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Tongue​-​Cut Sparrow

from We Already Have Birds That Sing by Life in a Blender



Inspired by a story by Mitsu Sundvall


Tongue-cut sparrow in the nest don’t sing
Tongue-cut sparrow in the nest don’t sing
Too young, too pretty.
Too young, too pretty to sing much of anything
Tongue-cut sparrow you should know your place
Times are tough and there’s no time to waste
You better stay inside your shell
There’s no time to think about yourself
We already have birds that sing
Tongue-cut sparrow
Now they’re all inhaling her White Shoulders
She’s older and shimmies cross the stage
Grandma gives a smile and wonders how she’s, how she’s
Got such pretty legs
Here’s she’s coming with her chi-chis out
Here’s she’s coming with her chi-chis out
You should hear them howl. You should hear them shout
From her painted brow and her pretty mouth
And you should watch her wiggle when you look down south
Tongue-cut sparrow
She’s adored by all the men
Even Sinatra says he’s a friend
Most of her family don’t understand
But grandma’s in the audience giving her a hand
Tongue-cut sparrow now you’re singing
Tongue-cut sparrow you’re a human being
What you’re doing’s not obscene
Ostrich feathers are a sight to be seen
In the Forbidden City you’re the Queen
Tongue-cut sparrow


from We Already Have Birds That Sing, released April 13, 2014
Produced by Kenny Siegal and Life in a Blender

Don Rauf: vocals
Dave Moody: cello
Mark Lerner: bass, backing vocals
Al Houghton: guitar, backing vocals
Ken Meyer: drums, cymbals, sound effects
Rebecca Weiner Tompkins: violin

Otto Hauser: additional percussion
Kim Nicholas: trumpet
Sam Newsome: trombone
Bill Ylitalo: alto sax and former plumber at CBGBs
Horn and string arrangements by Mark Lerner

© 2014 by Don Rauf/Life in a Blender (Stingy Brim Publishing/ascap)

Recorded at Old Soul Studios, Catskill, NY by Kenny Siegal on a crisp fall weekend in 2013.


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For over 30 years, Life in a Blender has been the canvas for singer and songwriter Don Ralph's blackly comic landscapes. The group has released albums ranging from screaming punk to orchestrated chamber pop, and has brought the high theatrics of its live act to stages from Berlin to Austin to Toronto to Brooklyn and Seattle. ... more

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