The Parts Interior

by Briget Boyle

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Special thanks to my family: Karen Tobin and Brian Soucy, Tim Boyle, and Lyndsay, Martin, Mika, and Valentin Cavanagh, for your never-ending love and support. To Harlow, for being the most incredible partner I could have asked for. I really could not have done this without you. Am I right?

To all those who contributed time, skills, friendship, work flexibility and emotional support over the years: Mike Shiono, Gari Hegedus, Lyz Luke, Darla Safire, Renee Walton, Mark DeSaulnier, Terrance Kelly, OIGC, Rachel MacFarlane, Ali Blake, Even Taylor, my RR family, Peter Jaques, Juliana Graffagna, Leslie Bonnett, Tim Silva, Steven Miller, Terry Becker, and my cat, Mali.

Most importantly, my deepest gratitude to all those who contributed to my Indiegogo campaign: Barbara M. Adkisson, Kelly Atkins, Caitlin Austin, Melissa Ayres, Annette Bauer, Brent Bertolami, Betsy Blakeslee, Leslie Bonnett, Tim Boyle, Cary Butler, Colin Cahill, Lynn Cantrell, Travis Carpenter, Lyndsay Cavanagh, Suzanna Choffel, Shira Cion, Hasina Cohen, Lacey Cope, Dolores Cox & Norman Carpenter, Lisa Ekstrom, Ali Sinan Erdemsel, Cheryl Espinosa-Jones, Matthew Fass, Joey Friedman, Jack Gallant, Kristy Gill, Julie Graffagna, Michael Granros, Mary Goldman, April Renae, Biz Hertzberg, Laura Inserra, Shira Kammen, Debra Krisman, Julie Lancaster, Nancy Leeper, Nesa Levy, Chad Liffman, Geoff Lilley, Carl Linich, Tessa Loehwing, Harrison Marks, Jennifer McKinnis, Ian McLaren, Eric Oberthaler, Jill Poris, Steve Ramsey, Susan Reagel, Carl Resnikoff, Elizabeth Ryan, Annabelle Sanchez, Michael Sensor, John Seto, Jacob Shandling, Ellie Shapiro, Holly Shaw, Tim Silva, Michele Simon, Sarah Small, Corinne Sykes, Teri Sykes, Karen Tobin, Nan “my look-alike” Urban, Edvin Vehabovic, and Alex Zendzian

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released December 16, 2014

Briget Boyle (voice, acoustic and electric guitars, piano)
Michael Shiono (bass, Rhodes, electric guitar)
Aaron Kierbel (drums, percussion)
Matt Szemela (violin)
Lewis Patzner (cello)
Avi Vinocur (mandolin)
Harlow Carpenter (trumpet, piano)
True Life Trio: Juliana Graffagna, accordion and vocals; Leslie Bonnett, violin and vocals (“Resting Sound”), truelifetrio.com
Karen Tobin, background vocals (“Untwist My Mind”), karentobinmusic.com
Iron Henry: Caitlin T. Austin, Tom Purtill, and Tim Silva, background vocals (“Jill”), ironhenry.bandcamp.com

Produced by Briget Boyle and Harlow Carpenter
Recorded, mixed, and produced by Scott McDowell at Studio C, Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, CA (fadersolo.com)
Background vocals on “Untwist My Mind” engineered by Brian Soucy
Mastering engineer: Eric Oberthaler
Photographs: April Renae
Graphic design: Lynne Gurewitz

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Briget Boyle Oakland, California

Briget Boyle is a singer-songwriter based in Oakland, CA. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Briget began writing her own music at the age of 12. She is one of the preeminent vocalists in the Balkan and Eastern European music scene in the Bay Area, performing with renowned groups Kitka, Brass Menazeri, and True Life Trio. ... more

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Track Name: What I Was Like
It was a foggy Monday morning
I stood on the corner like I always had
The avenues were canopied by tall trees
And I wondered if you ever really saw me

And what I was like before I learned to make love
What I was like before I learned to hate love
I recall a sunny disposition
And a smile you couldn't wipe off my face if you tried

And then I fell and it ate me alive
Everyone said there'd be a brighter side
I liked how that sounded so I kept looking
Poured myself into your nothing I could have

Most days it seems I am longing
For the one thing I can't have
I remember just when this started 
Now I can’t wait for it to end
It will end
Track Name: Black Curtain
Black curtain, do you see what you are blocking from me?
Dripping faucet, is it clear what you are taking from here?
And fallen angel, do you taste the blood in my veins?
Silly girl, can you see the mess I've made?

Stop thinking, you—get to work already
Raise your white flag to the truth, hold on to nothing
Fall fall fall, you will be able to get up
Stay in one place and you will never move
Give it a minute to settle in and then act
Push push push, see it through

Just when I thought the river was calm
And moving toward the horizon
A wind picked up and brought me to this path
And the shore has passed now
And I’m about to be let out
Into the sea

Black curtain, you and me
Track Name: Ether
In the ether I see your demeanor
And I am struck by the gentle side
I drove around today and sweat like I never thought I would
I was running out of gasoline
I never stop like I know I should

All these would bes and should bes
Where am I right now?
In me, I know I could be
But where am I right now?

It's been some time
And a whole lot of mind games
This endless round makes me dizzy sometimes
The feeling that I need to disconnect
Is stronger than ever right now
And yet I spend my days in your glow

All these would bes and should bes
Where am I right now?
In me, I know I could be
But where am I right now?

And the question still remains
Is this really all there is?
Maybe I should just drive away and leave it
Track Name: Grey Skies
Grey skies are far away
And his blue eyes look long
He throws his unsatisfied glances my way

It broke his heart today
When she left on that jet plane
And I was the only one left here to hold

Then I started to cry
Stole the moment to know me
I was looking to find my escape
And in my reeling I left him nothing

I’m seeping out onto him
Will he open up and let me in?
I can only dream about the taste of his skin
And it fills the hours and it runs me dry 
For all of this treason he has no alibi

Then I started to cry
Stole the moment to know me
In his eyes I saw my escape 
But he blew off the ceiling and left me nothing
But a mess he did not know he made
Track Name: Untwist My Mind
I got caught in the rain and sang into my scars
I fell into my glass as I stood at the piano bar
I felt her hand on the small of my back
The sun was shining on the bay
And my band no longer plays 
I fell in love and now I want to stay

You asked for this
Begged me to untwist my mind
And smile when I want to cry

I awoke singing this song
It’s been in my head all day long
I just hope it will write itself 
The wheels turning as I ride along

You asked for this
Begged me to untwist my mind
And smile when I want to cry

Maybe this song is for you 
Maybe it’s for me
All I know is what I'm told
And this silence is killing me

You asked for this
Begged me to untwist my mind
And smile when I want to cry
Track Name: Perception of Grace
No thing can be perfect and call itself alive
We breathe in and out and hold firm that love cannot die

All the subtle things I see in that face
Break me and challenge my strength

In giving all we can, we take
From its recipient the perception of our grace
I know I'm not perfect; I can't breathe without a taste

Of all the subtle things I see in that face
That break me and challenge my strength

Things don't have to be perfect
They just have to be real
Track Name: Matters
I walk down this road each day
Get up, suit up, show up
Maybe it’s grace that leads my way
Forcing me to grow up

I offer myself to thee
The good, the bad, the ugly
A kernel of faith restored in me
Can you tell me what’s the matter?

Now I think of a young girl
I knew her well
A sad story was this girl
Treated her love like a hotel

Always managed to check out
And leave the room in tatters
She’d escape with all her might
She was the only one that mattered

Now the night falls on the girl
She is sleeping soundly
She wakes up to the light
Her feet grounded firmly

She learned to hold her own
And take no prisoners
Through her loving she has grown
She leaned in to make it matter
Track Name: Resting Sound
What kind of sound do you make tonight
As you lie down for rest in peace?
When the world calls your name
Do you feel you were loved?

What happens to you when you die?
You can now see
Your voice will be heard a thousand times
And your sound will ever ring

How did your light turn pitch black?
You pushed it until it pushed back

What did you say when you turned to dust?
Did you feel anything change?
Perhaps it is just your spirit here
When we hear your name

How did your light turn pitch black?
You pushed it until it pushed back

What kind of sound do you make tonight
As you lie down for rest in peace?
Track Name: The Countdown
It's about time
It's about grace
It's about lying right to her face
I have settled in now and let the guilt consume me
And yes, I feel ashamed, but what a fool can you be

Follow your ears
Follow your eyes
Walk down that path
And you will find the lies

It is like a bomb
Waiting for the countdown
And I am pretty sure it will destroy us from the top down
And when it all comes out I remain alone
And the love I gave you leaves me as a stone

I followed my ears
I followed my eyes
I walked down that path
And all I got were lies

In exchange for all the words I said
I have all this pain in my head

I followed my eyes
I followed my ears
I walked down that path
And now I've lost the years
Track Name: Cornerstone
The words on the page 
They jump right into me
And I finally learn what I deserve to be
Every day I need some time on my own

It scares me to say that I enjoy my company
Remember the days when I truly hated me
Seems I have finally found my cornerstone

The night creeps into my 
Feeble mind and watches as I try
To give myself a little more time
Knowing full well that I’m 
Just a child left behind
All I ever needed was a little more time

I’ve started in on rebuilding
The shattered glass of days past
A colorfully sorted mosaic of a girl

I need the tools so I can stick the landing
When I fall so I won’t crumble
Learning to build around my new found cornerstone

The night creeps into my 
Feeble mind and watches as I try
To give myself a little more time
Knowing full well that I’m 
Just a child left behind
All I ever needed was a little more time

The words on the page 
They jump right into me
And I finally learn what I deserve to be
Every day I need some time on my own

It scares me to say that I enjoy my company
Remember the days when I truly hated me
Seems I have finally found my cornerstone
Track Name: Jill
I can make anything I want
I have something you were never taught
You know you want me, I can make it work for you 

I take a challenge, turn it on its head
Don’t get weary, follow me instead
I will lead where you need to go and fix your holes

Call me Jill

Say the word and I'll be there
Write my role, spell it out
I'll know my lines before you even get it down

I’ll say each word as you would like to hear
Strip away any sense of fear
But by tomorrow I’ll be gone
Make like I’ve moved on

Call me Jill

This is me, written out, maiden voyage 
Reading up, sitting down, bleeding out

I can make anything
I have something
I can make it work
For you

Call me Jill