little stories told by ghosts

by dunnock

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    Pro-replicated CD edition of "little stories told by ghosts." Artwork taken from the British Library and the Smithsonian. Layout and design by ghost ghost teeth. Comes with a free piece of surf polished jade collected from the beach that inspired the album's 3rd track.

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Dunnock are a band that have often defined ourselves in terms of our failures, and "little stories" represents our best effort to fail ambitiously.


released May 18, 2018

On this recording Dunnock consisted of:

Aidan O’Flynn – Keyboards and viola
Jacob Thomas – Guitar, drums, keyboards, percussion, mountain dulcimer, sampler, field recordings, drum machine, pieces of silver, vocals


Tammy McCoy – Guest vocals on 2, 4
Sam Lemmons – Guest vocals on 3
Balan – Drums on 2
Patrick Martens – Additional drums on 3
Jakob Battick – Lead guitar on 2
Aidan Flaherty – acoustic guitar on 3
HL – acoustic guitar on 1, χορός throughout

Track 4 contains lyrical elements from “Am I Born to Die?,” taken from Charles Wesley’s “Hymns for Children” (1763)

Recorded between the months of March 2013 and January 2018 in The Aviary and other locales.


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Track Name: Young Woman’s Body – Fell’s Point – 1988
I left my coat
in the car
so everyone
could see my dress
when I walked
into the bar

you were there
very handsome
a bottle at your lips
when we left together
you had your hands
upon my hips

and when you killed me
with that brick
from the ground
we were down by the water
and the lights were all around
Track Name: Young Boy’s Body – Deritis Playground – 1996
you didn’t even know that I was there
as my blood flowed out
and the river flowed on
a thousand feet away

no girl will ever kiss me
your bullet killed that in me
before it ever had a chance to grow
you won’t see me on your tv
the world didn’t want me
the world won’t care
now that I’m gone

you heard me crying as you ran away
as my blood flowed out
and the river flowed on
a thousand feet away
Track Name: Teen Girl’s Body – Clam Beach – 1963
I played on this beach
as a child
with my mother
and my father
still together

now I lay here
with the sand turning black
and you’re standing
with that knife in your hand
and the water
comes lapping at my feet
and you’re crying
with the fog rolling in

when they find me
jade pickers walking by
my new dress
will be tangled round my thighs
and my fingers
twisted at my side

I played here
as a little girl
with my mother
who was my whole world

made sand castles
every single day
til the green tide
washed them all away
Track Name: Middle Aged Man’s Body – Fish Creek – 2002
I’ve never been very good
I never was very good to you
I drank and beat you
but I was your dad
Smith & Wesson
Model 36

my sock drawer
wrapped in a rag
bullets in a preserves jar

and last night
we had a fight
and I walked out the door

and last night
we had a fight
and nothing will ever be alright again

You followed me
You murdered me
and left me lying there

you followed me
you murdered me
and out came blood and water

I walked down to the creek
forgot my winter jacket

past the swing set
Where we slaughtered pigs

the family stones
covered with snow
my father and my grandparents

the rusty trucks against the barn
we knew we’d never fix


when you were a baby
and wouldn’t fall asleep at night
your mama would put you in the passenger seat
of our green Chevy Blazer
and drive up and down Cameron Ridge
Tires kicking up gravel

and the deer would freeze for a second
in the headlights
and then dart out of the way
and the trees cast shadows

and the radio was tuned to WWVA 98.7
playing Ronnie Milsap
and TG Sheppard
and Dottie West
Eddie Rabbitt
Johnny Lee

and I was at home
listening to the same songs
at the same time
with a bottle of jack on the table
and all the guns
save one
on the rack downstairs

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