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My Songbird

This song is by Emmylou Harris and appears on the album Quarter Moon In A Ten Cent Town (1978).

(Jesse Winchester)

Songbird in a golden cage she'd prefer the blue
How I crave the liquor of her song
Poor bird who has done no harm what harm could she do
She shall be my prisoner her life long.

My songbird wants her freedom
Now don't you think I know
But I can't find it in myself
To let my songbird go
I just can't let her go.

Oh Lord, when your jeweler's eye peers into my soul
Oh Lord, I am overcome with shame
Take me Lord and purify, heal me with a word
Lord, I beg a gift I dare not claim.

My songbird wants her freedom
Now don't you think I know
But I can't find it in myself
To let my songbird go
I just can't let her go...

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