These Songs Are Prayers

by Jesse Gotfrit

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released May 16, 2017

Musicians: Jesse Gotfrit, Noah Gotfrit, Clara Rose, Theo Story, Aaron Levinson, Martin Gotfrit, Steph Wall, Allie O'neil

Recorded and engineered at Invisible Recordings
Mixed and mastered at 231 Studios
Courtesy of © GreaseVan Records

Cover photo courtesy of Juliette Stephens

Album artwork by Cody Turple

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Track Name: What I've Seen
I'll tell you what I've seen
It is beautiful and surreal
It is tragic and obscene
I'll tell you what I've seen

Cause I've been traveling so long
I've seen people forced to doing wrong
I've seen the actions of the law
the fighting and the singing saw

But I've been on this road so long
There are those would question my song
They ask me if what I've seen
Is real or an ordinary dream

I tell them I climbed the highest mountain
And I've seen the highest peak
I've seen the hidden strength
In those we've declared weak

And I've seen time take its toll
I've felt myself growing old
I've loved you for so long now
I've loved you since we were young

So I'll tell you what I've seen
The trouble and the strangeness in my dreams
At night I just can't sleep
I wake up from a cautionary dream
Track Name: Hard to Explain
Said it's hard to explain what I've seen
When I do I sound unreal
Said it's hard to explain how I feel
When I do I said sound obscene

Said I'm only eighteen years old
But I feel like my fortune's been told
I was born with gold in my teeth
But my hands are pale and obsolete

And I, I put myself into my songs,
It helps me because I'm trying to right my wrongs
And there is one thing you should understand,
If you cut me down, Ill take my stand

And I've been living in a dream
Where no one is old and no one un-redeemed
It helps me to outrun
What it is that I've been running from

And I'm wondering if I should take this advice
Given to me by this ragged kid last night

He said it's early in the morning
I know you can't cross that borderline
But believe me my darling
That tonight will be fine

And I, I put myself into my songs,
It helps me because I'm trying to right my wrongs
And there is one thing you should understand,
If you cut me down, Ill take my stand
Track Name: Sweet Mary
Sweet Mary, drinking wine
I've just heard your lover died
So please take your hand in mine
We'll go walking through the night

And I've been on this road so long
I put my stories in my songs
It keeps my sorrow from taking
Now that my lovers, they are gone

But sweet Mary, drinking wine
Dry your tears and I'll say goodbye
And take my hand for one last time
We'll go walking side my side

Et le soleil lève sur St.Laurent
Mes yeux et mes mouvements so lent,
Pour le premier fois sa me semble
Que le futur n'est plus effrayant

And it may seem God is unkind
Causing pain more than standing by your side
But please darling don't you cry
And remember your saints are still alive

And outside your window there is the sky
And all of the movements of passersby
And all your worries of growing old
And all your stories left untold
And your life is more than grief and pain
Your love is an ember in the flames
Removed like a lung without shame
And your stories are kept under my name
Track Name: Babylon
I came to your house
I knocked on your door
I stood on your porch
Leaning on your stairs

With my long brown coat
And my frozen hands
Stuffed into my pockets
Standing in my Vans

And you seem a bit surprised
See I'm not worth your time
You can see I want your love
And that I miss your mind

And after a few months
You come home in the rain
I'm shaking out the dust
From our past disdain

And you seem a bit surprised
See I'm not worth your time
You can I want your love
And that I miss your mind

And my mama crossed her fingers
While she laid down the flag
And I'm running down the road
Thought I heard a violent crash

And I'm crying as I run
To your home
To your home
That ain't there no more

And all of your worries
Of growing old
Rome that is burning
Falling like a stone

And I lit a candle
And I said a prayer
For my grandmother

Who died
While she was painting
A love affair

And I'm crying as I run
To your home
To your home
That ain't there no more
Track Name: Jonah
And there was boy, he was troubled
Jonah was his name
When I found him he was crying
Underneath the rain

I said son why are your crying?
Don't you know the war has been won
I gave some of my clothing
Told him now, he could run

He said I lost my family
I don't know where they've gone
And I miss my mama
Don't know if she's passed on

And I'm so tired
Of living out of pocket
And I'm so tired
Of living at all

And I said there are many false people
Who'll stop you along the road
And grief itself is a shadow
Which under sunlight remains cold

But stay with me a while
I've known worse and I've known better
Maybe some day down the line
You'll forget to remember

And there was a boy, he was troubled
Jonah was his name
And after a few months
I never saw him again
Track Name: Waiting Song
Do you remember what you said?
You told me to come rest,
At the foot of your bed

And you told me stories
About how it was
When we were young.

And you reminded
Of someone that I met
When I was seventeen

And when we first met
I almost lost my breath
When he told me, so sweet

He said darling run away
Don't you know I'll break your heart?

Don't you know,
Our love was tainted from the start?

And you told me once more
You'd get out of the rut
That your family had cause

Cause the the life that they'd made
Was beautiful and true
But was lacking in funds

So I waited by your door
While you said goodbye
Then you left and we drove away

And now I'm naked by your side
While you lay your hand
Consoling my pride

You said, darling run away
Don't you know I'll break your heart?

Don't you know,
Our love was was tainted from the start?
Track Name: Someone I loved
There was someone
Whom I loved long ago
Whom I cannot name
For when I do a pain still remains

We grew up together in the sun
But I was clouded too
So I left, went traveling for so long
And I lost sight of you

And I was running around
Trying to get my feet back on the ground

Then you came back
When I was looking good
I looked to you
And I was unafraid

But the question
Forever will remain
Will this hope,
Will it ever become real?

I'm not a psychic
But I know what I've seen
It's glowing people
Together in a stream

So lets forget
All that we have dreamed
Let's float down river
Naked and serene

And I was running around
Trying to get my feet back on the ground
Track Name: Traveling So Long
And I guess I was down, down this road so long
Starts to feel like I don't have a home

And I guess I've been running, running around so long
Starts to fee like I've nowhere else to run,

And I guess I was down, down for so long
That was before, before you came along

Sweet Mary drinking wine
She's with me all the time
And Jonah's off to college
He's taking his sweet time

And I don't about the fighting
Or the children left behind
But our love
Will remain unresolved

And I've been sick for days
Feeling sick and tired
Of trying to fix my mind
Like some puzzle I should solve

But when we were together
Underneath the snow
I felt redeemed
Like I had been absolved
Track Name: My Heart Goes Out
And my hear goes out
To the ones who are waiting

And my heart goes out
To the ones who are drowning
Making no sound

And my hear goes out
To the ones who are waiting
To be found

And won't you tell me please?
If you'll go
To all tomorrow's parties
With flowers adorning your hair

And I had a garden
But I threw my flowers away
You I tried to help them
But the water washed them to their grave

Young people out for love
My heart goes out to you
I don't think the adults know
What you are going through

And my hear goes out
To the ones who are waiting

And my heart goes out
To the ones who are drowning
Making no sound
Track Name: Song for L.Cohen
And I heard your gave
Your flowers away
To the ones who are still mourning

And I heard your voice
Speaking soft and tender
But it also shared a warning

And I need some crying
Maybe trial
May your memory be a blessing
After a while
And I don't blame you
For your absent cry
I know I'll forgive you
By and by

Cause you taught me to be holy
That the only mortal sin
Is believing those of others
Are within

And I wait all night
For your step by the door
But on comes the morning
Still once more

And I played your songs
I sound thin
When I would sing
My voice sounded wrong
So I wait for you now
Like I did then
To hear you sing
Once Again
Track Name: When I Came Home
Well you know I came in late July
And I still see your face when I cry
You sweet memory instilled in my mind
Your holy motor driving me wild

And you know you're breaking my bones
You're turning my body back into stone
I get this feeling like I'm alone
That's ever since I came home

Just give me something, make me feel worthwhile
I'm asking only for an ordinary smile
Just so I don't feel like I've been on trial
For something I did when I was child

And you must have known how I felt that day
When I killed the lights and ran away
Resting my head on the wall outside
You had finally taken my pride

But for you I'd take off all my clothes and lay down
I would rest my weary head out your window
And you would tell me stories about when we were young
And you would tell me stories about when we were young
Track Name: Young In Montreal
Do you remember being young in Montreal?
The local kids they always the rules,
Getting to sleep with whomever they choose,
Smoking cigarettes while waiting outside of school

Do you remember that we walked the canal?
My hair was longer than it is right now.

My older sister always running around
My older brother hanging his head down,
I remember it was hard to believe,
That anyone could ever for me.

Do you remember the schoolyard cold and grey?
Chasing ourselves through the evenings and the days.
I remember thinking all my wounds heal,
Funny how some dreams they never change.