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the ghost has black nipples a horse runs through his chest he burns all that he enters his horse cannot take rest my boy's cry is like breaking a glass or a storm with wings, animals hunger for blood racing and warm my boy, sorrow has arrows they'll shoot straight through your throat so hold your lips together to stay safe from the ghost
THEY SAY 04:59
they say, they say don't open your mouth when you're breathing one day, one day you'll let the devil in or some demon will tear out the best of you and he'll keep it lay low, lay low shadow the goldenrod with your bowed-down head two notes, two notes fill up the empty field like a doorbell don't let them carry you under cold ground i took white sheets and married myself to the cedar tree i wrote white snow and buried it all in an envelope they say, they say don't open your mouth when you're breathing in one day, one day you'll let the devil in or some demon will tear out the best of you and he'll keep it
what's weak in you grows evil when you steal what strength you can and with each crime, your hands are tied to what you can't give back one day i woke to waves of light bright axes on the fence a hundred blackbird feathers spilled the lake was in my chest my husband is a thief he brings me yards of silk and gold he lays his body over me when i am blue and cold
THE MOON 03:47
well the moon hides the sharpest tool she can get in her jaw, in her jaw, in her jaw and she hunts in the darkness, blind as a bed it's the law, it's the law, it's the law and the moon wears a dress of silver and bronze like a dime, like a dime, like a dime and she turns half her face to seem that she's gone it's a lie, it's a lie, it's a lie when i came to this place, i knew little harm like a lamb, like a lamb, like a lamb and the moon took my darling straight from my arms like a man, like a man, like a man
the weather knows a rich man by the silver in his blood i was sure i'd known the devil when he bore my sister off and he found us in a gold mine with a ceiling low and black said he loved my pretty sister and would never give her back well the devil must be lonesome in his kingdom for the dead all the curses he must carry with my sister in his bed were that i were born a soldier or my sister born a man for her beauty's bought and sold her to the devil's shaking hands


some lyrics and titles on this album were inspired, in part, by Brigit Pegeen Kelly poems, which i deeply love and admire.


released September 22, 2014

this EP was recorded at my parents' house in pacific palisades, california, except for "The Moon" which was recorded in my apartment in another part of LA.

viola and mixing/mastering by ezra buchla.


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CLAIRE CRONIN is a writer and musician who currently lives in California. Cronin has been writing, performing, and self- releasing music since she was a teenager. Her most recent album is BIG DREAD MOON (June 2019) on Orindal Records. Cronin is working on her next musical release and has a book about horror coming in fall 2020 from Repeater Books. ... more

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