If I Walked with the Dead (Single​/​EP)

by The Stan Laurels



This single/EP essentially marks the birth of John Lathrop's solo career, being the first-ever release by his ̶b̶a̶n̶d̶ psychedelic musical adventure known as The Stan Laurels, a truly solo and independent effort, as John would write, sing, play, and produce everything himself from this point forward.

The release contains early and alternate precursor versions of four of John's most iconic early works, including a stripped-down live acoustic version of "Klaatu: Parts III, II & I," a multi-part journey, which on the full album is saturated with prog-esque time/tempo changes, myriad sound/instrumental variety, and loads of psychedelic effects, but sounds equally good in this bare-bones format. This showcases the quality of the songwriting without the usual wall of cosmic psychedelic effects. The EP is an early look at what would later become the sprawling, epic debut full-length, DEATH OF THE SUN.


released July 7, 2007

All music & lyrics written by John Lathrop

All Vocals/Instrumentation by John Lathrop: bass, drums/percussion, acoustic/electric guitars, piano/mellotron/synthesizers, lead/harmony vox

Produced, Mixed, & Mastered by John Lathrop

Cover art & design by John Lathrop

All songs registered with BMI


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The creation of earthling Sound Scientist John Lathrop, The Stan Laurels have a big, lush, multi-layered sound rooted in the melodic pop sensibilities of the 60s (think Beatles/Zombies). Both vintage & modern, The Laurels feature power-pop, psychedelic/progressive rock, folk, & classical styles. The music is the scientifically engineered combination of everything and nothing you’ve ever heard. ... more

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Track Name: If I Walked with the Dead (Original Version)
Thank you for all you’ve done; I wish some things could be undone. All in all, I had a blast, though we all know that’s in the past. Whenever I wake, I hope that you & you will take a second to figure out what the hell you’re doing. How can you be so oblivious? Could I make it any more obvious? If I walked with the dead, would you regret anything that you have said? Or would you be relieved that you don’t have to believe? Whenever I wake, I hope that you & you will take a second to figure out what the hell you’re doing. I don’t know what you’re doing. Like I said, we had some fun, but those days, they have all gone. How I wish that wasn’t so … If I walked with the dead, would you regret anything that you have said? Or would you be relieved that you don’t have to believe?
Track Name: LoveBirds (Original Version)
I was a lonely bird, black as midnight sky; I didn't know where to go, or how to fly. I saw a little dove, pure and white as snow; she looked at me, and I could see she had a soul. All my life, I could not fly; I didn't know the reason why. But now I know I never tried. Then, I met my little dove; she showed me how to love. She picked me up and then dusted off my wings; she took to the sky; I followed behind, and learned everything. I cleansed my wings and found I am not a blackbird; like my beloved, I am a dove, and she's my world. Now that I know how to fly, I leave the earth and kiss the sky. And now my heart will never die ... now that I have my little dove ... she is the one that I love.
Track Name: Klaatu: Parts III, II & I (Acoustic Version)
Part III - Inside Klaatu: I am lost; I can't scream; I forgot how to dream. Blackness seeps into my veins; cold hate creeps within my brain.

Part II - Taken: I want you to remind me that if my body ever leaves the ground like this, then something's probably amiss, because this gravity thing is pretty strong and it always keeps me grounded; I can't get around it. But somehow I'm high in the sky, and I don't know why, but I get the feeling I'll be gone for a long time. So please go see my wife and child and tell them that I love them, and I guess you'd better tell them good-bye ... good-bye ... good-bye ...

Part I - Pleased to Make Your Acquaintance: A man came up to me and said, "I'd like to buy your planet, kind sir." I said, "It's not mine to sell, but you're welcome to stay." He said, "That's OK -- I don't like doing business anyway. I'll just go ahead and take it from you, if that's all right with you."
Track Name: Birth of the Sun (Early Alternate Version)
Behind the wall of black, there is an amber glow. The wall begins to crack; the light begins to show. Never did I know that you would bring me life. The sweet wind blows; the warm hue grows; and I am inside your shiny haze; the darkness fades. No more daze, no gloom. I am in bloom. Your rays surround my soul, and lift me to the sky. Your purity I extol; your beauty makes me cry. It’s no more wonder why you would bring me life. The sweet wind blows. The warm hue grows. And I am inside your shiny haze. The darkness fades. No more daze, no gloom. No more craze, no doom. I am in bloom. I thank the stars above you’re here to bring us LOVE.