I'll Be Your Mockingbird

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    BEDLAM is our fifth album, and second in collaboration with the brilliant Damon Whittemore of Valvetone, NYC.

    Mastered by multiple GRAMMY winning engineer, Tom Ruff, and performed with everything we've got.

    Printed on 100% recycled paper with water-based ink to show off the beautiful artwork of our very own Austin Hughes!

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Written by Austin Hughes
© 2016 Austin Hughes Music, ASCAP

lyrics

I'll Be Your Mockingbird

When the robins spoke, to their chorus I awoke
They said, "Did you fall bird? Are you alright?"
I was only 3 days old, or so later I was told
When they found me with my wing badly broken
My nest it had vanished, a fleeing mother banished me
To ramble about the earth on my own
As I lay beneath the oak tree, all the birds surrounding me
Did agree to be my new home

I was just about 3 weeks when she kissed me on the cheek
I thought this is my sister or my cousin, either way
It was now my time to fly, and she pointed to the sky and said
"The sun is who we worship when we pray"
Then they chose me to make the journey no one else had ever tried
To fly to the sun
And when I arrive, I would sing my song to praise her eternal fire
From which all life does come

They will never know all the places that I go
I'll be your mockingbird, and sing a song without any words

High above the clouds, my new wings were beating proud
There was nothing of this earth I could not see
Mountain, trees and ocean, all the sun has given us
The years flew into months, and into weeks
I heard angels speak in the voices of my friends and family
"Is he gone?" "We'll miss him." "He's not coming back."
Then darkness turned to cold when I felt my feathers hit the ocean, and I float

They will never know all the places that I go
I'll be your mockingbird, and sing a song without any words

I floated for 3 days, or 3 years I cannot say
Staring at the evening sky it came to me
It was never the sun but the moon all along
She cradled me in gentle arms of sleep
And the voices of my loved ones were never quite as peaceful
Under sunlight as their echo in my dreams
If I drift here forever, these voices sweet voices might be all I need

They will never know all the places that I go
I'll be your mockingbird, and sing a song without any words
Without any words

credits

from Bedlam, released May 10, 2016
Austin Hughes: lead vocals, guitar, bass
Patty Hughes: backing vocals
Philippa Thompson: harmonica, backing vocals
Richard Morris: mandolin, backing vocals
Brian Geltner: drums
Hilary Hawke: banjo

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M Shanghai Brooklyn, New York

Since 2002, this Brooklyn collective's roots-based, original songs and joyous performances have created a fiercely loyal word-of-mouth following. They invite you to celebrate the release of their new album, "Bedlam", and to visit them for their monthly first-Saturday performances at The Jalopy Theater www.jalopy.biz ... more

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