Divergent Journies

by Brianna j

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What the fans have to say:

"Umm, one of your songs isn't in English" - Bonnie Lancour

"This shit is ghey. No srsly I'm in love with this. <3" - Ricky Almonte

"When I first read the info/bio thing, I totally thought it said sex instead of sax. I was like wtf there's sex performed by Brianna?" - Jennie Topczewski

This album consists of all the songs I wrote between the fall of 2008 and the summer of 2009... aka all the songs I wrote after I got my keyboard working (though Off We Go was written after it broke again, hence there being no piano in that one). I also covered quite a few songs in this time, and I included my two favorites.

There are two other songs I wrote after coming back from Europe before fixing the keyboard that I wanted to include, but I didn't get a solid recording of those. It was supposed to be a "time between Europe" record, which it still pulls off, but misses a couple themes the other two songs carried.

All right reserved except for 9 crimes, publishing rights reserved to Damien Rice, and Green Eyes, publishing rights reserved to Mike Radack.

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released July 26, 2009

Sax, keyboard, acoustic/electric guitar, trumpet, flute, vocals by Brianna J

Vocals on "This Isn't All" and "9 Crimes" by KD Shelton

Drums programmed using Acoustica Beatcraft by Brianna J

Music for "This Isn't All", "The Surge", "In einem neuen Land", "Off We Go", and "Intro" by Brianna J.
Lyrics by Brianna J, except "This Isn't All" lyrics by KD Shelton and Brianna J

Music and lyrics for "Green Eyes" by Mike Radack

Music and lyrics for "9 Crimes" by Damien Rice

Recorded with Audacity on a Toshiba laptop

Produced by Brianna J, except "9 Crimes" and "This Isn't All" produced by Brianna J and KD Shelton

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Track Name: In einem neuen Land
„Ich wachte heute auf in einem neuen Land
Und da dachte ich mir, „Ich kenn' niemand“
Alles hier ist total kaputt
Zehn Minuten hier und ich bin voll Wut
Dann fragt ein Mann ob ich weiß wo ich bin
Und ich denk' mir, dass wir nicht so anders sind
Wir sprechen ähnliche Sprachen
Und die Farben, die wir tragen
Müssen uns nicht abgrenzen

So laufe ich durch ein neues Land
Und bemerke ich, ich kenne jedermann
Was denken Sie? Wird Obama unseren Vorstellungen gerecht?
Ich weiß nicht so recht, aber er ist besser als George Bush“

Meine Eltern kommen aus den USA
Und aus Frankfurt kam mein Großvater
Seit ich klein war hab' ich Sauerkraut gegess'n
Und seitdem mein Großvater gestorben war hab' ich mein Deutsch verbessert
So viele Länder vereint in der ganzen Welt
Wie viele Freundschaften sind da gekünstelt?
Der Ozean trennt uns ab
Dennoch haben wir viel gemeinsam
Was ist falsch an kultureller Vermengung?

So versucht zu verstehen
Wir beeinflussen euch, aber ihr habt damit angefangen
Was dachtet ihr als Brad Pitt in Deutschland war?
Und David Hasselhoff... ist er wirklich wunderbar?

So wach' ich auf in keinem neuen Land
Hier in meinem Bett, bin ich nicht in Deutschland?
Track Name: Green Eyes
Good morning, Green Eyes
You haven't slept for so long
I think it's these scenes
Where you beg for your lines
So let's get rid of our scripts,
And we'll try this once more:
Lights, camera, action
Let's take it from the top --

Streetlights blink off to sleep
Against a burning red sky
As we tightrope across the day
On calendar lines
There are stars on your sky
I swear you're the only one
Who's strong enough to pluck them out
One by one

We spent summer feeding colds
And winter was starving fevers
By the time spring comes, I have thawed
And melted back into who I used to be

Take a deep breath
And drink in your life
You're headed for something
You could've never pictured
So give me a sign
That I'm doing this right,
But you're so nervous you can't speak
And I'm so anxious I'm loud

We'll spend winter feeling cold
But summer was starting fevers
When spring comes, I will thaw
And melt into a puddle on the floor

We're so lonely and forgotten
The words we scream are so wrong
They fumble out, one by one
Each more awkward than before
If I could rewrite my script,
I know exactly what I'd say --
I'd say, "Good morning, Green Eyes,
How are you today?"

We're so lonely and forgotten
The words we scream are so wrong
If I could rewrite my script,
I know exactly what I'd say:

I'd say -- Summer, feeding colds
But winter was starving fevers
By the time spring comes, I will thaw
And then melt into, who I want to be
Track Name: The Surge
Why do I still lie right here every day?
How do I let this happen every time?
It's not like I don't know what it means to me
Not like I'm comfortable in my complacency
I don't seem to know what I want
But I do know what it is I need
I even know how to get there
And I know I need to get the hell out

Why do I keep doing this same old thing?

Take out the trash just like every day
I vacuum, go to the store
It sure smells nice in here, doesn't it?
You know, life is pretty grand
And I don't mean to complain
But I can't lie to myself anymore

Why do I keep doing this same old thing?
Track Name: Off We Go
Welcome to my dreams
Hope you enjoy your stay
I've been permanently stationed here for a while now
But I'll be leaving soon

I'm not getting kicked out, no
Much better reasons than that
In fact, I'm leaving here cause my dreams
They're becoming reality

So here I go
Flying away from all I know
People they ask when I'll be back
I promise to figure that out for you
And I'm not sayin'
Anything to sleight this place
But this future's where I'm goin'
And it might be where I'm stayin'

I felt so alone
"Why can't I be grateful for what I have?"
Then I looked around me, and to my surprise
My friends were everywhere

No one's staying put
What is it with this place?
We're all fleeing, flying, floating away from...
Home? But home is what we seek.

Away we go
Much like I did two years ago
The world uproots before our eyes
While a part of each of us dies
We're reborn and so alive
And we're not sayin'
That we're never comin' back
But these magnetic fields are far too strong
And now it's time to sing along

Leave now, we're gonna get out of here
Strong now, my faith goes and reappears
Stay in my heart
Destroy, no part of yesterday
Decoy, my time here is done
At least for now...
Track Name: 9 Crimes
Leave me out with the waste
This is not what I'd do
It's the wrong kind of place
To be thinking of you
It's the wrong time
For somebody new
It's a small crime
And I've got no excuse

Is that alright?
Give my gun away when it's loaded
Is that alright?
If you don't shoot it how am I supposed to hold it
Is that alright?
Give my gun away when it's loaded
Is that alright
With you?

Leave me out with the waste
This is not what I'd do
It's the wrong kind of place
To be cheating on you
It's the wrong time
She's pulling me through
It's a small crime
And I've got no excuse

Is that alright?
Give my gun away when it's loaded
Is that alright?
If you dont shoot it, how am I supposed to hold it
Is that alright?
If I give my gun away when it's loaded
Is that alright
Is that alright with you?

No...
Track Name: This Isn't All
There is no winning
This is no race
And I'll find deep inside you
There once was hope
That this journey has an end

Every day you try to find it
That long lost part of your life that you've been missing
Every day you fight for it
I'll never know what it is that you've been missing
Every day we strive to finally feel that we are okay
That we're worth something after all

And I'll never find just what you've found
And I'll never know what it is you know
And I'll never find just what you've found
And you'll never find what it is I found