We Shall Be Monsters

by Bryan Dunn

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1.
Assault and flattery Just another Saturday This will all end in tears Marching down the Bowery Chants in broken harmony This will all end in tears It's never gonna be all right It's never gonna be all right It's never gonna be all right But that's ok Fashion shows in riot gear Bulletproof is in this year This will all end in tears All the moderates declare It could never happen here This will all end in tears Do you love the things that kill you? Do you keep them by your side? Do you only ask the questions After all your friends have died? I've been ignorant and arrogant Vain and insecure I lost every battle I still think I'll win the war Bartenders are serving up Top shelf liquor molotovs This will all end in tears Mama's little hellion Joining the rebellion This will all end in tears This will all end This will all end in tears
2.
Bulletproof 03:48
I know it's over But I still don't know how to grieve So I just choose not to believe it I I used to know her In failing memories of youth That disregard the ugly truth But she Was part of me You think that you're bulletproof But somewhere there's a bullet Somewhere there's a bullet with your name on it You think that you're bulletproof But somewhere there's a bullet Somewhere there's a bullet with your name I found a picture And soon that will be all that's left Just images with no context and They They quoted scripture You take what comforts that you can The mind of god unknown to man And it's there in the silences A final curtain call All creatures great and small One thing awaits us all
3.
Elegy 02:49
This is just a song to say I miss you This is just a song to say I'm sorry that you're gone And every word is true All that I can do Is carry on You know that I would have come to see you You know that I would have come, I'd run to where you are Maybe it's for the best Some distances I guess Are just too far Tell me where do the good girls go I don't know, I don't know, I don't know And yesterday Can't stop tomorrow We were never good at happy endings We were never good at holding on or letting go Should I leave, should I stay Sometimes the choice is made Before you know Tell me where do the bad boys go I don't know, I don't know, I don't know The actor's gone It doesn't stop the show You used to love it when I sang to you So I hope you hear me one more time I love you Good night, good luck, goodbye Tell me where will we all go I don't know, I don't know, I don't know Yesterday Can't stop tomorrow
4.
Shakytown 03:20
Headlights flashing She drove into a wall again It happens every now and then She doesn't stop I've been waiting For her to tell me what to do Baby, it's not me, it's you Do I look like a cop? And we're all afraid of what's been going down, down, down Been going down, down, down In Shakytown Someone told her It's never going to be enough A little makeup and a lot of luck And you'll get by I believe her The little quiver in her voice It's never been my drug of choice But it gets me high Someday, someday we'll slide into the ocean Someday, someday we'll slide into the sea Someday, someday we'll slide into the ocean, the ocean Someday, someday we'll slide into the sea So tell the doctor Tell the lawyer Tell her father's last employer I don't need a reason more than her Headlights flashing I drove into a wall to see What it's like to be completely free I still don't know
5.
It's a rainy night outside a downtown bar You just stopped in to forget who you are You got a couple more dollars than you do when you're broke In a place that smells like whiskey and smoke Your eyes meet another's with a hint of a smile You walk slowly over and you talk for a while There's a soft little laugh, at some private joke Covered up in whiskey and smoke Oh, oh, oh, have you been lonely too? Oh, oh, oh, I don't want love, I just want you There's the cover of darkness, there's a whisper or two A dirty little story about what you want to do The touch of a hand, really more of a stroke A kiss that tastes like whiskey and smoke In the grey light of morning you wake up to yourself No names, no numbers, no anything else But the memory lingers at the back of your throat A little bit of whiskey and smoke Just a hint of whiskey and smoke A memory of whiskey and smoke
6.
Quietly 04:45
Broke down on 35 Like we're the only people left alive I couldn't believe it with my own two eyes They took her away Cracks in the rear window Willie Nelson on the radio A hand on her shoulder and it's time to go They took her away Kicking and screaming Kicking and screaming I will, I will, I will I will not go quietly I will, I will, I will I will not go quietly They pulled the ribbons from her hair Stripped her down to her underwear With dirty looks and a defiant stare They took her away The same questions over again Where did you come from, where have you been How do we know that you're not one of them? They took her away I know, I know it's not enough To stand silent in the face of love love, love, love love, love, love They boarded up the golden door Built a wall around the teeming shore We're sorry about it, but we have to be sure They took her away

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“It is true, we shall be monsters, cut off from all the world; but on that account we shall be more attached to one another.” - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

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released May 1, 2020

Words & Music - Bryan Dunn
Produced, Engineered & Mixed by Jeff Litman at Postscript Sounds
Drums recorded at Boomtown Studios, Engineered by Chris Leon
Mastered by Alex DeTurk
Cover Image by Emily Raw

Bryan Dunn - vocals, guitars, words, music
Jeff Litman - guitars, bass, keys, programming, string & horn arrangements, vocals
Matt Arbeiter - drums & percussion
Bobby McCullough - upright bass
Andi Rae Healy - vocals
Lizzie Caplan - vocals
Mitch Marcus - saxophone, clarinet
Jackie Coleman - trumpet
Melissa Tong - violin
Brian Lindgren - viola
Amanda Gookin - cello
Gerald Menke - pedal steel

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Bryan Dunn's irrepressible roots rock sounds like faded denim: love-worn & raw.

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