There Are Birds

by Stephanie Seymour

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1.
Veery 03:21
Veery I know these pathways like the back of my hand I walk them almost every day There's someone out there who is waiting for me If I sit very patiently Out in these woods surrounding Flat Rock Brook Where Scarlet Tanagers show off A reddish thrush is skulking under some trees Where I'm expecting us to meet Flat Rock Brook, Flat Rock Brook Veery Come listen to me, let me talk to you I know that you are only passing through So for just a week or two, it's me and you I'll take the red trail to McFadden's Pond Phoebes will nest under the bridge But summer's bounty is still springtime's dream Of wildflowers and honeybees Veery Come listen to me, let me talk to you I know that you are only passing through So for just a week or two, it's me and you So many spots are marked by memories of birds But one is dearest to my heart It's where that thrush would hop right up to my feet As words would carry in the breeze Flat Rock Brook, Flat Rock Brook Veery Come listen to me, let me talk to you I know that you are only passing through So for just a week or two, it's me and you So for just a week or two, it's me and you So for just a week or two, it's me and you ©2019 Stephanie Seymour Published by Royal Greatness Music/ASCAP
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Northern Mockingbird I repeat myself Maybe that's because you never listen I repeat myself Maybe that's because you never listen I am only tryin' to warn ya But my voice is lost upon ya And the sound of the church bells always enthralls ya And no, no, please don't think that I am crazy And no, no, please don't think that I am mad And no, no, please don't think that I am crazy Don't think I'm mad, don't think I'm mad Because I'm not Because I'm not Because I'm not I'm not I repeat myself I want you to hear me I repeat myself I want you to hear me I am only tryin' to warn ya But my voice is lost upon ya And the sound of the church bells always enthralls ya And no, no, please don't think that I am crazy And no, no, please don't think that I am mad And no, no, please don't think that I am crazy Don't think I'm mad, don't think I'm mad Because I'm not Because I'm not Because I'm not I'm not And no, no, please don't think that I am crazy And no, no, please don't think that I am mad And no, no, please don't think that I am crazy Don't think I'm mad, don't think I'm mad Because I'm not Because I'm not Because I'm not Because I'm not ©2019 Stephanie Seymour Published by Royal Greatness Music/ASCAP
3.
Black-throated Blue Warbler The moon was full, the leaves were dry As late September sailed on by And Mother Nature took a bow again The flowers died, the fall crept in The pumpkins stared with crooked grins The mountain colors glowed magnificent Black-throated Blue, it's time for you To make another journey—start anew The cycle's never-ending And there is no time to wonder why There is no other way to choose The stars came out, December cried As January crystallized And Father Time became a child again The galaxy, the universe The darkness looming like a curse The snow became a blanket heaven sent Black-throated Blue, it's time for you To settle where your winter home's in bloom The cycle's never-ending And there is no time to wonder why There is no other way to choose The heavy air, an August noon November couldn't come too soon The Devil smiled and clapped his hands again The nest was bare, the babies gone The father sang a sadder song The waning summer failed to spare expense Black-throated Blue, it's time for you To make another journey—start anew The cycle's never-ending And there is no time to wonder why There is no other way to choose ©2019 Stephanie Seymour Published by Royal Greatness Music/ASCAP
4.
Northern Lapwing Have you heard? The birds are back again But I don't know when They'll fly away Have you seen The green and purple feathers? And you wondered whether or not They'd stay all day I'm heading down to New Egypt Where farmers wonder why So many people have appeared On muddy roads that are never clear Have you heard? The birds are back again But I don't know when They'll fly away Every person on this highway Drives by unaware Of three birds that flew so far Yet, magically, here they are Blackbirds descend With views that cameras crave These images will not be saved Not be saved So in your mind's eye You have to remember You have seen Those green and purple feathers And you wondered whether or not They'd stay all day Have you heard? Have you heard? There are birds ©2019 Stephanie Seymour Published by Royal Greatness Music/ASCAP
5.
Blue Jay 03:54
Blue Jay Blue Jay you made my day And you didn't even try But if you wonder why It's because of all the beauty that I see When you're in front of me New day to wash away The gray and rainy skies The forest is alive I'm sitting under green majestic trees And having daydreams Warm breeze stirs dragonflies Bright feathers catch my eye Blue, black, and white I'm walking alone You follow me home You follow me home and call to me Jay Jay Jay Blue Jay you made my day Because when our worlds collide You take it all in stride It's just another part of your routine 'Cause you remember me Warm breeze lifts butterflies Bright feathers catch my eye Blue, black, and white I'm walking alone You follow me home You follow me home and call to me Jay Jay Jay ©2019 Stephanie Seymour Published by Royal Greatness Music/ASCAP
6.
House Sparrow This is the story of a girl named Emily A girl named Emily, a girl named Emily Some people might not even think twice About a girl that I named Emily You were small, you were so small You were on the lawn, you were almost gone There was life, there was a little life So we found some shade in the addition we made, and This is the story of a girl named Emily A girl named Emily, a girl named Emily Some people might not even think twice About a girl that I named Emily You were weak, you were so weak But food and water made you stronger You had spunk, you had a lot of spunk You watched my eyes as I sat by your side, singing This is the story of a girl named Emily A girl named Emily, a girl named Emily Some people might not even think twice About a girl that I named Emily Two hours later, you were as good as new We brought you to the open window Where we thought you'd fly right through Whoever said “bird brain” never knew you You looked back at us to say “thank you” And then you flew (We'll never forget you) This is the story of a girl named Emily A girl named Emily, a girl named Emily Some people might not even think twice About a House Sparrow I named Emily This is only one day in the life Of a House Sparrow I named Emily ©2019 Stephanie Seymour Published by Royal Greatness Music/ASCAP
7.
Common Loon 02:37
Common Loon Aroostook stretches for miles around My mother and father have never left town The bullets, the border, the well, the water My grandfather's buried right next to his plow I'm working these kids and my hands to the bone You'd almost think Jesus was comin' home Tie the tourniquet tighter, 'cause I'm still a fighter I'm just throwing my punches when I'm alone And the Loon's cries Echo on the water And the Loon's cries Echo My baby will marry the love of her life She's been a great daughter, she'll be a good wife When she disappears, nothing's keeping me here Oh Caribou, you're cold in the long, dark night And the Loon's cries Echo on the water And the Loon's cries Echo He's coming to get me, I'm giving you warning His voice was unsteady, but so reassuring The bat by the bed, or a gun to the head Either way, I'll be gone come the morning ©2019 Stephanie Seymour Published by Royal Greatness Music/ASCAP
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet Ruby-crowned Kinglet why ya look so scared? That eye, that eye, that eye, that eye Wouldn't it be so nice not to care? Not I, not I, not I If you could see a brighter day If you could see past Golden-crowns flying your way If you could see a brighter day If you could lift that weight Ruby-crowned Kinglet why ya look surprised? That eye, that eye, that eye, that eye Wouldn't it be so nice to see the sky? Not I, not I, not I In a world of great big things You're even smaller than you think But just remember you've got wings You've got wings, wings, wings If you could see a brighter day If you could see past Golden-crowns flying your way If you could see a brighter day If you could lift that weight Ruby-crowned Kinglet why ya look so scared? That eye, that eye, that eye, that eye Wouldn't it be so nice not to care? Not I, not I, not I Not I, not I, not I Not I, not I, not I ©2019 by Stephanie Seymour Published by Royal Greatness Music/ASCAP
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Bald Eagle 02:08
Bald Eagle Soaring...soaring I'm here, I've appeared No memory of where I've been Don't know where I'm going to But I am soaring All that I hear is the rush of the wind All that I feel is the speed from within And joy I'm soaring...soaring All that I hear are the feathers in flight Turning my head, I can see black and white Drenched in bright sunlight I'm soaring...soaring I'm so high, I can see Major Tom How do I know all of these things that I do? I know all of these things because I am an eagle too ©2019 Stephanie Seymour Published by Royal Greatness Music/ASCAP
10.
Violet-crowned Hummingbird Violet-crowned Hummingbird Spread your wings and fly Violet-crowned Hummingbird A strong will to survive It's been a long, long, long, long road For you and I It takes a lot of wind from your sails Just to live within this world and prevail One day you're down And the next day you're down again When, oh when, will you feel better? Then the nighttime comes and there is no need to pretend Violet-crowned Hummingbird Pathway through the sky Violet-crowned Hummingbird At feeder number 5 Waiting for the day When you can thrive When the sun begins to shine It's another chance to rise or resign One hour you're up And the next hour you're down again When, oh when, will you feel better? Then the nighttime comes and there is no need to pretend Find food, find shelter Find peace of mind in this helter-skelter Oh, darling bird, don't be scared You can count on me 'cause I'll be there I'll be there I'll be there ©2019 Stephanie Seymour Published by Royal Greatness Music/ASCAP
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Yellow-headed Blackbird I remember my favorite toy when I was three years old I remember the first time that I saw the stars through a telescope I remember where I stood when I heard the King had died And I remember the very first bird that I could identify And I remember when I saw you And I remember thinking Could it be true? Yellow-headed Blackbird, how you stand out in a crowd There's no shadow of a doubt When you sing your song out loud Yellow-headed Blackbird, you're an easy bird to miss And you were my nemesis But now you're mine And I remember when I saw you And I remember thinking Could it be true? Yellow-headed Blackbird, how you stand out in a crowd There's no shadow of a doubt When you sing your song out loud Yellow-headed Blackbird, you're an easy bird to miss And you were my nemesis But now you're mine Yellow-headed Blackbird, with your head of golden blond Well I saw you in a pond And now you're mine Could this be true? This could be you Believe it's true Believe in you Imagine it's true Dreams can come true ©2019 Stephanie Seymour Published by Royal Greatness Music/ASCAP
12.
Migration Is Over Cape May Warblers dance in your dreams Wilson's, Prairie, Tennessee I'll meet you there in Central Park 6 o'clock sharp We'll begin in Strawberry Fields With the songs of warblers filling our ears Let's go listen—what's around? Not a sound Maybe they've flown down into The Ramble Starting up here is always a gamble I might have heard Parula again But let's discuss its pronunciation We're gonna find that one good bird in the park If it kills us or not We're gonna find that one good bird in the park If it kills us or not On a day when it seems that your prospects are narrow Make sure that you add your day-list House Sparrow You're listening hard for Bobolink pinkers But all that you hear are skulking tea drinkers We'll find that one good bird in the park If it kills us or not We're gonna find that one good bird in the park It's gonna kill us What's that constant knocking sound? It's just a cuckoo walking around And it doesn't have feathers When there are more birders than there are birds It's May 29th or haven't you heard? When the Blackpoll Warblers have departed And migration's over before it even started If you were from the United Kingdom You would spot that Robin and be happy to see him But this isn't a day where we're all feeling groovy This isn't the Central Park bird watching movie It's one of those days at 10 a.m. When you want to start it all over again Because summer's almost here ©2019 Stephanie Seymour Published by Royal Greatness Music/ASCAP

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Stephanie Seymour's melodic, harmony-laden album “There Are Birds” answers the musical question, “What happens when you combine Aimee Mann, Chrissie Hynde, and Karen Carpenter, add a dash of Matthew Sweet, and mix thoroughly with bird-related tales and imagery?” It’s an album about birds, nature, the passage of time, and Stephanie’s relationship with these things and more. ThereAreBirds.com ... more

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