Silence

by Jack O'Rourke

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"Silence" is the third track by Jack O'Rourke. Released in support of the Amnesty International "Let's Make History" YES campaign for Equality, Marriage Referendum May 23rd 2015, Ireland.

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Verse
The boy he asked for kitchen toys from Santa Claus, no need for John Deers
He liked bright colours and glamour on his bedroom walls, chaise longues and chandeliers
Could puck around a sliotar, but he ran away from the ball
The oldest in the litter, but felt gangly when standing up tall
He binbagged plastic teasets, strengthened up that writst
When they laughed at school
Bluetacked Robbie Fowler's hatrick made a boxing fist, staying safe by playing the fool
He smoothed out goosepimples when Callas sang Vissi D'Arte
And bragged about his girlfriends when the lads called over to play

Walk like a man, keep your shoulders broad
Ease up on the mincin, you'll fit in with the crowd

Chorus
What becomes of silent song birds, with longing in their hearts to take a breath
And break out in song, without sounding wrong, To break out in song, without sounding wrong

The boy inside the man plays parts for all except himself without an acting guide
His real persona's in a coma love's left on the shelf can't show his other side
Small talk with handsome strangers, he looks down as they see through his guise
A brush without a painter, on a canvas - blank - with hopeless denial

Walk like a man, keep your shoulders broad
Ease up on the mincin, you'll fit in with the crowd

What becomes of silent song birds, with longing in their hearts to take a breath
And break out in song, without sounding wrong, To break out in song, without sounding wrong

credits

released April 15, 2015
Music, lyrics and arrangement by Jack O'Rourke
Recorded by Christian Best, Monique Studios, Cork
Mastered by Ruairi O'Flaherty
In aid of Amnesty International

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Jack O'Rourke Cork, Ireland

Jack O'Rourke is a gritty yet polished songwriter. His compositions are led by the piano and his music is rootsy and edgy, peppered with baroque pop, blues, jazz and alt folk with orchestral flourishes. He sings in a grizzled baritone, assured yet plaintive, exploring the little subtleties of his home turf and the greater, changing world. ... more

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