Born & Bored

by Guilhem

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This album was recorded in December 2019 at Mountain City Studio in Montreal, QC. After playing 150+ solo shows, I thought it'd be a great idea to record a full-length album but I didn't want to stick to an acoustic guitar and my voice so I decided to build these songs in "full-band" mode.

"Born & Bored" is 94% DIY (see credits for the remaining 6%) and is released 100% independently by yours truly.

In this album, I talk about stressful stuff, hopeful stuff, depressing stuff, death and love. The excitement of feeling young and the disappointment of being bored.

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released February 22, 2020

Most of the music & all the lyrics: Guilhem
Drums: Julien Blais
Some keys/guitars: David Carpentier-Laberge
Producer: Hugo Mudie
Engineer & Mix: Adrian Popovich @ Mountain City Studio
Master: Richard Addison @ Trillium Sound Mastering
Photo Credit: Pier-Anne Bilodeau

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Guilhem Montreal, Québec

A singer-songwriter whose style is hard to put in a box, Guilhem makes infectious pop rock that reflects his punk roots and eclectic musical influences. A founding member of Lost Love, Guilhem has been performing solo since 2012; between the two projects he has performed over 500 times. ... more

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Track Name: Just A Little Bit Above The Bottom
You gave me something crazy to believe in
Like I could be happy more than just sometimes
I started from the bottom, now I’m just a little bit above the bottom
Man, I’ve never felt so good

Thanks for making sense through this mess
Track Name: Jurasticly
I was in the basement, looking for you but I couldn’t find you
I screamed your name out, everyone just frowned, then I got kicked out
Went up to the first floor: everyone’s waiting to go to the bathroom
No one had ever heard of you before

So I got paranoid
What if the last 2 years were just a dream?
And I’m just surfing on a wave that’s bound to crash down
In a desert where I’ll be left all alone

Went up to the second floor, I was hoping to find you there
But I couldn’t see you, everyone was smoking and they couldn’t care less
I went to the third floor, cause I was choking but people got weirder

Maybe I’m the weirdo in this fucking building

So I got paranoid
What if the last 2 years were just a dream?
And I’m just surfing on a wave that’s bound to crash down
In a desert where I’ll be left all alone

I climbed up on the rooftop
You said “please don’t leave me here I’m scared I won’t hold on”
I climbed up on the rooftop, you said “you changed my life jurasticly”
So won’t you please hold on

So I got paranoid
What if the last 2 years were just a dream?
And I’m just surfing on a wave that’s bound to crash down
Please don’t leave me all alone.
Track Name: 5tr3sss
Waking up from a 12-hour nap sure feels good
When I haven’t slept in the last couple weeks
Standing up, my blankets wrapped around me
I’m wondering if I should wake you up now, are your dreams any better?



It brings me down when I think about the future,

I’m just worried that your kids are gonna suffer



Waking up, I check my phone and it ruins my day as the church bells outside ring
Walk my dog, as I shiver and sweat, try not to think of
How everything could crash and burn today, yeah

It brings me down when I think about the future,

I’m just worried that your kids are gonna suffer


And I know we’ve all been through some dark phases
But it’ll suck to literally have to watch the world burn down down down



Call me up I promise I won’t laugh when you’ll joke about killing yourself again.
Track Name: Sober Realism
You are the sunlight that pierces through the window of the room
Where I try to organize every detail

But if my mind is chaos and your mind is chaos, it’s natural, we can handle it. A feeling of control, an absence of worry, a sense of sober realism
Can you relate somehow?

Sobering up after a drunken month of May
I feel the weight of the world slowly destroying my ego

But if my mind is chaos and your mind is chaos, it’s natural, we can handle it. A feeling of control, an absence of worry, a sense of sober realism
Can you relate somehow?

And all I want is one more smile before I pack and leave again
And all I want is caffeine plugged and streamed within my filthy blood
And once the caffeine stops working, I’ll go back to drinking again
I don’t wanna face sober me.

You are the hope I need to keep me going through the year.
Track Name: Downward Spiral
Driving Maggie in the city, my eyes are focused on the traffic
My mind is racing going places way ahead of where we are today, well anyway…
Same folks asking for change, same fake smiles again
I’m sorry but I’ve got run to a place where I can be alone, well anyway…

I’ll find excuses not to leave my house, I’ll find my problems and I’ll drink with them.
It’s a downward spiral, I’m aware this isn’t going anywhere.

Staring at my phone for no reason, losing our beauty in this season
They say that travelling around the world won’t help you solve any of your problems. Well anyway…


A decade spent running in circles, becoming smaller every time.
I’ve read a book it said that I should try to find the force within, oh well, well anyway…

I’ll find excuses not to leave my house, I’ll find my problems and I’ll drink with them.
It’s a downward spiral, I’m aware this isn’t going anywhere.
Track Name: Happy On Paper
I woke up this morning, sadly I still felt nothing
I woke up but I kept my eyes closed wishing for something
My schedule was full but I couldn’t help feeling empty
The love of my life next to me why can’t I be happy?

Birds fly above and I wanna join them
Fly away from seasonal depression
I see you laughing; I see you smiling
Giving me hope and remind me: I’m happy on paper.

I turn on the TV, you ask why watching the news
It comforts me to watch chaos from my comfort
Staring at the ceiling, I start having visions
How close do I have to get to the fire to just warm myself without burning myself?

Birds fly above and I wanna join them
Fly away from seasonal depression
I see you laughing; I see you smiling
Giving me hope and remind me: I’m happy on paper.

I’m not succeeding if you’re not succeeding with me
I’m not surviving if you’re not surviving with me
Giving me hope and reminding me: I’m happy on paper
Track Name: Heart (Attack) Of Gold
It could have been my father, it could have been your brother
It could have been anyone we love.
That got hit by a car, I don’t know where you are, but that fucker probably drove real far.
There’s a crowd of strangers gathered around his cold body on the ground.
Getting buried by the snow. This city’s so cold, I’m freezing in this hole.

How will you die?
Will you be old and miserable, still looking for a heart of gold?
How will you die?
Will you die from a heart attack, just wishing that your world won’t turn to black.

It could have been my mother, it could have been your sister
It could have been anyone we love
I don’t know why these days, I’m always freaking out,
I’m always scared that you will go away
There’s a pile of records, in your closet, you haven’t touched them since we met.
I’m bringing them home and I’ll think about you, every time I play them.

How will you die?
Will you be old and miserable, still looking for a heart of gold?
How will you die?
Will you die from a heart attack, just wishing that your world won’t turn to black.

I don’t care at all. I haven’t seen it all. I’ll stop when I’ll feel useless.
I don’t care at all. How I’ll end up.
The journey’s more important than the destination, or so they say

How will you live your life?
If you’re always just thinking about when/where/why/how everyone will die?
Track Name: Driving Nowhere
I didn’t feel so bad but I still wanted to get out of here
I wanted to jump on the first train and leave in the rain
But the train system doesn’t work that well in this goddamn town
So I grabbed the keys and then we jumped in the car

And you said: where are we going?
I need to know what I should bring.
And I said: we’re gonna drive
Till we feel alright, alright, alright

We stopped in a bar and we ordered fancy drinks
I stayed sober enough to drive through the night
We went to the mountain and we climbed to the top
You said: from up here, everything shines, let’s stay for a while

And you said: where are we going?
I need to know what I should bring.
And I said: we’re gonna drive
Till we feel alright, alright, alright

It looks like I’m bound to the road
Not always sure if I’m blessed or I’m cursed.
It looks like I’m bound to the road
But I’ll be just fine
It looks like I’m bound to the road
Where I don’t get so fucking bored
I’ll be bound till I feel alright alright alright alright alright
Track Name: Slow Song
Need a slow song for the slowest day of the year.
I don’t wanna go out, wear pants, or do anything.
Promise me, that we will watch too many movies
We won’t think about our real lives and our worries.

I’ll order some soup cause I don’t wanna cook
And you’ll order something new like you always do
We’ll order more food again later tonight
And we might feel guilty and privileged somehow to be born and bored on this island.

Need a slow song, to calm my neurosis down
I don’t wanna think about anything but it’s more complicated than that
Promise me, we will always have these days.
They help me, they help you. They reset our brains and keep us sane.

I’ll order some pizza and we’ll try to find
The best we can get at this time of the night
Sometimes I think we are just wasting our lives.
But wasting my time with you’s not wasting time, we’ll be together forever.

ONE MORE SONG
ONE SLOW SONG
Track Name: The Needs
I don’t need drugs but they ease the pain
I don’t need gold but it’s surely convenient
When we’re hungry, we’re so hungry
But that hunger keeps us moving forward together.

I don’t need them, they can crash and burn
I do need you, cause you make me happy
And if happiness is just a moment
Then I want to spend all these moments with you

Nobody’s gonna save my soul.
Nobody’s gonna save me from myself.

I thought I’d break. But I was stronger.
I believed in this. I was so disappointed.
Once the chain breaks, we’re just animals.
If dog eat dog, then our needs will kill us all.

Nobody’s gonna save my soul.
Nobody’s gonna save me from myself.

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