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Aoife O'Donovan - The King of All Birds (Recording with Berklee Instant Strings)

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Published on May 10, 2017

Aoife O'Donovan performs her song "The King of All Birds” with Berklee Instant Strings as part of a residency at Berklee with the American Roots Music Program. String arrangement by Gabriel Kahane. String quartet rehearsed by associate professor Darol Anger.

Berklee Instant Strings, a new project from the mind of Darol Anger, collaborates with artists and musical directors to create and perform string arrangements for their songs. During the 2016 Newport Folk Festival, they performed with Aoife O'Donovan and Margo Price.

The original recording of "The King of All Birds” comes from her album In the Magic Hour.
Get a copy here: lnk.to/magichour

Aoife O'Donovan:
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"The King of All Birds”
Writer: Aoife O'Donovan
Arranger: Gabriel Kahane
Ensemble instructor: Darol Anger

Voice, guitar: Aoife O'Donovan
Violin 1: Carolyn Kendrick,
5 string violin: Kathleen Parks
Viola: Anna Stromer
Cello: Cristobal Cruz-Garcia

Special thanks to Joe Walsh and David Wallace

Videographer & editor: Joe Barnard
Videographer & lighting: Kevin Greene

Recording at Q Division Studios
Recording & Mixing Engineer: Gonzalo Perez
Mastering Engineer: Jonathan Wyner

Lyrics:
[Verse 1]
Look out, look out
Here I come now, fists out
I'm a fighter bird
I'm a Harrier hawk, a wild flock
I keep time by the city clock
When the moon is steady, I'll find you
I'm not lucky and I'm not scared
There could be goldmine anywhere

[Chorus]
Anyone that I might want in this world
They're asleep in the arms of another girl
Who will they be when the light come up?
Everyone that I ever loved in my life
Now calls somebody else their wife
Who am I to you?

[Verse 2]
Get up, get up
To the top of the tree
I'm an owl now, a lonely owl
Who, who, where, what, why, when
How the hell did I get this far without you
Pull my feathers one by one
Put 'em in your pocket when I'm gone

[Chorus]
Anyone that I might want in this world
They're asleep in the arms of another girl
Who will they be when the light come up?
Everyone that I ever loved in my life
Now calls somebody else their wife
Who am I to you?

[Bridge]
Who am I to you? Am I just anyone?
Am I the only one? (x2)

[Verse 3]
Come on, come on
Put me back together, let me soldier on
I'm the King of it all
I'm a little wren, I'm happiest when
I hitch a ride on the wing of a friend
Looking down on everything then
When the road gets weary love
Remember who I'm dreaming of

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