Bowerbirds Rock the 'BPP' Jukebox

The band plays their song "In Our Talons," live at the Bryant Park Project studios.

Copyright © 2008 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.


Well, tomorrow - well, where are we now? Jukebox?


We're going to North Carolina!

PESCA: All right. Tomorrow they get their chance, the North Carolinians do, the chance to cast their ballots in the state's presidential primary, but we've cast our vote for best North Carolina trio featuring at least two members who live in an Airstream trailer.

Back in February, we had Bowerbirds in the BPP Studio, and in honor of the primary in their home state, we'll drop a quarter in the BPP Jukebox and take a listen to their song, "In Our Talons."

(Soundbite of jukebox)

Mr. PHIL MOORE (Lead Singer, The Bowerbirds): One, two, one, two, three...

(Soundbite of song "In Our Talons")

THE BOWERBIRDS: (Singing) And the warblers sing, Deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet. And the sparrows sing, Deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet. Through the wheels, through the wheels on the interstate, And hears no refrain.

And the beetle creeps, Deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet, On the crippled trees, Deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet. And they look down to where the soil must have been, Wondering...

And no, you're not alone. No, my cousins, you're not alone. You're in our talons now, and we're never letting go.

And the branches bend, Deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet, To the growing sea, Deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet. And they ask, and they ask it to spread their seeds, For they know they're drowning.

And no, you're not alone. No, my cousins, you're not alone. You're in our talons now, and we're never letting go.

You're in our headlights, frozen, And no, we're not stopping. You may not believe...

PESCA: And that's the Bowerbirds playing "In Our Talons" live on the BPP.

MARTIN: And you know what? That does it for this hour of the BPP, but we don't go away online. We're there online, I'm Rachel Martin.

PESCA: And I'm Mike Pesca. This is the Bryant Park Project from NPR News.

(Soundbite of song "In Our Talons")

THE BOWERBIRDS: (Singing) We're only human, This, at least, we've learned...

Copyright © 2008 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Bowerbirds: What Sunday Morning Sounds Like

With sharp songwriting and constant touring, the Bowerbirds trio of North Carolina are turning heads around the country. They play from their debut album, Hymns for a Dark Horse.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.