Saint of the Open Opera

by Just Like the Country

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Stunning debut album from this indie-pop duo that reinvents itself with each song. At once dreamy and substantial, electronic and organic, ambient and melodic, the collection is a journey through poetic lyrics, powerful vocals, and rich musical textures.

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released March 24, 2011

All songs produced by Just Like the Country.
All songs recorded at Brown and Serve Recording, Edwardsville, IL.

Mixed by by Just Like the Country and Derek Merrell.
Mastered by Greg Trampe at Music Master, Inc.: musicmastersinc.com

Album art by J. Travis Rose at i.e.Publishing Company: iepublishing.com

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Track Name: Constant Tide
Constant Tide
Nathan Brown and Ginnifer Brown, 2008

Moon in the sky
Shines on the sea, Jealously
And moves by

Down in the drain
I stay in bed. What you said
Real champagne

Burn ev'ry church
If I run away, Mortal clay
Join the search

Our fav'rite game
Became such a chore, Elsinore
Price of fame

Mixing oil and water
Dressing the daughter
In her conscience
I know you don't want to hear
It broke my spirit
In the constant tide

Saltwater hints
Breakers like a crush, Igneous
Ground down since

Learned all the lines
But you're in ev'ry scene In between
Real moonshine

Psalms on the wind
Made it easy math, Psychopath
Once opened

The saddest song
Couldn't make you smile. A fair trial
Can't be wrong

Mixing oil and water
Dousing the daughter
In her conscience
I know you don't want to hear
It broke my spirit
In the constant tide

I sharpened the corners and darkened the mourners
I still can't cry
Can't get high
She thanked all the cowards as they drank to the powers
And proper nouns
That held her down

Drowning the daughter
In her conscience
Below the deepest ocean
A friend's devotion is
Never constant

Mixing oil and water
Damning the daughter
In her conscience
I know you don't want to hear
It broke my spirit
In the constant tide
Track Name: Hearing Voices
Hearing Voices
Nathan Brown and Ginnifer Brown, 2008

It’s a mystery
In the black of the unknown universe
Swim the starless sea
To the shore of dawn

In our history
She’s the saint of the open opera
Voices vi’lently
When the shame is gone

Throwing music
On the roof of a rust rain rehearsal
Trending patterns
In the clouds of a dust cotton sky
Turning rhyming
Into reasons to fly

Fearful symmetry
Darkened stain like the able Abelard
Falling as if free
From the height of Truth

Like Geometry
In the proof of the evil everyman
Mirror matches me
In the book of Ruth

Blowing fuses
With the cost of the cross crown commercial
Bending matters
In the quick of the lost questions why
Burning rhyming
Into reasons to cry

Beside an open flower
Arose the Eiffel Tower
The breeze was funnel cakes and old decay
And in the elevator
Forgot our then & later
Threw all our prayers away

Throwing music
On the roof of a rust rain rehearsal
Trending patterns
In the clouds of a dust cotton sky
Turning rhyming
Into reasons to fly
Track Name: Passing Notes
Passing Notes
Nathan Brown and Ginnifer Brown, 2003

It's the height of fashion I believe - To wear this heart out on my sleeve
But it gets pulled off as you pass - And in its place a chip of glass

The violence goes unbroken - It's itching in my palms right now
Faith I have no token - And you can mark me deep and how
Smell like electric smoke and cheap cologne and daffodils
Unknown, unseen, unspoken
Thrill

And a stupid grin is on my face - We're moving like a three-leg race
And the gospel starts to sound like truth - Received in filling in my tooth

The silent vow is shaken - You heard the words that have no sound
In symbols and ruins pagan - A dirty limerick written down
That in my soul awakens strongest love and purest will
Misread, misled, mistaken
Thrill

My islet now is so lost - Cracked rocks resolve to solve this howl
And all the shame is focused - My hungry heart begins to growl
Hum like a swarm of locust - Paean for the dentist drill
Holy, hopeless, holocaust
Thrill
Track Name: Nine Years
Nine Years
Nathan Brown and Ginnifer Brown, 2008

Nine years gone past
Good and damaged - Never could last
Broken, bandaged - Set the cast
Fast, or feed me - I tried to nurse it
You came to need me - Like I was worth it

More fears than faith
Terrors proven - In my lined face
Worries woven - Into lace
Grace won't save me - I can't escape it
The life you gave me - Helped me reshape it

It's time that I confront
That I don't know what I want
I know that dreams don't come true but
There's still me and you

The years burn quickly - Bright embers gild it
My heart beats thickly - This blood has filled it
And if you pick me - I will not shield it

Nine years gone past
Track Name: Dreamboat
DREAMBOAT
Nathan Brown and Ginnifer Brown, 2005

the last leaf has been blown down
and father’s gone to bed
the moon’s in her wedding gown
the groom’s already fled

rumors like tumors
Ophelia’s alive
her coffin’s an office
at a quarter ‘til five
drift through the rift on the dreamboat

Pinocchio said he lost you
he flirted with blue love
remember what it cost you
burned black as Smell the Glove

liars conspire
and Lincoln is weeping
the serpent’s conversant
through saltwater creeping
the thieves don’t believe in the dreamboat

in Amsterdam
dark canals reflect a fevered moon

moonbeams in June
seem like crepe paper streamers
at vespers, he gestures
at all sullen dreamers

and Voltaire (with sole care)
a gardener with great skill
his flowers he showers
with bloodlust and buzzkill
so clean and obscene is the dreamboat
Track Name: Seminary Road
Seminary Road
Nathan Brown and Ginnifer Brown, 2010

Laid bedtime stories in the ground
Paid Lincoln pennies on the mound

And all those sunny days ended tonight
And all our faithful prayers whispered in fright
And all the lights and all the fight went out on Seminary Road

Steal children's fables from the ban
Peel wrongful labels from the can

And all the bullshitters were so bright
And all to scare us out of what's right
And insect bites and all the night-sweats came from Seminary Road

Leaving would be living in sin
Grieving was just holding it in
Proven illusion
Still makes us believe
All the breath I can heave

Thrones, virtues, powers hitch a ride
Stone holy flowers have all died

And all those sunny days ended in night
And all our faithless prayers breathed out in frostbite
And all the white and all the kites ripped away
And all bright hot fire light can stay on Seminary Road
Track Name: Ghosts
GHOSTS
Nathan Brown and Ginnifer Brown, 2005

voices in the street
call your name and arouse
echoes – bittersweet
there are ghosts in my house

here we are now
how’d we get here?
are you singing?
i can’t hear a thing

choices incomplete
stunting shame
growing doubt

clean illusion
hallway music
wash the windows
always keep them closed

moments trapped in ice
flickering and fading
coincidence – unwise
we were waiting

daydream into dream
wake and sleep; make believe
just as it would seem
all my life, never leave
so here we are now
wrapped in twilight
with my eyes closed
doubt insight is posed

moments trapped in ice
flickering and fading
coincidence – unwise
we were waiting
Track Name: Arcanum
Arcanum
Nathan Brown and Ginnifer Brown, 2010

You spoke in secret tongues
And prayed
While x-rayed
Cast-iron black lungs
A breath of smoke causes pain to subside
Broken-down conscience spoken aside
Sense-antisense tension slips through

In truth,
I never severed self from suffer

A lucid moment in fright
Makes the common arcane
In terror is truth and sight
But who would choose to see rain?

A petrol burned black sun
Abrades
As it fades
A stale rerun
The southern sea filled with tears of the young
Broken-down soldier goes unsung
Famed-infamous famine fell through

In faith,
A fervent servant begs bewilderment

A sane reaction is fear
Makes the common arcane
The horror of visions near
But who would look for that stain?

Cold water washed out blood
A gift
Left to drift
A fatal flood
The death of one can cause tears to appear
Ashen rain Wednesday there, my dear
There, there, there, where is my dear?
Track Name: One Breath
ONE BREATH
Nathan Brown and Ginnifer Brown, 2005

one breath
easy
i believe it was
once

in faith
i live
invisible
chains

follow me – i know the way
hollow me – into the grey
cannot keep – a smile from my face
cannot sleep – amazing grace

echo
hear me
it’s just not the same
twice

witness
this dream
inconceivable
end

follow me – over the bliss
hollow me – living abyss
cannot weep – a smile from my face
as i creep – amazing grace

one breath
over
impossible
since

this face
stillborn
don’t believe the few
one

callow me – i know the way
color me – into the grey
say again? – never the same
prey for sin – making my name

falling – to you
calling – the stray
crawling – away
stalling
Track Name: Acid Rain
Acid Rain
Nathan Brown and Ginnifer Brown, 2010

Watching as the smoke pours from your honest fear
Polluting the room with broken dreams
Bent another spoke out of this tarnished gear
Extruding the truth from both extremes

Scent of ammonia stings my eyes
When acid rain makes Venus cry

Littering the path with pilgrim miseries
Following the gloom of methane clouds
Trailing all this trash out of these treasuries
Hollow as the tombs in silent crowds

Smell of ammonia brought me 'round
While acid rain broke Venus down
Love bonds with lye left me alone
A flake of stone

Chemical fires burn my fav'rite memories
Engulfing the past in pitch-black oil
Bury all the mourners with their enemies
In trouble, the vast sea starts to boil

Streams of ammonia down the wall
Since acid rain made Venus fall
Love bonds with lye left me alone
A flake of stone
Track Name: Pain & 31
PAIN & 31
Nathan Brown and Ginnifer Brown, 2008

A girl with a black eye in a Northern logging town
The winds in the fir trees whispering their blacker sound
A lamp in the window and a promise to come back
A hospital fire, nothing to pack

Falling snow hides crows
All of the fright of fathers’ sons
Under the light at Pain and 31

A girl with a secret in a quiet Southern town
The songs of the crickets whispering their secret sound
A book in the closet and a story never told
A volunteer choir, nothing to hold

Crawling home finds stone
All of the might of mothers’ tongues
Under the light at Pain and 31

Twin sisters in sadness ride the broken carriage down
The bells on the horses singing out their sadder sound
A room with no window and an angel crying white
A funeral pyre, nothing is right

Falling snow hides crows
All of the fright of fathers’ sons
Wander the night in vain and curse the sun

Crawling home finds stone
All of the might of mothers’ tongues
Under the light at Pain and 31
Track Name: If, For Once
If, For Once
Nathan Brown and Ginnifer Brown, 2007

If, for once, I believed
In secret circus sermons
With the cuts I received
Hidden in the nightshade

When Candide candidly agreed
To praise the word and strike the deed
Like amen amputees amend
I lost my closest friend

If she was, then, deceived
By slipping soap dish pieces
And the cuts I relieved
Given to be timeworn

When germane German verbs concede
That all you’ve learned was how to bleed
When constant conquests condescend
You've lost your closest friend