Coby Brown

Coby Brown

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandEDMSinger/Songwriter

“..Evokes "Mind Games" Lennon to the lighter side of My Morning Jacket.” -Deli Magazine LA "Fans of artists like Josh Rouse and Josh Ritter will find a lot to love here.." -Bullz-eye.com "..awash with atmosphere.... all shimmer and seduction." -Performing Songwriter

Biography

Recorded in fits and starts over the last two years, Brown’s latest, French Exit, marks a seismic sonic shift for the LA based singer/songwriter.

While 2008’s Stars & Curses, written after a bout with cancer, was a love letter to being alive, French Exit is a visit with ghosts. The record has a sense of urgency that comes from realizing the clock is running.

These songs are short and spare, dressed up in an echo and over before you’re ready for them to be. The lyrics explore moments of departure when the familiar becomes unrecognizable, and the struggle that comes from trying to hold on to things designed to disappear.

Produced by Will Golden and recorded in LA at Chalet Studios, French Exit features a stellar band comprised of guitarist David Immergluck (Counting Crows, Camper Van Beethoven), Fil Krohnengold (Sarah Bareilles, Duncan Sheik), bassist Jonathan Ahrens (Liz Phair) as well as new addition drummer Michael Jerome (Richard Thompson, John Cale).

“I couldn’t shake the feeling that once you walk through certain doors, you can’t go back to where you were, even if you wanted to. And it’s liberating, but it can feel like a smack in the face.”

Brown cowrote and performed the end credit track “Edge of Man” for director Rod Lurie’s (the Contender) feature “Nothing but the Truth” and has songs in the features “The River Why", “Answers to Nothing”, “Lo-Fidelity” and “Loosies”, and Counting Crows have covered his song "Hospital" on their latest release, "Underwater Sunshine". Brown is set to release French Exit independently this Fall.

Lyrics

Your Luck Is Going to Change

Written By: Coby Brown

Your luck is going to change

Fading into view
Everything that’s true
Comes to pass it must
Just like the ocean leads to
rust
It’s a cover up
Poisons in the cup

Drink the drug and see
Love or misery
Born to break your back
But if you want then take your
hacks
Always time for tea
Thanks love none for me

Your Luck is going to change
Your luck is going to change
Your luck ain’t going to be there no more
It’s in the mail the clock is running

I’ve been on the junk
On the ship that sunk
Know the ocean floor
I know the shape the size the
Score
And to rise again
Broke but learned to bend

Your Luck is going to change
Your luck is going to change
Your luck is going to change
Your luck is going to change

So say what you will
See your look to kill
Raise you what you want
I know the nature of a
Stunt
And what’s in my hand
World at my command

Your luck is going to change
Your luck is going to change
Your luck is going to change
Your luck is going to change

Drop Down Dead

Written By: Coby Brown

Go down
And don’t you get
back up
I’m warning you
Look around
The people here are marked for mourning
so
why don’t you just leave it alone
There’s some things you really should have ought to have known

From down
below I see
the stars and curses
Don’t want
no jell-o, blood, morphine or nurses
No I will never leave it alone
There’s some things you really should have ought to have known

Knocked down dead stand up
Stand up I will just keep repeating
Knocked down dead stand up
Shake it off and take the beating
Fight
Well alright
Well alright

I rope a dope and roll with all your punches
And when you’re done you’re going to drink your lunches
And
Pretty soon you’re all punched out
There will be some things you’re going to find out

Nevermind those punches landing
Winner is the last one standing

Madman

Written By: Coby Brown

I keep dreaming I’m on a plane
I got a one way ticket to feel insane
And I don’t know where this thing’s going to land

But the flight is long and the ride is rough
And just when I think I’ve had enough
I have to take much more than I can stand

And I am standing at the waters edge
madman on a window ledge
Looking for a way to get back in
Cuz in the ocean nothing lasts
Waves just keep on rolling past
And I’m waiting for the next one to begin

I can’t wait till I wake up
Wish something would interrupt the
Sleep that much too long I’ve lingered in

I want so much more than this
All the things I’ve ever missed
I swear to God I’ll never miss again

And the way
That the waves are rolling in
Is the same
As the way its always been

And I am standing at the waters edge
madman on a window ledge
Looking for a way to get back in
Cuz in the ocean nothing lasts
Waves just keep on rolling past
And I’m waiting for the next one to begin

Weigh Me Down

Written By: Coby Brown

Hit the lights and kill the TV set
Cuz there ain’t nothing on I ain’t seen yet
Basic cable cannot save me
From the cards the dealer gave me

But when there’s a way to carry on
Then there’s a way to carry on
So nothing going to weigh me down
Nothing going to weigh me down

It ‘s not you or me or us or them
It’s not who or how or why and when
Fuck good luck
I’ll take my chances
On my present circumstances

But when there’s a way to carry on
Then there’s a way to carry on
So nothing going to weigh me down
Nothing going to weigh me down

Run Like I'm A River

Written By: Coby Brown

I will ask you plain
I just got one way to speak
Help to make me strong
Because the world has made me weak

I remember when I started
How there wasn’t anything
Any man or any country
Any court or any king

That ever kept me from my calling
No wall so tall I could not scale
But now I feel like I am falling
Lord don’t let me fail
Let me run like I’m a river
Let me travel like a trail

Won’t you make my heart a pillow where the world can lay its head
While it once provided comfort
Now its cold as stone instead

Won’t you give me back the laughter that I traded to be right
Cuz the sound of rightwous silence is no comfort in the night

And so the stars are all my sorrows
Their light so cool and far and pale
I pray the sun will rise tomorrow
Lord don’t let it fail
Please don’t let me fail
Let me run like I’m a river
let me travel like a trail

Sunday

Written By: Coby Brown

There’s a name for what you been doing
Sewing seeds in the land of ruin some say
Staying out past the point of pardon
Sleeping late in the devil’s garden Sundays
Your going to have to learn the hard way
Monday are crash and burn
And take your turn
Like anybody else



Don’t believe with the life you’re living
Have to take what the devil’s giving for it
Or set a price on the things you value
Poison kills it won’t matter how you pour it
Time is a gift you must adore it
Or drink to what your told
And bought and sold to everybody else

Don’t you talk to me like a dead man
I can do anything that you can better
I’m alive and I know the reason
Gonna have me the biggest season ever
And that’s the trick that makes me clever
Sunday the clock struck now or never
Just like it will for everybody else

Rise and Fall

Written By: Coby Brown

I’ve been to nowhere
Over and over
Its up from the ashes
and into the clover for me

I want history written
right off of the pages
Fed to the fire
and released from the ages and freed

You must admit that what is happening here
Should never have occurred at all
But in the end I will be standing here long
After you rise and fall

Don’t want to be
any part of the story
of those who were brave
but have gone to their glory amen

It’s a tired old tale
and its tattered and broke
made of busted old words
that should never be spoken again

You must admit that what is happening here
Should never have occurred at all
But in the end I will be standing here long
After you rise and fall

I’ve been to nowhere
Over and over
Its up from the ashes
Up from the ashe and into the clover

4th of July

Written By: Coby Brown

Crossing the country
West to the Eastern Coast
Headed for Summer
Places I love the most

picking out stations
Looking for songs I know
Finding the voice of
American radio

Bluer than Elvis
Blacker than Memphis soul
Whiter than country
Redder than rock and roll

Sound of treason
Got the look of a lie
But it feels just
like the 4th of July

Faded old songs but
Faded old songs ring true
Out on the highway
They’re starting to sound brand new

Cuz it’s been a long time
since anyone stopped to see
That freedom means something
other than victory

Washington’s waving
Waving that flag for you
And it makes me see red and
Makes me feel black and blue

Colors falling
Stars are filling the sky
And it feels like
It’s the 4th of july

Lived to Tell the Story (Epilogue)

Written By: Coby Brown

I spent the time and did the things I had to do to get up off the floor
And I kept my concentration on the feeling of my walking out the door
And I played the broken record of a hypochondriac
And I won the war that started with a cheap shot sneak attack
And I lived to tell the story Jack
And I told it and I’m never coming back

Well I itched and scratched and bitched and moaned and punched a nice sized hole into the wall
And I held my shit together with the help of heavy pharmaceuticals
And I learned to say go fuck yourself a thousand different ways
To a thousand different people on a thousand different days
And I lived to tell the story Jack
AndI told it and I’m never going back

And now I am the owner of the story that nobody wants to hear
Yeah but now that I can do it let me take the time to set the record clear
Don’t you come and ask me unless you want an answer back
And if you’re wearing armor then I’m looking for the crack
Cuz I lived to tell the story Jack
And I told you Lord I'm never going back

Discography

2012 - French Exit
2008 - Stars and Curses
2007 - Time Is Now ep
2004 - Truth Shines ep
2001 - Homesick

Film Placements:
Nothing but the Truth
Lo-Fidelity
Answers to Nothing
The River Why
Loosies
Constellation (indie feature)
Ropewalk (indie feature)

TV Placements:
October Road (ABC)
Side Order of Life (Lifetime)
Ellen Degeneres
Men In Trees (ABC)
Everwood (WB)
Invasion (ABC)
One Tree Hill (WB)
Lucky (FX)

Set List

Sunday
Run Like I'm a River
Living Proof
Come on it's time to go
Call and Answer
4th of july
Time of Need
Hospital
Lived to tell the story
Your Luck Is Going to Change