The Boy and the Audience (Acoustic Recordings 2016)

by Bird Radio

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As the red curtain rose in the centre of the stage A small boy could be seen facing away Nothing happened for a couple of minutes The audience began to chat amongst themselves Where was the show? Why had they come? Then a spotlight on the boy silenced everyone And he began to dance The boy was in rags but he knew how to move His arms and his legs a pinnochio groove The music petered out and the audience grumbled This time he faced out into the crowd And leaves began to fall He reached out his hand and caught one with ease Cast over him were shadows in the shape of old trees He ran off the stage and the lights all went out This time the audience began to shout out loud A bird alone could be overheard Singing the organ tune transposed up a third Daybreak came and a canopy grew Butterflies fluttered and songbirds flew Our audience now rubbing their eyes Were in a forest of gargantuan size The Garden of Eden was the name of this play And where our good patrons will forever stay
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Knock knock ring ring Devil at the door I open to my nothingness Nothing he hasn't seen before My reflection glows red in his eyes My reflection glows red in his eyes He singes my chair as he sits at my table Cracks my cup as he sips my offering And the light is flickering out in the hall Until now he hasn't said anything to me at all Knock knock ring ring Devil at the door His wretched tales curled up across the floor He eyes his cup and looks at me for more God I'm thirsty, he growled Now let's get down to business Knock knock ring ring Devil at the door Earth crust splits and fire spits We fall unclothed, unnamed and desensed Flesh is air, breath is stone Pain vanishes through the valley Knock knock ring ring Devil at the door My reflection glows white in the moon Knock knock ring ring Devil here no more
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I've been watching the rain fall down I've been feeling your heart sink low There's a lamb in your giant hand I've been hearing Siberian winds I've been feeling the tension build Processing through ancient lands Now we march on unto unknown Destroy everything we have grown Staring eyes horses pounding feet There's a baby here lying dead Show me the way unto my bed The shadowland calls to me Call for help and call out loud Call the sun from behind the wall This prayer cushion hurts me (Abandoned church and chilling breeze Mosaic stone and dead old leaves This dream of mine is real) Dirty hands and shooting pains Drift from land empty lanes The candle is extinguished I've been watching the rain fall down I've been feeling your heart sink low There's a lamb in your giant hand
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Words have taken to the sky Fluttering stuttering gliding by We spoke vows made constant wants Now just vowels and consonants Letters scattered through the clouds Lips are praying without a sound Throats are dry of empty paper Lies evaporating vapour A flock of red pains pass Pollenating beds of grass A candle bickers eloquently As the winds roll in from across the seas Bringing the rains to wash our hands The boundaries between our lands All is still Soldiers at ease End of war Ecstatic streets Oh words Words have migrated for the wintertime Words have taken to the sky Fluttering stuttering gliding by We spoke vows made constant wants Now just vowels and consonants
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Who killed Cock Robin? I said the sparrow With my bow and arrow I killed Cock Robin Who saw him die? I said the fly With my little eye I saw him die Who caught his blood? I said the fish With my little dish I caught his blood And who'll make the shroud? I said the beetle With my thread and needle I'll make the shroud Who'll dig the grave? I said the owl With my pick and shovel I'll dig the grave And who'll be the clerk? I said the lark If it's not in the dark I'll be the clerk Who'll be chief mourner? I said the dove I mourn for my love I'll be chief mourner Who'll carry the coffin? If it's not through the night I'll carry the coffin Who'll toll the bell? I said the bull Because I can pull I'll toll the bell All the birds of the air fell a-sighing and a-sobbing When they heard the bell toll for poor Cock Robin
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This note says you'll get your words out right You can have the job if you change your ways Don't make bets with the man in the suit i saw his shadow moving all by itself Tie string around the empty cup Let it down slow from the old stone bridge Fill it with water from the murky lake Later you can sift it for gold Spend your day feeding the ducks Make friends with a stray dog or cat Imagine what goes through the mind of an owl Write it in a letter to the one you love Tie string around the empty cup Let it down slow from the old stone bridge Fill it with water from the murky lake Later you can sift it for gold Fly around the world in a paper plane Find a bunch of cash and put it in the bin Collect some leaves in a paper bag Kick the ball back to the kids in the street Tie string around the empty cup Let it down slow from the old stone bridge Fill it with water from the murky lake Later you can sift it for gold

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A collection of acoustic versions of songs from Bird Radio's debut album The Boy and the Audience, released to celebrate the 3 year anniversary of the record.

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released October 3, 2016

All songs written and performed by Bird Radio. Recorded at home in Hackney, September 2016.

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Bird Radio London, UK

Bird Radio is a singer, songwriter, flautist and performer. He has released multiple solo collaborative albums with musicians, poets and filmmakers, and toured internationally since 2010. His most recent album CROW is based on the book of poetry of the same title Ted Hughes, created in collaboration with sound artists pig7. He also broadcasts live improvisations via Wild Lakes Radio. ... more

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