Don't Kill The Blackbird

by Wicked Saints

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Wicked Saints (a.k.a. The Oxymorons of Rock)

Raw organic music with NO artificial sweeteners. It's GOOD for you!

"Our slogan isn’t completely true,” says Wicked Saints lead singer Paul McCarty. "Some is slightly toxic.” Wicked Saints' music is a cool eclectic mix of styles – from folk-rock, americana, swampy Louisiana grooves to reggae styled pop/blues, a driving beat, or sweet and heartfelt.

Our second album, Don't Kill The Blackbird, is complete and out with 13 tracks. It was co-produced by Paul McCarty and Brad Swanson at Brad's studio, Swansound Recording in Woodland Hills, CA (which has neither woodlands nor hills but is otherwise quite nice.)

Paul McCarty on acoustic guitar, lead vocals and harmonica; John Gannon on backing vocals, drums and cajon; Chad on bass, mandolin and trombone, Bobby on accordion, piano and organ; Brent Michelle on vocals; David Vidal on slide.

The album also has guest appearances by guitarist Peter DiStefano (Porno for Pyros, Lance Herbstrong), Abby Posner (Fiddle & Pine) and Ken Leiboff on banjo, some percussion and drums by producer Brad Swanson, singers Michael Ann, Melody Guy, Jordi Faria, and Justine Willis among others.

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released September 16, 2013

Wicked Saints
Don't Kill The Blackbird

Produced by Paul McCarty and Brad Swanson
Recorded and mixed by Brad Swanson, Swansound Studio, Woodland Hills, CA
Mastered by David Williams, Melrose Mastering, Hollywood, CA

Hello
Don't Kill The Blackbird
River of Fire
Shut It Down
Oh Mary
Roll With The Changes
Anything Could Happen
Unraveled
Just Like Me
Set You Free
Baby Gray Bird
I Wish I'd Never
Pavan

Paul McCarty: Lead vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica
John Gannon: Drums, Cajon, Percussion, Harmony and Backing Vocals
Chad Watson: Bass, Mandolin, Trombone, Backing Vocals
Bobby Thomas: Accordion, Piano, Organ
Brent Michelle: Featured, Harmony and Backing Vocals
David Vidal: Slide Guitar and Cigar Box Guitar

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Peter DiStefano: Electric Guitar on Hello and Roll With The Changes, Nylon Acoustic Guitar on Baby Gray Bird
Brad Swanson: Drums on Set You Free, Percussion and Backing Vocals on Hello
Abby Posner: Banjo on Shut It Down and I Wish I'd Never
Ken Leiboff: Banjo on Don't Kill The Blackbird
Michael Ann Azoulai: Featured Vocals on Anything Could Happen
Jordi Faria: Featured Vocals on Set You Free
Justine Willis: Wrote and Performed Voice Mail on Shut It Down
Melody Guy: Backing Vocals on Anything
Owen Sholar: Bass Trombone on Roll With The Changes
Whistles on Hello: Justefanie Strachan, Guy Arad, Garry Corman, Paul McCarty
Group Vocals on Hello and Shut It Down: Jordi Faria, Chad Watson, Justefanie Strachan, Guy Arad, Garry Corman, Paul McCarty

Don't Kill The Blackbird, Shut It Down, Oh Mary, Roll With The Changes, Unraveled, Baby Gray Bird written by Paul McCarty (BMI)
Hello music by Paul McCarty, lyrics by Paul McCarty and Anne Dawes
River of Fire and Just Like Me written by Paul McCarty and Raspin Stuwart (BMI)
Anything Could Happen written by Chauncey Bowers (BMI)
Set You Free music by Paul McCarty, lyrics by Paul McCarty and Phil McCarty
I Wish I'd Never written by Paul McCarty and Carrie Wade (SESAC)
Pavan lyrics by Paul McCarty, music arranged by Paul McCarty based on Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel

Photography by Debra Delahunty. Cover Art by Samuel McCarty. Graphic Design by Paul McCarty.

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Track Name: Hello
Now I'm finally knowing
Where my mind is going
Cross a thousand miles
And seeing you before me

Look at you now, look at you now
Hello Hello
Look at you now, look at you now
Hello Hello

Seems it's been forever
Since we've been together
Now the sky is falling
And I don't mind the weather

Take you away with me
Cause I can't wait to see
How this is going to be

Now the ground is falling
And the sky is growing
Hear our voices calling
Where the hell we going?
Track Name: Don't Kill The Blackbird
Something's darkening the sky
All the fish are left to dry
And I can hear my mama cry, mama cry
Something's gone that used to fly
And I'm afraid to find out why
Don't kill the blackbird

So many feathers falling down
Making such a quiet sound
Scattered angrily around, all around
There was a song he used to sing
And I still don't know what it means

Don't kill the blackbird
Please don't kill the blackbird
Don't kill the blackbird
Cause there's a song he used to sing
And I still don't know what it means

When do the baby birds awake?
When do we pay for our mistake?
Cause mama lived for mama's sake for so long
But she longed to hear his song
And could not bear to be so wrong

I can still hear it in my mind
But it's leaving me behind
Silence echoing around, all around
It was the song he used to sing
And I still don't know what it means
Track Name: River of Fire
Well I've been walkin' down the road way too long
Searchin' for somethin'. Somethin' gone wrong
I'm lookin' to the left, lookin' to the right
Where's my ticket to paradise?

Now the river of fire still runs deep
Deeper than the blue far as I can see
Someone's gotta win. Some gotta lose
Seems like lately I've been singin' the blues

River of Fire
River of Fire
River of Fire
Burned my soul

Takes a hard-headed woman, a soft-hearted man
The mind of a child to understand
The innocence of guilt, that's who I am
I got both worlds in the palm of my hand

Soon you will realize who all you left behind
Cause life passes on so quickly
Just love until the end
And we're all goin' to find out
Where it all begins. In the...

River of Fire
River of Fire
River of Fire
Burned my soul

Well I've been walkin' down the road way too long
Searchin' for somethin'. Somethin' gone wrong.
I'm lookin' to the left, lookin' to the right.
You're my ticket to paradise
Track Name: Shut It Down
I once met a girl on craigslist
Not a good idea
I once met a girl on craigslist
Wished that I could disappear
A year and a half with a hole in my head
Hole in my heart!
She could pick a good fight!
And not just when you think it would be
She'd come right out in the middle of the night

Ooooh, shut it down!
Ooooh, shut it down!

I once met a girl with a hole in her heart
She hated her father like no one had ever seen before
I once met a girl with a hole in her head
A hole in her head, but somehow she survived
Angels look and feel so serene
But look deep in her eyes and she's just mean

I once met a girl on craigslist
I think I made a tasty meal
Shoulda gone on match dot com...
No no, I'm done with that ordeal!
Faded beauty seems so surreal
But I ain't yet so jaded I can't feel
A year and a half with a hole in my head
A hole in my life and I can't get it back!
Track Name: Oh Mary
1-2-3... Was I not glad to be so free?
4-5-6... There was nothin' left to fix
7-8 & 9... We're goin' to be just fine
10-20-30... I have never felt so dirty

When I was a boy I could never find the joy
Locked within a toy of aluminum alloy
Where will you be when I count to three
Count on me to lose you when you're so close to me

Oh Mary. What's so scary about you, Mary
Oh Mary. Is that you gave me sanctuary
Oh Mary. Now I'm picking up the pieces and I'm picking up the phone
Cause I never want to be the one who left you all alone

A-B-C... Now I'm getting it for free
D-E-F-G... But I'm down on bended knee
H-I-J... I might would rather pay
K... Now I've said way much more than I should say

See Jack Run? See him run so fast away?
Shot like from a gun because she begged for him to stay
Why oh why do we set our sites so high?
When I look down I am so petrified

Oh Mary. What's so scary about you, Mary
Oh Mary. Is that you gave me sanctuary
Oh Mary. Now I'm picking up the pieces and I'm picking up the phone
Cause I never want to be the one who left you all alone

I know you're the one who's cryin'
But inside it's me who's dyin'
I put us where we are today
And there's nothin' more to say
But there's so much more to say
Track Name: Roll With The Changes
My sweet is getting bitter
She saw me out with the babysitter
And I'm never going to live it down
No I'm never going to live it down

My flame is going to burn me
She's had enough. She's going to learn me
One day when no one's around
I'm afraid she's going to hunt me down
Follow me with a basset hound
Dig a six-foot hole in the ground
No I'm never going to live it down

You've got to roll with the changes
Roll with the changes
Roll with the changes
You've got to roll with the changes
Roll with the changes
Roll with the changes
You've got to roll with the changes
Roll with the changes. Roll

My heart is bound to beat me
She'll give me hope and then defeat me
No one's ever gonna bring it back to me
I'm the only one can get it back, you see?
She was never going to come around
Dig me outta this hole in the ground
No I'm never going to live it down
Track Name: Anything Could Happen
Try and be happy
Just try and sing
Cause anything could happen
Anything

I've heard it said
We're all puppets in a dream
Strings above our heads
Nothing's as it seems

But try and be happy
Just try and sing
Cause anything could happen
Anything

Well maybe I'm a dreamer
Like everything's for sale
Happy endings
Fairy tales

I've heard it said
We're all puppets in a dream
Strings above our heads
Nothing's as it seems

But try and be happy
Just try and sing
Cause anything could happen
Anything
Track Name: Unraveled
Sit back and laugh at yourself
Put your heart on the shelf once again
You remember me then
So how can you open yourself
To the man who gave you such pain
Left you out in the rain again and again

Hey, you remember me now
I'm the one with the mind that wandered
Spoiled and squandered away

Well I know that you had the right
You should fight the good fight and forget
Chase me outta your mind
Only peace you could find

But now it's me wishing that you could see
Through the fog of the years that passed us
But never could last us till now
Still here we are. Never mattered how far
Cause for all of the miles we traveled
Our lives came unraveled somehow

Stop for a while and listen to me
You know that I'd hurt you somehow
Don't know what's meant to be
Be careful how tender your heart
Don't you leave it so open. Be smart
Just hide it from men like me
Who think they can see in the dark

So now you can put it all back
Get your life back on track and just be
You've seen all you should see
Don't you worry 'bout me

Hey, you remember me now
I'm the one with the mind that wandered
Spoiled and squandered away
Still here we are. Never mattered how far
Cause for all of the miles we traveled
Our lives came unraveled somehow
Track Name: Just Like Me
I wish I knew you when you were younger
Seems that those were better days
Now you spend the hours lookin' over your shoulder
Are you lost or just afraid?
Why are you runnin' away?

You are livin' in a cloud of confusion
You are just livin' in the past
Look to the future and hold on tight
Cause for all the days you've pained
You've nothin' lost and nothin gained

It's been a while drivin' miles
And crackin' smiles until it hurts me
Butt-crack o' dawn I'm lookin' long
Into the sky that lies before me
You see? Well,
I've been a child. Been a man
I've been hungry, even thirsty

Now can you see?
Can you see?
You pretend to be free
Just like me

Well, you and I have been up and down this mountain
We both could blindly lead the way
Down the wrong path where no one follows
You should find another way
Cause I've got nothin' left to say
Track Name: Set You Free
There's an open gate where we all must pass
You go first and I'll go last
To the other side. I know not where
Then one day I'll meet you there

As you fell I shared your crash
Your body shattered and my heart lost
Took one more breath then turned to ash
On to the other side you've crossed
So I set you free

You graced your days with none to spare
Your life a stroke on a canvas bare
Why you'd go I'll never know
Just close my eyes and I let you go
I set you free. I set you free

It's so hard to say goodbye
Still I let your spirit fly
With you was born a piece of me
It still grows as I set you free
I set you free. I set you free
I set you free. I set you free
Track Name: I Wish I'd Never
If I'd been born with just an ounce of smarts
I'd a turned around and run for parts
Unknown but to the darkest hearts
We'd never seen before
I wish I'd thought one minute more
I wish that I had known before
I walked down that road along with you
But time won't turn back again
It's through when it's through

Every day I walk a mile
I have to stop and think a while
Of all the things I left behind
Try to put it from my mind
Far away and far along
How could I have been so wrong
To walk down that road along with you
So hard to consider that it's true
A woman I wish I'd never knew

I wish I'd never
I wish I'd never
I wish I'd never seen a day
We were together

All the times that I look back
It seems that there was just no lack
Of things we said and never meant
Places that we never went
If I could leave it all behind
I would never change my mind
Cause I could never walk again with you
Oh I could never say again I do
Those years are never comin' back
It's true

What's it take to let go even sooner
If I could just walk by like I never knew her
Hard as it seems
I know there'll come a day
But til then I just can't stay
No I can't stay
Oh no I can't stay
Track Name: Pavan
I forget the names of my children
Still I love them all because I carried them along
Through all the chambers of my life
And they carry on

Long before the end of their father
Came a greater lady who would carry me along
With all the chains around her life
Yet she carried on. She carries on.

Just give me peace.
Let me go on my way
And then you'll know.
One day you'll know.
Cause I'll just fly. So say goodbye.
Long may the wind be at your backs
As the moon illuminates your every step back home
As you find your own, you'll never be alone.

How I long to just be on my feet again
Carry you along just as you've held me through the years
And kept your deepest fears inside
Or so you tried. You never cried.

You can hold onto me for so long
Until I go, and then you'll know
To say goodbye, cause I'll just fly
Long may the wind be at your backs
As the moon illuminates your every step back home
As you find your own, you'll never be alone.