written on School Street in Chicago, Illinois
for Florence Bridget O'Grady, 1908--1996


you missed the boat to Anchorage
so you spent the night
floating through icebergs alone
he took away things she recognized
led her away from a beautiful home

oh, you should have run
you should have used your gun
when you saw him come
and when you fly so high
you can't see any signs
where's your peace of mind?

he's got the tv up so high
he forgets to remind you to breathe
is nothing worse than silence?
I wear your ring to keep me warm
the calm inside the storm
now nothing's worse than silence


from A School of Secret Dangers, released January 1, 2001
Amy Annelle: Stella alley guitar, vocals, Zenith shortwave radio
recorded upstairs at the Coach House, Chicago Illinois
mixed with Adam Selzer at the old Type Foundry, Portland, Oregon


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A prolific writer and interpreter of songs, Amy Annelle maps out the farther reaches of American music, while conjuring visions of our restless musical past. Over the course of ten albums & thousands of miles logged on the road, Annelle has cultivated a rarified voice and repertoire that "blooms with open-hearted, lustful vulnerability and a harrowing naturalistic solitude”(Crawdaddy). ... more

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