Light Years Away

by Dusty Stray

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"Dusty Stray is a cosmic cowboy writing songs that evoke Andrew Wyeth paintings dotted with five-eyed space creatures"
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"Brilliant album. What melodic richness."
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"Variation all over the place, plus many beautiful, small songs which in hindsight make Light Years Away one of the most beautiful singer-songwriter albums of late 2011"
Kicking The Habit

“Timeless folk music that you can wrap your heart around...a true pearl"
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"Dusty Stray delivers a second cd that draws one into its melodies and surprises with the nature of its lyrics. With music that never sounds stilted, but rather small. And that is certainly so beautiful."
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released October 17, 2011

Light Years Away

ORDER CD HERE: www.musicglue.com/dusty-stray/products/light-years-away-cd/

Music and words by Jonathan Brown
Engineered and produced by JB Meijers and Ken Stringfellow at Satisfactory, Amsterdam
Executively produced by Jeroen van der Schaaf
Mixed by Ken Stringfellow at Le Domicile, Paris
“No Not Me” and “Stupid Song” mixed by JB Meijers at JB’s
Mastered by Sander van der Heide at The Saint Of Sound, Soest

CD design by Sonja van Hamel
Artwork by Jonathan Brown (www.stuffstucktogether.com)

Jonathan Brown sang and played guitar, banjo, ukulele, cello, omnichord, jawharp, sung lisu and chest
These fine musicians took care of the rest:
JB Meijers - drums, percussion, guitar and vocals
Ken Stringfellow - bass, piano, organ, keyboards, guitaret, percussion, vocals and koikedoikesticks
Jesje de Schepper - vocals on “You Lost Me”, “It Happens” and “Henry’s Room”
Gert-Jan Blom - saw, guitarron and bass harmonica
Rene van Barneveld - pedal steel on “A Someone”
Pim Kops - accordion on “The Underachiever” and cracklebox on “Light Years Away”

All titles © 2011 J. F. Brown, published by Basta Music

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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: Light Years Away
Bright starry sky, oh -- open over me
I’ve been a-feelin’ alone
You know me well – better than anyone
Take me – oh – take me home

Colorful forms hover over me
Beckonin’ me with their eyes
I wouldn’t mind livin’ life a little while
High in the friendly skies

All would be quiet all through the night
Those who were sleepin’ would not see the light
Boardin’ their ship I’d hear my family say,
“Please try and write while you’re light years away”
Track Name: Begin Again
I guess it only goes to show
It’s almost always who you know
I had a vision in the night
And got a sort of second sight

She could sing a ring around me
She could see through me and found me
So easily

And so I’d go from day to day
Never quite knowing what to say
I heard the voices in my head
But couldn’t catch a word they said

She could sing a ring around me
She could see through me and found me
So easily

She said I see the sorry state you’re in
If I were you I’d learn to shed my skin
And begin again
And then I could call you my friend
Track Name: To Love You Only Leaves Me Lonely
I just wanted to say that I’ll be on my way
I’ve got to leave you -- leave you today

Though Lord knows how I’ve tried to patch the place inside
Where you hit me when I was open wide

Then you grin rattlin’ on my chains
To love you only leaves me lonely
To love you only leaves me lonely

You stuck your stinger deep now you’re a dyin’ bee
But you’re still buzzin’ --buzzin’ around me

So I’m out on the town, new women around
But what’s that buzzin’? What’s that buzzin’ sound?

Then you grin rattlin’ on my chains
To love you only leaves me lonely
To love you only leaves me lonely

I don’t like to love you
I don’t like to love you
I don’t like to love you
I don’t like to love you
To love you only leaves me lonely
To love you only leaves me lonely
Track Name: You Lost Me
You ask me what’s it’s all about
But I can’t let it out
You can raise your voice all day
But I’ve got nothing to say

You lost me, you lost me
A long time ago
You lost me, you lost me
So long ago

Underneath a shady oak
I heard how you spoke
An epiphany
We weren’t meant to be

You lost me, you lost me
A long time ago
You lost me, you lost me
So long ago

If some day you pass this way
Look me up and maybe I’ll say hi
But I know I’ll never show
My face around your part of town
Never in a million years would I come to you

Every time I close my eyes
I can see through the lies
Darkness sets you free
And you are far from me

You lost me, you lost me
A long time ago
You lost me, you lost me
So long ago
Track Name: Happy Song
Happy – I’m so happy
Don’t know what’s happening to me
Used to – used to be too
Down and out about so many things

Smilin’ till my teeth get dry
Laughin’ till I start to cry
Thinkin’ that maybe I’m too happy – too happy

I’ve been – been unravelin’
Used to be wound up in a ball
I see – way too clearly
Touched by the beauty of it all

Smilin’ till my teeth get dry
Laughin’ till I start to cry
Thinkin’ that maybe I’m too happy – too happy

I’m possessed by happiness since you went away
Now I see the harmony of each and every day
The reason why I’m flyin’ high is cause you held me down
And I could never be happy when you were still around

Happy – I’m so happy
Don’t know what’s happening to me
Track Name: A Someone
You come to bed so late so frequently
When I wake up you are gone
You say work just keeps you so busy
But something tells me that there is a Someone
Someone

I can see your broken fingernails
Underclothes worn and torn
You say you just had an accident
Something tells me that there is a Someone
Someone

Late at night I hear you talking on your telephone
I can’t help but try to listen in
You are laughing in a way that I have never known
And what you say you say not to a friend

Someone there’s a Someone
There’s a Someone once again

When we’re walking you’re ahead of me
With your top button undone
You get glances from women and men
Something tells me that there is a Someone
Someone

Late at night I hear you talking on your telephone
I can’t help but try to listen in
You are laughing in a way that I have never known
And what you say you say not to a friend

Someone there’s a Someone
There’s a Someone once again
Someone there’s a Someone
There’s a Someone once again
Track Name: It Happens
At any other moment of any other day
We would’ve been more careful – now we would be ok

Funny how it happens – I didn’t know that you knew
You don’t think it happens – until it happens to you

What if it gets bigger, what if it gets strong
It could bring us together, make us feel that we belong

Funny how it happens – I didn’t know that you knew
You don’t think it happens – until it happens to you

When it happens to you do you tend to blame it on someone else?
When it happens to me I’ll be so completely thinking of myself
We’re in this together
Together alone
Track Name: No Not Me
Did you really think that I would never notice you
In the shadows up against someone you hardly knew

You caught my eye and suddenly it was plain to see
That your intention was to go on hurtin’ me
No not me

All these years of lovin’ you I’ve just been wastin’ time
Believin’ that someday you surely would be mine

I can remember when it was you treated me so good
I would forget you in a minute if I only could
No not me

I don’t wanna wait around
For the day when you step down
Just to say you’re so sorry
No not me

I can remember when it was you treated me so good
I would forget you in a minute if I only could
No not me
Track Name: Our Destiny
Sailing a-sailing over the blue
Trying to block out flashes of you
Under the water I think I can see
Hundreds of fish there look up at me
I lured her to bite my bait
Didn’t even hesitate
Put my hook into her skin
Then I reeled her in

Struggled – I struggled to no avail
Trying to get her into that pail
I had to leave her there on the deck
Flipping and flopping and gasping for breath
When I poured water on her gills
What I saw gave me the chills
She was partly human being
Then I heard her sing

She sang so strangely, weak and unclear
Tunes full of mystery, sorrow and fear
So I removed the hook from her cheek
She stopped her singing and started to speak
“Look what you have done to me
Please put me back in the sea
I don’t belong here with you”
“Oh, but yes you do”

I took off my shirt and showed her my scales
Pulled down my pants and revealed my tail
I said, “Don’t worry”, looked into her eyes
“I’m really sorry”, she said, “It’s all right”
“I’ve been searching all my life
To find someone I look like
Now it all makes sense to me
This must truly be our destiny”
Track Name: Henry's Room
In his chamber
Webster Avenue
Fifteen thousand
Pages now are through

All his devils’ angels
Orchestrating fables
There there there there
“We never knew what it was he was doing up there”

In the realms of
Magazines galore
Watercolors
Scraps upon the floor

Androgynous saviors
Never mind the neighbors
There there there there
“We never knew what it was he was doing up there”
Track Name: Requiem
The night is much brighter here by the fire
Pine needles cushion the place where you lay
Insects and airplanes are buzzing above us
It’s like hearing a requiem play

I didn’t want to – to have to kill you
But you said you couldn’t keep that kind of secret
And in a panic I clutched at your throat

I’ve been running on an emotion
A brightness inside of my head
Somebody get me off of my mountain
Before one more is dead

In the light of the morning I think I can see them
Snaking their way up the long mountain road
I wasn’t dreaming I really was screaming
Out my confession to valleys below

I didn’t want to – to have to kill you
But you said you couldn’t keep that kind of secret
And in a panic I clutched at your throat

I’ve been running on an emotion
A brightness inside of my head
Somebody get me off of my mountain
Before one more is dead

The night is much brighter here by the fire
Pine needles cushion the place where you lay
Insects and airplanes are buzzing above us
It’s like hearing a requiem play
Track Name: Stupid Song
I had a guitar
You had a car
We didn’t get far
Before it broke down

Marooned
I played you a tune
About a saloon
With swinging door sound

One came out
One came in
One was shot
Again and again

And you were really listening
To every single little word
Of my stupid song

Told we’d be towed
We stayed by the road
But they never showed
So we walked home

The stars were bright
No city lights
One of those nights
That felt like a day

And after a while
Your feet were so sore
Still you would smile
And say, “play some more”

And you were really listening
To every single little word
Of my stupid song
Track Name: The Underachiever
You wince when you win some
You loosen up when you lose
After all after a fall
You wonder what’s the use

You’re older and wiser
You’ve got lots going for you
And though things have changed
You do the same as you always do

And all of your troubles and all of your trials
Keep you sleeping all of the while
Each open door shows you some more
You turn around and follow the sound of the underachiever