A Reminder

by Stolen Jars

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1.
A Reminder 03:24
Verse: I won’t go wasting my time again My love is everything I’ll forget But when I look out you look back again My love is everything I’ll forget Sometimes I dreamed I could be Someone that I could be sure of But I keep falling back Into your eyes again Oh I keep falling back Till I think I’m all gone God damn I’m wasting my time again Start over I’ll sing all these lines again Chorus: I don't know if i can find myself I lose it when you go You cut my face out from this town and built a city of your own I know I’m not the boy I was then This love’s a reminder (I couldn’t find my way, I couldn’t find it out) Everything ends (I couldn’t find my way, I couldn’t find it out) But if you want me now I'll find my face and bring it to your door Verse: Sometimes I dreamed I could be Someone that I could be sure of But I keep falling back Into your eyes again Oh I keep falling back Until I think Im all gone God damn I'm wasting my time again My love is everything I’ll forget If I just sing all these lines again My love is everything I’ll forget Chorus: I was lost but I can find myself It comes back when you go I’ll cut your face out from this town and build a city of my own I know I’m not the boy I was then This love’s a reminder (I couldn’t find my way, I couldn’t find it out) Everything ends (I couldn’t find my way, I couldn’t find it out) So I can’t want you now, it’s time I face this living thing alone Post-Chorus: I was losing sleep to pass the time but I won’t wait for you to call me back Our conversations drew a line your words weren’t anything I’d understand I was losing sleep to pass the time no I won’t wait for you to call me back Instead I’ll scream into the night all of the words that we could never have
2.
Winona 02:49
Chorus: Winona you won’t be gone Light bounces back from everything And so I will meet you home When home is on your way again Though I know you leave tonight You won’t be gone we’ll keep some light Winona we’re not alone  As long as distance keeps us close Verse: The city stone feels real again Stopped losing words by repeating them But Wisconsin is far, and I’m not sure if you are coming back, still We helped each other to breathe again and so Chorus: Winona you won’t be gone Light bounces back from everything And so I will meet you home When home is on your way again Though I know you leave tonight You won’t be gone we’ll keep some light Winona we’re not alone  As long as distance keeps us close Bridge: Ok I'm not sure If I'm old enough to cry But it's time that I decide And if I’m away for awhile I'll keep counting back from ten Till I find you again Verse: The city stone feels real again Stopped losing words by repeating them Oh oh Chorus: Winona you won’t be gone Light bounces back from everything And so I will meet you home When home is on your way again Though I know you leave tonight You won’t be gone we’ll keep some light Winona we’re not alone  As long as distance keeps us close
3.
Ghost Towns 02:59
Chorus: Oh back when I was young I thought I could be yours I wasted all night waiting on The sense that I’d fit in But now that I’ve found myself   I’ll leave those ghosts aside And make some time to Build a life without The one I left behind Verse: Don't throw my words back They'll follow us both then and open up The things that we lost back when we were young Oh you never proved that You wanted me more than some other son Oh I… I’m not falling for it (Oh back when I was someone young) Half-Chorus: But now that I’ve found myself   I’ll leave those ghosts aside And make some time to Build a life without The one I left behind Bridge: Oh I've been locked out So I can't get back home Till I Assemble this song Take lies and lost hours We can ferry them on To a forgotten old shore Oh back when I was someone young Oh back when I was someone young I’ve found my way out I won’t go back to ghost towns Chorus: Oh back when I was young I thought I could be yours I wasted all night waiting on The sense that I’d fit in But now that I’ve found myself   I’ll leave those ghosts aside And make some time to Build a life without The one I left behind Oh I've been locked out So I can't get back home Till I Assemble this song I’ve found my way out I won’t go back to ghost towns
4.
Right Here 01:24
If I’m alive then I’m awake thinking “It’ll be alright, You’ll be holding me close, when the cobwebs are building” but I can see myself alone When my life is at a distance yeah  I can see myself alone When my life is at a distance “It’ll be alright” “It’ll be alright” Call me, won’t you say that You didn’t mean to say anything I want to find some new words tonight I want some time to be right here I want to give up this other life I want some time to be right here Right here
5.
Verse 1: There’s this song in my head it keeps circling the same phrase But i can’t seem to write down the words I’m supposed to say I’ll find someone else to be alive So I can give this up It's just me all alone back at home every damn day I keep pacing the halls wondering if it means anything Each step cuts through my open mind In words I should have sung Chorus: So give me flight Give me younger nights I’ll build a basement cut from time  Where I’ll scream until I build a life Bridge: It just goes by Refrain: I was hoping I could love myself I was hoping I could love myself Verse 2: There’s these holes in my head they’re all built on the same phrase That “someday you’ll be gone and you won’t have made anything” And they scream into the night In words I should have sung Chorus: So give me flight Give me younger nights cause I’m just hoping I can find someone who wants to build a life Refrain: I was hoping I could love myself I was hoping I could love myself
6.
Calling I 00:48
7.
Verse 1: The fall brings back a long lost night When you invited My young blue eyes in To your bedside Your body turned age ninety five The day you told me That you'd like to die  Pre-Chorus: I'd think I'm a failure Your hands pushed that away Held me up and safe from Long nights and worried days (x2) Well Chorus: I don't know your face anymore In each of your eyes I see open doors Where I am singing softly to console myself "I won't leave you this way" Verse 2: On days I felt I was too blind I kept the time By looking out into your eyes To open mine  Pre-Chorus: I'd think "I'm a failure" Your hands pushed that away Held me up and safe from Long nights and worried days but Chorus: Well you don't know my face anymore In each of my eyes you see open doors Where you are singing softly to console yourself "I'm gone from you today”
8.
Verse 1: The sun was a violent mistake So it figures it would burn out now But I think I found my place In the stars it left out I used to believe I was made From the roof of my mother’s house But like the cities we create That home will go now Chorus: People never fade They leave you out They leave you out again People never fade They just fall in love And leave you out And leave you out again And I know we can’t seem to fall back in time But some nights I think there’s still space by your side cause People never fade I think I want out I think I want out again Bridge: And I know we can’t seem to fall back in time I was wrong, the space by your side wasn’t mine But I don’t think you meant to leave me behind So I’m not running away from this Verse 2: Surrounded by silence some days Noise is all I know The sun on my fire escape Ringing out a note Says maybe I’ve found my place (With sun in my eyes, I know I’ll find the light this time) In its warming glow As it tells me what I should say Things I’ve always known So Give me back love give me some space where this summers gone And I can dig up my own name in the yard back home Where it hid from your silence and whiled the pain away So I say Chorus: People never fade We just fall in love And leave them out And leave them out again People never fade We just fall in love And leave them out And leave them out again People never fade People never fade I think I want out I think I want out again
9.
Conversation 01:12
I thought I couldn’t Feel anything My soles on pavement As confrontation So when your words they Caught up to me Our conversation Would be anything but I won’t be around here  Anymore And I wanted to be gone And I wanted this No, I won’t be around here Anymore And I wanted to be gone And I wanted this oh
10.
Oh West 04:16
Verse 1: I know I can't pretend This all wasn't my fault So I'll meet you tonight We'll tape up our eyes So we can’t see who’s wrong Still most times I can't cry I just sing some old song And hope melodic disguise Makes me realize What I couldn't say out loud When you’re lost just pretend and keep it down, it down low, keep it down low (x2) Chorus: Hold me close We’ll sing silence tonight so we don’t feel love Cause I am so afraid of it Cause I am so afraid of it Though I know that if we just tried then we could sing out loud But I am so afraid of it But I am so afraid of it Verse 2: April nights I'd want to see your face but I, I wasn’t strong enough Kept the time by thinking of anything but us to keep the silence up (x2) Chorus: Hold me close We’ll sing silence tonight so we don’t feel love Cause I am so afraid of it Cause I am so afraid of it Though I know that if we just tried then we could sing out loud But I am so afraid of it But I am so afraid of it Bridge: I know I cant pretend this all wasn’t my fault When I call you, when I call you, when I call you (x2) And I think i will Still most times I can’t cry I just sing some old song But I’ll meet you tonight We’ll lose this disguise and the silence will go Chorus: Hold me close We’ll sing silence tonight so we don’t feel love Cause I am so afraid of it Cause I am so afraid of it Though I know that if we just tried then we could sing out loud But I am so afraid of it But I am so afraid of it
11.
Interstate 04:26
Verse: There's this buzzing inside my throat and the static won't go so I’ll let it grow Cause you remind me of a feeling I know covered up by a garden where we used to go   Pre-Chorus: Still I’m afraid that we aren’t the same as we used to be At seventeen when we ran outside you meant so much to me Chorus: So please be a friend We'll feel our way home We'll climb up the stairs Till we can see everything No I wasn't there When they took you away But we'll be ok If we can feel anything Verse 2: But when I see you you don’t see stars You just stare at the walls and count as breaths go So I’m not sure what I should say at all Maybe if I count along We’ll find out where to go Bridge: Interstate I was hoping we could take a drive again Into cold midnights where you told me how you'd rather die than live For this Can you wait for this? Just give me a sign we’ll be building our lives out of old times again And if you call my name I’ll rush right back here to make this right again For this Can you wait for this? We started a fire It covered us all then burned out We’ll start a new fire oh someday oh someday so Chorus: Please be a friend We'll feel our way home We'll climb up the stairs Till we can see everything No I wasn't there When they took you away But we'll be ok If we can feel anything (x2) Post-Chorus: Interstate I was hoping we could take a drive again Into cold midnights where you told me how you'd rather die than live
12.
Verse 1: Down here I’ve become The photographs and poems Of someone I used to know Did they leave me for good? And each piece of The man that I’d known Is a fall leaf found in a far and distant town Thats underwater now Chorus: You left me under the ground so When I wasn't with you oh Where did you go (Don’t leave please) Verse 2: Down here I’ve become The forgotten old prose Of someone I used to know Did I leave them for good? And each touch of His hand falling against my shoulder  Is a fall leaf found in a far and distant town Thats underwater now Chorus: You left me under the ground so When I wasn't with you oh Where did you go (Don’t leave please)
13.
Calling II 01:55
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All I Wanted 03:09
Verse 1: Follow me back home, there goes another night Of losing sleep with a ghost just to realize I’m more alone Refrain: You're All I wanted I don't want it Verse 2: I think I’m not myself, I’ve been caught in the seams but Hell I'm bound to fall out so fuck it I'm yours, we can’t live in between  Refrain: You're All I wanted I don't want it Verse 3: I’d lost my sense of how to be more than what I’d left in the seams I was nothing at all We won't call out for help, but can we call ourselves liars Let's just sit here instead And pretend that it’s love so we don’t have to find it Refrain: You're All I wanted I don't want it B Section: Let me in December’s coming back again It feels like when we'd begun God knows I was too god damn sure of myself again I should have known that I was wrong Wake up you don't know if your alone Or if they see right through you Into that old hope that you were more than just a ghost like they were Wake up I don't know if I'm alone Or if they see right through me Into that old hope that I was more than just a ghost like they were Refrain: You're All I wanted I don't want it

about

Light bounces back from everything
On A Reminder, Stolen Jars’ third LP, feelings never disappear — they refract, bounce back, return as part of a new whole. The same can be said of Stolen Jars, a band Cody Fitzgerald has guided through multiple permutations, from a high-school bedroom project in Montclair, NJ to a fixture of the Brooklyn indie rock scene. A Reminder finds Stolen Jars deepening their arrangements, sharpening their lyrics, and expanding the band’s palette with powerful vocal melodies from Sarah Coffey.

“Driving,” from Stolen Jars’ self-titled debut, was featured in an Apple iPad Commercial; Kept, their sophomore LP, garnered praise from the Village Voice, Stereogum, and NPR; videos from their most recent release glint, a six-song visual EP, premiered on Paste and Impose. The live band – with guitarist and vocalist Cody Fitzgerald, vocalist Sarah Coffey, guitarist Peter Enriquez, keyboardist Grant Meyer, and drummer Matt Marsico – toured heavily, from the Eastern seaboard to the Midwest, honing a frenetic set that they captured in a stop at Audiotree. All this while Fitzgerald has worked on feature-length scores for The Rewrite (2014), Hard Sell (2016), and Disney’s forthcoming Christmas movie Noelle.

My love is everything I’ll forget
A Reminder is Stolen Jars’ most poised and accomplished work yet. A detailed meditation on love, loss, and healing, its songs reach deep into memory and return with striking nuance, in both lyrics and melody. They mourn loss and celebrate refraction — the way that people remain even after they’ve faded from presence.

“Winona” documents a mutation in a friendship that continues over distance, while “Interstate” laments a high school friendship grown apart. Fitzgerald’s compositions have long been carefully structured and delicately composed, and on A Reminder he channels that energy more clearly than ever before, focusing on small moments of heightened feeling. He cracks into a scream on the title track, pushed forward by pulsing hi-hats. On “Younger Nights,” he’s trailed and haunted by his own vocals, processed in octaves. Throughout A Reminder, Fitzgerald swaps pronouns from “me” to “you” between the first and second choruses, breaking apart points of view. Sarah Coffey and Magda Bermudez lend vocal melodies across the record, bringing light out of the darkest corners of each song. Coffey sings co-lead on nearly every song, her voice cascading through each refrain, and Bermudez backs her and Fitzgerald up on “Oh West.”

In each of your eyes I see open doors
The record excels through the connection between Fitzgerald and his collaborators. Matt Marsico’s virtuoso drumming carries the band to its most anthemic heights. Eli Crews (Tune-Yards, Deerhoof, Why?) the album’s mixer and engineer, was involved from the onset of the project, helping shape the sonic palette of the record. Guitarist Elias Spector-Zabusky and drummer Isaiah Hazzard bring additional energy to the touring ensemble. Fitzgerald brings them all together in lush harmony on A Reminder, marking the arrival of Stolen Jars as one of America’s premier indie rock acts.

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released October 11, 2019

Credits:
Music and Lyrics written by Cody Fitzgerald
Vocal Melodies written by Cody Fitzgerald, Sarah Coffey, and Magdalena Bermudez
Additional Lyric writing on “Space By Your Side” and “Younger Nights” by Matt Marsico

Stolen Jars is Cody Fitzgerald, Sarah Coffey, Grant Meyer, Peter Enriquez, and Matt Marsico

Cody Fitzgerald - Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Keys, Bass, etc.
Sarah Coffey - Vocals
Magdalena Bermudez - Background Vocals on “Oh West”
Matt Marsico - Drums
Zuzia Weyman - Cello
Sumner Becker - Saxophone
Marc Langer - Trumpet
Clyde Lawrence - Synth Bass on “Winona”
Eli Crews - EVI on “Winona”

Recorded and produced by Cody Fitzgerald
Co-produced by Eli Crews
Mixed by Eli Crews at Figure 8 Recording, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA 
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice 
Album Art by Jia Sung and Cody Fitzgerald

Huge thanks to everyone who played on this record, to everyone who supported us during this process, to Clyde Lawrence for his sage songwriting wisdom, to Elias Spector-Zabusky and Isaiah Hazzard for being new pieces of this music puzzle, to Rachel Nigro, Matthew Kaplan, and Michael Crino for the pure help, to everyone who is listening to our music now or who has in the past, and to our family and friends who make this all worthwhile - much love from SJ to you

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