Unnatural Disaster

by Patrick Dunn

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released 18 July 2012

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Patrick Dunn Brooklyn, New York

Patrick Dunn is a product of New York, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, New York, California, and New York (Brooklyn, currently). His songs trace the American landscape with a connection to its long line of storytellers. In this tradition, we find the old soul, the rambler, the traveling singer and songwriter finding his place in the ever-growing timeline of honest music. ... more

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Track Name: After the Flood
...and all my trust hides like a bed sheet
Kicked onto the floor where you sleep
The people dance, they're all moving their feet
But the only rhythm I know is from the steam heat

Addie would you come back home if you please

I know it's hard when you've been displaced
But I thought you'd miss us a little
I guess it's hard and you had a bit too much heat
When the water filled the street you thought it'd be easier if it was snow

Addie would you come back home
There's no need to be alone, if you please
I think you should
Because with the ocean gone, we'll rebuild this town and you and me

The way I see things in regard to our mistakes
In the face of this disaster they are relieved
So lose your overcoat and take that river south
Remember your old house, it needs a little heat

Addie would you come back home
There's no need to be alone, if you please
I think you should
Because with the ocean gone, we'll rebuild this town and you and me

The deviled voices, they sing me to sleep
On the eve of a sad anniversary
I still keep an old box with some of your things
I found that letter you wrote but couldn't give me

Well you should have
Because I would have
Understood

Addie would you come back home
There's no need to be alone, if you please
I think you should
Because with the ocean gone, we'll rebuild this town and you and me

We'll rebuild this town and you and me
Or at least just you and me
Track Name: Everyone's Little Girl
It fell with the rain while I was still asleep
On the wet grass, I heard them scream
A house of firewood, when lit from underneath
Can often resemble a dream

She was raised on the cross of Jesus
His words were never far from her mouth
But when that fire took her daddy
She wondered, "Where is God now?"

It took her two months to get a night of sleep
And two years to make peace with his stone
Every man that loved her would somehow learn to leave
All she ever wanted was to be alone

She was raised on the cross of Jesus
His words were never far from her mouth
But when that fire took her daddy
She wondered, "Where is God now?"

If you could have seen the paintings on her wall
The ones she made with her words
They're buried now down beneath the ashes
And evidence of everyone's little girl

Now, it's been seven years since I last heard from Addie Greene
And I hope that she's doing all right
I wish that I could tell her the things I still believe
Without bringing back the pain of that night

She was raised on the cross of Jesus
His words were never far from her mouth
But when that fire took her daddy
She wondered, "Where is God now?"

If you could have seen the paintings on her wall
The ones she made with her words
They're buried now down beneath the ashes
And evidence of everyone's little girl

It fell with the rain while I was still asleep
On the wet grass, I heard them scream
A house of firewood, when lit from underneath
Can often resemble a dream
Track Name: Addie Greene
She entered the back office of the Atlantic Motel
And slid off her engagement ring
The first finger on her opposing hand
Returned the pressure of a trigger spring

The shotgun shell, the old motel
Were scenes from another life
And the common-law husband waiting out front
Now had a fugitive wife

Ain't this just how you want it to be?

Cut your ties
Dry your eyes
Ain't this just what you want, Addie Greene?

Nothing was taken, no cash went missing
The drawer was left untouched
And the only known witness claimed to have heard
"This is from all of us."

It was discovered the motel victim
Had a string of previous arrests
Including charges of arson on which he was never convicted
Seven years prior to this mess

Ain't this just how you want it to be?

Cut your ties
Dry your eyes
Ain't this just what you want, Addie Greene?
Track Name: The Devil Outside Your Door
When you go walking outside of your door
The people, they're bound to moan
They'll get to talking, but idle hands
Aren't staying inside their own

When the devil he comes
To split their tongues
Won't you keep him outside your door
Touch. Breathe.
Just keep him outside your door

I'll tell you Addie one thing I've learned
From living a life alone
Is when the neighbors, they question
Your true intentions it's best just to stay at home

When the devil he comes
With his iron lungs
Won't you keep him outside your door
Touch. Breathe.
Just keep him outside your door

Now when I lost my son in that midnight fire
His life should have been my own
Because a grown man is still a father's pride
When his wife's already gone

When the devil he comes
To steal your sons
Won't you keep him outside your door
Touch. Breathe.
Just keep him outside your door

The preacher has come, the preacher has gone
He talked about my soul
The words were all there until I shared
I had no money for his bowl

When the devil he comes
With his Bible to thump
Won't you keep him outside your door
Touch. Breathe.
Just keep him outside your door

Give my best to that sweet mother of yours
Tell her I kept the devil outside my door
But if he ever tries to knock it down
He'll get a taste of my .44

When the devil he comes
With his hired guns
Won't you keep him outside your door
Touch. Breathe.
Just keep him outside your door
Track Name: Michael's Waltz
I still remember the comb she used
And the small, brown spots on the bone handle
The smell of the garden flowers in bloom
And the ash on her hands from a white candle

Three days before we left
The two of us

There was a bright sky all filled with white lies
Heading out toward the east
When the belly-bulged gray night of the rain filled spotlights
Lined the way for our feet

A dance in 3/4 time
For the two that are left
Track Name: Waiting Is No Good (The LA River Song)
Go back to the ground from which you came
Show me your dust bed, concrete walls again
Bring back your slow drain to the sea
Bring back what you took from me

When I ask for understanding
There's a camouflage of words
Among them: intuition, absurd
A river, a storm, and her

Did it feel like a century
A one-hundred year flood
Was it time to drain the mountains
Did you count the suns?

I'm known to be a patient man
I've practiced my reserve
Holding out hands in her direction
To see what I deserve

A man is a balance of actions
What he does and what he should
Well, I've waited long enough to learn
Waiting is no good

Well I hear you callin', mama
Through the window of the night
No, I never gave up
I never dropped my sights
Off that dirty horizon line
Across that red desert burn
Across them skeletal rail tracks
In case you would return
I kept your candle burning bright
I kept the comb in your room
I kept the phonograph records
For you to come home to
I ceded understanding
About as much as I could
And I've waited long enough to learn
Waiting is no good

Go back to the ground from which you came
Show me your dust bed, concrete walls again
Bring back your slow drain to the sea
Bring back what you took from me

What I've done and what I should
Well, waiting is no good
Track Name: Hard Life Livin'
Baby, what's the use of this now
If you don't like this arrangement you better speak out
Lady, why the teary fight
You know
I've been working for a living so we don't have to sleep out at night

Lately, you say I'm not spending my time
Walking and talking with you, but that just ain't right
Because baby, you're always on my mind
All the time
As I'm working for a living so we don't have to sleep out at night

Now, I never talk about what I'm missin'
And all I ever ask for is a little kissin'
When I get home from a double-shift
These old bones could use a little lift

So come on now, be a friendly sight
Be an ally to this man as he does you right
I'm tired, I'm not one for fights
You know
I've been working for a living so we don't have to sleep out at night

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Why you comin' home acting like I don't know where you been
I know you're puttin' in the hours but I don't think that's quite it
Some nights I swear you love the liquor more than you love your kid
Tie one on now
But I'm a hard life livin' so we don't have to sleep out at night

Believe me when I say I know you're a hard workin' man
Believe me when I say I thank the Lord you're a good man
But there's still some things, love, you don't understand
One's a good wife
When she's a hard life livin' so we don't have to sleep out at night

I've been stayin' home raising your kid
I don't think you know how hard that is
You come home complainin' about that and this
Before you even give your little wife a kiss

So come on now, be a friendly sight
Be an ally to this woman as she does you right
I'm tired, I'm not one for fights
You know
I've been hard life livin' so we don't have to sleep out
And we're both workin' for a living so we don't have to sleep out
It's a hard life livin' so we don't have to sleep out at night
Track Name: No Man's Promised Land
I was sitting heavy at the edge of the continent
I was sitting heavy at the edge of the continent
Hoping the letter that I sent matches what I meant

I was thinking about my baby, I don't know what's left of us now
I was thinking about my baby, I don't know what's left of us now
Gonna find that woman, gonna find her, though I don't know how

If I were a sparrow, I'd be a fighting bird
And I'd sing out the golden word
To understand, I'll be a hammer in her hand

Stray from the windows of this abandoned beast
I'm shutting it down, I'm heading east
I've done all I can in no man's promised land

I kept quite when my baby committed her crime
Yes, I kept quite when my lady committed her crime
I told my lady with a loaded gun that man deserved to die

But she's a good woman, she's got heartache and a hard smile
She's a good woman, she's got heartache and a hard smile
She's a hard working woman pulling spades in style

If I were a sparrow, I'd be a fighting bird
And I'd sing out the golden word
To understand, I'll be a hammer in her hand

Stray from the windows of this abandoned beast
I'm shutting it down, I'm heading east
I've done all I can in no man's promised land

I drove it west, man, I didn't waste no time
I drove it west, man, I didn't waste no time
But we were never followed across state lines

We were thinking California could save us from what we'd seen
We were thinking California could save us from what we'd seen
But Los Angeles don't give a damn about your dreams

If I were a sparrow, I'd be a fighting bird
And I'd sing out the golden word
To understand, I'll be a hammer in her hand

Stray from the windows of this abandoned beast
I'm shutting it down, I'm heading east
I've done all I can in no man's promised land
Track Name: Belle of the City
She was the belle of the city
She was the belle of the city
She was the belle of the city
You know that I ain't lyin'

She was the belle of the city
When she came into my life
She was the belle of the city
That's why I made her my wife

When we moved to California
When we moved toward western skies
When we moved to L.A. County
You know it was all right

She was the belle of the city
When she came into my life
She was the belle of the city
That's why I made her my wife

When I go back to New York City
When I go back to Boston town
When I go back to that city
It's like my history coming down

She was the belle of the city
When she came into my life
She was the belle of the city
That's why I made her my wife

She was the belle of the city
When she came into my life
She was the belle of the city
That's why I made her my wife

She was the belle of the city
She was the belle of the city
She was the belle of the city
You know that I ain't lyin'