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Christmas in the Borough of Our Birth

by Virgin of the Birds

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"Christmas in the Borough of our Birth" is a song about hope, lust and regret set during the holidays with references to midnight mass and a second-hand sighting of American character actor M. Emmett Walsh. "To Neptune" trades in myth and hubris with a saxophone solo that's best described as debauched. Virgin of the Birds is back. Virgin of the Birds has never left.

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released November 29, 2019

Virgin of the Birds is Jon Rooney, Colin J Nelson, Ken Nottingham and Paul Baudry

Guitar Solo on "Christmas in the Borough of Our Birth": Bart Cameron

Chorus on "Christmas in the Borough of Our Birth": Bart Cameron, Levi Fuller, Casey Ruff and Sam Russell

All songs by Jon Rooney, published by Pilgrim Fear Music (ASCAP)

Produced by Colin J Nelson
Recorded and mixed by Colin J Nelson at Her Car, Seattle, WA USA
Mastered by Carl Saff, Saff Mastering
Illustration and design by Jon Rooney

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Virgin of the Birds San Francisco, California

Named after a poor English translation of a Salvador Dali painting, Virgin of the Birds treads a line between intimate, lo fi folk and the occasional grandeur of early art rock.

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Track Name: Christmas in the Borough of Our Birth
Brutalist doesn't mean what you think it does
Hosanna wasn't over when you wished it was
Kiss me on the mouth, it's Christmas Eve
I have stars in my eyes, I have winter seeds

Because I have ideas and you have ideas
And we're wasting our youth on these wretched careers

But it's not too late
To start over here

Jim told me all about Los Angeles
I don't remember much, but I remember this:
The waves look like lace when they reach the shore
And he saw M. Emmet Walsh in the grocery store

You know I have my flaws and you have your flaws
And we're bending our beauty while breaking blue laws

But we still look good
After it all

Brutalist doesn't mean what you think it does
Hosanna wasn't over when you wished it was
Kiss me on the mouth, it's Christmas Eve
I have stars in my eyes, I have winter seeds

Because I have ideas and you have ideas
And we're wasting our youth on these wretched careers

But it's not too late
To start over here
Track Name: To Neptune
The night needs to be
Rid of me, at last
‘Cause when I’m gone, everyone will
See that you’re the best

At capturing
The old chaos of the sun
From the fresh evils
That you quietly have won

And when you sing your song
The sea becomes me
You were right to ask
Who am I to be the sea?

And to Neptune,
A villainess from the south
With mongrel eyes
And sold-out poems in her mouth

“Show us your throat
Show off your voice to us” they said
You turned your eyes and
Started swimming straight ahead

And when you sing your song
The sea becomes me
You were right to ask
Who am I to be the sea?

And when you sing your song
The sea becomes me
You were right to ask
“Who am I to be the sea?”

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