A Season Lost

by Jeff Zentner

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about

"it's one of those records that says so much with so little, and quite frankly there was a night not so long ago when i when i may have had a few beers, threw this on, and got a little weepy. zentner’s lyrics hit me like a brick, cause they’re so identifiable, at least to me or really anyone with a heart and soul. the background vocals, i cant forget to mention, definitely add a layer of emotion and need for some kind of connection, to someone or anything. one of the best of 2012, for sure"

--Captain's Dead

"But Lost proves, with each of its 11 tracks, that he's completely trustworthy as a musician, too. There's not so much as a stumble, let alone a misstep, and Zentner remains true to his vision from start to finish . . . This is music for reflection, for rainy days and firefly-lit nights. These are songs that flicker and sigh and recall lost affection and the brief fragility of life. In a good way."

--Asheville Mountain Xpress

"I’ve had Jeff Zentner’s new album, A Season Lost, for weeks now and after listening to it more than a dozen times, I still can’t quite describe its beauty, but I can tell you what draws me to to it time-and-time again."

--Common Folk Music

"given my propensity to tagging bands, songs, artists with such lazy and sophomoric labels as 'awesome,' 'killer,' 'lovely,' 'great,' 'most excellent,' etc it may seem that my vocabulary is quite limited, but you would only be half right. sometimes, even i get hung up and such trite phrases just ain't gonna cut it. such is the case with asheville native, jeff zentner"

--Captain's Dead

"...Without fail, the lyrics read well in their own right as poems, and truly shine out when put to Zentner’s hypnotic, whispering vocals and dreamy arrangements . . . Conjuring images of desolate, rusty small towns, and compelling tales of human tragedy, love, and friendship, the listener is transported away into another world entirely."

--Americana-UK

"his sound is to provide beautifully bleak soundscapes of Americana goodness. Think of a somber Ryan Adams with less piano mixed with Steve Earle without the anger."

--Slowcoustic

"Zentner is a truly breath-taking talent."

--Fresh Deer Meat

"Absolutely first-class, richly lyrical Nashville gothic from Asheville, North Carolina tunesmith Jeff Zentner . . . Darker than Iron & Wine, more deeply steeped in Americana than Nick Cave."

--Lucid Culture

"...Reminding me of a more embellished Nick Drake and recent folk-lovey Fionn Regan, these are beautiful songs that also have a hint of Morrissey about their lyrics. They may be dark, but there’s something wonderfully uplifting about them."

--The Line of Best Fit

"His songs are so beautiful that you won't even mind if they make you a little depressed."

--Triumphs and Tragedies

credits

released 24 July 2012

All songs written by Jeff Zentner, except for the part of “skies of blue” written by Sumie Nagano
recorded and mixed by Jeff Zentner
track 3 recorded and mixed by Jeff Zentner, Buck Curran, and Shanti Curran
mastered by Dana Gumbiner
photographs by Julie Cavallio
photograph of Jeff Zentner by Sara Zentner
layout by Matt Page

Jeff Zentner- vocals, guitar, slide guitar, banjo, mandolin, pedal steel
Elin Palmer- vocals (tracks 1, 11), violin (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11), cello (track 6), nykelharpa (track 9)
Rykarda Parasol- vocals (tracks 2, 5)
Matt Bauer- vocals (track 9)
Shanti Curran- vocals (track 3)
Buck Curran- electric guitar, harmonium (track 3)
Sumie Nagano- vocals, lyrics (track 6)
Hannah Fury- vocals (track 8)
Josie Little- vocals (tracks 4, 7, 10)
Clark Simmons- drums (tracks 2, 5)
Ben Ball- bass (tracks 2, 5), synths (tracks 2, 5)

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Track Name: The Motion of the Earth
sometimes i stay awake
after you’ve gone to sleep

lying in the dark
i listen to you breathe

the rise of your chest
and i lie there and think

about the motion of the earth
as it circles round the sun

the rolling of the tides
as they break upon the shores

there are just two things
that could take me from your side

the motion of the earth
the rolling of the tides

we have so little time
we have so little time
we have so little time

we can still defeat
the motion of the earth

we can still defeat
the rolling of the tides

come with me outside
it snows just twice a year

it whispers as it falls
watch the running deer

they run before the snow
their fauns at their side
Track Name: The Failing Light
i’ve got one thing to say
to you

i love you deeply
yes i do
the sun was out
today

i went to the park and thought
of you
the warmth washed over me like
a sea

i was there for hours
it seemed
until stars were out
in the sky

the twilight was soft and warm and green
the air smelled like honey in the failing light
Track Name: A Season Lost
it's a season lost that haunts my mind

i didn't see the snow fall
i didn't see the leaves fall
i didn't feel the summer sun

i was swept along in the river's flow

it's a season lost that haunts my mind

i didn't see the snow fall
i didn't see the leaves fall
Track Name: Bleed for You
this is all i have to give is it good enough for you
is it good enough for us?

on quiet afternoons do you think of me
like i think of you?

at three a.m., do you go for aimless walks to
drive me from your head?

when you wake from restless dreams
do you turn and look for me
in your deserted bed?

honey do you love me like i love you?
honey do you need me like i need you?
do you breathe for me like i breathe for you?
do you bleed for me like i bleed for you?

do you run your fingers down your neck, tracing down the paths that i long to kiss?

do the stars of summer shine on desire breathed between
the beating of two hearts?

were we born to this
were we born to taste this longing on our lips?

honey do you love me like i love you?
honey do you need me like i need you?
do you breathe for me like i breathe for you?
do you bleed for me like i bleed for you?
Track Name: Fire in My Bones
you’re a burning in my heart
a fire in my bones
a whisper on my lips
a secret on my tongue

you’re a lamplight street
scent of magnolia blooms
the wind before a storm
a white harvest moon

i always dream of you
when i’m awake
words leave my head
when i see your face

you dance in my mind
like waves of summer heat
rising from a road
whose end you never reach

you’re a burning in my heart
a fire in my bones
a whisper on my lips
a secret on my tongue

you’re my midnight song
my body’s heat
my sweet perfume
a storm on my sea
Track Name: Skies of Blue
sometimes things just fall apart
and leave pieces on the floor

you pick your way through the broken shards
as you turn and walk out that door

just turn and walk away

autumn comes and leaves will fall
in passing golden hues
the blush of summer's past and gone
and the cold of winter looms

and you wait for skies of blue

sometimes we stand in fire's path
to see what it consumes
we stand in silent disbelief
at all the things we lose

just see what it consumes
Track Name: Leaving
i've learned about leaving
a city like
a lover in the night

i wake before dawn
i don't say goodbye

i watch the lights fade
as i'm driving away

somehow it always seems
to rain that day

i never manage
to stay dry

your tears are just the same
they dampen where i once lay

and you'll both forget me one day
i only wish that i could say the same

newness and possibility
these are powerful things

these are the drugs that i crave
these are the things that hold sway over me
Track Name: White Horses
for all my life
i've had visions of horses
running through
my waking mind

they ran beside me
they never tired
my constant companions
day and night

now i have visions
of two white horses
running beside
a cool clear stream

their breath is hot
in the gathering winter
they shine like moonlight
on the new-fallen snow

someday perhaps
they will stop running
and lay themselves down
under leaf-filled skies

and leave me to dream
of those days of bright summer
when i still had
white horses inside
Track Name: Devil's Eyes
you’ve got the devil’s eyes. i can see you every time it rains
you’ve got the devil’s eyes. i can see you every time it rains

you’ve got the midnight walk. you haunt my dreams every time i sleep
you’ve got the midnight walk. you haunt my dreams every time i sleep

you’ve got the serpent’s tongue. you fill my mind with your pretty lies
you’ve got the serpent’s tongue. you fill my mind with your pretty lies


you’ve got the poison lips. you hand me fruit from the cursed tree
you’ve got the poison lips. you hand me fruit from the cursed tree

you’ve got the raven hair. you’ll surely be the death of me
you’ve got the raven hair. you’ll surely be death of me.
Track Name: Home
when will you come back home
there's a place for you here
a fire's burning in the hearth
the table's set with a fine meal

when will you come in from the cold
your breath hangs on the air like smoke
your cheeks are flushed and red as blood
you turn to face the raw wind

when will you shelter from the storm
the rain has soaked you to the bone
the driving wind drowns out your voice
the tornado sirens howl and moan

when will you find your way out of the woods
it's grown too dark to see the trail
you've fallen and skinned both your knees
nobody knows yet that you're lost
Track Name: Birds Fly South
birds fly south in autumn
to escape the cold

they fly among the grey clouds
that hide the fallen world below

one day i was feeling fallen
and like november inside

i stood and watched the grey november sky
for some heavenly sign

then on the horizon
i saw flecks of black appear

birds flying in formation
to someplace far from here

they passed overhead
wingbeats loud in the still air

i watched them fade into the distance
and slowly disappear

i stood there for a long time
afraid to even breathe

there are things older than sorrow
ancient rhythms of this world

the soil has no memory
neither does the air

wingbeats sound for a time
then they also disappear