Hammered Pennies

by Jo Bergeron

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1.
What happened to us all? The walking wounded hearts Buried fragile eggshell lives I can hear the broken bells It’s for me they toll Reminders of paradise lost Seasons of hollow soul Whenever I’m adrift And at sea no sails Wait till I wash up on the sand I got the grip of a drowning man I don’t wanna drag you down What happened to us all? The walking wounded hearts Buried fragile eggshell lives Whippoorwills Crying our song Can you hear? Bet you still remember the words But don’t want to sing along What happened to us all? The walking wounded hearts Buried fragile eggshell Nail that sticks straight out Gets hammered hammered down Use pennies when you close my eyes And all Those yesterdays running outside in the rain Too young to feel the shame, to ever sense the pain Say everything’s not lost What happened to us all? The walking wounded hearts Buried fragile eggshell Nail that sticks straight out Gets hammered hammered down Use pennies when you close my eyes
2.
I could crawl back there one last time Down the imaginary line Threading old familiar roads Direction home You always want me back there Hey, whatever you were hiding from It don’t matter now, it’s done. There on the other side of town What have you found? That’s worth me going back there Back to the same old lies Back to the streets I know Back to my same old life Back to it all I paced the main from dusk till dawn Waiting for you to come along But I always knew you’d never leave this town Too much to wrap your head around Back at the park where we used to score I couldn’t find you there no more All that I hear Is the wind that’s blowing Through the whispering pines Chorus Why do I keep believing everybody else’s lies? Every last one but mine I knew I would stay And I knew you’d be surprised, surprised
3.
Rust 04:43
As I step outside again Into atomic number ten The air I breathe is ripe with toxic shards The corrosion has its way Eroding everything you say Attacking parts of me long forgotten It worms a hole into my heart Consumes my flesh with slow black art As you fade away into the neon Still your words seemed so unsure Held so closely like a cure But what you couldn’t say was so revealing And I don’t quite feel Like you made it seem There’s rust all over my heart There’s rust all over my eyes There’s rust, rust Decomposing every thought Hoping that I won’t get caught Is this real or is it just a lucid dream? Still your words seemed so unsure Held so closely like a cure But what you couldn’t say was so revealing And I don’t quite feel Like you made it seem Chorus I just want to feel Like you made it seem But what you couldn’t say was so revealing I just want to feel Like you made it seem
4.
The boy must be lost In the man I suppose Trolling for sex And surfing too much porn Searching for substance In the horror I feed Still no one ever asks Why I let myself bleed I’m living in a coffin Just a broken machine That stumbles down the streets On a sixteen inch screen It’s so late at night Come with me hitch a ride Need to sleep a minute On the passenger side Whatever they decide Always seems to feel Like whoever I become Is just part of the deal Trying to find a way To delay what’s ahead I didn’t say enough And now it’s all been said Fallen angel on my back Push me down into the black Leave me falling through the cracks I’m so easily misled Always waiting to be fed By the demons in my head Seems everybody else Has a place of their own Somewhere to belong Settled down in a home I rot here all alone In this empty apartment With the test pattern on While I wait to come down Watching hands on a clock That keeps counting down Trying to measure who I am, I’m growing old so fast Hey God, I need help, what are you waiting for? chorus I’m growing roots on this couch Watching autumn leaves Through the window in the wall While I try to perceive Why I wallow in my past While the present seems to freeze Must be good for something I just want to believe In a matter of seconds The air will be filled With fallen angels Burning around my bed Flaming in my head They’re coming once again It always feels the same Stalled out on the path Of a runaway train I don’t know what it means Or what to do with it I only wish it would stop I only wish it would quit I’ll crawl deep inside Until they go away I need somewhere to hide Cause they like to play Seconds and hours And days and years A lifetime if they can
5.
Shine 04:36
Star light slips into My room after dark White night time to pass Within these walls Hiding from the light Pull my bed covers tight To sleep to dream but Can’t avert my eyes Infinite tiny stars Fall down one by one Casting light on where I lie alone Still they shine Ten years were lost Giving all that I had I remember every time You wouldn’t chose me I’d prostrate myself Get used then replaced Countless humiliations Led nowhere but here When love turns to hate It poisons the blood Constricting the heart It rises like a flood Wanted to shine I say Hey, Game over I don’t want any answer I say Hey, Game over You win, I lose Those bright lights are still dancing in my head (and they keep dancing in my head)
6.
Bleeding 02:56
There’s a candle in the shape of a three I am absent from the scene With the ones who wouldn't come In the shadows in this room I stand alone Getting lost, betting life becomes my curse On the brick wall there’s a window From which no light is passing through And a painting of a tree shedding its leaves There is me Trying to fight against the season In this bar Picking poison I don’t need And I soon will have to find a better reason Cause for now I assume I'm probably wrong And I keep bleeding And bleeding Oh yeah it hurts like hell Tomorrow will shed such a different light Promises to refill By acting ways I don’t quite mean Expecting it could Accidentally heal That’s denial of a sudden loss of hope Blowing blue balloons to celebrate what’s no success the part that’s partly missed came way too soon I’m still here Trying to fight against the season In this bar Picking poison I don’t need And I soon will have to find new age religion Cause for now I guess I’m not the only one (who keeps) Chorus
7.
Empty Bed 04:00
Empty bed In an empty room There’s not much going on In this quiet little town I am back again trying to redefine myself I am back again trying to become someone else I’ll be drinking hard Hiding in some low life bar All summer long Toasting the death of a feeling And I know it hurts but I can’t locate the pain Hammered amongst the broken hearts No matter what I try to do It doesn’t hurt less No matter what I try Your smile still lingers in my head And I say Hey Hey Hey Don’t you feel the same? And I say Hey Hey Hey You’re that favourite song I hate cause it’s overplayed You’ll be back at school And I won’t be there To play your fool To save you from this hell As I’m trying to leave some empty space inside This invading pain drives me straight out of my mind Empty bed In an empty room There’s not much going on In this quiet little town And I’m back again trying to redefine myself And I’m back again trying to become someone else
8.
Wish I could milk the moment right here While you’re sleeping in the garden Your body supine on the green grass Waiting to open up your blue eyes Under the sleepy shade of pine trees kissed by a warm welcome breeze Feel like the lucky early bird Discovering you in the dewy morning Why you sleeping in the garden? For a second it seemed so clear Then I forgot where I was going Somehow it still makes sense to me That I should end up where I started So won’t you please just be my muse You are so entirely pure Wish I could milk the moment right here While you’re sleeping in the garden
9.
Leaving 04:25
Mary would you help me sing this lovely lullaby I truly like when you pretend you care I won’t let it crumble down, it’s all yours to decide Just make sure it won’t end up like last time And it’s kind of hard to find a meaning to it all When no one ever says where I go wrong Something deep inside still makes you smile a little sad I knew the end as soon as it began You were leaving You promised me you’d never walk away You were leaving Mary would you help me sing this lovely lullaby I truly like when you pretend you’re mine There’s no reason why you keep on sliding through my hands Somehow I guess I messed it up again Still it’s kind of hard to find a meaning to it all When no one ever says where I go wrong Something deep inside still makes you smile a little sad I knew the end as soon as it began And I swear to myself This one will be my last attempt To save a life When I know I cannot help
10.
Once my ship washed up on the shore Stranding me in a timeless sphere Lost alone with my mirror twin Sometimes I wished he wasn’t there We found a treasure map one time Buried shallow in the sand Scrawled in Morse dots and dashes And I snatched it out of his hand It says you’ll be there In a place where brothers don’t lie We spent years searching for that “X” Never knowing where we were going next Under the sun’s healing rays We learned to reconcile our ways We’re finally here In a place where brothers don’t lie Cause somewhere the sun is shining Even in the darkest night So believe me when I tell you Everything will be all right…

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SHOWS
- 18 et 19 juillet 2014, Jo Bergeron Solo, Carleton sur mer @ Marina.

- 1 février 2014, Jo Bergeron w. The Free Walkers (Lancement EP) @ Temps Partiel, Qc. 20h00/5$.

- 10 décembre 2013, Jo Bergeron w. Drag The River & Cory Branan @ Pub l'Autre Zone. Billets sur www.lepointdevente.com

- 30 août 2013, Baie-St-Paul @ Grange aux châssis rouges, w. MAD/MOD, Philemon Chante, Sarah Marceau-T. + expo "De violence et d'intimidation : portraits anonymes"

- 17 juillet 2013, Limoilou, Pub L'autre Zone, w. Scorpios (Joey Cape Presents)

- 30 juin 2013, Qc City, Agitée, w. Mary Stewart (Toronto, www.marystewartmusic.com), Pat Boudreault solo (GoAdagio) & The Seasons

- 10 mai 2013, Cap-Rouge (Chaplin, with Thomas Matheson (www.thedeadtenors.com, Halifax) & Joel Archambault (www.gincitymiracles.com, Toronto))

- 13 octobre 2012, Angélus Bistro @ Deschambault avec GoAdagio!

- 11 octobre 2012, Théâtre du Petit Champlain, 1ère partie Colin Moore

- 18 août 2012, Halifax, Nouvelle-Écosse, Jo Bergeron Solo @ Rockbottom Brewup w. The Space Age, Jason Merrill (Gordon Gets lost)

- 5 juillet 2012, Quebec, Festival OFF, Jo Bergeron Solo @ La Ninkasi avec Josué Beaucage (Who Are You) & William Sévigny

- 11 juin 2012, Quebec, Lancement d'album, Jo Bergeron Band @ Le Cercle


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credits

released June 11, 2012

ALBUM CREDITS :
Jo Bergeron : Vocal, Acoustic guitar
Louis Fernandez : Electric guitar
Alex Blais : Bass, Piano
Jean-François Côté : Drums*, percussion
Mike Bélanger : Drums**, percussion

* Hammered Pennies, My Same Old lies, Shine, Angel On My Back, Bleeding.
** Rust, Sleeping In The Garden, Leaving, Empty Bed.

Guest musicians :
Back Vocals : Sylvia Beaudry, Sophie Denis, Étienne Dionne, Valérie Clio, J.-P. Bergeron
Bass Trombone - Alexandre Gagnier
Trumpet - Alexis Basque

Music by Jo Bergeron / Words by Jo Bergeron with Vann Delorey

Produced by Jean-François Côté
Co-Produced by Jo Bergeron
Engineered and Mixed by Jean-François Côté
Edited by Jean-François Côté, Anthony Ferrey & Benoît Fecteau
Mastered by Ryan Morey

Recorded @ Les Productions du Clan Destin, Quebec City, January 2011- December 2011 / Studio Sismique, March 2011 / St-Joseph-de-la-Rive, June 2011
Mastered @ Ryebread Mastering, Montréal, February 2012

Cover and booklet pictures : Sebastien Auger : www.saphoto.ca
Graphic design : Étienne Dionne – www.etiennedionne.com

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