AN UNWAVERING BAND OF LIGHT

by Jenny Owen Youngs

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released 07 February 2012

Produced, arranged, engineered and mixed by Dan Romer at Drawing Number One Studios

Mastered by Devin Kerr at Good Hertz

Additional vocal engineering on “Two By Two” by Mike Tuccillo
Additional horn engineering by Jerry Fuentes

Art Direction by Gail Marowitz
Photography by Myriam Santos

AN UNWAVERING BAND OF LIGHT was performed by…

Jenny Owen Youngs: Guitars, vox
Dan Romer: Piano, mellotron, organ, rhodes, synth, accordion, bass, guitars, banjo, ukulele, percussion, programming, vox
Elliot Jacobson: Drums

With...

Chris Kuffner: Bass on 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9
Adam Christgau: Percussion on 2
Seth Faulk: Percussion on 5, 7
Tyler Strickland: Guitar and rhodes on 11
Joe Schumacher: Guitar on 11
Dave Eggar: Cello on 4, 9, 11
Jonathan Dinklage: Violin and viola on 4, 7, 9, 11
Rob Hecht: Five-string fiddle on 5, 7
Kenny Warren: Horns on 2, 5, 7
Phil Rodriguez: Horns on 2, 5, 7
Corey King: Horns on 2, 5, 7
Saul Simon-MacWilliams: Vox on 3, 11
Ben Thornewill: Vox on 10
Tommy Siegel: Vox on 10
Kait Lawson: Vox on 6

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Jenny Owen Youngs Brooklyn, New York

Jenny Owen Youngs is a singer/songwriter & natural history enthusiast who grew up in the woods of New Jersey & currently lives in Brooklyn NY. She has released 2 albums and 3 EPs via Nettwerk Records, & has toured through the US, UK & Europe, as headliner and as support to Regina Spektor, Motion City Soundtrack, among others. Her spirit animals are Johnny Cash, Kate Bush, Tom Waits and Jack White. ... more

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Track Name: Love For Long
LOVE FOR LONG

My daddy’s car, you know she’s built to last
And I take the corners hard and fast
If a way out is all you’re looking for
Well shut your mouth and the passenger door

Go side by side, a thousand miles
It feels like nothing with you in shotgun

Just like a bolt, we’re up the coast love
And where we go, we’ll make the most of
The love we got, cause it won’t be love for long
For right or wrong

Eyes on the road, windows rolled away
We keep our heads ducked down most days
But when you come running, say we gotta go
I don’t ask cause I already know

This time next year we’ll be so far from here
The wind behind us, oh how’ll they find us

When like a bolt, we’re up the coast love
And where we go, we’ll make the most of
The love we got, cause it won’t be love for long

Your mama’s heart is surely bound to break
The day they finally drag up that lake
Science tells us bones won’t turn to mud
No matter how you wish that they would

Let ‘em come, I don’t care what you done
We’ll fight like demons and leave them screaming

And like a bolt, we’re up the coast love
And where we go, we’ll make the most of
The love we got, cause it won’t be love for long
Track Name: Your Apartment
YOUR APARTMENT

Take me back to your apartment so I'll see if I’m correct
About where you keep your heart, love, cause I'm starting to suspect
That it's chained up in your basement inside an oaken chest
That's padlocked up to heaven to keep out what comes next

Oh I want to be the girl who makes you try
To do the thing you haven't done oh why
Is it so hard to stay in love
I just want to be good enough
For you

And how
I’m so into you now that I can't see out
Show me how to give you what you'll never doubt
All I want is to be what you cannot live without

I will meet you on your front porch, yeah I’ll sit out on the stair
However long it takes for you to find me waiting there
Cause I know where you belong, love, yes how you're meant to be
And I'm not going anywhere until you leave with me

Oh I want to be the girl who makes you try
To do the thing you haven't done oh why
Is it so hard to stay in love
I just want to be good enough
For you

And how
I’m so into you now that I can't see out
Show me how to give you what you'll never doubt
All I want is to be what you cannot live without

Now I don't need no guarantee
Just make a little room for me
Inside your life somehow

Oh I want to be the girl who makes you try
To do the thing you haven't done
Oh I want to be the girl who makes you try
To do the thing you haven't done oh why
Is it so hard to stay in love
I just want to be good enough
For you

And how
I’m so into you now that I can't see out
Show me how to give you what you'll never doubt
All I want is to be what you cannot live without
Track Name: Pirates
PIRATES

We could be pirates or go somewhere private
I don’t wanna make a scene I just wanna leave
And head back to your place cause I got a roommate
And he don’t wanna hear or see what you’re doing to me

I’ll keep coming back
You don’t make me better but you don’t make me worse
I’ll keep coming back
Numb’s no good
But it sure beats the hurt

Can’t say what’s inside me or when you might find me
Lying with my face down in the dirt like I never learned how
To stand on my own feet or make a recovery
If there is a right time darling well it’s never been now

I’ll keep coming back
You don’t make me better but you don’t make me worse
I’ll keep coming back
Numb’s no good
But it sure beats the hurt

What you don’t know can’t do no damage
What you can’t see won’t be the thing
That digs its teeth in

So pull to the shoulder tell me it’s over
Saying that you’re oh so glad we met but you’d rather just stop now than regret
Said you can’t be the one now to clean all my wounds out
Bandages and nice neat bows? Hell no - you have to just go

I’ll keep coming back
You don’t make me better but you don’t make me worse
I’ll keep coming back
Numb’s no good
But it sure beats the hurt
Track Name: O God
O GOD

I know how this part goes
We’ll call it casual
You’ll say that’s fine with you
You like to keep things loose
But then some time will pass
I know you’ll tire of it
You want me carved in stone
You want the best of it

O god
I can’t stay I won’t stay for things left unseen
I can’t stay I won’t stay I know you’re a dream
A sweet sweet dream

You think you’ve seen one girl
So you’ve seen every girl
You know her breath will catch
And how her fingers curl
Around a gnawing hope
She’ll find a love that burns
I’ve seen a hundred backs
But never one return

O god
I can’t stay I won’t stay for things left unseen
I can’t stay I won’t stay I know you’re a dream
A sweet sweet dream

O god
I can’t stay I won’t stay for things left unseen
I can’t stay I won’t stay the end has no means
I can’t stay I won’t stay I know you’re a dream
A sweet sweet dream
You’re a dream
But not my dream
Track Name: Born To Lose
BORN TO LOSE

You've got two bad eyes, you got em from your parents
And one bad leg, you got it from the war
Three mistakes in bottles on a shelf yes
You can't wait to go and make some more

If you sneak out now, they'll never know you're missing
Before they're wise, you could be gone and back
While they stand guffawing in the kitchen
You’re down the stair, and leave the screen unlatched
Leave that door unlatched

Swallowed up in silence, holding all your breath now
Wait for that familiar pull

Somewhere in the night, a man is standing by
With a deal you won't be able to refuse
No, you can't call him, but expect your phone to ring
And brother, you prepare yourself to
Offer up what you were born to lose

You move down the block, see curtains hung in tatters
The windows lit - the house is still awake
The girl upstairs is crying like it matters
Will she bend or will she only break
Just one more mistake

In no time she's disappearing through your fingers
Slips away so make it last

Somewhere in the night, a man is standing by
With a deal you won't be able to refuse
No, you can't call him, but expect your phone to ring
And brother, you prepare yourself to offer up

What you needed the most
Lord, he'll make you a ghost
If you do or if you don't

You've got two bad eyes, you got em from your parents
And one bad leg, you got it from the war
Three mistakes in bottles on a shelf yes
You can't wait to go and make some more
So go and make some more

Somewhere in the night, a man is standing by
With a deal you won't be able to refuse
No, you can't call him, but expect your phone to ring
And brother, you prepare yourself to
Offer up what you were born to lose
Track Name: Why You Fall
WHY YOU FALL

Oh god it took a while to come right back to me
I’d give up anything if you’d just let me be
No use in shaking me just leave me in my bed
Cause mornings are the worst bit
Mornings drag me on ahead

I know I should have seen that hand behind your back
But I was busy launching my own full-scale heart attack
Yeah you sure taught me something when you took me down
Make the best of moments
Then make for higher ground

Don’t want to hear about the wind and how it blow
As far as I see love is just a hole

Just like a tidal wave you crumble and divide
With no regard for all the shreds you’ve left behind
So now what can I do but tremble in your wake
Sorting things you’ve broken
From things you’ve yet to break

Don’t want to hear about some fate we can’t control
As far as I see love is just a hole
That’s why you fall

Armed with demons plenty and pleasures oh so few
Left to my devices can’t say what I might do
Well you turned me around
But that’s all over now

Love is just a hole
Love is just a hole
That’s why you fall
Love is just a hole
Track Name: Sleep Machine
SLEEP MACHINE

Swallowed it all and feeling fine
Give it a little bit more time
Closing in on silent mind
Wait for the perfect sign

Talking end of the couch again
Break apart at the slightest thing
How can it matter where I’ve been
Doctor I’m sinking in

Now you know everything, you come by word or wing
Turn on again
And scrape me til I’m clean inside the sleep machine
Turn on again

Static humming in either ear
Voices that won’t come clear
Remember how I got down here
Lights that burn, words that sear

I wait beneath the house for days
I try my hardest not to stay

Now you know everything, you come by word or wing
Turn on again
And scrape me til I’m clean inside the sleep machine
Turn on again

Tongue to use for counting teeth
Silences, however brief
What should bar me from relief
Something moving underneath

Oh doctor doctor please I cannot see
So what’s it take to fix someone like me
Oh yes I’ll stay, oh god, don’t mind a thing
May it burn or char or drain or sting
Track Name: Two By Two
TWO BY TWO

Wake before the sun comes, you’re going where you must
Where fire is born and dust returns to dust
Light in your eyes boy, dirt beneath your nails
And in your heart belief that love prevails

That girl so fair with ankles bare
You lost her to the wind
She sleeps below so down you go
An end, now, to begin

All you love commit to the ash
All you worked for gone in a flash
You can’t look forward while you’re looking back

Where come the lyre, boy, that led you here today
Now it seems she hasn’t much to say
But no need for further talk, let’s say you’re understood
You’ll have your chance to take her back for good

Just mind the rules, the devil’s tools
Business first at pleasure’s cost
If you should chance one backward glance
All will be lost

All you love commit to the ash
All you worked for gone in a flash
You can’t look forward while you’re looking back

There’ll be no good-byes, boy, that boat won’t slow for you
You tried and failed, it’s more than most would do
So dream a dream of going to by two
Dream a dream of going two by two
Track Name: Already Gone
ALREADY GONE

When you go away it gets harder to breathe
I want you to stay but you're looking to leave
and I wouldn't mind making believe

Is it too late
I'll do it anyway
I told you

No no you can't believe her
That girl is full of fever
I'll give you anything but
Go if you need to
How can I keep you
Now you're already gone

Did I overstay? You're tugging your sleeves
You said what they say: that I'm a disease
and there's no coming up when you come down with me

Is it too late
I'll do it anyway
I told you

No no you can't believe her
That girl is full of fever
I'll give you anything but
Go if you need to
How can I keep you
Now you're already gone

It's now or it's never
You get left holding feathers
It won't be so easy
To keep yourself without me now

No no you can't believe her
That girl is full of fever
I'll give you anything but
Go if you need to
How can I keep you
Now you're already gone
Track Name: So Long
SO LONG

So the house is wired from floor to attic
You can’t get in or out
And your first response is automatic
But no one hears you shout

Hoping against a hope that’s rail thin
All that you know for now, you’ll be waiting
So long

So you walk the path through the sea of sleepers
And keep your eyes ahead
Cause you know that light is finders keepers
But what you found instead

Is no one was made for this, to be lonely
Keep it against your chest, this is only
So long

No one can put you back how you were then
Chemicals must react, it’s a certain
So long
Track Name: Wake Up
WAKE UP

Make way for the new time
Can’t wait on the side lines
Making promises you don’t understand
To people who aren’t listening
No one is gonna tear my hand
Away

I can’t look back and I can’t look away

Swear that I won’t ever be
Just a flash or memory
A shadow that locks up hypnotized
From watching your ribcage fall and rise
But I’ll fade if you just avert your eyes
Away

I can’t look back and I can’t look away

I wake up great
I wake up fine