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about

We're so grateful to have had the opportunity to make this EP together. Really, we wouldn't have been able to even harbor the idea if not for the number of you sweet folks cheering us on and supporting us (both financially and by way of food) these past few months.

James and myself (Joshua) met in high school, and started writing together freshman year of college. This album is the product of our two very different backstories, political views, theologies, and lifestyles, coming together in a really unique sort of experiment. The songs on this record are about death, friendship, coming of age, love, frustration...all of which come together in a way that really expresses our differences and likenesses with a clarity that we're just proud of.

Thanks for buying our record and listening our music!

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released November 18, 2015

James McCann (vocals, guitar, banjo)
Joshua Brumley (vocals, banjo, guitar)
Emily Cotten (violin, vocals)
Brad Bradly Jenkins (double bass)
Lee Longfellow (drums)

Guests:
Matthew Stansbury (vocals, double bass)
Braxton Ray (vocals)
Lauren Howell (vocals)

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Brother's Bear is a multi-instrumentalist trio based in Louisiana, spanning the sounds of indie folk and Americana/roots rock

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Track Name: Say (What You Mean)
Did you mean what you said
When you asked how I was doing?
Cause if not, it's okay to just drop by and say "hey,"
But you told a lie straight to my face
Now I'm walking away

So say what you mean
Mean what you say
I don't want your stupid promise,
I want your guarantee
And this heart is on the search for some truth
And it looks like I won't be finding it in you
So say what you mean
Mean what you say

Are you sincere
about your promises?
Cause I would rather hear your guarantee
And that way I'll know when my heart is broken
Me and pain won't be the only thing I see

So say what you mean
Mean what you say
I don't want your stupid promise,
I want your guarantee
And this heart is on the search for some truth
And it looks like I won't be finding it in you
So say what you mean
Mean what you say

Girl to be, or not to be
sincere or insincere
If you don't stand for something, then you'll fall for anything
Well I was hoping you'd fall for me

So say what you mean
Mean what you say
I don't want your stupid promise,
I want your guarantee
And this heart is on the search for some truth
And it looks like I won't be finding it in you
So say what you mean
Mean what you say
Track Name: Maker's Mark
The doctor says I cope with my depression well
My vane of self solutions is a wishing well
It seems to be that all I hold inside
Is a wish to follow Jesus, but no will to fight

At the bottom of a river run with whiskey
The sand beds move slower than they seem
The light don't reach the bottom of this tired heart
That I stand today is a testament to my Maker's mark

It's been a few years since I knew forgiveness
And twice as long since I told the truth
But to have sat with you for just a few more hours man
Couldn't have made up for one last thing on my mind
Track Name: Brother
Brother, I will bear
I will bear your burdens, if you bear mine
We could be a threefold cord
With our hearts intertwined
With our hearts intertwined

A friend is what you are
'Cause you love me all the time
You see me through my stubborn pride
And you ease my worried mind
You ease my worried mind

When I need some sharpening
You grind me out, you grind me out
'Cause we're not made to go alone
We're not made to go alone
We're not made to go alone

A friend is what you are
'Cause you love me all the time
You see me through my stubborn pride
And you ease my worried mind
You ease my worried mind

We're not made to fight this war alone

Brother, I will bear
I will bear your burdens
If you bear mine
Track Name: Walls
I sold all the memories I had of you
and my first guitar, I named it after you
I wonder what your mother did with all pictures of you and me
In your backyard, singing and swinging
These are thoughts I should put to rest
But I'm not one easy to forget, I hold memories so close

Well I've always wondered why gravity is here
Why is it here?
Cause it hurts when I get pulled from the atmosphere
I guess God knew I liked chasing shooting stars
So He keeps me from falling, keeps me safe from harm

I'm not guaranteed my tomorrow
So what am I living for, is it for myself?
If I'm building my own castle, then let it fall
Because what good is a kingdom with no,
kingdom with no home?
So Lord please break these walls of sand and stone,
and build me a home founded on grace and love alone

Lord please break these walls of sand and stone
and build me a home founded on grace and love alone
Track Name: Sunflower Dress
You taught me that not all hellos
will finish with goodbye,
and that not everything that grows
has a limit on how high

You know there's a dayspring in the puddle
and there's a freedom in the wind.
When it rains, I swear I can hear you
whisper breathe now, this will end

You were there for the worst of me,
you were when I rest my bones
you were there to hold my shaking hands
you were there in your sunflower dress.

You taught me that not all hellos
get to finish with goodbye
Then you left for home for good, love
Sometimes I wonder, why couldn't I?

You were there for the worst of me,
you were when I rest my bones
you were there to hold my shaking hands
you were there in your sunflower dress.

So I'l see you there, my darling
I'll see you there at your best
You'll be there at the feet of Jesus
You'll be there in your sunflower dress
Track Name: Escape
I'll pack all my bags for the city,
to escape these embarrassing roots
I'll make a new life in the city
I'll pretend that I'm hiding from you,
I'll pretend that I'm hiding from you

I'll make the right choices of clothing
So it seems I'm not trying too hard
No I won't wash my hair in the mornings
And I'll be sure to hide my true heart
I'll be sure to hide my true heart

And I'll speak the right lingo in the markets
And I'll try hard to meet the right folks
I'll hide who i am to belong here
But I'll only be longing for love
Oh I'll only be longing for love

Love is hard to come by in the city
Cause everyone is here for themselves
Well I've bought a lie that tells me
My treasure is in finding myself
Oh my treasure is in finding myself

The city may reject me as a phony
Well, deep down I hope they do
Cause I don't belong in the city
Unless the city is where I've followed you
Lord, the city is where I've followed you
Track Name: Song for Fox
You hear the cry from across the night
of a wolf who's missed the moon
She sits on her hill for hours until
she resolves to get some sleep
To see you again, my dear sweet friend
would be such sweet relief

But a man can only stand
as tall as the roof over his head,
and a day only lasts as long
as the sun spends deciding to set

A soldier sent to scout ahead
dreams daily of his own bed
until he finds a land with peace on his hands
How could he ever go back home,
oh how could he ever go back home?

Cause a man can only stand
as tall as the roof over his head,
and a day only lasts as long
as the sun spends deciding to set

Will I hold my fort or migrate north?
There's no line to be drawn at the start
To follow the pack and move on, move on back
or stay here in the ashes of my heart

A man can only stand
as tall as the rood over his head
and a day only lasts as long
as the sun spends deciding to set

I feel the tide, the pull of the moon
You're the land that I always thought I'd sail to
Now the echo of a howl is ringing out
A memory of you and me
A memory of a land that seemed so free,
oh a memory of you and me

But I can only stand
as tall as the roof over my head
and a day only lasts as long

Oh, this sun has decided to set