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Silver Swan

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This song’s going on 32 years old…
Some 12 years older than I was when I wrote it!!

I borrowed the title from one of my favourite madrigals, The Silver Swan by Orlando Gibbons:

“The silver swan who living hath no note, when death approached, unlocked her silent throat. Leaning her breast against the reedy shore, thus sang her first and last: and sang no more.”

Anyway, back in 1983, I was going to be a rock star, obviously, and the lady was going to be a famous actress, and we were going to be FABULOUS, darlings… And, at the time, she was insisting that she wasn’t going past 21 years old if she hadn’t become famous by then… I put two and two together and came up with this.

The song’s been sitting somewhere in the middle of my “maybe” pile for a couple of years now. A few weeks back, when I discovered that it’s someone’s 50th birthday soon, I thought “well, I’d better do this one next, then…”

Allison Jane RIP, love Angus xxxxx

Silver Swan - A A J Russe

A pretty little lady wants to ride the silver breeze
Let’s build her some wings to help her fly
She knows that she’ll make it
If she don’t she knows she’ll die
I’m sending all my luck to the silver swan

Lonely as she is nobody can get near
They’ll just get in the way and waste her time
The only one I know who ever did get close
Is busy somewhere else just drinking wine

Silver swan don’t let up if it takes too long
Don’t save your song for your dying breath
Silver swan come on and sing for me now
Don’t use your last weapon yet

Your mamma says you’re dreaming
Trying to catch the wind
She’s gonna be lonely when you’ve flown the nest
You don’t trust no-one
I can’t believe you’ve never loved
You can’t expect us to pass your test

No-one’s gonna beat you or take the lead from you
The days that you’re weak have got long to come
I’m fighting for myself and though my road is just as hard
My heart flies high with the silver swan

Silver swan don’t let up if it takes too long
Don’t save your song for your dying breath
Silver swan come on and sing for me now
Don’t use your last weapon yet

Copyright (C) 1983 A A J Russe. All Rights Reserved.

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oldfolks2 said

It's no good Andrew, your music reminds me so much of Family, I absolutely love it. Having seen them so many times, I'm sorry to say, I'm off to Youtube to catch up on some Chapo ..... but like a good groupie, I'll come back to you. ( hope this don't make tongues wag )

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JR James said

Takes me back to the days of great 70's era rock. Tops!!!!!

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thetworegs said

My condolences ...

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Andrew Russe said

The lady died. Yesterday, I believe. RIP Ally Sixsmith, thinking of you xxxxx

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Colleen Dillon said

Enjoying a dip into a playlist by you! Your music is just awesome! Thanks for my Sunday afternoon soundtrack.

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Gary Fox said

Great song, Andrew. Love the chorus and the gtr riffs.

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Jefferson Cole said

Nicely Done. Great production and mix. Thanks for the comments from a couple weeks ago.

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strummindude said

Super sound, very airy and dynamic arrangement, thoroughly enjoyable!

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willis said

Nice clean sound, enjoyable to listen to.

Guest said

Well constructed ditty :)

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John Robson said

Soulful classic rock at it's best. You sing beautifully & your arrangement is masterful. Loved it :-)

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Colleen Dillon said

Wow! This is just awesome.... "Silver swan don’t let up if it takes too long".... I love this line What a great story to go along with another amazing track! Thanks for sharing this one

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Sister Savage said

Tight as a drum. Very pro.

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Ed Layne said

This track is fabulous. The way it blows up in the chorus is fantastic! Beautiful lyrics my friend!

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James Michael Taylor said

This is very popie/r&B. Sounds like a fun one to sing. I might have posted LAYLA back when i first recorded it. Can't remember

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Greg Connor said

Good story behind the song! 32 years? It's as smooth as vintage wine.

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oldfolks2 said

Great track A, could easily hear it on a 'Family' L.P. in the '70s......

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Johnny Stone said

Beautiful track mate

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thetworegs said

Another AR touch of class Bravo!

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Nick P said

Great voice, great song!