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Bird Without Wings


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 Genre: Acoustic Rock

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This is the third song in my "Trump Trilogy" ("Time Will Tell" and "Snake Oil" being the other two) and the last song for my fifth album. I've been really enjoying the feel on this one, which is good as I've been working on it for a while now.
The title is based on a phrase in (and the title of) a book I've been struggling with by Louis de Bernieres. The full quote is "Man is a bird without wings, a bird is a man without sorrow" - it struck a chord (E minor in fact) with me. Salvador Dali also used the phrase in "intelligence without ambition is like a bird without wings" - in Trump's case perhaps some of the words could be switched ;)
I had hoped to do this with the guys and gals from PBGB, but alas, that didn't work out, so it's a solo song from me.
Neil Porter: vocals, guitars (forward and backward), bass, drum and percussion programming, production.
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Lyrics
Bird Without Wings
2016 Neil Porter
84bpm

Intro: | Em | Bm7 | x4

Em B7
Man is a bird without any wings
CM7 Em
Bird is a man without sorrow
Em B7
I just don’t know what makes me think of these things
CM7 Em
There’ll be some more news tomorrow

Seems like we’re losing sight of the light
We often misread the meaning
Shifting the picture off to the right
Makes it somehow less appealing

Esus4
Its gonna be a long night
A7sus4
Its feeling like a bad dream
Csus4
Its gonna take a long fight
Dsus4
Its gonna be a bad scene
Esus4 A7sus4
We’re just birds
Csus4 Dsus4
Without wings

Up on a wire and out on a limb
Maybe you feel the connection
Caught in a cage and your chances look slim
You might want to change your direction

High and the low, black and the white
We’re all together now, we’re altogether now
Midnight wisdom and eagle sight
Man is a bird without wings

Its gonna be a long night
Its feeling like a bad dream
Its gonna take a long fight
Its gonna be a bad scene
We’re just birds
Without wings

SOLO:
| Em | B7 | CM7 | Em | x2

High as a kite looking down on it all
What will it look like tomorrow?
Man is a bird without any wings
Bird is a man without sorrow

Its gonna be a long night
Its feeling like a bad dream
Its gonna take a long fight
Its gonna be a bad scene
We’re just birds
Without wings
Esus4 A7sus4
We’re just birds
Csus4 Dsus4
Without wings
Esus4 A7sus4
We’re just birds
Csus4 Dsus4
Without wings

Embb5 x 8
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Plays: 48
Downloads: 3

Uploaded: Dec 11, 2016 - 01:41:32 AM
Last Updated: Dec 11, 2016 - 06:44:20 PM Last Played: Apr 09, 2017 - 06:33:46 PM
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Hardware:
Fender Telecaster, Fender Precision Bass, Seagull 6-string acoustic, Rode NT3 mic, iMac
Software:
Logic Pro X, Ozone 5
Comments
KCsGROOVE said 200 days ago (December 11th, 2016)
without wings
a cool song, Neil!
When Trump was elected I intended to write a bunch of songs about him, but now I think the moron isn't worth the effort. People get the leaders they deserve...
I like the warm mix!
good one
KC
Check out my latest song called KEEP ON ROLLIN'
Vic Holman said 200 days ago (December 11th, 2016)
the lyrics....
.... some of you best Neil.
i really like how this feels a little relaxed but also right in the pocket.
mix has a lot of headroom & the mix is dynamite. cool guitar solo as well
Check out my latest song called Strawberry Fields
PeterB7858 said 200 days ago (December 11th, 2016)
Bird Without Wings
Interesting source of inspiration. It definitely worked, though. Seriously good lyrics, Neil. I like the insistence and the subtle build of tension in the song. Liking the acoustic base and the arpeggiated Tele work, as well. At least some good has come out of Trump's election. Thanks. Take care.
Check out my latest song called Dancing In The Rain (GSB)
egobandit said 199 days ago (December 12th, 2016)
news tomorrow
hard times are coming, wait until the CIA says nope he aint the prez, I feel there might be a civil war here in the USA, the elite are playing us all, dividing and conquering , we all must stick together. anyway your song is alway of the highest quality the bass is my favorite in this. We are just birds without wings
Check out my latest song called You Can Try
Daugrin said 198 days ago (December 13th, 2016)
Trump train whistle stop
Great work! The lyric is spot on and resonates within the cultural reservoir of many people, I would suggest disaffected, but it is about how they feel.
The production is smooth and professional, ably supporting the ideas. Way to keep the bar high here at MJ.

Daug

Check out my latest song called Medea Don't Matr H8 Party
Philip18 said 184 days ago (December 26th, 2016)
Bird Without Wings
Good song, Neil. I like the succession of sus4 chords you used the chorus. Your trademark clean production is evident. Is that solo a backwards guitar? Fine work!
Check out my latest song called Beach Bossa
jiguma said 184 days ago (December 27th, 2016)
Solo
Thanks for listening Philip. The solo is done using harmonics on the Tele and then running it through an array of fx units - LOTS of fx units! The guitar in the outro is the solo reversed and looped.
Cheers,
N
Check out my latest song called BiiK
Calchas said 184 days ago (December 27th, 2016)
Hey Neil...
this works just fine as a solo effort. I always enjoy your lyrics. This song is no exception. Very cool using Mr. Dali as a springboard for your message!

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Sibling Revelry (Jam Demo)
sammydix said 168 days ago (January 12th, 2017)
"Its
feeling like a bad dream." Couldn't have said it better myself. It's unbelievable, really. Fitting trilogy.
Check out my latest song called Time and a Word
Ed Hannifin said 156 days ago (January 24th, 2017)
Neat...
I love the doubled vocal bits, which you don't do all that often..., and I love the way the bass seems to extend and deepen the acoustic(s). I also the way that you let a little burr creep into your voice at times...

Another patented Jiguma 'elegant simplicity' mix...

I think this is a very strong lyric.

The chord progression and the melody line around the 'birds without wings' parts has a touch of Vic Holman to it, and I mean that in a good way...

I'll admit to feeling jealous/envious that you are way ahead on the Drumpfian songwriting...
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