Family Album

by Dusty Stray

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“A singer-songwriter with a good eye for the musical heritage of his country, along with a pleasant twist of the mind” OOR

“Dusty Stray's forays into the unknown deserve attention” Americana UK

“Fragile voices, dreamy songs and freaky instruments...strong lyrics and a crystal clear production with chilling effects” Trouw

“Astonishingly beautiful songs that everyone in the world should hear” Kramer

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released April 23, 2013

Family Album

ORDER CD HERE: www.musicglue.com/dusty-stray/products/family-album-cd/

Music and words by Jonathan Brown
Performed and recorded by Jonathan Brown at home in Amsterdam
Produced, mixed and mastered by Kramer at Noise Miami
Executively produced by Jeroen van der Schaaf

Design by Sonja van Hamel – www.sonjavanhamel.nl
Photos from Jonathan’s found photo collection

Jonathan Brown – voices, guitars, banjo, mandolin-banjo,
banjo uke, ukulele, violin, melodica, omnichord, sheng,
bulbul tarang, Chinese flute, zither, jawharp, kazoo,
slide whistle, baby rattle, kalimba, percussion

Kramer – organ, piano, guitar, bass

Marc Driessen – bass

Nina Brown – voice on “My Little Baby”

A special thanks to Kramer
This album is dedicated to family

All titles © J. F. Brown, 2013
Published by Basta Music
www.bastamusic.com

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Dusty Stray Boulder, Colorado

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: Gone
They say that you’re stepping down
Giving away your crown
Well that’s astounding
Your reign tangled up in crime
But you’re not doing time
Well that’s confounding

In your kingdom change is in the air
Dancing singing parties everywhere
Now that you’re gone
Gone gone gone

Though you kissed amphibians
Never transformations – none
All that you touch turns to trash
Burning up all that cash – in a heartbeat

In your kingdom monuments will fall
Like you’ve never been there at all
Already gone
Gone gone gone
Track Name: Drowning Horses
Your father’s voice was breaking when he said to me
He’d seen drowning horses off the coast of Sicily
Nobody could save them as farther out they’d go
All those drowning horses caught up in the undertow
Track Name: Midwife
Baby bird with broken wing
Cannot fly and he doesn’t wanna sing
About anything
No goddess reaching down
To the place on the ground
He lay

But you told me a story
When I’d had enough
We heard frogs a’ courting
Then we saw them
You were a midwife to the strangers in my head
Being born just as I was being dead
Being born just as I was being dead

Cups my head in her hands
I don’t get how she understands me now
I’m told not to say a word
Of my thoughts about the bird I found

And you told me a story
When I’d had enough
We heard frogs a’ courting
Then we saw them
You were a midwife to the strangers in my head
Being born just as I was being dead
Being born just as I was being dead

Baby bird with broken wing
Cannot fly and he doesn’t wanna sing
About anything
Track Name: Family Album
This is a song about Morton Bartlett
He was an orphan and he never did wed
He wanted children oh so desperately
And so he built a fantasy family

Bartlett was a self-taught artist it seems
Always determined to follow his dreams
Each day for thirty years he’d sculpt without fail
His plaster children with obsessive detail

He’d make clothes for them
And he would put them on
Their anatomically correct little bodies
He’d take pictures and
Then he would put them in
What he referred to as his
Family Album

Bartlett clearly was the upper-class type
He went to Harvard and he smoked a nice pipe
He said his sculpting was a proper hobby
A way to let one’s certain urges go free

He was a loner with no need of a friend
He kept his secret right up until the end
When he died his family was discovered at last
15 girls, 3 boys and stacks of their photographs

He’d make clothes for them
And he would put them on
Their anatomically correct little bodies
He’d take pictures and
Then he would put them in
What he referred to as his
Family Album
Track Name: In Albuquerque
In Albuquerque
You let it all out
You were crying
You’d shiver and you’d shout
Bouncing off the mountains there
Parts of you were everywhere

In Albuquerque
The snow was landing down
On hair and noses
Softening your frown
Something made you smile and say,
“This was our last getaway”

Albuquerque
You were beautiful and strange
Why are we singing
Home Home On The Range
We never did like that song
But we’d always sing along
Track Name: I Ran
Oh what I wanted oh what I needed
Everyone said that I was mistreated
I ran from you and back again
I ran from you and back again

What was I feeling what was I thinking
Walking and tripping swimming and sinking
I ran from you and back again
I ran from you and back again
Track Name: Strange Plane
A strange plane took her away
Small twenty-seater
Landing in a far away place
No one to greet her

Didn’t she tell you why she was leaving
No I’m afraid she didn’t say much
Didn’t she tell you what she was up to
She and I really fell out of touch

This is a picture of her departure
I was so nervous, that’s why it’s blurry
She cut in line in front of some children
Waved without looking, left in a hurry

A strange plane took her away
Small twenty-seater
Landing in a far away place
No one to greet her
Track Name: The Real Thing
This one’s got spunk this one’s got style
You get a fever when you see her smile
And all at once you’re feeling fine
You get a chill or two right through your spine

And then you know that this time it’s really love
Brought to you by angels above
You hear them starting to sing cause it’s the real thing

You’ve been so lost so many years
So many women but so many tears
And now there’s one who makes you cry
But tears of happiness now fill your eyes

And then you know that this time it’s really love
Brought to you by angels above
You hear them starting to sing cause it’s the real thing

You thought that it could never happen to you
And now you think it’s just too good to be true

Hand in hand you are as one and her apparel a barrel of fun
Can’t kiss her once must kiss her twice
When you’re together the weather is nice

And then you know that this time it’s really love
Brought to you by angels above
You hear them starting to sing cause it’s the real thing
Track Name: Heaven's Gate
Holy rollers
Praying for their Lord to hover over them
They shall see him
Riding on a mighty fiery stone

Tucked and tied into their beds
Visions of heaven in their heads
Poison fills their blood tonight
Gates begin to open wide
Track Name: My Little Baby
My little baby sleeps all day
Opens her eyes as if to say
Haven’t I been here before
And then she closes them once more

My little baby cries all night
Nothing I do seems to be right
And in the morning as she dreams
I can still here those baby screams
Track Name: No One
All I wanted to say to you I could never say
Then your winter came

Now you’re cold to me though you used to be
Warm and bright fiery light flickering in the wind
You were my friend
You were my friend
You were my friend
But in the end it was beginning to be clear
That you were no one to me
No one