Sympathy and the Lion

Sympathy and the Lion

 Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
DuoFolkSinger/Songwriter

Biography

 Sympathy and the Lion is John Shavel (cello) and Michael Burke (Singer/Songwriter).  They released their first EP "Remnants" in February of 2015.    Their song "Leaps of Love" receives light airplay on Philadelphia's WXPN.  Helen Leicht says  "Leaps of Love" is a beautiful song that has the vibe of Damien Rice, Hozier, and Sting.  I'd say that's a very good place to be".

Michael currently lives on a horse ranch in Coyote, NM.  He is working on a new album and plays around New Mexico as a solo performer, Brother Coyote.  

Lyrics

Invisible Lines

Written By: Michael Fitzpatrick Burke

Whats to become of us here?
when we've locked ourselves away
behind invisible lines.
I heard you fell for New York
and that New York fell for you
that acceptance was not what you sought
but was it something to defend or hide behind?

Someday I will rise all the way up
to my knees and agree
the best of you has nothing at all
to do with me.
In-between the tired candles of that night
and the ancient gold of morning
I will learn to not speak
and I will dare to speak out-loud
until I have nothing to say.

I'm guilty of taking what comes easy
you say you have regrets
I've heard them all
I shape-shift all my memories
to a history of my choosing
Now acceptance is not what I seek
I want something I can defend
I want you to hide behind me
until you learn we are never ahead
and we are never behind
time.

Someday I will rise
All the way up
to my knees and agree
the best of me has nothing at all
to do with me.
In-between the tired candles of that night
and the ancient gold of morning
I will learn to not speak
and I will not dare
to speak out-loud
until I have nothing to save.

Wide-eyed Dove

Written By: Michael Fitzpatrick Burke

You raised an army from the dust
to defend the city in your heart
armed with amulets of sage
you lost form and moved like fire
for your accolade
I will not wait to be delivered to a state of grace
I will not wait for redemption to fall
but take your vow of simplicity
to throw blizzards back to the sky
resuscitate the trees
and reattach the leaves
as they fall.

Under the armor of a saint comes your enemy
under the flag of a friend
On a quest to touch his torch to your fear
he only illuminates
what makes you unbreakable
does not give joy unspeakable
you raised an army up
with a broken harp
to defend the city in your heart
wide eyed dove
with the talons of a hawk.

The salt of the sea
must be carried like a sadness in your heart
a melancholy your mind can't reach
it keeps you thin as spring
and heavy as fall.
In the one star city nights of woe
where the machines echo
I feel for the rivers of earth
running through my veins
for I have many sides
Invisible, Rapid and cold.

Under the armor of a saint comes your enemy
under the flag of a friend
On a quest to touch his torch to your fear
he only illuminates
what makes you unbreakable
does not give joy unspeakable
you raised an army up
with a broken harp
to defend the city in your heart
wide eyed dove
with the talons of a hawk.

Leaps of Love

Written By: Michael Burke

Will you go with me, darling
to a place that only exists
when you do the work that only you can do
and spellbind me with leaps of love.

Do what will take the rest of your life
what will always remain incomplete
that which you did not choose but is you
and spellbind me with leaps of love.

I keep having the same dream
of a deer flailing to flee the wound in his side
and I know the deer is me.
In the dark I hear the rising sun
See a hunter skulking behind the trees
and somehow I don't know, but the hunter is also me.

It is our great war it seems
to defend who we are against what
we made to believe should become
and remain spellbound by leaps of love.

So fail until you don't feel like a failure
and fail until you remember
what you never thought you'd forget
and spellbind me with leaps of love.

For you are not more beautiful
than you are when you break the chains
in the hearts of shame
just be who you are
and spellbind me with leaps of love.