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from Blackbirds by Alex Hickey

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I went to the Road to Stanfest Songwriting Workshop in 2011 and got to spend four days working with some of Canada’s top songwriters. I began this song in a class with David Francey and Craig Werth and David kindly spent time with me after class to help polish and define the melody. I hope it sounds a little bit like one of his songs.


Elm tree and columbine—Blackbird
Mary, will you be mine?—Blackbird
You are my heart’s delight—Blackbird
How if we fly tonight?—Blackbird
Blackbird, blackbird, blackbird

No, I’ll not fly with you—Blackbird
Though I am longing to—Blackbird
My heart’s no longer wild—Blackbird
Now that I bear his child—Blackbird

When you see them on the wing
They shall bear my offering
Hearts unmoved, heads too wise
Empty talons, glittering eyes
Blackbird, blackbird, blackbird

I tapped the window pane—Blackbird
I called her name again—Blackbird
I pounded on the door—Blackbird
My heart pounding more—Blackbird

I turned and I flew up the hill
Body burning, heart struck still
No one there to hear me cry
But the blackbirds in the sky
Blackbird, blackbird, blackbird


from Blackbirds, released September 18, 2012


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Alex Hickey West Dublin, Nova Scotia

Alex Hickey is a Nova Scotian songwriter whose songs walk a delicate line between cynicism and a passionate love for the world. Clever and poignant, funny, heartbreaking and punch-to-the-guts honest, every CD or live performance should come with a packet of tissues. ... more

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