On a Date With Manuela

by Ghoulsby

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On a Date With Manuela is the story of a man from a Mexican farming community. He is born with a conjoined twin who is immediately cut off and thrown out into the farmland. The man moves to the city in an attempt to escape and forget his upbringing.

The removed twin, hideously deformed, grows up in the family barn, living off of hay and horseshit, longing for a normal life. He is tragically alone until he meets Manuela, the ghost of a thirteen-year-old girl who had been killed by a jealous plowhand.

The brother who moved to the city meets several ghoulish characters, becomes a drunk, and then disillusioned and paranoid of rampant crime and of technology, returns to the farm.

The first night he returns he finds Manuela in the barn and kills her for good, destroying his brother’s only chance of love.

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released September 5, 2012

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Ghoulsby Chicago, Illinois

Ghoulsby is Patrick Vincent Welsh, author of the collection of short stories Hard Times Galore and the novel Before Horses Were Extinct.
patrickvincentwelsh@gmail.com

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Track Name: Manuela
She died before her very first dance
Out there in the field by the plowman's hand
She fell to the earth and let out her last gasp
Saying, This ain't gonna stop me from going to my first dance

She crawled along Rt. 96,
Blood all over her long white dress,
The moonlight on her cold white skin,
Saying, This ain't gonna stop me from going to my first dance

When she got there the room was filled
With lots of dancing little boys and girls
When they say here they stared, and they sang,

Manuela, Manuela, what happened to you?
Manuela, Manuela, what did they do?

And she danced...
Track Name: Kentucky
I was born in a Kentucky field
to a Kentucky woman and a dog

They clipped my brother off of my shoulder
and they threw him out to the hogs

Let them go, let them drown...

I left home for the big city
and found a place in the ghetto

I heard my brother calling out to me
saying come back to the meadow

Let them go, let them drown...
Track Name: Wampir
The alleyways are all ours
We'll head out to the moonlight
Never go out to the sunlight

The hours are precious
The moonlight against us
Sometimes it's all a dream

The world has left us
a haunted expression
and a sense of disbelief

The treasure's ours to keep
Never throw out what you might want
Never keep what you don't like

The hours are precious...
Track Name: Ghouls All Around
Chase all the bad ghosts away
I'll bring the good
Hide all the mirrors away
You look like you should

I've been so down, ghouls all around, where has my love gone?

Take all the violence away
And we'll sleep sound
We'll make a bed of hay
Or sleep underground

I've been so down, ghouls all around, where has my love gone?
Track Name: The Wooden Woman
The wooden woman has jumped from the boat
She's headed out to cleaner shores
Where's she's gone, no one can say

Things disappear, all of the time...
Things disappear, but not my love

The chimney sweeper has fallen down the chute
All that's left are his boots
Where he's gone, no one can know

Things disappear, all of the time...

The butcher's wife has cut off her nose
She was tired of smelling his bloody clothes
Where it's gone, no one can know...

Things disappear all of the time...
Track Name: Luddite
From the bottom of the bottle
you can look up and see what you've got
I've got one cow I'll slaughter
and one I'll let walk off

Gone are the days of real love
Gone are the times of comfort
We will never be free from this technology
It knows just what we need

In the middle of the forrest
you can look around and see what you want
I've got some limbs I need
and the others I'll just chop off

Gone are the days of real love...

There's someone in the yard,
grab the shotgun off the wall,
and aim steadily,
aim steadily love
Track Name: The Unnamed Twin
Let's take a nice stroll out there in the moonlit meadow
Take a left turn you'll be out there by the crows
Scabs are comin' off, scabs are comin' off, scabs are comin' off
Take a right turn you'll be out there with the thorns

I sure as goddamn don't need a new name
A little paint goes a long long way
You can call me whatever you may

Scabs are comin' off, scabs are comin' off, scabs are comin' off
Track Name: End
The farmer's arm has harmed the land
Now everyone will starve again
Now everyone will turn against...

You take all you want,
the more you give the less you've got

The governor's called for martial law
Now everything will wash away
and there will be nothing to take its place

You take all you want,
the more you give the less you've got

You take all you want,
the longer you live the less time you've got
Track Name: The Meek Eat The Earth
Instead I'll eat hay and horseshit all day
But still I can dream of more...

When will the meek get to eat?
When will the meek eat the earth?

There's milk in the goat but it ain't in my throat
If I catch him I'll kill him for sure

When will the meek get to eat?
When will the meek eat to earth?