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BE HERE NOW

by The Mynabirds

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Hold On
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Wild Hearts

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BE HERE NOW, is a collection of 9 songs written and recorded in just 2 weeks in January 2017 following the Inauguration and the Women’s March. Singer Laura Burhenn worked with producer Patrick Damphier in his Nashville studio (which he was being evicted from to make way for luxury condos) to document the news and peoples’ intense emotional responses to it all in real time. No stranger to politics in her songwriting, Laura aimed to speak from the voice of the collective consciousness in a work of “Emotional Journalism,” singing the heartbreak, anger, exhaustion and resolute hope she witnessed during the Muslim travel ban, the final stand at Standing Rock, and every other news story that rattled America in that period. The album vacillates in style and feel to reflect a frayed nation, featuring a Burundian refugee choir on one song, and a cacophony of dissonant saxophones in a new national anthem on another. It is the last recording made in that space.

American singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn is a shape-shifter who can’t sit still. Since 2010 she’s worked under the moniker The Mynabirds, releasing three critically acclaimed and stylistically different albums on Saddle Creek: What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood (2010) and GENERALS (2012), both produced by Richard Swift, and Lovers Know (2015). She has also toured as a member of the Postal Service (2013) and Bright Eyes (2011), helped found Omaha Girls Rock (a non-profit helping young girls and their voices), and in 2013 gave a TED talk based on her “New Revolutionists” portrait project, exploring what it means to be a revolutionary woman in this day and age. Before The Mynabirds, Laura was a member of DC indie band Georgie James with Q And Not U’s John Davis, and also put out two self-produced solo albums on the label she founded herself, Laboratory Records.

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releases August 25, 2017

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American singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn is a shape-shifter who can’t sit still. Since 2010 she’s worked under the moniker The Mynabirds, releasing three critically acclaimed and stylistically different albums on Saddle Creek: What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood (2010) and GENERALS (2012), both produced by Richard Swift, and Lovers Know (2015). ... more

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Track Name: Be Here Now
Everybody, everybody all together

Everybody right here now

There isn’t any place in the world I’d rather 

Be right now

Everybody, everybody stand together 

Everybody stand your ground

Cause I can finally breathe

When we’re shoulder to shoulder 

Stand up now

BE RIGHT HERE NOW

Everybody come and take a step together 

Everybody, one step now

If you’re feeling lost

Well just remember 
You’re here now

Everybody, everybody sing together 

Everybody get real loud

When we put our voices all together 

We can blow the walls down

BE RIGHT HERE NOW

Everybody, everybody all together

Everybody right here now 

Everybody, everybody all together 

Be here now

BE RIGHT HERE NOW 

BE RIGHT HERE
Track Name: Golden Age
Can you show me a good trick 

Show me some magic

Can you pull the whole world

From my ear?

I hate how the best things 

Keep disappearing

Like Leonard and Bowie 

And the ice caps here

And we’re left with this 

Ignorant bliss

When we find a good thing 

We can’t hold onto it

THE GOLDEN AGE

IT SURE WAS GREAT

THE SUN WAS SO PRETTY

WE COULDN’T LOOK AWAY

Now I can’t see my brother

My sister or mother

Through the rose-colored glasses 

Of my own news feed

And the sermon I’m giving

In this new algorithm —

It’s falling on deaf ears

Cause the choir already believes

Tell me, where are our heroes

Are they stuck at the wall?

Cause we got some real villains to stop 

Before they kill us all

THE GOLDEN AGE

IT’S OURS TO SAVE

I HEAR THE BELLS RINGING

ARE YOU AWAKE?

Can you show me a your best trick 

Your slick brand of magic

Your pen’s not a wand

To make us disappear

I see what you’re doing

With the Jews and the Muslims 

You’re sawing us all

In half with your fake fear

My heart’s full of love

And all kinds of peace 

But I think even
I 
Could punch a Nazi 
In the face

THE GOLDEN AGE

IT GOES AWAY

IF WE JUST STAND HERE

WITH OUR HANDS UP 

BEGGING, “DON’T SHOOT, PLEASE!”

I’m sure Mars is nice

And I do love the moon

But this is my home

I’m not leaving anytime soon

So call if you need me

I promise I’m there 

With a thermos of coffee 

And cups to share

I’ll be out on my island

Until the dawn breaks

Hanging out with the night watch 

My lamp raised
Track Name: Shouting at the Dark
I’d rather have cuts on my knees 

Than blood in my mouth

From biting my tongue

And keeping it down

While you were sleeping

I was wide awake screaming

SHOUTING AT THE DARK 

SHOUTING AT THE DARK 

TIL OUR VOICES BLOW OUT 

TEARING AT THE SKY 

TEARING AT THE NIGHT 

WITH BOTH HANDS

Go right ahead

You can cut me off at my knees 

I’ll find a new way

To get back up

Don’t need another naysayer 

There’s too much to do together

SHOUTING AT THE DARK 

SHOUTING AT THE DARK 

TIL OUR VOICES BLOW OUT 

TEARING AT THE SKY

TEARING AT THE NIGHT 

WITH BOTH HANDS

SHOUTING AT THE DARK

SHOUTING AT THE DARK

TIL OUR VOICES BLOW OUT 

TEARING AT THE SKY

TEARING AT THE LIES 

WITH BOTH HANDS

I wouldn’t want to be another way 

I couldn’t ever be another way
Whenever the sun comes down

Like a ton of bricks

I want to be the one, I want to be the one
To help you lift it

And we’ll keep

SHOUTING AT THE DARK 

SHOUTING AT THE DARK 

TIL OUR VOICES BLOW OUT

TEARING AT THE SKY 

TEARING AT THE NIGHT 

WITH BOTH HANDS

SHOUTING AT THE DARK 

SHOUTING AT THE DARK 

TIL OUR VOICES BLOW OUT 

TEARING AT THE SKY 

TEARING AT THE LIES 

WITH BOTH HANDS
Track Name: Cocoon
Vesuvius, Vesuvius

Kicking up your dust 

Don’t need the news

I can see the truth

What is happening to us?

I finally found

Some solid ground

Where I didn’t have to hide

What can you do? 

Nothing’s fireproof 

‘Cept how I feel tonight

I JUST WANNA STAY COCOONED

RIGHT HERE WITH YOU

EVEN AS THE SKY

THE SKY IS FALLING (DOWN)

EVEN AS THE STARS BURN OUT

I KNOW THAT I’M SAFE AND SOUND

HOLDING ONTO YOU 

AND YOU TO ME

Let the fools call us crazy

They can say we’re insane

If I’ve ever been out of my mind

I know that I’m not today

Vesuvius, Vesuvius

Do what you will with us 
Right or wrong

I’ll keep hanging on

To one thing you can’t touch

I JUST WANNA STAY COCOONED

RIGHT HERE WITH YOU

EVEN AS THE SKY

THE SKY IS FALLING (DOWN)

EVEN AS THE STARS BURN OUT

I KNOW THAT I’M SAFE AND SOUND

HOLDING ONTO YOU

AND YOU TO ME
EVEN WHEN IT’S SAID AND DONE

AT LEAST I DIDN’T HAVE TO RUN

HOLDING ONTO YOU 
AND YOU TO ME
Track Name: Witch Wolf
The war is raging

And it’s inside me

I don’t know which wolf 
I want to feed

WHICH WOLF

WITCH WOLF

WHICH WOLF

DO I WANT TO FEED?

The lines are drawn

And I can see the enemy

I know how good he’d taste

Between my teeth

WHICH WOLF

WITCH WOLF

WHICH WOLF

DO I WANT TO BE?

I feel the venom

Creeping up on me

I see your black snake 

Around my feet

I’m angry

I’m seething

This heat in my veins

Your power

Your poison

Is mine
Is ours

To take take take

I will not suffer

Under your attack

My blood is boiling

Ten generations back

WHICH WOLF

WITCH WOLF

WHICH WOLF?

How do we get around? 

Go straight to the heart
Track Name: Ashes in the Rain
You want to write it down 

Every wrong I can’t erase

So let me help you out

I’ll light both sides of the page

No one ever said this would be easy

No one ever said this would be fair

But I can burn the house we built together 

And we can stop pretending that we care

I CAN FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE

LEAVE THE ASHES IN THE RAIN

Well are you happy now?

You don’t have to carry all the weight 

Wouldn’t want to bring you down 

While we’re going up in flames

No one ever said this would be easy

And no one ever said it’d be this hard

Why should I try to hold it all together 

When you’re the one who’s tearing us apart

I CAN FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE

IF YOU NEED SOMEONE TO BLAME

I CAN FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE

LEAVE THE ASHES IN THE RAIN



Now I know nothing’s forever 

Honestly, honestly

I CAN FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE

IF YOU NEED SOMEONE TO BLAME

I CAN FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE

LEAVE THE ASHES IN THE RAIN 



No one ever said it would be easy 

No one ever said I can fight fire