A Thousand Owls

from by Laura Dunn

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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.

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

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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
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