"I'm Like A Bird" as written by and Nelly Furtado....
You're beautiful and that's for sure
You'll never ever fade
Your lovely, but it's not for sure
And I won't ever change

And though my love is rare
And though my love is true

I'm like a bird
I'll only fly away
I don't know where my soul is (Soul is)
I don't know where my home is
And baby all I need for you to know is
I'm like a bird
I'll only fly away
I don't know where my soul is (Soul is)
I don't know where my home is
And I need for you to know

Is your faith in me brings me to tears
Even after all these years
And it pains me so much to tell
That you don't know me that well

And though my love is rare
And though my love is true

I'm like a bird
I'll only fly away
I don't know where my soul is (Soul is)
I don't know where my home is
And baby all I need for you to know is
I'm like a bird
I'll only fly away
I don't know where my soul is (Soul is)
I don't know where my home is
And baby all I need for you to know is

It's not that I want to say good-bye
It's just that every time you try to
Tell me, me that you love me (Oh, oh)
Each and every single day
I know I'm gonna have to eventually give you away, yeah

And though my love is rare
And though my love is true yeah
And I'm just scared
That we may fall through, yeah, yeah

I'm like a bird (I'm like a bird)
I don't know where my soul is (Soul is)
I don't know where my home is
And baby all I need for you to know is
I'm like a bird
I'll only fly away
I don't know where my soul is (Soul is)
I don't know where my home is
And baby all I need for you to know is
I'm like a bird
I'll only fly away
I don't know where my soul is (Soul is)
I don't know where my home is
And baby all I need for you to know is
I'm like a bird
I'll only fly away (I don't know where my soul is)
I don't know where my soul is
I don't know where my home is
And baby all I need for you to know is
I'm like a bird
I'll only fly away (I don't know where my soul is)
I don't know where my soul is
I don't know where my home is
And baby all I need for you to know is
I'm like a bird
I'll only fly away
I don't know where my soul is
I don't know where my home is
And baby all I need for you to know is


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"I'm Like a Bird" as written by Nelly Furtado

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  • +5
    Song MeaningAll of you guys are RETARDED.

    This song is about what most normal people DO. Nothing ever lasts, whether it is good or bad. People go through bad times in their life and you have to be strong enough to get through it or else you will get swallowed by it, right? Right. So what about the good things? Of course they pass too because, overall, change is meant to come into your life for you to know what "living" feels like. If everything stayed perfect, then nothing would be perfect because it would be the same sh** everyday, all the time. That, my friends, is when the bad comes in. You get bored, or try to force something to work that is just not working anymore, therefore you get angry, upset, etc etc. WHICH IS WHY THIS SONG IS SO PERFECT.

    LYRIC BREAKDOWN

    "you're beautiful, that's for sure. You'll never ever fade"
    -someone's own individuality, when they're not hiding who they really are, is truly beautiful and unique (You're Beautiful, That's For Sure). there's no one person who is exactly the same, you can never change or "fix" who you really are bcs that's how you were born (You'll never ever fade)
    "you're lovely, but that's not forsure. I won't ever change"
    -basically saying 'yes, you're lovely RIGHT NOW, but I'm not changing myself for you so will you still be lovely when you come to that realization?'
    "though my love is rare, though my love is true.. I'm like a bird, I'll only fly away. I don't know where my soul is.. I don't know where my home is. And baby all I need for you to know is.."
    -when you finally meet that someone you just have absolutely unconditional love for, you KNOW it. No games, or any of that BS. It's real true love and whether you believe it or not, it only happens very rarely. But nothing ever lasts, doors close so that others can open. things die so that more things can grow. she's just being honest... there will come a time where she will have to leave. most likely because the other person will not have the strength to do so.
    "Your faith in me brings me to tears
    Even after all these years
    And it pains me so much to tell
    That you don't know me that well
    And though my love is rare
    Though my love is true...CHORUS"
    -its heart breaking to see someone you love, not letting go of something that is leaving them. you can't force something to work when it's not working, you will only make it worse, thus ruining it even more. at that point you just become two totally different people, it's hard to have even a normal friendship like before, after having that much pain in trying to hold onto it all..
    "It's not that I wanna say goodbye
    It's just that every time you try to tell me that you love me
    Each and every single day I know
    I'm going to have to eventually give you away
    And though my love is rare
    And though my love is true
    Hey I'm just scared
    That we may fall through"
    -Ofcourse you don't want to say goodbye.. you never want something good to end, that's why there's so much pain after it (bad times) because you cannot control something outside of yourself. you can't control nature. she knows it's coming to an end (or WILL come to its end) and even though the "I-love-you's" are exchanged, she knows not to get to tangled into their shit bcs it'll only be harder in the end for herself when she has to leave the relationship. She's scared of getting too close, bcs of the risk of it all falling through if she loses herself in it.

    This song is amazing, it's so true.
    burgerkingisawesomeon September 26, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think she is trying to find who she really is. She pictures herself as a bird, a symbol for freedom. The person she is talkng to/about she feels is empty. All the care is about looks, yet she's trying to fit in and she is losing her true self (where's my soul is). I love this song, because it helps state who I really am inside and out.
    vampyrblood15on December 06, 2001   Link
  • +2
    General CommentEvery now and again a song like this comes along - an absolute gem! A soul lost between the ties of love and a desire for freedom. It's heart rending stuff and she sings it so. Brilliant! Classic! Genius! I love you for this, Nelly.
    Orpheuson February 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI bet everyone can find him- of herself in this song... just like I do. Great song!
    Sunnyon March 07, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is a song abt soul-searching and the love that she once had. she thought she had the ultimate love and understanding of this guy but he himself lack self-awareness, hence it is impossible for him to complement the girl. interestingly, she says 'some day i'll have to give you away'. she is, already, portending the future. she is realistic. and it is this strong sense of realism and pessimism that conflicts her want for freedom and the urge to find herself. no doubt the tune and all renders this song a happy, delightful one. nonetheless, the lyrics have strong undertones of instability, fear, insecurity and uncertainty.
    sephiriason April 24, 2002   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationReplace "bird" with "stupid bitch" and you will better see the meaning of the song.
    chris99on June 20, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNice song sang by a nice singer
    novanadrianon January 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the key to this whole song is "I'm just scared
    That we may fall through". It may seem like she's strong, willing to give up something that she loves, it may seem like she's free. But really her whole desire to flee is born out of fear, fear that if she stays then she will be let down and hurt. And in that way "[his] faith in me brings [her] to tears" because she can't match it. It's like a constant reminder that she hasn't opened herself up fully "That you don't know me that well". She knows that she loves him, but she's not willing to open herself up, for fear of being rejected perhaps not now but at some point. She knows that once the fear gets the better of her she will run. It's a beautiful song from a great artist.
    Leonnion April 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentanother song that will always make me think of someone. My friend was visiting from Colorado. The day she was leaving we took her to the bus that would take her to the airport. SHe was on the bus and it wasn't leaving for like 5 mins....but she was starting at us looking so sad...i started singing this song...and I was belting out the lyrics with my two friends behind me as back up singers/dancers...and everyone on the bus staring at us like we were freaks. Memories :)
    Girl in Greenon April 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song describes all of us, I think. We are all trying to find ourselves, and sometimes we get sidetracked or hindered by someone we know we shouldn't fall in love with but do anyway. And even though we know it won't last, we have fun, but there's always that little voice telling us to move on.
    nietzsche_66on May 30, 2002   Link

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