Elbow - The Birds Lyrics

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The birds are the keepers of our secret as they saw us where we lay
In the deepest grass of springtime in a reckless guilty haze
And they wove a sweet indifference and it settled on our skin
Till the eyes that I remembered for the last time drew me in

The birds
Though I wore you glacial patience to a smudge of bitter dust
On the last day you embraced me with a glistening sapling trust
Did they sing a million blessings as they watched us slowly part
Do they keep those final kisses in their tiny racing hearts

What are we gonna do with you
Same tale every time
What are we gonna do with you
Come on inside
Looking back is for the birds
Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 The Birds
  • 2 Lippy Kids
  • 3 With Love
  • 4 Neat Little Rows
  • 5 Jesus Is a Rochdale Girl
  • 6 The Night Will Always Win
  • 7 High Ideals
  • 8 The River
  • 9 Open Arms
  • 10 The Birds (reprise)
  • 11 Dear Friends


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Guy Edward John Garvey, Craig Lee Potter, Mark Potter, Peter James Turner, Richard Barry Jupp
    album: Track 1 in album Build a Rocket Boys!
    release date: 2011-3-7
    popularity : 57 users have visited this page.
    length: 8:04
    producer: Craig Potter
    lead vocals: Guy Garvey
    mixer: Craig Potter
    cello: Margit van der Zwan and Adrianne Wininsky
    lyricist: Guy Garvey
    composer: Elbow
    Album Information
    label: Fiction Records
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: CD
    barcode: 602527623283
    script: Latin