Back of the Barn

by Cotter Koopman

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released December 13, 2019

Album artwork photograph is Public Domain from the MET database—a 15th century German "Palmesel." Photo edited by Kendra Larsen.

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Cotter Koopman Grand Rapids, Michigan

A dreamy Christmas compilation every Advent.

Found sound & lo-fi synth experiments as Bathwater For Jessie.

Guitar rock friends as Sleepover.

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Track Name: Back of the Barn
Don’t fear.
He’s here.
Gonna fix your problems, light up the field.
No warrior.
A carpenter.
A teen mother.

Is He there? In the back of the barn?
Gotta look in the feed trough, (the midnight clear,)
under the Christmas tree, (if it’s been a good year,)
on the back of a donkey, (the stunt was not cute,)
on the road to Emmaus, (I thought He was it too,)
It’s not gonna be what you want.
Can I let it be what I need?

The women, we wouldn’t believe them.
But didn’t our hearts burn, before you disappeared?
Stay with us, though you chewed us out. You still feed us.

[Chorus]

Father, stretch my hands, so I can scratch my own back, goddamn.

Is He there?
At the top of the stairs, on the dawn of a snow day.
In the smell of tangerine?
In the back of the party?
On the road to your parents?
It’s not gonna be what you want.
Can I let it be what I need?
Track Name: Barn II
Do any miracles being literal matter compared to becoming physical? The manger made it complicated: the shit made sacred. Now we don’t get a distinction, when there’s always a baby crying during the benediction, and there’s still a line for the Eucharist after the ballad’s finished.
Track Name: Christmas Time Is Here
Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year

Snowflakes in the air
Carols everywhere
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share

Sleigh bells in the air
Beauty everywhere
Yuletide by the fireside
And joyful memories there

Christmas time is here
We'll be drawing near
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year

Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year
Track Name: Wonderful Christmastime
The mood is right, the spirit's up
We're here tonight and that's enough
Simply having a wonderful Christmastime!
Simply having a wonderful Christmastime!

The party's on, the feeling's here
That only comes this time of year!
Simply having a wonderful Christmastime!

The choir of children sing their song
They practiced all year long

Simply having a wonderful Christmastime!
Simply having a wonderful Christmastime!

The word is out about the town
To lift a glass, oh don't look down!
Simply having a wonderful Christmastime!
Simply having a wonderful Christmastime!
Simply having...
Track Name: Acid Rain (Lorn Cover)
Daylight, in bad dreams
In a cool world, full of cruel things
Hang tight, all you
Nothing like a big bad bridge to go burning through

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