Jen Bresnahan & The Ex's

Jen Bresnahan & The Ex's

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A robust, medium-bodied blend of alternative country, folk, and rock that together embody a taste whose flavor betters with age.

Biography

A mixture of folk, rock, and blues, “Jen and the Ex’s” is a versatile four-piece band. Jen Bresnahan is the main singer/songwriter and rhythm guitar player, who has joined with two Jeffs (Koch and Porter), collaboratively playing bass, guitar, mandolin, and lap steel. Jen Bresnahan is a Montana-bred singer/songwriter who essentially taught herself to play guitar at age 21, after getting her damn heart broken. Her songs are reminiscent of the '70's, but have a modern edge that is at once solemn and bluesy, yet hopeful and sincere. Most of the time, she can't help but write about love and the loss of it (ex-boyfriends are sources of endless material)... She has played solo for about the last five years, coming out with two acoustic albums: "Ten Thirty-Two" in 2000, and "American Girl" in 2002. Her third album, "Ferris Wheel," was released in September 2006, and fans claim it is her most mature material yet, in terms of lyrics and instrumentation. Brand new songs are being written and rehearsed, and the band promises to be on the Portland scene once again, entertaining the unruly masses in style. The band’s influences include: Neil Young, Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, Nirvana, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Beth Orton, Wilco, Gillian Welch, Tom Waits...

Lyrics

Japan

Written By: Jen Bresnahan

I wanna take you away from this place, he said

I wanna buy you cream-colored lace, he said

I want you to know I think you're so fucking beautiful

Oh, yeah, we'll have to see, he said

We'll go to Vegas, we'll go to the sea, he said

It's up to you, baby, how do you feel?

She said, I don't wanna be heavy,

Don't wanna be a baby,

Don't wanna be lazy

Just want you to want me

Don't wanna be the one you think is overdone,

Underpaid, overlaid, self-destructive,

Or just plain stupid

He was such a charming man

6'6" from the south of Japan

He tried so hard, but he just couldn't please her

(repeat chorus)

I'm just gonna run you around, she said

I got one of you in every town, she said

Oh, honey, I don't think you should love me

She said, I don't wanna be a loser,

Don't wanna be a snoozer,

Don't wanna love a bruiser

Just want you to want me

Don't wanna be the one you're sick of when you're done

Had your fun, did your thing,

Had your fling, and now it's all over

Oh, honey, I don't think you should love me

Primary Colors

Written By: Jen Bresnahan

First time I saw you
You were standing cool, just like you do
Your eyes were blue
They took me to the moon
And then right back down to you
If you were a painting
You would be made up of primary colors
Because you are so bright
But only when it's sunny
Ain't that right?

You said you saw me from so far away
You said I made your day with all my funny shapes
I was the lovely one
The green-eyed cowgirl in the sun
Green-eyed cowgirl in the sun

Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby, don't make me fall in love with you
Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby, don't make me fall in love with you
I got so many, many things that I gotta do
Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby, don't make me fall in love with you

Next time I saw you
Well, I think that I just lost the time
Don't know where I put it
Must have left it in the middle of my mind
Blue-eyed sailor, may your late night sun always be yellow,
Follow you wherever you go, turn your boat into your home

They said you float around every chance you get
They said your skin never ever turns red
I am the lonely one
The green-eyed cowgirl in the sun
Green-eyed cowgirl in the sun

Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby, don't make me fall in love with you
Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby, don't make me fall in love with you
I got so many, many things that I gotta do
Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby, don't make me fall in love with you
With you, with you.

Under The Lamppost

Written By: Jen Bresnahan

I put yellow in my hair
But I don't look the way I used to
I used to be blonde and without a care
Now my roots betray me just like you did
If you ever see me again
Don't expect to find a friend

She was your dream girl
Don't lie
I found you both on my bridge, under the lamppost
She knew you were false
But still you tried
It was dark, but I saw it in your eyes

I put music in my guitar
While you ran away for a new start
I met a boy who loved me
But he didn't know what to be
It was only a matter of time
Before she took what was mine

She was your dream girl
Don't lie
I found you both on my bridge, under the lamppost
I don't know why I was so surprised
I was young, but I saw it in your eyes

You were a one-dimensional character from a book
He was the opposite:
Didn't know what to look for in a girl
Who was easy, so easy to read
Half of her you took with you
And half of me was what you left behind

Jolene, Jolene.
Don't compare her to me
She was two of a kind
And I was twice blind

Discography

1. "Ten Thirty-Two" released independently in 2000. Listen to "Chicago" and "Coffee" here:
http://cdbaby.com/cd/dgdcomp
2. "American Girl" released independently in 2002. Listen to "American Girl" on Mathcaddy Radio Session 4 here:
http://www.mathcaddy.com/history/2004/04/mathcaddy_radio_5.html
3. "Ferris Wheel" released independently in 2006;
www.myspace.com/jenbresnahantheexs, and www.cdbaby.com/cd/jenniferbresnahan

Set List

Typical opening set: (about 45 minutes)
ORIGINALS:
1. "Chicago" (a capella)
2. "When I'm Gone" (folk rock)
3. "Chemicals" (bluesy, rockabilly)
4. "Ferris Wheel" (title song for 3rd album)
5. "Under the Lamppost" (slide guitar, blues)
6. "The Way You Used To" (alt. country)
7. "Japan" (folk punk)
8. "Freight Train" (dynamic rock)
9. "Flying" (new original)

Headline set(s):
1. "Whiskey" (Jen solo with guitar)
2. "I Was Nervous" (a capella with percussion)
3. "When I'm Gone" (folk rock)
4. "Chemicals" (bluesy, rockabilly)
5. "Under the Lamppost" (slide guitar, blues)
6. "Can't Let Go" (Lucinda Williams)
7. "The Way You Used To" (alt. country)
8. "Ten Thirty-Two" (title song from 1st album)
9. "Bad Moon Rising" (CCR)
10. "Japan" (folk punk)
11. "Old Man" (Neil Young)
12. "Freight Train" (dynamic rock)
13. "The Divorce Song" (Liz Phair)
14. "Chocolate Jesus" (Tom Waits)
15. "Back To Me" (Kathleen Edwards)
16. "Ferris Wheel" (title song from 3rd album)
17. "Pri