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Brace The Wave

by Lou Barlow

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Enzo Paolo Baranelli Great album for an awesome artist. It will not let you down. :-) Favorite track: Moving.
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George Hubbard Such an underrated record from a underrated artist. Creative, sincere, and easy on the ears; Lou puts his soul into this music. I think his solo work gets a lot of flack because it's a different style than critics are used to. Actually have a look at what he's doing though. Look at the stories he can create with the four strings of a baritone ukulele. Barlow does a great job of stringing beautiful melodies through creative chord progressions. This record is some pure acoustic beauty. Favorite track: Lazy.
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released September 4, 2015

Brace The Wave was recorded in six days with Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab Studios in Easthampton. All instruments were played by Lou Barlow. The instruments used on this album were 4-string guitar, ukulele, 6-string guitars (both acoustic and electric), electric bass, a "Rhythm Ace" rhythm machine and Lou's Korg "bass Synthe"

Cover photo by Adelle
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Track Name: Redeemed
The story of my innocence is brief
I started early stayed up late to creep
Then i was redeemed you gave me every thing i need
Yesterday denied tomorrow by your side i’ll sleep

Save a forest use my wood
Gathered matter i said she could
I said that she could have anything she desired
Once she got it she set my little world on fire

Memories are made of razor blades even if their good
Standards have a way of being raised till someday what was good is no good
And that’s good

We share a passion i can’t mention here
Involving solving mysteries anywhere
If i was to say i know she couldn’t take it on
I need a place to live in somewhere i can bring my thoughts to you
And be redeemed again
Track Name: Nerve
divided cause i did or didn't talk enough and then
in the deep, deprived of sleep, i caved in
out of sight out of mind out of ways to care
when you finally looked you saw a stranger standing there

i remember we were hipsters..
sleeping with our cats..
young and thin and fucking crazy
fine till something cracked
and we're not much stronger

seems the more we have at stake the slower we respond
give me more the back is for the weight of all upon
till i decide i can't abide what i was asking for
and blame you for the burden , claim the burden was a bore
what’s wrong with wanting
more than i deserve
but what do i deserve
the nerve
to ask for more for more to give away

in the end i won't pretend that every things all right
what i deny will crawl inside and keep me up at night
sleep is all we ever wanted
deep to be restored
face the day with will to change what's wrong with wanting more
Track Name: Moving
will i learn to walk away, die the death a former life
to change the dirty day to day the way i’m moving
i may be chewing on my brain , if i ever dare to reach
inward on beyond belief the way i’m moving

clinical day curious eve and the dumbing down
valued the work while jerking the jerk
what a run around
deep in retreat kinda losing the beat
got to live it down, oh

all we need to be engaged , combination be divined
wanna turn and be the same?
the way we’re moving

another day at easy prey, that i was feeding on a leash
without a thought if it was right the day i moved

the way i moved
Track Name: Pulse
taking my pulse everyday it feels out of control
finding a way not to lose it
saving my soul by confusing it
taking my pulse

body and mind don’t they say are so deeply entwined
if i agree while the poison still rages in me
i’m at war with my body and mind

the night exaggerates it tells me it’s too late
and then manipulated by fear
find me here
taking my pulse

the day can deny it can tell you that nothing occurred
with blood in it’s eyes and on the curtains it still shrugs and sighs
know for certain the day can deny

i dream of the same thing all night
wake up with my heart beside me
it’s a good thing to be brought to my knees
finally i’ll be forced to ask for help
i can’t take on nature by myself
and it’s not a fight, it’s my body aging
it’s not a fight , it’s my body leaving

oh my my
somethings changing and growing in me
no longer blind and there’s work to do work till i die
till i’m apart of you
oh my my

if you can change, that’s great
but my habits hibernate
and when my beast awakes in a year, will you be here
taking my pulse
Track Name: Wave
don’t wait to move
there is no time to look
but the time that it took to begin

miss you, want you here
in my arms in my hair
to hold your neck watch you break a wave

when i’m not home for ages
i look for ways to fade
in my mind , you’re so fine
breaking a wave

brace the wave

thank you for your love girl
on it i rely
never leave me hungry
never leave me dry

i leave you alone but don’t go

properly anointed
never thought i’d be
take your disappointment
put it on me

i don’t heed the warning sign
it’s our time
Track Name: Lazy
friendly neglect no longer protects my heart
filling a pocket with scar only weighs me down
understanding only demanding more
what am i bending backwards for
couldn’t you turn around?

shame on my lazy mind

together still only means one thing
tangled in the gears of the same machine
time to shut it down

take my life turn it around
55, learning to breathe
know i’ve got no right to be down
but i’m so lazy it’s true
simply addicted to you
but it’s over and done with, we’re through
Track Name: Boundries
the boundary imposed by reality i know i
must tell you no and own it , must take the lonely way out
avoid the crowd
but i am foolish man i go for pleasure i can
let a beauty roll me , imagine there was no doubt
let it out , don’t i know it
must take the lonely way out , avoid you now

but i’m not good and no one cares
the world's not spinning fast enough if invitation’s there

I made myself available, i crawled into your arms
deprived and unreliable the hungry have their charms
until they’re fed and moving on

a boundary a cruel joke
a change because i said so
one day you’re all invited
next day i’m shutting you out

you made yourself available..
Track Name: C&E
i believed i could see her soul
thru all her anger and pain
half of my life
waiting for her
to crack and emerge

i stood by her held on so tight
that she took it for granted in time
pushed me away
thought i would stay
but i cracked and emerged
the moon is on fire

no more denying
all done with trying
all that she wanted
i hunted , down
to be shut out

they’ll call me selfish mean
my children forgotten, unseen
but my easy way out
is the hardest way in
for truth will emerge
the moon is on fire
Track Name: Repeat
a temper is a fragile thing
a beast when yer alone
with words of steel and disbelief
implied a heart of stone
what made me think you’d open up
i wonder if you’re strong enough

reserved the right to fight or flee
i’ll have my freedom now
no longer this, i can’t resist
my pride decided how
no, i don’t mind if things get rough
i wonder if you’re strong enough

to bend with me
touch the ground
hard beneath and it won’t back down
an open mind
a warming sign things i’ve learned that i learn repeat
learn repeat ..

project rejection can’t you see
how i’ve protected you
and i expect your blind respect
for all you put me through
to be aware and not be touched
i wonder if i’m strong enough

mend with me
touch the ground hard beneath and it won’t back down
bend with me make a sound prove to me that you can be found
you did your time
and i did mine
things i learned that i learn repeat
learn repeat