Three Bird Songs and Six More

by Greg Pier

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released July 25, 2015

all songs written, performed, and recorded by Greg Pier at Neon Witch Studio 2013-2015. Mixed and mastered by Jason "Jocko" Randall at More Sound

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Greg Pier Syracuse, New York

Greg Pier started fingerpicking with two fingers when he was 12 and didn’t get his middle finger on board until he was at least 32.
Greg Pier currently lives and works as a paramedic in Syracuse, NY, where he is also known as the brains behind long-running project MANDATE OF HEAVEN.

The songs on this demo are inspired by the countryside of Onondaga and Oneida counties in central New York..
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Track Name: Kitty Kills the Cardinal
If kitty kills the cardinal
sure it will be bitter
see him red between the trees
His majesty in winter
I'm locked down tight, I'm dead to rights
I can't go on forever
If kitty kills the cardinal
sure it wil be bitter

Waiting around to see him flash
Waiting to hear him sing his name
Waiting around and I don't see nothin
nothing but a cryin shame
oh, a cryin shame

So don't shine too bright a light
down on where I lay tonight
Beauty shines where diamonds line
but it don't shine down in my eyes
If kitty kills the cardinal
I would be good as done
and part of me that I reach for is gone
and in my eyes you can see that I'm thinking of home

Waiting around to see him flash
Waiting to hear him sing his name
Waiting around and I don't see nothin
Nothin' but a cryin shame
oh, a cryin shame
Don't see nothin to explain
why it always works out this way
when I see a way to fly away
hit my head on that clear windowpane
ain't nothin but a cryin shame
oh, cryin shame
Track Name: Amber Eyes
Summer's done and the light is fading
Green leaves gold hanging bare
My girl's amber eyes are smiling
says she's gonna meet me there
Oh how tightly she holds me
my face is buried in her hair
just 16 and I don't mind dyin
If she's always stay with me here

I confess to her in the garden
about the things on my mind that I can't control
I confess to her in the garden
and watch those amber eyes turn cold
just 16 and I don't mind dyin
when I know I'm aways gonna leave alone
You'd never know how much I loved her
just to hear the way it's told

All along the roads in the county
apples fall on the shoulder
to make forgotten wine
All along the roads in the county
I make my mark on the center line
I stay on the throttle, I'm tight as a wire
I catch the light as catch I can
Yes I will know her when she loojs into my eyes
Yes I will know her when she takes my hand
Track Name: Blue Jay Blues
Blue Jay, blue jay
where'd you hide my cash?
you came right in through my bedroom window
and you took it back to your stash
all that glitters is old and cold
but the daylight makes it flash
and what I call my heart and soul
another man calls it trash
but that's alright blue jay, it's passed

Blue jay, blue jay
shake the frost off of your wings
you can cry, but I can't turn winter into spring
I been walkin up and down, all over the town
tryin to find where it begins
and every single inch of road I walk
is road I don't wanna walk again
but that's alright blue jay, my friend

Blue jay, blue jay
fly through rain and snow
go and find me a piece of land
that you can't see from the road
You can paint your feathers black
and turn into a crow
be my thief, I'll be your mark
and noone has to know
bu that's alright blue jay, you'll know
Track Name: Fields of White
Oh your cheeks are red, your eyes are bright
Have you been walking in fields of white
Out with your daddy in the snow
Did he tell you what he knows

All the peace the universe contains
the peace that freezes and breaks apart
all the poison in your mind
and all the shadows in your heart

But the end is coming soon
the ground it thaws and war resumes
you will be thirsty, your mouth will be dry
you will taste it on the day that you die
Track Name: Easy to Say
It's easy to say
goodbye on a saturday
when the sun is shining
and the music plays
but when sunday comes down
so cold and gray
and I don't see you walking my way
I might not be left with anything to say
on sunday

it's easy to lay
and think of someone new
when my sheets still smell like your perfume
but when it fades I call out to you
and noone answers in an empty room
and I begin to fade away too
like your perfume
Track Name: Prison Creek
come little girl and take my hand
and I will hide you from the villain that broke your heart
in a house in a field in a land up north
in a land up north where the woods are dark
By the prison creek you hear me speak
and see that smoke rise for the first time\
by the prison creek you hear me speak
and dip your finger in the wine

and when the thunder rises without warning
wash your hair out naked in the storm, and
you will shed the skin that you were born in
and leave it on the doorstep in the morning

yes i seen your father, seen your son
your holy spirit when it comes
yes I seen your dogs I've seen them hunt
and I've seen them beg more than once
by the prison creek they search for me
round back where the big trees fall
if by the prison creek you look for me
I'm the dog that comes runnin when you call

and when the water rises without warning
cast aside your earthly belongings
for you will shed the skin that you were born in
and leave it on the doorstep in the morning
Track Name: Paper World
This is a paper world
blank as the page where it's written
a quarter tank of gas and three hours of daylight
is all I need to be forgiven
and swing me down close to the city tonight
thouugh I cannot afford to come inside
my headlights do not penetrate
the fog in the mountains downstate

and for all I know
I could be driving off the edge of the world
for all I know
It ends at the edge of the map I hold
and in blank space I would write anew
everything I ever said to you
without all the anger that came between us
and tore our paper world in two

cause this is a paper world
blank as the page where it's written
Track Name: Red-Winged Blackbird
I am the red-winged blackbirrd
and you might not wanna hear what I have to say
from high up where I am flying
it looks like you've thrown it all away

Lived so long, hand to mouth
now put your mouth to my ear
and tell me that you still want me
tell me you're glad I'm here

Yes I know a thing or two about you
yes I see you when noone is around
I see you in a place where so many have lost their way
and I cannot follow you down

One winter lies behind us
one winter lies ahead
will you come to find me
or will you head south instead

because I am the red-winged blackbird
and you might not wanna hear what I have to say
From high up where I am flying
it looks like you've thrown it all away
Track Name: Spring Ponies
Lay thy hands upon me
and push me down the road
I'll pop the clutch, and say as much
as I intend to know
and the ice is breaking up
down in the river valley
all the spring ponies wake up stranded in the snow

Three times have I seen through glass
waiting for the chill to pass
the second and first, I came to curse
the third time I came I came to laugh

So I won't bear false witness to the things that I have seen
Death he rides a motorbike, but so does the coming spring
I won't be the one to speak of things I do not know
when I say all the spring ponies wake up stranded in the snow

March was brown and beaten down
and does no justice to this town
the loudest pipes might save my life or they might lay me down
either way, out county way I hear them coming round

and three times have I seen through glass
waiting for the chill to pass
the second and first time I came to curse
the third time I cam, I came to laugh

So lay thy hands upon me, and push me down the road
I'll pop the clutch and say as much
as I intend to know
and the ice is breaking up down in the winter valley
all the spring ponies take off as fast as they can go