After Thoughts

by Anna Connolly

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murugan2 Soulfull, genuine, courageous, honest. Some lessons can only be learned through experience. A mature album by a new voice. A DC punk original who made a record that captures the stark reality of memory in a very an un-punk style.
A bit of analog truth in a world of digital lies.
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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Limited edition - 300 copies. Audiophile quality vinyl pressed at Pallas in Germany. Premium jacket and full-color, 2-sided lyric sheet. Album contains 9 tracks. Copper and Half Gram are available digitally and are included in the digital dowload of the album, and also on the CD. NOTE: record is not shrink-wrapped and will be sent in a poly bag.

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Full-color digipak design. CD contains all 11 album tracks. CD packaging designed by Sohrab Habibion. Buyers can receive high-res PDF of album insert/lyric sheet upon request.

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Debut album by DC-based artist Anna Connolly. Limited-edition (300) vinyl available October 12, 2018. Pressed by Pallas (Germany). Note: album is not be shrink-wrapped and comes in a poly bag.

Side 1
Drink Up My Love 3:51
White Flag 3:55
Stars 3:57
Max On The Black Sea 4:46

Side 2
Starik Kozlodoev (Akvarium) 3:31
21 3:08
1% Evil 4:18
Jewels 4:31
3 Times 3:17

Non-vinyl tracks (included on CD and all digital downloads)
Half Gram
Copper (Shellac)

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released October 12, 2018

ALL SONGS WRITTEN by Anna Connolly except Starik Kozlodoev (Boris Grebenshchikov/Akvarium) and Copper (Shellac)

PRODUCED by Anna Connolly, Don Godwin, and Devin Ocampo

VOICE AND GUITAR ON ALL SONGS by Anna Connolly

ALSO ON THIS RECORD Devin Ocampo (drums, bass, assorted guitars, the Wurly), Don Godwin (bass, marching trombone, tuba), Hannah Burris (viola), Stefan Bauschmid (drums), Joe Lally (bass), Eddie Janney (guitar), Kristin Witting (accordion), and Mikhail Gorbachev (glasnost).

RECORDED by Don Godwin at Tonal Park, Takoma Park MD, December 2017-April 2018, except Stars--recorded by Don Zientara at Inner Ear Studio, Arlington VA, February 2017

ADDITIONAL RECORDING by Devin Ocampo at Treehouse Studio, Hyattsville MD, and at Bastille Record Services, Arlington VA, and by Anna in her living room.

MIXED by Devin Ocampo with Anna Connolly at Bastille Record Services, Arlington VA, except 21--mixed by Don Godwin with Anna Connolly at Tonal Park, Takoma Park MD

SOUND DESIGN on Starik Kozlodoev by Richard Robin.

MASTERED by Doug Van Sloun at Focus Mastering, Omaha NE

LACQUER MASTER by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service, Chicago IL

VINYL PRESSED by Pallas Group, Germany

ALBUM PACKAGING PRINTED by Imprint Indie Printing, North Venice FL

Art direction by Anna Connolly. Album jacket design by Sohrab Habibion. Lyric sheet designed by Anna Connolly.

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Anna Connolly Washington, D.C.

Anna writes, plays, and sings songs that tell stories about the bare world of emotion and the human experience. AFTER THOUGHTS carries the listener through raw and stark songs about life’s ups and downs, about relationships gone wrong, about ironies and unexpected twists of fate.

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Track Name: Drink Up My Love
What happens to you in your dreams?
Do you cry, do you smile, or do you fly?
If you concentrate or maybe pray
You just might strike gold someday

Magic can be dark or light
Three wrongs might make a right
Patterns they might come undone
But songs they can’t be unsung

Wake up my dove
Hold me my love
Come here my love
And wake up my love

What pleasure is there more than this
Your sharp frame, your white kiss
What world is there beyond your eyes
A tree in bloom, the night sky

Come here my love
Hold me my love
Come here my love
And drink up my love

Drink up my love
Track Name: White Flag
I take you out of my drawer
Where you’ve waited so long
And what I’ve bought you for
His hunger is strong

You’re cool in my hands
Silver hooks, shiny black
And when I stretch you on
I’m an Amazon

Cause there’s this sense that I get
From the breadth of your chest
And the smell I inhale when I’m right at your neck
And I’ll do whatever you please
From up high or down on my knees

I take you out of my drawer
Where you’ve been in the dark
Folded and ironed
Three years retired

You’re soft in my hands
I can hardly stand
Up but I take you outside
And I’m ready to let you fly

I surrender, I give up my treasure
I’m through, I’m alone in a desert
With charms that apparently lack
I raise my white flag
And I’ll watch it wave in the breeze
From down on the ground, on my knees
And accept what you already knew
That you and I are through

You sleep, your leg against mine
Seems like not much time
Has passed since you were inside me,
Cells divide, now you're just like me.

I love you, I’ll love you forever
God help me please to do better
Can I keep you from roaming the streets
Searching for someone like me?

And so I’m down on my knees
Can you forgive me, please
For all the nights I’ve been gone
Leaving you alone?
Track Name: Stars
Can I break free
from the ghosts following me?

Three of you came to my show
One wise from near, long ago
One dark with a strong grip on me
One young, but he liked Molly
Can you guess who I liked best?

Turn around, turn around
and open your eyes
The world it holds
a sweet surprise

Three of you came to my show
The wise one, I didn’t know
The dark one cast me aside
And the young one well he gave me a ride
Can you guess what happened next?

Can you see, can you see
the stars covering me?
Track Name: Max On The Black Sea
Max, you said to me
On the coast of the Black Sea
You asked what went wrong
And where our love had gone

The waves kept coming in
But the air was getting thin
And the best I had
Was to blame it on my dad

But I’ve said this before
Could it mean something more
Just last week you were right
I never let you out of my sight

And now it’s happening again
Like an old distant friend
Who shows up at the wrong time
You’d better not touch me tonight

Yes, I guess it’s true
Maybe I loved you
Your clean, green car
Your smile a shining star

We flew on dusty streets
With an eye on the police
And the lowest price
Into Moscow’s morning light

Now I’ve done this before
Could it mean something more
Just last week you were right
I never let you out of my sight

Now I only tell lies
And to help I’ve got wine
Just a dollar a bottle
You’d better not touch me tonight

Maybe when you were gone
I could sense something wrong
When you never called
From the phone down the hall

And I remembered, alone,
The time I told you No
You said the next day
It can’t be this way
You’ll find someone else
Who won’t think just of herself

Now I’ve heard that before
And it means something more
Just last week you were right
I never let you out of my sight

So you asked me what’s wrong
And I started to think
But before I could answer
You said “Maybe you’re just a bitch.”

Max you said to me
On the coast of the Black Sea
You asked what went wrong
And where our love had gone
Track Name: 21
Rewind to the time
Your heart pulled on mine
I’d go to your shows
Some things don’t get old

Forward to today
You’re here and you stay
Tell me, what would you do
If an old wish came true?

But you said to me

I wish I fucked you when you were 21

In a flash you are back
And me, I’ll take the scraps
What have I got to lose
I’ve got nothing to lose

How could this be wrong?
You sing me your songs
And I cling to this thing
A distant dream

But you said, you said to me

I wish I fucked you when you were 21

And I miss you
I call out your name
Come back
And light me up

I wish I
Track Name: 1% Evil
Don’t throw your money at me
What I want you could give for free
That loving look in your eyes
A little more of your time
But you have better things to do
A meeting, a rendezvous
And I’m left with this sad hole
A scar in my little boy soul.

Time passes, what will come next
Without you, there’s not much left
I crave what you never gave
Someday I’ll make you pay
And then maybe you’ll see
What you did to me
Those countless times
I was too small to fight

Hey my beautiful girl
We come from similar worlds
I see it in your blue eyes
We’re chasing the same prize
And together we’re complete
No one can compete
Oh please don't stop loving me
No don't you leave me

They say I’m a good guy
I'll look you right in the eye
When I shake your hand
And tell you who I am
I learned that in the best schools
Where I follow most of the rules
And it’s generally understood
I’m 99% good

But 1% evil’s enough
To break in your beautiful skull
I’m not getting enough of your love
Now no one will get your love
‘Cause I’m gonna leave you face down
On your pillow to drown
In your own sweet blood
I think I’ll go get me a Bud.
Track Name: Jewels
I want jewels on my face, jewels on my fingers
This wave of regret should be gone, but it lingers
And I’m back in your house, the leaves follow me in
Restless thoughts in my head echo,
I’m running

The hotel window opens just wide enough
If I could fit through, maybe I’d stop
Remembering your black hair in the eve of my hall
Now I’m hoping I will survive the next fall

I want jewels on my face, jewels on my fingers
This pain of regret should be gone, but it lingers
And I’m back in your arms, we delay in the kitchen
Desperate thoughts in my head echo,
I’m falling

I’ve been chasing a dream, in love with a myth
An endless pursuit, every man is you
But now I’ve lost this race, and you’re in the dirt
Reduced to minerals for my rose bush

I want jewels on my face, jewels on my fingers
This taste of regret should be gone, but it lingers
And I’m back in your bed, the leaves talk through the window
Desperate thoughts in my head echo,
I’m hollow.
Track Name: 3 Times
COVER ME IN GOLD
GLORY’S MINE TO HOLD
FOUR YEARS OLD
I AM WHOLE

HOW COULD I BE WRONG
I SEE THREE TIMES THE CHARM
CUT YOU OFF
I AM DONE

THE THRILL IS GONE
Track Name: Half Gram
The night stretches before me, all those hours so empty
Hey Cristina let’s go out
We’ll get dressed up
I’ll pick you up
And we’ll go get drunk

First let’s stop and see Kaz at his place on Mass Ave.
He’s nice he asks how I am
I’m fine but I need a man
Fine but I need a man
If only I had a man

Sometimes the truth appears in the strangest places
The dressing room floor or my mom’s old basement
But the old way’s so much more familiar
Stop showing me things I don’t want to see

Kaz said, girl, you are wrong, you don’t need anyone
You are young and you’re free and you’re strong
No you don’t need a man
You can just be alone
No you don’t need anyone

That’s something I’ve heard, where I’m not sure
I look down at my black skirt
It makes no sense [What he’s saying makes no sense]
There’s nothing else left
It’s what I like best

Sometimes the truth appears in the strangest places
The dressing room floor or my mom’s old basement
But the old way’s so much more familiar
Stop telling me things I don’t want to hear

No time to think, just time to act
So I smiled and I paid and I said
Kaz, give me my half gram
Give me my half gram
Just give me my half gram

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