"Don't Be Scared" as written by and Sparks Sparks....
Whenever Paul thinks of rain,
Swallows fall in a wave and tap on his window with their beaks.

Whenever Paul thinks of snow,
Soft winds blow round his head
And his phone rings just once late at night-like a bird calling out,
"wake up, Paul, don't be scared, don't believe you're all alone."

"wake up, Paul,"
Whisper clouds rolling by
And the seeds falling softly from the branches of the trees.

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"Don't Be Scared" as written by Rennie Sparks Brett Sparks


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  • +3
    General CommentJust wanted to add that these lyrics are attributed to Rennie Sparks because this is a Handsome Family song (like "Tin Foil" on Fingerlings 3).

    This song is strikingly beautiful, full of brilliant darkness and swelling wonder. The vocal harmonies in Bird's version reflect (for me) the eerie comfort of that single, birdlike ring of the phone... Nora's voice creeps from a silvery echo into a strong reedy tension with Bird during the song's climax, making the sensed company/other fierce, corporeal, firmly benevolent.... And then it all falls away, and the seeds fall from the trees.

    In Bird's hands, I see it as a song that struggles with the melancholy of human solitude and the lurking wonder of the world, which we perceive briefly but powerfully and fail to grasp.

    God, it's great. Over the years, this has grown to be my favorite track on Weather Systems.
    niltseon May 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOh, I think this song is about growing up. The seeds falling from the branches of the trees means facing the world on your own, as it often feels like when you grow up. This song, however assures us that we aren't alone.

    Andrew Bird is the greatest.
    grrsawnon June 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOn his website, the lyrics are credited to "Rennie Sparks," but having the song here at least provides an open forum for talking about it.

    I haven't really given a great deal of thought to the meaning of the song, but I will say that it makes you feel better when you're down...
    bobwronskion June 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can't believe there are only two comments on this song! I haven't thought too deeply about it but I really like it. Also one of my favorites on Weather Systems.
    pezdelon January 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, this song is so lovely.
    grrsawnon June 12, 2008   Link
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    MemoryI swear, this song always makes me feel better whenever I am having a bad day. I don't know why. I think it's beacause it mentions snow. Since moving from the east coast to California, I have always badly missed all that snow. This kindof just makes me feel goooood.
    emmaruthaon January 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is a cover. The original band is The Handsome Family. Ronnie Sparks leads the band with spouse, Brett Sparks. The versions are different. I was almost surprised that there could be a slower version than The Handsome Family's. The Giant of Illinois is another one of The Handsome Family's songs.
    deftrocketon August 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is truly beautiful. I love the harmony especially. It's a wonderful song that seems to be about the beauty and strangeness of the world and how it's ok if you're a little strange too.
    abirataon January 14, 2013   Link
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    General CommentAndrew Bird's older brother is "on the spectrum." This isn't a secret-- Tea and Thorazine is about being in care. I always suspected that Rennie Sparks wrote this for Andrew, for his brother. It's the first of her songs that he's recorded, until he finally just went and made a whole record of Handsome Family tracks.

    Seen through that data, the song seems clear to me. This doesn't mean my eyes don't get foggy sometimes when I sing along.
    InfantTyroneon February 03, 2016   Link

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