Little Birdie

Little Birdie

 Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

" With themes of love, war, social injustice, and existential longing, Orit manages to maintain a timeless, universal quality in her melodic songs, while remaining simple, honest and true.” – Melodica Festival, Berlin

Biography

When Mark Rheaume, music director at CBC radio, named Orit Shimoni one of his top three Canadian artists of the year, it was in response to her debut album, Cinematic Way. Since its 2006 release, Orit, (musically known as Little Birdie), has been touring across Canada and in Europe, playing festivals, bars, cafes, show venues, house concerts, and even trains.

Little Birdie has released three more critically acclaimed, radio played albums. Writing and composing all of the songs, she tours mostly solo and is a captivating and successful performer as such, she is often graced by several talented musicians in the different cities and countries she plays in , such as in Amsterdam, Berlin,Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto.

Having dedicated herself entirely to music, she sleeps on couches and rides the Greyhound bus, going from performance to performance, well over 100 a year. Little Birdie puts on diverse and engaging shows, and continues to prove her mettle and dedication to the craft and profession, as well as to her own crazy but consistently articulate, sincere and engaging art.

An immensely prolific and versatile songwriter, Little Birdie is hailed for her writing, (which has been compared to that of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, among others) as well as her moving singing voice, which has been compared to Norah Jones and KD Lang!

Lyrics

These Days

Written By: Orit Shimoni

Some days I can’t tell if I want death or it wants me
So I keep smoking, it passes the time away
And I keep track of everything
These days and these long lonely nights

There are those who see my beauty and I want for them to see my shadow
And there are those who point my shadow back at me
I want them either
These days and these long lonely nights

Some days I can’t tell if I want time to move fast or slow
And whichever way it goes, I want the other
So I keep counting
These days and these long lonely nights

Consider This

Written By: Orit Shimoni

I think I was your guardian angel
I brought you away from
And back to your true love
I know I was stubborn
When I tried to make you mine
I was afraid I would never find my own

Considering this, we fought about all the right things,
Consider this . . .
Consider this . . . we fought about all the right things.

I tried every way
To show you there was some way
Of building a home
To put around your claim
But you were the beast
That bites the hand that feeds it
Beating your wings
Against this golden cage I built

Chorus

You used to make me cry
When you refused
To give into my moods
Your face so angry that my grief should point at you some way
And I was so sure that your words were meant to hurt me
I never knew you were so helpless in my pain,

Chorus

Foolish Thing

Written By: Orit Shimoni

You made me go
When all I wanted was to stay
All I wanted was to stay
And feel some truth,
To feel some truth
And to love all the flaws,
I could have loved all the flaws
So easily.

You made me go
And when you made me go
You made me look
For something better
So I wouldn’t miss you

Ah –

You foolish thing…
You foolish thing…
You foolish thing…
You made me go…

Westward I Went

Written By: Orit Shimoni

There I was holding it all out to you on a silver platter
And you did what they all will do
You accused me of trickery
And you refused to believe, so I had to go,
And westward I went, westward I went.

I bore a son, I buried him in joy and in sadness
And he did what they all will do
He followed me
I cried so hard, I cried so hard, I cried so hard,
And westward I went, westward I went

I married a fisherman for worse and for better
And he did what they all will do
He went too far
And he stayed so long that I had to go,
So westward I went, westward I went.

The Temple

Written By: Orit Shimoni

I went to the temple and every step, it hurt
And I cried "Lord, won't you carry me?
I'm trembling now before you,
There's blood on my hands, but I did it all for you."

Well only cold stone and only silence,
Only my beating heart and circling thoughts,
I looked around and saw nothing there,
I'm facing the temple and I can't stand the glare.

Where is the water to wash away these grave mistakes?
Where are the potions that make us all forget?
Where are the robes that are worn by all the free?
What words do I learn now, to earn me the key?

Oh Abraham

Written By: Orit Shimoni

Oh Abraham, Abraham
Don't you take the boy from me,
I've waited all this lonesome time for him.
And I know I live in a time when my voice don't matter,
I know the eyes upon his face look like yours.

I laughed at all the angels when they promised him to me,
Is this the way I'm punished now for not believing?

Oh Abraham, Abraham, Don't you take him to the mountain,
I know there're bigger things than you and me,
But the Devil does his testing just like this, Abraham,
And you'll fail us both if you walk away from me.

I laughed at all...

Oh Abraham, Abraham don't you take the boy from me,
I've waited all this lonesome time for him..

I Left the City Burning

Written By: Orit Shimoni

Father, I don’t want to come home,
I’ve got to walk the guilt right off of these bones,
Mother, can’t you see
There’s a dark cloud hanging over me,

I left the city burning, and you calling my name,
I left the city burning, and didn’t turn back to look at the flames.

You were always too kind,
Trying to soothe me when I thought I’d lose my mind,
But you know that I had to go,
There are things about myself I still don’t know,

So I left the city burning, and you calling my name,
I left the city burning, and didn’t turn back to look at the flames.

All the facts, and all the figures, all the latest trends,
All the pretty people, who swore they were my friends,
There’s nothing left for me, I know it’s fine for some,
But time is ticking, soul is kicking,
Only way to move is forward,

Between you and me,
I only ever wanted to be free,
And if we’re turning greyer day by day,
Well, hell, I’d rather do it in some other way, So I….

chorus

I Wish I Had

Written By: Orit Shimoni

I wish I had more than one life,
Then I could also be your wife,
I’d soothe away the pain,
And we’d learn how to love again,

But there’s no time, with everything,
To dedicate, to wear you ring,
Someone else dear,
Someone else dear, claims my heart.

Though there will be days,
When through time, I’ll gaze,
And I’ll wonder with sorrow how you are,

What you love in me, he has helped me be,
I could never leave him behind.

Roam No More

Written By: Orit Shimoni

Oh Lord, give me a bed to lie in
So I may know my home,
So I may freely roam, and know it’s there
For when I want to roam no more.

Oh Lord, make me a simple meal
So I may name my hunger,
So I may freely roam, and have it satisfied
When I want to roam no more.

Oh Lord, give me a loving body
So I may know my love,
So I may freely roam, and know he’s waiting
For when I want to roam no more.

Track 5 (Haven't Got a Clue) from Bare Bones

Written By: Orit Shimoni

My heart is spoken for, body is negotiable,
My soul is not my own, my mind is mine, but sociable,
History does not repeat, it never even stops,
We just keep picking up where someone else has dropped,
And yet, if this is all we get,
Then what are we to do,
but treat each other kindly, though we haven't got a clue?

I'm full of memories, they're spilling over the brim,
and they make loss of time seem so awful grim,
But here I am right now, making one anew,
And it just so happens that I'm here right now with you,
And thus, we must not fuss,
cause what are to do, but move each other gently though we haven't got a clue?

Answers are just questions that have chosen a direction,
gestures are just needs we have, reached for with our golden glove,
it's not that I'm accusing you, 'cause clearly I am guilty too,
but if we've got this chance,
I'd rather go for romance.

Words are spoken all the time, they're all we've really got,
though there are galaxies 'tween what we said and what we thought
and though you say nice things to me, they're only borrowed lines,
from every other person, in every other time,
and so, if this is all we know, then what are we to do,
but speak with candid honesty though we haven't got a clue?
We haven't got a clue.

Discography

Cinematic Way (2006)
I Left the City Burning (2009)
Sadder Music - Live in Berlin (2011)
Bare Bones (2012)

All albums available for purchase or download on
www.cdbaby.com/littlebirdie
www.cdbaby.com/littlebirdie2
www.cdbaby.com/littlebirdie3
www.cdbaby.com/cd/littlebirdieoritshimoni

Set List

All original sets range from slow ballads to more upbeat 'pop' songs, to alt-country. Over 100 tunes to choose from.