The First Day of Spring

by The Duke of Norfolk

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The First Day of Spring is the single for the Duke of Norfolk's debut album Birds… Fly South! which will be available on the 4th of February 2014.

Accompanying The First Day of Spring are the instrumental “Friday May 17th” which emerged as a break from the process of recording the album, and “The Ceaseless Progression of Time” a song that didn’t make the final tracklist of the album.


released November 11, 2013

Mastered by Dan McCurry at Apartment A Studio (

All songs written, performed, and recorded by Adam Howard.

Album art also by Adam Howard.


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The Duke of Norfolk is a peripatetic singer/songwriter from Oklahoma.

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Track Name: The First Day of Spring
We speak in verse to hide our words.
We are afraid to meet our days.

The future's here
but still unclear.
I bit my tongue,
I didn't run.

Don't look ahead just to find your death.
Don't count your days just to see them fade.
Don't miss the kiss which now parts your lips.
Don't ask to fly if the ground is your sky.

For the wind and the trees,
for the flowers and the breeze,
for the song we shall sing
it is spring, it is spring.
Track Name: The Ceaseless Progression of Time
I don't know what all this has come to
I don't know what I have to show
for these twenty years that I have kept myself locked in my head

I am young, but I could be younger
to begin, I feel I'm too old
and home is no friend to the one who is waiting to leave

the ceaseless progression of time is of some consequence

so all aboard the ship to the new world
all aboard or we'll leave you behind
change is a beacon hope to world we will find

don't fear death, but fear for the living
and in the end, keep straight to your path
everyone dies but it's not true that everyone lives

the ceaseless progression of time is of some consequence

to keep hope in the midst of the spring time
is a feat mastered by all
but what will you do when the winter's corroding your soul
and how will you fair in the end when you're broken and old?

and the ceaseless progression of time is of some consequence

If I may I'll offer suggestion,
there's not time to wait for too long
love for you're loved now and smile for what joy you might hold
and hope for the sake of the one's you love most in the world
and cling to your life in a way that will let you let go