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Winnowing

by Bird City

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For nearly two decades, singer/songwriter Jenny Mitchell has been regarded as one of the most original voices within the Canadian indie music scene, and her latest project, Bird City, is her most personal yet.

As a beloved fixture of the music community in and around Guelph, Ontario, Mitchell has been a member of the Barmitzvah Brothers, the Burning Hell, Richard Laviolette and the Oil Spills, as well as performing under her solo alter ego Jenny Omnichord. Bird City is in many ways an evolution of the last concept, with Mitchell trading her Omnichord for the banjo and tenor guitar. Focusing on these instruments finally allowed Mitchell’s songwriting talents to fully blossom, and the exposed and poetic songs of paranoia, heartbreak and self-examination on Winnowing, the debut Bird City album, encapsulate the last 15 years of Mitchell’s life.

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released October 27, 2017

Jenny Mitchell w/ Scott Merritt, Bry Webb (Provider, Constantines), Nathan Lawr (Minotaurs, Fembots), J.J. Ipsen (Hayden, Jim Guthrie), Rich Burnett (Bry Webb, Frog and Henry), Tristan O'Malley (The Barmitzvah Brothers, Black Cabbage), Tyler Wagler (The Human Rights, David Sereda), Ben Grossman (Loreena McKennett, Snake Church), Scott Haynes (Shopkeeper, Bill Killionaire), and Steph Yates (Esther Grey, The Furys)

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Track Name: Bird City
There's a lion-shaped tree
All wiry and frail
With a great big mane
And a great big tail
And another in a field on its own
At 6:55 all covered in snow

There's an owl in the top that's gazing
At the foggy light of a sun that's raising
And another that's just perched in the grass
That looks at me as the bus drives past

On a dark and shadowed day a flock can make it pretty
Catching the light of a sun so bright that's shining from Bird City

Without the spring it's a different thing, the trip seems so much longer
To tolerate the dark of late I've had to be much stronger
Along the road I see the shape of an Eagle that seems to know
That as I drive away from town I'd actually rather go

To where the birds set out in flight are soaring arced and pretty
Drawn in the black against the light that's shining from Bird City
Track Name: Hours
There's a spot downtown real great
That you left last night real late
When all the drinkers walking
Had run out of their time

Just sitting and sitting there
With not a single threatening stare
And you lay your head down for just a second
Cause nobody seemed to mind

You've got hours and hours and hours to get home
Those hours and hours and hours
When you're alone

Such an age and gender range
That not even you look strange
Looking out at a city wondering
How it could seem so wide

And your thumb out and the sun out
And the pale is turning red
And you look up at the sun
Thinking it's a better place to hide

You've got miles and miles and miles to wonder why
With passers and passers and passers passing by
Those hours and hours and hours away from home
Those hours and hours and hours...
...you'll be alone.
Track Name: A Bit Part
I'm not allowed to be sad
I have all the things that I ever wished I'd had
I'm not allowed to lament
When I've loved every moment that I've spent
What is this role that I'm playing?
I keep meeting others but it seems they're never staying
You've got my back and I'm waiting
Watching those years I've been dating
Try to explain, but I can't do
I sure wish I knew why hearts pick who they do
And what you don't know won't hurt you
Well I know that just isn't true
Play it all out, one run through
I'm watching the sides and what they do
Oooooooo
I've been dressed for the occasion
Waiting for some explanation
I don't want this feeling to take the lead
It isn't what I asked for, it isn't what I need
I want some time in a bit part
I want to hide with a running start
I want to hold onto extras
And play the story line no one expects of us
And what you don't know won't hurt you
Well I know that just isn't true
I'm torn into bits with the wondering
I want to save old but I want new
And I don't know what to do
Ooooooooo
Track Name: Feel it in the Dark
Hide it there behind the glass
Who really cares if it's going to last
Something only strangers seem to see
They think you're lonely

On your own you can feel it in the dark there
You can feel it hidden everywhere
Try to hold it but it's always slipping
Gone gone gone you can feel it there's no spark there
But you can feel it hidden everywhere
Try to hold it but it's always slipping

Everywhere you've found a face
That's made you comfortable in every place
You can find a look you recognize
You see it in their eyes, feel it in their eyes

But on your own you can feel me in the dark there
You can feel me hidden everywhere
Try to hold me but it's always slipping
Gone gone gone you can feel me there's no spark there
But you can feel me hidden everywhere
Try to hold me but it's always slipping

Gone gone gone...

You have things you settle in your mind
Ways you justify it every time
You say these things and you think they're true
And they might be true, but they might not be true

On your own you will feel me in the dark there
You will feel me hidden everywhere
Track Name: It Fell
If out of dark comes light, and out of day comes night
Out of grey comes white
Falling down my steps are the little green that's left
To great me through my window
Before the great big winds blow, one thing left till they go
Out into the white, buried far from sight, gone until next year
All under here

Just buried they'll be well enough with the other ones that fell
I watched them all last night
Get buried far from sight
I turned out all the lights
Out of grey came white
Track Name: Middle of the Night
It's the middle of the night somewhere
In the middle of the day I'm thinking about it
When anything that I might do
Is so laid out that I can't deny it

Some of us will take a job with a bigger day
While the night just slips away

And you might see some years slip by
Through the fun of a life of half-closed eyes
And there might have been a route for me
On my own in the world just stumbling freely

Never set early alarms
Or leading or following
Just a casual casualty

And I spend so much time in the day
To see so much of my night just slipping away
And I'm trying to figure out if it's okay
To miss the middle of the night in the middle of the day
And I'm trying to figure out if it's okay
To miss the middle of the night in the middle of the day
Track Name: A Band End
With every stop a piece would fall
Into the road right off these walls
We’d hold the wheels against our sides
The highways force their fingers pry
and I would stop to fuel or pee
To see the land surrounding me
and seven would be six
the drummer’s in the mist

The headlights now are peeling off
The seats are harder, the brakes are soft
I’ve stapled seat belts but they lift
And the trunk has opened and spilled our bits
and I would stop to stretch and breathe
To see the road turn into trees
and six has turned to to five
the keyboards took to flight

The auto locks are trying and freezing
To keep us here from ever leaving
And the windows let the phantoms in
I try to think but hear it spin
the wheel is locked to keep us curving
The speedometer is spinning and swerving
And I get out to sit in the back
To have a coffee and try to relax
And five has turned to four
The guitars slipped through the door
The room inside is now increasing
As the walls are buckling and easing
The springs spring up and into sides
The lights have died, the mirrors have eyes
The head rest found a final place 
to rest itself - our necks aren't safe
The oil is thick and growing fingers
The fuel spills out, its powder lingers
And I get out to check a map
and wake you up so I can nap
and four has turned to three
may the oboe rest in peace
The last one other than you or me
Somehow slipped out when I didn’t see
I wish I had a story to say for them
But they just sort of played a bit of everything
And now the car has been returned
To the places where things like that are earned
And it’s you and I at the end
Can I call this a band?
Or can I call this a band-end?
Track Name: Ticket to the Show
With two tickets to the show
But nobody who will go
You'd rather see the girl who spits and swears
Me and Gillie in the crowd
Fairly hyped and fairly proud
That the intermission party is upstairs

And so quickly it is night
Just a tiny haze of light
The bag that everybody tries to steal

You and the mixed up girl, in the messed up party world
Who won't believe me when I say the ghost is real
The ghost is real

And the light's on and the light's gone
It's just my father eating terror for the show
All us dressed for Halloween
All the costumes and the screams
And tiny trips in giant dreams for me to own

And the light's on and the light's gone
It's just my father eating terror for the show
All us dressed for Halloween
All the costumes and the screams
And tiny trips in giant dreams for me to own

For me to own
Track Name: Growing Too
Life in an Archie magazine you come out clean
Gets to pick from two and they both are free
Soon I'll start to show and we all will know
That what has started innocent will grow and grow

I will get my two, but it's different then
Small feet start to tread where before were men

And I will wave goodbye to simple magazines
No one ever got it both ways, no matter what it seems
And I'll get to have your smiles and maybe keep some
Maybe even keep the glances I once ran from

But all the while I'll grow and they'll grow distant
Maybe if I seem intriguing it will be different

Will you be mine at that time?

Will you be mine, the one that never counted
The one I left behind, the amount that never amounted
To what I say I'd do if I hadn't started growing
Will you remain what I don't know and assume is all worth
Knowing

Will you be mine?
Track Name: It Wasn't Easy
What have I given up? What do I think I'll find?
Who goes picking a fight,
Calling up the cops in the middle of the night
Take it from me, it wasn't easy

I can feel my heart falling right out of my body
Oh I
Gonna fix it up and put it back in, not sure who it's going to see again
Oh I

Maybe I'll get it all fixed up
But part of me feels like giving up
And I've got to get to a place

Where I,
Feel like I
Where I
Feel like I

Take it from me, it isn't easy

I'm still gonna save a spot for you, and whatever it is I feel when I see you
I'm gonna try to keep what's there, keep everything that we built and share

But sometimes you just need to leave
And take it from me, it wasn't easy
Track Name: Salvage Diver
Back when they weren't trained to look for bodies
But I could because I had this hobby
Deep down with the long black eels
I can't describe the way I'd feel
Going down to look for bodies

Deep down in three old wrecks
That I had found that they hadn't found yet
I started up a museum of the Great Lakes
Full of all the things that I couldn't take
Cause I can't believe the things I'd find
Or harder still the ones left behind
All those things that the water kept
Burned an image that I can't forget
Going down to look for bodies

When I was looking for someone not buried
Into the dark to where they're carried
And when I knew that I was the only one breathing
I can't describe the way I was feeling

Going down to look for bodies
All those things they left behind
Cause no one gets to keep their bodies
No I can't believe the things I'd find
Going down to look for bodies
All those things they left behind
Going down to look for bodies
No I can't believe the things I'd find

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