LaMontagne, Ray - Winter Birds Lyrics




It's the Widow now that owns that angry plow,
The spartan Mule and The Crippled Cow
The fallow field that will yield no more,
As the fox lay sleeping beneath her kitchen floor

The stream can't contain such the withering rain,
And from the pasture the fence it is leaning away
The clouds crack and growl
Like some great cat on the prowl
Crying out, "I am, I am" over and over again

The days grow short
As the nights grow long
The kettle sings its tortured song
As many petalled kiss I place upon her brow,
Oh, my lady, Lady I am loving you now

The winter birds have come back again,
Here the sprightly Chickadee
Gone now is the Willow Wren
In passing greet each other as if old, old friends
And to the voiceless trees
It is their own they will lend

The days grow short
As the nights grow long
The kettle sings its tortured song
As many petalled kiss I place upon her brow,
Oh, my lady, Lady I am loving you now

And though all these things will change,
The memories will remain
As green to gold, and gold to brown
The leaves will fall to feed the ground
And in their falling, make no sound

Oh my lady,
Lady I am loving you now

I've gathered all my money and I'm goin' to town,
To buy my lady a long and flowing gown
'Cause come tomorrow morning
We're off to the county fair
I'll find a yellow flower
And I will lace it in her hair





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  1. Joyless J

    Never fails to move me. All the wild horses has the same effect. Some music just stirs your soul.

  2. Anthony Lyons

    I like this song until I get to the line "Oh my lady, Lady I am loving you now" every time it's sung.

    I keep feeling like it gets cut way too short or really should keep going a bit more. Like you start the section and just give up. It doesn't even rhyme with "-ow" the way its sung, like he got gut-punched and just toughed the line out.

    It's super weak.

    Oscarmike247 0.0

    It's the widow finding love in mother nature and accepting that her loss is just part of natural life.

  3. Michael Blue Riband

    23/08/2018: they’re carving me up real good today (umbilical stub, ghost hernia, tether to mother)—these are the last of the summer letters, but there’s a lady. goodness their might be a lady.

  4. B. McClellan

    So very beautiful!

  5. Anthony Cowen

    might be the best written song I've ever heard! stunning

  6. Nik H

    Me and my partner went for a picnic in a beautiful wild flower meadow and we laid out and watched the sky drift past to this song...

  7. dreamsofgroundmeat

    Why did this get pulled from Spotify?

    Madgeney

    dreamsofgroundmeat; I don’t know for certain but all I can say is there are a lot of artists (and sometimes their labelstoo) who are against Spotify because it’s free sharing; it means they don’t get their dues for the music they have written. (They don’t get paid for their art, basically)
    But I don’t know if this is why RLM’s stuff was pulled.

  8. OXainsley loken

    Sob... So beautiful the poetry, guitar and voice!

  9. Just Jeanne

    "The days grow short as the nights grow long.... the kettle sings its tortured song.... a many-petaled kiss I place upon her brow...oh my lady, lady I am loving you...." WOW that's some gorgeous poetry....

    William Gates

    true that

  10. SONIC FOXX MUSIC

    ooooOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!.........is any other comment required?...guessing not.


    Play again this song on a lonely walk and lose yourself...and just walk in wooded areas.

    INCREDIBLE, absolutely picturesque and stunning...thank you Ray for picking up a piece of A4 and taking the time to decorate it in words. Six minutes and twenty seconds of bliss..and surely what life is mean't to be about. I'd happily walk out of the many jobs i have had, sit down by a running river, look up at the sky....whilst listening to this piece of art.

    dreamsofgroundmeat

    SONIC FOXX MUSIC...(D.N.A... Developing New Artists) youre getting it, man

    SONIC FOXX MUSIC

    It's a year later..but THANK YOU.

  11. Alberto Marsili

    a volte mi sento un equilibrista squilibrato dagli eventi questa musica mi parla con dolce vigore

  12. James Bushell

    Probably the most beautiful song I've ever heard!

    SONIC FOXX MUSIC

    You sir are a scholar James Bushell...i totally agree with you. I used to walk about about six miles a day and in winter this beautiful song got me through if rain or sleet hit hard. To say it ended up on repeat a few times would be a complete underestimation....whoahhhhhhh...the only word which sums this beautiful song.
    6.20....wow....Rays vocal just makes this song. Somebody recently said "YOU'RE A SONGWRITER....i suppose you've written something for that moment when you leave us..??"..........NOPE...none of them would be good enough to fade away to like WINTER BIRDS.

    THIS SONG WOULD BE THE ONE......6 minutes of keeping teary folk interested....follow RAY LAMONTAGNE vicar!!!!!

  13. brich2929

    THIS is some good music here.

  14. Karolina Basan

    It's the widow now that owns that angry plow
    The spartan mule and the crippled cow
    The fallow field that will yield no more
    As the fox lay sleeping beneath her kitchen floor

    The stream can't contain such the withering rain
    And from the pasture the fence it is leaning away
    The clouds crack and growl like some great cat on the prowl
    Crying out I am, I am over and over again

    The days grow short as the nights grow long
    The kettle sings its tortured songs
    A many petaled kiss I place upon her brow
    Oh my lady, lady I am loving you now

    The winter birds have gone back again
    Here the sprightly chickadee, gone now is the willow wren
    In passing greet each other as if old, old friends
    And to the voiceless trees it is their own they will lend

    The days grow short as the nights grow long
    The kettle sings its tortured songs
    A many petaled kiss I place upon her brow
    Oh my lady, lady I am loving you now

    Though all these things will change the memories will remain
    As green to gold and gold to brown
    The leaves will fall to feed the ground
    And in their falling make no sound
    Oh my lady, lady, I am loving you now

    I've gathered all my money, I'm going to town
    To buy my lady a long and flowing gown
    'Cause come tomorrow morning we're off to the county fair
    I'll find a yellow flower and I will lace it in her hair

    The days grow short as the nights grow long
    The kettle sings its tortured songs
    A many petaled kiss I place upon her brow
    Oh my lady, lady I am loving you now
    Oh my lady, lady I am loving you now

  15. Teena Raven Snow

    This song is very special to my heart, No One could touch that part of me like Ray. Such a shining soul... <3

  16. wlwo1

    Beautiful ...

  17. Captain Treepig

    Ray's music touches me.

  18. Vivaldita

    Thank you so much for the lyrics. You made my day. This song has really captured me. Its magicly beautifull. ♡♡♡

  19. Vivaldita

    Any place where the lyrics is available for this song?

    ShannonLeighMulligan

    It's the Widow now that owns that angry plow,
    The spartan Mule and The Crippled Cow
    The fallow field that will yield no more,
    As the fox lay sleeping beneath her kitchen floor

    The stream can't contain such the withering rain,
    And from the pasture the fence it is leaning away
    The clouds crack and growl
    Like some great cat on the prowl
    Crying out, "I am, I am" over and over again

    The days grow short
    As the nights grow long
    The kettle sings its tortured song
    As many petalled kiss I place upon her brow,
    Oh, my lady, Lady I am loving you now

    The winter birds have come back again,
    Here the sprightly Chickadee
    Gone now is the Willow Wren
    In passing greet each other as if old, old friends
    And to the voiceless trees
    It is their own they will lend

    The days grow short
    As the nights grow long
    The kettle sings its tortured song
    As many petalled kiss I place upon her brow,
    Oh, my lady, Lady I am loving you now

    And though all these things will change,
    The memories will remain
    As green to gold, and gold to brown
    The leaves will fall to feed the ground
    And in their falling, make no sound

    Oh my lady,
    Lady I am loving you now

    I've gathered all my money and I'm goin' to town,
    To buy my lady a long and flowing gown
    'Cause come tomorrow morning
    We're off to the county fair
    I'll find a yellow flower
    And I will lace it in her hair

    SONIC FOXX MUSIC

    You're a good person ShannonLeighMulligan.

  20. Floppy Bob

    This song reminds me of my dads passing every time i hear it. this song holds a very special place in my heart and is by far my most favorite song. Saw him sing it live back in 2009 and there wasnt a dry eye around me in the audience.

    Lisabeth Williamson

    your dad sounds like a nice man!
    -

    SONIC FOXX MUSIC

    I disagree with Lisabeth(sorry Lisabeth)..your dad sounds like one AMAZING human being Floppy Bob...this song is beyond exceptional.....6.20 of sheer beauty...what else can be said.

    Total respect to you and your father's memory.

  21. tweezas

    Everyone. I love all of your comments below. They make me so very happy. What an incredible moment in time listening to this man doing what he does.

  22. Jaime Soltys

    Kidding me? How have I not discovered this dude until corpse pose in yoga class tonight...fucking brilliant. Gorgeous poetry with a soft backdrop of geetar.

    Just Jeanne

    +Jaime Soltys i guess we find music when we are meant to find it... or it is meant to find us, corpse pose or not

    ArrBee1213

    +Jaime Soltys hahaha yoga is where we always find the most relaxing music

    SONIC FOXX MUSIC

    YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE THE BEST YOGA TEACHER EVER.......can you tell that teacher about BREATHE by JASMINE LAMPORT...total permission to use it for your yoga class...from the lyricist.

  23. sticktheminastew

    15, bitches!!!! haha I don't acc think it matters how old you are, anyone can like good music.

  24. aaron johnson

    Everybody's watching fucking Lady Gaga videos or some such shit. I hate it when I
    mention Ray Lamontagne to somebody and they're like "Who?"

  25. Hatem Kotb

    0 dislikes?
    Is the Earth a better place already??

  26. Mike Cass

    What an artist...

  27. ripboco

    My Dad showed me this song , fuck he's a great bastard . Love the cunt .

  28. athena3007

    The option to listen to this isn't limited to our generation; there's always the possibility that older generations could choose to listen to it too so you can hardly place all the blame on our age-group! I'm not keen on this thing I see across Youtube of people commenting on how today's youth have 'bad' music taste - each to their own! But I do agree that this is an amazing amazing song & deserves more views :)

  29. gabrielletheoharis

    I'm 16 and I cannot agree more!

  30. ripboco

    Because my generation of people suck . I'm 17 and this is some of the most amazing music/lyrics I've ever heard/seen .

  31. malicexcx

    Ray Lamontagne - Winter Birds

    what a label, lol

  32. So ul

    A very special song for me, simply a master piece for the soul :)

  33. Samantha Richert

    Perfect.

  34. Kishya Rani

    Gosh. I'm not gonna lie but the moment this song played, I cried. Just too beautiful

  35. Michael Jenkins

    I just discovered him, amazing singer.

  36. sircalvin83

    Jesus, this is good.

  37. Harri845

    @obwunn or just thank ray...after all he is singing it

  38. Mayara Thais

    que lindo

  39. BallinBoarder

    @Gabbyroxdavillage because hes just too good for people to handle ;)

  40. tesshall23

    @Gabbyroxdavillage Probably because there is another really great live version of this on Youtube that's part of a Ray playlist...it has a ton more views.

  41. gabrielletheoharis

    why are there not more views?