EXHIBIT

by Jenny Owen Youngs

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EXHIBIT is a new serial song project with a simple premise:

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks I will spend time in a New York City museum. Within one week's time, I will compose and record a song inspired by the visit.

Click on any song to visit its individual page, where you can see song art, read lyrics, learn about the inspiration for the song, and more.

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released 04 December 2012

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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: Here Comes the Monster
HERE COMES THE MONSTER

Here comes the monster so ready yourself
A cupful of ashes, a knife in your belt
Here comes an answer that I harpooned
Dragged it to deck now, so we should know soon

No not another lie from me or you

Oh no it's coming round just like you said
Can't keep my promises, can't keep my head
I'll bring the gunpowder you bring the lead

Crossed up my fingers and let the cord rip
With barely a whisper we set you adrift
You might not come back love, but what if you do?
Hammers and torches just waiting for you

No not another lie from me or you

Oh no it's coming round just like you said
Can't keep my promises, can't keep my head
I'll bring the gunpowder you bring the lead

How can you lie when you're about to die
Track Name: In-Betweener
IN-BETWEENER

I came back from the well without a trace of water
But I won't ever tell cos I'm my father's daughter

Give a little take a little that's how it go
Waiting to remember that you know what you know

You follow the leader and I'm an in-betweener so it goes
I need a believer but you gotta see it so you won't
Oh no you don't

Evening creeps in slow - we dig in double silence
Can't say as we go if it's mindful or it's mindless

Usually you're crawlin through the back of my head
Reading to my quiet from the Book of the Dead

You follow the leader and I'm an in-betweener so it goes
I need a believer but you gotta see it so you won't
Oh no you don't

I hate the space you leave behind
It's missing and it's mine
I get lost then I get found
When you come back around

You follow the leader and I'm an in-betweener so it goes
I need a believer but you gotta see it so you won't
Oh no you don't
Track Name: I Can't Resist
I CAN'T RESIST

Time has told me there's not enough of it
for me to make a comprehensive list
of the things you do that make me lose my grip

Whether you are wearing shirts and pants
or performing your naked sexy dance
we both know that I don't stand a chance

If you were the army I'd be the first one to enlist
I can't resist

I try hard to remain in control
but I cannot be held accountable
for those things you do that cut me to my soul

Like when I catch you reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
I can't resist
Track Name: Sandstars
SANDSTARS

Lonely can't be all that you see
Used to be something
Now it's all nothing

Alle alle oo

Sea sand stars

Made a paper constellation
Laid out the embers
Sewed the mistakes into my skin
But I can't remember
Where I am meant now to begin

Alle alle oo

Sea sand stars
Track Name: North Star
NORTH STAR

I need it
I need it more than I can say I need it
The spaces
The space grows larger every day
The pull comes
So I abide and shove away

You're my north star and I'll follow you home

Hydrogen + oxygen

I want it
In my blood and in my bones I want it
A compound
An element to call my own
And I thought
If I was gone you'd be alone

You're my north star and I'll follow you home

Hydrogen + oxygen
Track Name: War Horse
WAR HORSE

The spirit it moved me
It led me to do these
Things that I don't know how to explain
A feather a chalice
An imperfect balance
Waiting to be set against the grain
And I'll never have to go back home again

Take me away
I don't care where I land
Better on a war horse
Than in someone else's hands
Thought it was my place
To watch the country bleed
Don't know how I became
The girl who they believed

The saints knew they told me
What to do I only
Listened well and did the things they asked
And time moved as time does
A flame and what once was
Present quickly moved into the past
And I'm certain I was never meant to last

Take me away
I don't care where I land
Better on a war horse
Than in someone else's hands
Thought it was my place
To watch the country bleed
Don't know how I became
The girl who they believed
Track Name: Firefight
FIREFIGHT

You don't call
You don't write
Not since the fall
Not since the firefight

Well you believed it was the end of the world
The last I saw of you, you cried...
Strapped in tight, and waved goodbye
And so far

You don't call
You don't write
Not since the fall
Not since the firefight
Track Name: Keep Me Away
I know what you're thinking
I thought it myself
No you can't fix me
And I don't want your help

Go on, ask your father
And his father before
That piece you been missing
I think they call that the door

I need what I need
You can't keep me away

How could I hurt you
Well I'll tell you how
First you come near me
Then I take you down

My love is deadly
A slow wrecking ball
You'll know that I'm done love
When there's nothing at all

I need what I need
You can't keep me away
You can't hurt me
No you can't stop me
You can't keep me away
Track Name: Landslider
LANDSLIDER

Don't have the answers - no, not one
I was a landslide but now I'm done
Ripping myself apart
Looking for ways to start
I know better now

Water rising fast
Carry me carry me
Water rising
Carry me away
Mighty Ursa Major
Follow me follow me
Mighty Ursa Major
Follow me

I don't need you anymore
I'll leave you buried along the shore
Telling a tale to who?
Anyone passing through
I know better now

Water rising fast
Carry me carry me
Water rising
Carry me away
Mighty Ursa Major
Follow me follow me
Mighty Ursa Major
Follow me

Don't have the answers - no, not one
I was a landslide but now I'm done
Track Name: First Matthew
FIRST MATTHEW

Matthew my love, I know how this ends
First you lean over, then you fall in
Run yourself raw for any blue eye
But reflections are just made of water and light

Matthew my dear, they're coming for you
So keep your sweet head down whatever you do
Your gut says to flee, your heart says to fight
But I say remember the water and light

Matthew my love, I know what comes last
The stall and the stutter and then the collapse
Your body's a goner but your soul it glows white
You always were made up of water and light