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Perch​-​less Bird

by Heather Maloney

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It's a shame, I didn't think we'd fail
But cellophane couldn’t keep our hearts from going stale
It's a shame we couldn't make it work
And I see blame—it’s a perch-less bird, a vulture—

It's above us now,
Drawing circles.
Don't let it come down,
Don't give it your shoulder,
Don't give it ground.
We had some good times,
Don't let it break down
Memories worth keeping

And I never really wanted to leave,
No I never really wanted to leave,
I never really wanted to leave,
I just wanted you to go.

It's a shame you had to be so sweet,
But sugarcane can’t be the only thing you eat.
And selfishly, I always stayed,
But I cut you deep so you’d be the one to walk away—

And I see blame,
It’s a perch-less bird,
It’s a runaway train,
It’s a hurtful word,
And I see blame,
It’s a perch-less bird,
It’s an old refrain,
It’s a tired vulture—
Just go away.
Let it fly forever

And I never really wanted to leave,
No I never really wanted to leave,
I never really wanted to leave,
I just wanted you to go.

credits

released September 22, 2021
Written by Heather Maloney

Produced by Ryan Hommel

Heather Maloney: Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals

Ryan Hommel: Guitars (Acoustic, Electric, Baritone, Rubber Bridge), Bass Guitar, Synth Bass, Synth, Programming, Backing Vocals, String Arrangement

Griffin Goldsmith - Drums & Percussion

Cynthia Tolson - Violin, Viola, Cello, String Arrangement

Reed Sutherland - Vocal Engineer

Andrew Oedel - Mixing Engineer

Kevin Butler - Mastering Engineer

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Heather Maloney Northampton, Massachusetts

After over 1,000 live shows and more than a decade of touring, Heather Maloney will release her first live album, No Shortcuts-Live at the Academy.
Recorded with a soaring string quartet, No Shortcuts is a recording of the interaction, presence and joy that only unfolds in real time, when real live music and real live people share a real live space together.
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