Martina McBride: Broken Wing Meaning
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Broken Wing Lyrics
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
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 !!!!!!!!!!!
anonymous Jul 24th, 2019 7:08am 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.
anonymous Jan 5th, 2019 1:18pm 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.
anonymous Sep 29th, 2018 9:24am 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.
anonymous Jan 14th, 2018 1:27am report
She killed herself
anonymous Sep 9th, 2017 9:39pm 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. :(
anonymous Jan 10th, 2017 1:10am 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
anonymous Sep 7th, 2012 9:12am report
I believe it was the rapture, when God calls all the faithful and true believers to heaven. She was called up in the rapure, and did, in fact, became an angel.
anonymous Nov 29th, 2010 11:50pm 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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