The Birdman (5:10)

Cover of Naveed

From Naveed and 2 other releases

The song is about a man that lead singer and lyricist Raine Maida once saw on the street. The Birdman was the nickname of a serial killer, Robert Stroud who was once imprisoned at Alcatraz.

“I assumed he was some kind of politician that lost it and was living on the streets and just going nuts all night. It was strange; I just caught a few words as I passed by him, and he was one of the most intelligent people I have ever heard speak. Right then I had this enlightenment. I did not give him a chance and there are probably times where you miss opportunities because you form opinions so quickly.” - Raine Maida

“I was in Kansas city a while back and there was this man on the street. I was in my hotel room and I couldn’t sleep ‘cause this guy was just yelling through a megaphone and he was yelling about a bunch of propaganda and stuff but the next day when I went down from the hotel and he was outside still. I had a chance to pass by, read his booklet and stuff and I heard him talking to some other people and the song encompasses the thing where it’s kinda like a serial killer where on the surface he’s just a ruthless, kinda no conscience, no remorse killer but underneath the serial killer there’s obviously a really intelligent, very calculating kind of person and that’s is what I wanted to get in the lyrics of the song. There’s so many different ways and so many different perspectives to look at somebody.This thing, the birdman is just that in itself, that there’s always something deeper when you look into it.” -Raine Maida


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Hopelessly a man starts to feed your day
Once he was there you never looked back
How did you think that his words might just fade away
He seemed harmless enough

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  • baj212

    This is so good. Wish they still sounded like this...

    1 Aug 2013 Reply
  • ginanightmare

    amazing song :D

    8 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Dance08

    some good ol classic OLP

    9 Oct 2010 Reply
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  • firefytrshithed

    hot karl!

    15 Apr 2010 Reply
  • DirtyWalls

    And all of your daydreams are a see-saw for him to play-ayay-ayay-ayay on...

    27 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Schfifteh

    SooOooOooOOOOo good!!!

    12 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Ashgazer

    Good song, shame the latest album burn burn is really dull

    31 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Plushpurple

    Here's a SHOUT! Recently discovered them and am so very glad I did;)

    5 Jan 2009 Reply
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  • rock666

    I thought this was megadeth for a mo

    2 Apr 2008 Reply
  • 1sharpknife

    oops, can't spell either!!sorry psychomode

    30 Mar 2008 Reply
  • 1sharpknife

    seems there mr. pshcyomode that we canucks are very quiet people that don't shout for too many bands!! I agree that this is a pretty infectious tune

    30 Mar 2008 Reply

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