Wedgewood (2015 Full Length)

by Bryan McPherson

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1.
Born on a Highway Some of us are alright Some of us are OK Some of us are the night Some of us are afraid Some of us come to run Some of us come to play Some of us are all heart And some are decay Born on a highway Born on a highway She came to this world With her fists in the air In the middle of Kansas In the middle of somewhere But everyday she had to get out Some of us come lost We gotta get found Born on a highway And here I stand On Magnolia In a strange land That I'm not of And where I go Remains to be seen But I'm a willing participant In an incredible dream Born on a highway
2.
Days of Rage 04:19
Days of Rage I seen Jesus in a skid row bum I saw Buddha on highway 1 I've seen Mohammad on the run And I took 7,000 Hindu Gods because I couldn't pick one I've seen David Koresh burning down I've seen London Bridge and Newtowne People in the streets with fog in their eyes Freedom reach for blinded skies Fists clenched in blood with Occupied signs Beaten and broken by the FBI Calling America The Homeland reminds me of the Nazis The Soviet Union Stalin and Liberace Playing games up in heaven Monopoly and Yahtzee And we're all stars in this age of digitized paparazzi I won't be afraid of the days of rage inside it's justified And I won't be afraid of the fascist brigade You fall in line With freedom lies And I've seen the apocalypse explode at the local mall With Ken and Barbie people dolls Melting in plastic with bubbling skies Microwaved revolution American Pie Thanksgiving was robbed for Christmas songs of dollar But Thanksgiving was just a song to cover up the slaughter So I really can't complain to liberty's daughter She's been kidnapped on a train from yesterday to tomorrow Chorus Well I see they've made a movie out of Osama Bin Laden Well they made a movie out of a movie to show to all the zombies And I'm the last true soldier in the land of the dead But I think my days are numbered, they'll surely have my head There's no freedom of speech in the land of the sheep And if you really want the news then look to the streets In the sidewalk and the sand, the cracks and disasters Pawns in the hand of the propaganda of the masters And we bleed the blood of the workers of the world We toil and labor and hand over the pearls In a broken system the snake will eat itself How can I go to heaven if I'm living in hell
3.
Dark Hearts 05:06
Dark Hearts Don't you worry it'll be alright Hold me close in the morning light Everyday comes after night We don't go down without a fight We were playing god on the avenue Slinging dope running from the boys in blue But every jungle has it's rules For the lions and the fools 'Cause down here you run to get away Chasing wolves in this jungle parade Down there I played from my heart And we were playing in the dark And we are dark hearts We are I heard Ricky got locked up again Lucky if you end up in a detox bed Chasing dreams in the eye of a needle I'd like to watch them all just burn My boy Biz he ended up dead everybody knows why he just up and left I don't know why I'm alive and my friends had to die 'cause down here you run to get away Chasing ghosts in this graveyard parade Down there I played from my heart Yea we were playing in the dark Chorus And them days are never coming back I see 'em now in the smoke stacks The tree is gone and the sky is cracked And we were singing in the black We were all playing this silly game Running riot on a red line train Running right in to the pain And we were running from the rain and I don't think I'll ever get away Chasing hope in this basement parade Down there I speak from my heart And I'm gonna leave it in the dark Chorus
4.
Hearts in Boxcars I wanted to be anyone but me I'm on the beach and it's dawn singing along To the tide coming in We sing or we swim And the birds call my name It's time to fly away So take my hand We're well on our way And all that we've got is all that remains There's one thing I know It's never too far It's a winding road For hearts in Boxcars Near and far we are made of stars We are hearts in boxcars Boxcar Boxcar When the days turn to night And the nights turn to weeks And the only voice I've got stutters to speak The meaning and the truth Of me and you Of us and them Beginning and end So long my friend Broken hearts do mend We're deeper than these scars We're hearts in boxcars Near and far we are tracks and scars We are hearts in boxcars Boxcar Boxcar (it's all I know) I'm on top of the hill With lightening in hand Life's made of metal For a weatherman And it's all coming down We will find our way 'Cuz every storm falls on a sunny day So take my hand we're well on our way And all that we've got is all that remains And there's one thing I know It's never too far It's a winding road for hearts in boxcars Near and far we are made of stars We are hearts in boxcars Boxcar Boxcar (It's all I know) It's all I know It's all I know It's all I know...
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Song From The Moon The song comes in the evening When the sun is leaving And the sky cries solid black tears Of solid youth and years And the lines upon my face Staring at the footsteps them footsteps that we trace So Jesus take my hand Jesus take my soul God is for the young and the Devil's for the old But somewhere in between this lifetime and this dream I'm alive on an upside down cross of light Seeing books of rhyme Buried deep inside my mind In all the mountains and the streams And all the footsteps on these streets And you know that everything is dead And everything bleeds And the whores dress in red With the apostles on their knees So miracle my nightmare Drop heaven from the sky Give me eternal lightening Because God is you and I Its apocalyptic sunrise Blood between the sheets A tumbling highrise An Arabian Spring So let's be born again Suffering in this womb This is just an endless impending sort of doom And it always ends too soon The hills swallow the moon It's the last bit of sunlight Buried in a tomb And no “there is no spoon” There's no point to it all You can read it in your bible You can sing it in your psalm And it'll rain a fiery hell on the last day of your life Killing all your children And fucking all your wives So sing it from our souls Of our cosmic plight We all live in blackness and we're staring into light I'm upside down in gravity Dancing on a sphere It's a universal challenge Where nothing is clear So give me all your hate Give me all your rage Give me all your love Clasping razors when you pray I'm swimming in these words Bending in this time Suffocating wading through your world made up of lies Lies... lie lie lie lies... Leave me your illusion Let it fertilize and grow It's a slavery plantation Harvesting our souls So stand for revolution Or die here in your seat Try running when they come for you They're never taking me And “you'll only kill a man” The idea will just live on In an oral tradition Of poetry and song And we are the abandoned pilgrims Waking up inside this mind It's such a mystery of who the hell am I Somewhere there are answers But me I am so small It's a one way conversation with a God so God damned tall And can you even hear me? Can you hear my voice? Is there free will or just a double sided coin? And pretending there is chance On this road that goes nowhere We are all the victims of domesticating fear And we are all the stars brightening the night On an infinite collision between wrong and right And we are all the atoms of a digital age We are Simulacra We are masters we are slaves I am indignation I'm a rat I am a sage I am just an actor and this world is just my stage And I'm dressed in this skin Covering this heart 'Cause inside I am nothing Inside I am dark
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Here We Go 03:11
Here We Go Here we go it'll rain fire It's a worldwide riot watch the teargas coming down Raining like a hell parade on Oakland town Streets of Laredo The wild wild west We are the streets no police from here to Budapest Chorus Let's all have a little Egypt for your Syrian suns Free Palestine and Israel Rubber bullets real bombs We are the people We are the world We are your sons We are your girls We are North Korea Tiananmen Square We are the sick and dying making ourselves clear Chorus It's a corporation slavery state Invisible to your eye We're born into bondage And worked until we die But someday we'll have freedom The world can rise up We'll reach the sky If you don't give up So papa watch the sunlight The nights coming down No job no hope The King stole the crown Born and raised in Brooklyn Where you land on your feet In the other side of the skyline Where the bricks meet the streets So come on start a riot In every single town 'Cause every once in a while you gotta just burn it down Chorus I'll sit up on the hill and watch it all burn away Another atomic skyline in Californ I A It's a missionary position The T.V.'s on the lawn The government wants the internet Iran wants the bomb Our senators are the Hitlers 'Cause they'll lock us all away Bill of Rights burnt up right AmeriKa M.I.A.
7.
Kelly Thomas 03:27
Kelly Thomas Who has a song for the homeless killed in the street By the police beat that man like meat No I can't breathe Oh no I can not breathe Who has a song for Kelly that we can all scream While he bleeds on my internet screen Oh oh he's not me Oh no he's not me Who has a song for the forgotten when they die For an old mother cries to an empty sky There's no moon tonight There's no moon tonight You don't care about Kelly 'cause he ain't you Broke them bones right through The Orange County crew They beat him blue They beat him blue Who has justice for the men that they just set free Yea these so called police Manny Ramos ain't me Jay Cicinelli Oh no you're not me And Kelly Thomas lays cold in the ground Silent nights make no sound Not Guilty they found In Fullerton town
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Bullets and Blues Remember when this was new And everything we'd do was fun Livin' on the run Livin' on the run Them days are gone And so is this song It's ringing in our ears But not for long No not for long I got bullets and blues Blues Bullets and blues Blues I'm just a heart attack And I'm looking back At these lifetimes made of ash 'Cause we're the burning flame We're endless change Nothing remains No nothing remains the same It's all gone Its all gone Everyone but you Chorus I miss The East Coast I miss the D train I must of lost hope On a crashing airplane And its sink or swim When you're born again in this Ocean made of tears Swimming through the years and its' all gone and it's all gone Everyone but you Chorus
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Wasted World 03:59
Wasted World Here comes a rider from a distant land Six shooter and a black armband He says the war ain't over And the waters all run dry And we're all gonna fry In the light like ghosts And she's hanging her clothes With a letter she wrote In the back of some bone yard And kids play in the street The bombs blew off their feet And they crawl all day In a wasted world And the dreams that you once had You'll never have It'll all go black There's no good and there's no bad And there's no sad It'll all go black Chorus Here comes a rider from a distant land Six shooter and a black armband He says the war ain't over And the waters all run dry And we're all gonna fry In the light like ghosts And she's hanging from a rope With a letter she wrote In the back of some bone yard Kids play in the street the bombs blew off their feet And they cry all day Chorus
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Burn it Down 04:51
Burn it Down Better life You better run Fading fast in the morning sun Broken bottles Broken dreams Burning down these London streets Tired eyes Gonna let them sleep Got a secret I can't keep I'm a demon I'm a beast I'm rising in The East We got rock We got roll We're gonna save our souls Thy kingdom come Thy kingdom go let's sit back and watch the whole thing blow Burn it down Burning skies Rivers of blood Jesus Christ was the God of Sun Are you getting high Can you give me some I need some bullets for my love Let's kill 'em all and make them bleed Scratch their eyes so they can't see We are all one destiny Erasing history Battle lines are being drawn Sing 'em now Revolution song This is our time And our time is now So lets all go burn the whole thing down Burn it down Beasts of England Beasts of Ireland Beasts of every land and tribe Castles crumble Buildings tumble Everything that lives some day will die “Living in The Red” It's not all in my head Not all in my head Not all in my head t's not all in my head Not all in my head Not all in my head Not all in my head Watch the world go dead Watch the world go dead Watch the world go dead Watch the world go dead Watch the world go dead
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Oh Darlin' 04:10
Oh Darlin' I'm a cold and lonley sea Under star company I've got a brand new name I'm different and you're all the same So cover your eyes from the sun Shine fire from above Now I'm brighter than anyone Oh Darlin' Oh Darlin' I'm an orphan at your window And I'm the coldness in your soul I'm a black bird serenade When your moonlight falls away And all that I see is love It's the answer for everyone And I'm a towering tower undone I'm over these western hills And I'm sea bound for an eastern chill Somewhere in darkness night There's a fire and there's a candle light And all that I see is you Your the flame that I'm running to To carry carry me through Oh Darlin' Oh Darlin'
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about

Folk-punk troubadour Bryan McPherson’s immersion in Occupy Oakland in 2011 was a life-changing experience that informed his forthcoming dynamic third album, Wedgewood, due out Summer 2015. In between playing shows on “Teargas Tuesday” and dodging rubber bullets in the name of change at Occupy, he began to collate and catalog the inspiration for his latest offering. His songs meld Americana, folk, alternative, and punk into one incendiary, incisive sound - paying homage to influences such as Bob Dylan, The Sex Pistols, The Violent Femmes, Bruce Springsteen and Ani DiFranco.

Aiming to preserve the spirit of defiance and freedom, he retreated to Flying Whale Studios in Northern California in 2013. On the old Arrowhead goldmine in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Bryan cut himself off from the outside world for four months to self-produce the album. He holed up in a small hut on a friend’s ranch in the mountains just as winter began, and found that the rugged, isolated setting immensely impacted the music. In fact the album title reflects the brand of the stove in the hut: Wedgewood.

“Since it was freezing, I lit the wood-burning stove every day, which brought smoke, fire, and warmth into the recording process. Resultantly there’s a recurring theme of fire on the record,” Bryan shares. Wedgewood has a buildup, a climax, and a resolution - much like a fire. What happens when wood rubs against wood? It creates friction, and that friction creates fire.”

The album opens with first single “Born On A Highway” that starts with a vocal intro by his young nieces then rolls along on stark instrumentation and Bryan’s potent and powerful cadence. “It’s about the journey as a singer and traveling,” he says. “It discusses where the road takes you, and what it means to be a human being.”

“Here We Go” is a call-to-action for revolutionaries with its sharp lyrics and vibrant instrumentation, while “Hearts in Boxcars” depicts a strained love story of two people who must go in different directions because that’s where their lives are diverging. The expansive “Song From The Moon” illuminates the breadth of Wedgewood with its “revolutionary characters, the revolution of religion, and the revolution of spirituality,” Bryan asserts.

Touring year-round, Bryan has hit the road many times with punk luminaries Dropkick Murphys, he’s opened for the legendary Chuck Berry and boasts a fan in Slash. He’s received much critical acclaim, with the San Francisco Bay Guardian praising, “His words aren’t just cerebral ponderings about the state of the government. It is one man belting—at the top of his lungs—his honest, emotional impressions of the world.”

Bryan’s got something to say loud and clear. He explains, “I see music as a means for change. It’s a powerful and beautiful force, and it’s my life. I’m here to remind you with Wedgewood that we’re all stronger than we know.”


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credits

released June 10, 2015

Graham Patzner: Violins, Piano, Organ
Keith Cornella: Mandolin
Ron Blake: Trumpet
Chris Tedesco: Flugel Horns
Bryan McPherson: Guitars, Vocals, Harmonica, Uke
Backup Vocals on Here We Go: Ryan Remains
Vocal Harmony on Bullets and Blues: Chris Jonsson

Produced by Bryan McPherson

Associate Producer: Jeffery Samuels

Recorded at Flying Whale Studios by Bruce Wheelock in Grass Valley, California.

Mixed by Mike Walti

Additional tracks recorded and engineered by Mike Walti at Wyldwood in Oakland, Evan Nolen at Dead Oak in Santa Cruz, Charlie Stavish at Sunset in Los Angeles, Keith Cornella at Sounding Bell Laboratory in Los Angeles, and Robert Bartleson at Haywire in Portland, Oregon.


Mastered by Doug Van Sloun at Focus Mastering in Omaha, Nebraska

All songs written by Bryan McPherson

Copyright 2013, 2014, 2015

Special Thank you to everyone who made this recording possible, Carla Rosinski, The Perry Family, Jefferey Samuels, Willie Samuels, Dan Crowther, Kevin Gangloff, Keith Cornella, Chris Jonsson, Ryan remains, Lex Nalley, Barbara Reinhart, Mark Lind, and Douglas Sullivan.

Thank you to all of my Pre-Sale Backers for pressing the CD's and L.P.'s

Thank you to my family for always being there. None of this would have been possible without you.

Thank you to all of my friends and fans, the bands, solo artists, clubs, basements, rooms, coffee shops, living rooms, listeners, and dreamers for giving me a chance.

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Bryan McPherson, a fiery, folk-playing, Boston native, was called west in July of 2010. Bryan now tours internationally and bases himself out of Los Angeles, California.

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