Blackbird (2:15)

Cover of The Beatles (The White Album)

From The Beatles (The White Album) and 38 other releases

Blackbird was written by Paul McCartney, but credited as usual to Lennon/McCartney. McCartney was inspired to write this while in Scotland as a reaction to racial tensions escalating in America in the spring of 1968, and (according to Sony/ATV Songs LLC 1968) McCartney stated that he had a black woman in mind when he wrote the song (‘bird’ being British slang for a woman).

The first night Linda Eastman, who would later become his wife, slept over, McCartney played it to the fans camped outside his house.


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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

MetroLyrics Full lyrics at MetroLyrics


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  • peterdupont1

    Flawless. I could hear this song on repeat allllll day.

    6 Jul 10:12pm Reply
  • theironictea


    29 May 11:03am Reply
  • MsDiplodocusss

    my ex boyfriend used to play this on the guitar all the time. whenever i hear this i think about punching him in the face... great song though

    25 May 8:19pm Reply
  • DaveBaldwin

    I was fishing last week, watching red winged black birds flying near me and singing this song to myself. I was only waiting for that moment to arrive.

    10 May 6:40pm Reply
  • pikininah

    Never get tired of this! <3

    5 Apr 8:12pm Reply
  • beablossom


    11 Mar 11:18am Reply
  • Storchel

    Love it...

    9 Feb 10:26am Reply
  • pikininah


    19 Jan 6:45pm Reply
  • kiteo

    Where's this version from? If it's a demo it's impressive.

    7 Jan 9:29pm Reply
  • jomabbs

    My favourite white album song

    3 Jan 11:54pm Reply
  • theironictea

    Awesome song, and fun to play.

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • nardo_leo


    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • AdamRandalYoung

    sweet song

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • wolfy76484

    I am still working on getting this 100% right when I play it, but have got it down quite well.

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • sharv11

    Oh my dear Vinny...our blackbird singing in the dead of night...I know your broken wings are mended & you have learned to fly...We played this at your memorial because it just seemed to fit & I know how you loved The Beatles. We love & miss you continually...Mom

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • cousinbull

    A. Milano's favourite song

    5 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Scentless3

    favourite beatles song

    1 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Powerstars

    Seems like has the legit Beatles recordings now. This and "Help!" turned out fine.

    3 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Giblet_

    Not mad for the Beatles but this is one of the prettiest songs in the whole darn world.

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Batatar_

    The first song of The Beatles I heard, what a nostalgia sz.

    24 Jan 2013 Reply
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