Little Bird (feat. Fabiano do Nascimento & Miguel Atwood​-​Ferguson)

from Music Life by Mia Doi Todd

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lyrics

Why don’t these problems just go away?
Time should have healed our old heartache.
Childhood just would not be overcome.
Mistakes that were made could not be undone.

I tried my best, but it’s too late.
Taking care was just my fate.
You are still young and free and fun.
Break those chains and you can run.

Little Bird, why not go live in London?
I heard you have a friend there. Maybe with her you could stay?
Little Bird, why not go live in London?
Go out and see the world! Come on, you’ve never left LA!

Little Bird, there’s such a strength inside you,
Like a seed waiting for the rain.
Little Bird, if the doctor hasn’t told you,
You are beautiful and so very full of grace.

Why don’t these problems just go away?
Time should have healed our old heartache.
Childhood just would not be overcome.
By the grownups that we’ve become.

Little Bird, why not go to Paris?
There is a drummer there. I know he took your breath away.
Little Bird, why not go to Paris?
See some old paintings and all those shops in Le Marais!

Little Bird, trust your intuition.
Don’t be scared to let someone inside.
Little Bird, our nest was all broken,
But spread your wings and know that you can fly!

But it’s not easy, facing the truth,
What really happened to you,
The feelings of a helpless child,
Secret things that you had to hide.
Martyr, you suffered more than your share.
Your mother, said he wouldn’t dare.
Doors closed; it happened all the time.
No one knows. Hush now don’t you cry.

If you need to cry, cry baby cry.

Why don’t these problems just go away?
Taking care was just my fate.
The future is yours. What can you dream?
Don’t let the past rule everything.

Little Bird, why not go live in London?
I heard you have a friend there. Maybe with her you could stay?
Little Bird, how ‘bout Mexico City?
or San Miguel de Allende?
Little bird, how ‘bout Vancouver B.C.?
Santa Cruz or Santa Fe?
or Philadelphia, or San Francisco
or Minneapolis or Toronto
Miami, Memphis, Maui pronto!
You Gotta Get Away!
Bali or Bangkok, Denver or Dallas
Maybe Atlanta or Atlantis?
Taipei, Tokyo, Hong Kong, or Kansas
Anywhere but LA!!
Oh little bird, little bird little bird, you gotta get away!
Oh little bird, little bird little bird, you gotta fly away!

credits

from Music Life, track released February 12, 2021
Nylon Guitar, Vocals — Mia Doi Todd
Nylon Guitar — Fabiano do Nascimento
Upright Bass — Gabe Noel
Viola, Violin — Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
Saxophone — Sam Gendel
Percussion — Andres Renteria

2021, City Zen Records

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Mia Doi Todd Los Angeles, California

Mia Doi Todd is a prolific singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, known for her unique voice and emotional songwriting.  Her album, “Cosmic Ocean Ship,” was chosen by the New York Times as one of the top ten records of 2011.  Her new album, due out in early 2021, focuses on motherhood and the life of the artist.  Mia helped to start the music venue Zebulon in the LA neighborhood where she grew up. ... more

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