Loony Bin

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It was a good rainy day in 1998 when I hear Leah say
let's not go to the graveyard today
So we walked through wet grass
across Salt Creek

To the old Loony Bin about which
we'd heard people speak. (Speak!)
On the floor was broken glass
paint was peeling off the walls
there were ghosts floating in the air
our voices echoed through the halls

It was a bad rainy day in 2008 when I heard someone say
they'd finally taken you away.
But I remember fresh faced Miguel
when he'd just got out of hell
and every dark thought in his skull
had burst through into shiny black curls
then I said "Loony bin, Loony bin, thanks for giving me
back my friend. Loony bin, loony bin, always give me back my friends.
Always give me back my friends. Always give me back my friends.


from Domesticated Love, released October 27, 2015



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Meaner Pencil New York

Meaner Pencil is a singing cellist whose style is influenced by blues, post-punk, and romantic opera. She uses her songs to glorify everyday experiences and acts of kindness, but is also willing to face the darkness. She is often heard singing in the New York subway system late at night. Her newest album Senza Amanti, was named WFMU's new album of the day on March 23rd 2014 ... more

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