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Tell me if the Ocean's Blue

from Birds of Plenty by Yellowbelly

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Deadwoman's Ditsch is an actual place in Somerset I passed on a long hike through the West Country over some days. There were rooks there.


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


from Birds of Plenty, released February 17, 2020


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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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