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Days Of War

by Moira Smiley

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Written in response to ongoing, violent displays of white supremacy across the United States, this song asks how we can go on... singing, making things, making art and truly listening to each other. Written by Moira Smiley and Seamus Egan, featuring Sam Amidon.


Sit with me birdy, in the tall tree
The news is bad and there’s no relief
How do you fly to the enemy,
and sing your song so tenderly?

Ooh, these days of war

When I fly to the enemy
the fear is high ‘cause you don’t agree
and tempers flare, yeah the cry is war
no one listens anymore

Ooh, in these days, in these days
Ooh, these days of war

Little bird, do you fly in fear
up and away from the hatred here?
Do you see our meeting ground
between our camps where you touch down?

Oh, yes sometimes I fly in fear
and I sing so softly so you cannot hear,
but I sometimes see your meeting ground
beneath the smoke and the battle sounds

Ooh, these days of war
These days of war

Oh little bird why do you fly away
And leave me alone in this silent day?
And how do you sing in these days of war
Where no one listens anymore?

Well I fly because I must carry on
To love
To feed
To make my home
and I sing to know that love is near
because anger holds the hand of fear

Yeah, I sing to know that love is near
Because anger holds the hand of fear
I sing to know that love is near
Oh, courage take the hand of fear!

In these days of war
These days, in these days of war
These days, in these days of war
In these days of war


released October 23, 2020
Album: In Our Voices (2021)

Moira Smiley - vocals + banjo
Sam Amidon - vocals
Seamus Egan - guitar
Jake Asaro - tenor vocals
Gregory Fletcher - bass vocals
Karla Mundy - soprano vocals
Dawn Pemberton - alto vocals
Caleb Bronze - drums

Produced by Moira Smiley and David Weber.
Engineered by David Weber of Airtime Studios.


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Moira Smiley Bristol, Vermont

Moira Smiley is a Singer / Composer. Touring & writing with the finest in various worlds of music, she brings clarity and visceral emotion to any song she sings. She accompanies herself on banjo, accordion, piano, and hand & body percussion. She's toured with Tune-Yards and Solas among many others. Moira recently sang with Tune-Yards on Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. ... more

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