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Composed with a mandolin on a beach in Corsica on the mandolin. A B52 did actually crash into the bay in WW2 less than 100 meters from the beach. An oud is used in the song, we are still thinking of how to integrate this into the live performance. The drowned airmen in the song, less so.

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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

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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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