Mama Bird

from by sandy bell

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mama bird is one of those that was written in mere minutes. after seeing a young and apparently exhausted mother on the subway i felt for my own ~ and was struck like lightening with the need to sing for her bravery and remind me how much love and strength i need to offer her ~ and them...

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what’s in that tree
is that a mama bird i see
is she laying on her eggs
is she worried about the breaks
is she acting like a wild thing
doing whatever it takes
so we don’t get too close

who is driving in that car
i see a lady going far
away from her home
she’s expecting a storm
the last time he broke in
her windows and the kids
had the coldest winter

yeah she takes care of her babies
and all this love
i don’t know what to make of
another life she is saving
and all this hope
oh we’ve got to help her stay afloat

down by in the subway
i see a girl
who is holding
the weight of the world
on her soft, strong back

and oceans of feelings come over me
and i watch her closer
as the silence holds her
as she combs their hair
singing there there there there there
it’s a dangerous night
but its going to be allright

yeah she takes care of her babies
and all this love
i don’t know what to make of
another life she is saving
and all this hope
oh we’ve got to help her stay afloat

credits

from When i Leave ohio, released January 1, 2014
guitar and vocal: sandy bell
violins: maxim moston and joan wasser
viola: david creswell
cello: noah hoffeld
french horns: thomas hale and david byrd-marrow
flute, oboe: charles pillow
percussion, wurlitzer: jeff lipstein
harmonies: alice bierhorst

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sandy bell Woodstock, New York

Sandy Bell is a songwriter, singer and musician who currently calls Woodstock, NY home. She has moved through a vibrant and textured musical constellation, playing most notably with the brilliant Jeff Buckley, and most recently, contributing background vocals on the 2016 ‘Bat for Lashes’ album. Sandy’s music is an expressionistic, lush transmutation of deep grief into powerful songs. ... more

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