The Song the Songbird Sings

by Allysen Callery

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1. It's not the Ocean It's not the ocean it's the water that will drag you under We're out of sugar I'm not shopping anymore Watching the rain fall at your door It's not the ocean It's the water that will Drag you under When they see us together and they tell their sister and their brother I was looking out to sea you were hidden somewhere behind me It's not the ocean it's the water that will drag you under
2.
Bluest Bird 03:14
2. Bluest Bird Bluest bird flew just once by my window Now I know what you were trying to tell me now Saying won't you save a place for me? I said I'd give you anything I said I'd give you anything I didn't see you fly I am walking Through a desert of snow with no shoes and no water for my thirst I took from you just one single kiss So I am no longer thirsty Once you held me in your arms & I am warm Bluest bird flew just once by my window Now I know what you've been trying to tell me now Saying wont you save a place for me? I said I'd give you anything I said I'd give you anything Didn't see you fly
3.
Crabapple 02:58
3. Crabapple Crabapple crab if you have to just smile for me once in awhile Crabapple nothing goes right all the time Caught in the downs of your pocket-sized thunderclouds still I like how you say what you want Rain it comes down, but your blue skies gonna come around and you sing like a bird in the sun Crabapple bow your head down, beneath those blankets of brown whisper thanks to a merciful God Caught in the downs of your pocket-sized thunderclouds still I like how you say what you want Rain it comes down, but your blue skies gonna come around and you sing like a bird in the sun
4.
Sundown 03:43
4. Sundown Lyrics by Gordon Lightfoot
5.
Shoot Me 04:09
5. Shoot Me I met a man he was a very bad man he said "I have my grandfather's hands" and he led me down a long twisty path full of stones and broken glass and he broke my back and he hurt my heart and bit my skin and left his mark and said "You old broken thing, you're gonna wait on me" and he bent down to slip a yoke on me and I said Oh, shoot me I won't carry no burden baby I won't carry no burden baby I was made for better things and you better have a bullet for me Go on take my heart, leave me an old broken thing go on take my eyes , if you're gonna take your sight from me go on take my ears, and I'll never hear you call my name go on and take my life if you would take your love from me Shoot me I won't carry no burden baby I won't carry no burden baby I was made for better things and this love's a burden on me Just last night I had the strangest dream I was walking underneath the leaves how my heart still sang a song so sweet I heard a little bird up in the tree whistle it to me Oh, shoot me baby I won't carry no burden baby I won't carry no burden baby I met a man he was a very bad man tell him by his old granddaddy hands and he'll lead you down a long twisty path full of old bones and broken glass
6.
6. O Deathless and Divine O Deathless and Divine Holy fire and wine that is ever drunk and replenishing Let me be the drunk that wets themselves in the car let me be a fool let me die for love Let me step in front of trains 'cause your words are running through my brains your eyes with their long lashes your neck, the cord you wear around it your big hands and their ring
7.
7. The Song the Songbird Sings The sun is come into my world My Love has come today Saying small and sweet things The song the songbird sings Within the trees Please please to me Send your sweet song to me So I may know where you reside and sleep A bed of lavender a bed of rosewood Moss When you stand in the sun it is against the sky It's rays fall upon you like a waterfall Bathing you in light I see this in my mind
8.
Snow Fox 02:33
8. The Snow Fox One day the magician turned his cloak all inside out It no longer held the moon and the stars But was stark white Hospital sheets You'd visit him at night and brought him seeds to eat And all the blackest night was bright and white The swirling sisters descended In a murder of crows Their fingers extended and he Disappeared in a puff of smoke How you were left alone Like the goose girl How then you closed the door And you turned the lock You became a witch Who lived inside a log Deep inside the forest like a fox Like a fox Like a snow fox
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9. Gentle is the Angel Gentle, gentle is the angel gentle, gentle is the angel who blows the candle out and you were running through the wood how the branches grabbed at you with human hands and the stars in the night swirling 'round her face Was the moon in the sky come to kiss you goodbye Gentle, gentle is the angel gentle, gentle is the angel who blows the candle out They were running in the night how their teeth were long and white and voices low and the frozen air you worked with shallow breath and you stood alone in the snow With the scent of blood Gentle, gentle is the angel gentle, gentle is the angel who blows the candle out
10.
Aliana 02:54
10. Aliana The endless sky of blue Washes over you Washes over you Smallest of the white flowers Is a part of you Is a part of you Always Aliana Picked a small flower They'd Picked the small flower In the sky of blue You fly You are flying Always Aliana

about

A collection of songs many of which were recorded first at home, with birdsong through the windows of a cottage filled with books, plants, cats & shadows & light.

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released May 13, 2016

The Song the Songbird Sings
All songs written & performed by Allysen Callery, with the exception of Sundown which was written by the great Gordon Lightfoot

Production & overdubs: Bob Kendall
Recorded @ “Plan of a Boy Studios” and The “Shed” by Kraig Jordan and Bob Kendall
Mixed by Kraig Jordan
Mastered by Pete Weiss/Verdant Studios

Cover art by Daria Hlazatova


Dedicated with Love & deepest gratitude to Bob Kendall, without whom this record could never have been made.
To my husband Ted Hayes & daughter Ava Callery who heal me and make me real,
and to baby Aliana.

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Allysen Callery Rhode Island

" Her lilting voice and heartfelt lyrics are eerily close to the work of the late British songstress Sandy Denny, the highest compliment I could hand down to this brilliant artist."- Paste Magazine

Allysen Callery is a self-taught folk artist from Bristol, Rhode Island. Growing up she was heavily influenced by her parent's British Isles Folk Revival records of the late 60′s early 70′s .
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