Jay Carney

Jay Carney

BandRockGospel

All of my Rock, Country and Inspirational songs are available on line at www.broadjam.com/hjaycarney

Biography

“I have never heard a more involved, witty, politically humorous, and emotionally-tuned individual in my life. Jay writes material that will not only make you think, but pushes the boundaries of nearly every genre he dabbles in. Amazing versatility, a genuine contribution to any musical community, I'll stand by his work any day." -Nathaniel Jones, Archive Productions 7-20-10

“Jay Carney is one of those rare writers who truly lives or has lived what he writes. He possesses a level of passion and enthusiasm in his compositions that I have never seen in my 30 + years in the music business. His lyrics often encompass powerful poetry along with psychic depth that defines his writings in a unique and fascinating way. Other times, he is witty in a way that challenges the listener to think. It has been my pleasure to complete a number of compositions with Jay that I feel are as great, as compelling and as emotionally deep as anything I have ever written.” -Rick Chudacoff-Producer 11-20-10

“Jay Carney doesn't write words, he marries them to the melody of the song. He is a master of synchronizing the soul of a lyric to the groove and feel of a composition. As this book clearly demonstrates, his lyrics can stand alone without any melodic support as well. It is apparent that he writes from his own journey, but has an uncanny way of making listeners feel as if he was writing about theirs. After reading this book, the sheer volume of content reminds me of his inexhaustible work ethic and the pure quality of how each verse reveals his natural gift.” -Roy Elkin, Founder, Broadjam.com, 11-22-10

H. Jay Carney speaks to universal truths exploring the human condition. His catalog of 500+ songs spans multi-genres with heaviest concentrations in rock, country, pop, jazz & electronic. His recorded work is available at broadjam.com/hjaycarney where 30 songs have been voted into the Top 10 by fellow artists. His song 2 pts penance is included in the edgy feature film Rotkappchen: The Blood of Red Riding Hood. His 1st Pl Lyric Writing Contest finish in We Are Listening, 4th Qtr 2009 for Marionette's Parade led to a collaboration of Soul on Strings co-written with hit Nashville songwriters Pat & Pete Luboff. American Songwriter Magazine's Mar/Apr 2010 edition named Testify for honorable mention/Lyric Writing Contest. Jay is the 1st Pl Winner in Cooch Music's 13th Amateur Songwriting Contest 2009 for Come Dance. 65 of Jay's songs are represented both on and off Music Row in Nashville by Sharp Objects.

Lyrics

Tragedy

Written By: H. Jay Carney

Tragedy throughout the world today
And Tragedy isn’t how it ought to be

Can’t understand this pain I see
Can’t reconcile this third degree
We’re better than this you and me

Oh tragedy throughout the world today
And tragedy isn’t how it ought to be

Let’s take a stand for fellow man
And fix these things - create a ban
On all that’s wrong
Let’s use our strength to better man
(repeat)

Tragedy I won’t let you win with me
And tragedy come to and end you’ll see
Watch and you’ll see

I want you to join in with me
I want you to join in with me
Let’s create how it should be
With all our love we’ll set us free
These human goals comfort me

Come Dance

Written By: H. Jay Carney

V1: Well I saw saw you and my peepholes came unjusted
Your stems gliding cross the floor I felt so flustered
Your grace on overtime Oh man you looked so fine
I asked myself what kind of night will happen any other wise
And reconciled my confidence to jump ahead the other guys
The time is now and we’re both here so lets skip right past delay
Chorus:
That’s when I slide cross the floor
And ask you darling for so much more
Please or please come dance with me
V2: I was shocked as your peepers sparkled at me
You grabbed my arm turning separate into “we”
We glided on the dim lit floor to dance, dance, dance, dance
The vibe we caught although not sought blew us right into ecstasy
We bust a move for all to see
We broke the ice now all the rest joined us to dance, dance, dance, dance
Chorus:
Bridge:
I guess this is our first date
I suppose it must be fate,
Now let’s try a slow dance
Fire up some romance
V3: I guess there was no real reason to jitter up my nerves
The best of all my high school dreams were hidden in reserves
Now we are the couple to know
All it took was some courage to make it so
We waltzed into our dreams and slid right into love
And codified our steps as specified above
Held hands and saw it through
With goodness that we knew
Chorus:
V4: I was shocked as your peepers sparkled at me
You grabbed my arm turning separate into “we”
The vibe we caught although not sought blew into ecstasy
Come dance, come dance, come dance
I guess this is our first date
We bust a move for all to see
That’s when, that’s when Be mine
Scatting (fade out)
Note: Chorus is being sung in background

Oh Wondrous Motherhood

Written By: H. Jay Carney

Behold the way our earth goes round
Creating ever fervent sound
Lusting all material things
And not for what true beauty brings
I ask of you my fellow friends
See here now what does transcend
The noblest station on this earth
That’s been with you since birth

Oh wondrous motherhood
How is it you’re so good
Your love makes our world so bright

We feel your warming glow
It gives us strength to know
All in the world that’s right

BRIDGE
It’s the way your wisdom brings
All life’s precious things
As if on angels wings
You’re our light

You live inside our hearts
Where all goodness starts
Hail Oh Motherhood Hail

We feel you in our soul
It’s all we need to know
Hail Oh Motherhood Hail

BRIDGE
It’s the way your wisdom brings
All life’s precious things
As if on angels wings
You’re our light

Devil's Protege

Written By: H. Jay Carney

DEVIL’S PROTÉGÉ

I wear a scarlet S
Tattooed on my head
Beneath my crown of shame
Dripping crimson red

My battered inner child
A festival of sin
Screaming abuse claims
My day of reckoning

CHORUS
What’s this I’ve become?
The Devil’s protégé
Lost all I had gained
Somewhere along the way
No accuser do I fear
No witness do I dread
Nothing threatens me
Like the conscience in my head

I drag this weighted ball
Down streets of no return
Knowing it contains
Sins for all to burn

Is no hope to be found
Does mercy not exist
Forgiveness only from
This beast that I have kissed

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Shipwrecked far from home
I thought that joy had come
A life from good to bad
A gain of zero sum

I though my fellow man
Had Christian goals in mind
But what I found instead
Was nothing of the kind

Shitwrecked

Written By: H. Jay Carney

SHITWRECKED

I shit myself today
Lost all self control
I’m such a fucking mess
With duck tape it won’t show

I strap these feelings on
With grappling hooks and chains
And carefully contemplate
These guilt’s that leave fresh stains

CHORUS
Shitwrecked far from home
The crisis of my youth
Join my Battle zone
For your putrid proof
My mind a reservoir
Of crooked septic pain
My spirit still at war
With demons I won’t name

I drag my dog-bit leg
Down streets of cobblestone
And wrap my bleeding soul
Round shamons I have known

In my cheater’s chair I lounge
And carefully castrate
My precious thoughts and dreams
To please the magistrate

CHORUS

Bridge
With a Felon’s sense of honor
And convict’s custom creed
I grapple with dishonor
And steel just what I need

CHORUS

Guilt

Written By: H. Jay Carney

Guilt

My guilty finger points
Straight up to my own face
I live these haunted dreams
There is no real escape

I wrap these feelings round
And carry them for free
Not really understanding
If I own them or they me

My battered inner child
Now drunk and full of gin
Hoping to escape
This festival of sin

My sleepless whoring self
Now burned in effigy
Losing innocence
And promise to be free

CHORUS
Not often do I sing
A song of guilt so true
But now that I can see
I’ll sing this one for you
I’ll drop it in your lap
And sit right on your knee
As long as you extract
These nightmares that I see

Racing past my dreams
With thunderous malcontent
Downloading wicked screams
Without evil intent

Barbed wire bed of nails
Beneath my bloody sheets
With pillows lost in vain
And yonder trellised treats

CHORUS

Bridge
Rulers of morality
Tempting their mortality
A Sinners only friend
The one I will defend

CHORUS

Wind Inside My Screams

Written By: H. Jay Carney

THE WIND INSIDE MY SCREAMS
10-20-09
Remorse since I was born
With no attendant pain
Embattled dust till dawn
Haunting and abstained

My soul has gone to hell
My pride’s not far behind
I know this all too well
It’s how I tell the time

These stains I carry round
Of Satan’s certain sins
Bemuse the circus clown
And haunt my soul within

CHORUS
I circumnavigate
A dozen endless storms
But never ever reach
The center of the calm
With anguished howls at night
And bloody tempest dreams
I fight to save my life from
The wind inside my screams

I drag this weighted ball
Down streets of assassins
Knowing it contains
All my brother’s sins

I’ll gladly share with you
My resume of shame
And help you validate
It’s me who ought be blamed

CHORUS

Bridge
These feelings that I own
I fear will always be
Deep within my bones
For eternity

CHORUS

Palomino Pony

Written By: H. Jay Carney

Palamino Pony
She gallops with such energy way out there all alone
It brought my heart tremendous joy when I corralled her for my own
First weeks then months I worked so hard to tame that splendid beast
But all the time I could sense she was really not at peace
Then one spring day came home to see that she had run away
That sudden rush of heartfelt pain stays with me to this day

CHORUS
She’s a Palomino pony running wild in the wind
A precious gift from God that’s bordering on sin
Her brilliant untamed spirit drives her to be free
Now I understand just why she left me
A Palomino Pony must always run free

I met a perfectly imperfect girl who meant the world to me
Her silken hair and bright blue eyes were all I cared to see
But all the time I could sense she was really not at peace
I would have spent my life with her or most of it at least
I woke one day at early dawn to find she was gone for good
Again that tragic crush of pain till then misunderstood

CHORUS

Bridge
I loved them both so very much
And wanted them with me
It took the strength of all my love
To watch them both run free
CHORUS

Shipwrecked (non-explicit version)

Written By: H. Jay Carney

SHIPWRECKED
11-02-09
I bit myself today
Lost all self control
I’m such a bloody mess
With duck tape it won’t show

I strap these feelings on
With grappling hooks and chains
And carefully contemplate
These guilt’s that leave fresh stains

CHORUS
Shipwrecked far from home
The crisis of my youth
Join my Battle zone
For your putrid proof
My mind a reservoir
Of crooked septic pain
My spirit still at war
With demons I won’t name

I drag my dog-bit leg
Down streets of cobblestone
And wrap my bleeding soul
Round shamons I have known

In my cheater’s chair I lounge
And carefully castrate
My precious thoughts and dreams
To please the magistrate

CHORUS

Bridge
With a Felon’s sense of honor
And convict’s custom creed
I grapple with dishonor
And steel just what I need

CHORUS

The Human Race

Written By: H. Jay Carney

The Human Race
With tortured souls, we often ask why
With tortured hearts, we reach for the sky
We creep and we crawl, we rise to fight
We claw our way forward, with all of our might
With vision and grace, we search for the truth
We find peace and comfort, alongside of you
Chorus:
Oh Jesus Lord you are always there
With your infinite wisdom, your knowledge and grace
With all of our shortfalls, with all of our flaws
We are nothing more than human race
When we were born, you entered our soul
And you reached our for us and made us feel whole
With commitment and strength, we will find our way
Seven billion strong, singing brightly today
Though evil confronts us, with awesome resound
We’ll never be vanquished, we’ll always rebound
Chorus
Oh Jesus Lord you are always there
With your infinite wisdom, your knowledge and grace
With all of our shortfalls, with all of our flaws
We are nothing more than human race
Bridge
And when we have doubt, and when we’re not sure
You climb deep inside us and help reassure
Chorus
Oh Jesus Lord you are always there
With your infinite wisdom, your knowledge and grace
With all of our shortfalls, with all of our flaws
We are nothing more than human race

Gypsy From Poughkeepsie

Written By: H. Jay Carney


Gypsy From Poughkeepsie

My new Manhattan Mojo fell into a nasty fate
So I packed my weekend bag and drove my Beamer upstate
I asked this fortune teller what's this rash inside my head
But she grabbed a hold my shoulder and said let's make love instead
I resisted her advances but she used a magic spell
When I awoke I found that she had caused my head to swell
I wrestled with this arrogance I'd never seen before
And tried to do a big tap dance to shoo it out the door
All the while I saw her smile and with her knowing wink
Its then that I first realized that we were on the brink
CHORUS
She’s my gypsy from Poughkeepsie
Schooled in the mystic arts
Got these lotions and these potions
That work wonders on my heart
When she casts her magic spell
And makes me promise not to tell
My Gypsy from Poughkeepsie
Never fails to make me well
She’s my Gypsy from Poughkeepsie
I asked her if my future held surprises she could tell
With a twinkle in her eyes she produced a shiny gel
She smeared it on my hands and rubbed it in my face
Before I knew what’s happening my mind gave way to chase
I discovered that her training started centuries ago
And that payment for her expertise has become a quid pro quo
CHORUS
BRIDGE
She told me long ago
Down on 34th and vine
A previous customer
Had got into a bind
CHORUS

The Son of My Old Man

Written By: H. Jay Carney


The Son of My Old Man
11-27-09
Verse 1:
I don’t see how it’s right
I don’t see how I can
I’ve wrestled it all night
I’m just a humble man
I can’t stand funerals
And wakes are even worse
They want me to speak
A Eulogy of sorts
As I straighten out my tie
And gaze at my reflection
Unsure its he or I
Looking my direction
1st chorus
Sure he drank too much. So do I!
Cursed an awful lot. So do I!
Give the shirt off his back. I’d do the same
Liked a night out on the town. Can’t be blamed
Used to flirt with all the girls. Just like me
laid his claim on this world, as far as I could see
Uncommonly gifted at fatherly love. Guess he was my biggest fan
Jeez I’m just like him! The son of my old man!
Verse 2:
They say I sound like him
And even have his gait
My aunts still pinch my cheeks
It’s a family trait
To all his friends at work
He bragged a lot bout me
Called me best he’d ever done
For all the world to see
He said this is my boy
Don’t he look like me?
Spiting image of
The man that he will be
2nd Chorus
Sure he drank too much. So do I!
Cursed an awful lot. So do I!
always lived by the good book, I’m the same
led with his fists & his heart, I do the same
uncommonly gifted at fatherly love
took his guidance from God above
but he’d never pass the buck, that’s why I was his biggest fan
Jeez I’m just like him! The son of my old man
BRIDGE
This funeral aint so bad
Glad we honored his name
Letting all his friends
See what I became
CHORUS

Sweetness And Tragedy

Written By: H. Jay Carney

SWEETNESS AND TRAGEDY
12-10-09 Final

She moves so slow and patiently
As she slides inside my heart
Pushing all my buttons
From the very start
She’s crashed and burned before
And has the scars to prove
But nothing can deny
Her power to soothe
One moment softly smiling
Rose petals in her hair
The next she’s screaming wildly
Of her nightmares in my ear

CHORUS
Here comes majestic beauty
Spitting in my face
Sweetness and Tragedy
Stunning in its grace

I don’t want no amnesty
Can’t bear this love to waste
Sweetness and Tragedy
Stunning in its grace
With childhood wonderment
She winks and throws a kiss
And captivates my heart
As if nothing’s amiss
Now close and yet so far
She gives just what I need
Until she flips her switch
And starts her soul to bleed
My love for her’s a curse
Torments me every day
Just like a desert thirst
I live in shades of gray

CHORUS

BRIDGE
This woman that I love
With hip-psychotic pain
Fills my soul with joy
Lovely as the rain

CHORUS

The Marionette's Parade

Written By: H. Jay Carney

The Marionette’s Parade

Whose strings are these that lift my arms
What of these dreams that work their charms
With dancing meters and bright red clothes
We entertain on tippy toes
Look at this, look at me
I wish I knew just how to be
You shake my hand, I walk like this
You only see external bliss

CHORUS
Our acting is deserving all the love that's in your hearts
And you're clapping cause you’re happy to see the Marionette's March
We entertain you and sustain you as we fill our life’s crusade
But you fail to see our tears inside the Marionette’s Parade

I want so much to be so real
And feel those things that people feel
I need so much to have a heart
And not to live a world apart
Pull my strings make me sing
Make me do amazing things
Let me fly don't ask why
I hide this sadness deep inside

CHORUS

BRIDGE
I’m happy when I’m on the stage
That’s when I feel I got it made
So sad when I’m back on the shelf
And must deny my one true self

CHORUS

Unzip My Heart

Written By: H. Jay Carney

Unzip My Heart
12-10-09

With a bow so purposeful
The arrow took its aim
Hell bent on love and fear
Straight thru my heart it came
Though frozen many years
The tip so fine with lead
The target it did pierce
Crimson as it bled
I’m ready to fall into love
with stunning agony
For joy and pain combine their strength
to kiss both you and me

CHORUS
Unzip my heart
Encase it with your grace
Give it all the light
Of your full embrace
I beg you Oh so please
Your shot has hit its mark
I’m down on hands and knees
Oh please Unzip my heart

I see you now so clear
Both winged and full of flight
Unstartled as you near
My aim still in your sight
Is one not yet enough?
How many can I stand
You had me at hello
Just take me by the hand
Let loose your sun filled smile
Wrap it tightly round my heart
The freshness of your scent
Tearful joy it does impart

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Dethaw me from this pain
Expose to light of day
The center of my love
Unhidden now always

CHORUS

The Empty Page

Written By: H. Jay Carney

THE EMPTY PAGE
Pure and bare, a virgin sheet
Its history still unknown
No prejudice, no love or hate
A future not yet grown
Swaddled, coddled all needs met
This young Id rules the home
Not yet taken his first step
A perfect, precious poem
CHORUS
It’s blank! It’s blank!
It pulls no rank, no preconceived bias
It’s pure as light with future bright
We pray for its justice
A life starts out an empty page with stories to be told
As it seeks its one true age its destiny unfolds
In cloak of wandering day and night its spirits do engage
The phantom mystery of its soul beyond the empty page
How cruel this viscous quilt tipped pen
Which moves with urgent speed
Ignoring life’s great masterpiece
With warnings it won’t heed
Have you no mercy must you shame
This pure and splendorous sight
Take your writings to elsewhere
I beg you with my life
CHORUS
BRIDGE
Words so often spoil the leaf
When sketch outlines begin
And others start to recognize
The best that’s penciled in
CHORUS

Nighttime Funeral, Burial In The Dark

Written By: H. Jay Carney

Nighttime funeral, Burial in the dark
Final Lyrics 1-20-10
He called himself the prophet
He spoke to God he said
He ruled for 30 years
Decided who was wed
7 wives he called his own
He was the village head
He claimed a sacred plan
At this shanty town homestead
CHORUS
Nighttime funeral
Burial in the dark
Such a strange event
In God’s forsaken park
Hear the brethren singing
Like hyenas as they bark
Nighttime funeral
Burial in the dark
Not all the flock believed
Some did not support
And at his elder age
His death spilled no report
But fowl play was at hand
A strangling did take place
And now the prophet’s spot
A killer does embrace
CHORUS
BRIDGE
A casket for Polygamy
The law brings such a fright
That’s why secret internment
Takes place just at Midnight
CHORUS

Too Much Forgiveness

Written By: H. Jay Carney

TOO MUCH FORGIVENESS

I know I screwed up, made awful mistakes
What I done was so wrong, it gives me the shakes
Shoulda known better, should act more my age
Why don’t you scold me and show me some rage?
You’re making me guilty by not getting mad
This thing that I done was really quite bad

CHORUS:
Way too much love and not enough pain
I give no resistance but I am to blame
The way you treat me feels so much like thanking
Too much forgiveness and not enough spanking

I committed a sin, it was unjustified
Confessed it to you and I told no lies
You let me off easy, a slap on my hand
But now guilt’s set in, I can’t understand

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Ex malo bonum
Out of bad comes good
Ex malo bonum
Out of bad comes good

CHORUS

Cards Of Life

Written By: H. Jay Carney

CARDS OF LIFE

She took out her coincidence and lay it facing up
I showed her some small sense of grief I’ve weaned off like a pup
She countered with some irony and caught me by surprise
But when I showed her déjà vue she new she couldn’t hide
I told her that it’s what I love that defines me the most
No matter if it’s not returned it’s still what I will boast
She shows me just a tiny piece of who she is inside
Then lays it next to sympathy and spreads her hand out wide

CHORUS
The deck is stacked it will not last its two pair in your face
The game of life can take a break and shuffle human grace
The ace of spades and queen of hearts may get us through the night
But morning comes and beckons us to face the other cards of life

I bluffed with potent arrogance whipped out my resume
Then raised with some benevolence she couldn’t take away
The die is cast the deck shuffled we register our bets
This time with loss of innocence she leads right from her vest
Although I fear she’s not real clear and hides cards up her sleeve
It’s not my place to lose this race or prove what I believe
I draw three more as I ignore her stunning lack of grace
For now my life affords some joy to keep me in my place

CHORUS

BRIDGE
I work my way within this life
No wild cards in my hand
With Joker’s sense of comedy
I play the best I can

CHORUS

City Sins

Written By: H. Jay Carney

City Sins

It’s an urban jungle and it’s tugging at my sleeve
It’s whispering hey mister can't you help me please
Calling out my name and begging me to look
It grabs me by the heart like a southern mystic crook
I built a head of steam as I breathe the whippoorwills
Still I stumble in between and dust off needless frills

CHORUS
Give this life to me
Hurl it at my soul
Rub my belly for good luck
I’ll get to where I know
I’ll double drink this world
Consume all that I can
And chew right to the bone
Of these countless city sins

The trouble with tomorrow is forgetting yesterday
As I guzzle all my sorrow and fashion some delay
Into the misty brook of the countryside I left
To gain such little semblance of sweet sounds that left me deaf
As I struggle to forget the misery of my past
And dream I can remember good things that never last

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Sin City scintillates such senseless shoddy shams
And separates new life from old ones grasped within both hands

CHORUS

Discography

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Set List

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