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Christmas in the Borough of Our Birth

by Virgin of the Birds

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1.
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
2.
To Neptune 02:54
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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"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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