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Martha, The Last Passenger Pigeon on Earth

by Beggar's Ride

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Beggar's Ride offer their take of the John Herald song "Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon on Earth." Martha is widely acknowledged to have been the last surviving passenger pigeon before extinction. She died in a Cincinnati zoo on September 1, 1914. The centennial of her passing is this coming September 1, 2014. She is currently on display at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., and has become a symbol for finding a more sustainable future.

This track will be part of an upcoming release from the duo. For more information and to pre-order, please visit their site www.beggarsride.com.
You can watch the video for the song with original artwork by Karen Paust here: youtu.be/gBLAc70GIAw


High above the trees and the reeds like rainbows
They landed soft as moon glow
In greens and reds they fluttered past the windows
But nobody cared or saw

Til the hungry came in crowds with their guns and dozers
And soon the peace was over
God what were they thinking of?

On and on till dreams come true
You know a piece of us all goes with you

The birds went down they fell and they faded
to the dozens
Til in a Cincinnati zoo was the last one
All that remained was the last with the name of Martha
Very proud, very sad, but very wise
As the lines filed by there were few who cared or could be bothered
How could anyone have treated you harder?
And it was all for a dollar or more

On and on til dreams come true
You know a piece of us all goes with you

And surrounded there
by some of whom wept around her
in a corner of the cage they found her
She went as soft as she came
So shy until the last song

The passenger pigeon was gone

-words and music by John Herald
Barking Green Music Limited


released August 4, 2014
Claudia SanSoucie- guitar, vocal
Kate Maguire- guitar, vocal
Rickie Simpkin- mandolin
Jeff Reed- bass
John Thomakos- drums

Produced, recorded and mixed by Beggar's Ride
Drums and Bass recorded at The Wood and Stone Room
Engineered by Scott Smith
Mastered by Greg Lukens


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