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Bye Bye Blackbird was written in 1926 about a person plotting to escape their negative environment and head home. The original verses use a blackbird as a symbol of the negativity, and a bluebird as a symbol for the destination place. The song was used in the 1960’s to taunt the protesters of the Civil Rights Movement.
In 1968, Paul McCartney wrote a song called Blackbird. He used the blackbird as a symbol for people of color, and he encouraged them to take the “broken wings” caused by centuries of injustice and “learn to fly”.
My version changes everything, but the main point remains. We must do ourselves a favor and steer away from all the toxic elements of our lives. It may be racism, depression, oppression, poverty: all things that cannot simply be walked away from, but the point of the recording is to inspire you to try. We are much more powerful than we think. -Orice Jenkins