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Emily​’​s Tender

by Dan Bryk

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It's really hard hearing you weep How I once hated being free But it's 2:30 and I'm trying to sleep Could you please stop texting me? You've gotta get hold of your heart And get used to being apart You've gotta get hold of yourself And maybe get some kind of help Emily baby you're trying too hard You need to learn how to relax A white knight will surely ride in And you've got your choice of blacks You've gotta get hold of your heart I know you can take a cold start You gotta get over yourself And maybe get some kind of help What should you do With the rest of your life? I haven't a clue But I better get back to my Wife and children and all of that shit 'Til I find a better job I'm sick of the hot plate And the continental breakfast And dressing like a slob I gotta get hold of my heart And stop tearing yours apart I better get hold of myself I guess that i'm going to hell (We love you, we love you) We had fun and we had laughs It's time to leave them in the past You'll move on You'll find a friend You'll find new love A man who'll treat you better Than I can You're so young and I'm so old This my darling we've been told All the internships in the world Can't wear away your smile Or your intrinsic worth You've got the world at your feet And I've got nothing left to lose but compromise Did I ever tell you You have the most beautiful eyes? And a smile like the sun That shines and pleases everyone So dry those tears it's time to go Try not to slam the door It's a leased convertible
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It's really hard hearing you weep How I once hated being free But it's 2:30 and I'm trying to sleep Could you please stop texting me? You've gotta get hold of your heart And get used to being apart You've gotta get hold of yourself And maybe get some kind of help Emily baby you're trying too hard You need to learn how to relax A white knight will surely ride in And you've got your choice of blacks You've gotta get hold of your heart I know you can take a cold start You gotta get over yourself And maybe get some kind of help What should you do With the rest of your life? I haven't a clue But I better get back to my Wife and children and all of that crap 'Til I find a better job I'm sick of the hot plate And the continental breakfast And dressing like a slob I gotta get hold of my heart And stop tearing yours apart I better get hold of myself I guess that i'm going to hell (We love you, we love you) We had fun and we had laughs It's time to leave them in the past You'll move on You'll find a friend You'll find new love A man who'll treat you better Than I can You're so young and I'm so old This my darling we've been told All the internships in the world Can't wear away your smile Or your intrinsic worth You've got the world at your feet And I've got nothing left to lose but compromise Did I ever tell you You have the most beautiful eyes? And a smile like the sun That shines and pleases everyone So dry those tears it's time to go Try not to slam the door It's a leased convertible

about

Here it is, the first new song I have widely released in 13 years. (I say “widely” as it will also be on streaming services and has been sent to actual radio stations, neither of which was done with the Coronadrops, most of which were archival or finished up in a day or two.)

Emily’s Tender will almost certainly be the opening track from my forthcoming album provisionally titled “The Pains That Come With Age."

I’m relieved to note it’s not a particularly autobiographical song, because, well, that would be awkward. While I swear I have never once rode a convertible—let alone an intern—there’s still a ton of me pouring out in the poor schlub. (I have, however, rented a minivan for weeks at a time—but only for moves and drives home to Canada.) My darling, long-suffering wife rolled her eyes repeatedly on first listen, then sighed “Well, at least your unreliable narrator is able to hold down a straight job."

Emily’s Tender features FIVE real guitarists from three countries on two continents, plus me riffing on a virtual guitar instrument called “RealGuitar." (That’s called irony.) It features a mix of people who might be familiar to you from my past, and a bunch of new ones. I’m still pinching myself that I have a couple of lifetime heroes playing on this album, in this case Jordon one of my favourite guitarists period. It’s also the first time with Eric, Tobbe, Phil and Jay appearing on anything of mine, though I have been their fans for ages. I am still in awe of everyone’s life-giving presence on this song (and album… prepare to be… um… unprepared for it.)

This song owes no small debt to “Welcome to Wortley Road” by the Brothers Cosmoline, written by the great Dan Kershaw.

credits

released September 1, 2023

Maury Lafoy: Bass
Josh Hicks: Drums
Torbjorn Pettersson: Guitar
Eric Roehrig: Guitar
Drew Smith: Guitar
Jordon Zadorozny: Guitar
Phil Ajjarapu: Pedal Steel
Jason Ball: Backing vocals
Luke Jackson: Backing vocals
Corey Landis: Backing vocals
Kathryn Rose: Backing Vocals
Bryk sings and plays anything else

Recorded all over the place
Mixed by Bryk at Flabby Road
Mastered by Jeff Carroll at Bluefield Mastering

Sleeve by Bryk (après Joel Van Audenhaege.)

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Dan Bryk Durham, North Carolina

That guy who wrote “Chunky Girl” and “Discount Store.”

Finally dropping new songs almost as good as those

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