Firebird Songs

by AV Marchese

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These songs were recorded over summer of 2013 before leaving for college in the fall. Includes covers of Beat Happening, Daniel Johnston, and Neutral Milk Hotel. Resequenced and remastered February 2017 from the original album, "Solway Firth Spaceman" under the name The Firebirds. Songs that I still had the project files for have been re-mixed. The Daniel Johnston and R. Kelly covers are from a later EP recorded not long after, but fit the tone of the other songs well enough.


released August 27, 2013

Recorded July and August 2013 in Red Bank, NJ. "I Lived My Broken Dreams" and "I Believe I Can Fly" were recorded at some later date in early 2014.



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Track Name: Embrace the Rain
She said 'let's embrace the rain'
And let it fall into the drain
Poseiden's got me by the hair
But I don't care
It's all the same little arguments this time
And who can deal with it?
Athena's spending time at shopping malls
To buy some presents for her
Mentally superior English terrier
While my friend is drinking vodka in the street
Next to the dumpster down the road
I just don't know who is in charge here
Unless I'm on my own

Who can bother if we're nothing but a stain?
Embrace the rain
Track Name: A Machine For Wolves
I was walking through the woods
I was walking as far as I could
I was going nowhere fast
Leaving everything in the past
I ran away

Deep down in the ocean
Where everything is in motion
Just like a spinning wheel
All we ever do is steal
All we do is steal
Track Name: Indian Summer [Beat Happening cover]
Breakfast in cemetery
Boy tasting wild cherry
Touch girl, apple blossom
Just a boy playing possum

We'll come back for Indian summer
And go our separate ways

What is that cheerful sound?
Rain falling on the ground
We'll wear a jolly crown
Buckle up, we're wayward bound

I touch your hem you say
Let's stroll down Martin Way
Pick plums, abandoned farm
Who let norms come to harm?

Cover me with rain
Walk me down the lane
I'll drink from your drain
We will never change
Track Name: Typhoid Mary
Typhoid Mary
You're givin' and you're givin' again
Three people buried
While you claimed that it didn't make sense
Well then you should have got the clue
Irish cooks are not like you

Mary, you scare me
Mary, you scare them
Typhoid Mary

That's why they locked you far away
Never to see another day
Thirty years in isolation
Still not as bad as David Vetter
Oh, Mary we do, we pity you
But what were we to do?
It was more than just the flu
If it was the present day
And not 1938

Oh, Typhoid Mary
Track Name: I Lived My Broken Dreams [Daniel Johnston cover]
When I was out in San Marcos a year ago today
They probably would've put me in a home
But I threw all my belongings into a garbage bag
And out into the worldness I did roam

My hopes lay shattered like a mirror on the floor
I see myself and I look really scattered
But I lived my broken dreams

The wildest summer that I ever knew
I had a flat tire down memory lane
But I came back after 5 months and a half
And now I'm just trying to explain
Track Name: King of Carrot Flowers Part III [Neutral Milk Hotel cover]
Up and over
We go through the wave and undertow
I will float until I learn how to swim
Inside my mother in a garbage bin
Until I find myself again

Up and over we go
Mouths open wide and spitting still
And I will spit until I learn how to speak
Up through the doorway as the sideboards creek
With them ever proclaiming me

Up and over
We go the weight it sits on down and I don't know
I will shout until they know what I mean
I mean the marriage of a dead dog sing
And a synthetic flying machine
Track Name: Bewitched [Beat Happening cover]
I see you hang in the crowd
Staring me down
With that ice cream cone
Still I'm all alone
You've got me caught
Let go my heart
Or give me a sign
That you'll be mine

I've got a crush on you
I've got a crush on you
You won't let me through
I've got a crush on you
I've got a crush on you
What am I to do?
I've got a crush on you

I saw you flying your plane
Driving me insane
Hit me with a bone
Still I'm all alone
You're driving that car
Saw his arm
Saw that black as tar
Must be your heart

I can't relax
Ol' mister scratch
Is on my back
Made a devil's pact
Trade an old black cat
For a witches brew
Seven deadly sins
And you

Pandora's box
Has got a lock
I'm gonna knock
Gonna beat the clock
I won't rest
Until pandora's chest
Has been upset
Because I'm the one

I've got a crush on you
You won't let me through
Track Name: I Believe I Can Fly [R. Kelly cover]
I used to think that I could not go on
And life was nothing but an awful song
But now I know the meaning of true love
I'm leaning on the everlasting arms

If I can see it, then I can do it
If I just believe it, there's nothing to it

I believe I can fly
I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every night and day
Spread my wings and fly away
I believe I can soar
I see me running through that open door
I believe I can fly

See I was on the verge of breaking down
Sometimes silence can seem so loud
There are miracles in life I must achieve
But first I know it starts inside of me, oh

If I can see it, then I can be it
If I just believe it, there's nothing to it