J​.​J. the Baker

from by Jay Brannan

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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)


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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