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The Seagull

by Jen Lush

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The Seagull is a small story of a boy and a bird, wrapped in a folk song, encased in an experimental soundscape, taking you to that beach and back again. It happened when I was 15 - this story as I have told it, but it could also be an allegory for
humankind’s callous treatment of our natural world, as it is written in Chekhov’s play
‘The Seagull’ – ‘A man came by and killed it just to pass the time.’


The Seagull - Jen Lush

you didn’t throw the first stone
but the one that left your hand made its mark upon the sand
i wonder had you known
and did the seagull feel the coming dark?

i never will forget
i can’t forget the sound of falling
did you ever feel regret calling you back to the day
back to the day
and that one stone?

in whose honour is she gone?
throwing pebbles after birds when sticks and stones are worse than words
marbles in my mouth
imprisoned in the circle of her eye

i never will forget
forget the sound of stone on feather and bone
i’d hold her in my hands if i went back to the day
back to that day

i’d send all those seagulls away
and stones sink in quicksand below
and boys in the sand dunes never were
to the time before her freedom had flown
with that one stone


released July 9, 2021
Jen Lush – words and music, vocals
Sam Cagney – acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Mark Seddon – bass guitar
James Brown – electric guitars and effects, harmonium, programming
Paul Angas – drums, Wurlitzer, keyboards

Produced, recorded, engineered and mixed at Wizard Tone Studios by James Brown, mastered by Michael Lynch.


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Jen Lush Adelaide, Australia

Jen Lush is known for her spacious and emotive, starkly modern folk songs wrapped around expansive storytelling. Following her 2017 album of poem-songs ‘The Night’s Insomnia,’ Jen’s new album ‘Let Loose the Beating Birds’ is to be released in 2021. Jen and her stellar band have appeared at festivals and venues throughout South Australia, Victoria, NSW, WA and Tasmania. ... more

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