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?
Solo, Acoustic. Live on KEXP (Seattle), 2012.
Live in Virginia, 2000. Bonus after the break. Continue reading Bonnie “Prince” Billy – “One with the Birds”
When I first discovered Bonnie "Prince" Billy, I quickly went through his back catalog only with a general idea of the order and timing of the releases. When I heard the title track from Ease Down the Road:
I took her on a simple trip
To see her husband's family
And on the way upon her hip
Was laid my head down gently
It is across the horizon and his name is Toby Gardenhire.