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I Fought A Turk

from Numberless Needs by Virgin of the Birds

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I rowed in the galley
and I fought a Turk
we were chained to the sea
we were forced to work

It was a different time
In a different land
I fought a Turk
With my one good hand

Save your hissing
For someone who's free
I had to fight the Turk
And he had to fight me

I read the Leopard
I painted Blue Hell
I'm half the man I used to be
I can tell, you can tell

You know that you are august
You know that you won't die
You were promised fame and fortune
If you try, you try, you try

So this is Art in America?
This is what we've got?
jewels that we inherited
and style that we bought?

I tried to love the kingdom
Like I love the land
I will try to love the Turk
Like I love the man

Oh God
you will not despise
you will not despise

I sang women in three cities
I showered them with words
I spoon fed Aphrodite
The virgin of the birds


from Numberless Needs, released November 16, 2018


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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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