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Once Upon a Time

by Ordinary Elephant

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Four years ago today, we spent our last night in Australia, having performed one show of a two-week tour, and then having the rest of our it cancelled. We flew home on a Sunday; sixteen hours in the air at five hundred miles an hour to get to LAX. In the row in front of us, a coughing woman in a mask. Another flight to Houston, and a three and a half hour drive later, we were home. The quiet set in amongst the unknown and the anxiety, and we were suddenly thrust into a new world on our Louisiana back porch. We realize now that in times of intense uncertainty throughout history, we as humans turn to story for comfort, assurance, and direction. We wrote Once Upon a Time in the quiet, feeling helpless and scared, and searching for safety and truth.

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Tell me that story again darlin’
The one where we all end up alright
Tell me that story again darlin’
Wasn’t it true once upon a time?
Wasn’t it true once upon a time?

I’ll keep keeping up with the laundry
You’ll keep keeping up with the car
I guess things aren’t really changing here
It sure feels like they are
It sure feels like they are

We’ve got good dogs, we’ve got a good porch
We’ve got eyes to see and we’ve got a good view
We’ve got ears to hear and we are listening
The truth is not something we can choose
The truth is not something we can choose

Tell me that story again darlin’
The one where we all end up alright
Tell me that story again darlin’
Wasn’t it true once upon a time?
Wasn’t it true once upon a time?

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released March 14, 2024
Produced by Dirk Powell

Engineered and Mixed by Dirk Powell, Breaux Bridge, LA
Mastered by Eric Conn, Independent Mastering, Nashville, TN

Album Release Date: May 3, 2024

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International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year Ordinary Elephant captivates audiences with their emotionally powerful and vulnerable songs, letting the listener know that they are not alone in this world. "Two become one, in song...hand-in-glove harmonies surprise the listener with focused intensity and musical mastery," says Mary Gauthier. ... more

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