Wolf and the Owl
Poetry, Lyrics, Translations
and Musings by Alex Etchart

Viewing: Songs

Balderrama

By on Monday 27th October, 2014

Balderrama Original by Gustavo “Cuchi” Leguizamón as made famous by Mercedes Sosa and the film ‘Che’ Balderrama is the name of a bar known for Folklore sessions in Salta, Argentina A recording of me singing it live on Resonance 104.4FM can

Five Centuries the Same (Cinco Siglos Igual – León Gieco)

By on Thursday 16th October, 2014

By León Gieco, inspired by the haunting recording by Mercedes Sosa. About the pain of the whole american continent over the last five centuries. Solitude amidst the ruins Blood in the corn Red stains yellow Poisonous shroud Wounded shields Five centuries

Have You Seen Them Nanas?

By on Wednesday 10th September, 2014

Dedicated to the Frack Free Lancashire nanas and all their comrades defending the land in Lancashire from Fracking poisoning the water table! Na na na na na naaa Na na na na na Na na na na na naaa Na

Smash, Grab n Run

By on Sunday 16th February, 2014

Hear the recording with Siobhan Knox on Soundcloud. That summer was the summer of fire and cheap ebay TVs The summer of fear and anger against police brutality The summer of misspent rage and fragmented communities The summer of misunderstanding and

War Glitter

By on Sunday 16th February, 2014

Find the recording with Siobhan Knox song on Soundcloud You wonder why I look so sparkly You wonder why I look so fine Well when I’m smashing in your Topshop window I wanna be glittered to the nines They call

All About Luck (Cat’s first song)

By on Sunday 9th February, 2014

Hear the recording on Soundcloud I’ve heard that genius Can dig a deep grave I’ve heard that modesty Waxes and wanes I’ve heard that heaven Ain’t so different from earth Oh so many damning things have I heard So never

Anarcho Queer Feminist

By on Sunday 17th February, 2013

I believe that every individual must be free For community to self-regulate And I believe we lose all responsibility The moment we depend upon a state Cuz I’m an Anarchist, Yes I’m an Anarchist I’m an Anarchist, That is me

Mujer Luchadora

By on Wednesday 28th November, 2012

Dedicado al Carucha y los huelgadores del 14O en Madrid Cuando te vi sentada en Neptuno Frente a los fachos pronto a morir Cuando corriste por la calle de costado Perseguida por maderos junto a mi Cuando te vi con

Soldier Scratching His Bum

By on Friday 14th September, 2012

Theres strange things in the world to see Everywhere you look From factories to coral reefs From songs to holy books Theres mothers cuddling children Theres villas and theres slums But nothing makes me sadder than A soldier with a

Rain on the Diamond Jubilee

By on Sunday 3rd June, 2012

Scrappy recording at the train station in the rain: http://soundcloud.com/altheowl/rain-on-the-diamond-jubilee This place we call “England” has many virtues Like folk songs, pagan sex and the apple tree But when I think of all her vices, I daresay it suffices To mention

The Wilderness

By on Saturday 19th May, 2012

As all our trees are cut down Roads kill the ground As people move to gray blocks They forget the sound Of wild creatures, leaves, birds Rains, winds and gails The dying woodland’s left to Dreams and fairytales But in

Empty Pockets

By on Saturday 19th May, 2012

Intro: I lost my money and I don’t know what to do But now I’ve lost my honey I guess I’m fucking screwed Verse 1: I came to town on a boat with my sweetheart Built a castle with a

Beggars and Buskers

By on Saturday 19th May, 2012

If all the things that we own Were stolen from another soul If every ounce o’ work we do Just feeds the monkeys in the zoo Who are we to point and name Our culture’s reinforced by shame So quick to judge

Mbube

By on Saturday 19th May, 2012

Rewrite of Mbube ‘Lion Sleeps Tonight’  stolen from Solomon Linda in the spirit of Seeger about the anti-colonialist prophecy of the Lion of Africa (black rebels) rising up and ousting the white colonial invaders… get everyone chanting then drop these lyrics

Alpaca Ring

By on Saturday 19th May, 2012

The other day went riding on me old bicycle To cymru we’re headed, to cymru going still And when we found a fair field to camp for the night Our tents we erected to miss the morning chill My father

Tell My Fortune

By on Saturday 19th May, 2012

Im sure I saw a sparkle im your eye When you left here Was it just an innocent goodbye? Im sure I caught a waft of desire As those timeless words fell from your tender tongue You cleft my heartstrings

Naranjo Seco

By on Thursday 24th November, 2011

Adaptado del poema por García Lorca   Leñador cortame las ramas Líbreme de aquel suplicio De quedar sin las hojas Ni forma de dar fruto ¿Por que nací con estas raizes? Una falsa libertad Que entre espejos y luces Una

Escuchas Nada (en Punta Colorada)

By on Thursday 24th November, 2011

escuche la grabación en Soundcloud   llego el momento en que me harté ya no podía encarar madrugarme a trabajar así que me mandé al carajo aura me voy donde hay horario yo no estoy y rutina dejo hoy lo

La Paloma

By on Thursday 24th November, 2011

escuche una grabación hecha en Montevideo en Soundcloud   la paloma la paloma la paloma se fué ella llevaba un trocito de mi alma en un mensaje de balance balance desde ahora en adelante balance balance niño no te tires

The 29 Bus Song

By on Wednesday 23rd November, 2011

Recording: http://soundcloud.com/altheowl/the-29-bus-song-demo, Filming the music video for it on June 27th 2012, join the facebook group to get involved follow twitter or facebook for updates Verse: Well the 29 bus is 24 hour And the heart of community From the turkish

Lost Generation

By on Tuesday 22nd November, 2011

Hear a performance on Soundcloud Verse 1 Get a job they say Well I got one but it don’t pay Tried to get qualified Found out that the whole thing was a lie Don’t know what to believe Too many

They Came Down the Hill

By on Tuesday 22nd November, 2011

Dedicated to all those who fought at Dale Farm and those who continue fighting in the Travellers’ Solidarity Network Hear a live recording with vocal impro on Soundcloud   Old bride said to me We’ve been there before For centuries

Music Brings Us Together

By on Tuesday 22nd November, 2011

Hear a recording on Soundcloud   The boys round the back of the yard were a-playin guitar oh [x2] So i asked myself what’s the diffrence tween me and them That I should live in a castle and them in

Ill Eagle

By on Tuesday 22nd November, 2011

When I got out of guantanamo bay Had no possessions and no land to my name All of my family had long gone away And how could I blame them they just couldn’t stay Murder and torture Legitemized by the

Clown Inside

By on Tuesday 22nd November, 2011

touch my skin let me in feel the space within scare me out break us down fear and doubt we’re all clowns through the laugh words are passed motions slow and fast bodies merge lines are lost minds converge thaw

Nothing (St. Catherine’s)

By on Tuesday 22nd November, 2011

You can find the Spanish version of the lyrics here and a live performance in Montevideo on Soundcloud There came a time when I’s fed up I could no longer put up With having to wake up to work And

Make Love Not War

By on Tuesday 22nd November, 2011

When ya got no bed to sleep in Not even a bite to eat Made a palace fit for a king With boxes off the street And we made love not war In parliament square Face those fascist fucking offices

Indiana

By on Tuesday 22nd November, 2011

To the music of a dulab in hijaz maqam   When I was a babe I thought I could save People from themselves Go out to the ghetto and help Indiana jones was etched in My veins aa a child

Under Development

By on Tuesday 22nd November, 2011

Find a live performance on SOAS Radio on Soundcloud What on earth does the ‘third world’ mean? Is it the way they walk or how they drink their tea? Is it the way they talk of ideology? Or did you

Earth to Heaven

By on Tuesday 22nd November, 2011

Is there such a place called heaven? And if so what on earth would you do? Sittin’ up there a-bobbin’ like a lemon Watching fluffy clouds float through… You’d be bored of fun, Bored of time You’d be so god-damn

Wildflower

By on Tuesday 22nd November, 2011

Set to the tune by Wayne Shorter This version recorded with Alvaro Umpierrez on Violin on Soundcloud and with visuals on Youtube   In dark recesses a passionflower is found, Illuminating arid cave walls on moist ground, The rain trickles

Moving Home

By on Tuesday 22nd November, 2011

moving home moving home changing gears not to be alone and foreign words are not an obstacle for we all speak in the same smiles and leaving friends is not so painful cuz they’ve all been settled for a while

Guts (for Cat)

By on Tuesday 22nd November, 2011

Hey lil’ sister You’ve grown up so fast I never dreamed I’d be talkin’ to you ’bout things Like th’invasion of Iraq Nor that you’d discover the wonders of Sleeping bags When it’s raining it’s pouring your mother is snoring

Hard Chocolate

By on Tuesday 22nd November, 2011

So many sweet moments, That when time goes on, Leave memories of struggle, And of times long gone, To somehow reach the summit, Yet it took so long, You’ve barely a leg to stand on, Where pride once shone, You

You Make me Smile

By on Tuesday 22nd November, 2011

Now I’ve never been a man for blues Not so inclined so to say But I’ve got a sudden urge to let loose And it sure as hell ain’t blue, not today! Sure there’s been other guys And I ain’t

Impressions (dear Alma)

By on Tuesday 22nd November, 2011

Met a lady named Soul On that birthday train We swapped our life stories And banter all the same She spoke to me of love That intricate game With that silent understanding We’d never see each other again It’s those

Rise and Fall

By on Tuesday 22nd November, 2011

I’m flying through the air I do not have a care, at all I’m waiting for the day That someone else will fly my way I merely want to talk About our weary world, and all We’ll float amongst the

Un Lamento

By on Tuesday 22nd November, 2011

basado en el Poema de García Lorca Leñador cortame las ramas Líbreme de aquel suplicio De quedar sin las hojas Ni forma de dar fruto ¿Por que nací con estas raizes? Una falsa libertad Que entre espejos y luces Una

Paradox

By on Monday 21st November, 2011

The paradox of age The wisdom that you gain You tend to negate With self righteousness The less you rely on faith The more you trust your trade The less your need for aid The more you lose your friendliness

Lazy Cat

By on Monday 21st November, 2011

Live performance arranged for Piano, Clarinet and Bass with vocals by Silverley Allen on Soundcloud   Lazy mmm cat, What are you thinkin’ Or do you even bother thinkin’ at all? Carefree mmm kitty, You wear that smile As if

Stokey Morning

By on Monday 21st November, 2011

Dad thinks he’s back in 1373, When on sundays the landlord must make a new decree: “The people of britain shall no longer” says he, “Purchase milk by the pint for the sake of society, There’s too much consumer packaging,

Guilty Soul

By on Monday 21st November, 2011

Inspired by Nadine Tunasi dedicated to her daughter Alia Live recording from when I was 16 on Soundcloud   My story is much too sad to be told, I have a weary weeping soul of old, Get on the bus,

Semantics

By on Monday 21st November, 2011

Live recording on Soundcloud   What does it take to tell that someone “I’m a Spy”? To say that “I kill for my country so it’s justified” These are words, words, words But sometimes they soul-search So won’t you believe