The Song the Songbird Sings

by Allysen Callery

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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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Track Name: It's Not The Ocean
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
Track Name: Bluest Bird
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
Track Name: Crabapple
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
Track Name: Sundown
4. Sundown Lyrics by Gordon Lightfoot
Track Name: Shoot Me
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
Track Name: O Deathless & Divine
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
Track Name: The Song the Songbird Sings
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
Track Name: Snow Fox
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
Track Name: Gentle Is The Angel
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
Track Name: Aliana
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