Folk Tale War

by Anna O'Connell

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released March 14, 2014

Performed by Anna O'Connell (harp, vocals, piano, toy piano, found percussion, synth), with:
Jimmy Gibson, banjo, 2, electronics, 5
Hayes Hargrove, guitar, 4
Ben Rose, percussion, 3, 4, 5
Michael Czaja, saxophone, 2
Jon Lee Keenan, bass, 2, 3
Bronte Ficek, violin, 3
Birds, 4

Produced and Mixed by Jonathan Nesvadba
Recorded at Pearl Tone Studios
Jim Wilson Mastering
Cover images by Anna O'Connell, designed by Jason Saunders

All songs written and composed by Anna O'Connell
Thanks! Mom Dad Pat Dan, the Plainsboro Ladies, Jonathan, Joel, Sarah, Jimmy G, PC friends, Steve, Persephone in Summer, The CH crew, Tim, Jim & Jimmy, St. Flannery and Evelyn Waugh for inspiring always.
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© 2014 Anna O'Connell, ℗ 2014 Anna O'Connell

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Anna O'Connell Los Angeles, California

Anna O'Connell is a classically trained harpist and singer who has melted her talents down into indie gold in her first EP entitled Folk Tale War.

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Track Name: The Sad Steve Song
It's ok I won't fall in love with you
it's ok, I'm not going to bother you - after this-
please believe me when I tell you that its true
I fell for someone after you

if we use each other
in the dark
I won't see you face
if we stay together
for a moment then part
we can forget this place

I'm just a little lonely now
You're looking pretty lonesome too my friend
I won't go farther than you'll allow
It's not like we're together right now

If we use each other
in the dark
I won't see your face
if we stay together
for a moment then part
we can forget this place

But if I slip into a past
Shake it from me oh so fast
A secret hope to remember this
when you and I, when we had our first kiss

if we use each other
in the dark
I won't see you face
if we stay together
for a moment then part
we can forget this place

You won't get hurt; neither will I
Let's keep spinning out this lie
wait another moment--for love to die

if we use each other
in the dark
I won't see you face
if we stay together
for a moment then part
we can forget this place
Track Name: Twitch of the Thread
My heart is a ship in a bottle
I come to life when you pull the string
and my soul is a kite on the breezes
I fly to earth at the twitch of the thread

Maybe I can't help but think of you
maybe you've been caught in my mind
maybe to you my thoughts have fastened
like a ram caught in thorns by the horns, caught in thorns by the horns

if you were to ask me
I would answer you- honestly
but I cannot promise
that I would speak at all

But if you wait long enough
I will walk home

you might laugh to consider me
writing out my heart in clear ink
but invisible ink will appear
in the presence of heat, in the presence of heat, that is you

if you were to ask me
I would answer you- honestly
but I cannot promise
that I would speak at all

But if you wait long enough
I will walk home
Track Name: To the Other Feminist in My Life
you called me six times
when I was all bored
at that basement show in the suburbs

you made sure I knew where to go
to your bandmate's place
where you sat, tasting some of my words

you only remembered the simple tune
you only pretended not to lose your cool

and I was all flattered
that it didn’t even matter
that you caught hold of my hand
while your friend made an omelet
or a sandwich in the kitchen
in the middle of the night
(I think it was a Tuesday)
I quoted you the wasteland
beneath the blanket of your body
and you couldn't know
that I wouldn't get over you
But I pretend it all the time

and later that summer
I followed you to the ocean
I wanted to hear the water think

but you flirted with the breezes
and reckoned with the sand
and ripped my patience from my ribcage

you only remembered the simple tune
I only pretended not to lose my cool

and I was all flattered
that it didn’t even matter
that you caught hold of my hand
while your friend made an omelet
or a sandwich in the kitchen
in the middle of the night
(I think it was a Tuesday)
I quoted you the wasteland
beneath the blanket of your body
and you couldn't know
that I wouldn't get over you
But I pretend it all the time
Track Name: Broadway
broadway is not far from here
so take your time, dear
wander a little bit at home
then take your time, go on the road

you'll see your name in lights
you'll see my name just not as bright
you've always turned on the lights

broadway is not far from here
so take your time, dear
wander a little bit at home
then take your time, go on the road

you've given me words, you're my muse
you've given the awards, here's the truth
you deserve every happiness
lights and stars

broadway is not far from here
so take your time, dear
wander a little bit at home
then take your time, go on the road

we'll take our time up town
the dinosaurs can wait this time around
get lost in the art and the perfume of
a dozen daffodils
on the window sills

broadway is not far from here
so take your time, dear
wander a little bit at home
then take your time, go on the road
Track Name: Folk Tale War
I've been sleeping in the backseat of your car
I hardly want to wake to see where we are
the hum & the chatter of the radio
lure me to sleep

At seventy miles an hour, or so
the graffitied walls of mountains know
the secret of who painted them, they know
more than you and me

Blisters under calluses, I feel raw,
I wandered awake then I dreamed again
in the backseat of your car
blisters under calluses, I could roar
with a lions strength or
the terror of a folk tale war

Impressionistic in the dark
I am rendered in street light
But you haven't looked back to look at me,
so you haven't seen these tears tonight

Blisters under calluses, I feel raw,
I wandered awake then I dreamed again
in the backseat of your car
blisters under calluses, I could roar
with a lions strength or
the terror of a folk tale war

but when we reach the city, I will tell the truth