December 23, 2008

he sings his song with his heart on his tongue

This unassuming tune was introduced to me a few weeks ago as “a perfect song.” Homemade and unvarnished, it resonates with me both in the way it speaks to the creative process of artistry, and also the ups and downs of love. What more do you need in music?

Bird (demo) – Scott Brabson

lovesick bird bears his burden to the mass
sings his song to anyone who will listen back

he sings his song with his heart on his tongue
with a faded photograph in his sock
they’ll walk by with x’s on their eyes
greenback tethers beckon them to walk

when did you get your wings clipped bird?

(could you) love someone new?
one who’ll hold you through the night
and forget the past
forward-motion puts history behind

she sings her song with her heart on her tongue
she’s waiting in hope of a response
he stands by with his arm tucked by his sides
cause a ghost has claimed a place in his thoughts
and a ghost says “ooo”

So he sings his song with his heart on his tongue
pulls a faded photograph from his sock
he lets love walk by a hundred thousand times
and a memory will never let him stop


Scott Brabson is a Denver artist, and this was recorded in his studio (apartment, that is).

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5 Comments »

  • That’s good. Really good. Everything about it. Thanks for sharing.

    Have you heard the P Is For Panda mixtape? It’s also good. $2 for a whole disc at Amazon. I particularly enjoy Andy Shauf, Pasadena, Mike Dunn and Damion Suomi. Ok, so that only leaves a couple artists. They are all great.

    http://www.amazon.com/P-Panda-Mix-Tape-Vol/dp/B001D57C7K

    HCJoel — December 23, 2008 @ 2:28 pm

  • Merry Christmas, Heather,

    Great show next month, Jan. 23, at the Hi-Dive in Denver, Bad Weather California with your pals, the Young Coyotes … BWC is amazing, worth the trip!

    Chase Squires — December 24, 2008 @ 7:44 pm

  • I really liked this song — it was kind of reminiscent of both Glen Hansard with a CSN harmony. Thanks for posting it!

    I hope he gets a better studio soon to record in, than his studio apartment. Sounds like he deserves a chance.

    Linda T — December 25, 2008 @ 6:57 am

  • [...] By Brendan I was reading I Am Fuel, You Are Friends when I came across an incredible musician named Scott Brabson. This guy deserves a lot more [...]

    Scott Brabson « brendan’s memoir — January 10, 2009 @ 10:18 am

  • These were the good days. Got an email from a friendly fellow who picked up my album Mentioned that he read this post way back in the day and was hoping to find some more muse. I wanted to share where you can pick up my old recordings: http://scottbrabson.bandcamp.com/

    Goodbye 2009.

    Scott — December 3, 2014 @ 10:45 am

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
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