"Billie Holiday" as written by Emily Camille Kokal, Jennifer Lee Lindberg, Theresa Becker-wayman and William Robinson....
B. I. L. L. I. E. H. O. L. I. D. A. Y.
B. I. L. L. I. E. H. O. L. I. D. A. Y.
B. I. L. L. I. E. H. O. L. I. D. A. Y.
B. I. L. L. I. E. H. O. L. I. D. A. Y.

As I walk this line, I am bound by the other side
And it's for my heart that I'll live
'Cause you'll never die
Well if you want to know me, I'm a war
Companion

Nothing you can say can tear me away from my guy
Nothing you can do 'cause I'm stuck like glue to my guy
I'm sticking to my guy like a stamp to a letter
Like birds of a feather, we stick together
I'm telling you from the start, I won't be torn apart from my guy

Nothing you can buy could make me tell a lie to my guy
Nothing you could do could make me untrue to my guy
I gave my guy my word of honor to be faithful and I'm gonna
You best be believing, I won't be deceiving my guy

As a matter of opinion I think he's tops
My opinion is he's the cream of the crop
As a matter of taste to be exact
He's my ideal as a matter of fact
No muscle-bound man can tear me away from my guy

B. I. L. L. I. E. H. O. L. I. D. A. Y.
B. I. L. L. I. E. H. O. L. I. D. A. Y.

If she wants to go, if he wants to go, if she wants to go, if he wants
If he wants to go, if she wants to go, if he wants to go, if she wants
If she wants to go, if she wants to go, if she wants to go, if she wants
If she wants to go, if she wants to go, if she wants to go, if she wants

B. I. L. L. I. E. H. O. L. I. D. A. Y.

Birds of a feather
We are birds of a feather
We are birds of a feather
We are birds of a feather
We are birds of a feather
We are birds of a feather
We are birds of a feather
We are birds of a feather
We are birds of a feather
We are birds of a feather
We are birds of a feather
We are birds of a feather
We are birds of a feather
We are birds of a feather
We are birds of a feather
We are birds of a feather
We are birds of a feather
We are birds of a feather
We are birds of a feather
Birds of a feather
Birds of a feather


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"Billie Holiday" as written by Emily Kokal Theresa Becker-wayman

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    General Commenti'm a warrior (come paint)
    have mercy.. most beautiful part of the song.
    kneeseeon February 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthey are so great this song is beautiful
    sux4uuon January 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics are slightly wrong. The 4th verse (starting "As a matter of opinion") should read "He's my ideal, as a matter of fact" rather than "he's my dear as a matter of fact".

    And is there maybe a bit missing during the second to last refrain?
    Sherlotteon January 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is absolutely heartbreaking. The section from Martha & the Vandellis is easy; a song about being faithful. How sweet. Then the band turn the whole thing around with the phrase, "If she wants to go". She's leaving despite all this talk of faithfulness.
    The 'birds of a feather' portion is the finale and can interpreted a handful of ways; 1) the girl is singing to her new man, 2) the man left behind is singing of the girl so either a) she's leaving him the way she found him or b) he wasn't faithful either. The fact that there is a decrescendo before repeating 'birds of a feather' leads me think its either 1 or 2b.
    However, I think it strange to interact with an entirely new character at the very end of a piece. This could be just reinforcing the idea that this is the last thing you see of this girl, her with her new guy. Or as in 2b, the guy was never faithful either, making you reconsider why this girl had decided to leave in the first place. Maybe she was faithful, she meant what she said. Then she found out about him cheating and went to find someone to treat her better. In that case all three endings work, actually.
    funkitup4yaon June 22, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is absolutely heartbreaking. The section from Martha & the Vandellis is easy; a song about being faithful. How sweet. Then the band turn the whole thing around with the phrase, "If she wants to go". She's leaving despite all this talk of faithfulness.
    The 'birds of a feather' portion is the finale and can interpreted a handful of ways; 1) the girl is singing to her new man, 2) the man left behind is singing of the girl so either a) she's leaving him the way she found him or b) he wasn't faithful either. The fact that there is a decrescendo before repeating 'birds of a feather' leads me think its either 1 or 2b.
    However, I think it strange to interact with an entirely new character at the very end of a piece. This could be just reinforcing the idea that this is the last thing you see of this girl, her with her new guy. Or as in 2b, the guy was never faithful either, making you reconsider why this girl had decided to leave in the first place. Maybe she was faithful, she meant what she said. Then she found out about him cheating and went to find someone to treat her better. In that case all three endings work, actually.
    funkitup4yaon June 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI saw Warpaint last night in Sydney, Australia. They were beautiful live. Right before they performed this song they said "This song is about a heroin addict."
    SamAzamon July 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know the lyrics toward the end? "Nina was on your front porch, we need you to....????"
    miriamleamanon December 12, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentalso i think "I'm a war." is correct
    TurdFerguson777on April 05, 2012   Link
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    General CommentMy first thought was that it was about a heroin addict as well. The "guy" in the song is heroin. And Billie Holiday famously struggled with her heroin addiction. When she sings "we are birds of a feather" she's speaking of how she and Billie are tied together by their shared addiction.
    ReginaSibilatrixon May 21, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThe key to this song, the connection between the title and the Mary Wells 'My Guy' lyrics (written by Smokey Robinson incidentally), is perhaps Holiday's 'My Man'.
    Where 'My Guy' is the saccharine sweet ideal of teenage love, 'My Man' is it's dysfunctional, abusive counterpart, but both are a pledge of devotion to their guy/man.
    SuitBoyon October 16, 2013   Link

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