Declan De Barra - Song of a Thousand Birds


9 May 2007, 22:09

Declan De Barra didn't surprised me by this album. In my opinion it's recurrent and predictable. Declan IS NOT showing power of his voice, what's more in first song he's just squeaking (instead of singing).
I tried to crack his lyrics - and I've got now 3 options:
a) he had really bad time (we're talking about woman of course ; )) and his trauma was so big that last 3 songs are just to brilliant for me ...
b) he had really bad time - but it last only for 8 songs ; D
c) whole album was writen _just_to_fuck_work_off_

Anyway, short lyrics' overhaul:
1. "Throw Your Arms Around Me" is calm, warm song about eternal friendship. A little naive.
2. "Song of a Thousand Birds" tells us about fighting for freedom. First part is too monotonous and second one links my minds to "Braveheart".
3. In "Blackbird Song" I found longing for someone who should be here whole the time.
4. "Someday Soon" is clearly an answer for previous song.
5. "Apple Tree" shows us love's power and immortality. Its symbol is an apple tree and its (apple tree's) leaves.
6. "Leaves in the Autumn" ... I'm not sure if I'm right, but I found here sacrifice of one of two lovers ...
7. In "Slow Dissolve" subject complains that his/her partner drops him/her.
8. "Welcome" - someone comes somwhere. Sure is one thing - connection with Ireland (or just Scandinavia). I'm rather to explain this song as a greeting in a kind of heaven.

Unfortunatelly "Someday Soon", "Curfew" and "Improv 20,000 Feet" don't fit to mine album conception - so I'll let You to fix this situation ; )

To summarise - "Song of a Thousand Birds" IS NOT bad album, I just wasn't able to find anything for me. Try and search by yourself ; )


  • Ein_Fremde

    Welcome is clearly a song about modern immigration and/or refugees with allusions to Ireland's own past (coffin ships etc..). Lyrically I found it a little too naive for my taste, but overall loved the album. Curfew is also a song about the (past) political situation in Ireland.

    8 Mar 2011, 22:25
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