"Bravebird" as written by and Larrieux/larrieux....
In a land far away where the sun doesn't spare a soul
And a twisted tradition has a girl in a strangle hold
Lies a desert with the footprints
Of little girls with a secret
Of a pain
That you and I could never know

Little feet running fast as they can like a bird in flight
Through days of sand with a fire in the sky
And through indigo nights
She runs away from a life spent
Being witness to other unwilling participants
Of a pain
That you and I will never know

You're a bravebird
Of the rarest kind
You may be one of the walking wounded
But still you fly

Your a bravebird
You put yourself on the line
When you shared your secret with the world
You saved another mothers child

As she speaks you can tell that
The words are not easy to say
The hold the power to transport her back to that impossible day
But she hasn't any regrets
'cause' she won't become a woman with a secret
Of a pain
That you and I could never know
You and I could never know
You and I could never know

You're a bravebird a bravebird fly high
In the sky there you are


Lyrics submitted by sfgirl82

"Bravebird" as written by Guesley Larrieux Amel Larrieux

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    General CommentAmel has explained that the song is about female circumcision in Somalia.
    MademoiselleAwathuon March 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. i love the melody of the main verses, but i'm not crazy about the chorus, although i deal because it's a wonderful song regardless.

    this song is basically about a girl who is oppressed-- i got the feeling the song was inspired by Tita in Like Water for Chocolate... or even the girls who are raised in polygamist colonies in Utah, but that's just me-- and wishes/attempts to escape and overcome.
    werestillcoolon November 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti believe this song might have been inspired by oppressive societies in places like darfur, afghanistan, etc. the story itself, to me, tells of a specific young girl who's suffered tremendously but gathered enough bravery within herself--despite the pain of recalling those memories--to speak publicly about her adversities, resulting in public knowledge and rescue efforts to help other girls.

    "in a land far away where the sun doesn't spare a soul"-- i imagine across seas, and in the desert

    "and the twisted traditions have a girl in a stranglehold"-- certain religious and social practices that, as a result, are oppressive toward women

    "when you shared the secret with the world, you saved another mother's child"-- her speaking out spread knowledge
    mOOdymellOwon January 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commentoh and isn't it interesting that such melancholy lyrics are backed up by an uplifting beat. it's almost disguised, veiled.

    the song could also be perceived as joyous, though.
    mOOdymellOwon January 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I agree with moody mellow.

    In a sense she is calling the girl Bravebird because she has maintained strength, persisted and overcome, inspite of her hardships and that's something worth celebrating.

    The use of an uplifting beat makes the song inspiring, which is what it should be, to send a message that is positive.
    bttrflsndhrrcnson October 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I agree with moody mellow.

    In a sense she is calling the girl Bravebird because she has maintained strength, persisted and overcome, inspite of her hardships and that's something worth celebrating.

    The use of an uplifting beat makes the song inspiring, which is what it should be, to send a message that is positive.
    bttrflsndhrrcnson October 26, 2007   Link

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