Wild Bird, Fly Free

by Gerry Madigan

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1.
Chorus: Wild bird, fly free. Wild bird, fly free And when you’ve finally spread your wings, and done all your crazy things Then turn around, and fly back home to me   Dreams are easily broken by promises false spoken That you never intended, you never intended to fulfill I showed you how to spread your wings, to reach out for better things So all your dreams, your dreams could now be real   Chorus- Wild bird fly free, wild bird fly free And when you’ve finally spread your wings, and done all your crazy things Then turn around, and fly back home to me   So take good care now as you fly, and don’t attempt to fly too high But control the new sensations that you feel But if these new sensations, far exceed your expectations Just don’t confuse them for the real thing   I came to you and let you see the very inside of my soul But you were only playing an imitation role Of caring and sharing, and building things together But you were faking, always taking, and I should have known better And I, and I, and I, should have known better   Wild bird fly free, wild bird fly free.
2.
Fifty Sweetheart Scrolls she wrote to me today Filled with words of love for me, she wished to say To celebrate our love, on this Valentine’s Day She wrote fifty sweetheart scrolls to me today   And I can’t find the words to say to her to tell her how it makes me feel To have a love like hers so real. It simply took my breath away To read those sweetheart scrolls today   Fifty Sweetheart Scrolls she wrote to me today Filled with words of love for me, she wished to say To celebrate our love, on this Valentine’s Day She wrote fifty sweetheart scrolls to me today   And why do I deserve to have such love So warm it fills my very soul Such tender words on every scroll And there was nothing I could say As I read her sweetheart scrolls today   Fifty Sweetheart Scrolls she wrote to me today Filled with words of love for me, she wished to say To celebrate our love, on this Valentine’s Day She wrote fifty sweetheart scrolls to me today She wrote fifty sweetheart scrolls to me today
3.
Chorus: Close all the doors, open your heart Don’t let the words that people say drive us apart Close all the doors, open your arms And take me back just like we were right at the start   You made me happy when you came into my life And I changed the way I used to be I thought we’d be together for the rest of our life I guess it just wasn’t meant to be   Close all the doors, open your heart Don’t let the words that people say drive us apart Close all the doors, open your arms And take me back just like we were right at the start   Why can’t we try to make it work just like before Before you walked right out my door Now that you’re happy with another in your life It breaks my heart not to see you anymore    Close all the doors, open your heart Don’t let the words that people say drive us apart Close all the doors, open your arms And take me back just like we were right at the start Please take me back just like we were right at the start
4.
She was just another lady of the evening. She made her money when the sun went down On a high-class square on the south side of the city. The man in the car said I’ll take you so far I’ll bring you higher than you’ve ever been before. When she stepped off the pavement that night She couldn’t see his face by the dim street light. But she stepped on that lonely road to nowhere   Chorus: They went home to chase the dragon and they left the seedy real world behind them She’d never have started if only she’d known. Now she’d give her very soul for a drop of Methadone But the dragon drags her down and brings her high again She had hopes and dreams when she came to this city. But how she has aged, and her face shows the pain And the stuff plays tricks inside her smoke-filled brain . And late at night it’s back down to the strip To find the man in the car and to score another trip. Now she’s got her works and she’s got the gear She’ll shoot another time, forget about the fear. She’s a long way down that lonely road to nowhere   Chorus: She goes home to chase the dragon and to leave the seedy real world behind her She’d never have started if only she’d known. Now she’d give her very soul for a drop of Methadone But the dragon drags her down and brings her high again   But in the cold grey light of each new dawning day. With great intent she’d make fresh plans, And one more time she’d try to break away. Her only world is fantasy, So far removed from reality. And it’s back to the square, put the money in his hand The deal goes down, the stuff’s in her hand. She’s back on that old lonely road to nowhere Chorus: She goes home to chase the dragon And to leave the seedy real world behind her She’d never have started if only she’d known Now she’d give her very soul for a drop of Methadone But the dragon drags her down and brings her high again Yes the dragon brings her down, and brings her high again.
5.
You say that you don’t love me, that you’ve found somebody new Why must you leave me, why must you go now I will never forget you, the way you held me tightly I will always remember your sweet lips pressing lightly   Chorus: Loving dreams of sweet loving times Can’t fade the memory of you from my mind ‘Cause loving dreams and sweet memories Are all that I have left now you’re gone   Close to my lips so eager, for that sweet kiss saying “I love you” Your voice so warm and tender, that someday will say “I do” Now my dreams have been broken, and my heart is broken My life’s not worth living, for my whole life was you   Chorus: Loving dreams of sweet loving times Can’t fade the memory of you from my mind ‘Cause loving dreams and sweet memories Are all that I have left now you’re gone
6.
Chorus: Now the nights are lonelier without you And the days they seem so far apart It’s been a long time darlin’ since I’ve seen you, it’s been a long time gone from my heart   If I knew then what I know now dear, I’d never let you treat me anyway You told me that you would never leave me. You cheated, and now you’re on your way   Chorus: And the nights are lonelier without you And the days they seem so far apart It’s been a long time darlin’ since I’ve seen you, it’s been a long time gone from my heart   If ever we meet again my darlin’, although our love can never be the same There’s still an empty spot within my heart dear, please don’t leave me again   Chorus: Because the nights are lonelier without you And the days they seem so far apart It’s been a long time darlin’ since I’ve seen you It’s been a long time gone from my heart Been a long time gone from my heart.
7.
I can tell by the shadows round your eyes There’s something hidden deep behind your smile And I know that everything is not alright ‘Cause I heard you cryin’ in your sleep last night   Chorus: Cryin’, just like a baby. Tryin’ so hard to be a lady And I know that everything is not alright ‘Cause you were cryin’ in your sleep last night   Well you tried to build this house into a home But you never had a real home of your own You pretend this is the kind of life you’re used to You forget those bad old days when life abused you   Chorus: Cryin’, just like a baby. Tryin’ so hard to be a lady And I know that everything is not alright ‘Cause you were cryin’ in your sleep last night   Now the love light has gone from your eyes You’re tired of listening to the same old lies And it’s hard for you to start believin’ When all you’ve ever known is just deceivin’   Chorus: Cryin’, just like a baby. Tryin’ so hard to be a lady And I know that everything is not alright ‘Cause you were cryin’ in your sleep last night
8.
Well there were five German submarines and a battleship in the harbour The sailors they were in town that night, tryin’ to have every woman in sight And the girl went into ecstasy when he said, “we could make out in the van easy?” But she had to sing on stage that night, but she’d see him later if that’s alright   Chorus: That swine from the Rhine was used to spending money for the pleasures of a sexy woman of the night But that swine from the Rhine, it didn’t cost him a dime, for the pleasure of the girl in the band that night   When the gig was done, and her clothes were changed She was back on the stage with her dress all arranged, to entice that German sailor back up to talk to her again Well the poor guy didn’t know what to do, so you showed him more leg, you gave him quite a view That’s all that he needed to change his mind, he could see that you were the easy layin’ kind Chorus: That swine from the Rhine was used to spending money for the pleasures of a sexy woman of the night But that swine from the Rhine, it didn’t cost him a dime, for the pleasure of the girl in the band that night   Now she could hear the guys blowin’ the horn in the van, when she was tryin’ to bargain with her sailor man Half an hour with the Hun, a job well done, and it’s back on the long road home Did you think his love would be very warm? With a sailor it’s any port in a storm He couldn’t find another woman that night in port, so he used you as a last resort Chorus: That swine from the Rhine was used to spending money for the pleasures of a sexy woman of the night But that swine from the Rhine, it didn’t cost him a dime, for the pleasure of the girl in the band that night
9.
Shady Lady 04:37
At seventeen she was a beauty queen, she thought she’d never get older But in New York city you need more than a pretty face, nobody told her To make it in style you need more than a smile, you need artistic direction To model the clothes in the fashion shows, when you’re trying to sell the collection Shady Lady, your life is crazy, it’s full of ifs and buts and whens and maybes You know you can make it, you’ve got to choose. You know you can win , if you can stay off the booze And maybe you’ll find a brighter day tomorrow   Your youth starts to fade, you try to hide in the shade. Dim lights don’t show up those lines in your face But a fashion parade can’t be held in the shade, you’ve got no hiding place You were living in style and you were flashing your smile, but some people you sorely neglected Now your beauty has gone, you don’t know where you went wrong, can’t understand why you’re being rejected.   Shady Lady, your life is crazy, it’s full of ifs and buts and whens and maybes You know you can make it, but you’ve got to choose. You know you can win , if you can stay off the booze And maybe you’ll find a brighter day tomorrow   At seventeen she was a beauty queen, but now she’s grown a lot older And New York City isn’t such a pretty place, she’s all alone there She was livin’ on time and ignoring the sign, that was showing a different direction No more modelling clothes in the fashion shows, through the years she has lost her complexion   Shady Lady, your life is crazy, it’s full of ifs and buts and whens and maybes You know you can make it, but you’ve got to choose. You know you can win , if you can stay off the booze And maybe you’ll find a brighter day tomorrow
10.
My Dad 04:54
Sitting in an easy chair, banging out the rhythm of a song, Is the man I lived with thirty years, a gentle heart and spirit ever strong. Now he hollers with a clenched fist, and his frightened eyes reflect a soul so sad, I'm so angry at the heartless thief who stole the mind and soul of my dear Dad. Chorus:  You know this is a far cry from the man he used to be When I was just a baby he would bounce me on his knee We’d take long walks on Sundays, share an ice cream at the store Helping me build memories that he just can't remember...anymore   He read me Curly Wee and Gussie Goose, and heated up my pillow before bed, Said a prayer and tucked me in, then checked for monsters underneath my bed He helped me work out algebra and showed me how the planets all revolve. Now it seems a shame that both of us are stuck here with a problem we can't solve.   He pretended he was mad at me when I once got a bad report at school. But I could see right through him, ‘cause I knew first-hand that kindness was his rule. But now I watch, bewildered, as I see him throw his things across the floor. In the tangle of his memory, he’s forgotten who he used to be before He served proudly in the army, always loved and well respected by his friends. And though we fought some battles, he was always first to try to make amends. 'Let me call you sweetheart' was the song he sang to close my baby’s eyes And in my heart I sang that song, as evening fell with shadows long, When it came time for us to say goodbye. 
11.
Chorus: Sunshine don’t last forever, you’ve got to take the good times with the bad Sometimes my thoughts about you, remind me of the sweetest times we ever had   Sunshine don’t shine on me no more, since you went walking out my door And sometimes my thoughts about you, tell me that I’ll be lovin’ you forevermore   Chorus: Sunshine don’t last forever, you’ve got to take the good times with the bad Sometimes my thoughts about you, remind me of the sweetest times we ever had    Last time that we were both together, you felt you loved me, just like I loved you But now that you’re gone forever, I know the feeling that you had just wasn’t true    Chorus: Sunshine don’t last forever, you’ve got to take the good times with the bad Sometimes my thoughts about you, remind me of the sweetest times we ever had I’m just thinking of those sweetest times we used to have Sweet memories of the sweetest times we ever had
12.
Ellis Island 04:18
It’s hard to smile, on Ellis Island. One short step to liberty So near, so far away. What will the lady’s answer be  Chorus: Fare thee well, Ellis Island, and you know it is your shame For to come into your country, you made me change my name   The ship sailed in the harbour after forty days and nights, of sailing on the dark and stormy sea We were sick and tired and hungry, but our hopes were raised by the lady Liberty  And now it’s time to stand in line and answer all the questions, that didn’t seem to matter anyway But the questions must be answered if in the land of Liberty you wish to stay.  Chorus: Fare thee well, Ellis Island, and you know it is your shame For to come into your country, you made me change my name   We were standing in our glad rags, identified by name tags, With a number and the place from whence we came They didn’t speak our language, and they couldn’t understand our foreign names  For some of us the light was green, but some were kept in quarantine And some were put on board the ship again With shattered dreams and dignity they sailed back to their homeland once again   Chorus: Fare thee well, Ellis Island, and you know it is your shame For to come into your country, you made me change my name   It’s hard to smile, on Ellis Island. One short step to Liberty So near, so far away. What will the Lady’s answer be?

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A unique and eclectic mix of folk, roots, country and a touch of blues on this new all original CD from a veteran performer.

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released February 14, 2017

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Gerry Madigan Calgary, Alberta

Dublin born singer/songwriter now living in Calgary Alberta Canada - a strong musical pedigree spanning 15 years on the road with The Cotton Mill Boys in Ireland.

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