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Nigel the Gannet

from Garbage Island by The Burning Hell

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    As a companion piece to the album, the Garbage Island Ornithological Society is proud to announce the publication of the first edition of the Illustrated Field Guide to the Birds of Garbage Island, edited by Mathias Kom and featuring work by Shary Boyle, Toby Goodshank, Booboo Tannenbaum, Jeffrey Lewis, David Ivar 'Yaya' Herman Düne and many more.

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(Kom / Nicoll / Sharratt)

lyrics

They’ve all been making plans for Nigel
And by “they” I mean the ornithologists
They live in houses made of bricks and glass
Nigel lives alone at the edge of a cliff

The bird-banders fill binders and books with his biography
They note his habits and record his squawks on dictaphones
Meanwhile Nigel wonders “why don’t they ever ask me?
I could tell them there’s a difference 
Between being lonely and being alone.”

The scientists published papers and secured some grants
To repopulate Nigel’s future neighbourhood
With a concrete caster named Carl they concocted a plan
But they couldn’t have predicted Nigel’s commitment to bachelorhood

Called to the concrete colony by a cassette
Nigel noticed the other birds didn’t fly or flap around
He remembered an old French peacock had told him “hell is other birds”
He thought “well, this is just the kind of place I’d like to settle down!”

Nigel, he felt badly for the dumb scientists
Himself, he was no bird-brain, and his heart was huge
So he chose a concrete mate and he built her a nest
He figured it was what they wanted him to do

Nigel did most of the talking, but he was used to that
Usually they just sat there and stared out to sea
When he died, they gathered, and Carl carved his tiny tombstone’s epitaph:
Here lies Nigel the Gannet: alone but never lonely

credits

from Garbage Island, track released April 2, 2022
Mathias Kom: guitar, vocals
Jake Nicoll: synth, wurlitzer, vocals, electric bass
Ariel Sharratt: drum programming, vocals

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The Burning Hell

The Burning Hell is the ongoing musical project of songwriter Mathias Kom and multi-instrumentalists Ariel Sharratt and Jake Nicoll, often including additional comrades and collaborators.

Their densely populated genre-shifting songs are packed with an abundance of literary, historical, cultural, and pop-cultural forebears, heroes and villains, subjects and objects, stories and hooks.
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