Jenner Fox

by Jenner Fox

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This is my debut album, 10 years of songwriting, 10 songs. A song written when I was 15 (“Hattie’s Song”) and one that poured out the night before going into the studio (“Taos, NM”). It’s the raw thing, what it sounds like when I sit in a room and play the guitar. Thank you Cookie Morenco for believing in and guiding me through the recording process with your quiet wisdom and amazing ear.

The album was recorded live at OTR Studios in the San Francisco Peninsula. All 10 basic tracks (vocals and guitar) were recorded in one 7 hour session and the overdubs were recorded in two follow up sessions.

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released June 12, 2015

Jenner Fox: Music & Lyrics, Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Harmonica
Julian Pitt: Drums, Vocals, Guitar
Shawn Barry: Piano, Harmonium, Vocals
Raphael Shapiro: Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica
Hans Bilger: Upright Bass

Songwriting Collaboration
Hans Bilger: “Spider Song”
Jacob Paul: “Anna Lee”

Photography:
Peter Fox & Florian Koenigsberger

Graphic Design:
Carey Gerwig Jones

“Unicorns are not real, but they are important.” – Connecticut Kindergarten Student

Thanks to…

Mom, Dad, & Kaela - there’s nothing without you.

Shawn, Julian, Raph, Geoff, Hans, Jacob, Patrick, Albert, Brian F, Abby, Tommy, Lauren, Ethan, Natalie, Andrew H, Tess, Aseem, Victor Wooten, Willy M, Susan R, Kevin B, Lin, Josh S, Adlai, Amanda, Daron, Nana, Dick, Hattie, & Michael H for your inspiration, love, and unwavering support.

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Track Name: Traveling Song
Traveling Song – © 2015 Jenner Fox

As I left her lying there in the bed where I sleep
Lying like an empty balloon in the quiet of fleeting dreams
There’s a funny thing about movin’ around
And always having to leave
I know just where I’m going to, not where I’m gonna be

Will she meet me there, will I even care when time has numbed us both
Sitting in a six-hour flight who knows where your thoughts will go
There’s a funny thing about leaving town
Surrounded but dead alone
There’s plenty of time inside your mind, but no way to let her know

You know I like listening to real sad songs
I force my ears to admit that there’s something wrong
In the private of my elbow room
I request an apple juice
And convince myself that my home will never change

As the lights of New York bring popping to my ears
I’ve begun to like my seat belt and my knees upon my chest
There’s comfort in the side of a stranger’s face
Yes there’s closure in her kiss I cannot taste
There is fear for the bonds I cannot break
Track Name: Francine
Francine – © 2015 Jenner Fox

Why don’t you ask me how I’m doing when we’re alone
Why don’t you ask me how I’m doing when we’re alone
It’s not the question in specific
Just the fact that you could ask it
To talk on what is wrong until it’s right

We would sing the same songs every night
We would sing the same three songs and be alright
Yeah the songs would stay the same
But the walls on which they hang
Would peculiar like the sound of a name

Francine I ain’t asking you for much
Just your name and when it rains that you look up
I could call you Caroline and pretend that you were mine
But I’m obscene for you Francine
I wanna be seen with you Francine

Was the elephant also standing in your room
When I lay awake in the bunk bed over you
I couldn’t figure what to call him
Four letters seemed too solemn
For something huge and gray I never learned to do

Francine I ain’t asking you for much
Just your name and when it rains that you look up
I could call you Natalie but that’s too close to home you see
Cause I’m obscene for you Francine
I wanna be seen with you Francine

When we’re walking home and your feet begin to slow
In the April cold where my mind in time will go
Three blocks from home I swear I heard you blow
A whisper that got lost in street light snow
Answering

Francine I ain’t asking you for much
Just your name and when it rains that you look up
I could call you Emily but mine you’ll never be
Cause I’m obscene for you Francine
I wanna be seen with you Francine
Track Name: Pissin' and Eating Blackberries
Pissin’ and Eating Blackberries – © 2015 Jenner Fox

In sunny southern Oregon Siskiyou forest past the Shasta Mountain water salmon shoulder tattoo
There’s a place on a hill with twenty something acres and a basket ball hoop poison oak deer hooves
Boat party good and hearty cheese melt cam belt real good friends and only one thing to do

We’re pissin’ and eating blackerries
All day
If you ain’t pissin and eating blackberries you’re wasting your life away
We’re drinking so we’re pissing
With one hand free
No where I’d rather go
Just don’t you eat the blackberries below your elbows

We float the wild and scenic rivers where the thorny bushes grow
Sandy, Illinois, Hood, Deschutes, Chetco
On the White, McKenzie, there’s a pickin’ frenzy
Clacka(mas), Klamath, Crooked Pistol, purple finger banjo
Willamette, John Day, Grand Ron, Metolio(us)
Owyhee, and the Rogue

Chorus

Yippee Kai Ay it’s the American way
We’re all just fruit on the vine
Yippee Kai Ay it’s a brand new day
And the only thing worth wasting is time

Chorus
Track Name: Anna Lee
Anna Lee
© 2013, Jenner Fox & Jacob Paul

We can walk away
We can walk away
We can fall behind
We can fall behind
At the bottom of the day
At the bottom of the day
We can fall behind
We can walk away

Speak slow, and speak right
Sing to me
Don’t go, it’s midnight
Sleep with me
Oh Anna Lee
Anna Lee

On the corner of the stage
On the corner of the stage
Look up at the lights
Turn the other way
Take the long way home
On the interstate
Take the long way home
I’ll be up late

Chorus

You can walk away
Anna You can walk away
You can fall behind
Anna You can fall behind
At the bottom of the day
At the bottom of the day
You can fall behind
You can walk away
Track Name: American
American – © 2015 Jenner Fox

I’m a Modern American Vegetarian on the road
I’m Rastafarian Presbyterian Eskimo
Can I get a walrus burger with some fries?

I’m a nerdy dolphin constellation in the sky
I’m an average height ten-toed polite white guy
I’m a flabby bod cape cod boogie boarder bro
A self-proclaimed mother named Scorpio
Can I get a walrus burger for a change?

Based on the coffee stain
Based on the head in my TV that tell me when it’s raining

I’m a lactose intolerant bat atta hell bent GI Jo
I’m a slightly sour black power cantaloupe
I’m a funky fresh Bangladesh wedding band
Standing under roaring thunder and falling sand
Can I get a king sized bed in a tiny room?

I’m an over eater joke repeater tour guide
I’m on the fence it’s 50 cents for a bus ride
I’m a macchiato from Chicago with heavy cream
Knee deep in a mountain creek, I’m a dry man’s dream
Can I get twice as much for half the time?
I’ll give you twice my nickels for half your dimes

Based on my farmer’s tan
Based on my minivan
I will rise in the fall of man
For I am an American
Track Name: Taos, NM
Taos, NM – © 2015 Jenner Fox

The place you fill
Dream or memory
Fondly
Words of mouth
The road to Taos

From the window
When you let go
The night spoke
Silver eyes in the dark

Or just the blue glow
Of your cell phone
Alone
With our shoes soaking wet

The place you fill
To never look upon
The lovely freezing dawn
A Dodge Ram a southern man
Never again
Never Again

Not the one we
Drove to glory
I was sleeping
Broken glass in the grass

As your blood cached
The rain made
Our hands shake
As if only from the cold

The place you fill
For you’ve never been
Without origin
Only driving in the dark

From the hospital
When I let go
On the telephone
The call home felt like my ribs

Took an elbow
From a steam boat
Your voice soft and low
Flooded all that I had kept

Oh how I wept
To be here now
A swollen eyebrow
Just a cut on my hand

When the car flipped
Was there a moment
A pinprick
A flash before your eyes

Oh how I try to understand
The silence
How I try to understand
The violence
Felt so serene

The place you fill
Now lost in rhyme
That I forget
To remember

Most of the time
I can hear
The songs we sang
To stay awake
Were there stars behind the clouds

I am not proud
I am not proud
Just young I guess
Too young I guess
Just young I guess
Still young I guess
Track Name: The Devil's Southern Soul
The Devil's Southern Soul – © 2015 Jenner Fox

The Devil’s Southern soul
Needs a friend I’m told
He works all day in the sun
He fancies himself a man tight in the mouth
Blue eyes and bitter on the tongue

I think he’d like rivers
I think he’d like sand
I think he’d like stayin’ up listening to some old bluegrass band
I think he’d like me
When I’m down and out
Bearing songs teeth and eyes filled with doubt

He walks on water they say
Lives on a dollar a day
Two teeth and a fish on the line
Never understood the words mine or should
Will sell all he owns for a dime

Chorus

Un-contrary to common belief
I’ve got a devil and an angel in me
Though equally wise
It’s no surprise
That they respectfully disagree

The angel I breathe
And the devil in me
Sip tea in the rain, cordially
Laughing over friends
In puffs of green
Falling asleep to the cool of Madrone trees
Waiting for the one that they made in their mind
Sitting all the while side by side

I know they like rivers
I know they like sand
I know they like singing out pretending they’re some old bluegrass man
They’re a lot like me
When I’m down and out
Bearing songs, teeth, and eyes filled with doubt
Track Name: Spider Song
Spider Song – © 2015 Jenner Fox

I said to Jane
It’s cold outside
She said it’s warm enough for the rain my child
Well I noticed then
That all my friends were spiders

I said dear Jane
It’s freezing rain
There are drops out there
Bigger than your brain
She shook her head
Said I am not a spider

But we are, we are
I can tell by your legs and your tiny spider head
Yeah we are, we are

I said to Jane
We’d work it out
But you’re too busy climbing up the water spout
Well I noticed then
That all my friends were spiders

I still got you
You stick with me
We’ll spin on through the night
Even if we disagree
She shook her head
Said, I’ll hold on tighter

Cause we are, we are
I can tell by your legs and your tiny spider head
Yeah we are, we are
We are, we are

Oh we are all spiders
We’re little spiders
Make webs in corners
In our habitats
Check out my cephalothorax
Fangs and venom
Yeah we are spiders
Track Name: Hattie's Song
Hattie’s Song – © 2015 Jenner Fox

If you were a glove, I’d be the winter
If you were lost, I’d point you home
If you were a stick, I’d be a splinter
If you were a road, I’d travel on

If you love, I’d be an arrow
If you were a boat, I’d set you free
If you were a tree alone and hollow
I’d be the ground, let you fall on me

Cause I think of you
All day
Then I dream of you some more
Yeah I think of you
All day
Then I dream of you some more

If you were a ring, I’d be a finger
If you were a note, I’d write a song
If you were the rain, I would get wetter
If you were sun, I would get red

Cause I think of you
All day
Then I dream of you some more
Yeah I think of you
All day
Then I dream of you some more

When your time is short
And your love is strong
Well the words always seem to come out wrong
They come out wrong
And it’s no surprise as I look in your eyes
That my mind and my mouth forgot to coincide
To be aligned
And every hello foreshadows goodbye
And the moments between turn to memories in your eyes
In your eyes

Cause I think of you
All day
Then I dream of you some more
Yeah I think of you
All day
Then I dream of you some more
Track Name: American Pipedream
American Pipedream – © 2015 Jenner Fox

I am the fox
I am the hound
I am a word I can’t pronounce
If I could I suppose it would rhyme but oppose
That which I am singing about

I wanna be John Prine
Some of the time
Otherwise life’s pretty dam good
But I wanna do something wrong
And put it in a song
And regret it as I sing

Screw all you have
Leave town
Lets build something up and knock it down
Lets fall in love and break our hearts
We’ll never know if we don’t start