Tag: Three-Day Lyrical Challenge, Day 2

Thank you, again to Sara at The Bibliophagist for nominating me to take the Three-Day Lyrical Challenge!

Here is Day 2!


The rules are simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

I think we can agree that The Beatles’ Blackbird is a beautiful song, arguable one of the greatest in rock ‘n’ roll history. But did you know the story behind it? Hint: it’s not about a bird.

The song is actually about racial strife in the American South in the late 60’s.To quote Paul McCartney from the book Many Years from Now, by Barry Miles:

“I had in mind a black woman, rather than a bird. Those were the days of the civil rights movement, which all of us cared passionately about, so this was really a song from me to a black woman, experiencing these problems in the States: ‘Let me encourage you to keep trying, to keep your faith; there is hope.'”

Doesn’t that make the song all the more beautiful?

[Chorus]
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[Verse]
Black bird 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[Chorus]
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


Today I’m tagging: Sophie, Sheri and Kristin!

Y’all, if you don’t like being tagged, there’s no hard feelings. Just let me know so I don’t tag you again. If you feel like playing along though, I can’t WAIT to see your picks!

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