The Beatles Song Of The Day- Blackbird

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The Beatles Song of the Day is Blackbird. Blackbird was written by Paul McCartney and appears on side 2 of The Beatles White Album. There are several stories as to how Paul came up with Blackbird. One story has it that he was inspired by the race riots that were going on in America in the mid-1960’s and saw it as repressed minorities starting to speak up. Another has it that he woke up one morning while on the India trip to a blackbird singing and was inspired to write a song on the spot.  Another story has it- as told by Paul’s step-mother that he wrote the song for her mother. That her mother had been ill and Paul had visited her for a time and she told Paul she had often heard a bird singing at night. Paul has said he was inspired by Bach’s Bourree In E Minor.” Paul has also said that it wasn’t written in India but while at his Scottish farm. He has said that the words and music came to him spontaneously. Whatever inspired it and wherever he wrote it- the bottom line is it is a beautiful song and one of the highlights of The White Album. Paul is the only Beatle to play on the album. Paul McCartney: vocal and acoustic guitar. Produced by George Martin.

  • Rating of Blackbird ***** out of 5 stars- a classic.
  • length of song- 2:18
  • Blackbird was never released as a single.
  • Recorded June 11, 1968.
  • Spignesi and Lewis rank Blackbird #17, critic Bill Wyman #31 out of 213,  Jim Beviglia in Counting Down The Beatles 100 Finest- has it at #23, in the Beatles Channel Poll it was #12 and Rolling Stone Mag has it #38- everyone seems to agree it is one of The Beatles greatest songs.
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
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3 responses to “The Beatles Song Of The Day- Blackbird

  1. I agree, “Blackbird” is one of the highlights of The White Album.

    Many moons ago when I was taking guitar lessons, my great teacher showed me how to play it – took me some time to figure it out!

    Sadly, I’ve mostly forgotten it and gotten pretty rusty playing the guitar in general – a combination of loss of dexterity in my fingers due to joint issues and lack of practice.

    I’ve seen Paul perform the song live, and he makes it look so easy. He’s actually a pretty good acoustic guitar player.

    • I think he put more thought in that song- maybe he knew it was something special than say a knock off like Rocky Raccoon. Blackbird is one of his timeless classics. I guess everything can’t be.

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