Blackbirds (Reprise)
Lyrics Gretchen Peters

Written by: Gretchen Peters, Ben Glover

Produced by: Doug Lancio, Gretchen Peters, Barry Walsh

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The blackbirds came at dusk and they roosted in the cane
Raised such a ruckus that it shook my windowpane
And I'm covered up in dirt and I stink of kerosene
And no matter what I do I can't get clean

Last thing I remember was your footsteps in the hall
Whiskey in your voice and a shotgun on the wall
Now there's shadows in the shadows, there's trouble in the cane
And there's things you do that you just can't explain

Uneasy lies the head, unfaithful is the heart
Ungrateful and unlucky and untrue
And no one saw me come, and no one saw me go
Only the blackbirds and you

Come harvest in the cane fields, the sky turns black with smoke
So I took our father's gun and a heavy piece of rope
And I left you lying there like rotten fruit upon the ground
And I lit a torch and I burned the whole thing down

Uneasy lies the head, unfaithful is the heart
Ungrateful and unlucky and untrue
And no one saw me come, and no one saw me go
Only the blackbirds and you

Our father was a farmer, he planted fields of cane
He planted seeds of evil and we harvested the shame
Oh and I'm the last one standing, there's no one left to tell
And when it's my time, I'll see you both in hell

Uneasy lies the head, unfaithful is the heart
Ungrateful and unlucky and untrue
And no one saw me come, and no one saw me go
Only the blackbirds and you

And no one saw me come, and no one saw me go
Only the blackbirds and you

Song facts

"For a relatively new song, "Blackbirds" has already had several lives. Ben Glover and I recorded it as a duet on his fine album "Atlantic", and sang it that way for several shows on an Irish tour in 2013. When it came time for me to record it, I couldn't decide on the arrangement. I loved the angry bite of the faster version, and I loved the bleak landscape of the slower one. We tried it both ways, and we still couldn't decide. Doug Lancio suggested we put both versions on the album as bookends, and so it is." - Gretchen Peters

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