Graceless Child


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Desdemona takes a bank note
Rolls it on her naked thigh
Tells her husband that her father is a joke
And he makes her so embarassed she could die

Out on the rooftop terrace
Fierce breezy
Fierecly defiant
She moves among the remnants
Of a party
That has since gone quiet

Did you call your wild archangels
(My graceless child)
Summon heaven to your feet
(My graceless child)
Show your softest side to strangers
(My graceless child)
Tiny figured in the street

Or were you only just an inprint
Like some half remembered line
On the trembling lips of schoolboys
Getting mangled over time

Did you learn to curse the devil
And his psychopathic schemes
Or did you realise the darkest dangers lurk
In the actions of well-meaning human beings

You could have shown some muscle
Chosen patience
Thrown your gauntlet down
But there's ten thousand other
In this sun stroked town

Did you wear that dress I got you
(My graceless child)
Shower sequins through the air
(My graceless child)
Or did you buy yourself another
(My graceless child)
As a tonic for dispair
(My graceless child)

Either way I bet you sparkled
Up against the shaking rails
Showing how to look successful
Even when all else has failed


from A Little Wisdom, released February 16, 2016
Written, arranged and produced by James Walmsley.

James Walmsley - vocals and guitars

Emma Garnett - vocals



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Black Wing Bird Dublin, Ireland

Black Wing Bird is the solo project of Dublin based singer, guitarist, busker and bandleader James Walmsley.

The self-produced debut album A Little Wisdom was recorded at Westland Studios and released in February 2016 as part of the Scene and Heard Festival in Smock Alley Theatre.
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