Cat & Bird

by Anna Coddington

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'Cat & Bird' is the sophomore album from Anna Coddington. It explores a more guitar driven angle than her debut 'The Lake', and takes a broad lyrical scope that interprets dreams, dreams of alternate realities, and analyses what it means to be a human being in the context of an ever-expanding universe.

Cat & Bird was recorded live at Roundhead Studios in Auckland, NZ with Anna's expert band: Ned Ngatae on guitar, Riki Gooch on drums, Mike Hall on bass, and L A Mitchell on keys. Additional vocals and guitars were recorded at Anna's home studio with Ned Ngatae who co-produced the album alongside Anna.

From the supremely melodic opening track to the bouncy title track to the intense closer, Cat & Bird is a journey through ordinary life and extraordinary fantasies, told by a talented lyricist with an open heart.

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released February 21, 2011

Anna Coddington: guitar, vocals, percussion
Ned Ngatae: guitar
Mike Hall: bass, backing vocals
Riki Gooch: drums
L A Mitchell: keys, backing vocals

Produced by Anna Coddington and Ned Ngatae
Engineered by Neil Baldock, Anna Coddington and Ned Ngatae
Cover art by Christian Pearce

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Anna Coddington New Zealand

Anna is known for her enchanting live performances and voice which “flows perfectly from soft to grunty”, and for her songwriting prowess which has seen her in the longlist for the prestigious Silver Scroll songwriting award four times. Anna is currently working on her third album which will be the culmination of five years of diligent songwriting and many hours in her home studio. ... more

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Track Name: Free
If you think that I wouldn’t I would do it again
You can lay your judgments down I know who I am
So I’ll take them I’ll put them in the middle of the sea
You are free

If you couldn’t work it out I will lend you a hand
Everything you see from your high horse, you must understand
Will one day be lost to the planets and the stars
To be free

So what could you want from me?
I’m just like you- just free

You can lay your burdens down you don’t need them here
We’re all busy caught up in our own science and fear
So go take them, go put them in the middle of the sea

Coz what could you want from me
When I’m just like you just free?
Yeah what could you want from me
When I’m just like you?
Just free
Track Name: Bolt
Run, run, he runs very fast
He wins, wins every race
He turns around before the finish line
to watch the others cry

He prays to God, thinks of his sweetheart
He left sitting under palm trees
She looks up and sees a strong wind
and she thinks of him

Run, run but don’t leave me
My life is not easy
I want the best for you
but I have dreams too
Why can’t we both win?

She’s so proud it breaks her both ways
Her whole life she ached for him
To dream big and live the good life,
but live it by my side

Run, run but don’t leave me
My life is not easy
I want the best for you
but I have dreams too
Why can’t we both win?
Track Name: Get Involved
When I met you that first time, oh the beer had made us blind
But something lit a path between our minds
And the taxi ride back home was a trip all of it’s own
And something sat on our shoulders and told us to stay open
That night

So why can’t I feel this way?
And why would anyone say
That I shouldn’t get involved
When love I am already sold on you?

All the people in your house, you don’t want them to find out
But that doesn’t really bother me at all
Let them gossip let them judge, let them bitch about our love
All of these opinions when all we want is this one thing
For ourselves

So why can’t we feel this way?
And who are these people to say
That we shouldn’t get involved?
Well love I am already sold.
So why shouldn’t I get involved?
Boy I’d like to get involved with you.
Track Name: Heavy Boots, Blue Skies
Out on a wire you take a chance
Wait for the wind to blow
To take you somewhere to bring you back
Give you the courage to go
Out on the weekend you drink it straight
Look for a movement, a breeze
Your boots are heavy. Your head is light
It should be easy to leave

Eyes out to the horizon- don’t cry
I want you to fly
I’ll push the clouds back for you
I want it to be blue skies

You love the nature. You love the birds
So relaxed in the sky
Your wings are tiny. Your dreams are huge
It’s such a burden to fly

Eyes out to the horizon- don’t cry
I want you to fly
I’ll push the clouds back for you
I want it to be blue skies
Track Name: Underneath the Stars
Looking out, it draws me in
I watch the planets rise, then explode again
The sun was in my eyes, and I stared straight back
It will take more than the universe
To burn what we have
And I for one will not have that

Underneath the stars, watching from the bay
You were on the beach, calling out my name
And I was in that boat, drifting out to sea
Clinging to a lifeline- your love for me

In the dark it’s hard to adjust
When every single star is a threat to us
The moon is overhead, falling in our eyes
But if it lights up this line between us
It might save our lives

Underneath the stars, watching from the bay
You were on the beach, calling out my name
And I was in that boat, drifting out to sea
Clinging to a lifeline- your love for me
Track Name: Lights Ahead
Lights ahead, road beneath me. Nothing’s gonna change
And if it does I’m leaving, and taking you with me
David
You dream about living with your friends
And I dream about dying with the stars
Not everybody’s dreams come true, but mine will I promise you

Write your name on my arm
So I don’t forget who you are
And when the rains come
I’ll lock all the doors and tie you close to me

Past behind, you beside me. We could never stay
We let the grass grow too long
And all the birds are flying south for the winter
David

Write your name on my arm
So I don’t forget who you are
And when the rains come
I’ll lock all the doors and tie you close to me

Coz I’ve waited for too long to just let you move on
My arm is so heavy with the name that carries
All the blood to my heart
David

Write your name on my arm
So I don’t forget who you are
And when the rains come
I’ll lock all the doors and tie you close to me
I’ll lock all the doors and hold you close to me
Track Name: Cat & Bird
I’m stuck way up in this tree
Ready to fall to my eighth life
Wondering if you could love a feline
Thinking that I might as well try
You are a mystery to me
Every time I see you blowing past
I want to hold on to you and ask
"Isn’t this the best day of your life?"

Whatever you’re saying now-
Oh my god
The only thing left to do-
Feed me to the dogs

All of the days leading to now
I’ve been doing things I hate for you
Knowing that they would relieve your blues
Hoping that you will conclude the truth
Don’t let the stereotypes win
You and I can find a way around
All of the naysayers in this town
Ignore the stares of tiny minded crowds

Hold my hand in the winter
And it will melt like fish
And I know you will still love me
When my leg ends at my wrist
Track Name: Little Islands
I’m frustrated. I’m not losing my mind.
I’ll give my money away, trade it for an escape
And leave my boredom behind
I contemplated giving my guitar away
Moving out of my house, throwing all my stuff out
But what difference would it make?

I know there must be more
Than my bedroom and the video store
From these little islands all I see are stars

I wasn’t looking, wasn’t looking for a fight
If anybody asks I’m out the back on the grass
Looking up at the sky
I see you up there, hanging out in the clouds
Shaking aeroplanes, listening to radio waves
Can you hear me now?

I know there must be more
Than my bedroom and the video store
From these little islands all I see are stars

It’s complicated. It’s really hard to explain
I love the blue and the green, but somewhere in between
My fucking hair’s turning grey

Maybe I don’t need anymore
Than my bedroom and the video store
From these little islands I can see all those stars
Track Name: Your Past For Years
All my love for you in a cup, in a bottle
When I save it up it evaporates
Now it’s in the air and it’s leaving the country
Now it’s every where I want us to be

So don’t forget- I’m your future
I’ve been your past for years now
Even if you don’t see me
I’m the reason you’re here now

All your favourite things in a pile by the laundry
Make me wonder why I would ever leave
For a distant dream that may or may not bring
That happy ending

So don’t forget- you’re my future
You’ve been my past for years now
Even if you don’t see me
You’re the reason I’m here now

All our love boxed up, no this house can’t contain it
And this suburb gets smaller every year
So we let it spill through the streets, to the city
Where it washes through unnoticed

So don’t forget- it’s our future
It’s been our past for years now
Even if we don’t see it
It’s the reason we’re here now
It’s the reason we’re here now
Track Name: Open
Under a dark blue sky you tried
You tried to make me feel better
I knew the mist would rise but the lies
The lies were thick and so bitter
Under a wilting tree you wrapped
A blanket around me
Oh and it felt so sweet I let
I just let it be

And I won’t hold you down
You’re on your own for now

Over those aching words we heard
We both heard the sun rise
We lay above the earth and watched
Our bad feelings die
Under the morning sky we sat
In the park and felt better
We threw our hands up high
And let the past pass us by

Do not let me down
We’re on our own from now
Track Name: Black Light
Under a black light, way down a back street
I am there, I am watching you
You might feel something, you will see nothing
But I am there. I clear the way for you

Last night I dreamed your eyes were my eyes
Your big browns over top of my muddy colours
And when I woke I saw the stars in your head
And I knew that you were for me
I wear your eyes and I don’t see any others

Over an ocean, under the same sun
You are here, you are keeping me
Under a feeling, over a fire
I let it burn. It clears the way for me

Last night I dreamed your eyes were my eyes
Your big browns over top of my muddy colours
And when I woke I saw the stars in your head
And I knew that you were for me
I wear your eyes and I don’t see any others