Pretty Bird

by Cosy Sheridan

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This is the most personal collection of songs I’ve written in a long time.

These songs were written on the journey my life took from 2012 to 2014: the ending and loss of my long-time partnership with TR Ritchie; finding a new life and love; moving back to New England; and then in December 2013, learning that TR was ill with pancreatic cancer.

In many ways TR begins and ends this song cycle: the first song I wrote was “The First Song” (track#3) and the last was “Sing Goodbye” (track 5).
Thank you for listening.

Cosy

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released February 14, 2014

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Cosy Sheridan Moab, Utah

Cosy first caught the attention of national folk audiences  in 1992 when she won the New Folk songwriting contests at The Kerrville Folk Festival and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The Boston Globe wrote “She is now being called one of the best new singer/songwriters.” Her 2014 release, Pretty Bird, was chosen as one of Sing Out Magazine's "Great CDs of 2014.” ... more

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Track Name: Drive On
Drive On

The world spins round and things fly off
Are the stars up in heaven all gone
I am listening for what does not get lost
I hold back and then I drive on

Its ok you went away, I am getting through
Are the stars up in heaven all gone
But there’s some stuff that I forgot how to do
I hold back and then I drive on

CHORUS
I’m working hard to let it all fall apart
Not to throw the world out of my heart
Watch the feathers fly from my wings
Be a small and a naked thing

All the ways we untie the ties that bind
Are the stars up in heaven all gone
It’s good, it’s bad, and I am fine
I hold back and then I drive on

CHORUS
I’m working hard to let it all fall apart
Not to throw the world out of my heart
Watch the feathers fly from my wings
Be a small and a naked thing

Bridge:
Some days are just hard

CHORUS
I’m working hard to let it all fall apart
Not to throw the world out of my heart
Watch the feathers fly from my wings
Be a small and a naked thing


©Cosy Sheridan, Cosyng Music BMI 2013
Track Name: Pretty Bird
Pretty Bird

In a certain tree I will make my nest
You can write to me at this address
I’ll be there and then I’ll be gone
No matter where we live, we all move on

Make me a raven’s wing
I will return in the spring
When the desert is a beautiful thing
I will fly

CHORUS
Oh how the pretty bird sings
Fly away
Oh how the pretty bird sings
Fly away

Do you know your neighbors
Do you know your town
Do they pick you up
When you fall down
Do you grow best in a certain kind of ground
Do we get to keep every home we ever found

I make it up as I go along
I make my way and I make my song
Make me a raven, I will fly home

© Cosy Sheridan, Cosyng Music BMI 2014
Track Name: The First Song
The First Song

Ever since you left I have wondered
What would be the first song
How to wrap a string of words
Around all the ways we went wrong
All the phrases I started
All the pages I erased
I’ve thrown out as many lines as I watched over time
Find their way onto your face

When I was younger this sort of song
Was an easier thing to write
Back then the you was always wrong
And the I was always right
But I have seen you bring about
More than one moment of grace
It’ll be a very long time
Till she can draw every line
That I know by heart on your face

Ever since you left I have wondered
How to be your friend
For all the bright new beginnings
There is a price to pay for the end

It’s not a complicated story
Just a question of where to begin
Everyone’s heard a song of two her’s
Fighting over just one him
In all that I let go of
And all that I embrace
All of the time and every line
You left behind on my face

I have heard about how forgiveness
Will help me to move on
I don’t know if this is forgiveness
All I know is this is the first song

© Cosy Sheridan, Cosyng Music BMI 2014
Track Name: Rise Out of the Water
Rise Out of the Water

Things got complicate and things got hard
When someone pitched a tent in our backyard
The good went bad, the bad went good
This did not end the way I thought it would

No one was wrong and no one was right
No one was sleeping too well at night
Up in the tower the queen is crying
Someone has to say the kingdom is dying

CH
Rise out of the water
I will believe
In the cup of human kindness
There are reasons to leave

See what comes over the castle wall
We try and we fail
We rise and we fall
Sometimes we find the kingdom renewed
Can you hear Guinevere what I am telling you

CH
Rise out of the water
I will believe
In the cup of human kindness
There are reasons to leave

The lady of the Lake held a sword in her hand

She rose out of the water and said if you do this right
You can go down in darkness or go down in light
It is not explained
It might be revealed
The kingdom falls the kingdom is healed


© Cosy Sheridan Cosyng Music BMI 2013
Track Name: Sing Goodbye
Sing Goodbye

I read your letter
The big goodbye
The train will come
We are born and we die
Is there a beautiful reason
Is it a beautiful sight
The nightbird flies into the morning light

I heard about
All the pain you’re in
I saw your picture
You are looking very thin
I am looking for the muscle
That makes happiness
I like things neat
And this is a mess

CHORUS:
I sing when I don’t know
I sing to hold on
And I sing to let go
I sing as you fall from the sky
I sing I’m sorry,
I sing goodbye

In all this loss
Something found
I dreamed last night I found gold in the ground
Beneath the tree we had planted
That did not survive
You lifted up that tree and you held it high

CHORUS:
I sing when I don’t know
I sing to hold on
And I sing to let go
I sing as you fall from the sky
I sing I’m sorry,
I sing goodbye


© Cosy Sheridan, Cosyng Music 2013 BMI
Track Name: Lost and Found
Lost and Found

I am the sort who is easily lost
That thing with the tree and which side is the moss
Means nothing to me and I come apart
That would assume that I understand
How north and south tell me where I am
When I don’t know where I am, it’s hard on my heart

My sense of direction is deep inside
It does not pay attention when I drive
It’s best if I have some help when I travel alone
So a voice in a box talks to me in the car
It says here is where you are, out on the edge of your comfort zone

CHORUS
The map is flat, the world is round
Some things get lost, and some get found

This is for those who do not know
The easily lost who still bravely go
Out there and try
I said I’m lost, you said I am too
I feel pretty found when I’m around you

The world plays dice and we get tossed
Up in the air it’s no wonder we get lost
I think I understand I am in an unmapped land
But I know where I am when I am following my heart

©Cosy Sheridan Cosyng Music BMI 2014
Track Name: Sweet Animal
Sweet Animal

Sweet animal we are just in time
It’s the season of the Clementine
I’d buy them all if you’d be mine
In the season of the Clementine

Sweet animal we cannot fail
The clementines are all on sale
Sometimes bright, sometimes pale
The clementines are all on sale

CHORUS
Sweet Animal all the ways we care
Clementines everywhere
Bruised but not beyond repair
Clementines everywhere

Sweet animal when the house is cold
The clementines have all been sold
Who can say what the future holds
Even clementines get old

CHORUS
Sweet Animal all the ways we care
Clementines everywhere
Bruised but not beyond repair
Clementines everywhere

© Cosy Sheridan, Cosyng Music 2013 BMI
Track Name: Welcome to Boston
Welcome to Boston

I’ve returned to the land where I was born
Where the cautious driver is scorned
Where they believe in the hand and in the horn
And if the social fabric gets torn

Well they’ve got places to go
And things to do
That are on the other side of you
Important people coming through
And you’re in their way
Welcome to Boston
Have a nice day

The occasional insult gets hurled
When they are late for ruling the world
You might think that you should go first
But the master of the universe
Is on the phone
And on the wheel
He’s closing in while he closes his deal
He’s on task and you’re in his way
Welcome to Boston
Have a nice day

They have a busy life planned
The reins are in their hand
Who’s really happy
Life is just stress
They have medication
They do not need rest
They just need you to get out of their way
Welcome to Boston
Have a nice day

© Cosy Sheridan Cosyng Music BMI
Track Name: Charlie is My Darling
Charlie is my Darling

One day Charlie went to work
And he was not seen again
He was replaced by a series of empty men
Who came back to the house
Sat in his chair
Some of us noticed
Charlie wasn’t there

Charlie is my darling
He shines in the night
The empty men they carry no such light
Charlie has a voice
Like a strong man would speak
The empty men: their voices are weak

CHORUS
Charlie you’re my darling
Wherever you may
Charlie you’re my darling
Come back to me
Don’t leave me here all alone
Charlie you’re my darling
Come home

The god of the job
Stole him away
Took all his life by the end of the day
I sat down by his chair
I said here’s what we’ll do
You hold on to me
And I’ll hold on to you.

CHORUS
Charlie you’re my darling
Wherever you may
Charlie you’re my darling
Come back to me
Don’t leave me here all alone
Charlie you’re my darling
Come home

Bridge:
We all go to work
And then we come home again
We all have our days of the empty men
But love is kind
If it’s any kind of love at all

© Cosy Sheridan, Cosyng Music 2013 BMI
Track Name: The Sandman's Ride
The Sandman’s Ride


Sleep little boy
I’ll be downstairs
Looking out for your troubles
Watching over your cares
You are safe in this night
We are all nearby
Sleep little boy
Take the sandman’s ride

Sleep little boy
You are made of the dust from the stars
So fly high in your dreams
And remember who you are
Where you are not afraid
And you don’t have to hide
Sleep little boy
Take the sandman’s ride

Sleep little boy
Until you wake
Let go of your worries
Of the turns your world might take
When the boat looks small
And the sea looks wide
Sleep little boy
Take the sandman’s ride

© Cosy Sheridan, Cosyng Music 2013 BMI