New York, New York

by Jay Brannan

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this damn guitar music & lyrics by jay brannan i said all that i had to say and i believe in what i’ve done i sang all that i had to sing now all the work is done rode into town upon a lonely star floated away into a maple tree love is the aim no matter where you are but that’s not all there is to see there is a piece of me in bethlehem there is a piece of me in rome there is an angel in the bedroom who patiently waits to bring me home when i’ve said all that i had to say and i’ve saddled up that lonely star i’ve played all that i had to play and i’m gonna burn this damn guitar © 2016 jay brannan / great depression publishing (bmi)
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imperfect lover music & lyrics by jay brannan i saw red and i saw black i pushed the colors back i am only a man i’ve done the best that i can the beast of vulnerability inches evilly towards me thumbing an ebook in the laundromat alone hearing the soap ripping shirts from your cologne i don’t mind you only talk about yourself i like to hear those i’s i am a lonely wanderer you are a holy conjurer and i wanna take your hand [chorus:] there is a version of me able to love so fearlessly but you’re authoring dramas and crediting the script to me we all shake the hand life deals us even days it hurts us, and odd days heals us so i’m a mix of jack & joker maybe you’ll find the perfect hand to be played imperfectly knew so much about myself beyond all hope, beyond all help a funny warrior, i’m not brave, just tall i need a circle around me that’s small kick the machine that you pay for your mistakes ‘cuz change is all it takes i am a hopeful traveler you a highway unraveler and i wanna be your man [chorus] i can never be a perfect lover could you ever love such an imperfect lover? © 2016 jay brannan / great depression publishing (bmi)
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new york, new york music & lyrics by jay brannan there is a man in the hallway repeatedly screaming “put the knife down” i hear rats in the ceiling like herds of cracked-out gazelles bouncing around this was a really good weekend only 1 fire on my floor so i camped out on a park bench relaxing & wondering what all the honking is for new york, new york beautiful beautiful beautiful crazy new york i’m trying out this new app “Ok-Plenty-Gr-Inder” it’s like the MySpace for love but no one replies perhaps there’s hope in the headlines — nope the Times is reporting a deadly bed bug that flies this is the last year i spend eating my way through winter here drop the tortilla chip, buy a nice gym membership for the low, low price of an arm, a leg, and an ear ny ny ny… Portland handles all of Brooklyn’s spillage Chase Bank owns all of the buildings in the East Village beautiful parks that you pass barricade all the parts with grass and the subway’s the star of a film called “Overfillage” i need a real job i need a real life plan i need a tranquilizer and hand sanitizer i need a cigarette or a man ny ny ny… © 2016 jay brannan / great depression publishing (bmi)
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desert rose music & lyrics by jay brannan 25 years in this dusty city no one told her she was pretty never felt love except for wine cast aside like a dark angel and every man who offers change'll fire her a shot for every line using tricks of the trade to bury mistakes she's made desert rose is in the shadow of the eden tree tasting passionately desert rose is gone does this lock come with a key or combinationally will freedom simply come with time can't seem to get any rest from the scar letter on her chest will she ever feel beautiful or fine all of her dreams betrayed the promises she's made desert rose is burning up in this town no savior's comin ‘round desert rose is gone waking up when the night is calling going down like an angel falling from an ivory tower to a cheap motel room in a different land down under where pain is rain and rage goes thundering across a blood red sky she's watching the storm and wondering why she's petrified, grey skied, swollen eyed, terrified using tricks of the trade to bury mistakes she's made desert rose is in the shadow of the eden tree tasting passionately desert rose is all of her dreams betrayed the promises she's made desert rose is burning up in this town no savior's comin ‘round desert rose is gone © 2016 jay brannan / great depression publishing (bmi)
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j.j. the baker music & lyrics by jay brannan i buy the flour i buy the pan i rent the storefront and i pay the man i’m j.j. the baker bread’s all that i can do for a living bread’s all that i am there’s a market on main street mr. mason’s mandarin marmalade’s a magnificent match for my muffins midriffs and memories are made mrs. jones likes my pastries she comes by for a case with her granddaughter jenny and they leave with smiles on their face i’m jj the baker… now the sun’s setting sooner times and its people are tough no more market on main street the marmalade business is rough i see people are hungry i still bake what i can they want bread more than ever now but i’m low on flour and pans i’m jj the baker… there’s a mob at my window i recognize some outstretched hands “we want pastries & muffins any real baker would understand you should feed us for free now we can break bread any place jj you should feel lucky just to witness the smiles on our face” i’m jj the baker… i’m fresh out of flour i’m all out of pans i don’t have any store front i don’t have any plans now i don’t want your pity i baked more than i thought that i could but those years at the bakery those years they tasted so good © 2016 jay brannan / great depression publishing (bmi)

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Despite continued vows to retire, singer/songwriter Jay Brannan returns with this 5 song EP of stripped-down, acoustic folk songs.

The EP can be found on Bandcamp, CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon MP3, & GooglePlay!

Jay can be found On Tour in the USA, Canada, & Europe in 2016:
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released July 18, 2016

All songs written & performed by Jay Brannan
Produced by Jay Brannan
Mixed by Jake Lummus
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian
Arrangement & Instrumentation on "New York, New York" by Scott Starrett
Violin on "Desert Rose" by Bitch
Piano on "J.J. the Baker" by Drew Brody
Cello on "J.J the Baker" by Scott Starrett

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Jay Brannan New York, New York

Jay Brannan is a singer/songwriter based in New York City, and was also an actor in John Cameron Mitchell's indie film "Shortbus," which featured his song "Soda Shop." He went on to release a 4-song EP of original songs, 2 Christmas singles, 2 covers EPs, & 3 full albums of originals. ... more

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