Saturday, March 04, 2017

Blackbird (Rehearsal Take, 1968) by Paul McCartney

Blackbird appeared on The Beatles, known popularly as "the white album."

It's interesting to listen to McCartney play with the song as he figures out how to complete it.

Inspired by the US Civil Rights struggle, Blackbird was Macca's attempt to say something to encourage African-Americans. In it, he imagined himself singing to a "black bird," bird being a common English slang at the time for a young woman.

But, of course, as is often true of McCartney's songs, the lack of specificity in the lyrics gives the song a more universal application. It's a bit of encouragement to anyone. And the melody is gorgeous.

[Blogger Mark Daniels is pastor of Living Water Lutheran Church in Centerville, Ohio.]

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