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Sara Bareilles: Bluebird Meaning


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    Sep 29th, 2011 9:56am report

    This is a wonderfully written song. A break up song, of course.

    But the bluebird metaphor is layered, bird flying away from sadness, being blue after a breakup are the obvious ones.

    But I think what is deeper about this song is that she knows herself very well. The bluebird is the part of herself ("you and I")that she recognizes she relies on for breakups, or maybe other sad goodbyes in her life. She takes about the strength of the wings to get through.

    She said she was ok but admits she really was not. She also admits in the song that this is a pattern, "worn and rusty", "here we go" (again). She also know when she pulls this part from herself, it's good, she's coping. But she sees also as adding to the list of goodbyes, maybe too long...."but see, turning them on still means goodbye"? That bluebird and herself are very experienced at flying away, or being asked to "you won't need to guess who".

    This is a song about self awareness and self assessment. It is a highly skilled/talented song writer than can pack allot into a few words. And it's very beautiful music.

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