Birds of Plenty

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released February 17, 2020


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Yellowbelly Nuremberg, Germany

Yellowbelly are Lawrence, Stefan, Markus, Boris and Kathi. They play guitars, violins, drums, a double bass, a banjo, a mandolin, a lap steel, an oud and other instruments, but not all at the same time. Yellowbelly play in pubs, churches, barns, internists's surgeries, fields, living rooms, stages and castles. Yellowbelly play songs about forgotten space probes, trains, cicadas and ratcatchers. ... more

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Track Name: Fly in a Jar
Fly in a jar

Felled like a pine that has grown too far
Brought down to earth like a shooting star
We lost the manual for who we are
Trapped like a fly in a silver jar
Don’t blame the wasps because thy won’t blame you
They’re only doing what the wasps will do Sting in the tail and the venom too
Trapped in the sun til the summer’s through

I don’t mind as long as you’re there
We’re inclined to states of disrepair
And that fly in the jar he was a billionaire

Charged by a lion you should stand your ground
If you’re the only biped there for miles around Forget about Instagram don’t make no sound
Trapped on a world that is way too round Here comes the loa loa worm through your eye
That’s really all they want to do and they don’t know why n
symptoms are fatigue and itching then you die
God says you’re trapped go forth and multiply

Elephants are grieving by the water hole
the Crocodiles are cruel man they got no soul their Keith Richards smiles they think they’re rock and they’re roll
Trapped in a crowd when there’s no crowd control Scare away the birdies coz they eat the corn
Thank you say the insects as they start to swarm 30 million starve and their mothers mourn
Trapped in a game where you’re just the pawn
Track Name: Save the Best
Save the best

I’ve been south and I’ve been west
They televise the sunrise but I save the best
I been here all along
I decode every road that I’ve been on

I set sail for seven seas
And I dropped anchor at the slightest breeze
Turned my hand to shape the sun
Released the Birds of Plenty but I held my tongue
Stole the show shared the spoils
Is that a ring or just the serpent’s coils

I was sleeping on the job I would flatter to deceive
I was the mainstay of the plot the prosecution had to weave
If you needed a conviction someone blind to take the fall
There’s a way up through the briars
If you will bear the pall

Soldiered on, the bitter end
Barricades abandoned, nothing to defend
Bore the brunt, took the knocks
It’s not the fall that kills you it’s the sudden stop
I’ve been south and I’ve been west
They televise the sunrise but I save the best
Track Name: Ratcatcher's Apprentice
The Ratcatcher’s Apprentice

Build a copper tower and idolize the light
The Ratcatcher’s apprentice has slipped into the night
Go down into the cellar and there drink of the dark
The woodpecker will prise away the tree from the bark

I’ve 5 lame dogs and I’ve one deaf mute
I ve got the data but it don’t compute
The ratcatcher’s apprentice he’s got work to do
For the children of Hamlyn and for you

Born and bred to fetters hidebound by the sight
Of contraband exchanging hands the wrongs that make a right
If terminal velocity should take your tower down
You can always earn as crust by turning witness for the crown

When the will and the fist join the thief of time
The whisper in the bones the truth that keeps you waiting
Maybe you’ll grow wings on your way down

And what if your copper tower should shake and should fall
Your backup files are empty of a heart to reinstall
Or if your copper tower’s 4 ways in and no ways out
The faithful crack the whip over those all wracked with doubt
Track Name: Tack with the Wind
Tack with the wind

Patch up my sails with that dress that you ripped
On the old rusty ladder Down by the quayside
Fix up my keel with a plank from the bench when the sky was our friend
And the world was wide
Plug all the gaps in my leaky hull
My rigging must weather a storm
We’ll spend one more night with the gulls and the shingle
And I’ll tack with the wind in the dawn

Fill up my hold up with old beaten copper
and pygmies from china and yarns that I’ve spun
Far fetched and all true
Shanghai me a crew who will follow me blind
Where the map gives no quarter in the brass monkey weather
Where I’ll still look for you
Scrape all the barnacles off from my hull
My rigging must weather a storm
We’ll spend one more night with the gulls and the shingle
And I’ll tack with the wind in the dawn

Swear me an oath though we don’t have a bible
You’ll keep all my secrets when I run aground
Don’t stand on the shore just turn and go lightly
For as the crow flies so the clock it is wound
Scuttle my hopes for I’m dead in the water
My rigging must weather a storm
We’ll spend one more night with the gulls and the shingle
And I’ll tack with the wind in the dawn
Track Name: The Sickle and the Saw
Sickle and the saw

Cut down deep to find the marrow in the bone
Squeeze real hard you’ll find there’s blood inside the stone
And money in the church roof when the father’s not at home
And there’s gold in the sickle and the saw
Skin the cream and throw the milk away
Pay in peanuts and its monkeys all the way
While your menials in overalls find needles in the hay
And there’s gold in the sickle and the saw
Drain the swamp for all the gators care
Feed on truth well-done medium or rare
Always outperform you with that cold reptilian stare
& there’s gold in the sickle & the saw

As you fade away at the top of the hill
Throwing in the towel becomes a marketable skill
The days are full of numbers and the nights bring on the chill
And there’s gold in the sickle and the saw

Turn the screw until the timbers squeal
The show’s a sham but the showman’s real
Packages are empty but the brand appeal
And there’s gold in the sickle and the saw
Sell the lease before the roof caves in
Read up on the weights of silver nickel rocks and tin
Bet your bottom dollar that the house will always win
Working for the sickle & the saw

Roll the stone and watch the woodlice scram
Board the boats in droves make off for New Amsterdam
Your little legs can’t do the job but blind ambition can
You can’t run from the sickle and the saw
Brave a raft of rubber or the whip inside the home
God plants seeds but the devil sows the stones
Everyone’s a winner and the prizes are the loans
No rest from the sickle and the saw
Track Name: High

Fish in the cock pit of a B52
Salvaged the propellers they were rusted through
Seams of silver that we left in the ground
While we choke on plastic and it’s smiles all round

Build your aspirations build them windturbine high
Watch them as they turn as they blot out the sky
Longshore drift (‘ll) blow the bones up the beach
Medusa’s on a roll she’s got a long, long reach

Where do I hold my head do I hold it high, hold it high
When I meet my maker do I look him in the eye look him in the eye

Lizard wave his little legs as much as he can
Extinction it beckons from the sky little man
Wipe that Triassic species smile off your face
Me I’m the undisputed winner of the long arms race

Won ultimate freedom of infinite choice
And I choose a shackle with a small thin voice
To pitch my delivery and polish my style
And underneath it all there’s that Triassic smile

Are the fish complicit in the chain of the sea
Are the targets moving much too close to me
Attention deficit will concentrate minds
My cognitive delusions are all live online
Track Name: Celandine

A hayrick by the river a kite up on the rise
Kapella and the pipistrelle pirouette just for the skies
Comparisons with angels all lost upon the mean
Me I’ll beat the sun just me and celandine

Precarious the willow, hedgerow and the shore
None to let it slip what you’re down here for
Strike a light and show me a dry and dusty scene
The gate is always open for me and celandine

I’ll swallow the ocean of all I’ve said and done
Of time that is past or passing or to come
Wanting Bilberry and flaxweed
And flowers that are sung
Me and celandine, we’ll walk beneath the sun

Banished to the battlements with only love and war
Guns to sheer the mountains for settling old scores
Ragged robin and valerian I know where I’ve been
Come with me cos there’s a place for us and celandine
Track Name: Hijack a Plane
Hijack a plane

We’re gonna hijack a plane we’re gonna bring it down
Not gonna land on a runway not gonna land on a map
We’re gonna hijack a plane we’re not bringing it back
We’re gonna ransom the crew we’re gonna make em sweat
Coz we wanna be you not necessarily rich
Don’t call a choice a choice when there’s a hitch

Not born with a silver spoon a knife or a fork
We knew we were losing before we knew how to talk
We’re gonna hijack a plane we’re gonna bring it down

We’ll be taking the ship and all the stuff in the hold
Can’t afford virtue when you’re hungry and cold
At the end of a chain you tend to do what you’re told
and his family love him it looks bad if he dies
we’ve done some research know what the captain is worth
it’s not stamped in your passport it’s stamped on you at birth
Track Name: Tell me if the Ocean's Blue
Tell me if the Ocean’s Blue

Smoking gun deep in the bedrock sleeping dogs they never lie
Smell a rat from half a mile and leave the passers by
What you break you pay for but the cheque’s a little late
And if the fish won’t bite well then it’s time to change the bait

Can you tell the pinprick from the needle, enchantment from the curse
Any fool can read your fortune any ghost can drive a hearse
saying send charts and a compass and you left like people do
and tell me if the ocean’s blue

I’m a hit in Remouchamps lips the best place for a scar
No-one winds up by accident down in Les Trous de Bra
So I left without Orion and the wind picked up the tune
The owl comes out at night because his only fiend’s the moon

Can you tell decay from diamonds, the bad from what is worse
Any fool can read your fortune any corpse can drive a hearse
You learnt the lines by heart and played the oldest scene anew
And she said tell me if the ocean’s blue

Belief’s a worthless currency it never pays the bills
Credit where it’s due I want the baubles and the frills
The rooks won’t drink the water there in Deadwoman’s Ditch
No gallows on the map because the hangman struck it rich

Slept underneath a sunflower, a murmur through the dark
Of the shadows time has carved inside the craters of the heart
Paced a hill in winter hidden deep inside the pack
And I never once looked back
I never once looked back
I never once looked back
Track Name: Bowsprit Home
Bowsprit home

Wind stir the grass on a black night
A long hot day of disenchantment
And the winds of 8 directions
Bring me charity and a prayer

See all my sons at play
Hear my daughters laugh and moan
There’s a ship long cast adrift
In all your wayward hair

And I sing a song With the wind in my face
Carry a cargo That’s yours to replace
Steer me a course set it in stone
Where is my bowsprit home

Is the keenest air in heaven?
And the sharpest minds aspire
To overcome the sky
And the gentle sound of rain

When the eastwind runs the west
Young men lay claim to fortune
Yet I will not be daunted
By the standards you have set

Speak not of moderation
I blow straight from the sea
Do not doubt the wordws so fleet upon wind
Do not doubt me
Track Name: That Ridge
That Ridge
Beyond that ridge there’s a myth lived still
Free of half-life embers and the graveyard chill
Over the escarpment there’s a light so charmed
Notes poured pealed down on a land becalmed

Don’t look for me cos I’ll be gone
For a cloud in passing a wild raven’s song
Don’t look for me cos I’ll be gone
For the salmon falling where the root is strong

Far from the soothsayers with empty eyes
(In the) half light grey another long day dies
Cross the fell to find a furnace rage
At the fallow questions on the gilded stage

Spurn the highway the defendant’s plea
Obtuse to charnel house reality
Things I love are things I cannot see today

Take a turn with all your joys and cares
If daylight comes upon you unawares
Thank the helmsman when you’re safe on shore
The crossing’s hard but that’s what hardship’s for
Track Name: Before you get There
Before you get there
I hitched my wagon to Solferino
Put my head in the lair of the bear
But I’m not cut from the stuff of heroes
And I’ll be gone before you get there

I plied my trade at Chatanooga
At Paschandale I did despair
With my Gattling gun and Luger
But I’ll be gone before you get there

I saw the sun rise at Isandwala
Had to shield my eyes from the glare
For the sunrise is not a given thing
And I’ll be gone before we get there

I raised the standard at Borodino
Fought with a courage beyond compare
Now that valour become a freak show
And I’ll be gone before we get there

I wrote my name at Carthage in the dust
I know the words to every prayer
One day those blades and barrels they will rust away
But I’ll be gone before we get there
Track Name: Deadwood Bridge
Deadwood bridge
Meet me by the station at the deadwood bridge
Bring a piece of everything you’ve been
A star that guides a thousand periled sailors home
Just so they can all drown in their dreams
Meet me at the cloudburst by the deadwood bridge
An eye out for the place to say goodbye
Held you in a backwater you tied my hands
You said all the better for to fly

You won’t have to cover for me
When I’m gone the price that vice will pay
For virtue’s only child
Will hold her ground and not be swayed

Meet me where the maple shades the deadwood bridge
Stay until you see the dying sun
Should I lick the wounds or push the splinters in
And taste the barbs that I’ve sown upon your tongue
Meet me where the pondweed fills the deadwood bridge
Butcher birds will take it all apart
Sky holds too much light and the time to go
With the feathers you have placed inside my heart
Track Name: Silver of the Mantazas
Silver of the Mantazas
There’s one law for the wicked and one law for the rest of us
Rivets rust the sky comes loose and claims the very best of us hala
There’s one law for the cunning and one law for the meek of heart
Spirits sink blood runs cold the wind will tear the weak apart hala

Deep beneath the turmoil of the waves she rises
Deep beneath the turmoil of the waves she rises hala

There’s one rule for the tiger and one rule for the tiger’s skin
In the jungle of the hungry his claw upon the monkey din hala
There’s one rule for the heedless one for the attentive child
Tendering the future slain all things uncouth and wild hala
and all the silver of the Mantazas will not bring my children back

There’s one road for desertion one for those that stay the course
We’ll strip the fields of barley and when we’re done we’ll eat the horse hala
There’s one road to the palace and one down to the sullen seas
Where ships over the skyline drown their crews remorselessly hala
Track Name: Half in Hope
Half in hope

Hung around the linden tree half in hope you’d come
Cut a switch at the old wharf wall half in hope you’d come
Peddled time where the hogweed bloomed half in hope you’d come

Looked for you when the jackdaw flew she said be on your way
Penned a tune as the west wind blew it said be on your way
Sat outside til twilight knew that I was on my way

It ain’t miles and miles or the roses on the hill
Not the shadows lengthening as shadows always will

Kicked my heels when the blood moon grew half in hope you’d come
Never left when dust was due half in hope you’d come
Stuck around like people do half in hope you’d come
Track Name: Mountain Goat
Mountain Goat

I’ve got the rage I’ve got the heart
I’ve got the tools I’ll take the whole damn sky apart
I’ll shake my beard at god on his throne
It must be so very lonely all on his own
Your tears will stain the mountain side but I will not be moved
I find the little places I’ve got cloven hooves

I’m going to stay on the mountainside
I’m going to live me in hope
The sheep will all come down when the snow falls Hard
But not this old mountain goat
but not this old mountain goat

Tell me the stars sing me the rain
the granite will age me but my heart it will remain
The poets will whimper and the bards they will sing
Of the horns of their dilemmas and all your broken things
Leave path for the highway leave the rocks for the few
Leave the heights to be scaled by the love that I bear you

Trace me the peaks Drench me the day
Not brave a step above the treeline nor kiss my grace away
Defy the hours mock city walls
Curse my luck at nightfall when the ghosts come out to call
When the proud heart is over all that’s left is blood and stone
Wear my beggar’s cape and hat and call the world my own

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