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BIRD OF PREY

Written by: Mick Box, David Byron, Ken Hensley & Paul Newton
Original version released as b-side of 'Gypsy' single in Europe, also on North American versions of the first album replacing 'Lucy Blues'
Alternate version released on 'Salisbury' February 1971 except on North American versions of the album replaced by 'Simon The Bullet Freak'
Lyrics are slighty different on different versions


Original version

I can see that look that says beware
Try to move in closer if you dare
So I will sit and play my waiting game
And for a while I know
She'll do the same
Oh no!

Watches like an eagle from its tree
And like a bird of prey she captures me
But I am older and more wise than you
Bird of prey, straight into me you flew
Oh no!

Now every time I tried to set her free
I'm glad to say she comes
Right back to me
But if I knew she didn't want to stay
I wouldn't try to keep that
Lovely bird of prey


Salisbury version

I can see that look that says beware
Try to move in closer if you dare
So I must sit and play
My waiting game
And for a while I know
She'll do the same
Fly away

Watches like an eagle from its eyrie
And like a bird of prey
She captures me
But I am older and
More wise than you
Bird of prey
Straight into me you flew
Fly away

Now every time I tried to set her free
I'm glad to say she comes
Right back to me
But if I knew she didn't want to stay
I wouldn't try to keep that
Lovely bird of prey