Filthy bird laying in our yard
four chambered heart never beat so hard
Dad said she was almost gone,
upside down out on our lawn.
And I could hold her in a shoe box,
if she heals she could be mine.
And if I cannot save her spirit,
dad says I should break her spine.
Shaking, brilliant, silver-black wings,
Jesus Christ, what prayers these tears sing.

Chorus
Wear your hearts out on your sleeves for
starlings... starlings.
Of the least of all of these,
are starlings... starlings.

Two years pass, I pumped the chamber,
full of air to shoot the birds.
Harmless game to hit them slightly,
to scare them off, in other words.
Starling falling to her death,
piercing copper steals her breath.
See the flutter in her breast,
starving babies in her nest.
Raise their souls up to the sky,
why must helpless creatures die?

Chorus

Bridge
Every breath has sacred weight,
every life has some design.
Can we kill and also save,
speak of life, while digging graves?

Chorus


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    General CommentReally looking forward to this album. Unfortunantly, I'm gonna be one of those guys who just posts he likes this song and doesn't state the meaning.

    I like this song.
    infon June 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWow, I too am looking forward to the album. The vocals sound really distant or at least too quiet. Maybe it's just that way in this demo version. Great lyrics. I think this sound is pretty straight forward but powerful. We are all crushed and dieing, in need of a savior. I
    topskankeron June 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt is interesting that Reese uses a plural "hearts" towards the end. Perhaps a reference to the trinity. What do folks think it means for God to wear his heart on his sleave?
    topskankeron June 25, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is alot like Reeses FIF song Dandilions, basically, he had a bird that he loved and thought was beautiful, even though it wasnt, and thats kinda the way christ sees us, beautiful though we arent
    StormTrooper74on August 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSo, they just posted the final mix of the song on their myspace. Here are correct lyrics (I think...):

    Filthy Bird Laying on our lawn
    4 chambered heart never beat so heart
    Dad said she was almost gone
    Upside down out on our lawn

    And I could hold her in a shoe box
    if she heals she could be mine
    and if I can not save her spirit
    Dad says I should break her spine

    Shaking brilliant, silver black wings
    Jesus Christ what prayers these dare sing (?)

    Wear your hearts out on your sleaves
    for starlings, starlings
    All the least of all of these are
    Starlings, starlings

    Two years pass I pump the chamber
    full of air to shoot the birds
    harmless game to hit them slightly
    Scare them off in other words

    Stalling, falling to her death
    Piercing copper steals her breath
    See the flower in her breast (?)
    starving babies in her nest

    Raise our souls up to the sky
    Why must helpless creatures die?

    Every breath, has sacred weight
    Every life has some design
    Yet we kill and posess faith (?)
    Speak of life, while taking grace

    So, yea, not too sure about a couple words. Looking forward to the release! This song is awesome and seems to be about... well the bridge says it best. We understand the preciousness of life but disregard it all the time. Like understanding the great value and expense of our salvation and the love of God but yet we sin against him all the time. Peace.
    topskankeron September 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTHE OFFICIAL STARLING LYRICS(taken from the official message board) ARE AS FOLLOWS:

    Filthy bird laying in our yard
    four chambered heart never beat so hard
    Dad said she was almost gone,
    upside down out on our lawn.
    And I could hold her in a shoe box,
    if she heals she could be mine.
    And if I cannot save her spirit,
    dad says I should break her spine.
    Shaking, brilliant, silver-black wings,
    Jesus Christ, what prayers these tears sing.

    Chorus
    Wear your hearts out on your sleeves for
    starlings... starlings.
    Of the least of all of these,
    are starlings... starlings.

    Two years pass, I pumped the chamber,
    full of air to shoot the birds.
    Harmless game to hit them slightly,
    to scare them off, in other words.
    Starling falling to her death,
    piercing copper steals her breath.
    See the flutter in her breast,
    starving babies in her nest.
    Raise their souls up to the sky,
    why must helpless creatures die?

    Chorus

    Bridge
    Every breath has sacred weight,
    every life has some design.
    Can we kill and also save,
    speak of life,
    while digging graves?

    Chorus
    Augenblickon September 12, 2008   Link
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    General Commenta-hah!
    topskankeron September 15, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningHere 'tis folks, the official meaning, from an interview with Reese by JFH:

    These two things actually happened to me when I was a kid, about two years apart: I found a dying starling in our yard and unsuccessfully tried to save it, when I was ten. When I was twelve, a friend and I were shooting cans with my dad's BB gun from our porch. We got bored and started shooting birds, but only pumping it one or two times so it would barely graze them. But the gun had a slow air leak, so we kept pumping it while we waited. I made this incredible shot, where I followed a starling flying into a dryer vent in the apartment building I lived in, but because we had pumped it so many times, I actually killed the bird. Not only that, but in doing so, I later realized that I had killed all of the baby birds it was trying to feed in its nest. It was devastating to me as a twelve year old, because I had never thought through what I was doing, the fact that we could be hurting birds, or that we might actually kill one. I remember that I spent the next four days trying to climb up to that vent so that I could save the baby birds. For the first few days, I could hear them crying out for their mother, but that slowly became weaker over time, until the fourth day, when it stopped. I broke down into tears on the second day and decided to tell my dad, whose response was that I should try to save them myself, reasoning that it was I who had caused the problem in the first place. By the third day, he tried to help me by boosting me up to the vent, but I couldn't reach in because it was partially obscured by a screen. Because we lived in an apartment, we didn't have a ladder, or even know anyone who did. It was a very hard lesson to learn.

    I think that my views on life, and the sacredness of life come from experiences such as this. I feel like we, as humans, can only take life, but can never really give it. If Scriptures tell us that God cares about each and every sparrow that falls, in light of these experiences, I wanted to say something about us as the Church being concerned with saving and respecting all life. I just wanted to make a statement about life being sacred and special. Not just the lives of animals, but babies, and criminals, and our enemies. If we are to interpret Scripture by the actions and life of Jesus Christ and His disciples, then we should be conscious of the value of life. I know that this will upset a lot of people, because the issues of gun control, abortion, and capitol punishment have become highly politicized, so I would just like to address that by saying that we should see the world through the eyes of Christ, and not through the eyes of whatever political party we feel supports or opposes these heavy issues that we have already made up our minds about. All life is sacred and we are called as humankind to be stewards over it. I think God leaves it up to us to figure out what that means, and to what extent we believe that. Not to say that hunting is wrong, because I think it can be done respectfully, and with care for the world and God's creation. I just wanted this song to paint a picture of our burden as Christians for stewardship over the earth. It is a call to be merciful to those who have wronged us, and especially to take care of those who cannot help themselves - both people and animals.
    OnDistantShoreson November 12, 2008   Link

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