Covers

by AE Bridger

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An album of covers, recorded at Memorial University of Newfoundland on August 24th, 2016. Cover photo by Jeff MacNeill. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Michelle LaCour.

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released December 13, 2016

Mangalore Beowulf (baritone sax), Hannah Boone (trumpet), AE Bridger (vocals), Maggie Burton (violin), Paddy Byrne (bass), Braden Howse (trumpet), Michelle LaCour (accordion), Chris McGee (alto sax)

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AE Bridger St. John'S, Newfoundland and Labrador

AE Bridger has made self-produced records both on his own and with a group. As a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Bridger's approach is nakedly intuitive, resulting in an individualistic sound that challenges genre and medium, drawing influence from film, visual art and the primitive aesthetics of 'outsider music.' ... more

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Track Name: Rosebush (People on Pause)
I never understood what love was
I fell into an endless rosebush
I never understood what life was
Until I saw what came before

Given just one more day
I could've spent the night with you
Given just another day
I could've spent the night with you

I wanna be the one there
I wanna taste your stone serpentine hair
I wanna turn to stone
Then we can be alone there

Given just one more day
I could've spent the night with you
Given just another day
I could've spent the night with you

I fell into an endless rosebush
Track Name: Long Black Veil (Johnny Cash)
Ten years ago on a cold dark night
Someone was killed beneath the town hall light
There were few at the scene but they all agreed
That the man who ran looked a lot like me

The judge said, son, what is your alibi?
If you were somewhere else, then you won't have to die
I spoke not a word, though it meant my life
I had been in the arms of my best friend's wife

She walks these hills in a long black veil
She visits my grave where the night winds wail
Nobody knows, Lord, nobody sees
Nobody knows but me

The scaffold was high and eternity near
She stands in the crowd and sheds not a tear
But sometimes at night when the cool wind blows
In a long black veil she cries over my bones

She walks these hills in a long black veil
She visits my grave where the night winds wail
Nobody knows, Lord, nobody sees
Nobody knows but me
Track Name: Nancy (No Culture)
Carried on a wave across the great ocean
But the great ocean leans towards you softly, Nancy
Heaving from it’s deepest heart of hearts beating
They’ll christen you in her waves, Nancy
But the waves of The Great Ocean
Burning like the birch of Bonavista Bay
They’ll carry you away, Nancy
Carried away on a wave

Oh, how long you’ve been watching the waves Nancy
Oh, how long you’ve been coming here whistlin into The Great Ocean
This wind will be cold blowin’ forever
They’ll christen you in her waves, Nancy
They’ll carry you down to the black shards of Bonavista Bay
They’ll carry you away, Nancy
Carried away on a wave

Oh, how long I’ve been waiting amongst the waves for you Nancy
Oh, how long you’ve been comin’ here whistlin’ your sacred melody
I was washed up with the waves Nancy
Across the great ocean
Still burning like the birch of Bonavista Bay
They’ll carry you away Nancy
Carried away on a wave
Track Name: Raglan Road (Luke Kelly)
On Raglan Road on an Autumn Day
I saw her first and knew
That her dark hair would weave a snare
That I may one day rue
I saw the danger and I passed
Along the enchanted way
And I said let grief be a fallen leaf
At the dawning of the day

On Grafton Street in November
We tripped lightly along the ledge
Of a deep ravine where can be seen
The worst of passions pledged
The Queen of Hearts still baking tarts
And I not making hay
Well I loved too much and by such by such
Is happiness thrown away

I gave her the gifts of the mind
I gave her the secret sign
That is known to the artists who have know
The true Gods of sound and stone
With word and tint I did not stint
I gave her poems to say
With her own dark hair and her own name there
Like the clouds over fields of May

On a quiet street where old ghosts meet
I see her walking now
Away from me so hurriedly
My reason must allow
For I have wooed not as I should
A creature made of clay
When the angel woos the clay he'll lose
His wings at the dawn of the day
Track Name: Middle of the Night (Bonus Track)
In the middle of the night
They snuck in to replace him
Their shadows long and wide
And the rats that the cats are chasin’
Slip into sewers inside
The city’s forgotten basin
In the middle of the night
Not a rhyme or reason
Their shadows long and wide
Not a word to wake him
In the middle of the night
They snuck in to replace him