Blackbird

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This song came to me while I was headed down the AC Expressway to the Jersey shore in my old '98 Saturn SL2...which should have already been put to rest by then (may she rest in peace..). The air conditioner was broken, windows were all open, Phillies game was blasting and, as we were driving, I kept seeing red winged blackbirds alighting on the median. One....after... the other...in almost a deliberate waltz-like rhythm. Then I heard the melody...in the midst of all that noise, I grabbed my phone and immediately started to hum it into the voice recorder before it left me for good. When I got home, I sat down with the ukulele and finished it fairly quickly. Most of the time, songwriting can be a little like having a breach birth, but this was easy. Because it was a total gift. I wasn't entirely sure what it was about, but all three of us immediately fell in love with its melancholy and beauty and arranged our vocals just as quickly as it was written. Later, I read Sue Monk Kidd's "The Invention of Wings" (a book that stalked me in various ways until I finally bought it and read it...naturally...haha) and not even halfway through it, I knew... Blackbird is the story of so many families torn apart through slavery. And it was given to me by the blackbirds that day on the highway to share through Hotsy Totsy with all of you. We are truly grateful for how this tune came together in the studio to reflect its truth. ~Jenny

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Blackbird, have you heard winter song humming her tune
Blackbird, heard you were planning on leaving us soon
Oh oh ~~~ Oh oh

Grey skies, sun is hiding, clouds shed a few tears for you
Grey skies, say goodbye, blackbird and I bid adieu

And we fly away homeward bound
And try to get lost and found again for good

You're here, I am gone, two ships that pass in the night
Sure clear we are pawns that haven't quite figured it right

So we fly away homeward bound
And try to get lost and found again for good

Oh oh oh oh ~~ Oh oh oh oh ~~ Oh oh ~~ Oh oh
Oh oh oh oh ~~ Oh oh oh oh ~~ Oh oh ~~ Oh oh oh oh

Fly away homeward bound
Try to get lost and found

I am yours and you are mine
Here and now and all through time

Our eyes meet, two hearts beat
And I am weak in the knees on my feet

Fly away homeward bound
Try to get lost and found again for good

Blackbird, have you heard, ooh
Blackbird, heard you were...

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from Skeletons & Ghosts, released October 31, 2017
Music & Lyrics by Jenny Pilong

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Hotsy Totsy Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hotsy Totsy is a refreshing, indie pop band out of Philadelphia, PA. This trio gives a smart wink and nod to the golden age of girl groups past and pulls that harmony driven sound forward into the present with renewed relevance.

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