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The Unraveling of Mary Alice Frances Parker Brown


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This is what the country folk and those from ‘ye old sod’ would call a murder ballad. A love relationship where the boy has his heart repeatedly but subtly vacated and forlorn by the girl. He plays in his mind a psychological revenge in a dark twisted cruel fantasy of actually witnessing the girl come to terms with how she has desolated his love and she, finally feeling the lonely desolation herself from losing his heart, takes a dagger to her own neck on the Town Square at the foot of the old oak tree.

This tune was influenced by certain dark thoughts of my own but also my interest in the English and Scandanavian tradition of these tunes and crafty Elvis Costello’s own murder ballads. Enjoy the unraveling of Mary Alice Frances Parker Brown - names have been changed to protect the ‘innocent’.

Ed Enright joins me to provide counter melody on backing vocals. Eddy and I grew up trading Beatles harmonies playing in pubs since our teens so it has come full circle with Eddy by my side on the mic.

John LaMantia: music, lyrics, vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitars, bass guitar, percussion

Ed Enright: backing vocals

Music and Lyrics (c) John LaMantia for Boss Hook Music Publishing, 2011
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The Unraveling of Mary Alice Frances Parker Brown
(c) John LaMantia for Boss Hook Music

In a two page letter she says more than Hemingway
Now I understand all the things she could never say
Her anguish came across like a two dollar bill
Weird to see it real but enough to matter still

She punishes her emotions like an Ali combination
And loses all her dignity in the face of consternation
She’s coming apart at the seems
I only thought I’d see this in my dreams

Gather around, hurry me down
I want to witness the unraveling of Mary Alice Frances Parker Brown

And with a dagger pointed perfectly at the nape of her neck
She’s dressed up very beautifully for being such a wreck
Her life begins to flash across her downcast eyes
While the town crowd hushes at this site of such surprise

She beats back all the tears of her unrequited patience
She loses all her dignity in the face of consternation
She’s coming apart at the seems
I only thought I’d see this in my dreams

Gather around, hurry me down
I want to witness the unraveling of Mary Alice Frances Parker Brown

Sentiments of charity befall the day’s proceedings
Mary Alice Frances Parker Brown is really bleeding
I see her from a distance slumped against a tree
Mumbling for forgiveness for what she did to me

Gather around, hurry me down
I want to witness the unraveling of Mary Alice Frances Parker Brown


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Uploaded: Apr 11, 2011 - 08:44:12 AM
Last Updated: Apr 11, 2011 - 08:44:12 AM Last Played: Sep 04, 2017 - 09:20:32 AM
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johnwhitehead said 2354 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Unraveling
Can definitely hear Costello influence in the diction, word play and imagery. Very cool. I dig the chord changes, harmonies and stripped down arrangement. A really sophisticated piece of writing1
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five_extra_arms said 2354 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Mary Alice Frances Parker Brown
Great writing and a really cool tune. Nothing wrong with being influenced by Elvis.

I really like this!

Bob
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magnatone said 2354 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Unraveling
Hi John - wow, this is just excellent! you are obviously a very gifted songwriter, and the way this song goes together is just extraordinary! color me impressed!
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SJB said 2354 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
great one
Nice chords and vocals. The bass is really mixed well too.
I'll have to download this one.
Thanks
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Feter said 2354 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
The Unraveling
Very very cool song ..solid recordings and mixing ..sure the singing the vocals work behind the jangling guitars ..very classy ...kudos !!
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particledots said 2354 days ago (April 12th, 2011)
What a lovely song
such clear production and a great arrangement

wonderful stuff
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ShadowofNine said 2354 days ago (April 12th, 2011)
Fab John
Great song writing,production and performance...I see someone with tin ears is not to excited about the work thats why I don't allow ratings to many so called experts using hearing aids


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BossHook said 2353 days ago (April 12th, 2011)
Thanks
I am always just grateful to have people listen and check it out! Hope all is well up there!
PeterB7858 said 2353 days ago (April 12th, 2011)
Quality song
Solid guitar and bass work augment a quality song. I like the way the contemporary lyrics tell a "ye olde" story. Well done. Regards, Peter.
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Elevator_Funk said 2353 days ago (April 13th, 2011)
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Nice lyrics and liked the flow to the lyrics as sung, as well. Really put together. Perfect production. I dug this one.
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papag said 2350 days ago (April 15th, 2011)
Unravel
All your influences rolled into a great tune. You and Ed sound great.

Thanks for the download :)

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Philip18 said 2263 days ago (July 11th, 2011)
Great song
I love the flow of the lyrics and the images you create.The backing is superb- there's a lovely rich sound to the guitars and the bass and drums provide enough for it all to sit on. Much enjoyed!
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Soundhound said 2051 days ago (February 8th, 2012)
Good song.....
I'm late to hear this, that's my bad......
Well written and played, good story it feels very 70's, 80's but it works..
By the way we don't see you around much any more.....
Hope all is well.......

Very nicely done......

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egobandit said 1808 days ago (October 8th, 2012)
Mary
This is just too good for words
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BTW Elvis Costello rules!
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that80sboy said 1747 days ago (December 8th, 2012)
man...
...i dig this track!...and did somebody say elvis costello?...very much indeed imo...oh, and i hope your bears go down tomorrow to my beloved vikings...haha...again sweeeet track!
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Name: John LaMantia
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Singer, songwriter and guitarist working at it since the age of 10. I have been fortunate to perform and record with some great writers and musicians along the way and now I enjoy seeing my kids also start down their own musical paths. This is a ... [see more]

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