Blackbird

 

Blackbird

The Beatles

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

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“Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly”

Paul McCartney wrote this about the civil rights struggle for blacks after reading about race riots in the US to support for black Americans, particularly women (“bird” is British slang for “woman”). He later explained that he chose a more poetic approach to the song – rather than singing “black woman living in Little Rock” – so that listeners could apply its message to their own lives.

 

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