Caladrius

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For Juli, who brings such excellent mischief to my life. I was investimagating her LJ handle and found out what a caladrius bird is and then it turned out they needed a cranky/wild caladrius bird song.

So, all those crazy A minor chords: on banjo anyway what I'm doing is:
Am: EACe
Amsus4: EACd
Cadd9: gEGCd
Amadd9: EABe
...you guitar nerds are on your own for figuring out what to do. :)

lyrics

I am the white bird, the milk-white of ermine Amsus4 Am Amsus4 Am
I'll cure or condemn you by looking -- or not Amsus4 Am E E7
My gaze is a wild and a fey madman's sermon Amsus4 Am Amsus4 Am
It cannot be taken, it cannot be bought Amsus4 Am E Am

I the white dawn of august Am
the pale noon of winter Cadd9
the robe of the virgin D
the shroud of the corpse E7

I the lily-white, Amsus4
frost-white Am
the bone-white Amsus4
the chalk-white Am
the rice-white Amsus4
the pus-white Am
Caladrius bird Amadd9 Am

I the lily-white, Amsus4
frost-white Am
the bone-white Amsus4
the chalk-white Am
the rice-white Amsus4
the pus-white Am
Caladrius bird Amadd9 Am
Amadd9 Am

If I look I will draw into my heart your illness Amsus4 Am Amsus4 Am
And heavily laden fly off to the sun Amsus4 Am E E7
And linger there burning in fiery stillness Amsus4 Am Amsus4 Am
Until heart, until self, until sickness are done Amsus4 Am E Am

I the unblemished teacup Am
the skull that says poison Cadd9
the fair apple blossom D
the bleached desert bones E7

I the cloud-white, Amsus4
the snow-white Am
the lamb-white Amsus4
the tooth-white Am
the egg-white Amsus4
the swan-white Am
Caladrius bird Amadd9 Am

I the cloud-white, Amsus4
the snow-white Am
the lamb-white Amsus4
the tooth-white Am
the egg-white Amsus4
the swan-white Am
Caladrius bird Amadd9 Am
Amadd9 Am

Can you imagine what impulse compels me? Amsus4 Am Amsus4 Am
I'll tell you that there is not choice but desire Amsus4 Am E E7
For when I hear calling my lover, the banshee Amsus4 Am Amsus4 Am
Then I am a pool that's extinguished by fire Amsus4 Am E Am

I the white hair of wisdom Am
the dandelion's seed-clock Cadd9
the spray of the rapids D
the pallor of death E7

I the cotton-white, Amsus4
eye-white Am
the milk-white Amsus4
the dove-white Am
the ice-white Amsus4
the moon-white Am
Caladrius bird Amadd9 Am

I the cotton-white, Amsus4
eye-white Am
the milk-white Amsus4
the dove-white Am
the ice-white Amsus4
the moon-white Am
Caladrius bird Amadd9 Am
Amadd9 Am

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from Items from 2008!, released December 31, 2008

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Brooke Abbey Vancouver

Brooke Abbey (formerly Brooke Lunderville) is a banjo-playing pharmacist from Vancouver, BC.

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