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Song Released: 1966

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You tell me that you've got everything you want
And your bird can sing
But you don't get me, you don't get me

You say you've seen seven wonders and your bird is green
But you can't see me, you can't see me

When your prized possessions...


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    Apr 9th, 2007 4:29pm report

    Like most great songs, this one works on multiple levels.

    As a metaphorical phrase, "And your bird can sing," might also be stated "all that and a bag of chips." Lennon is addressing someone who has seen it all, done it all, and has it all. But in the end, it is only personal connections that make you happy, not material possessions, fame, or achievement. So he is saying when you find those things don't make you happy, come look him up. ("I'll be 'round")

    But on the literal level, this song is a dig at Mick Jagger. The word bird is English slang for a girl. In the mid 60's, Jagger was dating Marianne Faithful, who had charted with a cover of the Stones' song "As Tears Go By." Faithful is also reputed to be bisexual. So not only could Jagger's bird sing, but also "swing."

    The Beatles and the Stones were rivals, but also good friends. Nevertheless, Lennon felt the Beatles were always a creative step ahead of their competitors. So while Jagger was busy patting himself on the back for all the fame and fortune the Stones were achieving, Lennon is reminding Jagger that he's still chasing the Beatles' tail.


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    Mar 23rd, 2019 3:27am report

    I always thought it was John talking to Paul. Paul talked about seeing 7 heavens when stoned.


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    Jun 27th, 2018 6:27pm report

    This is john lennon talking to whoevers idea it was to cover up paul mccartneys death. Paul's replacement is the bird.


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    Mar 19th, 2017 3:33am report

    In Cynthia Lennon book A twist of Lennon she writes that she gave John a mechanical wind up bird. I believe he took this situation to write a song directly to her, asking her to see him at his level , intellectually and medically ( if you know what I mean) He write " you don't get me" , " you don't see me ". When your worldly possession get you down , I'll be around, I'll be here waiting.


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    Apr 22nd, 2015 4:32am report

    I like the first guys interpretation....Lennon was not concerned with Castro.....more like the taxman
    he was about love which doesn't require socialism


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    Feb 11th, 2011 2:06pm report

    It's also about Lennon's superiority complex in terms of his intellectual prowess compared to everyone else..stepping outside the circus of the stones and celebrity and in his own cryptic way asserting his creative individuality without even trying to sound clever. Lennon is so big in his own mind that he can quite easily juxtapose his sardonic self with his visionary self 'You say you've seen seven wonders but you can't see me' a forerunner to strawberry fields about returning to the seeds of his imaginary worlds as a boy where is 'real self' lies..This is something he returns to on 'rain' can you hear me?.. and back on 'And your Bird can sing' you can't hear me ..Lennon wants to be discovered and undiscovered at the same time. He has become trapped in a three dimensional world. Well he's not trapped now I can report to you now that he wants you all to stop dissecting his lyrics and can't believe that you have to categorize and quantify every fucking thought that goes through your fucking heads.fucking get some exercise. EVOLVER


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    Sep 14th, 2009 9:20pm report

    It's obviously addressed to a materialistic person, reminding them that possessions aren't all there is to life.


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    Jun 25th, 2009 6:57pm report

    I think it's about not being with the one you really love. Maybe having them but them not being able to notice until they're having a bad time. "You can't see me. When your prize possessions start to wear you down...I'll be round."


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    Apr 1st, 2009 4:42pm report

    This song is about how when you get down to it all of our material possessions and our egos can block love and real relationships and if you give them up you have nothing but love


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    Jul 14th, 2008 7:54pm report

    Lennon had just read an article on Sinatra, who discussed his disgust at the whole Beatles phenomenon. The article noted that Sinatra used the phrase "your bird" in various ways (e.g. "How's your bird?" = "how are you"?)


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    May 27th, 2007 5:34pm report

    About some self boasting broad......

    Can't you just image Lennon listening to some bird (girl) yapping on and on,
    And Lennon saying, Yeah, yeah and I bet your bird can sing too!


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    Sep 25th, 2006 9:33pm report

    Castro! Are you serious? You need to lay off the quaaludes, buddy. You are an asshole, and lovely rita claims you have a small penis.

    Anyway, this song is about...Whatever the listener wishes it to be about


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    Sep 23rd, 2006 9:36pm report

    Pure and simple, this is a love song meant for Fidel Castro. Johnny finds the state of basic human rights in cuba deplorable, yet he most certainly identifies with Fidel's basic vision of utopia, an idealist to the core.

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