Mutual Birds

by zarahruth

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1.
Blackbirds 03:23
I hear black birds, croak of crows Ten long years of walking looking for a dream of snow. I hear black birds, fighting rooks In the dark and overhead The songbirds must be long dead. I hear black birds, in the trees I hear them fight and fall The past was burnt I see smoked salty souls are dancing high We take we test The future fades out west we are lost time brought low and I hear black birds Liars have a tendency to vanish unexpectedly the key is knowing when it’s time to go I’d like to think you stepped outside And found us both a sailing tide But I see floods and killing fields And I hear black birds in the trees I hear black birds They are singing I hear black birds They are hunting The horizon drifts another mile away The words mean more when you’ve forgotten how to pray the birds are gathering there’s feathers in your hair we stood still for far too long and I can hear them can you hear them I can hear them can you hear the blackbirds I hear blackbirds, croak of crows Ten long years of walking looking for a dream of snow. I hear black birds, fighting rooks In the dark and overhead The songbirds must be long dead Songbirds must be long dead Songbirds are dead.
2.
She cuts her hands counting other people’s money; licks her fingers for a taste of the copper and cocaine She steps on cracks, breaks the backs of her mother and her sister and her brother and she’d do it all again. She said: the moving pictures are telling my story again; they mess up the timings, they take my beginning and ends. They share all the lies and the rumours; I lose all my friends Is it any wonder then, is it any wonder that my heart beats faster I’m a walking disaster take a ticket, take a number, take a drink and do a runner run away The lamps drop glitter and the streets are never empty And she kisses for the camera with a smile on ice She drinks black coffee on the corner after midnight And she doesn’t seem to hear them till her name has been called twice She said: they say that they love me but treat me as if I’m immune to the pedestal height and the fall when they leave me too soon. My life is in song but I never could carry a tune. Is it any wonder then, any wonder that my heart beats faster I’m a walking disaster take a ticket, take a number, take a drink and do a runner, is there anything that's funner? run away. Oh I thought you knew me or something Oh I should know better than that Oh I let you love me for nothing There’s something on the horizon There’s secrets under my hat She reads her future in the clicking of their fingers and the writing on the wall outside a private bar. she keeps her boots on and a knife beneath the pillow and she sleeps with one eye open but it’s focused on the stars

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Mutual Birds was released as a limited-edition, lathe-cut vinyl double-A side single, with hand-decorated lyric sheets, courtesy of Butterfly Effect Records. There are only two copies still available to buy in that format.

BUT here is the downloadable version, for people who don't do vinyl.

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released October 12, 2020

Written and performed by Francoise Harvey
Produced by Rob Irish
Artwork by Francoise Harvey
Supported and released by Butterfly Effect Records
Huge thanks to the Singles Club members who have supported this release!

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North East-based singer-songwriter, who grew up on the Isle of Man.

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