Breathe With You

by Brothers Lazaroff

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1.
Heard them singing Happy Birthday from across the yard Their voices melding together made me long For the time, when I can breathe some air with you Saw her crying on the terrace hanging over the street Tears for us all, thought I no longer could weep But I do for the time, when I can breathe some air with you Breathe some air with you as we dance with the crowd on the floor Feel our pulse amplified with the heat as sweat starts to pour He was strolling on the sidewalk in the afternoon sun But watching him walk only made me want to run To a time, when I can breathe some air with you Breathe some air with you as we dance with the crowd on the floor Feel our pulse amplified with the heat as sweat starts to pour So we’ll stay patiently waiting ‘til we are let free Free like a butterfly born triumphantly Free in a time, when I can breathe some air with you Yes a time, when I can breathe some air with you
2.
Tried to enter but the door was locked Maybe it’s not such a bad idea to pause So he turned around retraced his steps Drag his boots back through the lawn Everything stopped Everything stopped Crickets screaming not a car in sight Only with the one you Love Three hots and a cot tonight So many moments rarely thought of Everything stopped Everything stopped Reverb still bouncin’ round the room With the dial turned to repeat Just outside buds begin to open Doorpost blood in the street Everything stopped Everything stopped
3.
I understand you better now And the need to bring offerings I understand the promise To remember grace and instruction Given from the past, the long past and recent past I understand you better now The ones I‘ve known, in my own time Who lived through un-speak-able events I often wonder how’d they survive that? Given from the past, the long past and recent past I understand that better now It’s what happened, so we survived We’ll tell those who come after us In ways we speak and ways we don’t Given from the past, the long past and recent past I understand that better too Not to trust in leaders’ words I understand the prophets who Railed against all the big shots Given from the past, the long past and recent past I understand better now How you called the difference Between the righteous and wicked I see with your eyes, I see that now Given from the past, the long past and recent past I understand much better now Nothing can ever be same And some of that will be for good Turn to each other, loving more Given from the past, the long past Given from the past, the long past Given from the past, the long past and recent past
4.
Hunched over the desk, pen in hand Swirl and plow through the mud To find my heart, amongst the muck Dredged up from the bottom with this flood But there’s a pink supermoon tonight Shining on your forgiveness tree May we all taste of it’s fruit The gifts our brother gave to us for free Stepped outside on, a cold front porch Took my head up to the sky Bathed in the night, sweet lunar light And the whisper of your pleas to not ask why But there’s a pink supermoon tonight Shining on your forgiveness tree May we all taste of it’s fruit The gifts our brother gave to us for free Sat down in the pantry, counting cans Got two black, three red and one pinto That can’t fill this, whole in my gut Left there from the words you had to go But there’s a pink supermoon tonight Shining on your forgiveness tree May we all taste of it’s fruit The gifts our brother gave to us for free
5.
See numbers risin’, on my TV Hunkered down, just my family All you can do in, times like these Checked in on an old friend, she’s holdin’ on to belief And May G-d Be with You And May G-d Be with You And May G-d Be with You...uh huh Can’t fool us, with it’ll be alright Cause we ain’t going down, without a fight It’s all too much, to really take in We know how it starts, guess we’ll see how it ends And May G-d Be with You And May G-d Be with You And May G-d Be with You...uh huh So many Saints, workin’ overtime Scientists buzzing, in the labs all night Got a neighbor, went out and bought a gun Got another neighbor, still out havin’ fun And May G-d Be with You And May G-d Be with You And May G-d Be with You...uh huh...uh huh
6.
I don’t cook that much, I don’t cook that well I been walkin’ the dogs, walkin’ the dogs Don’t read that much, can’t concentrate Been walkin’ the dogs, walkin’ the dogs Walkin' the dogs, walkin' the dogs Ain’t been practicing much, like I said can’t concentrate Been walkin’ the dogs, walkin’ the dogs Just writing a bunch, can’t seem to stop I been walkin’ the dogs, walkin’ the dogs Walkin' the dogs, walkin' the dogs So outta control, along for the ride Ain’t no going back, gonna burn off the edges Only one thing I know, you must honor and mourn Been walkin’ the dogs, walkin’ the dogs But I can dream, dream they go down in flames Been walkin’ the dogs, walkin’ the dogs Walkin' the dogs, walkin' the dogs

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Brothers Lazaroff announce the release of their first official acoustic duo recording “Breath With You.” While Jeff and David Lazaroff began with two acoustic guitars in the basement of their childhood home and have logged thousands of hours writing and jamming as a brotherly duo, they rarely perform and have never recorded without a band. Credit that to their love of ensemble playing and the deep brotherhood they’ve developed with their musical family. They had been discussing doing some duo recordings at the urging of their mentor, cousin and first producer Stuart Rosenberg before the Coronavirus Pandemic began to sweep through the nation, but being literally quarantined from their bandmates made the option much more compulsory for this new handful of songs. When the crisis first hit neither brother was feeling very creative. Like many people around the globe their focus was on keeping their families’ safe and adjusting to this new concept of social distancing. A couple weeks in Bob Dylan released his first original song in years “Murder Most Foul,” a mediation on the death of JFK and American culture. Both Jeff and David were separately made misty eyed by the reference to The Allman Brothers Band song “Blue Sky” written by Dickey Betts. The first song they learned when they started jamming together 25 years ago, Blue Sky represented the beginning of Jeff and David’s musical journey and Dylan’s cracking open of emotion inspired a rush of songwriting. Days later, the biggest and brightest full moon of the year appeared in the form of a Pink Supermoon, and with it came the news that one of the brothers’ heroes John Prine had died due to complications from the virus. Again, writing seemed the best and only way to honor this Mt. Rushmore size influence of theirs. Another mentor and friend, Rabbi James Stone Goodman, was in the same way putting out some moving poetry and two of these new songs are musical adaptations from his recent writings. In the course of a week, the brothers helped each other flush out and finish six new songs “long-distance” the way they used to when David lived in Austin for thirteen years while Jeff was in St. Louis, but now with video-calls replacing phone calls. So with just four mics, David on a 1958 Martin OO-18 and Jeff on a 1963 Epiphone Caballero, the brothers literally reached for the past with their oldest guitars to record these songs and try to make sense of the present. “Breath With You” represents something new yet old, born fast and of the moment, while also a quarter century in the making.

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released April 27, 2020

Jeff Lazaroff - Vocals and Guitar
David Lazaroff - Guitar and Vocals

All Songs by Brothers Lazaroff
“I Understand Better Now” and “Walkin’ The Dogs” by Brothers Lazaroff and James Stone Goodman
Produced by Brothers Lazaroff
Recorded at Room 18 / St. Louis, MO
Mix and Mastered by Jacob Detering at Red Pill Entertainment / St. Louis, MO
Source Art by Paco Proano / Denver, CO
Art Layout by JJ Campbell at Rural Rooster / Austin, TX

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