Solemn Bird

by red steppes

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Track 2 off of "A Mouth May Grow", the forthcoming full-length. I'll be doing pre-orders for that in the next month, so you can also grab this then (along with the other ten official tracks, and a little extra bonus song for those who grab the whole thing).


Come down from your ghostly perch
(silver poplar, and congress of birch)
Solemn bird, come down

Be a man who will not be cowed
a man with rough hands and a rubbery mouth
When one branch of the birch must be bowed, allow
one branch to be bent and one to be proud

I take my sip from the fissured bell
I take what hits I can, and I raise my hell
Only time will tell what is free

You take your sip from the lion's maw
You peck at his black lip, and you steal his barbed tongue
See what strange, strange harm a small bird has done

Be a man who will not feared
with a nest in your great russet beard
with a flush on your chest and fierce cheer
and soft flesh where a feather once reared
Oh my dear
Oh my dear
Oh my dear

Be near

Bear away your gifts and your body of half-baked clay
Bear away your bottles of whistling beer
I am only a slip of myself just yet
You are only a faint frontier


released April 5, 2017
Nika Aila States: vox, electric guitar
Andrew Maguire: percussion, xylophone
James Riotto: bass, synth
Robert Shelton: keys, piano

Written by Nika Aila States
Produced by James Riotto and Nika Aila States
Engineered by James Riotto at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco.



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by Nika Aila States

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