Aldous Harding - What If Birds Aren't Singing They're Screaming Lyrics




What if birds aren't singing they're screaming
I got high, I thought I saw an angel
But he was just a ghost
He was making wooden posts out of my family

What if birds aren't singing they're screaming
What if birds aren't singing they're screaming

What if my moon gets caught up in my waning
Trapped under a sky left blacker than the eyes of my visitors

What if birds aren't singing they're screaming
What if birds aren't singing they're screaming

I got high, I thought I saw an angel
But it was just a ghost heaving under his cloak

What if birds aren't singing they're screaming
What if birds aren't singing they're screaming





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Aldous Harding What If Birds Aren't Singing They're Screaming Comments
  1. Mark Latham

    Brilliant of course.

  2. cocteautwinned

    I think this was the video that sealed the deal, on my new found love for her.
    She's become my favorite of all time. Fucking love her.

  3. Sebastian Pupillo

    I think she would be a great Polly Peachum. Probably wake up Lotte Lenya from the grave :)

  4. Ian Forrester

    "Blacker than the eyes of my visitors", after she’s finished with them maybe.

  5. David Jager

    She treads this amazing thin line between grotesque and beautiful. Is she bleating? Is she singing? Is she having a seizure? Meanwhile she asks a really good question

  6. monster jesse

    God i luv her/ lol

  7. Elodie Taricco

    Je l'adore, je l'écoute en boucle...Par contre, difficile à regarder tant elle grimace

  8. KVID1000

    Neither singing or screaming.

  9. Eddie Redmond

    Sorry to be so anal here, but it is early hours of the morning, and I've read several stories in grammatically incorrect newspapers today, written by people who write for a living, and thus should know better.
    To the point then; The title of this piece is not even close to correct despite being off target by only a few letters. Consequently, it fails to depict the meaning implied within the song. This seems to be a recurrent theme on YouTube, which is understandable if Copyright is breached, but just sad when (C) isn't an issue. Our children learn their use of English on here, and similar sites, so there is some need to not just write stuff without any care for accuracy and/or the capture of implied meaning.
    For the current song, the title suggests that, if birds are not singing, then they are screaming, This title, taken as a statement, is nonsensical. It suggests that the song delivers a statement to the effect that, when birds are not singing, then they are screaming. If this were a true statement, then birds would very quickly get sore throats. Followed to its conclusion, I would say that by observation of behaviour of birds, If Birds are not singing, then they are eating, drinking, sitting quietly, etc. Or, more in keeping with the lyrics, and the likely meaning within the songs lyrics, I would simply quote the lyric itself, "What if birds aren't singing, they're screaming"?
    It seems likely that bird-song is a territorial shout-out to potential adversaries, to say something like, "this is my patch mate, so p*s$ off somewhere else and build your nest there, else-wise I'll have to kick yer ass!" It's very unlikely they do it because of the pleasing sounds they make...

  10. MMW

    Miranda sings vibes

  11. Pat X

    Aldous....you are the perfect blend......^^

  12. D S

    Note to self: Don't get high.

  13. Colin Carr

    Why the long face?

  14. 503 Workshop

    good editing on this video.

  15. Des Kelly

    The wicked witch of the west has reinvented herself

  16. James Mathew Davies

    Fuck her voice is so haunting and controlled

  17. Wednesday La Rocha

    shes terrifying
    shes perfect
    like a tiger hiding in tall grass
    .... or a spider web in your car window

    Pihasanddunes1

    Cool description.,

    l as M L u c L as M

    hahahahhahahahahahahhahahahhahahahhahahahahhaa fuckn HAAAH

    Emme Cee

    I don’t find her creepy or unsettling at all. I love watching her live stuff!

    T Carroll

    @Emme Cee me too love watching her live grit her teeth or hold a note like it hurts

  18. La V

    Woooow. I listened to her song Horizon from Wentworth. I had to look her up cause her voice totally mesmorized me. She's amazing and so talented.❤

  19. daf lewis

    Having just listened to a fascinating thing on radio 4 regarding bird calls, turns out..... They are screaming.....she knows her shit.

  20. cocteautwinned

    What if birds aren't singing they're screaming
    I got high, I thought I saw an angel
    But he was just a ghost
    He was making wooden posts out of my family
    What if birds aren't singing they're screaming
    What if birds aren't singing they're screaming
    What if my moon gets caught up in my waning
    Trapped under a sky left blacker than the eyes of my visitors
    What if birds aren't singing they're screaming
    What if birds aren't singing they're screaming
    I got high, I thought I saw an angel
    But it was just a ghost heaving under his cloak
    What if birds aren't singing they're screaming
    What if birds aren't singing they're screaming

  21. daweller

    she should do acting ( movies )

    Karl

    she is acting

    daweller

    @Karl nope

  22. Nadine Day

    I love her art.

  23. Mark Davey

    Dietrich/Piaf... she's already timeless.

  24. RudolfSchmidt

    what a rare phenomenon she is. it's a cause for celebration.

  25. Current Resident

    A bit like Marlene Dietrich!! Love it.

  26. Steph Bootie

    Staggering & Beautiful

  27. James Smith

    Aldous must be getting some good shit! 😃

  28. James Smith

    I think she's right actually. 🤔

  29. Raido

    My favourite shade of cra'y

  30. Moleratical

    what a beautiful song

  31. Luis Medina

    Shower Thoughts...

  32. vermale deit

    so wonderful and classy, amazing song!😍 does anyone know which kind of epiano this is? sounds great

  33. Amanda Bonaiuto

    This is totally all consuming, I love it

  34. Russell Wolf

    This is a breath of fresh air!

  35. James Skibinski

    so powerful...

  36. James Skibinski

    Her music will be appreciated far longer than she knows...

  37. James Skibinski

    I love her! Well not actually in love with Hannah but actually her music and art. So perfect and beautiful.

  38. James Skibinski

    Perceptions... what if what we think is a beautiful expression is something terrible or sad?

  39. Sid tico

    She is singing and screaming at the same time and good actor too

  40. gavin Reid

    Most bird song is used as a territorial display. Perhaps it actually is closer to screaming.

  41. John Castle

    Fascinating ,what a voice ,great songs ,new fan here.

  42. Mike J

    Only discovered this artist today but she’s a little like Regina Spektor. Her track “Beast” is brilliant. Love the lyrics. Not too keen on this one though. Going to check out some more.

  43. Sven Steffen

    she's a juwel....

  44. visionepersa

    Una canzone così, cantata così, non succede spesso; entra nelle ossa e ti attraversa, è nata una stella.

  45. Liberty Griffin

    anyone know what the chords are for this song?

    Fix Pie

    I might have got the studio version by ear.
    there are two chord lines that intertwine throughout the song.
    repeat
    Dm F G G/A
    switch for the first time at "he was making wooden" to
    C Em F G
    from that point on the two switch frequently.. try to figure out the rest of the changes by ear.
    Hope this helped :)

    Fix Pie

    Ok. Maybe the live version is something like
    C Em F Em7/G (just like before)
    And then
    F Em F Em
    F Em F Em7/G
    And obviously many 7s and maj7s all around
    ("It's a thought")

  46. Steph Bootie

    No Aldous your the Angel with an Angelic voice

  47. Ged Gray

    Kevin Coyne ... yeah?

    trifllng

    Ged Gray wow good call ,

  48. Dead Famous People

    A cross between Piaf and Christine Hynde

    Laure Ardouin

    and Jeff Buckley

  49. Dead Famous People

    This version is so much better than the album version

  50. Dead Famous People

    Love this

  51. Dan Hassard

    She looks like she shit her pants

    Audrey H

    the world really needed this little tid bit of your inner monologue - cheers!

  52. Whim

    Awesome

  53. marycdacat

    Gena- Woman under the influence

  54. Thomas

    Aldous is the best new artist 4AD has signed in a long time and that's saying something as they have a lot of great artists... I love how powerful her songs are with such minimalism. She just lets the unspeakable energetic flow of creativity flow through her unfiltered. So beautiful. This could be the theme song for the fight against climate change...

    Olek twBolek

    climate change?, wake up, rebel against NWO, otherwise you won't be singing, you'll be screaming.

  55. Nemer Obeid

    WTF?!?!?!?!?!?!

  56. Kate R

    this is such a perfect song

  57. Grace Nottingham

    I love how she acts as she sings ... she entirely consumes herself in her work.

    krllr

    for me it appears as if she is a crystal-meth consumer (irises dilated). beautiful one, though

    Jack Dean

    @krllr she isn't. she has described her odd expressions as good for the music, outside of singing she behaves ''normally''

    Helen Lizzy Stewart

    @krllr do you know for sure??????

  58. Dave7777

    I think she's a talented woman (and the name of this song is brilliant) but I can't take all of the weird voices she does in her songs. Whether she's doing a weird low-range foreign accent or a high-pitched child-like voice, it's all just a little too much for me. Maybe it has to grow on you over time. I've only heard a few of her songs. For now I'll stick with Courtney Barnett as my favorite female Aussie singer. I'm glad there's a market for what Aldous is doing. It's a lot more interesting than most of the auto tuned BS pop songs out there that are usually sung by someone pretty who didn't even write it.

    Tom Hutchison

    DaveCo777 She's from New Zealand. Courtenay Barnett would be your favourite Aussie either way.

    Dave7777

    They're a few thousand miles apart, but for some reason in my mind they're practically the same place. Like if I was visiting in Australia I could just pop over to New Zealand for lunch on a dingy with an outboard motor. (In reality it's like going from New York to Los Angeles with nothing but ocean underneath.)

    Audrey H

    No Dave. You are wrong

  59. Alexander Matthews

    No Aldous they are in fact singin<3

    Julian Andres

    I wouldn't bet on it.

    James Smith

    @Julian Andres Ikr?

  60. jaison schroeyers

    On which cd is this song?

    fergusfox

    This is on her new cd "Party", due out in May.

  61. n2tattoos

    what's up with her faces?

    drag0nfly_girl

    Many singers and musicians like this are a little odd or eccentric; some are even on the autistic spectrum and are socially awkward and unaware of the oddness of their expressions and mannerisms. They express themselves through the music and aren't concerned with how they appear to an audience. Aldous, Ladyhawke, and Aurora are all singers I would tentatively place on the autistic spectrum; others, like Joanna Newsom, Regina Spektor, Kate Bush and Tori Amos, are at least eccentric and possibly also neurodivergent in some way.

    gavin Reid

    @n2tattoos eat more fruit

    Keith Wigley

    @n2tattoos then leave the junk food alone...it will help your brain to function again..s not a going to be easy..

    Keith Wigley

    @drag0nfly_girl and hmm ? So what is your point...and the point of your comment ? What is the constructive point to your comment and purpose...

    n2tattoos

    @Keith Wigley way to bring up a really, really old comment thread. you must be really lonely.

  62. James Pendley, Jr.

    I feel this story miss. Painful when I didn't know my family anymore. Different stories I'm sure. Thank you for sharing your work and gifts with us.

  63. Diarmuid Cahill

    so good, jeez, girl!

  64. Brookfield

    Terrific!