Horse Friend

by Jeff Burgess

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about

A very jangly, punk rock album made to show off my best and catchiest songs. In my opinion, this is the first album in which I've really found my voice as a musical artist.

This album is dedicated to all of my friends from this equine community, even the ones with whom I am no longer close. You've all affected me & my life in unbelievable ways and the experiences and friendships I've had over the past few years are worth their weight in gold.

The album is approx. 32 minutes, and if you purchase it here from bandcamp it includes 18 minutes of bonus material! Thank you!!!

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released July 10, 2015

Writing, recording, mixing, design - Jeff Burgess
Gang vocals, track 8 - Dane Hager
Overlay art - SharpieBoss (sharpieboss.deviantart.com)
Mastering - Monarch Audio Mastering

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Jeff Burgess Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Track Name: Fine (Intro)
If I get the job with that missionary
Then with the force of your God I can steal your dream
And everything will be…
Everything will be…
Everything will be…

There’s a certain force, it’s imaginary (to me)
But if it’s real to you I can finally redeem
And everything will be…
Everything will be…
Everything will be…

Fine.
Track Name: Fine
I miss the way that you smell and the way that you breathe
I miss the way that you smile with half of your teeth
But everything is going to be, everything is going to be
Everything is going to be fine

I came in like a lightning storm to a tree
Oblivious and striking constantly
But something about you improves me, everything is going to be
Everything is going to be fine

Give me time, I know you feel weak
I haven’t slept well since you left me
Count some stars or count some dreamsheep
Everything is going to be
Everything is going to be fine

I’ll whisper to you as you drift off to sleep
The only promise I can really keep
You have to try, you have to trust me
That everything is going to be
I’m still bad but you can break me
And both of us are going to be
Everything is gonna be fine!
Track Name: Everything That I Love
Yiff me in the park i’ll be waiting in the dark by the Get Go
Don’t leave a trail ‘cause they will tail us if they know you’re alone
Come with me and hide in the slide, keep your grip and don’t let go
We’ve got the whole night, it’s bright, so why not turn off your phone?

Hear the wind and the chimes
Feel the motion of time
You’re like a lifeboat for me
But I’m an ocean!

Why do I break everything that I love?
Just take the stars from the sky!
Why do I break everything that I love?
Just make my broken wings fly

Why do I break everything that I love?
Is this how I have to survive?
Why do I break everything that I love?
Just teach me a new way to thrive

When the sirens shout and the firemen head out for the rescue
We can hop the gate for a date at the top of the road
In here I can hold your hand ‘cause the woods never stress you
No one will see you and me as we break the honor code

Smell the oak and the pine
Thinning air as we climb
You’re like a day dream for me
But I’m a nightmare!
Track Name: Leave This World Behind
There's a certain thing about tranquility
You never know it's there until it's gone
Now I operate with false stability
So that I can reach my denouement

Howling at the moon is fun
You never realize til you're done

Is there something left that's mine?
Can you tell me that I'm fine?
I'm trapped here in my mind
For there's something I must find
When I leave this world behind

Locked inside a room, the window is the world
When she leaves the nurse does not exist
And here and now all I can see
Is a bush, some rocks, a tree
But these haunting daymares still persist

And when my trigger runs right past
I start to shiver and I ask

Behold the nightmare
It's cold but there's a light there
At the bark I don't howl back
But in my mind I start to crack
Track Name: Bugs!
Bugs ate my car
and I couldn’t go far in a buggy car
And now they’ve jumped the shark
in my stolen car and broke my heart

Do you wanna be a boyfriend or a girlfriend?
You can absolutely think about it!
You wanna be my boyfriend or my girlfriend?
You can spend some time thinking ‘bout it?

Peace ain’t hard to find
I’m on the table and I’m dripping wine
But stakes are hard to grasp
Now I’m on the floor and I need a cast

Do you wanna be a boyfriend or a girlfriend?
You can absolutely think about it!
Can I be your boyfriend? No your girlfriend!
No, I need some time to think about it!

Summer’s coming I hear you humming my song
The bugs and sharks in my head said I don’t belong

Bugs ate my car
No one goes far in a cloudy jar
And now I’ve jumped the shark
in a stolen car and I broke my own heart
Track Name: Tiny Pony Chairs
We are drowning in our blankets, we are climbing from the couch

Drinking straight arsenic, drinking straight arsenic

Tearing up the sofa, clowning around

Grape juice Pennsylvanian without a metal barrel to be found

And we drive for something better and we break our local laws

And we read exposing letters about their flaws

And we want a taste of godship, just a sip is all

A ‘shiner we met at Scoreboard takes us to the stall

And there are tiny pony chairs in the hall….

Moonshine in the bathroom, homebrew in the bed

Tastes a bit like gasoline, I think her gas can leaked a bit

Follow her white pick up, what do we hope to find?

‘Neath the tar beyond the trailer park—this is where she makes the famous wine

And we’re not sure how to tell her as we’re blindfolded and led

Down the stairs into a cellar that there’s danger ahead

We can hear the cushions rustling, underground the sound is small

As we drink the wine of gods, we can hear someone crawl
And there are tiny pony chairs in the hall

Oooh oooh oooh

So we climb into the barrels, drown ourselves in wine and fall

Out from the cushions into our apartment, just before the wrecking ball

And there are tiny pony chairs in the hall

But they won’t fit into my backpack at all

So I leave tiny pony chairs in the hall
Track Name: You Beautiful Creatures
I keep my head on my shoulders, it’s white guy problems—I deserve the pain I feel
Everything’s a bad dream when you’re living with me
I’m not wearing black because I’m a bad guy who's using guilt to steal
I’m bad ‘cause I love your memory

I want you to see me in bed screaming curses at the sky
People wandering toward me smell the fear in my mind
And a month goes by—I haven’t written a song
I have a hundred thousand dreams, they’re about you all night long
The devil’s in the details and there’s a devil in me
I didn’t ask to inconvenience or to dream between your sheets
Surely friendship has its foils, swiftly swerve around the cracks
Am I still your bad guy just because I’m dressed in black?

You beautiful creatures in your weird roots and law
It doesn’t make sense to me anymore
The choices you make and the ways that you lie
I guess it’s vain to try and figure out why

I treat my instruments like they’re body extensions, or a bandage for a wound
Every night’s a sad night if you sleep on the floor
In retrospect I can see that you didn’t think you were lying, you just didn’t know what to do
No one had ever said “I love you” to your face before

If I was desperate or dumber I would beg to be yours
Sometimes the best friendships just veer off course
“I’ll do anything you want—I’ll be your griffon, your bat”
But I’m slowly turning myself into a sewer rat
Because you fed me your food, I can’t complain that you lied
I guess being honest that you hurt me is worth less than a ride
There’s a devil inside me, a villain coming to life
I’m gonna use my mind tricks to turn you into my wife

I’ll eat your food, I’ll smoke your weed
I’ll drink your gas, I’ll dream your dreams
I’ll hold your head as you vomit at my feet
I’ll use magic to change you ’til you can’t tell cold from heat
I just wanna control you, I just want control
I wanna drink your body, I wanna smoke your soul
I’ll tell you lies I’ll wear a disguise
Watch out, man, go! I’m coming for you—I’m the king of bad guys

You beautiful creatures in your weird roots and law
It doesn’t make sense to me anymore
The choices you make and the ways that you lie
I guess it’s vain to try and figure out why

You beautiful creatures in your weird roots and law
It never makes sense to me anymore
For all of the failures you never learn a new route
I guess it’s in vain to try to figure out
Track Name: Berry
I know I’ll never need an alibi
I wasn’t there ‘cause I was too drunk to fly
Y’all can back me up, but it may take a plow
I always join the games, and I always drop out

It’s a fake… it’s real…
It’s a fake… it’s real!!

Berry, I’d marry you if I could stand
Berry, I’d carry you to places across the land
It’s scary how I can’t tell my feet from my hands
If I wasn’t too drunk right now I’d sing ’til I got banned

Do you ever feel your feelings feel too magnified?
Ever right to say something, it don’t come out tried?
I think the sun is rising, is it morning again?
I always see the start but I never see the end

It’s a fake… it’s real…
It’s one big ass hat… it’s real!!

Mary, I’d bury you if I could stand
Mary, I’d bury you in pieces across the land
It’s scary how I can’t tell your feet from your hands
If I wasn’t too drunk right now…
Track Name: Cigarettes
Morning talks on the trampoline
Sunsets slept the sea
If everyone stands for something
Where’s somebody else whose standing by me?

Springtime drive to a funeral
That’s as hard as it gets
Everyone has their vice
It sucks that I can’t afford cigarettes

Tell your god that I send my regrets
Track Name: P.S.
Is there something I can believe in?
I wanna know that something is true
When I get drunk it’s so deceiving
‘Cause I keep thinking that thing’s you

I’m too dom to break too sub to take a stand
Until I’m sure I guess I’ll hold your hand

Lately I’m feeling kinda homesick
But for a place that I’ve never been
Sometimes I walk along the flooded crick
Sometimes… I wanna jump in

I’ve never had a church, a calling, or a cause
Like Nate, before I speak to you I pause

So now I guess I’ll keep on dreaming
I don’t know what I hoped to find
Is there something I can believe in?
Is there something that can be mine?

I can write nine songs that say I’ve found my home
But postscript I really just don’t know