White Bird

Album: Distance Inbetween (2016)
  • songfacts ®
  • This started as a collaboration between Coral frontman James Skelly and his drummer brother Ian. The vocalist recalled to Drowned in Sound: "I was strumming a D chord on the guitar, saying we should write a song over one chord and he started singing 'Here comes the white bird on its long way down.' So I answered, 'here goes the feeling as it hits the ground', then we wrote a couple more verses and left it there. We started jamming it in rehearsal the next day and then Nick (Power, keys) and I finished the lyrics at his."
  • The recording of this song led to ex Zutons guitarist Paul Malloy joining The Coral. (Their usual guitarist, Lee Southall, was on paternity leave). James Skelly explained: "We did it live in one take in the studio, then Ian said 'We should get Paul Molloy on guitar for this,' they have a band together called Serpent Power. At the time I was the only guitarist, but when he started playing over the tune in the studio he was playing tuned down, distorted, drone stuff and we thought… He gets this, let's get him in."
Please sign in or register to post comments.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet SprocketSongwriter Interviews

The "All I Want" singer went through a long depression, playing some shows when he didn't want to be alive.

Lace the Music: How LSD Changed Popular MusicSong Writing

Starting in Virginia City, Nevada and rippling out to the Haight-Ashbury, LSD reshaped popular music.

Producer Ron NevisonSong Writing

Ron Nevison explains in very clear terms the Quadrophenia concept and how Heart staged their resurgence after being dropped by their record company.

George ClintonSongwriter Interviews

When you free your mind, your ass may follow, but you have to make sure someone else doesn't program it while it's wide open.

Macabre Mother Goose: The Dark Side of Children's SongsSong Writing

"London Bridge," "Ring Around the Rosie" and "It's Raining, It's Pouring" are just a few examples of shockingly morbid children's songs.

They Might Be GiantsSongwriter Interviews

Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.