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The Thing With Feathers

by Exploring Birdsong

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about

The EP is broadly speaking a concept release, centred on the Seamus Heaney poem ‘Bye Child’ and the story of Kevin Halfpenny, one of the most bizarre cases of child cruelty ever recorded. This is mirrored in the EP title and cover art (designed by Billie Webster), with broken backbones becoming broken wings. The title itself also references Emily Dickinson’s “’Hope’ is the thing with feathers” poem, which itself is a call-back to the music found within:

“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

credits

released November 29, 2019

EXPLORING BIRDSONG are:
Lynsey Ward: Vocals, keyboards
Jonny Knight: Bass guitar, keyboards
Matt Harrison: Drums, percussion

P&C 2019, Long Branch Records, a division of SPV GmbH

Label: Long Branch Records / SPV
Publishing: Sentric Music

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Exploring Birdsong Liverpool, UK

Exploring Birdsong are a piano driven progressive rock band from Liverpool, UK.

After launching in September 2017, the trio have developed a truly unique sound drawing influence from both 70’s pioneers ELP, Genesis and Kate Bush to modern progressive poster boys Tesseract and Steven Wilson. ... more

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Track Name: The River
The devil came to play today
and cackled at the sun
Though a risky bet he played
he knew that he had won
His hunger grew for more than this
a pity vote not cast
The child’s pain has sealed his kiss
and the water’s flowing fast

Drink from the river boy
Smell the fresh green grass
Kiss the sky and pray to God
That your time won’t pass
You’ll need something beautiful
a miracle at hand
Fortune setting with the sun
Wishing you will stand

The angel sits and stops to think
of how this came to be
She contemplates taking a drink
from the water that she sees
But the water of the river flows
To heaven and to hell
So if you want to quench your thirst
You must find the well

Drink from the river boy
Smell the fresh green grass
Kiss and the sky and pray to God
That your time won’t pass
You’ll need something beautiful
a miracle at hand
Fortune setting with the sun
Wishing you will stand
Track Name: The Sinking Question
Left on my own
What did I do wrong? To
deserve this shame

I hear a voice
I’m left with no choice
To observe their games

Outside there lies a life
I dare not fantasise

Yet I ask why/I’ve not learnt
Why I’m left to cry/Why I’m left to yearn
For what I’ll never have

My body creeks
I follow their shrieks
Past my wooden walls

I see them there They’re
without a care Stood
straight and tall

Outside I feel the life
I would not dare describe

I might have known
That here on my own
My days would fill with the empty

My questions sink And all
I do is blink At the
clouded moon

The river calls
The devil he crawls
But I have attuned

Outside I know there’s life
Beyond my sunken eyes

My body’s bent
And all my time is spent
Being teased with my freedom
Track Name: The Baptism
On my daily muse
I start to lose
All my faith in you
My greatest fears
Consume me like a storm
that never
clears
My trust in you shakes
Do I keep my faith?
I ask you what it takes

Now my wings lay broken
Whispered words
unspoken

God bless the man with
the losing hand
Belief in you withers away
He waits for a song to sing
again
But singing won’t fix his
faith

Baptise my mind
God save me
I feel I’m falling away

God bless the man with
the losing hand
Belief in you withers away
He wants a song to sing
again

Eyes that don’t see
Ears that don’t hear
It’s life that he’s craving
A life that’s worth saving

God bless the man with
the losing hand
Belief in you withers away
He waits a song to sing
again
Eyes that don’t see
Ears that don’t hear
It’s life that he’s craving
A life that’s worth saving
Track Name: The Downpour
Again I pray for rain
But a downpour wouldn't numb the pain
I wish that I could see Beyond
a fate so crippling I wish that
I could feel

You helped me stand alone
Drips of strength in brittle bones
The sparkle in your eye Tossed
aside by turning tides of waters I
have fantasised

Again I pray for rain
But a downpour wouldn't numb the pain
I wish that I could see Beyond
a fate so crippling I wish that
I could feel

Ooh na na…

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