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The Plague Garden

by Ryder Cooley - Dust Bowl Faeries

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Overture 00:12
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lyrics by Ryder Cooley It’s annoying how perfect you are You always look good, and we look so bizarre It’s annoying how perfect you are It’s annoying how cheerful you are You’re always smiling, while we are so dour It’s annoying how cheerful you are You're always on time , when we are late We’re rather crooked, and you’re laced up straight Your’re celebrated, we’re outlawed It’s really not fair how popular you are You're always happy, while we are depressed You seem so calm, why are we stressed? You're always lucky, we must be cursed You are so flawless, call us a hearse Throw up your hands, Throw out your keys Jump in our caravan, Enjoy the breeze Perfection’s boring, what’s right is wrong Life’s a mess, and then you’re gone It’s annoying how cleaver you are So perfectly cleaver, a sinister star It’s annoying how cleaver you are We’re on the mend, while you’re on the make Your diamonds real, ours are fake You live in a castle, we live in a moat You’re always flush, why are we so broke? It’s alarming how charming you are If this is a joke, you’ve gone too far It’s alarming how charming you are Oh why are you perfect, why are we flawed? It’s smoke and mirrors, what a maraud Bring out the wizards, call on the witch give us a drink, we are in a stitch Throw up your hands, Throw out your keys Jump in our caravan, Enjoy the breeze Perfection’s boring, what’s right is wrong Life’s a mess, and then you’re gone Life is short, and then you’re gone Life is beautiful, and then you’re gone
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Sirens 04:45
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Ibex 03:18
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Polyester 03:22
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Pandemic Tango, begins so slow begins so quiet, the clocks have stopped (stop) the world is sleeping, the world is breathing the breath is here, then disappears Pandemic Tango, it makes us gasp it’s hard to sing, when wearing masks go wash your hands, don't get too close and stop complaining on your fakebook post Pandemic Tango, tra la low, tra la lou, oou tra la lee, tra la lay, gone tomorrow, still here today Pandemic Tango, we stay at home if we go out, we do not roam we start a garden, we grow our hair our beards are long, we do not care Tarantella, the women dance an exorcism, a plague romance a spider bites, a fever breaks a bat flies by, the vultures wait Six feet farther, 6 feet under Six weeks later, skies are clearer people hide themselves away the animals, come out to play Pandemic Tango, begins so slow begins so quiet, until the riots ashes to ashes, we all fall down if we survive, we sing along Pandemic Tango, tra la low, tra la lou, oooh tra la lee, tra la lay, gone tomorrow, still here today
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Candy Store 04:18

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New York-based and cabaret-inspired indie rock band Dust Bowl Faeries released The Plague Garden in Nov. 2020 during the Covid 19 pandemic. The influences for The Plague Garden run from a deep and extensive well of multiple genres, from traditional Eastern European folk music to dark cabaret, gypsy punk and the riot grrrl punk movement of the 90s.

The Dust Bowl Faeries (2020/21) are: Ryder Cooley (Faerie Queen; accordion, singing saw, ukulele, lead vocals), Jon B. Woodin (Rocket Faerie; guitar, castanets, vocals), Rubi LaRue (Feisty Faerie; lapsteel, vocals), Liz LoGiudice (River Faerie; bass, vocals) and Andrew Stein (Time Faerie; percussion). The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Michael Schoonmaker, who also did the album artwork

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released October 1, 2020

Produced by Ryder Cooley & Mike Schoonmaker
All songs by Ryder Cooley, Dust Bowl Faeries & friends

~VAMPIRE TANGO - Written by Ryder in New Orleans after attending a Voodoo ceremony (arrangement by K. McGee). Dedicated to Cameron Melville
~CYANIDE HOTEL- Written by Ryder & Sarah Zar
~POLYESTER - Written by Ryder for Corner Tour
~IBEX - Written by Ryder for Xmalia Songs of Extinction - about the extinct Pyrenean Ibex who was resurrected for 7 minutes in a laboratory
~PANDEMIC TANGO - Dedicated to Xylor (thanks for the piano!)
~CANDY STORE - A traditional Yiddish song that Ryder's grandmother taught her, with additional verses by Dust Bowl Faeries. Dedicated to film Faerie Lisa M. Thomas, director/producer of the Candy Store video!

photo by Mike Schoonmaker

Special Thanks: Lisa, Mike, Jon, Floyd, Cameron

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Ryder Cooley - Dust Bowl Faeries Catskill, New York

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DUST BOWL FAERIES is a dark carnival band founded by inter-disciplinary artist RYDER COOLEY & Hazel, a disembodied taxidermy ram who performs as mascot spirit animal, with musicians Jon B. Woodin, Rubi LaRue, Liz LoGuidice & Andrew Stein. Publicity: Reybee.com. ... more

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