Take These Broken Wings And Learn To Fly

Jim Adams aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: EDUCATE / LEARN / SCHOOL / TEACH

For today’s theme, I wanted to feature a song that I have not used before on my SLS posts. So I have skipped a few more obvious choices, and inspired my a children’s animated film I watched recently where the parents of a little boy sing this song to him at bedtime (bonus points if you know the film) I have picked “Blackbird” from of course The Beatles.

I have heard various explanations behind the meaning of the song’s lyrics and I think generally the civil right’s movement seems to be generally understood to be the inspiration behind these words. However, I do think there is something very poignant about those words…”take these broke words and learn to fly…take these sunken eyes and learn to see”.

Yes…those words really register on a personal level, which is one of the reasons why I think “Blackbird” has been so enduringly popular, and why it has been covered so many times.

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

Written by: John Lennon and Paul McCartney

On a separate note, for some years I have been fascinated by the singing of blackbirds. I hear them singing all the time what sounds like Mozart opera. I have been asking for years, did those blackbirds listen to some Mozart? Or did Mozart listen to blackbirds singing and turn their song into his famous arias? Particularly the “Queen Of The Night” from The Magic Flute.

11 thoughts on “Take These Broken Wings And Learn To Fly”

    1. Thanks Jim. There was so much temptation to use songs I have used before. My first thoughts were….”Don’t know much about algebra…” I love that song. But is isn’t that line “take these broken wings and learn to fly” meaningful.

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  1. Fabulous song, it’s a perfect choice , it can be appreciated on so many levels….. I can’t stand Paul McCartney but credit where credit is due this is a great song ! 💜💜💜

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    1. lol – Willow you cannot say that to a Liverpudlian!! I am going to confess something, I grew up listening to Beatles tracks, but I didn’t remember Blackbird until I saw it in this children’s film I mentioned. I wondered how it had vanished from my memory.

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      1. It probably didn’t, you may never of heard it , it’s not one of their out there songs is it! Sorry as a Londoner it was the Rolling Stones for me 💜 though yes I know and knew all the Beatles music🙂

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