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I wrote this back in May last year. We'd gone into lockdown and I was stuck home alone for 3 months while my partner was over in Germany. It's the most isolated I've ever been. The only company I had was a seagull who was regularly landing on my window ledge (and one time a pigeon flew into my kitchen too but that seemed less voluntary). Anyway, I started feeding this seagull just so I could interact with *something* other than the self checkout in Waitrose.
Anyway, turns out seagulls make for shit friends, but great inspiration for a song (hence the albatross rather than the seagull). This little one will always remind me of those times, looking out my window and watching the sun shine down on a vacant and silent city, wondering just what the hell was going on.
Looking back, it feels strange to think of a time when all this was strange.
Is there anybody out there
On this endless doldrum sea?
Guess I'll float here for another day;
The albatross and me.
Oh the moon can pull me from my sleep,
But she's always out of reach.
Oh wander for me albatross
And bring her love down to me.
In tranquillity; the albatross and me
In perilous anxiety; the albatross and me
In solitude and silence; the albatross and me
In floundering patience; the albatross and me.
released April 2, 2021
Music, words, production and artwork by Steve McCarthy