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Giles Corey

by Giles Corey

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Giles Corey, bloody, gory, we will redress your wrongs bloody, battered, nothing matters, somehow, just makes it worse and I don't care if I live or die, because I ain't ever going to no other side, there ain't no heaven and there ain't no hell, but I am a sinner so it's all just as well there's a devil on my back there's a devil on my legs, there's a devil on my chest there's a devil on my neck and of a wicked physick came all the heavy stones to fall with crushing weight upon all of those who can't become a ghost I've been wailing like a child at the bottom of a well I've been pacing like a man in a prison cell I am buried above the ground and noone knows anything is this real
all around me in the air hangs a wreath of blackest bile, and smoke that I can see I open up my heart and let it all in and it kills all my love and hope for everyone and it hasn't been easy on you, I know that more than most. I am born to be alone, I am just some lonely ghost all around us hangs an air of darkest doom, and it flows out my lungs and slowly fills the room I open up my heart and stick my fingers in, but you will never want what I have to give
I don't know what anything means. I think I've forgotten how to sleep, and I'm not the only one. I will break my spine on the page, like the books that will up my grave. I am entombed in my bed with those words that you said, that I kept : that I'm not the only one that you've never loved. boo, hoo.
maybe I'm just feeling crushed.
there is no self to kill a city of gardens I'm going to kill my self to kill my self to kill my self I'm going to kill my self so there won't be nothing left I'm going to remove myself remove myself remove myself I'm going to remove myself so there won't be nothing left Because you are everyone you hate when you're asleep or awake all the choices you've made you are everyone you hate and it is ruining your life
Angles singing in a choir oh, my lord, I am on fire what am I to do voices singing into space read their verse in my lonely face what am I to do because I don't deserve you not even for a moment not even for a second will I ever be saved my love's out to get me and you know you know you know it's going to succeed and I hope I survive this fucking week alone and if I don't survive I'll still be by your side just clad in ghostly white I'll be your spectral bride
I'm armed to the teeth like a fucking animal I ruin everything I get my bony hands on and here we go, now over the bridge of sighs we will get a cross like christ, crucified it's like a birth but it is in reverse never gets better, always gets worse I'll gnaw at anything new england is mine, and it owes me a living step one step two step three step four, we fall through the floor fall through the floor fall through the floor I want to feel like I feel when I'm asleep
if I die and I will oh please, please bury me in the ground by my school where I once worked if I'm killed as I will oh please, please raise a stone and inscribe all of these here lonely words: how do I wake your sleeping heart?
there's a devil on my back there's a devil on my legs there's a devil on my chest there's a devil on my neck I've been wailing like a child at the bottom of a well I've been pacing like a man in a prison cell I get buried above the ground


“It is obvious that Dan Barrett is one of the most talented artists of this generation.” The Inarguable

“I don’t ask you, but beg you to head over to Enemies List right now to pre-order your copy, because once it’s gone it’s not coming back. Trust me, after you nightmares, dried eyes and eased stomach you will thank me, and most importantly you will thank Dan Barrett…” Heavy Boots Music

“Real, raw, and visceral…Giles Corey is an experience, rather than an album filled with songs…will certainly stand as one of the most unforgettable [of the year].” Muzik Discovery

“For all the changes made to the world around us there are still innate things in humans that will cause us to harm ourselves and to hold ourselves back from our true potential. The best thing about Giles Corey is that it all seems okay almost in spite of itself, that for all Barrett’s attempts to make us inhabit his desolate soundscape, goodness shines through in brief flashes and its light is visible if only for a moment. 4/5″ - Sputnik Music

“Let me tell you that Mr. Barrett has crafted (willingly or woefully) the finest piece of unflinching blues I’ve heard in twenty years, at least. And by blues, I’m not talking the common, electric safety aggrandized by the White Stripes of the Black Keys. I’m sorry if that sounds petty but when I think blues I think Furry Lewis, Robert Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson…Often, this record is so honest, so brutally articulate that it’s difficult to absorb the whole wretched thing.” - Pinpoint Music

"Sometime in the Spring of 2009 I tried to kill myself. Six months before that, I used a Voor’s Head Device for the first time."

This line opens the 150-page book that accompanies Giles Corey, an intensely personal, intimate portrait of depression that took me almost 4 years to make.

We've called this "acoustic music from the industrial revolution," and that's as good as anything. Dominated by the acoustic guitar, the music is a gloomy mixture of Americana influences, snippets of EVP recordings, ghostly choirs and deep, heavy organ. It ranges from very dark to triumphant, hushed quiet to crashingly loud.

The album follows a story arc of emotions that are detailed in the accompanying book, as much a part of this record as the music. The text switches between personal tales of struggles with depression, suicide, and a feeling of being lost, and the story of cult-leader and afterlife theorist Robert Voor. Voor's writings on death and the afterlife feature prominently across HAVE A NICE LIFE's "Deathconsciousness," Nahvalr's self-titled debut, and Giles Corey, making him the unifying factor behind most of the music I've written in the last 10 years.

This record is as personal and raw as anything I've ever done. Thank you for your interest.


released March 1, 2011

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Giles Corey Middlefield, Connecticut

Giles Corey is acoustic music about history, suicide, and ghosts.

Giles Corey began as a collection of acoustic songs written by Dan Barrett (of Have A Nice Life and Nahvalr).


“Trust me, after you nightmares, dried eyes and eased stomach you will thank me, and most importantly you will thank Dan Barrett.” – Heavy Boots Music
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