Co-written with John Hadley after whiling away some hours with friends who led us up along a lonesome creek to a hidden cabin on their land built in the 1800's just outside of Nashville, TN. Spooky.


©Nancy K. Dillon / John Hadley

Annabelle brings the water from the well
The cool clear water from the well
She hangs the clothes up on the line
And breaks a white rose off the vine
What’s running through your mind, Annabelle?

Annabelle puts the rose in her hair
The snow white rose in her long brown hair
She sets the bucket by the door
And walks her shadow across the floor
It’s your shadow nothing more, Annabelle.

CHO: It’s not the black crows rising in the blue sky
Thousands of them blocking out the sun
It’s not blood that has dried from a lover you denied
Or the unblinking eye of a gun
It’s not the Father or the Mother and it cannot be
The bottomless entrance to hell
It’s only your shadow that you see
No less and no more, Annabelle.

The cold wind and the wolf howl in the woods
The moon is floating face-down in the well
Frozen clothes on the line
Frozen roses on the vine
What’s running through your mind, Annabelle?

She walks out in the midnight white robe flowing
And stares up to the sky from far below
She can hear the grey wolf calling
She’ll close her eyes and slowly falling
Annabelle makes her angel in the snow
In the glistening cathedral where only saints may go
Annabelle makes her angel in the snow


from Live at The Royal Room, track released September 16, 2017
All songs written by Nancy K. Dillon (BMI) except "Annabelle" written by Nancy K. Dillon (Rose Rock Music BMI, Admin SongTrust) & John Hadley (Hadley Six Music BMI, Admin by Sony, ATV, BMI

Nancy K. Dillon (vocals/guitar)
Lucien La Motte (electric guitar)

Engineered by Kyle Mooney (Royal Room, Seattle)

Mixed and Mastered by Ian Lang (Nursery Studios, Alsager, UK)


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Nancy K Dillon Seattle, Washington

On her albums, Nancy K. Dillon maps the road West; the dusty highways that conjure up images like Kerouac's road trips, traveling dustbowl carnivals, and free-spirited 70s hipsters. Inspired by Oklahoma & Texas troubadours Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Kevin Welch, Dillon's songs are short stories about characters that populate true American life. ... more

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