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Broken Glass

by Speed the Plough

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After her sublime contributions on the first single of this series, as co-writer and vocalist of “Rush Hour,” we knew we needed to go back to the deep well that is Mayssa Jallad for another song. And this other Glass-influenced song made perfect sense.

We had keyboards, flutes and Toni’s vocal when we sent it to Mayssa in June. What we couldn’t imagine is that the devastating explosion in early August would give a very different meaning to “broken glass” to someone in the midst of it. We like to think that she brought the perfect sense of longing for escape to the song, conversing with Toni in the verses and bringing some ascendance to the choruses.

And thank the stars that we have reliable co-conspirators like Michael and Matt on guitars and Dan on bass, who are able to bring their sensibilities to a song remotely or in the bubble. Just finding a way to make it work for now.

Broken Glass will be a co-release with Dromedary Records, who will be issuing it as a limited edition lathe cut single. Details at dromedary-records.com.

lyrics

BROKEN GLASS

White tail
in the morning
Jail break
through the tall grass
Take heed
follow me home again
Follow me

Thru way
on a new day
Day trip
in the sunshine
North bound
where we’ll meet again
Corn field

(chorus)
Feels like it’s happening all over again
Feels like a dream ’til I open my eyes
I’m losing my way when you’re not around
I asked you to stay to see what I found

(Repeat first verse)

Wondering
always wondering
Why we
I’m still wondering
Waited
why we waited so long
So long

Time lapse
in the evening
Stories
by the fireside
Wake me
see you in the morning
Mornings

(chorus)

credits

released February 5, 2021
John Baumgartner - piano, vocals, synth
Toni Baumgartner - vocals, flute
Mayssa Jallad - vocals
Michael Baumgartner - guitar
Matt Davis - guitar
Dan Francia - bass
Written by John Baumgartner
Recorded in New Jersey and Beirut, Lebanon
Mixed by Don Sternecker at Mix-o-lydian Studios
Mastered by Scott Anthony at Storybook Sound

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Speed the Plough Hackensack, New Jersey

Speed the Plough is a New Jersey-based chamber pop band that has been playing since 1984. The band was formed by John & Toni Baumgartner and Marc Francia, the founders of The Trypes, a mainstay of the ’80s Hoboken scene, which included most members of The Feelies. STP has released 9 full-length albums (Coyote, ESD, Dromedary, and Bar-None), a single on French label Acetone, and a self-released EP. ... more

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