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Owl In The Parlour

by Cathal Coughlan

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The second single from the album 'Song Of Co-Aklan'.


Fire up Tor for Ethiopia, guy at work once showed me how
Patriarch Ephrem, Great Britain here!
Falconer position open, 15 miles from Gloucester, sir:
Food, lodging & a front row seat to see
A great nation, once again replete!
Time will erase us if we yield.
Owl in the parlour, orders sealed.

Camouflage as formal daywear, catastro-mufti in town square
Crop-duster, wide-brim hat, ink-black goatee,
Hazmat toecaps fold out as skis & a kevlar marquee
Time will erase us, scene by scene,
Gone like the fragments of a dream.

On the hunt for Hitler’s bitcoin with my pal in Tennessee.
He waves those flags not made in China, explains the dollar bill to me.
Time will erase us, that’s the truth.
Loves, lies, locations, wisdom, youth.
Time will erase you, seems to hurt.
No-one need replace you or your curse.


released February 4, 2021
Features James Woodrow (Gibson SG elemental guitar, with inlaid horse-brasses), Audrey Riley (stainless steel cello), Nick Allum (rocket fuel drums) and Rhodri Marsden (bass).


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Cathal Coughlan London, UK

Originally from Cork, Ireland, Cathal Coughlan is the co-founder and singer of acclaimed 80s/90s groups Microdisney and Fatima Mansions, and widely considered to be one of Ireland’s most revered singer/songwriters, beloved by fans of caustic literate lyricism and erudite songcraft. ... more

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