I was taking a nap on the floor
I awoke to a tap on the door
A girl with tears in her eyes there
I thought I knew her from somewhere
“Come in and sit by the fire
Tell me what is wrong”

“Kind sir, I see you are wealthy
I’m hungry, poor and unhealthy
My mother, brothers and sisters
Caught fire – they’re covered in blisters
I’m told that you are my father
Help me sir, I pray.”

“I’ve slept with so many witches
Only after my riches
Getting my money was easy
But first they all had to please me
So leave your clothes on the chair there
And lie here by the fire”

He smiled as I reached out and grabbed him
My knife repeatedly stabbed him
His eyes shining bright red
I wiped off my forehead
He fell down by the fire
Laughing all the while

I ran – I ran all around there
Helped myself to what I found there
She rolled me into the glow
Through the flames I saw her go

I lay there on the fire He lay there on the fire
Then I slipped away Then I slipped away


from Tales Of Misfortune And Woe, released February 7, 2009



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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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