A Thousand Owls

from by Laura Dunn

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      $1 USD  or more



I was born in a town that don’t exist no more.
The river turned to glass.
The factories moved off shore

Before you, I loved a brick merchant.
He filled his suit with stones,
and drowned with the stock market.
Every night, I dream of his name
on the ocean floor,
written and erased

Someday this big planet is going to lose me too,
but I’m just a little thing
except to you—

A thousand owls
landed in the bay
their feathers washed clean the waves,
and when they flew on,
I looked for you—
there’s one thing I don’t want to lose

Now I’m lost in North Carolina’s mists,
a child on each hip, you and our life
clutched in my fists.

A thousand owls
and a boardwalk reaching out a mile
into the sea.
I always remember that day at the beach.

A thousand owls hid the ocean’s blue,
and I’m just a little thing
except to you.


from The Snow Queen: A Folk Opera, released August 8, 2014



all rights reserved


Laura Dunn and the Ghosts of Xmas Past Portland, Oregon

with Bjorkish runaway melodies and surreal lyricism, Laura Dunn and the Ghosts of Xmas Past combine banjo-driven creepy folk music with opera singers, toy pianos and rattling chains.
She sounds like "Emmylou Harris singing in a haunted house" --James Duval, Virginia Omnivore
... more

contact / help

Contact Laura Dunn and the Ghosts of Xmas Past

Streaming and
Download help