Drumming Bird

3 albums

Drumming Bird is an Indie Rock band based in Nashville, TN. It is the main vehicle of singer-songwriter Austin Sawyer. The 21-year-old has been writing and performing music for nearly 6 years as Drumming Bird, and finally hit his stride with his February 2019 first full-length release Great Smoky Love. This was followed by 2 singles later in the year: “Riff Song” and “Halloween Party.” Sawyer writes music that draws from inspiration ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Galaxie 500 to The Avett Brothers. His refreshing take on Indie Rock provides music that evokes emotion, without sacrificing energy.

Music

12 songs
Song
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1
02:49

Lyrics:

Don’t harass me if I’m here on time Another day on the assembly line Makin’ pennies while you’re makin’ dimes Lord I pray for something new Work is steady but the shifts are long Leave at dusk, comin’ in at dawn At least they let me turn the radio on Can you play me somethin’ good? I’m tired of second best Good God I need some rest Gonna work myself to death this life My body’s killin’ me Good Good I need some sleep Gonna work just like a dog all night But all I want for you is a better life Play my music for a buck on the side Makin’ nothin’ but you know that I tried Go to sleep eatin’ nothin’ but pride Lord I pray for somethin’ new
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Second Best (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:48
2
04:41

Lyrics:

Leaves on the trees Mean nothing to me I say Theatre lights Were always too bright I say In your heart yeah you found A poisonous sound A sky with the bottom in flames On your porch is a chair And your daddy sits there And he sings and he calls out your name She’s dressed up in white But it doesn’t look right So I stand and I scream from my seat But my words are misheard So I leave like a bird Flying north to escape from the heat Everything, Everything’s gonna change x2 Walking the streets With nowhere to be I say The things that you feel They never were real I say Everything, Everything’s gonna change x6 But I remain the same
1
The Graduate (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:41
3
Riff Song Riff Song
03:44

Lyrics:

You put the flowers in your hair and you just stared at the door Who’s gonna pick you up? I wonder if I've seen him before I ain’t saying he’s a nice guy I ain’t saying that’s he’s right for you I ain’t saying he’s a good guy But what can I do? Out on the jungle gym my thoughts would swim to you in the stream When I look at myself I can't help seeing you within me I ain’t saying I’m a nice guy I ain’t saying that I’m right for you I ain’t saying I’m a good guy But what can I do? You put the flowers in your hair and you just stared at the door Who’s gonna pick you up? I wonder if I've seen him before I ain’t saying it’s a nice time I ain’t saying that it’s right for you I ain’t saying there’s a fine line but what can I do?
1
Riff Song (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:47
4
Separate Your Feelings Great Smoky Love
03:45

Lyrics:

So I lay As a snake By a city street And I wait For the sun To heat the concrete Seven days That was all That you gave me But back at my place I could’ve sworn That we were the same thing Was your river Too shallow for my boat to cross? Is all hope lost? Well I hope not Separate your feelings Forget about love I was ready and willing To go beyond and above While it rains Music plays In your bedroom Other men Flood your past Like a monsoon On a thought Or a dream That’s what I think And I would call But I know You’d say the same thing
1
Separate Your Feelings (Instrumental)
Instrumental
06:47
5
Summer Trance Great Smoky Love
05:48

Lyrics:

On the weekends you would call, from a payphone on the wall, tell your folks back home what's new At a campfire in the trees, I would play guitar and sing, lyrics act as subtle clues She'd pick up on some words, or maybe know a verse, but I'm sure that wasn't all she knew See this was not the kind of love, that was careful or discussed, like cigarettes it killed me slow But I'd lie awake at night, just to see your cabin light, in hopes you might disturb the glow. We would meet eyes by the lake, or while the kids all ran and played, but I always wished we were alone Well my wish became the truth, on a Friday in late June, when we crossed paths on a midnight stroll But my weakness and my strength, it let you walk away, and pass on by with just, "hello" When I saw you in the dawn, with the clothes that you had on, under the moon the night before You looked up from your plate, your tired frozen gaze, met with mine and found some warmth. On the night of July 4th, we watched fireworks from the porch, you took my hand just standing there You leaned into my ear, so that no one else would hear, "I'd let you take me anywhere." We snuck off to a boat, that was tied down with a rope, you kissed me on the captain's chair We decided on that night, when she flickered her porch light, then we'd meet down by the dock I said, "Marie are you in love?" She said, "as much as anyone." And still that answer has me lost. July was fleeting fast, but was filled with unsurpassed, rendezvouses with my Marie One night we stole some oars, and rowed away from shore, we sat and stared down at our feet The question came back up I said, “Marie are you in love?" She said, "If time will let me, I will be." But the last night of July, crashed on us like the tide, and the water rocked and waved farewell I held her to my chest, one last time before we left, but that goodbye it hurt like Hell. The summer moon it wanes, and soon the leaves will change, and I head back to school next week But it just don't seem right, I won't see your cabin light, when I take my tired bones to sleep Packing up my car, is like writing a memoir, of things that remind me of Marie I pull away from camp, and find the exit ramp, return to life I'd known in May Marie your summer trance, I wouldn't call romance, but those nights I'd never trade away
1
Summer Trance (Instrumental)
Instrumental
05:45
6
White Buffalo Great Smoky Love
03:46

Lyrics:

Everybody’s got a heart for the state that gave them life I hear in Georgia the peaches are sweet as a Saturday night Like a used car salesman I would not let you leave my store Down the street to a dealership that could offer you more Are you gonna be my white buffalo? Livin in my head with your silver glow How long will I keep you on this pedestal? Forever on and on love goes Everybody’s holdin’ on to a love they won’t let die You’re just a summer sun that’ll leave by the labor day nights Like a high school point guard runnin’ lines on the hardwood floor I was chasing a dream that was not worth the trials endured Everybody's holdin’ on to a love they won’t let die
1
White Buffalo (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:48
7
Halloween Party Halloween Party
03:31

Lyrics:

I think I love you like the chairs in your lobby Starts to snow at the Halloween party Hear her dog in the driveway barking Won’t go inside, she don’t care what thermometers say Although my words don’t make much sense in the context No one’s happy like it’s some kind of contest I think about you sitting there on the armrest I think about you a lot Do you remember Do you recall? Do you remember The leaves of the fall? Do you remember at all? Left Virginia feeling tired of motels And a mind full of disaster and bombshells You went from everything to a song in the stairwell She can make me float but I want my boat sail full Parked my car about a mile from the state line I heard St. Joseph’s make its way through the wind chimes The only thing that scares me now is the goodbyes And I think about yours a lot Do you remember Do you recall? Do you remember The weight of it all Do you remember Do you recall? Do you remember The leaves of the fall? Do you remember at all?
1
Halloween Party (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:31
8
07:03

Lyrics:

I can’t get your perfume off of my shirt I burned all the postcards that didn’t work Stars in Aspen, snow up top Promised me things, you could not I latched the windows, braced for the storm But I have no one to keep me warm The flames are only meant to distract me You’re the only thing that attracts me Your words were nothing I expected you to say Colorado seemed so far away With winter ending, your summer’s comin’ soon Born in the valley, but the mountain’s where I grew You only want me for the way I make you feel Dying romance, and the sound of spinning wheels At night you look up to the heavens dark above The stars make you realize all that matters is your love Aspen Stars Aspen Stars You’re going nowhere You’re going nowhere And nobody cares Yeah nobody cares
1
Aspen Stars (Instrumental)
Instrumental
07:02
9
Great Smoky Love Great Smoky Love
05:29

Lyrics:

I was your rock in your wildest transition Doctored you up in the worst of your days So you preached me your gospel when no one else listened Yes I sat in your pew just to hear what you’d say Eastern time’s just like a car where the brake lights Are burned out from stoppin’ one too many times So you look out your rearview, catch the last of the sunlight Hope whatever’s down the road is worth what’s left behind Always turn to sometimes Sometimes turn to nevers Temporary goodbyes Turn into forever You go sing your Rocky Top And buy a tighter skirt And I’ll leave my Great Smoky Love with you babe And you can decide what it’s worth I thought of you while all the white constellations Burned through the black veil hung up in the sky If those stars persist to be seen through the darkness Then I sure as Hell can remain in your life You like to be kissed when we passed by the drug store Our town’s only traffic light lit up in red When the yellow bulbs burned you would lean in for one more But these days I hope for the green lights instead Eastern time’s just like a car where the brake lights Are burned out from stoppin’ one too many times So you look out your rearview, catch the last of the sunlight Hope whatever’s down the road is worth what’s left behind
1
Great Smoky Love (Instrumental)
Instrumental
05:29
10
04:38

Lyrics:

Cold diamond eyes 24 karat ring Hello there beautiful thing Gold in your pocket Grandmother’s locket Hold my hands and we’ll drop it Girl from Las Vegas Gideon’s Bible won’t save us Who could they find to replace us? Dances after school Tell me you think I’m cool Yeah tell me you think I’m cool Raised in Colorado All of this time was just borrowed And babe I’ll be back home tomorrow Meet me by the beach please The things that my parents don’t teach me And baby you never will reach me
1
Lucille (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:38
11
Is It Love Great Smoky Love
More: Lyrics
03:02

Lyrics:

Is it love that you’re looking for Is it love? Is it love that you’re looking for Is it love? Is it love that you’re looking for, like a cure to some disease? Is it love that you’re looking for in me? Is it peace that you’re looking for Is it peace? Is it peace that you’re looking for Is it peace? Is it peace that you’re looking for, like a desert water stream? Is it peace that you’re looking for in me? Is it joy that you’re looking for Is it joy? Is it joy that you’re looking for Is it joy? Is it joy that you’re looking for, like light under the trees? Is it joy that you’re looking for in me? Is it me that you’re looking for Is it me? Is it me that you’re looking for Is it me? Is it me that you’re looking for, just open your eyes and see ‘Cause I’m yours and you know I’ll always be
12
04:14

Lyrics:

Well your mama always worried And she passed it on to you You were born in the South With a taste in your mouth Of Pacific Ocean blue You were always somethin’ special I could hear it when you sing But the way that you paused Between your words when you called Had a different kind of sting Was I not enough For your holy love? But the scars of lust My soul will be yours soon I’m growin’ up Well I always loved the present But you loved the memories And the future is near But as long as you’re here I’ll love as much as you’ll give me If I slept well in the jungle I would drown into the sea And float to the sand With my hand in your hand And the love I kept for me
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Holy Love (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:14
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