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Feb 2, 2014

Introducing “For the Birds” (with lyrics)

“For the Birds” was written by Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s Executive Director, Matt Clark.   Joe Liebezeit, Avian Conservation Program Manager for Portland Audubon is on the mandolin, Abby Sarmac sings, and Kyle Scott plays the singing saw.  The track was produced by Seth Lorinczi.
bird 3x3 for web original

Click here to listen to the track (and if you haven’t peeked at the lyrics below yet, see if you can find all 47 birds in the song).

“For the Birds” lyrics

If I asked you a wigeon, would you answer merganser?
Would you tell me a pintail as true as a smew?
Well, eider believe you, I’d a grebe with you
We wouldn’t buffleheads if it mallard to you
 
Can you condor with candor?
Are you goose, are you gander?  Can you manage a tanager too?
Well dowitcher wanna, with your Northern Jacana
On a whimbrel, owl do the same too
 
Pauraque me to sleep
Avocet my alarm clock
Kittiwake me in the mourning . . . dove
Grab me a spoonbill, shoveler in my cereal
Snap, Grackle, Pop’s what I love
 
I’ve been heron from some
A good parula of thumb
Is not to harrier way through your food
If you’re fulmar or sora, If your pelican-not fit mora
oriole surely be one sorry dude.
 
You’re my ani, you’re my plover
Mynah veery own bird lover
Will you murrelet me kiskadee you?
Whip-or-will that be auk-ward?
Willet make you feel bluebird?
Albatross-ting you to teal me the truth
 
Well it’s that ptarmigan
Wren my bird song must end
I’ll sparrow you more silly puns
You say you were confused
Well, my eagle is bruised
But I’ll swallow my pride and be dunlin.