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Bird Song Lyrics

Well I didn't tell anyone,
But a bird flew by.
Saw what I'd done.
He set up a nest outside,
And he sang about
What I'd become.
He sang so loud,
Sang so clear.
I was afraid all the
Neighbours would hear,
So I invited him in,
Just...

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    anonymous
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    Oct 20th, 2016 10:09pm report


    It's a song about guilt.
    Put yourself in the place of the person singing. You've done something horrible, or something you're ashamed of, and someone (the bird) hears/sees you do that particular thing. I believe it's adding onto the saying "A little bird told me". You try to reason with the bird, asking them not to tell anyone, but they just sing louder. Desperate, you kill the bird, hoping that not only will it stop singing, but the guilt will go away. But later on, you realize that there really was no bird. Just yourself. You're the one singing about your own guilt. You're mostly ashamed of yourself.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 17th, 6:55pm report


    I consider this song a companion song to "Girl With One Eye", although it fits so well with the theme of the whole album. The way that I interpret this song is that someone did something 'bad', and the witness just mirrors what the POV character did. They are so angry that what they have done is being 'kept alive' by the bird, that they kill the bird to try to keep the reality of what they've done quiet. Except, killing the bird doesn't change what's already been done- it merely adds to the harm caused.
    I see it as someone reckoning with the many layers of something horrible they've done, and that a reactionary way to deal with something can escalate it. I interpret POV as a similar type of character as the man who "cut [her] little heart out, cause [she] made [him] cry" in Girl With One Eye.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 2nd, 6:24am report


    The song to me is about guilt. Possibly over a mother abusing her child or a woman who has murdered her husband. The bird represents her guilt, telling her what she has done is horrible and threatens to tell everyone else. Desperate, the woman kills the bird (aka tries to stifle her guilt) but the song is too much and she feels so horrible about what she did that she ends up telling the world. She has bottled up so much guilt over the situation and it just explodes from her.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 6th, 2018 11:40pm report


    I believe that it is about guilt from murder. Think about it, "Saw what I'd done", "That's the last song you'll ever sing"? sounds kinda murderous to me.



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    anonymous
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    May 28th, 2018 5:20pm report


    I believe that the bird is a constant throbbing reminder of what the person has done to themselves. Perhaps they are struggling through addiction, emotional pain, lack of motivation, or whatever it may be that is damaging this person. Then she just wants this guilty conscious to shut up but it won't shut up because it's all inside of her.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 13th, 2018 4:32am report


    This is, to me, a redemption song about one who feels relational distance from Father God, hears about the love of His Son,Jesus, and invites Him into the house of her heart.

    This is the song of a sinner who wrestles with the truth about [her] sin and resulting feelings of worthlessness. There is certainly an acknowledgement of great, insurmountable guilt. But then, joy rises from the depth of her soul as the reality of New Birth takes wing in her, and His redemption song becomes her own.
    :)

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    anonymous
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    Jun 16th, 2017 6:56pm report


    I, honestly, think that this song is about self injury. That's all I can ever think of when I listen to it.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 26th, 2014 8:11am report


    the song is about guilty consciense.one does something wrong and no one notices but keep it bottoled inside.the bird is the conscience and so one tries to supress it and it drives them crazy to thee point were they lose controlband just start blabbering it all out



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    anonymous
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    Jul 2nd, 2014 7:07pm report


    I believe the song speaks about guilt. She's done something wrong and is blamed by someone (the bird). Furious, she kills the bird in hopes that the guilt will end too. But it continues, in spite of her efforts, and she realizes the one who blamed her the most was herself. The song coming out from her mouth is then a metaphor for guilt.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 17th, 2012 6:06pm report


    It is about a person who has done something wrong, he thinks that no one noticed, but a bird saw knows what he did and starts telling everyone. Desperate to conceal your secret, you lock the bird up, kill it, and eat it. But when you think your problem is solved, the bird song is coming from your mouth. so you are being punished, not for your sin, but for wanting to keep it a secret.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 17th, 2012 6:06pm report


    It is about a person who has done something wrong, he thinks that no one noticed, but a bird saw knows what he did and starts telling everyone. Desperate to conceal your secret, you lock the bird up, kill it, and eat it. But when you think your problem is solved, the bird song is coming from your mouth. so you are being punished, not for your sin, but for wanting to keep it a secret.




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