barriers and barricades

by jonah canepa

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James Uzzel I like this kid Jonah. He's a good kid. He writes some tight music, and he's a really good friend. Favorite track: seventeen.
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Re-release of Barriers & Barricades:
Barriers and Barricades is a collection of songs that I wrote when I was in high school. I was 16-17 when I wrote all of the songs, with the exception of "Red Balloon" (I wrote that one when I was 13). These songs are very important to me, they became a way for me to express myself during a very dark time in my life. All throughout high school, I suffered from severe anxiety which in turn had made my life very difficult. These songs became my therapy, and I had never really showed anyone them for awhile. When I released the original project, I had no idea people would even like my music. It wasn't meant to be a serious EP, the decision of making it was to be a fundraiser for my current band at the time.

Over time, I've received countless messages about how important some of these songs are to people I have never even met. Hearing how my music could help people get through tough times, that is what keeps me doing this music thing. It has still be less than a year of me being a solo-musician. I'm so amazed with how supportive people have been with my solo project. I never thought I would meet so many wonderful people, and have made so many friends through music. I just want to thank every person who's gone out of their way to support this. This album is for you.

-jonah canepa


released March 19, 2016




jonah canepa Columbia, South Carolina


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Track Name: red balloon
Red Balloon,
Why do you suppress my air in June?
When really it is august
but I will see you soon
Little one,
Why must you close your eyes when you are scared?
I promise you it's not that bad out there
this world we live in.
Track Name: barriers
And when you sleep,
I’ll be waiting to see you soon.
The monsters underneath my bed,
are trying to kill you, out of my mind.
I know, I know, I know, I know, that you know, it’s true.
That I’m not afraid to die, That I’m not afraid to die.
But I’m afraid to live this way.

Lovely I thought you might leave me,
and now I see why I’m not moving on I think it’s time I say good,
I thought you might understand,
darling, I’ve got nothing to lose.
& when you say goodbye, I want to be there with you.
So open up your barriers.
Open up your barriers.

I am here.
Face your fears.
Track Name: barricades
It’s 8 o’ clock somewhere, and I was singing “I wish you were here”
Are you afraid to die? or are you afraid to live?
I don’t think we could fear, anything by eachothers side

So we’ll play hide and seek until we, forget about the game
Cause soon the thought of me, will drive you insane
It’s not that I don’t care, it’s that I care too much

Wake me up, before you realize that I am not enough
My life is a nightmare so please interrupt
I miss your lips, I miss your kiss

Tighten up your seatbelts cause life’s a crazy ride
I think we need some wine, I think we need more time.
Track Name: seventeen
You took my heart at seventeen,
If love’s a disease,
won’t you stay away from me?

Lovely, I can see right through your bones,
I feel like I’ve known you before,
have I known you before?

The fire burns out in the best of us,
is this love or is this lust,
I just want this moment to last.

Against the wall,
I never read that book,
I just wanted to hear your voice.

I guess the reason, I felt so lost
is because I’ve always needed you
And that’s my problem ,
I care too much.
You don’t need me like I need you.
But, you said it first,
You said you loved me, and you meant it.
I said it back, and I felt it,
In my chest, in my chest.

I want to kiss you,
I want to miss you,
about things that don’t
Matter, cause you’re all that,
Matters to me
Track Name: waves
If love is blind it’s because you set my eyes on fire,
they say you shouldn’t stare at the sun.
If you were a wave you’d be the one to take me under,
feelings so deep that I will drown.

Take a look past my complexion,
these songs are my perception of your beautiful everything.
I’m just a kid with no direction, I would love to find the answers,
but I’m lost inside my dreams.

I am weak in the knees for you,
blue skies could never stop my demise.
So tell me what the hell are we going to do,
if the fear won’t stop the lies.
You loved me once, you can love me again.
Won’t you go tell all your friends?

All we’ve got is time,
& All we have is time,
& I hope that you won’t mind
but I’m in love with your smile.
Track Name: ode to miami
I’ll ride the train,
wherever it goes
There's some things in life
That we don't have to know
& I'm just a kid
Who doesn't know love
Lost in your starry eyes
Not with the drugs
God is real
If you are an angel
So let's make a toast
To what time we have left
This life is not guaranteed, but I guarantee
I won't let you down
I am the scream in the hallways at night
In my head, I am drowning
We are the barriers and barricades
Keeping us safe from each other
You can fall in love with anyone
if you wanted to
But there's something about her
I didn't have to choose
Close your eyes,
we've got nothing to lose.