Red Horses

by Bring Prudence

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Bring Prudence’s first full-length album is a product of Sparrow Night - a weekly workshop held by Oleh and his friends in the kitchen of their Crown Heights apartment where they motivate each other to make art on a regular basis. Each Sunday, Oleh brought in a brand new song to be critiqued by his roommates, friends, and other local artists. The result - Red Horses - is a cohesive collection of intimate moments, stories, and quips, all carrying the same thread.

Oleh recorded Red Horses in his bedroom with a 10-year-old USB microphone and a laptop - mixing, mastering, and producing the album along the way. One day, Oleh played the album to his friend Jared van Fleet (Beirut, Voxtrot, Sparrow House), who had the idea of layering in a soft cushion of piano, bass, and percussion. What was originally conceived as a stark acoustic record grew into its own with Jared’s attuned and intuitive ear.

Red Horses is an album of seduction, alienation, and loss of innocence. While not a concept album, it employs a cast of characters and makes frequent allusions to theater, fortune-telling, and 90’s pop culture. Much of the record is autobiographical, supplemented by childhood lore, altered memories, and dreams taken to their most absurd conclusion.

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released September 23, 2016

Jared van Fleet - piano, bass, shakers, and handclaps
Mary Houlihan -artwork
Andrew Fairweather - lettering
Willie Gambucci - photos

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Bring Prudence is the project of singer-songwriter & producer Oleh Zaychenko.

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Track Name: Painter's Wife
Fell in love with a painter’s wife
and I get it, I shouldn’t have done it.
But the secondhand smoke, all his friends and their jokes -
she went out, we met eyes on the stairwell.

And I found them one night on the lawn by the bell
eating cherries and telling me I was a riot. (Thanks!)
But the way her bracelets hit my floor,
I could tell she preferred something tighter.

And every evening I still hear that
message tone.
Normally I felt so alone.
And I haven’t forgotten, I’ll never forget
the shine of her face and the hole in my gut.
Normally I felt so whole.

I’ve never been good at saying I’m sorry
and I came to your door, but I never knocked.
Cause I saw all your paintings
through the curve of her back.
You and I, we just paint
different figures.
Track Name: In the Year 2010 (Of Our Lord)
In the year 2010 of our Lord, I was walking past a steeple
Heard a pastor calling out to me, saying he needed empty people

“If you’ve got a hole inside, you better fill it up with Jesus Christ”
I said “great, I’ll take two of those”, he said “very funny,
would you like that with some fries?”

Baby you’re a big bright star
but I all I wanna do is talk to you
Babe I know I’ve got cognitive dissonance
but don’t you think we could handle the distance?

In the year 2010 of our Lord, I was plotting my escape
Slowly slipping from the dance to the bathroom I switzerlanded my way

Someone grinded and someone shouted “we all look better from our other side”
I said “great, I’ll take two of those” but no one heard my joke
and it’s alright, it’s alright

Baby you’re a big bright star
but I all I wanna do is talk to you
Babe I know I’ve got cognitive dissonance (I know, I know)
but don’t you think we could handle the distance?

Baby you’re a big bright star
and I all I wanna do is talk to you
Babe I know I’ve got cognitive dissonance
but don’t you think we could handle the distance?

Babe I know I’ve got cognitive dissonance
but don’t you think we could handle the distance?
Track Name: Red Horses
Jesus Christ, I turn off the light,
there’s red horses shining through the night,
there’s college dudes running down the line,
but I’m not them, I’m not the running kind.

With a name like Mary, thought you’d be more fun.
Standing at the party, thought you were the one.
Now I’m split in two - half of me is with you,
and the other half went home.

In my dream, Red River of the North,
and Visigoths (they were bad with words),
but I’m not them, I’m not the fighting kind,
there’s red horses running through my mind.

With a name like Mary, thought you’d be more fun.
Driving to the drive-in, thought you were the one.
Now I’m split in two - half of me is with you,
and the other half went home.

Cause with a name like Mary, thought you’d be more fun.
Standing at the party, thought you were the one.
Now I’m split in two - half me is with you,
and the other half is here.
Track Name: Lincoln Mall
So I followed your leaner, more Midwestern crush,
left my car outside the bar, I don’t remember much,
took a shot and then some pills, threw them up,
heard him say a funny joke, and I laughed a lot

In the bathroom stall of the Lincoln Mall
he turned you over like an hourglass,
pouring out the sand, you were not the same
Always be yourself - well I wish that I was him.

So I got back into my car, heading south,
lines were blurring in my eyes - they were crossing you out
country singer thinks that I should let you fly like a bird,
but can you really trust someone who only uses three chords?

In the bathroom stall of the Lincoln Mall
He turned you over like an hourglass,
pouring out the sand, you were not the same.
Always be yourself - well I wish that I was him.

Cause in the bathroom stall of the Lincoln Mall
he turned you over like an hourglass.
Sand it poured and rained, you were not the same.
Always be yourself - well I wish that I was him.

You said, “always be yourself”
Well I wish that I was him.
Track Name: Bombshell
I was a bombshell, I was standing on the edge of the stage,
I not once thought of you - is that offensive to say?
I went out for a break to break in my shoes
and I got chocolate hornets, but they weren’t for you.

Just then a time came to mind we made a definite pact -
you would punish your ghosts while I went to camp.
Now you write verses in the back of a van,
you just wanted to play and in that way we’re the same.

I’m trying to sleep on it, but sometimes it wakes me up.
I’m trying not to dream about it, but sometimes I do.

So you chase your horizons and I will chase mine,
and if we meet at The Unicorn, that will be fine.
I’ll get orchestra seats for you and your family,
and after the show you can tell them I was an animal.

I’m trying to sleep on it, but sometimes it wakes me up.
I’m trying not to dream about it, but sometimes I do.

I’m trying to sleep on it, but sometimes it wakes me up.
I’m trying not to dream about it, but sometimes I do.
Track Name: Rita
It was a maritime morning, I had four missed calls
so I ran to her window and broke her fall.
She said, “I’m sorry for trying a couple dozen of times,
but I did it for the story - you know an actress never dies”

Standing next to Rita wearing nothing but a beater
and my arms are full of daffodils - I’m going for the kill
I said “you know I’m not a player, I can hardly play guitar,
but all the other girls were stand-ins, and babe, you got the part”

She said her character’s British as she was making a pie
Then she took off her leggings and showed me the lines (woo!)

Standing next to Rita wearing nothing but a beater
and my teeth are full of roses - I’m going for the kill
I said “you know I’m not a player, I can hardly play guitar,
but all the other girls were stand-ins, and babe, you got the part”

I haven’t spoken to Rita ever since that night
but if you see her on TV, tell her she did alright
cause I know that she means it, every last of her lines.
Just like falling out a window, you know an actress never lies.

Standing next to Rita wearing nothing but a beater
and my bags are full of groceries - I’m going for the kill
I said “you know I’m not a player, I can hardly play guitar,
but all the other girls were stand-ins, and babe, you got the part".
Track Name: Dark Side
Take my hand and tell me straight
what happened to the interstate?
what happened to the love below?
I’ve got no weirdos left to know

Your hands were wet, your eyes were sore,
you’ve never laughed this way before.
When you get back from acting camp
maybe we’ll start the band again

I know you’ve got a real dark side.
I know you’ve got a real dark side.
I know you’ve got a real dark side.
I know you’ve got a real dark side.

When you get sucked into the hole
and I’ve got no one left to hold,
I’ll wait for you to come down from above
when I’ve got no weirdos left to love

I know you’ve got a real dark side.
I know you’ve got a real dark side.
I know you’ve got a real dark side.
I know you’ve got a real dark side.
Track Name: Coal Miner's Son
At the start of the summer, I had eleven best friends,
and we slept in Rhode Island in our immigrant beds,
and I know we’ll be brilliant with our handfuls of rye.
How could anything scare us after Windows 95?

I never was a coal miner’s son.
How could I know where the well water’s from?

So thanks Party City for these eleven balloons.
We’ll fly over Chicago and over Catholic tombs,
and I know we’ll be famous with the networks online.
How could anything stop us with our handfuls of rye?

I never was a coal miner’s son.
How could I know where the well water’s from?
I put out the fire, but the firebird’s gone.
I never was a coal miner’s son.

I never was a coal miner’s son.
How could I know where the well water’s from?
So I put out the fire, but the firebird’s gone.
I never was a coal miner’s son.
Track Name: Turtles
There’s no need to be nervous,
I’m feeding all your turtles.
You called me up last night again
asking if my bed was made

God I heard your name changed
It’s how I know you’re famous.
And I don’t believe in you but I do believe in destiny.
I went to see a teller and she said it’s not about me.

Wish there’s something I could say
Wish there’s something I could say
WIsh there’s something I could say to you
that you’d let come through

But I never wanna see you again
No I never wanna see you again
No I never wanna see you again
I know that I will see you again

There’s no need to be nervous,
I’m feeding all your turtles.
Track Name: Golden Eye
You were taken away to a place near the river,
your mother confessed you had nothing to give her

And in a room full of sisters not one was a sinner.
I thought you were a saint, guess you’re just a beginner

I’ve always suspected you had strange powers
winning at Golden Eye for hours.
They’re saying there’s something inside of you dying
so you borrowed a car, some tapes and you’re driving

You came into my vision - a mathematician
and you tried talking to God but he just mumbled a lot

He said “it’s simple and plain - you fell in love with the pain
and now the pain follows you cause love’s not a game”

I’ve always suspected you had strange powers
winning at Golden Eye for hours.
They’re saying there’s something inside of you dying
so you borrowed a car, some friends and you’re driving

I’ve always suspected you had strange powers
winning at Golden Eye for hours.
They’re saying there’s something inside of you dying
so you borrowed a car, some friends and you’re driving

In a room full of sisters not one was a sinner.
I thought you were a saint, I guess you’re just a beginner.
Track Name: Ivory Coast
She turns over the cards with her hand on my hand.
Seven sisters, nine knives -
that leaves room for surprise

And later on when I’m swimming in the Ivory Coast
I don’t remember you best
but I remember you most

Oh you will find your way, you will find your way back home
Oh you will stay awake, you will stay awake

Cause today is the last day,
Happy Birthday to me,
and if I want you back here in a lawn chair
you will be

Now I’m on my knees and I have flowers growing,
and my hand is bleeding
at six in the morning

And I look for you in every piece of cake
between the Land of Lincoln
And the Land of Lakes

Oh you will find your way, you will find your way

Cause today is the last day,
Happy Birthday to me,
and if I want you back here in a lawn chair
you will be

Cause today is the last day, it’s the last day,
Happy Birthday to me,
and if I want you back here in a lawn chair
you will be

And If I want you back here
you will be.