Sailors And Their Lovers


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Damn the rivers
I would drain the seven seas
If I thought that I could stop you drowning in it

But I'm only human
And I cannot cure disease
I can only help you feel less bound up in it

Light a candle
Well they used to tell the time
Now they only seem to burn for sex and loss of life

Or pray to fortune
Inside the colloseum
Where everybody knows what getting lucky means

Sailors and their lovers
Whistle at the stroms
While the precious people shudder
At the sadness of it all
At the sadness of it all

Fuck the ruins
I would rather see the streets
The places where the blood still flows a little

The type of history
That's written in defeat
The kind that gets between your toes a little

A solemn promise
A broken piece of prose
That little lease of life that poetry exposed

Sailors and their lovers
Batten down the time
Looking for each other
In their every absent mind
Adolescently entwined

"Don't fear when some nights rise up wild. Go walk in heather along a narrow path. Seagulls gilde and curlews cry. Reach up and gather all this world. Before dark or any other people should ever come. And find you sheltering. As all hearts are. Worried lonely. Your eyes quiet. By the waters cold. Where the sadness lurks so deep.

It doth
Make you

Sailors and their lovers
Struggle through the years
Torturing each other
With the hopes of getting near
Like a nibble at the ear.


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

James Walmsley - vocals and guitars.

Extract from J.P. Donleavy, 'The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B.' (Eyre &Spottiswoode 1969) read by Laura De Burca.



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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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