The Beatles -- ‘Blackbird’

Blackbird (2.18)

Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, acoustic guitar;

Paul was inspired to write this in India, after a bird woke him up at six in the morning. (I’m not so sure that I’d have been so sweet if he woke me up at six in the morning.) Charles Manson didn’t like it much either, and inspired his followers to go on a two-day killing spree after taking it as a metaphor for black/white race relations.

Paul reflected on the song in 2002: “It was written when there were a lot of troubles in the southern states, over civil rights. I don’t know if any of you know, but in England we sometimes call girls ‘birds’… and I kind of wrote this song with that in mind.”

Personally, I think that it’s much more likely to be about a simple little blackbird, of the feathered variety, and Paul was just trying to big it up with the advantage of …

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