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Allison Russell — Nightflyer
Album: Outside Child
Avg rating:
7.4

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Total ratings: 585








Released: 2021
Length: 4:40
Plays (last 30 days): 12
Yeah, I'm a midnight rider
Stone bona fide night flyer
I'm an angel of the morning too
The promise that the dawn will bring you, you

I'm the melody and the space between
Every note the swallow sings
I'm fourteen vultures circling
I'm that crawling, dying thing
I'm the smoke up above the trees, Good Lord
The fire and the branch that's burning, Lord
Maybe you were sleeping, Lord
But Mary she's not weeping no more, no, mm-mm

Yeah, I'm a midnight rider
Stone bona fide night flyer
I'm an angel of the morning too
The promise that the dawn will bring you, you, you

I'm the sick light of a hurricane's eye
I'm a violent lullaby
I'm six fireflies, one streetlight
I'm a suffocating summer night hm-mm, mm
I'm each of his steps on the stairway
I'm his shadow in the door frame
I'm the tap-tap of a lunar moth
I'm the stale beer on his breath hm-mm, hm-mm

His soul is trapped in that room
But I crawled back in my mother's womb
Came back out with my gold and my greens
Now I see everything
Now I feel everything, Good Lord
What the hell could they bring to stop me, Lord?
Nothing from the earth, nothing from the sea
Not a God Almighty thing

Yeah, I'm a midnight rider
Stone bona fide night flyer
I'm an angel of the morning too
The promise that the dawn will bring you, you, you

I'm the wounded bird, I'm the screaming hawk
I'm the one who can't be counted out
I'm the dove thrown into battle
I can roll and shake and rattle hm-mm, hm-mm
I'm the moon's dark side, I'm the solar flare
The child of the Earth, the child of the Air
I am The Mother of the Evening Star
I am the Love that Conquers All

Yeah, I'm a midnight rider
Stone bona fide night flyer
I'm an angel of the morning too
The promise that the dawn will bring you
Yeah, I'm a midnight rider
Stone bona fide night flyer
I'm an angel of the morning too
The promise that the dawn will bring you

You, you
You, you
You, you
Comments (24)add comment
First saw Allison when she was with Fear of Drinking and have followed her through the years to her well-deserved success.
I really love this song, but hearing it just a bit too much lately. I don't want to get tired of it. And no, PSD isn't an option for me most of the time.
First saw Allison in a local band called "Fear of Drinking" which has unfortunately fallen through the cracks of her bio.
She was the stand-out member, even then. Sorry Tim.
Cure all for a bad day. ❤️
 Clark_Novato wrote:

This song continues to grow on me.  She has such a soulful voice, edging into Aretha territory.



I'm a huge Aretha fan. I've given this song a peevish 9 because I'm reluctant to give a newish singer a 10. But I couldn't connect Russell to Franklin. At all. Then I listened to a live performance of this song (link below), and I think you're onto something. Allison Russell is simply scratching the surface of her range:

https://youtu.be/u5GjtsrT4cE
This song continues to grow on me.  She has such a soulful voice, edging into Aretha territory.
 vandal wrote:


what?



Yeah.
can you feel it?
 Jelani wrote:



Was that last line really necessary, your Ultimate Ego-less Holiness? Do you know that the commenter is from the US? And your derogatory generalization of Americans and stating that you are,in fact, a US American, is displaying your own ego-centric arrogance. You just unwittingly dropped your pants for us all to see. Very funny. Thank you.


what?
 SmackDaddy wrote:


Technically the Western Hemisphere is primarily made up of North America, Central America and South America. So technically yes. We are all Americans. 

EGO-centric arrogant US American a-holes.  (FYI I'm from and in the USA)



Was that last line really necessary, your Ultimate Ego-less Holiness? Do you know that the commenter is from the US? And your derogatory generalization of Americans and stating that you are,in fact, a US American, is displaying your own ego-centric arrogance. You just unwittingly dropped your pants for us all to see. Very funny. Thank you.
I love the music on RP and always appreciate the positive comments and stories that folks share, and love exposure to new (to me) regardless of the 'when' the music as created.  
   But also have to come to love the images / photographs that go along with each piece of music, yet never see a comment on those . . . 
   My best wishes and deepest gratitude to Bill and Rebecca for all that you do!!
Honey in the heart, 13 thank yous, Long Life!
Some of the new material currently being played on Radio Paradise is exceptional and this track is an excellent example of that!
 scrubbrush wrote:

Is it really "Americana" if it's performed by a Canadian? 



Technically the Western Hemisphere is primarily made up of North America, Central America and South America. So technically yes. We are all Americans. 

EGO-centric arrogant US American a-holes.  (FYI I'm from and in the USA)
Is it really "Americana" if it's performed by a Canadian? 


Grammy nominated song. Check out any live version of this on YouTube ... better yet, go see her live. She has an amazing life story as a survivor, and her love of life despite her past is incredibly inspirational. 
 lizardking wrote:

Great lyrics sung well = 7 at least for this'new-to-my-ears' song and artist.
Long Live RP and new additions to the main mix!

*2nd hearing and an immediate +1 to 8; LLRP*



First hearing an 8. Always gotta leave room for growth!
I can also recommend her "sisters" from Our Native Daughters: Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah and Leyla McCalla. Every single one is worth listening.
If you like this, check out her Po' Girl stuff.
Wow, what a talent!  A true breath of fresh air, refreshingly authentic.  Her list of awards and nominations is true testament.  

Thank you Bill & Rebecca.  More please!
Love this song! And it's worth checking out her old band - Po' Girl.
Beautiful, powerful song of redemption.   
 lizardking wrote:

Great lyrics sung well = 7 at least for this'new-to-my-ears' song and artist.
Long Live RP and new additions to the main mix!



Agreed!
Nice harmonies

4 weeks later........
Was able to listen more attentively
Starting at 7 rating
Great lyrics sung well = 7 at least for this'new-to-my-ears' song and artist.
Long Live RP and new additions to the main mix!

*2nd hearing and an immediate +1 to 8; LLRP*

**1st time the wife heard this, playing on a small Bluetooth speaker through a window, she said "I really like this music!!"

+1 to 9 defined!

LLRP!!