Dead Bird

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I am dumb, I'm condemned, the beast in its den, the enemy waiting to die.
As they wept and they knelt to the steel at his belt he lifted up his fingers when the blood had barely dried and he cried "Ave Maria."
He put his words on my tongue, his prints on my thumb, his judgment on the copper of my face.
Know him worst, know him best, know him deep in my chest where I'll whimper for that hunger that the pastor hides away.
He cries "Ave Maria"

Go away blackbird, I'll sing my own song.
Go away dead bird, it's my tomb, it's my tune, my lips, my lungs
kiss the Earth's warm feet
where we all sleep.


from Sleeping, released September 3, 2013



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9 Swords Providence, Rhode Island

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Marlon Battad - composition, guitar, piano, percussion, vocals

with (at various times)

North Star - glockenspiel, percussion, vocals
Lex Lambert - upright bass, vocals
Robert Levin - accordion, glockenspiel
Walter Prettyman - violin
Sal Geloso - vocals
Eli - vocals

and honorable mention to
Heather Fisch - clarinet, accordion, ukulele, vocals
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