Be Your Own Bird

by Deborah Crooks

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I wrote this last summer at a songwriting retreat in Idaho that was full of birds and birdsong. To celebrate my birthday, I recorded it with some of my favorite musicians. Be your own bird!

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Song sparrow sings its own song
No other place it belongs
Like the towhee peeps in the leaves
In your own life you must believe
And be your own bird

Hummingbird nest in the tree
Spun thread a tiny blue egg
Wings a blur in the air
We all have our own truth to declare
Be your own bird

Nature can beautiful nature can be cruel
Some days you win, some days you play the fool
Mockingbird attacking its own reflection

Across the meadow I see some geese
Dabbling in the green green grass
No one’s first and no one's last
Everyone has their own path
Be your own bird

Nature can beautiful nature can be cruel
Some days you lose some days you completely rule
Eagle perched atop the highest mountain

Be your own bird
Be your own bird
Be your own bird

©Deborah Crooks (ASCAP)

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released February 16, 2018
Recorded by Ben Bernstein at Petting Zoo Studio, Oakland, CA and Kwame Copeland at Studio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
Mixed and mastered by Ben Bernstein at Petting Zoo Studio, Oakland, CA

Deborah Crooks: vocals, whistles, wood frog, woodpecker rattle
Kwame Copeland: acoustic guitars, whistles
Ben Bernstein: upright bass, whistles, peeps
Peter Whitehead: Asian fiddle, corruga horn, catbird whistle, bells

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Deborah Crooks Alameda, California

"Deborah Crooks makes the case for a return to the roots of rock"- Consequence of Sound
California-based songwriter Deborah Crooks' music draws on folk, rock, and the Blues. Her diverse, ever-evolving artistic path has included studying writing and poetics at The Naropa Institute, voice in India, co-founding the band Bay Station, and gigging throughout the Western US. ... more

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