Ratcatcher's Apprentice

from Birds of Plenty by Yellowbelly

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A song about who we follow and where it might take us. Has a baritone electric guitar that we can't reproduce live.


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


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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