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Wise Owl

by Lewis Barfoot

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    WISE OWL and LITTLE BIRD. Limited edition Compact Disc which comes in a cool Vinyl-style design with a gold Cd disc and kraft manila casing. One of 100 copies.

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Wise Owl 04:28
Wise Owl eyes open to me Wise Owl eyes wide open to me Leave your imprint on my bed Rest my tired bones on your feathery head Wise owl wise owl At night you go hunting, hunting for prey At night you go hunting, for your resting day You sleep in my shadow, walk in my light Scream at my window, dance in my fright Wise owl, wise owl Don’t you be a grief stone to me Don’t you be a grief stone to me I’m the daughter of grief, sister of pain Wise owl on my back, my body untrained You feast on my flesh, dower out my chest Fly with my fears, I’m the daughter of death Wise owl wise owl Wise owl wise owl Everyone has there journey with me If they choose not to fight it Take every turn as it comes, let it be Even if you don't like it Wise owl wise owl There is only one way to fly with There is only one way to fly with There is only one way to fly with Wise owl destiny Surrender your struggle to me Let me lead you I’m the shadow in your light, darkness in your flame You cannot hide from me your suffering or pain I see through you Wise owl is visiting me Wise owl is visiting me Far safer to sit in the gaze of an owl Than to hide from your own destiny Wise owl, Wise owl Wise owl, Wise owl Wise Owl www.alexforster.net
Little Bird 02:25
Soft and grey and dusty Gentle as a flower Flirting with the tree lines Beating back the hours Oh hey little bird with the blue wings Give me a ride I'll tell you all my secrets There is nothing I will hide Fly me away my blue winged babe Fly me far from here Lets glide over the rooftops And gently disappear Oh hey little bird with the blue wings If you can do this for me I will always love you And that will set me free


Following the death of her Mum, Lewis’s world fell apart, and her music was the only thing that kept her together. WISE OWL speaks of that journey through the darkest terrain of her grief, at first tormented by the terrors, the deep-searching, gut-wrenching disbelief and then the utter confusion as her world fell apart into a fragmentation of its former self. The wise owl was her journeying companion, at first attacking, tormenting and haunting her until she accepted the owl, learnt from the owl, and allowed the owl medicine to permeate her skin. She developed its vision and wisdom and with that the fragmented pieces began to fall back into place and see could see the truth of her reality without the delusion and confusion of her grief. In Celtic tradition The owl was viewed as the spirit animal that would carry the souls of the departed to the underworld. Similarly in Roman tradition the Owl could represent the spirit of a deceased family of close friend.

The companion piece to WISE OWL is a gentle lullaby LITTLE BIRD. Lewis was initially commissioned to write Little Bird for a Double award winning theatre show Hidden Birds directed by Abigail Anderson which she went on to perform in at The International Theatre Festival, Les Eurotopiques in Lille, France in 2010. The show explored the theme of torture and the song was written from the perspective of a woman imprisoned in a cell who had been tortured and was in her last search for hope. Hope appeared for her in the form of a little bird who appeared at the cell window and spoke of the unifying beauty and freedom of unconditional love. Having never actually experienced torture Lewis initially struggled to write the piece. Then one day half way through rehearsals, she was cycling past Brockley cemetery when a delicate grey and blue bird hopped onto the wall. She stopped her bike, grabbed her phone and sang Little Bird into her voice memos. And the song was born.

The death of her Mum was the greatest trauma Lewis had experienced and so LITTLE BIRD became the perfect companion piece to WISE OWL.


released September 15, 2017

Vocals, Guitar and Lyrics by LEWIS BARFOOT
Clarinet by MATT DIBBLE
Mastered by PETE MAHER
Music Video and Artwork by NARAE KIM


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Lewis Barfoot Cork, Ireland

Half Irish, half English Lewis works with an uncomplicated loveliness of sound, combining ethereal, evocative vocals with original compositions and reinventions of traditional songs from Ireland and the UK. A timeless & gifted storyteller who transports the listener to strange, magical, otherworldly places.

“What a beautiful, beautiful voice she has, just gorgeous” - Eve Blair, BBC Radio Ulster
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