Jack Howard – Nightbird

Versions

Version Length Source Availability Buy
Studio [1] 3:27 Jack Howard Lo Stresso Tempo EP. Moderately rare. Not available new. N/A
Studio [1] 3:32 Jack Howard Reliving Life to the Full album. Moderately common. Available new in digital form.
Studio [2] 3:53 Jack Howard Lost Horizon album. Moderately common. Available new in CD and digital form. N/A

Recommended Version.

 

Commentary

Jack comments from the Reliving Life to the Full album:

Very haunting little number from 1994 recordings. Lawrence Maddy producing, Ash Davies on brushes, Nicky Del Rey on guitar, piano solo – me! This eventually came out on my first EP, Lo Stresso Tempo; and was re-worked for 2009’s Nightbirds’ album, Lost Horizon. One of my favourite early lyrics – the full melancholy. Gorgeous production.

 

Lyrics

The call of the night bird
As I fall asleep
Naked on the balcony
I stiffen in the breeze

The thrilling hush of the ocean
Beyond the lights
The peel of distance bells
In the dead of night

I’m drifting down, down, down
I’ll lead you down, down, down

Wrapped in sober solitude
Waiting your caress
In my head I hear your voice
And I don’t for fall descend

I drift would all I do
Is drift upon a tainted sea
Like a painted ship
Life goes on below me

I’m drifting down, down, down
I’ll lead you down, down, down
I’m drifting down, down, down