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Broken Wing Lyrics

She loved him like he was the last man on earth
Gave him everything she ever had
He'd break her spirit down, then come lovin' up on her
Give a little, then take it back

She'd tell him about her dreams, he'd just shoot 'em down
Lord he...

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Nov 29th 2010 report

    This is yet another powerful and beautiful song. :) It's about a woman who loves her husband "as though he's the last man on Earth". However, instead of encouraging her with her dreams and telling her that he'll help her in any way he can, he tells her he believes that she's crazy for thinking she'll get off the ground, and that only "angels know how to fly". But then later he tells her that he loves her anyway. She puts up with this for quite some time.

    Finally he comes home one day and finds a note written to him (probably telling him to get help) and the curtains blowing in the breeze that's coming in the window.

    It is my opinion that she did not kill herself (which is, sadly, how many women -- and men, as men are abused as well -- often end violent relationships). Instead, she simply left him and went off somewhere (hopefully to a place where she is encouraged to follow her dreams), which I believe symbolizes the line "Man, you ought to see her fly".

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    #2 top rated interpretation:
    maurine
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    Dec 22nd 2012 report

    I feel as though this song was written just for me. I was in an abusive marrage for 17 long years and I made it out (alive). I have been divorced for 4 wonderful live filled years. In the past 4 years I have went to college and earned a business degree, lost 200 pounds, have a wonderful loving boyfriend, and have a rewarding job at my local hospital. LOOK AT ME FLY WITH MY BROKEN WING !!!!!!!!!!!

  3. anonymous
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    Apr 2nd report

    This song is about strength.She flys because she is finally free of him keeping her down. Fly little Angel fly.

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 10th report

    Clearly she did not commit suicide. This song talks about how she was in an abusive relationship. Doesn’t really say if it was only mental and emotional abuse I’m thinking it probably was physical as well. but either way it was clearly abusive as it keeps referring to with a broken wing. He hurt her deeply and she continued on with the relationship trying to make it work. That’s what it kind of refers to when it says with a broken wing she still sings she keeps her eye on the sky. She has faith in God. It speaks about her going to church, she’s a Christian woman of God and that’s how she’s able to continue to try and make this relationship work. Eventually the abuse becomes so much that she can’t field her way through it anymore. He wasn’t bringing anything positive to the relationship he’d give a little then take it back, he made fun of her and of her dreams he basically tried to keep her down, he said only Angels know how to fly. So finally she leaves him, she doesn’t commit suicide she doesn’t jump out of the window she leaves him. Now she may have left him via route of the window sounds like it was possibly a two-story house but she left him a note doesn’t say what the note said with the curtains flowing in the breeze, symbolic of her flying away leaving him and reclaiming her freedom. The last part of the song clearly shows that she is still hurt by the things that he did to her, her wing is still broken. With a broken wing she still sings That indicates present not past. She keeps her eye on the sky, she is still a believer she still puts her faith in God; with a broken wing she carries her dreams man you out to see her fly. She’s finally coming into her own going toward her dreams living her life free of abuse and she’s doing well. If she died it would’ve said she carried indicating past tense, But it doesn’t it says she carries her dreams man you ought to see her fly. She got away she was one of the lucky ones who through her faith was able to break the cycle of that abusive relationship. Plus Martina McBride posed the question to the people who wrote the song and they said that was never there intention that she committed suicide. The song is about a woman in an abusive relationship, who was able to break free.

  5. anonymous
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    Jan 5th report

    It clearly shows that she couldn’t get out of her marriage so she decisive getting out of her marriage is to fly away !Song always makes me sad how many women and men stay .

  6. anonymous
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    Nov 13th 2020 report

    Its obviously about a woman who had enough of mental abuse and took her own life by jumping out of the window as the only means to set her free.

  7. Christina74
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    Oct 13th 2020 report

    What happens to the woman at the end of "A Broken Wing"?

    This is what Martina had to say in the fan club newsletter: "And if anybody asks, you can tell them that no, she didn't jump out the window!! That thought never crossed my mind until someone asked me that after they had heard the song...to me the song is about this woman's unbreakable spirit, and I always thought she just left, and the window and the curtains were symbolic of her "flying away" and finding her freedom. I talked with the writers and that's definitely what they had in mind when they wrote the song."

  8. anonymous
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    Sep 5th 2020 report

    She was in an abusive relationship and her going out the window to be free as a bird Having a broken wing means shes finally free and still has hope to move on

  9. wordsofwisdom
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    Aug 23rd 2020 report

    she was a woman that had been abused for a long long time... I think what this song means is... she took the abuse for as long as she could..then one day she made a plan.. wrote a note ...left it by an open window upstairs...when he came up and was reading the note by the open window...she jumped out of the closet..and pushed his abusive ass out the window!

  10. anonymous
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    Mar 22nd 2020 report

    I think she was fed up with the abuse and she left
    With a broken wing.man you ought to see her fly...she could've jumped out the window and flew away to freedom not by suicide but by running away from him
    He looked out the window she wasntseen on the ground so that's why I think she jumped and ran

  11. anonymous
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    Mar 22nd 2020 report

    I think she was fed up with abuse and she left
    With a broken wing.man you ought to see her fly...she could've jumped out the window and flew away to freedom not by suicide but by running away from him
    He looked out the window she wasntseen on the ground so that's why I think she jumped and ran

  12. anonymous
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    Jul 24th 2019 report

    It is very unlikely that it is about suicide. The probability someone would die by jumping out of a second story window is very unlikely.... maybe a broken leg or something.

    Also, do you people realize that angels are created beings? People do not die and become angels. Do you think the angels in the Bible are former dead people? No. It doesn’t work that way.

    The girl in the song was always a metaphorical angel. She never was and never will be an actual angel.

  13. anonymous
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    Jan 5th 2019 report

    This is one powerful song. I can see both outcomes. Suicide, because she saw that as her only solution. She jumps from the window to her death. The human spirit can be broken and desperate people can do desperate things. On the other hand, I can see a situation where she carefully planned to make her move when he was not watching her. She leaves, with no way for him to trace her, and steps out into the world to pursue her interest in singing. He loses her, either way. This song evokes very strong feelings on both sides. The question is, how would we handle her situation if we are in such a relationship. My advice to women is to go the 2nd route. Find your way to get away from an abusive relationship. Forget him and move on. You are worthy.

  14. anonymous
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    Sep 29th 2018 report

    I feel she definitely killed herself. He wondered why she didn't go to church. I think that she decided instead going church she would go to heaven. Broken wing is more like she had a broken heart. She was keeping her eye on the sky. She carried her dreams with her to heaven.she killed herself. She took it for so long and this was her way out suicide. And I feel the part where it says with the curtains blowing in the breeze she probably jumped to her death or hanged herself from the upstairs window. Definitely suicide.

  15. anonymous
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    Jan 14th 2018 report

    She killed herself

  16. anonymous
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    Sep 9th 2017 report

    I hate to say this, but when she sings "left a note by the window with the curtains flowing in the breeze", i interpret it as suicide.

    In that context, "man you oughta see her fly" could be flying to heaven as an angel, etc. :(

  17. anonymous
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    Jan 10th 2017 report

    How could it be about the rapture she left a note by the window!! Hold on a second god I have to leave a note for my abusive husband to let him that I am being taken and its not like he wouldnt notice the whole end of the world thing that comes after the rapture

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