Why Birds Fly

by JOHN COMMON

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LGM 03:01
LGM copyright 2007 john common music this world's a crazy fucked up mess the animals can have it back let's get married burn the houses, bomb the streets I want to go back to the tree let's get married somebody told me long ago when you're ready you will know I think I'm ready ready for you and me we've been alone since we were born we'll be alone when this is gone let's get married somewhere out there two roads converging the intersection is where we're headed babe these chains we made are in our minds it took a while to realize let's get married
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Moonlight 03:33
MOONLIGHT copyright 2007 john common music you hear it on the radio late at night when you sleep dreaming of your one true love floating toward you on a troubled sea waiting for you every night the lover who would never leave heaven falling from the sky and it's a lie you want to believe impossible but it's true the lover from your dreams landed on your window sill and made it possible to believe closer, closer still but don't ever tell a soul studying her cotton dress and how it slips down to the floor everybody knows the pain of a lonely man everybody knows you can’t hold moonlight in your hands chosen and you don't know why waking from your secret sleep back into this ugly life where secrets are hidden deep all the people who love to hate all the people who love to kill all the people who just want love all the people who never will everybody knows the pain of a lonely man everybody knows the pain… everybody knows
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BEFORE YOU MET ME copyright 2007 john common music it's an ugly morning bruised and weeping every cliché is coming true you knew I was broken and you tried to fix me impossible to do I was gone before you met me when things got rocky we bailed the water and we both drowned without a clue I let you float away what was I thinking letting go of you you turned the corner that makes me happy 'cause moving on is what we do
4.
Do You Hate 04:56
DO YOU HATE copyright 2007 john common music do you hate your name do you hate your face do you hide your hands do they give you away does it make you sick do you want to die when you hear that voice do you go inside do you see your dad and the things he did when you lie awake in an empty bed do you close the door and then cry all night do you get pissed off when you hear the truth what if we all died tonight do you think that would be alright what if all the lies we fight just gave up and went home have you had enough are you checking out is it time to burn this old wooden house is it easier is it better for you when you disappear step out of view what if we all died tonight do you think that would be alright what if all the lies you fight just gave up and went home
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Flesh Wound 04:05
FLESH WOUND copyright 2007 john common music flesh would, I'm bleeding a little a reddish stain on this gray affair it's triage at two in the morning go find someone who cares random, the way that I met you spilling drinks all over the bar in drunken delusions of grandeur you helped me find my car go on, go. I'll stay home go on, go to your parties… sorry to leave you suspended twirling fingers in your hair ask me all of your questions I’ll tell the truth I swear I always seem to come undone that tends to ruin all your fun I'm such a drag to you, such a drag I hope you find something better I hope you find something better I'll help you find someone better simple is so complicated everything good, everything bad like walking away from a fire we lost all we had
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ALREADY THERE copyright 2007 john common music way back, before I can remember everything was shut down on me I was living like a goldfish swimming in my circle waiting for a hand to pick me out save me for later when I'm less sedated good god help me good I'm already there I was so lonely, living like a shut in watching all my windows shut down I got the silent treatment then I started screaming oh god come dig me out save me for later when I'm less sedated oh good god help me good I'm already there the window is cold on my cheek I'm getting old, don't you think god help me good I'm already there mary interceding on my behalf I need you now it's early morning the birds in the trees are singing
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UNSEEN THINGS (Written by A. Katherin Hankey, 1866) Tell me the old, old story of unseen things above, Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love. Tell me the story simply, as to a little child, For I am weak and weary, and helpless and defiled.
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You Stay 04:10
YOU STAY copyright 2007 john common music I'm getting up and I ain’t coming back she says this at the heart attack third table from the back I love you but when you lose your buzz you see totally clear it ain’t like it was even if it ever was you don't want to see me I know you don't want to see me so I'll go you stay, you stay I know I'll see you at the same old bars drivin' around in your car you're never too far 'cause no one ever has the balls to leave they just make believe like they’re adam and eve you don't want to see me I know you don't want to see me so I'll go you stay
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Wrong Number 02:28
WRONG NUMBER copyright 2007 john common music I didn't know, that I was falling it wasn't me, that you were calling I close my eyes and hear you whisper words into my ear words I thought that only I could hear but I was wrong I stood alone, outside your building you weren't home, I felt silly maybe it's just better if we never even meet I'd probably fall down at your feet and kiss the ground but I can always dream would I find the right words to say could I make you turn the other way maybe you could call me back today I'll get along, just fine without you I'll sing this song, instead of doubt you it's easier than waiting by a phone that never rings I'd rather sing alone than never sing, this is goodbye but I can always dream would I find the right words to say could I make you turn the other way maybe you could call me back today
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Not So Bad 03:50
NOT SO BAD copyright 2007 john common music a deer in the snow scratching around waiting to find something out uncertainty, this solitude all so bare, stripped away crazy chance, foolish girl I didn't know the mess I was I want to know when I get home you'll be there waiting for me every day, work is a drag go do the thing, money in money out, money in money out, money it's a daily fight, we're suffering on it's a daily walk, we're walking on it's not so bad I'm getting old, I'm feeling good seeing strings, connection the snow on the ground, your shoes in the hall mess everywhere, connection you cut yourself, blood on your shirt I'll stitch it up, make it whole deep as you want, everything everything, everything everything, everything everything, every it's a daily walk, we're walking on it's a daily fight, we're fighting on it's not so bad it's not so bad at all it's not so bad at all
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DO YOU HATE copyright 2007 john common music do you hate your name do you hate your face do you hide your hands do they give you away does it make you sick do you want to die when you hear that voice do you go inside do you see your dad and the things he did when you lie awake in an empty bed do you close the door and then cry all night do you get pissed off when you hear the truth what if we all died tonight do you think that would be alright what if all the lies we fight just gave up and went home have you had enough are you checking out is it time to burn this old wooden house is it easier is it better for you when you disappear step out of view what if we all died tonight do you think that would be alright what if all the lies you fight just gave up and went home
12.
Call 00:41
13.
Response 00:39

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WHY BIRDS FLY
(2007 Free School Records)

WHY BIRDS FLY is JohnCommon’s second release as a solo artist. Recorded from 2005 to 2007, WHY BIRDS FLY continues Common’s experiments in combining words, melody, found sounds and starkly honest songwriting. WHY BIRDS FLY is an audio stroll through the valley of the shadow of relationships.

"John Common's WHY BIRDS FLY is a thirteen-song collection of scratched films and charred photos that chronicle how things come together and then fall apart. Call it the dark “disc two” from the sessions that produced GOOD TO BE BORN, Common’s critically acclaimed debut record. Common covers some intensely emotional ground on this unflinching new release. The disc also shows his breadth as both writer and producer, an artist at ease with quiet acoustic numbers, wordless sound landscapes and fully-orchestrated rock stunners. Wrapped in radio static and shot out into space, WHY BIRDS FLY is both a great question and a troubling answer." -- Marty Jones

"Why Birds Fly is even more uncommon than its acclaimed 2006 predecessor...the aural environment Common creates is so sumptuous that it rewards repeated listens even as it confounds expectations." -- WESTWORD MAGAZINE (Why Birds Fly)

"It may seem difficult to imagine a guy named John Common living a highly individual life, but believe it... his creative curiosity and detail-oriented aesthetic distinguish him from the drooling pack of earnest singer-songwriters." -- DENVER POST

"John Common has plenty of natural talent. But a more literal interpretation also applies to his latest recording, Why Birds Fly. Throughout tunes such as "Moonlight" and "Unseen Things," Common weaves traditional instrumentation with the sort of found sounds heard in forests at night: the ambient noises of creatures that creep, crawl or take wing. These subtle touches make his work seem natural in every sense of the word." -- BEST OF WESTWORD 2008

"He always seems to have the right words... with a repertoire that ranges from haunting to hopeful, pensive to provocative." -- COLORADO LOCAL LEGENDS

"Far too many performers settle for predictability — but Common constantly pushes himself, his songs and his arrangements onto paths that few travelers have trod. While his work can seem inconsistent at times, even the misses are intriguing — and the high points (like "Moonlight" and the preternatural "Not So Bad") truly take wing. — WESTWORD

"John approaches songwriting as though each song is a scene from a movie. The music and lyrics traverse in opposite directions. Music that grinds and roars, exhales and charges again in a fashion reminiscent of early Rolling Stones or Neil Young Two contrasting streams of expression meet to create an energetic dissonance that is pleasant to the troubled ear, in a word rock." -- BOULDER WEEKLY

"His face is a familiar one around town - although it's not as recognizable as his voice." -- DENVER POST

"John Common refuses to cave to category." -- DENVER DAILY NEWS

credits

released July 28, 2007

JOHN COMMON
WHY BIRDS FLY

Copyright 2007. All rights reserved.
All songs by John Common (BMI)
Produced by John Common
Engineered by Scott Davies, Jeremy Lawton, John Common
Recorded at Emmasaurus Sound
Mixed and mastered by Jeremy Lawton
Art direction and design by John Common

Call
John Common - guitar, rhodes

Already There
John Common - guitar, vocals
Jeremy Lawton - conjunculator

Do You Hate
John Common - guitars, wurlitzer, piano, samples, vocals
Scott Davies - drums, samples
Steve Millin - bass
Jeremy Lawton - backing vocals

Moonlight
John Common - guitars, wurlitzer, piano, samples, vocals
Scott Davies - drums
Steve Millin - bass
Jeremy Lawton - conjunculator
Chris Eagleton - samples
Adam Lancaster - guitar

Before You Met Me
John Common - wurlitzer, rhodes, samples, vocals
Matt Gilliam - trumpet, fluegal horn

Flesh Wound
John Common - guitars, wurlitzer, samples, vocals
Scott Davies - drums, samples
Kevin Meyer - bass
Jed Marrs - backing vocals

Unseen Things
John Common - samples
Scott Davies - samples

LGM
John Common - guitar, banjo, samples, vocals
Jeremy Lawton - weisenborn

You Stay
John Common - guitars, wurlitzer, piano, vocals
Scott Davies - drums, samples
Steve Millin - bass

Wrong Number
John Common - guitar, wurlitzer, vocals
Scott Davies - drums
Kevin Meyer - bass, backing vocals
Jed Marrs - backing vocals

Not So Bad
John Common - guitar, wurlitzer, samples, vocals
Jeremy Lawton - weisenborn

Do You Hate (karaoke)
John Comon - samples, vocals
Jed Marrs - casio
Scott Davies - clave

Response
John Common - guitar, Rhodes

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Confession: I like broken shit. I’m just drawn to it. Always have been. I like it even more if it used to be shiny, beautiful, innocent or full of promise. See, the way down is so interesting to me. The way it actually happens, why it happens, the little details that break off as it’s happening. ... more

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