Hammered Pennies

by Jo Bergeron

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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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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

Disques Nomade/Outside
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Track Name: Hammered Pennies
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
Track Name: My Same Old Lies
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
Track Name: Rust
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
Track Name: Angel On My Back
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
Track Name: Shine
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)
Track Name: Bleeding
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
Track Name: Empty Bed
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
Track Name: Sleeping In the Garden
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
Track Name: Leaving
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
Track Name: Where Brothers Don't Lie
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…