Cuckoo Heart

by Zig Zag Birds

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This full-length debut puts an original spin on classic sunshine pop. With lush harmonies and irresistible hooks, London-based Zig Zag Birds take the listener to a technicolor world that is sweet and sour, silly and sincere, nostalgic and fresh.

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released May 26, 2017

Zig Zag Birds are:
Woody Lewenstein, David Rael, Edward Randell
vocals, guitars, bass, keys, cello

with:
Mattis Moviken – drums
Simon Marsh – saxes, flute, clarinet
Thom Hewitt – trumpet
Raph Clarkson – trombone
Claire Bisdorff – violin
Edmund Jones – viola

All tracks written, arranged and produced by Zig Zag Birds
Recorded and mixed in London by David Rael and Edward Randell
Mastered in Milpitas, California by Bill Hare
Bird art by Emma Sheehy

℗ and © 2017. The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Zig Zag Birds. All rights reserved.

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Zig Zag Birds London, UK

With one foot in the sun-soaked Sixties, and the other in the do-it-yourself YouTube generation, Zig Zag Birds began as an experiment and quickly got out of hand. London's David Rael, Edward Randell and Woody Lewenstein write fun, infectious original songs with a nod to days of old. The result is a downright irresistible sound, packed with lush harmonies, bouncy brass and endlessly hummable tunes. ... more

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Track Name: Hook, Line & Sinker
It wasn't much
A single touch
But now we're here it's very clear
You made your mark
There in the dark
Guess you could say that I'm the prey
And you're the shark

So much more than simple attraction
It feels so good, there must be a catch and you've caught me

(Hook) One look and you reel me in with your
(Line) Sweet talk and you walk my way, now I'm
(Sinker) Down deep in your quicksand, soon I'll be
Hook, line & sinker for you girl

I couldn't wait
I took the bait
But all the same I'm not ashamed
You fool me once
You fool me twice
I can't complain because this pain is paradise

So much more than simple attraction
It feels so good, there must be a catch and you've caught me

(Hook) One look and you reel me in with your
(Line) Sweet talk and you walk my way, now I'm
(Sinker) Down deep in your quicksand, soon I'll be
Hook, line & sinker for you girl
Track Name: Grown-Ups
Today at school
Tommy saw a girl he'd never seen before
In assembly hall
He spotted all he'd ever need at all
As she sat in the second row

The bell at half nine
Well it chimed with his kite-high popping cuckoo heart
And in the lunchtime queue
Well that was when he absolutely knew that she'd be the one for him

All afternoon he'd try to catch her eye
But she never looked his way
No matter how he stared or how loud he sighed
Seemed it wouldn't be his day

Grown-ups know what to say to turn pretty heads their way
'Cause grown-ups don't get shy
They know how to take the pain and the stomach-ache of love
So when will I?

The weeks went by
There was no magic trick that he would not try
He'd whistle a tune
So beautiful you'd struggle not to swoon
But a little too quietly

And poems stuffed inside his classroom drawer
Filled with words he would not say
Lonely weekends behind a bedroom door
Countless evenings dreamed away

Grown-ups know what to say to turn pretty heads their way
'Cause grown-ups don't get shy
They know how to take the pain and the stomach-ache of love
So when will I?

Tommy one day school will be far behind
You'll have letters after your name
And though you're older you'll be surprised to find
The song you're singing's still the same

Grown-ups know what to say to turn pretty heads their way
'Cause grown-ups don't get shy
They know how to take the pain and the stomach-ache of love
So when will I?
Track Name: If Not Now, When?
They said: better to dip your toe
Only a fool would jump, but here I go
Ready to take the plunge

They said: better to wait your turn
Love is a waiting game, so watch and learn
But I play by another book

I don't need to wait and see
I know I've found the girl for me

They said: better to bide your time
Time is in short supply, I'm in my prime
And I'm ready to make mistakes

They said: play it cool, play safe, play subtle
Take a deep breath and count to ten
So I offer these dozen words of rebuttal:
If not here, where?
If not us, who?
If not now, when?

[solos]

I don't need to wait and see
I know I've found the girl for me

They said: better to bide your time
Time is in short supply, I'm in my prime
And I'm ready to make mistakes

Here I stand like Joseph Cotten
Watching the girl go by again
It's the blink of an eye between ripe and rotten
So if not here, where?
If not us, who?
If not now, when?

Better to dip your toe
Only a fool would jump, so here I go
Ready to take the plunge...
Track Name: Nothing Lasts Forever
As we made a home of your bed
Floating on a sea of sheets
Bedding creases lap our feet
As we made a home of your bed
We dreamed a dream of you and me
We dreamed of kids, of two or three

Then you said: nothing lasts forever
Can you name me a thing that doesn't die?
So I agreed and said goodnight,
I'll see you in the morning sweetie pie

Ooh...

As we cooked up a storm in your kitchen
We chopped and beat and whisked and fried
I dropped the eggs, but at least I tried
As we cooked up a storm in your kitchen
We talked of when we'd buy a place
With extra space for just in case

But you said: nothing lasts forever
Can you name me a food that doesn't spoil?
So I agree, bon appetit
And do you think this needs more olive oil?

Ooh...

Since we've been making plans for two
I'm just planning on waking up with you
Track Name: Shame On Me
You never write, you never call
You never gave me much encouragement at all
I never learn, I never learn

Counting on you is like counting the sand
Nothing to do but watch it trickle through your hand
I should've known, I should've known

Shame on me
For hanging around at the scene of the crime
Shame on me
For letting you let me down a second time

Once was enough, twice is a joke
How do you turn a dream into a puff of smoke?
I wish I knew, I wish I knew

But you always were bad for my health
Now I've got no-one left to blame except myself
When will I learn, when will I learn?

Shame on me...

All my great expectations
I'm a fool to put them on you
You've been trying my patience
Now it's time to try someone new

Shame on me...
Track Name: London Summer Rain
Do you remember when we walked along the canal that runs down to Mile End?
Do you remember then we danced around Victoria Park 'til 2am?
And in the pouring rain you kissed my lips and we got drunk on cheap wine
Well do you think about the time?
Because I think about it still

Sometimes, sometimes, sometimes, sometimes
Oh, in the London summer rain
I think about the time and you, ah

Do you think of me when you're in Whitechapel on a rainy day?
Do you think of me as the one who got away?
And do you think of how in London Fields I was yours and you were mine?
Well do you think about the time?
Because I think about it still

Sometimes, sometimes, sometimes, sometimes
Oh, in the London summer rain
I think about the time and you, ah

And if you'd like to see me
You'll find me out here in this pouring rain
And when the winter freezes you
I'll keep you warm, I'll be your old flame

Do you forgive me now? I know I turned your world a darker shade of blue
I should be careful what I wish for, now I can't stop dreaming of you
But when this London summer rain falls down I find you're always on mind
Well do you think about the time?
Because I think about it still

Sometimes, sometimes, sometimes, sometimes
Oh, in the London summer rain
I think about the time and you, ah
Track Name: Mind How You Go
Oh, mind how you go
Throwing your heart around
I've known your kind of heart
And it's easier lost than found
We stole over the line
Wheels roll at a quarter to nine

And you say I should care less
If I could care less
I wouldn't be in this mess, would I?

Oh, mind how you go
Wishing on space debris
It won't do, fixing your hopes
On faulty astronomy
Tall tales fill the small hours
The sweetest talk soon enough sours

And you say I should care less
If I could care less
I wouldn't be in this mess, would I?

If I had a penny
For each and any time I thought of you
I'd buy us a piece of the moon
If you felt the same we could find the flame
That came so suddenly between us
And left too soon

And you say I should care less
If I could care less
I wouldn't be in this mess, would I?

Oh, mind how you go
Throwing your heart around
Track Name: New Year's Kiss
You’ve been hiding there in plain sight
Never knew I knew
It was always you
Old acquaintance in a new light
Counting down from ten
Bells rang out and then

Sparks flew
Red, yellow, blue
Watching the numbers change
Suddenly we’re two strangers
In a New Year’s kiss

Fireworks fade like resolutions
Would we burn so bright
Any other night?
No good jumping to conclusions
All I know for sure
I could go for more

Sparks flew...

What’s done is done
And que sera sera
Let the champagne fizz
It is what it is
We are whatever we are

Sparks flew...
Track Name: Twenty Questions
Now and then I find twenty questions on my mind
Questions for my love that really show how I feel
Did he kiss like me? Did he see what I can see?
Did he thank his lucky stars when love was real?

Darling, stop me there, just forget I even care
Can't we just pretend our love is new?
Answer me and I'll give my heart to you

Did he make you smile? Was it perfect for a while?
Was he good, and was he kind, and did he make you feel all right?
Did he even say that he loved you every day?
Do you ever think of what he said to you at night?

Darling, stop me there, just forget I even care
Can't we just pretend our love is new?
Answer me and I'll give my heart to you

Are these just the questions of a foolish mind
You've already told me the answers a thousand times
Am I going round in circles, am I that blind?
Asking you over and over again...

On lonely evenings in, do you sometimes think of him?
Do you think about the good times, do you think about the bad?
Do you ever secretly think of him instead of me?
Do you think of all the things you've lost and what you could've had?

Darling, stop me there, 'cause you know I really care
Can't we just pretend our love is new?
Answer me, that's all I ask of you
Track Name: Each Time
So once we may have said
Let's dip our toes, see how it goes
Cards to our chest
That would be best
Once you may have said
I'm in my prime, it's not the time
Holding our hands
Over lines in the sand

But the stars in my eyes when I see you
An ever new prize when you look back at me
You say what a shame
But it can't stay the same
We're snowballing out of control

Well I remember when I said
It's still too soon to play that tune
And feeling alright
To live for tonight
And I remember when you said
You've had a taste, what's with the haste
I'm saving some room
For tomorrow's new moon

But the stars in my eyes when I see you
An ever new prize when you look back at me you
Say what a shame
But it can't stay the same
We're snowballing out of control

And each time I think
My love's grown up
To stretch from sky to floor
And each time I feel
My love's full up
It grows a little more

Well your mama may have said
Just give it space, slow down the pace
There's door after door
Of a world to explore
And my daddy may have said
Go slow my son, you're still too young
There's plenty to life
That don't need a wife

But the stars in my eyes when I see you
An ever new prize when you look back at me you
Say what a shame
But it can't stay the same
We're snowballing out of control

And each time I think
My love's grown up
To stretch from sky to floor
And each time I feel
My love's full up
It grows a little more

I can't tell you how but I can tell you now
It does, I'm sure.