Bremen

by PigPen Theatre Co.

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The Huffington Post's #10 album of 2012!

With their debut album "Bremen", the award-winning PigPen Theatre Co. steps into the studio for the first time. Born out of their critically acclaimed stories written for the stage, "Bremen" finds the balance between theatricality and subtlety. PigPen embraces rich storytelling, often pairing haunting lyrics with the playful melodies and levity of their productions. Whether it’s the driving banjos that fuel the dusty “Crow”, the warm, lush harmonies in “As Lonely As Me,” or the nostalgia found in the swelling strings of “Grand Old Paris,” each track finds a unique way to stick with you.

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released 24 April 2012

The members of PigPen Theatre Co. are:
Alex Falberg
Arya Shahi
Ben Ferguson
Curtis Gillen
Dan Weschler
Matt Nuernberger
Ryan Melia

"Bremen"
Written, Arranged, and Performed by: PigPen Theatre Co.
Featuring: Michael T on Upright Bass.
Produced & Mixed by: Ron Robinson Jr.
Engineered by: Mike Judeh
Recorded at: Dubway Studios, NYC
Mastered by: Mike Crehore at Dubway Studios, NYC
Album Illustration: E.K. McDonnell

Special Thanks:
All the wonderful supporters and backers of our Kickstarter.
Mark Altman and the whole crew at Dubway Studios, NYC.
Carnegie Mellon University for giving us a Playground.
Jim Niesen for use of his banjo.
And our families, you are truly the best, we love you.

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PigPen Theatre Co. New York, New York

PigPen Theatre Co. met as freshman at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2008. Their debut LP, “Bremen”, was named #10 album of the year in The Huffington Post’s 2012 Grammy preview. Their follow up EP, “The Way I’m Running”, was premiered by American Songwriter and released on Oct. 8th, 2013. ... more

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Track Name: As Lonely As Me
A sea that breathes is a sea that talks
And an ear in tune can hear its coughs

How could oh the sea
Ever feel as lonely as me?

And a moon that seeps
Beats into a drum on the floor
And a tide that whines
will grab your hands from the shore

But how could oh the sea
Ever feel as lonely as me?

Let it come let it go like a crisis
Where its bottle thin or as wide as you'd like it
I'm so scared I'm losing my wises
The more and more I think I don't like this
The more and more I feel I don't like this
I don’t like this

So how could oh the sea
Ever feel as lonely as me?
Track Name: The Goose Song
Mountaintops covered with snow
Have always been as far below me
As the bottom of the ocean deep
To any old fish that you could meet

Ain't it funny that all we have
Is all we know
And all I know is flight

Clouds that shift and split in two
Have always been a brother to me
The storms they bring and the gusts of wind
That rain on men and lift my wings

Ain't it funny that all we have
Is all we know
And all I know is flight

Those with stronger wills
will stand so still they
grow their roots away from it
But oh to use those roots
to feed the leaves that do
indeed grow towards it.
Oh the space above our heads is useless
unless we do reach for it.

Ain't it funny that all we have
Is all we know
And all I know is flight
Track Name: Crow
Like two drunk crows
Who drank too much wine
And danced for far too long
We raised our glass and drank down fast
And waltz to our favorite songs
As we cried why can't it always be night

The moon herself
She done look down her dress
At us two red faced crows in our tree
She raised her hands and she swooped down fast
And she sure done shut our beaks
And she cried why won't you give me some peace

Oh we tried oh we tried
From the dusk till the dawn
Till there were holes in our eyes from the sun

Oh we tried oh we tried
From the dusk till the dawn
Till there were holes in our eyes from the sun

Oh my dawn
Please lay me down
Is it a crime lord is it wrong?

Oh my dawn
Please lay me down
Is it a crime lord is it wrong?

Is it wrong?

Is it?
Track Name: The Graveyard Song
Lover of ten years passed
They have covered you with grass
And stones now line your grave
Caked in your graveyard dust
I remain to trust
That your soul is still awake
Still awake

Lover indeed they have covered with weeds
My body but my soul remains
So play louder, and faster, and stronger
And make this soil break
Make it break

These weeds these weeds tangled tangled
Oh these knots not so simple
Oh these trees hanging hanging
Oh their limbs casting
Shadows

Lover indeed they have covered with weeds
My body but my sould remains
So play louder, and faster, and stronger,
Make this soil break
Make it break
Track Name: Bremen
"Oh where are we going"
Said the brown dog to the hen
But just because they were animals
Doesn't mean they couldn't have been men

Oh lets go down to Bremen
Take my paw in your hand
And we'll sing for our supper
In that freest of the freest
People need to see us
The freest of the freest land

It was part of the plan
Everybody would stand
On their hind legs
Hands holding high the other
Like a tower of brothers

And the one on the top
Would crow warning
And call in the morning
And call out the storm that was coming
The one on the bottom would steer
Till the road was clear
And the people would learn to rejoice
And to fear our coming

But how long did we think
We could walk we could sing
Before our voices gave out and our limbs gave in
On the road, on the road, on the road, on the road
On the way, on the way, on the way
To Bremen, to Bremen, to Bremen,
To Bremen, to Bremen, to Bremen,
To Bremen

Oh on the road to Bremen
I came across some robbers three
And first I took everything away from them
Then they took everything away from me
Track Name: The Dress Song
I'm making you a dress
That you can wear on top
Of all the other things that you have got

It's gonna be made of silk
It's gonna have lacy fringe
It's gonna have two pockets you can put your things in

But when you wear my dress
You've got to always step
In time with the one who's singing a song to you

The breath upon your skin
The tiny gust of wind
The one against the other keeps you pinned

In line with the one who's singing to you
In time with the one who's singing to you
He's sung this song before before
He's slipping through that closing door again

I guess I am a ghost
That's what my friends all say
I'm rigid as a post and I am grey

There isn't anything
To say or do or want
I'm just an empty box collecting time, collecting sun

But when you wear my dress
You've got to always step
In time with the one who's singing his song to you
Track Name: Stowaway
I can see how
Our dirty thread now
Is close to broke since we last spoke

A stowaway from Galway
I went through all your gowns
And spooked away all your ghosts

Coffins arose, but no one ever spoke

Comfort is as comfort does
And I've held up all your crowns
And I've wondered since what I'd do now

A tower is as feared
As its glass is clear
For those inside that do look down

But soon the ground arose, and everybody choked

But oh my garden
Oh my roses cut by friends that I knew then

Oh your hardened heart
It softens with the friends that you had when

If I am a frown
Once cooked but now chewed down
A stomachs worth of all this work

But give me just a smile
It'll last me for a while
As I search for what made this worked

But oh my garden
Oh my roses cut by friends that I knew then

Oh your hardened heart
It softens with the friends that you had when
Track Name: My Only Son
My only son, falter none
As my mind slips away

But I won't forget your name
And I won't forget your face
Little one, my only son

How could a melody
Hummed by a memory
Die quick

So tuned to nothing
It hangs oh so empty
Not thick

How could I lose you
When I don't choose to
Will it bend, or will it mend?
Will it mend, or will it break?

But I won't forget your name
And I won't forget your face
Little one, my only son

With stories ever old
You told them so they never grow faint
They stay as something all together nothing remains

How could I lose you
When I don't choose to
Will it bend, or will it mend?
Will it mend, or will it break?
Track Name: We Stand Alone
We stand alone with the bones of our father's breath
Retching our souls with the stories of life and death
Come pass away on the sinews of our strings
But watch your weary eyes and protect thy dreams

A call to arms
We brothers four
The jobs at hand
So dust your tongues
And instruments
To tell the tales of the land

Steal away the weight that crushes thy bare chest
For something's galloped all night
To mold this mare's nest
We were taught from the whisperings
Of our mother’s fears
So watch your weary eyes and wipe away those tears

A call to arms
We brothers four
The jobs at hand
So dust your tongues
And instruments
To tell the tales of the land

Mi stayeem, samye nat kastyamee, ot papinay dooshi
Mi stayeem, samye nat kastyamee, ot papinay dooshi
Mi stayeem, samye nat kastyamee, ot papinay dooshi
Mi stayeem stayeem stayeem
Mi stayeem stayeem stayeem
Mi stayeem stayeem stayeem
Track Name: Just Like The Sea
Isn't it just like the sea
To come between you and me
Out on the water you'd be
As I watched with anxiety

You'd say "Don't hate the sea from the shore,
The ocean was here long before the land.
Take my hand, come out here with me."
But of course I'd never leave
And you'd float out to sea

Isn't it just like the sea
To come between you and me
Out on the water you'd be
As I watched with anxiety

You'd say "Don't hate the sea from the sand,
The ocean was here long before the land
Take my hand."
Track Name: Grand Old Paris
Light the streets up like old gay Paris
Hear the songs they played for you and me
My weary heart stood stock still stock still
While our hips swayed with their own free will

Lands deserted by crushing blue blows
Are nothing like the sight of your silver clothes
We won't dance again my dear I fear
But the music plays when we're near you're near

Please forgive these hands of mine
For they tremble and untwine
All these knots we've banded to
The steps that we once knew

Shake your locks free and bow your boughs
Down falls the canopy of your silvered crown
Age don't mean a thing my dear I fear
As long as music plays when we're near you're near

Please forgive these hands of mine
For they tremble and untwine
All these knots we've banded to
The steps that we once knew

Strike the band up and play on play on
Lighter now with the soft spoken dawn
My weary heart beat in time in tune
Until the music stopped and our dance did too.