Beatles: And Your Bird Can Sing Meaning
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Song Released: 1966
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And Your Bird Can Sing Lyrics
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...
anonymous 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.
anonymous Mar 19th, 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.
anonymous 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
anonymous 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
anonymous 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!
anonymous 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
anonymous 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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