David Gray – One with the Birds


The original is one of my favorite Bonnie "Prince" Billy songs. Start 49 seconds in to avoid a few f-bombs in his banter.
Sounds like he bowdlerized these lyrics:
"Looks like Like so many seagulls / Like so many hawks
Like so many thrushes / And so many cocks
Well a swallow will tell you ..."
Replacing "cocks" with "storks". Which is a bummer, because that's highlight of Oldham's songwriting right there.
And if your stage banter is in cursive, why bother cleaning up the lyrics?

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  1. Just want to point out again Gray sapping the wit from this song: "... cocks/ well a swallow".
    One great thing about many of Oldham's songs is this combining awkward and true feeling with levity, bad puns, crudity, etc.

    Also, it's pretty clear from this song and a few others that Oldham knows birds at least a bit.

    My last video is a seasonal one tomorrow.

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