Top Garden Afterlife: Collected Lyrics and Writing (Alan Dobbs)

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 Volume 2 of the Red Series.

‘Cigarette fog and seventies girls

Two decades off the track

Shortened my life and broke my heart

Still, I wouldn’t mind going back…’

Saudade is a word for a sad state of intense longing for someone or something that is absent. It is described as a kind of melancholy yearning. Melancholy means sad, and yearning is a strong, persistent longing or desire, especially for something unattainable. (From

It describes, albeit not completely comprehensively, Alan Dobbs’ work reasonably veraciously.

Alan has recorded several albums in a variety of styles, and lives in Enniscorthy.

‘Top Garden Afterlife’ is the debut collection of his writings. He invites the reader to join him in a dreamlike and enduring world sculpted through his words, one that perfectly accompanies the extremely visual soundscapes he is known for.

This collection will hit you in the feels, but in a good way. You will walk away wanting more, and you will feel like you might just know your own soul a tiny bit better.