Jared Both & the Secret Hymns

by Jared Both

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1.
Get Clean 02:41
I gotta treacherous soul I know I can't trust myself anymore I fallen deep into an empty well I started taking too many prescription pills I always get tears in my eyes when the choir sings There's a lump in my throat when the preacher preaches and when I read out loud I get all shaken up when I sleep I can’t stop thinking these thoughts I'm gonna get clean I'm gonna get clean for you baby, somehow I know you don’t believe a word I say But I’m checking myself in today
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Up and Down 03:48
We are up and down all the time I want to stand on Solid ground Are we swimming in? Sunlit seas? Swim on through, though sunless seas Markets go up, markets go down Markets rise and fall and crash into the ground Empires go up Empires go down Empires rise and fall into the ground Hold my hand, come dance with me swing and twirl and move with me across the floor with me I want to dance with you my girl swing and twirl and move with me. We are up and down All the time I want to dance with you my girl I want to stand on solid ground
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Carry Me 03:24
She said: Carry me, when I can no longer stand Hold me, when I feel afraid Be near to me, I need to know what's going on Help me, I need you here with me My girls are growing up and they're making cakes in the mud they are riding their own bikes sailing through the neighbourhood all of a sudden I see her stop she's callin out my name: help me, I need you here with me My girls gotta a way of changing all the rules we made dad don't come here yet, I haven't got a hiding place but suddenly I see her stop she's calln' out my name help me, I need you here with me We all have a time when we feel a little scared we fall down and we need someone to lend a hand it's okay to call a friend and say to them help me, I need you here with me. Times have changed we're no longer on our own we have these constant responsiblities I'm learning to be ready always ready to respond Just call me and I'll be coming near to you
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well I can't write songs like Jim Guthrie or play the drums like Justin Beiber I can't afford a big synthesizer system A marshall stack stadium sound is outa the question But that don't matter much and I don't need it anyway Cause I don't need no life of fame, I don't want my name on the hit parade I just want to live the life that my mother raised me for if we raise our kids working on a Parkhead farm we'll sing gospel music on the porch yah that's the kind of life I want to live. I want to write songs that motivate me to plant more food and watch less tv shovels in my hand, now grab the handle seeds are in my bags, let's go and plant 'em this is more then self motivation, it's the beginning of a conversation How do I be more like my heroes? If I were to die today choking on my cheerios? What kind of life would I want to live? Unison backing vocals What’s the kind of life we want to live? Dorothy Day and Peter Mauirin Started a revolution in New York City Woke up praying on their knees organized their lives for the works of mercy fed the stranger, gave them food and clothes dreamed of a new world in the shell of an old that's the kind of life I want to live. Unison backing vocals That's the revolution we want to live Backing vocals “oooh” and “ahhh” We don't want no slice of fame, We don't want our name on the hit parade I just want to live the kind of life, my mother raised me for if we raise our kids in a downtown neighbourhood we'll play gospel music in the city streets yah that's the kind of life we want to live.
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If I had a million dollars, It couldn't buy back the health of my father Will All the memories of him? Fly off into oblivion? I can still see his worn out boots treading in the dirt in the morning I can still see us running the rows of the garden potatoes in our hands I can still see the light coming down from the stars covering the hay field I can still the escarpment rising with the corn growing under it If I had a million dollars, It couldn't buy back the health of my father Will All the memories of him? Come back to me again? I can still hear his radio crackling playing on the public station I can still hear his chickens clucking in their coop waiting for him I can still hear his keyboard clicking glowing in the dark of the evening I can hear the creole rhythms beating in my heart when I was a kid If I had a million dollars I would spend another day with my father A day in which we could laugh and remember The good life that we shared together

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London, Ontario-based folk songwriter Jared Both has teamed up with friends to tell stories of life around the Golden Horseshoe. Both’s lo-fi and earnest presentation tells difficult stories--of families, local politics, and larger world issues--each possessing an intimacy that pierces and echoes long after the last song. Nina Franconcheta, a newcomer to Canada hailing from Strausberg France, joins Jeanette Eby, a social worker, to bring vocal harmonies to the mix.

Working and living in the rapidly gentrifying east Hamilton is an exercise in resistance. For the community centered on a Hamilton house called Fort Elgin on the edge of Beasley Park. it’s about knowing your neighbourhood, your city and continually welcoming people in. Both’s writing, expanded from his own life growing up in rural Ontario, and birthed from Canadian folk, tenderly limns the networks of relationships that grows and sustains from playing music.

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released March 1, 2020

Songwriting, vocals, acoustic guitar - Jared Both
Recording, mixing, electric bass- Nimal Agalawatte
Mastering, drums - Jon Törnblom (Transparent Mastering)
Artwork - Josh Lewis
Press release - Steacy Easton

Electric bass, vocals - Jeanette Eby
Vocals - Nineta Franconcheta
Electric guitar - Rodney Barnes
Synth - Matt Thompson
Trombone - Paul Schmidt
Accordian - Ed Horn

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Jared Both London, Ontario

I am a songwriter from Southern Ontario who has recorded and performed with:
Barn Owl (Toronto)
-Young Feathers (Kitchener & Hamilton)
-Gospel of Barn Owl (Hamilton)

Now I'm recording and releasing music under my own name with friends from past bands and new friends in London Ontario where I live now.
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