Birds of North America [Feral Parrots Edition]

by Readership

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1.
Evil Eye 03:25
Couldn't look him in the pale blue eye Couldn't look him in the evil eye Moved to the beat, beat of a heart Beat in a chest, beneath the boards I creeped in at the door so faintly seven nights So near the bedside in the soft lantern light Moved to the beat, beat of a heart Beat in a chest, beneath the boards The shriek was my own in a dream The shriek was my own in a dream now I smiled gaily to find the deed so far done Worked in silence after the hour had come Moved to the beat, beat of a heart Beat in a chest, beneath the boards The shriek was my own in a dream The shriek was my own in a dream now And I smiled, because what had I to fear? The shriek was my own in a dream
2.
Her eyes are full of lightning They're just on fire And all anyone can do Is sit and enjoy the view And put the weather underground (in the garden) And put the weather underground You could study me, you could analyze my moods Will I hold a Bermuda high or carry a monsoon? Will there be sunny skies or a grey winter low? And after blizzard winds, will there be angels in the snow? She puts the weather underground (in the garden) She puts the weather underground Down, down... We put the weather underground (in the garden) We put the weather underground Down, down...
3.
Miles Away 03:30
Looking for a reason The memories recalled Lay ripe and for the picking Inside your dresser drawer Beside your favorite t-shirt The one that’s washed and worn And frayed along the edges Like a page from your passport (Rock salt on the first day of summer) Rely on something borrowed And wake up feeling blue Searching far and wide For something new Looking for a reason I’m searching for the light Any type of season Any time of night I packed my bags and left there But now I’m looking for my friend There isn’t much to see here That I would recommend Rely on something borrowed And wake up feeling blue Searching far and wide For something new All this indecision And nights I’ve come unglued Might seem miles away When I’m with you We only said goodbye To come back later Held tight and kept on keeping on There’s a picture it hangs on your refrigerator And reminds me why I’ve been hanging out this long
4.
You and me, we both got wings We know that things are gonna change You and me, we both see things That other people don't see We take new pictures, and we rearrange the frames We make our own words along the way The only constant is change The only constant is change Never thought it would be easy But we knew it would be right Never thought it would be easy Tonight We were born to run We were born to run Seasons change under the sun But together, we were born to run Things are gonna change so fast But we were built to last We were? We were
5.
January, the death of me Cold empty streets filled with dead Christmas trees And the choir of voices has become background noises To the ghosts in our hearts haunting our choices Tell my city I’m gone And tell my baby I’m leaving They serve us liters of fine wine and champagne But they charge us by the flute again So tell my city I’m gone and tell my baby I’m leaving I’m going somewhere I don’t have to be believed in Tomorrow feels like yesterday It’s a lead weight Tomorrow feels like yesterday again But there are new ways There are new ways There are new ways There are new ways to make the same mistakes
6.
Pet Ghost 03:48
When we see you We don't see you at all ‘Cause when we see you We see right through you The words here are words not written down They're only ringing out When you're talking we don't hear you We don't hear you 'Cause when you open your mouth, your sweet mouth Only birds fly out
7.
She said, “Life jackets are for girls” As she climbed aboard You know an anchor’s gonna drag you down You know an anchor’s gonna drag you down You know an anchor’s gonna drag you down You know an anchor’s gonna drag you down She said a storm was on the way And right then we just had to sail She said "Life jackets are for girls," as we climbed aboard. Her arms were shaking, and she had goosebumps on her thighs. I could tell she was looking for something to hold onto. So I said, "Baby, an anchor is just gonna drag you down!" And she laughed as we shoved off into the sea (that day). She had a beautiful laugh when she was scared. A storm was comin', but we didn't care. We had too much in front of us and too little behind back then. But right then we just had to sail. She had this laugh when she was scared And right then we just had to sail
8.
Hackbreaker 02:42
We watched the earth burn in the night We were a fleet in flight We left a world on fire, we let it burn in the night Tired of wasting pixels, tired of wasting bytes And the world won't change And the world won't change And the world won't change And the world won't change We left a world on fire, we let it burn in the night Tired of wasting words, tired of wasting bytes Why should anyone stay when the clocks are running backwards and then melt away? Why should we wait when the world won't …? When the world won't change When the world won't change When the world won't change When the world won't change
9.
We went to the mall We went to the movies We brought lots of snacks Hanging with our friends Meet me at the mall today (at the mall) Meet me at the mall (at the mall) Meet me at the mall today (at the mall) Meet me at the mall (at the mall) We went to the food court Munching on some pizza They had lots of sushi There’s sushi at the mall If you want it then they got it (meet me at the mall) Circuit, circuit, circuit city (meet me at the mall) Let’s go to the mall Let’s go to the Radio Shack Gonna get a battery Maybe go to Cinnabon
10.
I’m the brightest star in town Nothing’s gonna get me down I got it all My show it airs on ABC At 9pm you can look for me With Kevin James on the big stage What kind of money am I on? (what kind of money am I on??) What kind of drugs do I want? The show debuts with a big push The ratings king of the Tuesday rush I got it all Week two comes and the ratings slide Cancellation rumors fly And Kevin James is MIA What kind of money am I on? What kind of drugs do I want? What kind of money am I on? What kind of drugs do I want? And now my agent won’t return my calls And there’s nothing I can do at all But give one last middle finger to the fast-dispersing hordes Maybe dial up the numbers for the sisters of the poor
11.
Vacation 02:46
12.
Wake up in the morning, and there's no hot water You want a cup of coffee, but it's out of order Try to get dressed and can't find your shoes You put the TV on and it's all Fox News You want something You want something that works Hey now, they’re only words Hey now, straighten your shirt Get yourself together, don't lose your nerve Stumble down the stairs to the parking lot (where are you going?) The engines turning over but the gears are shot You order a Lyft but the car won't move (where are you going?) And when your driver arrives he wants to talk to you I said, "Hello," it doesn't mean I want your life story You never once ask me how I feel But you can't look me in the eye when you’re talking at me And that says more than your dumb words
13.
A pinball game that got out of control? I don't know. No one knows.

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Adrian writes songs for Readership, a West Chester and Philadelphia, PA-based band. _Birds of North America [Feral Parrots Edition]_ features Readership's 2019 EP plus its 2017-2018 singles, effectively creating an LP bridging the band's debut album _New Ways to Make the Same Mistakes_ with its 2020 album _Future Perfect_. The LP also contains the bonus track basement demo for "Aged-Out Child Actor," one of the lost songs from the band's famous scrapped _Support Your Local Mall_ rock opera.

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released April 6, 2019

File under migration.

Adrian Morse - vocals, guitar
Gabe McCall - bass, vocals
Gregory Matthew - drums, vocals, synths
Matt Lee - guitar, bass, organ, keyboards

Words and music by Readership as noted. Catboat Music© 2019-2020. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Gregory at The Mannequin Lair except where noted.

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Adrian Morse Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Adrian creates songs stitched from historical yarns, literary scenes, and relatable blunders of personal experience. A veteran of countless musical missteps, unrealized bands, and aborted projects, his recent works include an acoustic LP and a series of increasingly unpopular releases with the power pop band Readership. He resides in Philadelphia and has a nice cat (who even has his own song). ... more

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