Winter Bare

by Jeremy Bass

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Jeremy Bass's 2014 debut album Tenant was hailed as "truly poetic and unique...cuts to the bone" (The Rock Office) and "simply superb...elegant, deep and seemingly endless" (RUST Magazine). Bass follows this debut with two EPs, each funded by his fans through Kickstarter: Winter Bare (April 2015) and New York in Spring (June 2015).

Winter Bare is a collection of love songs in the alt-country tradition, combining the lush vocals and textures of bands such as Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver with the hard-edged soulfulness that characterizes Bass's earlier music. Mixed at the renowned WaveLab Studio in Tuscon, AZ (Neko Case, KT Tunstall, Amos Lee), Winter Bare features members of Iron and Wine, Calexico, and Zappa Plays Zappa.

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released April 14, 2015

Jeremy Bass ~ Acoustic Guitars, Vocals, Banjo and Mandolin
Nick Luca ~ Piano, Pump Organ, Keyboards and Electric Guitars
Pete Griffin ~ Bass on #4, 5, 6 and 8
Chris Giambelluca ~ Bass on #2 and #3
Ryan Rumery ~ Drums and Percussion
Jacob Valenzuela ~ Trumpet on #2 and #6
Steff Epstein ~ Background Vocals on #3 and #8
Annie McCain Engman ~ Background Vocals on #4

All songs written by Jeremy Bass. Produced by Ryan Rumery. Mixed by Craig Schumacher at WaveLab Studio. Recorded at New Monkey Studio and WaveLab Studio. Engineered by Nick Luca (New Monkey) and Chris Schultz (WaveLab). Mastered by Golden Mastering. Photos by Robyn Hasty. Design by cultivate+.

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Jeremy Bass is a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. Originally trained in classical and flamenco guitar, he now focuses on roots-inspired rock 'n' roll and acoustic instrumental music. He is the Musical Director for the OBIE award-winning Secret City and an award-winning poet and critic. ... more

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Track Name: Introduction (Shoreline)
I got married and moved to the shoreline
Bought ourselves a house, had ourselves a good time

Wasn't what I thought when it came down to it
Lost that love and the money we blew it

So back to the city I go
What's gonna happen to me, I don't know what's in store

Loneliness will take you in
That's just because she's a two~bit whore
Least life's not a bore
Least life's not a bore
Track Name: Lift Me Up
I never thought I'd live to see the day
But a storm came and swept me away
Seasons of love, wash over me
This time let it be
Alone and free

Lift me up

Our's was a passing glance we hoped would stay
Counting our tomorrows without living the day
Seasons of life, don't pass me by
'Neath the opening sky
I still must try

Lift me up
Lift me up
Lift me up

Something I need to find

Memories of your face in the city lights
And when they grow dark, still shining bright
Seasons of time, carry me through
I don't know what is true
Beyond me, beyond you

Lift me up
Lift me up
Lift me up
Lift me up

There's something I need to find
Something I need to find
Something I need to find
Something I need to find
Track Name: Winter Bare
Could count all the bones in your face, hold them there
A symmetry sown into place, keep it there
Ooh~oooh, keep it there, ooh~oooh

The flowers you wore in your dress, I keep 'em dear
The picture you left on my desk, keep it near
Ooh~oooh, keep it dear

If only half the distance separated you from me
Still this feeling forms a lock, it's got its gears in me
Baby you're the key

Soon snow will cover woods and fields and hills, the winter bare
I dream you in a covering of quilts, will you be there
Ooh~oooh, will you be there

I'm not half the man I always thought I's supposed to be
Still this feeling forms a lock, it's got its gears in me
Baby you're the key
Track Name: One More Cigarette
One more cigarette and I’ll walk out of here
There ain’t nothing else seemed quite so clear
I’ve held nothing back, I’ve said that I forgive
But I can’t pretend that love’s not the sweetest salt in the wound that the heart gives

And it’s only a heart keeps on beating
And it’s only my blood keeps on repeating
We make our choices and we live with what we choose
That’s why I choose you

A willing suffragette, I’m sure I’ll forget her name
But she’s been with me here since this early year and honey I still feel the same
I know you’ve had your men, we’re both animals
Between the empty knees of a lover’s squeeze we both know how to fake we’re full

And it’s only a heart keeps on beating
And it’s only my blood keeps on repeating
We make our choices and we live with what we choose
That’s why I choose you

Let them say we’re far from innocent or dreaming
Let them claim that we’re the fools

So come with me tonight, I’ll take you far from here
Where the dark can’t tell apart the space between where our lips will disappear
Who knows where loving ends, who knows if we will fall
But I wasted too much time on these fears of mine not gamble for it all

And it’s only a heart keeps on beating
And it’s only my blood keeps on repeating
We make our choices and we live with what we choose
That’s why I choose you
That’s why I choose you
I choose you
Track Name: Coming Back Home
Coming back home babe and I see you
Coming back home babe and I see you
Coming back home the way I always dreamed
With my pockets all empty and my head all full of seems
Coming back home, babe I’m gonna make you sing

Coming back home baby when the time is right
Coming back home babe this very night
Coming back home by the light of the full moon
You’re gonna find me in the darkness of your bed real soon
Singing in your ear this very tune

Coming back home gonna make it up you’ll see
And in that dream there’s only you and me
Sun rising slow across the hills
We’ll leave old man trouble just to pay our bills
‘Cause tonight I’m gonna drink from you my fill

Coming back home babe and I see you
Coming back home babe and I see you
Coming back home the way I always dreamed
With my pockets all empty and my head all full of seems
Coming back home, babe you’re my everything
Track Name: Red Tailed Hawk
Red tailed hawk in the city canyon
Why so far from home?
Red tailed hawk in the city canyon
Won’t you take me with you where you go
Where you go

Always been a dreamer
I’m not everyone’s description of a man
Tired of being a savoir
I’m trying to be my own description of a man

Red tailed hawk in the city canyon
Floating on a city breeze
Red tailed hawk in the city canyon
Won’t you take me with you when you leave
White-winged and free

That winter I went crazy
Frost and ice shivered the ground
And I thought that it would claim me
When there was no one but myself to be found

So red tailed hawk in the city canyon
Floating on a city breeze
Red tailed hawk in the city canyon
Won’t you teach me what it means to be
White-winged and free
Track Name: Counting
How many stars in the night sky?
How many moons?
How many seasons make a room?
How many tears in the ocean?
How many lies?
How many reasons for each disguise?

If all you see is just dust on the loom
Planets turn and the dawn is coming soon, coming soon

How many thoughts to be counted?
With how many words?
How many promises broken,
Hurt back to hurt?
How many miles have we travelled?
How many more?
How many promises broken,
Strewn across the floor?

If all you see in each dark grain of sand
Empty space formed by no human hand
No human hand