Haunted: Songs inspired by the stories of Joyce Carol Oates

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Originally released in 2005 by Camera Obscura Records, Australia.

Produced by Jeff Kelly
except tracks 3, 8 and 10 produced by Laura
Weller and Jeff Kelly and track 6 produced
by Laura Weller
Editing/mastering by Chris at Hanzsek Audio, Seattle
Photography by Susanne Kelly
Painting: She Followed You In Secret (Beasts) [2004]
by Susanne Kelly
The Green Tea Graphic Design Co.

Thank you Joyce Carol Oates

Tracks 1, 3, 6, 8 and 10 © 2005 Laura Weller, BMI
Tracks 2, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 12 © 2005 St Brigid Publishing, BMI
Track 4 © 2003 St Brigid Publishing, BMI

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released June 6, 2010

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Track Name: Dark Days
Dark Days

This wilderness can swallow you up
Pull you down
Bury you till you’re never found

The wind in the pines can drown you out
Cover a shout
Cast a long cold shadow of doubt

And a voice you hear deep in your bones
Tells you things that must be done
Under the pines that hide the sun
The dark days have just begun

The turning season brings a chill
As nature will
The winter hides what spring reveals

Desire burns an endless flame
Your secret shame
And name unknown can’t earn the blame

And a voice you hear deep in your bones
Tells you things that must be done
Under the pines that hide the sun
The dark days have just begun

Inspired by the Rosamond Smith novel The Barrens.
Track Name: Beasts
Beasts

Even when desire is hidden safe behind your heart
It’s hard to tell the predator and the prey apart

You followed her in secret through
The pine trees high and blue
When suddenly she turned and said
“Which one of them are you”

And the fires burned
And the fires burned
And the fires burned

Here in the winter classroom a destiny awaits
And all your friends smile secretly at their cruel fate
And they love him
And they love him
And they love him

And you love him
And you love him not
And you love him

So where does love meet passion
And how is passion cruel
And what defines desire when there are no rules

They loved you like the others
You gaze out toward the snow
And see your cigarette glow in the window

And the fire burns
And the fire burns
And the fire burns

“We are beasts and this is our consolation"

Inspired by the novel Beasts.
Track Name: Zombie
Zombie

Brother never has much to say
Sister Junie loves him anyway
Always was the quiet one
In the shadows of her sun

Father bears his secret shame
Tarnish on the family name
Questions burn but don’t arise
Mother looks averts her eyes

What he’s become you can’t imagine
Oh no you can’t imagine

Leaves a trail of accidents
Calls them failed experiments
Did just what the doctors said
Made himself a brand new friend

What he’s become you can’t imagine
Oh no you can’t imagine

Suddenly gone slipped away
Once again to go astray
A minute or an hour passed
Never missed cutting the grass

Inspired by the novel Zombie.
Track Name: First Love
First Love

Down through the wood
Just out of sight
Through the insects and animals
In the weird summer light
Down toward the water
Through the bamboo
Where yellow eyes
Are waiting for you

It’s cold in the grass
And slithering there
You’re eleven years old
And gasping for air that won’t come

Down by the river
Impossibly thin
He leads you under the bridge
To cleanse away your sin
He leads you under the bridge
To the secret place
Washes the sweat the stickiness
Off of your face

And he’s holding you down
His hands in your hair
Your arms swinging wild
You’re craving the air that won’t come

Inspired by the novel First Love.
Track Name: Haunted
Haunted

What was true of Mary Lou
Whose blonde hair blew through the autumn
Now I look into perfect eyes of blue
Gone but not forgotten

“We flew - me and you
Didn’t we do what we wanted
I had to go how was I to know
Some of those houses were haunted
Come with me run away with me Melissa
Run away with me run away with me”

We crept through the fall days the barns and hallways
And weren’t we always together
Sometimes I loved you sometimes I hated you
Once I waited for you forever

Now I look into perfect eyes of blue
And think you were all that I wanted
But you had to go how were you to know
Some of those houses were haunted
Some of those houses were haunted

Inspired by the short story Haunted.
Track Name: Calla
Calla

Under the haze of a sepia sun
The water witcher and the flame haired one
Rowed down the river to Tintern Falls
To meet the perfect end to it all

The shouts of voices the cries of birds
A hundred warnings not heeded or heard
One in the other already drowned
Lost in the rushing churning sound

And Calla she was a deep running stream
Pure and secret and strange
And he was to her a bright shining moon
To light up the dark of her days

And when it was over just one remained
Forever silent to what had been gained
How to explain the madness away
For love or for death what was done that day

And Calla she was a deep running stream
Pure and secret and strange
And he was to her a bright shining moon
To light up the dark of her days

Calla you gonna be you gonna be the death of me
Calla you gonna be you gonna be the death of me

Inspired by the novel I Lock My Door Upon Myself.
Track Name: Cruel Rapids White
Cruel Rapids White

Looking hard into the rapids
You can almost see her face
Moving just below the surface
Of this cold and haunted place

Is that you in the water
In the icy morning light
Is that you in the crazy rapids white

Did some sweet song lure her closer
Was she tempted like a fool
Bound and beaten by the current
Or some other just as cruel

Is that you in the water
In the icy morning light
Is that you in the crazy rapids white

Did you taste this muddy water
Did you drown in this foam
With your white legs kicking
And your throat too full to moan

Is that you in the water
In the icy morning light
Is that you in the crazy rapids white

Inspired by the poem Lost Creek.
Track Name: Ugly Girls
Ugly Girls

Had her fill of mirrors
Unfairest of them all
Drove away to disappear
In the camouflage of fall

Waiting tables for the locals
Nameless faceless drone
Boss says looks don’t matter
When the summer season’s done

And when they think they know her
The false sweet talk begins
Ugly girl’s a good sport
Lets the losers win

That’s the way it is
That’s the way it is for ugly girls

In the kitchen grease and sweat
Melting pasted smile
Ugly girl works so hard
Choking on her bile

Boss knows about her hunger
And sick to death she eats
Second helpings of disgrace
Her starving heart still beats

And when he thinks he knows her
The false sweet talk begins
Makes like she’s a good sport
Lets the loser win

That’s the way it is
That’s the way it is for ugly girls

Inspired by the short story Ugly Girl.
Track Name: The Model
The Model

Will you pose for me
Will you pose for me
In this place by the sea
Will you pose for me

You’re a beautiful child
You’re a beautiful child
Against the ocean brooding and wild
You’re a beautiful child

What I need
What I need
Is more than you can give to me
What I need

Won’t you come away
Won’t you come away
Up the coast for the day
Won’t you come away

Inspired by the short story The Model.
Track Name: Bloodstains
Bloodstains

Every day you played it safe
Stuck to the surface
The exterior sheen
Where everything is clean

Every day you read the script
Played the doctor
Dispensed the sleeping pills
The endless refills

Then one day there comes a change
Friends and family suddenly strangers
And on the sheets in a face on the ground
Seems everywhere you look there’s blood to be found
Blood stains
Blood stains

Back to the same routine exam
The original plan
No lie to detect
You do what they expect

But still the alarm is tripped
The wires have been clipped
And on the sheets in a face on the ground
Seems everywhere you look there’s blood to be found
Blood stains
Blood stains

Inspired by the short story Bloodstains.
Track Name: Waltz For Alma
Waltz for Alma

Inspired by the novel The Tattooed Girl
Track Name: The Tattooed Girl
The Tattooed Girl

He bought you a book he gave you a room
Pretends that he’s kind you know he is cruel
And something cold is rising in you

Why does he watch you want you to speak
You see him shaking you see that he’s weak
You grind the glass for him to eat

Who was it that scarred you
Who was it that marred you
What was it that hardened you this way

A broken heart is still beating under that skin
The cracks are waiting for love to get in
Love blows by in the wind
Life blows by in the wind

Who was it that scarred you
Who was it that marred you
What was it that hardened you to me

Inspired by the novel The Tattooed Girl.