Stitches And Incisions

by Allison Brown

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Recorded, mixed and mastered by Andy Magoffin at The House Of Miracles in Preston, Ontario in May 2013 and June 2015.

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released August 1, 2015

Allison Brown ~ Vocals & Guitar
Marshall Bureau ~ Drums
J.J.Ipsen ~ Piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond Organ
Jedd House ~ Upright Bass (1, 2, 5, 8)
Uncle Dan Henshall ~ Mandolin & Upright Bass (3, 4, 6, 7)
Chris Crossroads ~ Banjo
Scotty Hughes ~ Guitars (3, 4, 6, 7)
“Lonesome Lefty” Mike Houston ~ Violin (3, 4, 6, 7)
Vera Colley ~ Accordion
Martin Horak ~ Violin, Cello and Harmony Vocals (1, 2, 5, 8)
Bryan Wright ~ Electric Guitars (5, 8)

Martin’s harmony vocal recorded by Ryan Binhammer at CHRW, London, Ontario.

Photography by Mike Borgeault, Artwork by Shaela Kinting and Album Design by Melissa Parrott.

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Allison Brown Windsor, Ontario

Allison Brown’s sweet, powerful singing offers a captivating invitation to follow her down lonesome railroad lines, into abandoned buildings, back in time, to high above the stratosphere as she illustrates landscapes both strange and familiar with her newest collection of songs. “a gorgeous voice that seemed way too big for one person” ~ NoDepression.Com ... more

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Track Name: Model Railroad Town
Model Railroad Town
A.Brown 2014
Don’t you want to live in a model railroad town?
Waving at the train as it circles around
Time has stopped on the hands of the station clock
And the only thing that’s moving is the train

Somebody brought it home from the church rummage sale
Took it down the basement connected all the rails
Painted white clouds on a bright blue sky
And the sun shines like a 60 watt light

From the old stone church to the library
From the lumberyard to the candy store
The world is as big as the ping-pong table
And the train only ever takes me back to my own front door

From the old stone church to the library
From the lumberyard to the candy store
The world is as big as the ping-pong table
And the train only ever takes me back to my own front door

Don’t you want to live in a model railroad town?
Waving at the train as it circles around
Time has stopped on the hands of the station clock
And the only thing that’s moving is the train
The only thing that’s moving is the train
Track Name: Invisible Line
Invisible Line – A.Brown 2015

It’s eleven am and there’s a thick haze rising off the piles of petroleum coke
On the east side of town there’s a big black cloud
Something’s going up in smoke
And there’s always something burning on the other side
There’s always something burning on the other side

In the shadow of the distant city for miles around you can see
Dissolved dreams of five dollar days; the arsenal of democracy
Three big bullets pointed right up at the sky
Three big bullets pointed right up at the sky

There’s an invisible line
Between your heart and mine
I would cross that bridge of stars
Just to get to where you are
Is there any love left in the city with the hollow heart?
Is there any love left in the city with the hollow heart?

I stare out at the water and I hope you’re not offended
I’ve been wishing that your border was a little less defended
Every time I see you we have so much to say
Love is so close but its so far away

The red light flashes off and on a pulse with a steady beat
There’s that rumbling sound that could knock it all down
Like a plywood movie scene
The sun starts to sink and everything turns pink
The sky and the city meet
I can see right through the empty office towers I wonder if they see through me
I wonder if they can see right through me?

There’s an invisible line
Between your heart and mine
And I would cross that bridge of stars
Just to get to where you are
Is there any love left in the city with the hollow heart?
Is there any love left in the city with the hollow heart?
Is there any love left in the city with the hollow heart?
Track Name: All Our Emergencies
All Our Emergencies ~
A. Brown / W. Gillespie 2013

This is where they send you when you get in trouble
That’s the door you walk through when no one will take you in
This is where they save the godless daughters of the devil
This is where they take them when they start to show their sin

This is where they send you when they scrape you off the sidewalk
This is where they pull the shards of glass out of your eye
That’s the door you walk out when they put you back together
This is where they hold your hand and say you’ll be alright
If you’ll be alright

Bad luck and bad decisions
Stitches and incisions
All our disease
All our emergencies
We just threw them at her feet

Now she looks so lonesome as she’s crumbling abandoned
The doors are locked the fence is high the weeds are growing tall
Walking by you look up and you can’t help but imagine
Behind which of these boarded windows your first breath was drawn

Bad luck and bad decisions
Stitches and incisions
All our disease
All our emergencies
We just threw them at her feet

How many nameless voices are still quiet waiting patient
How many ghosts still linger waiting for a resting place
What will we find when they tear it down to the foundation
There are some wounds that never heal and scars you can’t erase

Bad luck and bad decisions
Stitches and incisions
All our disease
All our emergencies
We just threw them at her feet
Track Name: Your Enemy
Your Enemy ~
A. Brown ~ 2013

Sometimes I wonder what you might be up to right now
You’re probably leaping tall buildings in a single bound
Not like me laying around on the couch – again
While you’re flying high above the clouds
And I’m still on the ground

I can’t get out of this little square I’ve been drawn inside
And none of my evil schemes ever work out right
So I’ll get back to work on plotting your demise – again
And act so surprised when the good guys always win

No matter what the premise is
Everybody needs a nemesis
Somebody who just never quits
Trying to take you down

What if I don’t want to be your enemy
What if I don’t want to be your enemy anymore..?

Faster than bullet speed you must miss a lot
I’m short on superpowers but I still haven’t got caught
Don’t need no secret identity, don’t have a day job
I feel like giving up but I just can’t stop

I’m not saying that we could be friends
If we quit fighting then the story ends
Guess I’ll always be around the bend
Trying to take you down

What if I don’t want to be your enemy
What if I don’t want to be your enemy anymore?
Track Name: Scavengers
Scavengers – A.Brown 2015

Pick it up pick it up pick it up and take it away
Nobody will miss it in the light of day
Under streetlights everything shines
Everything looks like gold

Picking at the bones of a long gone industry
Miles of copper wire missing its electricity
Behind crumbling walls ready to fall
There’s treasure to be sold

We are the scavengers
We’re only doing what works
We’re not all freaks, we’re not all jerks
We are the scavengers
And we’re just trying to get by
It ain’t stealing if it gets left behind


Pretty girls never fall in love with the junkman
Coming home in the morning with the cuts on their dirty hands
Everybody’s got their sharp edges
Everybody’s heart is plated in steel
Take a blowtorch to it see what it can reveal

We are the scavengers
We’re only doing what works
It might look bad but it could get worse
We are the scavengers
And we’re just trying to get by
It ain’t stealing if it gets left behind

Everybody’s got a little iron running through their veins
We all need to hustle to be worth our weight
Everything is precious if you’re looking hard enough
Throw it in the truck before it starts to rust
Throw it in the truck before it starts to rust
Everything is precious
Everything is precious
It ain’t stealing if it gets left behind
It ain’t stealing if it gets left behind