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

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