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Cowboy Junkies — No Birds Today
Album: Miles From Our Home
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Released: 1998
Length: 4:11
Plays (last 30 days): 1
No birds today
Just this square patch of gray
Molting sky moving in on its morning prey

No words today
No one knocking at the gate
I lost my name long before I lost my way

I wonder what he thinks out there
Pastures turn from black to green and black again
The sun it carves a well worn path
from here to there and the next day back

No birds today
Just this dull sky of gray
Winter's quickly moving in on its skulking prey

No dust today
No clouds rising from my driveway
No hope drifting slowly my way

I wonder what he thinks in there
Pastures turn from black to green and black again
The sun it carves a well worn path
from here to there and the next day back

Cold bars of steel
I'm beginning to dig the feel
of all that disappears into....ethereal

Cold words of hate
Now I'm seeing how things break
Much too late now to cure my mistakes

I wonder what he thinks in there
Pastures turn from black to green and black again
The sun it carves a well worn path
from here to there and the next day back

No birds today
Just this barren stretch of gray
Just this barren stretch of gray
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I'd love to hear her when she's not sitting so comfortably.  Perhaps a little angry with someone.  There's no edge to her at all, something always missing, to my ears.

This story made me screamy.  Perhaps she might read it:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
Never really listened to this before, but finally I get it. It is a fine example of the 'Prison' genre. Spare songwriting and delivery, outstanding work from the Timmins'
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No birds today and any other day, because of the rule proposed by the Trump Administration that allows corporations to kill birds without having to pay any penalties. 
Excellent songwriting here. Much prefer this to their earlier, affected Gen X dinner party crap. 
 Rafter101 wrote:
Anyone else hear the old 70's song "Devil Woman" in this song?

 
Not very much, other than it being in a minor key, but everyone hears different things in songs.
 patcheta wrote:
REM - Drive
 
Definitely
I can't help but feel this song could be better if it were a bit more raw.
Anyone else hear the old 70's song "Devil Woman" in this song?
That's great!
Sarah McLachlan, then Cowboy Junkies.
Tomorrow is Canada Day.

I see what you did there, Bill :) 


Why is it always when it rains that the sun is the warmest, hidden away ?

Lazarus wrote:
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song...

 
It's no reason to drop the content of your space latrines on my front lawn, man.
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song...
 BBoyes wrote:

Mine too... we be worshipin' together!
 
Hope life be grand for you, BBoyes...  love this song...

I need to give this album a second listen.  I really like this!
OK, that does it. Sending support to RP to continue runs of music such as I have been enjoying today.


 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 

 
Mine too... we be worshipin' together!

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
 
Really like everything I have heard off of this CJ album.   
 tryallmusic wrote:
Michael's composition/lyrics + Margo's voice = CJ goodness
 
{#Clap}
Highly recommend this CD, its good cover to cover.......Margo is smooth and sublime
Too much Cowboy Junkies.
Michael's composition/lyrics + Margo's voice = CJ goodness
 ugly wrote:
No disrespect to the fans intended. I just have problems with Cowboy Junkies because they seem to be so aware of how cool and out of the box they are that I almost think they are their own biggest fans.{#No}
 

I don't even understand how anyone could come to this conclusion. 


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
Margo has a nice folk sound on this one. Like it.
 ThePoose wrote:
Why don't you SCREAM a little, Margo? Break out of the ''lonesome whippoorwill'' groove you are mired in, for God's sake!
 
Adele and Florence have that base very well covered. 
Why don't you SCREAM a little, Margo? Break out of the ''lonesome whippoorwill'' groove you are mired in, for God's sake!
 ugly wrote:
No disrespect to the fans intended. I just have problems with Cowboy Junkies because they seem to be so aware of how cool and out of the box they are that I almost think they are their own biggest fans.{#No}
 

I don't know about all that. I am a simple man, I just think her voice sucks.


I'll dance to this...

 


Those lyrics in this song are quite profound...  great music...  love it...



No birds today
Just this square patch of gray
Molting sky moving in on its morning prey

No words today
No one knocking at the gate
I lost my name long before I lost my way

I wonder what he thinks out there
Pastures turn from black to green and black again
The sun it carves a well worn path
from here to there and the next day back

No birds today
Just this dull sky of gray
Winter's quickly moving in on its skulking prey

No dust today
No clouds rising from my driveway
No hope drifting slowly my way

I wonder what he thinks in there
Pastures turn from black to green and black again
The sun it carves a well worn path
from here to there and the next day back

Cold bars of steel
I'm beginning to dig the feel
of all that disappears into....ethereal

Cold words of hate
Now I'm seeing how things break
Much too late now to cure my mistakes

I wonder what he thinks in there
Pastures turn from black to green and black again
The sun it carves a well worn path
from here to there and the next day back

No birds today
Just this barren stretch of gray
Just this barren stretch of gray


Strange quirk of my mind - upon hearing this song THIS came to mind:
"Hey there little bird, with your beak pressed up against the pet store window, there'll be no birdfood for you today, only death."



This song is soooo good for the ears...

 

dullsville to me.
 ugly wrote:
No disrespect to the fans intended. I just have problems with Cowboy Junkies because they seem to be so aware of how cool and out of the box they are that I almost think they are their own biggest fans.{#No}
 
Funny, I always thought of them as the opposite of cool.   Low key and hangin' back doesn't usually communicate arrogance.  As for the last comment, I sure hope they are big fans of what they do.  Would you suggesting self-loathing?  For that type of behaviour, please see Newfoundland.

No disrespect to the fans intended. I just have problems with Cowboy Junkies because they seem to be so aware of how cool and out of the box they are that I almost think they are their own biggest fans.{#No}
 bindi wrote:
Margo's voice just gives me shivers.         {#Clap}
 
Their arrangements highlight it so well. Excellent band.


The Cowboy Junkies have such a smooth groove...  sounds soooo good...


 Huey wrote:
This is excellent...but then I'm a CJ fan ...
 

Yeah, this is a cool song...


This is excellent...but then I'm a CJ fan ...
Margo's voice just gives me shivers.         {#Clap}
REM - Drive
bdblinux wrote:
How did this get through LRC?
I think Bill has a thing with cowboy junkies (I do, too). :meditate:
hey bill, jeff beck?....blackbird?
A no-bird day is certainly worthy of a dirge.
How did this get through LRC?
birdland wrote:
I wanna have her baby.
But it'll cry all the time and sigh when it's not.
Frawg wrote:
Get yourself to one of their concerts then. (click here) s
Ahh, if I could but afford a ticket (airline, not concert!) to their show in Scotland.... *sigh*
Get yourself to one of their concerts then. (click here) s KevDog wrote:
... I'd love to hear Ms. Timmins giddy, giggling and silly about something just for the heck of it.
Originally Posted by beelzebubba: ...you'd think after, what? 15!? years, they would make a song that doesn't sound just like the songs they make 15! YEARS AGO !!!???
Actually, some of the stuff off of Black-Eyed Man and Pale Sun Moon is pretty different--from relatively upbeat stuff with pop hooks to darker stuff with screaming guitars. Actually, I'd like them to try a two-disk album: one disk of quieter stuff a la the Trinity Sessions, and the other disk where they do their version of rocking out. Would make for an interesting contrast, I think.
I hate to admit it but I agree.
Originally Posted by beelzebubba: Don't get me wrong, I've always like the Cowboy Junkies, and still do.... but ... ...you'd think after, what? 15!? years, they would make a song that doesn't sound just like the songs they make 15! YEARS AGO !!!???
Don\'t get me wrong, I\'ve always like the Cowboy Junkies, and still do.... but ... ...you\'d think after, what? 15!? years, they would make a song that doesn\'t sound just like the songs they make 15! YEARS AGO !!!???
Yes, the live set is titled "200 more miles". There's a great anecdote about the Boulder Creek path, Margo's hair, and some pigeons-- it's almost as good as the story about the Christian folk duo in the hidden track at the end of "Living in Clip" I agree that CJ can be heavy, and I can understand why people don't like it. But if you're in the right mood, there's nothing better.
Originally Posted by hibbyduck: There's a live double album (200 Miles, maybe? I don't remember) where some of her between-song patter renewed my faith in her sense of humour. You can get a taste of it at their website, too. As for musical style - yep, it's dreary. Doesn't give me nightmares the way Radiohead has, though. HD
Originally Posted by CoolbeaN: Oh that voice... I love it. Reminds me of Lorena McKennett.
Margot Timmins' voice perfectly compliments the Junkies' style. Amongst female vocalists, she ranks among the top with her ability to penetrate the listener's consciousness.
"No words today No one knocking at the gate I lost my name long before I lost my way"
Originally Posted by KevDog: I love Margot Timmins' voice, but do you think she is ever up about anything in her life? Her vocals are great, but always so full of doom and gloom. I'd love to hear Ms. Timmins giddy, giggling and silly about something just for the heck of it.
There's a live double album (200 Miles, maybe? I don't remember) where some of her between-song patter renewed my faith in her sense of humour. You can get a taste of it at their website, too. As for musical style - yep, it's dreary. Doesn't give me nightmares the way Radiohead has, though. HD
Oh that voice... I love it. Reminds me of Lorena McKennett.
I wanna have her baby.
cripes - this is dreary stuff :(
Qualude rock.
Originally Posted by jamesbradley: check the cowboy junkies song to live is to fly it's about as up as they get
I think that Anniversary Song is probably their most upbeat tune. It's on the RP playlist as well. I happen to love their dark, brooding songs myself and Margo's voice makes the perfect muse.
Originally Posted by KevDog: I love Margot Timmins' voice, but do you think she is ever up about anything in her life? Her vocals are great, but always so full of doom and gloom. I'd love to hear Ms. Timmins giddy, giggling and silly about something just for the heck of it.
check the cowboy junkies song to live is to fly it's about as up as they get
I think this song is very good!
I love Margot Timmins\' voice, but do you think she is ever up about anything in her life? Her vocals are great, but always so full of doom and gloom. I\'d love to hear Ms. Timmins giddy, giggling and silly about something just for the heck of it.
Can\'t go wrong with the Junkies.