Munny & the Cameraman

Munny & the Cameraman

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Born out of an acoustic tradition, Munny & the Cameraman incorporates a uniquely textured mix of instrumental musings and lyrical intensity. A southern folk singer and a northern jazzman team up in a beyond-acoustic sonic experience.

Biography

Munny & the Cameraman is the musical product of two college friends who started swapping original songs in autumn of 2003. After years of on-and-off collaboration, Munny Townsend and Jonah Sol Gabry officially formed Munny & the Cameraman for a self-titled debut album, released in October of 2010.

Born out of an acoustic tradition, Munny & the Cameraman incorporates a uniquely textured mix of instrumental musings and lyrical intensity. What started eight years ago has grown into a "beyond-acoustic" partnership - carefully blending styles of Americana folk, blues, jazz and indie-rock. Munny' Townsend's haunting voice and distinctly southern lyricism is buttressed by the experimental boldness of Jonah Sol Gabry's musical composition. The resulting fusion from this Mississippi singer-songwriter and New York City-born jazzman is a sonic experience that feels strangely familiar, like you've known them all along.

Lyrics

Revolutions

Written By: Munny Townsend

two revolutions forward
one revolution ago
i held a secret between my thumbs
but had to let her go
wheels beneath the burning sky
finish where they started
and when does returning mean
you've already departed

start a revolution baby change your mind
start a revolution baby you'll feel better inside

it's the silence between her words
as she looks at the sky
moving on to come back home
baby take me for a ride
rock me back against your chest
let me never stop falling
comfort with the endlessness
is better off than crawling

start a revolution baby change your mind
start a revolution baby you'll feel better inside

there's an ocean inside of me
filled with words she never said
i swim in it to know all
the places we never met
staring at the edge of loneliness
in a city far away
do i dare eat a peach
as i stumble stagger and stay

start a revolution baby change your mind
start a revolution baby you'll feel better inside

Hey Stranger

Written By: Munny Townsend and Jonah Sol Gabry

i'm moving on
moving on a wire
i'm dying
dying on fire
don't forget to watch me burn
one day she whispered
we'll all be set free
chained to the wind
stirring up my feet
don't forget i watch you sleep

why are you here
and what was your name
nice to meet you i'm on fire
nice to meet you i'm on fire

we've gotten stranger
as the years roll on
we're different people
at the end of these guns
hey stranger, hey

why are you here
and what was your name
nice to meet you i'm on fire
nice to meet you i'm on fire

i’m a tightrope walker
in this secret charade
you’re a midnight stalker
who got lost on their way

hey, stranger hey

Tattoos

Written By: Munny Townsend and Jonah Sol Gabry

painted words on a table mean nothing
but carve them and bleed
burned into place we slept together
you were on your knees
she is out there somewhere
begging for our grief
broken lines dot the boulevard
on the way back home
she’s tucked into a pocket sewn shut
just so no one’ll know
i can hear them laughing
but i knew you’d come

i can’t stand still
and you can’t hold back
i’m gnawing on your tattoos
you paint your windows black

conversations beat
my eardrums cadence on their own
i wish you were here instead of out there
sewn shut and stoned
you have to hold on while i go down

the degree to which she becomes a character
in my mind is the degree
to which she becomes absent from my life
i would starve to watch you crawl

I Had A Say In This

Written By: Jonah Sol Gabry

early to mid to late july
the plane will land the sky will die
and when this happens you will see
a brewing storm inside of me
a faceless cloud within the moon
i say something important a week too soon

in the time between then
and when i should’ve said
i had a say in this
i had a say in this

and under the belly of the great great moon
a face I see in a small balloon
a smile a wave your hands in mine
is just my dream in this glass of wine

and in the time between then
and when i should’ve said
i had a say in this
i had a say in this

beneath my sleeves there is a scar
that i gave myself in an old brown car
fading fast into my skin
a last excuse for a life of sin

in the time between then
and when i should’ve said
i had a say in this
i had a say in this

E.B. White

Written By: Munny Townsend and Jonah Sol Gabry

a cup of coffee and a cigarette
i’m stuck in a glass house
looking through myself again

there will be no not jumping
among the lonely and the thieves
the lovers are daedal
and the widows just grieve
sometimes i only want
to paint everything

at the edge of a city one night i kissed a girl
who swore like a sailor she’d never leave this world
her arms held secrets between them and her tattoos
pockets of love i never knew she used
maybe it was the city, living in the city
that made her feel how queer everything was
and that it was something else

there will be no not jumping
among the lonely and the thieves
the lovers are daedal
and the widows just grieve
sometimes i only want
to paint everything

Discography

Munny & the Cameraman (2010)