A Tree Fell And Other Songs

by Dusty Stray

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A Tree Fell And Other Songs, the fourth full-length Dusty Stray release, was written in a small, lone trailer on the flatlands of Holland alongside the dead end of a river. VINYL and CD available from Great Waters: www.greatwaters.nl

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released November 5, 2015

Music and words by Jonathan Brown
Recorded by Kramer at Jonathan’s home in Amsterdam
Mixed and mastered by Kramer at Noise Miami

Jonathan Brown on all voices and instruments
(with help from Kramer on keys, electric guitar, bass and loops)

Design by Floor Koomen (www.floorkoomen.com)

ALL TITLES PUBLISHED BY J.F. BROWN/GREAT WATERS
© 2015

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DUSTY STRAY features the alt-folk repertoire of Texan songster Jonathan Brown which delves into universal themes of unrequited love, heartbreak, loneliness and death but (almost) always with a small dose of hope and redemption.

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Track Name: Turn Me Around
The you I knew is now gone
Just a body with your best dress on
And I took you for granted
I took you for granted

To be with you once again
I could tell you how much you meant
Cause I took you for granted
I took you for granted

When I was down
You’d say something
To turn me around

I awake late at night
I think I see you at my bedside
And I took you for granted
I took you for granted

When I was down
You’d say something
To turn me around
Track Name: Blood Trail
You made a mess of my extra-special creation
I’d worked so hard on the good part of an afternoon
I felt an anger welling up inside of me
You were in danger, it came so unexpectedly

And you could not run away
I’ll never forget that day

When mother ran out saying what’s all the screaming
She soon figured out that it was an emergency
You left a blood trail across the driveway to the
Kitchen counter where you were sitting in it

And it would not wash away
I’ll never forget that day
Track Name: A Tree Fell
How would you know? So far from home
Weatherman called it “a terrible storm”
Watching a talk show a warning appears
“The strongest winds that have swept through in years”

And a tree fell on your house when you were gone
A tree fell on your house when you were gone

So how is it there? You and your pair
Do you feel sheltered, protected and cared for?
I’m doing fine at the School For The Blind
It’s a job I was very prepared for

A tree fell on your house when you were gone
A tree fell on your house when you were gone

It’s a disaster that days move much faster
Faster and farther away from you
He came around and he blew our house down
Had plenty of places to take you to
I hate to be the bearer of bad news
But at least this way I get to talk to you

A tree fell on your house when you were gone
A tree fell on your house when you were gone
Track Name: Into Beads
Found an ancient Indian necklace
But it broke
Into beads
Track Name: Alibi
I heard all about it but I did not hear from you
Bad news travels faster doesn’t matter if it’s true
If you need an alibi I’d give it a shot
You’ve been there before for me for you I have not

Something came between us somewhere a line was drawn
I can’t put my finger on the moment it was gone
I was in a hurry then to get on with my life
You said not to worry just sit back and do your time

I asked how you’d found me and you said that it was fate
You wanted to know what really happened on that date
I confessed I thought that you had gone over the line
Then I heard you laughing and your laugh was just like mine
Track Name: Flame
She was an old flame
I figured that it wouldn’t be the same
But it didn’t take too long
Till that old flame was burning strong
I told myself there wasn’t any danger
I told myself there wasn’t any harm
All throughout the evening
She held on to my arm


When I walked her to her door
She said, “Come up for some more”
She played records from our past
To try and make the evening last
I told myself it wouldn’t really matter
To have a little kiss or two
After all she was seeing someone
And I was still with you

I felt weak and couldn’t think
Something bitter in my drink
And before it all went black
I heard her say, ”I want you back”
I should have seen it coming
Should have read the warning sign
She had told me in the old days,
“You will always be mine”
Track Name: Click
There – outside swimming pools and schools
Always breaking all the rules and never caring
Hey – that old madman’s back again
In those filthy rags just standing there and staring

You never thought that he’d be taken seriously, did you?
And now he’s taken in another specimen, it’s you

Click – snaps the crappy camera
Manufacturing another magic moment
Seen – in museums and in books
That one of you looks as if you must have known him

You never thought that he’d be taken seriously, did you?
And now he’s taken in another specimen, it’s you
Track Name: The Dead Don't Care
In the dark, silent cemetery
We let our hands wander round
I was sure you would wake the dead with that
High-pitched whimpering sound
I thought we’d be damned to heaven
Entering the gates of hell

In the light from a nearby chapel
You had a colorful glow
Only later on did I realize
It was a stained glass window
You swore you felt the spirit
Of a little girl

And we danced on some graves there
And you laughed and said, “The dead don’t care”

Though only one summer evening
It seemed an eternity
And I never felt so myself
As that night that you were with me
Your eyes looked right into me
Where no one had looked before

And we danced on some graves there
And you laughed and said, “The dead don’t care”
Track Name: Then
Congratulations
Got your invitation
So nice to know you still care
Though I’m not good at formal situations
I’ll do my best to be there

You never knew
How hard I fell for you
You didn’t have a clue
Then

He looks so healthy
Dignified and wealthy
And clearly happy with you
I can’t compete now
Your life is complete now
There’s nothing else I can do

You’ll never know
I wouldn’t let it show
You said let’s take it slow
Then

That night in your apartment
I was miscounting sheep
So I just sat and watched you sleep
Till the morning, till the morning

Your beauty kind of killed me
I thought my heart would melt
I planned to tell you how I felt
In the morning, in the morning
Track Name: Too Late To Love Me
How many times do I have to say
It’s just too late to love me?
You had your chance to nurture new romance
But you wouldn’t let me get my way

Now that the ground has shifted around
You found some feelings for me
I used to hear your whisper in my ear
Now I just don’t hear a sound

Did you think I’d wait for
One who would ignore me?
I mean remind me
What was it you did for me?
Give me a clue
Why should I be with you?

Now is the time you wake up and find
It’s just too late to love me
You said “no” to my love long ago
It’s too late to change your mind
Track Name: At The End Of The Longest Day
The days are growing shorter again
Since you went off traveling
You met a man
Now you’ve got other plans
All good things come to an end

You said you could have never been free
If you would have stayed with me
You went away
At the end of the longest day
All good things come to an end

Strolling through the station
Arm in arm with you
Parting on the platform
Saying, “See you soon”

The days are growing shorter again
Since you went off traveling
You met a man
Now you’ve got other plans
All good things come to an end
All good things come to an end