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"Blackbird" - Beatles

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by RiseOfTheWooten, Mar 4, 2006.


  1. Hi all,

    I was wondering if any of you are familiar with this Beatles classic. Was there a story behind the song and/or the lyrics? Do the lyrics mean anything in particular?




    Beatles - Blackbird Lyrics

    Blackbird singing in the dead of night
    Take these broken wings and learn to fly
    All your life
    You were only waiting for this moment to arise.

    Blackbird singing in the dead of night
    Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
    All your life
    You were only waiting for this moment to be free.

    Blackbird fly Blackbird fly
    Into the light of the dark black night.

    Blackbird fly Blackbird fly
    Into the light of the dark black night.

    Blackbird singing in the dead of night
    Take these broken wings and learn to fly
    All your life
    You were only waiting for this moment to arise
    You were only waiting for this moment to arise
    You were only waiting for this moment to arise.
     
  2. DaftCat

    DaftCat

    Jul 26, 2004
    Medicine Hat
    It could be about the plight of African Americans and the yearn to break free and have equal rights.

    Also, Sir Paul apparently said in concert this song was written about troubled young girls in South America in the late 60s.
     
  3. Eli M.

    Eli M. Life's like a movie, write your own ending

    Jul 24, 2004
    New York, NY
    Yes, Sir Paul has said on several occasions that the song had to do with the civil rights movement (and just to be clear, it's the Southern part of America, not South America :) )
     
  4. AspiringBassMan

    AspiringBassMan

    Dec 10, 2005
    UK
    don't read too deeply into the faux depth of the song.....one often sees things that aren't there.
     
  5. BassChuck

    BassChuck

    Nov 15, 2005
    Cincinnati
    Paul has also written that the music is sorta based on a thing that he and George used to play in the early days. They did a duet loosely based on some piece by Bach. Some kind of warm up piece to show the audience that they knew something about music. The chord progress does hold that out in a way.
     
  6. Wow cool thanks guys. I knew there had to be something more to the song.