My parents knew these people who
For all their faults were very nice;
They owned a farm whose "Olde Worlde" charm
Earned it the name of "Paradise".
We came to stay one holiday,
We played croquet and burned our arms;
But I was charmed and lost for words,
When first I heard the birds of Paradise Farm.
Singing gay songs all the day long,
Making love to the dinner gong,
Wondering when their human friend
Would come to feed them.
I looked in the trees and in the air,
I searched the eaves of disused barns
Till finally, to my despair,
I found the caged birds in Paradise Farm.
Singing gay songs all the day long,
Making love to the dinner gong,
Wondering why their tiny lives
Should be spent behind iron bars.
Now "Leonardo da Vinci",
"St. Francis of Assisi"...
But "Neil Hannon of The See House, Fivemiletown"-
Well, it doesn't sound quite right somehow!
Singing gay songs all summer long,
Making love to the dinner gong,
Wondering when their human friend
Would come to free them.
When the last day came, I took my time.
They called my name, and revved the car;
"When nature calls you must reply", they laughed,
Waving goodbye to Paradise Farm.


Lyrics submitted by Bobo192, edited by samfishx

Birds of Paradise Farm Lyrics as written by Neil Hannon

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    This song is so great, it's pretty obvious what it's about but i dont really get the Leonardo da Vinci part?

    anyway love the line When Nature Calls You Must Reply

    too cute

    sedderson January 09, 2007   Link
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    Some of the lyrics are slightly wrong. It should be 'singing gay songs' and 'they called my name and revved the car'

    Anyway, fantastic song, one of the best of the B sides. I wish Neil would release an album of B sides.

    Lazy_wolf_eyeson June 07, 2009   Link

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