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With Leaving Birds

by Russell Jeanes

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Jeanes' new single ‘With Leaving Birds’ sees Dougie Harley sing a story of goodbye from the banks of a Scottish sea loch*.
The song tells of a lover compelled to leave, regardless of how much they are begged to stay. Set in autumn as winter approaches and the birds are called to other shores.
The 17th century English minister & scientist Charles Morton wrote a about how birds migrate to the moon and back every year. Ancient sailors believed birds returned from space to land on their ships.
Medieval encyclopedia’s have texts about barnacle geese growing from trees over water. From Ophelia and Shakespeare to Homers iliad the literary world is awash with stories of migration and water & sea. These are the inspiration for ‘with leaving birds’.
Written by Russell Jeanes and squirrelled away on scraps of paper and four track tapes for 30 years, then re-imagined from a cottage in the Yorkshire Woods.
*‘With Leaving Birds’ was captured in autumn near the sea, using a mic & equipment specially bought and hand delivered to Scotland for the recording of this song.


floating down the water
she fills my thoughts today
as I can still recall her in the water

d'you know how it feels
to wave someone goodbye
to watch them disappear
to cast your love aside

slow goodbye the words absurd
since when did good, cause so much hurt
and goodbye, give me the words
my loves away with leaving birds
with leav-ing birds, with leaving birds, with leaving birds, with leaving birds

longing falls around you, pushing down you
now i know I've lost you, what can I do?
d'you know how it feels
to wave someone goodbye
to watch them disappear
along the riverside

slow goodbye
the drifting words
why can't my love just carry hers?
willow leaves will stroke her hair
from thistle downs to ocean air

float goodbye, please give me words
my loves away with leaving birds
snow geese come, as my love goes,
in reeds she slows and river flows, and ri-ver flows, and river flows, and river flows, and river flows,
my love she goes.


released November 3, 2017
Words, Music: Russell Jeanes • Vocal & guitar arrangement: Dougie Harley
String Arrangements: R Jeanes & Tom Sidebottom
Mastered by Steve Kitch at Audiomaster

Release Date
3rd November 2017


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