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Fly in a Jar

from Birds of Plenty by Yellowbelly

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It's always a bit hard deciding which track should go first. This track is more upbeat than many of the songs and we were all happy with enough with it, so it's first. I like Flies and photograph a lot of flies. The nearer you get to them with a camera, the stranger and more wonderful they are. And maybe we do come back as flies, who knows.


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


from Birds of Plenty, 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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