Imperfect Lover

from by Jay Brannan

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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

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


i can never be a perfect lover

could you ever love such an imperfect lover?

© 2016 jay brannan / great depression publishing (bmi)


from New York, New York, released July 18, 2016



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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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