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The Magpie Hunter

from Two Sides Of A River by Lianne Smith

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*** The Magpie Hunter ***
Magpie oh magpie, in your sheltered tree
Far away on a branch, now looking down at me
And though you’re hidden from my searching eyes,
I know where you are by the sound of your cry.

Out from the shadows, now you’re flying overhead
Are you looking for a silver ring to pretty up your bed?
Then down to the grasses and hedges there you speed
Attracted by something that glitters with greed.

But soon those feathers of glossy black
Will be lost in the darkness of this hunter’s sack.
I’ll tighten the string of this bow and arrow
Then straight through the gristle of flesh and marrow.

One for the gold you willingly gave
Two for the roses each one for a grave
Three for the sins of a wayward son
Four for the trigger on a silvery gun
Five for the fools and the actors and actresses
Six for the promises, promises, promises
And seven is seven to have and to hold
Then bury the secrets that never were told.

Magpie oh magpie, you’ll never do me harm
When I see your black wings, I’ll sound the alarm
When I hear your harsh cry, I’ll sound the alarm.


from Two Sides Of A River, track released April 6, 2012
Produced by Anton Fier


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Lianne Smith New York

I write songs about standing in the middle of the road and wondering which way to go, about how others cheat us and how we cheat ourselves, about free-wheeling, bicycle riding, look-ma-no-hands exhilarations, and how it feels to say goodbye to summer.

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