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Bobbie's House

by Jeremy James Meyer

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1.
I’ve been hanging out in old trees, touching roots deep underground Time passes with these dead leaves, that river’s just a puddle now And I can feel a slight breeze, washing ‘round me with that old sound Left my heart down by the river, now it's nowhere to be found I can feel the sunrise, through the bottom of my soul And looking up there are clear skies, but they say I’m getting old I remember walking, through the shadows with my friend Then like the leaves compacted, turned to dirt and soil again Think it's a thing we gotta go through, this trodden path of love to know you I must admit I’ve been selfish but I’m trying to find a balance and my checkbook just bounced But I’m trying to have a future, oh I’m trying to have a future That bark it likes to shimmer, when the sun peeks through the clouds But if I look too long it burns me, eats me from the inside out I came here from the wastelands, gonna build a home somehow Cause if this life it kills me, then I got nothing to fear now Think it's a thing we gotta go through, this trodden path of love to know you I must admit I’ve been selfish but I’m trying to find a balance and my checkbook just bounced But I’m trying to have a future, oh I’m trying to have a future
2.
Alone 05:20
When I walked beside you on that warmest of evenings I felt stoned And I forgot to listen to my intentions my mission about growing See I’ve been down that road a few times lost my beauty lost my mind Now here I stand a different man, changing game, changing plan Still searching for my kind But your silhouettes in the fading daylight brought me ‘round So I took off in the moonlight as the temple burned down For the change I see I need inside to feel Its drawing me in closer, my heart to heal I’ll go it alone I’ll go it alone, I’ll go it alone I’ll go it alone Moons are passing and the smoke from burnt up hills and flame licked oaks still clouding up my sight I’ve been holding onto something chasing on that liquid courage to get me through the night I know there ain’t no redemption at the bottom of a 12 oz can Change comes only to the willing, it boldly states, “here’s your hand” I’ll go it alone I’ll go it alone, I’ll go it alone I’ll go it alone
3.
There’s a pattern I’ve been going through it feels like progress There’s a weight that’s been a lifting in my mind And if the things that make me blue still keep me honest Then why’d I gotta go and treat you unkind Mmm even when you treat me so, even when you treat me so kind There’s a desert highway running me on empty, It’s lined up where my pocketbook should be And I spook real easy, especially in my 20’s Tend to fall a little flat, I’m trying to stay in key So I’m building a roof For my soul to dwell Cause my home needs protection I’ve got staying power The words I’ve said are true I’ll keep my promise Given what we’ve been through nothing’s gonna be the same Can’t think of a single excuse to make me tarnish The light behind, the fuse to blow away So I’m building a roof For my soul to dwell Cause my home needs protection I’ve got staying power
4.
Does the wind blow fast where you’re going? There’s a question I’ll ask without knowing. Will it fall into your ears, like a key into a lock And will it open? And will it open? Or just keep flowing on past, through the currents through the grass Till the memories fade at last into the ocean If the flame flickers low, will you shelter? When you’re miles from letting go, will you remember? The smell of sulfur stings from a match struck in the spring Now it’s September How do you heal an aching heart, or a burn that touch will smart Hold it close or time apart I have no answer To have courage and be bold, and welcome changes And let this path before unfold to higher ranges Insecurities I’ve had, I’ll gently let go from my bag Of cherished stages I’ll return myself to me, with open arms I come to thee Lead by my heart I know I’ll see your distant pages

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released January 24, 2020

Recorded to 1/2 tape on October 29th & 30th, 2019.
Produced by Matt Costa
Co-produced by David B. Weaver and Jeremy James Meyer
Engineered and mixed by David B. Weaver at Bone Scissors Studio in Denver, CO
Mastered by Nevada Sowle at the OK Theater in Enterprise, OR
Artwork by Matt Costa
Photography by Sarah Kathryn Wainwright

Future Old Trees (J.J. Meyer)
Jeremy James Meyer - acoustic guitar, vocals, rainstick
B.R. Lively - electric guitar, vocals
Zoe Berman - yamaha cp20
David B. Weaver - bass, percussion
Matt Costa - omnichord, mel-9

Alone (J.J. Meyer, M. Costa, S. Glass)
Jeremy James Meyer - acoustic guitar, vocals, fiddle
B.R. Lively - electric guitar, vocals
Matt Costa - electric bass

Staying Power 'Bobbie's House' (J.J. Meyer, M. Costa)
Jeremy James Meyer - acoustic guitar, vocals
Matt Costa - acoustic guitar
B.R. Lively - lap steel

Distant Pages (J.J. Meyer, M. Costa)
Jeremy James Meyer - acoustic guitar, vocals
Zoe Berman - yamaha cp20
Matt Costa - electric guitar, electric bass

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Jeremy James Meyer is a creator. Give him a pile of wood, and he'll craft you a table; offer him a town in the back country, and he'll sculpt you a carnival; hand him a life of experiences, and he will meet them with wisdom and wit, and leave us all a legacy of music and poetry. ... more

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