New York

by Jonah Myers

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1.7.18 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ i'm not too far too far gone yet black tears burnt years misplaced regrets what a heavy burden God has laid on mankind i do what i hate, do what i hate all the time all the time all the time all the – i'm not here to watch TV & then die like some kind of nihilist but i'm scared, i guess of what's out there, beyond the world, where i act like nothing matters all too regularly but baby i'm just so tired right now my eyes are too heavy to see what to chase & my limbs are unresponsive they just long to waste enough of the time i have on this earth to take you to mars so i can't, not quite; so i just can't it's too long to wait i do what i hate (do what i hate, i do what i) i'm not here to watch TV & then die like some kind of nihilist but i'm scared, i guess of what's out there, beyond the world, where i act like nothing matters all too regularly but baby i'm just so tired right now i'm not here to walk around in twelve depressing circles [months] but i'm desperate for something real to change one of these days i'll become who i was meant to be and fly around the world thirteen times and it'll be all right
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6.7.18 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ something's wrong with my face something's gone out of place i check the mirror seems okay but there's that feeling i just can't place well my eyes and my ears, my lashes and brows are falling into the earth my nose and my chin eventually begin to follow, although it's absurd so don't you try to tell me i didn't do my best there's no one left to help me i don't need to hear the planet crack apart don't need to see when the sky's so dark but that's all right i'm sure i'll wake up soon i dreamt i slept all night sitting in my room yeah i dreamt i slept all night sitting in my room [sigh] well my eyes and my ears, my lashes and brows are falling, out of the sky my hopes and my fears, my dreams and my tears i think i'm losing my mind so don't you try to tell me i didn't do my best there's no one left to help me at least i can still sing that's all that i've got left one tongue to try to tell you everything i don't understand well my eyes and my ears, my lashes and brows are falling, into the earth my thoughts all erased and my memories replaced so darling, for what it's worth... don't you try to tell me that this is all there is and if it's true, God help me well my eyes and my ears, my lashes and brows are falling, out of the sky we're already gone, we're already lost and everyone's ready to cry but don't you try to tell me that we've got nothing left there's no one here to help me but i'll try to do what's best
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5.7.18 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ a sad face is good for the heart a sad face is okay a sad face is good for your heart that's what they say a sad face can teach you a lot a sad face is required a sad face is such a relief don't say you're just tired don't say you're just tired cause i know you been down and out these days don't say you're just tired, you'll increase the time till you're not just lying anymore tell me what's got you like this, we've gotta get a grip on the bottom of this because someone or something has dot you down, and we've gotta face it. a sad face is good for the heart a sad face is okay i've been telling you all this time sadness won't go away a sad face is good for the heart (yeah) that's what they say so don't say you're just tired anymore cause you're not okay don't say you're just tired cause i know you're just trying to avoid the situation don't say you're just tired, don't say you're just tired, don't say you're just tired! when the colon left the parentheses :​​ ​ ​ ​ ​​​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​​​​ ) her parents deftly swept the breeze under the rug but they'd lost the plot cause she's gotta be sad sometimes yeah we've gotta be sad sometimes we've gotta be sad sometimes, sad sometimes sad sometimes we've gotta be
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Busy 00:59
12.7.18 wrote this one at aaron lindsay's place in Boston :) ------------------------------------------------ i don't know what i'm to say the wind will wash it all away everything i've ever been fading and flickering poetry is all around but i can't get myself off the ground i don't know what i'm to do i don't know what to do when did we all get so busy running around, we look so silly everything you want is somewhere else don't waste your breath chasing the wind everything is bittersweet or just bitter no wonder all the foods in the U.S. are full of sugar i can see the light in their eyes, i can see the lonely nights, but they walk on by so quickly and all of our time is so short
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Listen Up 03:02
7.7.18 ------------------------------------------------------------ you are so very far from me right now and i don't know if you're even there at all hey, listen up, you oh, listen up it's not the way you think it is so listen up now, oh, listen up i'm only gonna say this a million times I'll be the light in your eyes when you look out at the sunrise I'll be the air that you breathe tonight I'll be the hope in your tears bright prisms, fighting the worst years I am the Way and the Truth and the Life sorry but what do you want with me i'm not like you not enough hey, listen up, you now, listen up it's not the way you think it is hey, listen up, you now, listen up you've got an awful lot of work to do I'll be the light in your eyes when you look out at the sunrise I'll be the air that you breathe tonight I'll be the hope in your tears bright prisms, fighting the worst years I am the Way and the Truth and the Life I am the Love and the Hope and the Light I am the Way and the Truth and the Life
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interlude. 00:57
7.7.18 5+5+5+5+4
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Movie Night 04:21
12.7.18 i wrote this leaning up against a tree in central park. ------------------------------------------------------------ well this is where i ended up and this is where i'm gonna stay this is somewhere made of love and this is what i'm gonna say: tell me, do you understand what it is to be alive? & tell me, do you understand what you feel, but can't describe and did your eyes fill up with smoke and did you hear a blinding light and did decay creep in your bones and did you fall into the night all the people walking by people walking in the dark send them all to where i am there's so much light in Bryant Park come to the movie night i know it's crowded but you can imagine all sorts of things with your eyes shut come to the movie night it doesn't run too late just for the mystery we'll stay awake so take your dappled motivation and build the bridge between your worlds then Turn Your Mind Into A City and send the exports far and wide a good percentage of preserve a solar passive power source invest in education, send out the invitations they will come and visit you, of course outsource your sanity trade hope, across the ocean give credit to the Architect his skyscrapers are soaked in emotion the public transport will be unprecedented through the sky and underground above the sculptures, and among the clouds that is where they'll see you now there's nowhere else i'd rather be although i wish you were here with me i can see you through the story but it's not the same, it's not the same no it's not the same, it's not the same come to the movie night i know it's crowded but you can imagine all sorts of things with your eyes shut come to the movie night come to the movie night because i need you here tonight
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Enough 03:12
5.7.18 here's the view i wrote this from: https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7021162,-73.9974398,3a,60y,304.04h,88.68t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s6Ig-3Fua0RoxxedFxE1THA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ sitting, unsatisfied the city's just so dang wide i don't know where to go i don't know what to do scraping the wind right out of the sky make it big before you die maybe there's something else something worth living for and it's love maybe that's all we get oh, love just like the Teacher said singin' love and if we love until we're dead is that enough? it's about half past six nothing seems to fit guess i'll just continue to sit guess i'll just continue to sit there's so much i wanna say but everything sounds the same wish i could say what i feel wish i could feel what i mean what's outside the crowded subways, above the tired streets? past the restless elevators, tangled in the sheets where's the place when we were children, waiting for someday did you find it in Manhattan? or did it just escape, again? it's love. maybe that's all we get singin' love just like the Teacher said oh, love and if we love until we're dead is that enough (is that enough now, is that enough?) i think it's our best bet! love love, love, love love love, love, love love, love, love whoaaaa oh
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Cold Spring 02:52
8.7.18 https://www.google.com/maps/@41.4199991,-73.9510292,2802a,35y,330.8h,1.73t/data=!3m1!1e3 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- although i like the city lights, you know i miss the stars when everything's gone, and everything's wrong and everything falls apart the loudest songs can't stop the noise and the city never cries so i'm moving out, i'm packing up tonight and i'm gonna get back to cold spring, cold spring, could we get back to cold spring? a wah o-o-oh ho oh ho (oh) cold spring, that's where i wanna be singin' cold spring is the place for me well i might miss the city life, but you know i won't be far and you can travel peacefully if you don't have a car i gotta say, now i'm away i'm feeling kinda low but i don't regret that day, no i don't when i said: can we back to cold spring cold spring, gotta get back to cold spring? a wah o-o-oh whoa oh-oh (now,) cold spring, that's where i wanna be singin' cold spring is the place for me and every time it rains, all my memories dissolve drown all the burning questions that will never be resolved let's just eat some ice-cream, and figure out our lives oh, why is everybody so tired and why are all the people still crying and why, oh why is everyone homesick? well seven words i never said hang heavy on my heart everything's gone, and everything's wrong but we won't fall apart the loudest noise can't stop the songs, but the city never cries... so i'm moving out, i'm packing up tonight and i'm gonna get back to cold spring, cold spring, could we get back to cold spring? a-whoa oh-o-oh cold spring, that's where i wanna be singin' cold spring is the place for me c'mon cold spring, that's the place for me oh, cold spring is the place for me
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Union Square 02:33
16.7.18 https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7346785,-73.9899492,3a,60y,217.14h,104.86t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sFvng6krNJUG-EEEzVgo30A!2e0!7i16384!8i8192 original idea on the NY subway; mostly written in Tokyo airport ---------------------------------------------------------------- 1, 2, 3, 4 everyone gets off at union square, and everyone gets lost in union square everyone gets lost in union square, till midnight numbers dance about the air crimson, so bright there's not much time they swirl in your eyes detach and fly it's not the world, we're dancing somewhere else i'm wondering how much further i thought would be reasonable tell me you remember where to go, oh oh cause i gotta be honest: i don't know we're lost, we're lost and no one knows why to find us can't understand why the world turns oh so soft if you're alone in such a flawless storm tonight keep the quiet close, it'll be all right how could you tell me tomorrow's perfect scorn won't break with claps of thunder rolling off your lawn it's mad to be amazing, but man it just might work! maybe i'll go back to union square, and maybe i'll get lost in union square maybe all the things i love are there, and maybe i'll meet you there
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home. 01:20
17.7.18 12:00pm (noon) written the day after we got back

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hi there. in July of 2018 my sister and i went to New York City for two and a half weeks. it was sometimes overwhelming, usually incredible, never quiet, & always crackling with millions of stories. i wrote most of most of these songs on ukulele while we were there.

some of them are quite sad. some are positively euphoric. i tried to make them all honest, singing my heart out and in like deep breaths. i hope the oscillations reassure you, and remind you to lift your eyes up once in a while.

i am very thankful that i am in a position to do so much of what i love. i think this is a good way to share that love around. thanks everyone.

vid for Cold Spring: youtu.be/F-k_HJyIH28

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released November 30, 2018

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extra vocals:

track 1: anja myers, and then Assorted Friends
track 3: grace, and from reddit: u/LagoonOfLegumes & u/motivatedsinger
track 6: miriam myers
track 7: faith myers

beautiful album art: anja myers

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