We Are the Wildlife

by Brona McVittie

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Sometimes it feels like I fell out of the sky Out of the sky Out of the sky Down from the stars Down from the stars Look up now, Look up at the sky, Look up high Look up high Look up high Look up high See the sun come See the sun come See the sun For the day we become, We become one, We become We become We become One One Take me there, all the way, I don’t want to stay Here now Here now Here now Here now Here now Here now
2.
One pleasant summer’s morning when all the flowers were springing O Nature was adorning and the birds were sweetly singing O I met my love near Banbridge town, my charming blue eyed Sally O She’s the Queen of the County Down, she’s the Flower of Magherally O With admiration I did gaze upon this blue-eyed maiden O Adam wasn’t half so pleased when he met Eve in Eden O Her skin was like the lily white that grows in yonder valley O She’s my queen and my heart’s delight, the Flower of Magherally O Like Venus bright she did appear, my charming blue-eyed Sally O She’s the girl that I love dear, the Flower of Magherally O I hope the day will surely come, when we’ll join hands together O And I’ll bring home the one I love, in spite of wind and weather O And let them all say what they will, let them reel and rally O I will wed the girl I love, the Flower of Magherally O
3.
Welcome to the glorious morning Like a bird upon the wing She flies across the ocean And she kisses everything We are the wildlife We are the wildlife We are the wildlife And nature is our own Mother nature made the moonlight To enhance our point of view When she shines her light upon us We all know what we should do We are the wildlife We are the wildlife We are the wildlife And nature is our own When the Gods look down from heaven Men appear as little boys Building fortresses and fighting Over boundaries and toys We are the wildlife We are the wildlife We are the wildlife
4.
Go child Your way Follow your heart with courage Feel the future on your skin Shining bright Bramble star Breeze in spring Far Shining bright Bramble star Breeze in spring Far Far
5.
Broken like the morning I am broken like the morning And I wonder what I ever knew Without you Fallen like the autumn I am fallen like the autumn leaves Thoughts are fleeting Like the morning dew Not like you Fallen as a shadow I am fallen as a shadow Oh my darling Don’t turn out the light
6.
I hear your voice Echo through the pines I hear your voice Echo through the pines Come sit ye down Under the pines Sing me a song Under the pines Sowing the seeds Under the pines Rustling leaves Under the pines
7.
At the foot of Newry mountain clear water does flow There lives a wee lassie far whiter than snow She’s slender in the waist for all young men to see And her name in plain Irish is Gra Geal Mo Chroi Twas on a summer’s morning as I walked along Down by yon green valley I heard a fine song It was a fair damsel and her voice rang so clear Saying how blest would I be if my darlin was here I then drew near to a shade that was green Where the leaves grew about her she scarce could be seen It was her whole cry ‘Oh my darlin come away For without your loving company I cannot stay’ The moon it may darken and show us no light And the bright stars of heaven fall down from their height The rocks may all melt and the mountains remove The hour I prove false to the fair one I love The ships on the ocean may go without sails And the smallest of fishes turn into great whales In the middle of the ocean there will grow an apple tree If I ever prove false to my Gra Geal Mo Chroi
8.
Man did you ever hear of pretty Molly Brannigan She stole away my heart and now I’ll never be a man again There’s not a spot on me hide that the sun’ll ever tan again Now Molly’s gone and left me all alone for to die Dee idle daddle dee… Oh there’s a hole in my heart you could easy roll a turnip in As big as a paving stone from Dublin to the Devil’s Glen If she tried to take another, sure she might’ve left mine back again And not to leave me here all alone for to die Dee idle daddle dee… Man dear I remember when the milking time was past and gone We went into the meadow where she swore I was the only one That ever she could love, but oh she proved to be the cruel one And left me here lamenting all alone for to die Dee idle daddle dee…
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It being on the third of June as I sat weaving all by my loom It being on the third of June as I sat weaving all by my loom A birdie sang on an ivy bunch And the song he sang was a jug of punch Ladlee fol the day… What more diversion can a man desire than to sit him down beside the fire What more diversion can a man desire than to sit him down beside the fire And on the table a jug of punch And on his knee one tidy wench Ladlee fol the day… What more diversion can a man endure than to sit him down behind the door What more diversion can a man endure than to sit him down behind the door And on the table no jug of punch And on his knee no tidy wench Ladlee fol the day… When I am dying and my drinking’s o’er I will take one drink and then take no more When I am dying and my drinking’s o’er I will take one drink and then take no more In case I wouldn’t get another chance I will take one now and then pass o’er Ladlee fol the day… When I am dead and in my mould at my head and feet lay a flowing bowl When I am dead and in my mould at my head and feet lay a flowing bowl And everyone who passes by They can take one drink and remember I… Ladlee fol the day

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“A rare, and rarefied, beauty.” ★★★★☆ The Independent

“Beautifully embroidered folk…sweetness and bite…A stimulating debut” ★★★★☆ The Guardian

“Heavenly debut…boldly experimental…Simply gorgeous” 8/10 Uncut Magazine

“A debut album which answers that much asked question “Where now for folk music?”…” Dave Franklin, Dancing About Architecture 

“A debut album of serious quality. Inventive modern folk” Songwriting Magazine

McVittie’s debut offering is a psychogeographic journey through a collection of traditional folk ballads and original compositions inspired as much by the geometries of London’s urban fringes as by the sonic phenomena within the great rural landscapes of Mourne. This mixing of traditional songs with her own compositions, and thematic ties between songs old and new, coupled with the use of traditional instruments (harp/flute/strings, etc.) against subtle electronic backdrops and innovative production techniques all adds up to a record that is heartfelt, timeless and yet pleasingly contemporary in feel, a perfect mix of new and old, on every front

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released January 12, 2018

Written and/or arranged, performed, recorded and produced by Brona McVittie at Corkbot Castle, UK. Co-produced and mastered by Myles Cochran at Mineur Studios, France. Myles Cochran (drums 2 / 4 / 6 / 7 / 10; slide guitar 4 / 6 / 9); Richard Curran (violin/viola/cello 4 / 5 / 6 / 7); Hutch Demouilpied (trumpet 3 / 6); Anne Garner (flute 2); Keiron Phelan (flute 5 / 6). Cover: acrylic on canvas by Gladys Mulligan

Special thanks to my husband Mark Thompson for all his patience and support; toy Bandcamp subscribers; my family, friends and all the contributors for their generosity and musicality, particularly Myles Cochran without whom I would not have reached the finish line

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The critics have been forming an orderly queue to heap praise on Brona McVittie’s shoulders since the release of her debut album. The Guardian decided that this outwardly delicate record “has a bite behind it, showing you the stuff under the skin”. If Virginia Astley, Joanna Newsom and The Unthanks appeal to your ears and heart, then County Down native Brona is your new favourite artist ... more

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