Painted Bird

from by Deering and Down

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Over land and time / And death and hurt / There's something / There for me / I pray to change / But I'm a / Painted bird you see / Gypsy cursed / In captivity // Colors of gray / Faces concaved / Haunting that place / Where no souls / Are saved / Look in their eyes / I don't know / How I'll survive / Cause this ain't / The worst I've seen // I am young / And I know / I am not / The only one / I've seen them / In their shallow graves / We pray for change / But we are / Painted birds you see / Plucked from the flock / And swept / Cross the sea // They force me to dance / They tell me to sing / I get and I give / And I'm left / With nothing / They say their humans / But how can it be / These demons / Who've stole / My child from me // The gift of revenge / Satisfies to degree / But a brand / On the skin / Lasts for life / Caged and then freed / Back to life / As it seems / Forever a painted bird / I am destined to be


from Out There Somewhere, released February 1, 2012



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Deering and Down Memphis, Tennessee

Deering and Down is an independent duo living in Memphis. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, the band has lived and played music in Alaska, LA, Ireland, Switzerland, Canada and Memphis. Called “the best one-two punch in the city” by Memphis' Commercial Appeal, the duo describes their style as defiantly unorthodox with a smokey Memphis flavor cast in a glow of shimmering Northern lights. ... more

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