Two Birds

by Kirsty McGee

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1.
03:12
thank you for holding me when the winds were very strong when we couldn't hear our voices when the storm was all around i've been thinking of you lately though i can't recall your smile thank you for holding me when the winds were very strong thank you for supporting me when i could not walk straight when i hadn't strength of spirit or the courage to see clear i've been thinking of you lately and i do recall your strength thank you for supporting me thank you for loving me when i couldn't love myself when you couldn't know for sure i'd mend you gave your precious time i've been thinking of you lately you've been often on my mind thank you for loving me when i couldn't love myself thank you for trusting me when my eyes were blind with tears when we couldn't hear our voices when the storm was in our ears i'll not forget your kindness (which i'm sure i don't deserve) thank you for your kindness
2.
03:36
fresh water, cool on my skin lay me down, wash me clean wash all memory of sin take these arms, fold me in fire, fire, i won't fight all i can see is your blistering light for my sins i burn tonight the body burns quickly but the soul stays alight the body knows nothing till the soul cries out the soul knows nothing till the body burns what you see is only one half the other lies rusting in a box of nails sweet sin leads to a silvery light the soul knows nothing till the body burns the body knows nothing till the soul cries out the soul knows nothing till the body burns fresh water, cool on the skin can't get no rest from the state that i'm in take me down, wash me clean wash all memory of sin stars in the heavens look down on me gods and you angels what do you see? a body that burns in a salt-black sea that body would be empty if it wasn't for me... the body knows nothing till the soul cries out the soul knows nothing till the body burns fresh water, cool and clean carry me down to the bottom of the sea won't you quench this fire that's burning me the soul feels nothing till the body swims free fresh water, my desire carry me down, my mouth full of fire won't you take me down to your endless sea the body knows nothing till the soul swims free the body knows nothing till the soul cries out the soul knows nothing till the body burns the body knows nothing till the soul cries out the soul knows nothing till the body burns
3.
03:32
i brought back more than you will ever know stare deep into the blue you'll see the shapes that move below i never learned a lesson that i didn't learn by heart and when one lesson ends i find, another lesson starts and something moved me in the shadows on his skin in a place where half-remembered clouds lie down upon the sea shiplight and starlight as the colours disappear where he paints from photographs under a pale blue bulb from the beginning he held me like a child no jealousy or envy he lets my heart run wild he paints from photographs of sun and sea and sky and softly he can play and something in him haunts me the water sighs sometimes when a wave hits solid ground you can hear the stones sometimes singing in the sea there's a sea-change in me - it's in him too and though we lost something beautiful we make ourselves anew i brought back more than you will ever know stare deep into my eyes: all the sadnesses and things i've seen it comes like alchemy makes gold-dust of our hearts and when one lesson ends i find another lesson starts.
4.
04:10
india my dear, you're almost out of luck that slender chain of pearls you wear around your slender neck is fallen to the floor - why don't you pick it up? india my dear it's not that i don't love you but the world's moved on and the colours in your eyes don't mix with mine it's not that i don't trust you but there's nothing more to say india, my dear india my dear, you're nothing but kindness and i don't expect you'd say the same of me we did all of our crying in a lay-by by the road side and i can see so clearly now i can no longer see did you know when i first saw you i felt i was falling into grace : to see your bright hair burning around your smiling face? but i see the colours fading from you like you're too much in the light and i hate to watch you fading, india india my dear - we're almost out of time i can't sit and watch you crumble like a child there's colours out there in the rain that i first saw in your eyes india my dear it's not that i don't love you but there's nothing more to say and the colours in your eyes don't mix with mine it's not that i don't trust you but the world's moved on india my love
5.
honey i see you and i see the road honey i see you and i see the road much as i love you you know i'm bound to go honey i see you and i see the road where i'm going the path runs thin much as i love you these's no room to spin no room to spin love i can't come back again where i'm going the path runs thin where i'm going the sky's so wide six thousand acres on each and every side six thousand acres where no man alive can hide where i'm going... honey i see you and i see the road honey i see you and i see the road much as i love you you know i'm bound to go honey i see you and i see the road i'm gonna miss you it's not a lie i'm gonna miss you honey, you know it's not a lie i'll miss your ragged smile, i'll miss your lazy eye i'm gonna miss you it's not a lie honey i see you and i see the road honey i see you and i see the road much as i love you you know i'm bound to go honey i see you and i see the road
6.
03:44
you left your tracks on the yellow sand where the sunlight slips into the sea you led the way with your two blind eyes and the only one to follow was me you took a boat down by mitchell's ride i rode with you i rode with you although the waves there were suicide the only one to follow was me i was blinded by you i was blinded by you i was blinded i lie awake now almost every night trying to figure you out trying to figure you out where one star blazed on the line of the sky the only one to follow was me i was blinded by you i was blinded by you i was blinded some might say i'm the foolish one to ride with you, to ride with you one star dies one more becomes a sun and the only one to follow was you seawater on my hands, saltwater on my face cold water - there he lays best stop following you
7.
04:06
don't break my heart it would be easy you know it's too easy to fall through the ice what you can't touch you cannot damage and any fool can see you would break my heart there's ice for a reason and though i can't say if ever i'll trust you to hold me that way the cold of the season has stolen away all of the words that i came here to say the sun's in the west and the moon's on the run the pull of the earth on my negligent heels the taste of your breathing still stiffens my tongue but i'm so used to running that i can't stay still for so long...
8.
pockets are empty, birds on the wire skies are all tangled with blueberry clouds wisps of sadness all over the moon and i'm finding the right way home... i've got one foot in heaven, one foot in hell crows in the steeple and they're ringing that bell going to cover you up with a blackberry moon cos i'm finding the right way home... i can see butterflies and they're caught in your eyes like a dream when there's no to dream it and i'm strung out tonight on this dizzy moonlight like a word when there's no one to mean it night's a liquor and the flavour's so fine starlight flickers like lilac wine fireflies flip like a million moons and i'm finding the right way home the stars cannot fall cos they're too big to catch (but my heart's only small...leave the door on the latch...) gonna find you a sleep by the light of the moon i'm finding the right way home... fling out the dead wood, cling onto the good time's gonna stop you (you knew it would) i'm gonna sing to you sideways - rattle the moon cos i'm finding the right way home
9.
01:43
chicory, we both know the score to use and to abuse - that's what a friend is for knowing you like i know you there's nothing out of line a bed on the floor... i never worry when you're home late you sneak in like a cat and you're asleep before i wake up to your eggs in the morning and your stale cigarettes there's never any money, oh but how could i forget all the names i scanned for friends i scammed for dinner and a bed for a key behind the slate there's no romance in staying still but jesus, how it hurts to wake alone and watch the clouds fly by when you're done with one place then there's always someplace new (till all the faces look familiar in every place you go) chicory, i love you just the same i recall the the gutted buildings and the friends who let me stay with gratitude although these days i'm never out of line i'll never ask you where you've been there'll always be a floor for you... after closing time
10.
05:35
birds' wings in winter's fire spread out against the sky a dozen - maybe seven more that touch my heart as they fly by this brittle winter air so thin it steals your breath reminds me of your fragile taste when i roll into your arms oh how brittle you feel like the snow light that finds you here oh your fragile frame you're nothing more than bones and skin a feather fell today i saw you turn to see the sun caught in a wing a plane so far away that cut this winter air so thin it steals away the colours of your cheek making you look cold and pale a nameless winter wind makes you draw closer to my side i wish i could contain - protect you from the wind and rain.
11.
03:33
if i was steady would you love me like you do if i was easy would i be enough for you and would you love me if i never lost my nerve would you love me like you do? if i was lonely would you hold me in the night if i was tired would you reach out and turn out the light if i was angry would you tell me i was right if i was wrong...? just to make me feel alright? would you tell me you were there for me only roll me around in your perfect skin would you tell me i need never more be lonely would you close your eyes...and keep on smiling? and if i asked you would you tell to me your mind would you show me all your sorrows would you leave something behind...? and if i asked too much would you say everything was fine? would you lie sweet lies to be kind? and sometimes life is harder than the concrete and the clay that pack down hard beneath our feet (oh if life could be more sweet!) i know that you know it too - our love's unsteady but it's true if we ever fall, may we fall upon our feet... and if we falter let it be because it's real don't go killing me with kindness open wounds never heal and if you love me, don't protect me from anything you feel love me like you do
12.
03:57
i fell asleep in trieste harbour with my back against the wall and i swear we're only half awake till something sees us fall and all the houses in the harbour were as ripe as watermelons in the afternoon cathedral of the red hot july sun i held my head under the water of a fountain clear as glass and i lay my head upon your heart when you lay on the grass there was a bird and i remember how it flew across the sun and how its shadow fell upon us as the clouds moved in i fell asleep in massachusetts with my head against the wall and i slept like i was dreaming for a thousand souls when i raised my head the water was the colour of the sun and my heart was full of fortune and my head as light as sand we made love among the pine trees on an island full of butterflies where hot successive summers had turned the grass to hay and all the trees so still above our heads were tender with the scent of pine and static with both sunlight and forgetfulness i fell asleep and when i woke up all the world was somehow different the colours burned more brightly and the sunlight seemed more strong and i remember blue glass shadows and the fine hair of your arm and all the clouds in the cathedral of the red hot july sun

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released November 14, 2005

Kirsty McGee: Vocal, Guitar, Flute
Mat Martin: Guitar, Mandolin, High-strung Guitar, Banjo, Vocal
Ben Nichols: Double Bass
Roy Dodds: Drums & Percussion
Neill MacColl: Electric Guitars, High-strung Guitar

Produced by Neill MacColl
Recorded by Steve Stewart
Artwork & Graphic Design: Mat Martin
Photography: Kirsty McGee & Mat Martin

Record Company: Park Records

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A wandering maverick and spellbinding live performer with a voice that has been described as having the texture of smoke & velvet, McGee defies categorisation, to make 'hobopop' –“music of no fixed genre”. Her continuously evolving musical personality is proof that a freedom from artistic restraints can sometimes produce a unique, enthralling and original voice with a rare honesty. ... more

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