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Carol of the Birds

by Thomas McCallum

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For many a bird did wake and fly Curoo, curoo, curoo For many a bird did wake and fly To a manger bed with a wandering cry On Christmas day in the morning Curoo, curoo, curoo Curoo, curoo, curoo The lark, the dove, the red bird came Curoo, curoo, curoo The lark, the dove, the red bird came And they did sing in sweet Jesus' name On Christmas day in the morning Curoo, curoo, curoo Curoo, curoo, curoo The owl was there with eyes so wide Curoo, curoo, curoo The owl was there with eyes so wide And he did sit at sweet Mary's side On Christmas day in the morning Curoo, curoo, curoo Curoo, curoo, curoo

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An Irish carol from the mid-1800s, with ancient bird symbology.

Lark: The animating song of the morning, new birth.

Dove: Peace, image of the Holy Spirit, Jesus' adulthood.

Red Bird: Probably a robin, represents colour, life amid winter. Also foreshadows the blood of the crucifixion.

Owl: Corresponds to images of various goddesses of the underworld, indicates Mary's eventual grief, but also victory over the grave.

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released December 1, 2021

Recorded by Douglas September
Production, additional recording, mixing: Aaron Comeau
Mastering: Reuben Ghose
Design: Corey Isenor

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Thomas McCallum Halifax, Nova Scotia

Thomas McCallum is a singer-songwriter from Six Mile Brook, NS. His first album, "Many A Long Hour," features nine original songs. He released a five song EP, "Crocus Song," in 2014.

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