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November / The Bird in My Breast

by The Duke of Norfolk

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Adapted from 6th century Irish hymn, Be Thou My Vision, attributed to St. Dallán.


I have heard the song of the bird in my breast
saying, ‘lover be strong, though this world is a mess,
"Thou my best thought, by day or by night"’
Will I fade when I lose you? Oh lover be kind.

Seraphim angels attend to my doubts,
in your living room Thursday, I cast it all out.
'Thou and thou only, first in my heart’,
you were carved from the mountains, oh lover of art

The breaking of dawn, like the fraying of thread,
we were carried along with the breaking of bread.
'Heart of my own heart, whatever befall’,
though the darkness may hide thee, still harken my call.

Love of my summer and love of my fall,
I may miss you in winter, if I must miss you at all.
‘Riches I heed not,’ nor arrogance cheer.
That I may love thee in springtime, oh lover be near.


released June 26, 2020
Written by Adam Howard

Recorded & Performed by Adam Howard with additional vocals by Margaret Wehr.

Chorus members: Daniel Hutchinson, Hanna Hutchinson, Claire Laurenson, Rory Millar, Caroline Overy, Morgan Rinehart, Chloé Serkissian, Rebecca Wagner, James Whyte, Gaby Yánez

Extra thanks to Canary Records for permission to sample Zabelle Panosian’s Groung throughout the track.


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

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