The Hollow Bones Album

by A Strange Bird

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I wanted this album, my very first, to be a sonic snapshot of the beginning of what I hope will become a lifelong journey of making music. Who can tell what form or shape my sound will take over the years but before I reach the next stage of evolution I wanted to immortalize the first. So here it is. Just me and my guitar the bare bones; The Hollow Bones Album.

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released January 23, 2020

Studio: Shady Pines Media // Engineer: Brian Bauer //
All songs written and performed by Angelica Burdette
Recorded 2019 // Released 2020 //

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A Strange Bird Seattle, Washington

A Strange Bird is a soulful folk-poet and dark pop singer-songwriter. Her sound is a harmonious blend of simplistic finger-style guitar, dulcet smoky tones and deeply emotive lyrics.

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Track Name: Series of Nouns
Series of Nouns

Can you see the difference in me
Feels like my light’s been fading consistently
For a day, for a week for a while at least

Something’s off,
something’s gone,
something’s wrong,
something’s missing in me

Can you feel the distance in my soul
It’s been a long long time since I’ve been home
And I don’t mean the place where I was born, no

Well I’m not sure why I’m hurting
But I know it’s been hell lately
Well I’ve narrowed it down to a series of nouns
Can’t figure out if it’s a person, this place or something

One of the three… must be killing me

They say you never know what your giving up ‘til it’s gone
They say you forfeit it all when you fail to fight for what you want
So choose your battles wisely, choose your words with care
Fell the bad shit lightly and let down your hair

And howl at the moon, ‘til the clouds are gone
And dance like your hearts never been stepped on

Well I hear voices in my dreams
Telling me to be free
I ain’t found freedom yet
It’s getting harder and harder the older that I get
Track Name: Sister's Song
Tell me are you really okay?
I haven’t seen you smile in days
You’re so quiet all the time like nothing matters

Tell me, is it all in my head?
Have you done something you regret
Or am I making monsters out of shadows

After all this time, I am still afraid
Even though you lie, I love you all the same

Wish that you would just open up
You know I’ve never been one to judge
I know you’re hurting, I hope you know I’m here for you

So tell me what’s putting you through hell
You don’t have to go by yourself
You know
I’d do anything for you

You can take your time, forever I will wait
Not a night goes by that I don’t lie awake

And think of you
I’m thinking of you

So tell me what’s got you so ashamed
Don’t you know we all make mistakes
But you ain’t gotta go out that way
You ain’t gotta go out that way

I’m telling you that these scars will fade
And one day it’ll all be okay
But you ain’t go out that way
You ain’t gotta go out

Don’t believe the lies, I’m still right here
I am on your side, I’ll never leave you my dear

I’ll wait for you
I’m still waiting for you

So tell me are you really okay?
Track Name: Dance in the Rain
Smoke the evidence
before they all catch on
It’s irrelevant what they say when you are gone

Well you just keep on
telling yourself that, darlin’
Maybe one day you will come to believe it

You tell me you’re a monster
Maybe there’s a beast under your skin
And I’d be better off not letting someone like you in

Well you just keep on, telling yourself that darlin
Your words form your world you better believe it

Oh, oh no
Whatever helps you sleep at night
We all do what we need to get by
Tell ourselves the world is cold and dark when it’s full of sunshine


And if it helps you ease the pain
You’ve been living with for ages
Go ahead to cover
Or dance in the rain

I know this is hurting
Each of us in our own separate ways
But both of us are growing, honey
And everything’s about to change


Well I just keep on telling myself that darlin
Maybe one day you will see that I mean it

(I said) Whoever helps you sleep at night
I’ll do what I need to get by
But I can’t tell myself the world is dark (cold) I
Need the sunshine
Hope is what eases the pain
I’ve been living with for ages
Go ahead take cover
I’ll dance in the rain
Track Name: Addiction
Behold! The Prodigal Daughter. Dwelling alone in her own dishonor
Wanted to be left alone to wander but every step gets harder and harder
Never asked to be a martyr. Abandoned the house of her father
Just wanted to see what this world had to offer
But all it could offer was heartache, it tossed her

Into a prison cell, she’s left alone to ponder
How she ever came to be
Slave to this monster
And with each passing day, he’s get stronger
He will not release his hold on her

What a hell, what a prison! Freedom from is a heavenly privlege
And Christ was the key that freed me
Unlocked and adopted, don’t get it twisted
There’s no other way
And no I am not criticizing the system
12 steps just isn’t enough space
To put between me and my conditions

‘Cause they follow like shadows
I twist I turn I run but I cannot escape
I long to step out from the darkness
And let the light burn
my demons away

This poison is killing me slow.
The spirit’s run dry but I still feel alone.
Thought this would cure all my pain now I know
This method of self-medication must go!
Never asked for this affliction
God you warned me but I didn’t listen
Just wanted to see what it was I was missin
Hobby turned to habit; Habit to addiction!

You found me in darkness.
Picked me up and put me back on my feet
You broke the chains that held me captive.
And in your eyes I see that I am finally free
Track Name: Bad Seeds
I lit a fire with a dead man’s matches
And I drank his wine and toasted his good fortune
I inhale that cigarette smoke
Well I’m a liar, ‘cuz this ain’t tobacco

And all these words turn to dust in my mouth
And they stay there like and aftertaste
I cannot spit out
I’m not sure… What it is about me
It’s so hard to tell the truth
Do you think I get that from you?
‘Cuz I do
Because I do.

Apples… and trees…
Dysfunction sprouts out of me just like leaves
And if you hold onto me
Then we’ll grow together
We’ll grow
We’ll grow

Apples… and trees…
Who else to blame but the root for bad seeds
Now let go… of me
Or we’ll grow together
We’ll grow
We’ll grow

I’ve been runnin since the
Day that I was born and
I cannot remember
What it’s from or towards
but

I can feel it in the comedown
There is somewhere I should be by now

Some people wonder if they’ll make it to the top
Mostly I wonder who I am to try and leave the bottom
Nobody told me I could make it this far
And I’m not bitter mama, I’m just being (I’m just bein) Honest
Hey, mama I’m just being honest

Because

I’ve been running since the day that I was born and
I cannot remember what its from or towards but
I can feel it in the comedown
There is somewhere I should be by now

Apples… and Trees…
Apples… and Trees…
Track Name: Revolution
It’s an uphill battle
or a downward spiral
I don’t need no education
know exactly what I’m saying

That old wolf in sheep’s clothing
Pulled the wool over our eyes
The lies come cheap each morning
Now the truth is overpriced

Got the newsroom speakin in tongues
Twistin up our tendencies to change what we’ve become

Got the newsroom speakin in tongues
Twistin’ up transmissions trying to control the outcome

Because freedom ain’t forever
Never has been never will be
Someone’s always taking over
Don’t believe me? Check your history

I said freedom ain’t forever no
Freedom ain’t forever, never no.

Maybe you don’t know this
Cuz your too absorbed (depressed) to notice but
Our culture is diseased
We are dying in the streets

(Maybe) And I was made for a revolution

Every day’s a struggle, or every day’s a waste
Every one of us is broken just enough to need escape
So we keep comin. Comin and drummin’ up the courage
Gonna get up on this stage say our battle wounds were worth it

We were warriors.
And we were meant to be victorious
The story is
That we’re not in it for the glory it’s
It’s in our blood

It’s on our blood
We try to walk away but we keep coming back
Such a beautiful addiciton keeps us kickin down the path
We crawl up and over under every obstacle ahead
Chasing all that we were promised
All just hopin’ that we get it ‘cuz

They promised us freedom
They told us we’d be treated the same and they lied
They taught us to need ‘em
Convinced us we couldn’t beat ‘em even if we tried
Well I
Think it’s time we tried

And I
Think it’s time we tried

I was made for a revolution.
Track Name: Smoke and Mirrors
They call him the snake
and he sings in the shadows
Keeping time behind him
is the wolf in sheep’s clothes
His voice is like honey
Poured over midnight
Calling through the darkness
And promising a good time

And all of the right words he’s got
For all of the wrong moves you make
Whether you want to or not
You find yourself listenin’
To

Songs ‘bout money, diamonds dripping from the ceiling
Songs that promise there is love without commitment
Songs that offer an escape from honest livin
And songs the glorify all kinds of soul deep sickness

I’m just a voice on the corner
Nobody knows my name
And ain’t a damn soul that’s listening
There all turned round to hear the snake

Because

All of the right moves, he’s got
Sleight of hand, mirrors and smoke
Whether you meant to or not
You find yourself singing along to

Songs ‘bout money, diamonds dripping from the ceiling
Songs that promise there is love without commitment
Songs that offer an escape from honest livin
And songs the glorify all kinds of soul deep sickness

And you laugh, ‘cuz he laughs at those who dance and do not listen
But you’re too busy dancing to give a damn ‘bout your misgivin’s

And you’re hooked

You don’t have to stop
when the sun comes up
you can follow him down the road
He’ll lead you laughing and singing and dancing
Distracted while the wolf makes off with your soul
Then that snake, (oh the bastard)’s gonna sing you to sleep
With his sweet sick lullabies of lies on repeat
Then he’ll leave you to your nightmares
Heartbroken and alone

It’ll be a long time before you find your way back home

And they’ll sing
Ha ha
Who’s laughing now?
HA HA
Who’s laughing now?
Ha ha
Who’s laughing?
Track Name: Sinking Ships
Stop me dead in my tracks
Before I do something that I can’t take back
Smack me dead in the mouth
Lest I give the vultures something else to devour

You said there’s no going back to the way things used to be
Everything’s different now darlin I’m sorry

Bite your tongue til it bleeds
Best not make promises you don’t plan to keep
Hold my head in your hands
If you won’t be my lover dammit be my best friend

Because there’s no going back to the way things used to be
Everythings changing now darlin’ are you ready

If given the chance we could have survived
We should’ve learned better but we never tried
No this ships sinking fast and there’s no land in sight
And I’ll be the first to admit it, no ones getting out of this alive

So stop me dead in my tracks
I’d come home runnin’ if only you’d ask
I know that your afraid to fight
But if you don’t you’ll regret for the rest of your life


Because there’s no going back…
This time I’m not coming back

If given the chance we could have survived
We should’ve learned better but we never tried
No this ships sinking fast and there’s no land in sight
And I’ll be the first to admit it, no ones getting out of this alive
Track Name: Billysong
I grew up south of the city.
In a little town
That hardly ever noticed whether or not we were around
Took a lot of visits…
to the city pound
That ol’ dog catcher caught my mother more times than I could count
We got out of that town

Oh

A little closer to the city,
I could see the lights
Blocking out the starlight burning stars into my eyes
And in that city
I broke my first heart
I had to run away to escape the pain that I had caused
That I had caused

Oh

Traded in that cityscape
For a mountain view
Where I met Billy and his banjo and he told me what to do
Said ‘keep on playin
Girl play your heart out
You’ve got what it takes and I ain’t go no doubt
But can’t be lovers
‘Cuz were goin our own ways
But we’re gonna find somebody someday
So we went our own ways

Oh

From the mountains to the desert
Met the rocks
From the bottom to the top
And I jumped off

From the river to the land into the sky
A leap of faith that learned me how to fly

Back to that town

Just south of the city
With a mountain view
I hardly ever noticed
But now I always do

It reminds me of you..
You…

I’m dreaming of you...
Track Name: B.I.M.T
There’s blood in my teeth…
There’s blood on my hands
I devoured the sheep…
And I lied to the lamb
Oh lay me to sleep…
in the wilderness
Oh lord I don’t want to be
The monster I am

But there’s blood in my teeth.

I am trees deep in the forest of my mind.
I’m out of breath, I’m out of step, I’m out of luck, I’m out of time
Out of answers and excuses and there’s no place left to hide
Oh oh no
Oh oh no

Feeling coming like a storm
Feel it building like a fire
Sometimes I just can’t stop it
Sometimes I’m too selfish (tired) to try
Don’t you judge me
I’ve been ferel all my life
And I’ll pick my teeth with your bones if it means
That I survive

I don’t wanna be here
But all I’ve ever known is this
And if i give into my nature well
You go and call me a bitch

But you ain’t never seen
A bitch as dangerous as me
I will cut you with my words
And break your spirits piece by piece
Ain’t nobody gotta tell me
Just how savage I can be
I already know
And it terrifies me

Blood in my teeth
Blood on my hands
I devoured the sheep
And I lied to the lamb

Oh lay me to sleep
In the wildernesss
I don’t wannt be
The monster I am

But there’s blood in my teeth

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