it finds you
I hope you never, ever get lonely when you are alone
I don't think of you often
I long for you more than always
I hope you know my love inside your bones
Track Name: Queen Anna
Queen Anna come help me extinguish the fires of June
the people they ache and I fear that they may not end soon
so gently we love in the morning and wish for the moon
walk with me my broken June

My sweltering blisters scream out your name oh, July
the flowers they sway but they weep and soon they will die
perpetually gleaming but all you do is cry
I bless you miss eager July

The happy young people and their knowledge erupting August
the hopes of a lifetime filled with passion and meaning and trust
I will not be home I'll be gone collecting rust
It's a new love my August
Track Name: Because
Don't want to see in black and white
I can't pretend that I'm alright
so I'll come home and I'll try to undress
If walls could talk they'd tell me I'm a mess
and my hair is on fire all the time
I'll smile and nod and say I'm doing fine

You make me feel like I'm in a movie
paint a picture of how it really should be
and I'll come home like I always do
and I wish you'd worship me like I worship you
and I'm not sure who I thought you were
but those thoughts were real and they're all that I heard

Because
Because I need you and I hope you need me too
Because
Because I need you and I hope you need me too

I'm so alone but maybe that's my duty
to be young and admire your own beauty
I'm my own fire my own salvation
I don't need your God and I don't need your nation
and I don't know what to do and I don't know what to say
you give me love
and you take it all away

Because
Because I need you and I hope you need me too
Because
Because I need you
Do you need me too
Track Name: I Love You But I'm Letting You Go
Sleep beside me watch my flowers grow
Plant my garden you are an early snow
Every pair of shoes you’ll outgrow
And someday we’ll just be smiles on a slideshow

Walk beside me hold on to my hand
Clothed in fire and you ask me how I am
Alone in your bed again, well I guess I’m your man
There’s always truth in your lies and I finally understand

I know, I know, I know, I know I love you but I’m letting you go

Yesterday is the fruit that won’t go bad
The times I was happy the times that you weren’t sad
When I think of love I smile and know that I’m still glad
Of all the pain in my life your love was the best pain I’ve had

I know, I know, I know I love you but I’m letting you go

I was broken today and I’m still broken tonight
I was hoping you’d care I was hoping you might
Because you are a dream and I am a sleepless night
And with you blade in my heart well I guess I’m all right

I know, I know, I know I love you but I’m letting you go