light to see dark

by annie bacon & her OSHEN

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the first full-length album of annie bacon & her OSHEN. a lush, emotionally-driven rock album bursting with earnest and honest energy, hinting at Americana

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released 01 June 2012

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the OSHEN is:
annie bacon: Art McConell: Cristian
Hernandez: and Elizabeth Greenblatt

with special guests:
Henry Nagle: James Nash: Chris Pickering:
Matthew Souther: and Travis Mercer

Engineered, and mixed by Cristian Hernandez at The Tower Studios, San Francisco; except 5, mixed by
Matt Pavolaitis. Mastered by Ruairi O’Flaherty.

Produced by Cristian Hernandez with annie bacon.

All songs written by annie bacon. All arrangements by annie bacon & her OSHEN. Cover art by annie bacon

©(p) 2012 by annie bacon / oshen music

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annie bacon & her OSHEN San Francisco, California

Born in Maine, & reared musically in San Francisco through the oughts, Annie Bacon & her OSHEN sing sad songs in the major key.

The band just completed their first full length album, “light to see dark,” a lush, emotionally-driven rock album, bursting with honest, earnest energy and hinting at Americana.

Annie also composed a Folk Opera which you can hear at: www.thefolkopera.bandcamp.com
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Track Name: To my daughter
I saw you in the yard
With the scissors at your arm
And I know it must be hard
Not knowing where it comes from
Not knowing why it hurts
Why you cry all the time

You are from me, you are mine
So maybe I should tell you
About the time that came before you
The women in your line
You carry their pain
You carry mine

You come from Ireland
Where the grass grows green and thick
Where women make a life
Of growing old inside their hunger
Being told to ignore
The loss of all that's torn asunder

Our people starved and struggled
We lost our language and our land
And though we crossed the wide Atlantic
The demons of our lost ways
Hitched a ride
Turned the tide
To drown our sorrows even deeper

And all your mothers, all of us
We faced a living death
Our babies were gone
A pain so deep it makes it hard to breath
To keep pushing on, and they said
"Come now, the past is gone"

These pains are yours as well
These pains are yours as well
You will carry them forward
I see it now
I see you suffering from a pain
You can't explain

But I see other things too
I see you carrying music in the spirit of them all
I see your love of language
I see how words are your wide thighs
How they hold up your house

You have so many questions
You'll know so much more than I
And though I cannot tell you everything
I can say, I know, in time
All of this will be okay

I can say, I know, in time
All of this will be okay

(c) annie bacon
Track Name: There should be a trophy for this
It's the same, every time, every place, everywhere
I am fine, works on time, no need to complain
Then one day I wake and there's
No ground beneath my feet

On their sticks, on a stage, spinning plates, can't keep up
Though I race all around, the plates come crashing down
And the sound, the fear of
Breaking at whispers

I'm so tired (so tired)
And wondering
Who's gonna hire me next?
And how much (how much?)
Will they need to know?
And how deep (how deep?)
Will their searches go?

If it's this hard to get to 30, jesus christ,
There should be a trophy for this
Carrying this fear . . .
But I always make it through
I always make it through
Track Name: A pounding corps of drummers
His silence is a pounding corps of drummers
That follows me
I duck into the shade of a cottonwood tree
Whose leathery leaves are slapping in the wind
And I almost forget those other spaces
And empty places
Til like dusk, or dark, rainclouds,
His silence darkens
And then the pounding begins again

I find my solace alone, in my bed
Around my head I position four pillows
But my head rests only against the mattress
Or on the crook of my arm
That way I'll never lay accidentally
Across even a rivulet of his fragrance
Or even one eyelash

He finds his solace against my sobbing
Between a woman's hair and neck
He buries himself in her hands
So he cannot see me
Cowering beneath the goose down

He's never coming back to me
And if he did I'd turn the drummers back on him
And walk away

(c) annie bacon
Track Name: Jeremy is lovely
Jeremy is lovely, he's got such a hold on me
Jeremy is lovely, but I got eaten by a kudu

Will he miss me now I'm gone?
Can he even hear my song?
Does my death mean that we're through?
Oh Jeremy I love you.
Track Name: Every promise is an anchor
Promise you'll never leave me
Promise you'll never go
Promise you'll always be here
Promises it's so

I know it's all lies, cause how could you know?
But promise me, lover,
Promise you'll never go

Every promise is an anchor
Keeping me from drifting out
Drifting out across the unkempt sea
Of my fear and my doubt

And I can find my own way back, and I will if I must.
But I want you to promise,
And I want me to trust

(c) annie bacon
Track Name: Rena Lee
Rena Lee let's marry
Rena Lee come on home tonight
Rena Lee please callme
Rena Lee let's not fight, oh please

Bill your heart is broken
Is that what you really want Bill?
I can't come home tonight, you know.

Rena I love you
You broke my heart

Bill you know I wanted to stay
But life doesn't work quite that way
Someone else had plans for me
When he took my life away

Rena I love you
He broke my heart

Now I wander the streets without you
I always will
Track Name: But there is the thought
Wind, or rain?
Blowing blustering round
Deep sounds, around city blocks
There are wet tires on Jones Street
Loud sounds of engines firing
Isolated, lonely sounds
Barely outlining the space around my bed
Where I lay my head

The thought is a feeling
The feeling is a lack of feeling
The feeling that it's impossible
To touch this feeling
To be touched at all

But there is the thought
But there is the thought
The feeling's probably not
The feeling's probably not
The whole story.

(c) annie bacon
Track Name: If you don't make up your mind
If you don't make up your mind
I will go out of mine
And I will leave you, faster than you can say again
What you may or may not do

If you won't come back to me
I'll be alright, wait and see
It won't be the first time, and god knows
It won't be the last time

It was a wet, fat, heavy one falling
Late December and moving fast
Passing seconds turn to years
And these fantasies never last
So you decide if you're out or in

We were outside, the grass was wet
It may have rained that day
And I was wearing
My "famous blue raincoat"

You were smoking a cigarette
Talking of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
And watching me sideways
While you talked to Jonah

It was a wet, fat, heavy one falling
Late December and moving fast
Passing seconds turn to year
And these fantasies never last
So you decide if you're out or in

Your eyelashes
Slender planks I walk them like a fool
The deep end
I can't swim at this end of the pool
I jumped in
I thought that you were jumping too

Now if you don't make up your mind
I will go out of mine
And I will leave you, faster than you can say again
What you may or may not do

(c) annie bacon
Track Name: Oh, Sadness
Oh, Sadness
Are you trying to woo me?
Away from the one who loves me

Oh, Sadness
Relentlessly you pursue me
Did I make a promise and forget?
You know I'm not the type of girl who
Would deliberately mislead you

Oh, Sadness
The reasons are plenty
Oh the passion is gone
And I'm not getting what I need

Oh, Sadness
The end is upon us
I'm dismantling your
Raison d'etre on my shore

(c) annie bacon
Track Name: Yer mama
Your mama came to my house last night
She was completely naked and full of fright
And your daddy came to my house last night too

They asked how long should they stay?
I said "I don't care if you never go away"

Your sister came to my house last night
Crying about some man
The man, he came to my house last night too
Crying about you

They asked how long should they stay?
I said "I don't care if you never go away"

By the time that your brother arrived
And found your family on the couch
All curled and huddled in a cuddling puddle
The winter sun was peeking out

Jesus came to my house last night
I said "no thank you, sir, I'm doing alright"
He said "please! please! I need somewhere to go"
Said "I've been running all night, and I run too slow"

He asked how long should he stay
I said "stay all night if you're gonna play nice"

(c) annie bacon