The Petrel Song

by Autumn Burnett

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On the percussiveness of pianos and the beauty of headspace. Dedicated to S91. Published by Blue Selkie Publishing.


We're the warm-blooded worth
Greasy petrels fetching pearls
Like artifacts from other worlds
We're holy incongruence

When your blood is boiling wild
Would you be brave enough to dive
Beneath the pale rinsing tide?
You'll see the moon so purely

And as the waves surround your brain
You lost, dissolving everything
I caught your breath above the waves
All while you were sinking

As I dare the wild, wild night
The white, white walls they sear your eyes
And when the chaos parts with light
How perfect is the clearing?


released May 11, 2014
Voice, piano, engineering, and mixing by Autumn Burnett. Published by Blue Selkie Publishing.

Artwork courtesy of Kelsey Weber



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Autumn Burnett

Autumn Burnett is a songwriter, guitarist and violist from Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada. She studied songwriting at Oberlin College and Conservatory and currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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