"City Bird" as written by and Kevin Barnes....
City bird haven't you heard
Hasn't anybody told you?
These city blocks can't hold you
Your place is in the sky how can I show you?

City bird haven't you learned
Of the boundlessness of your freedom
The sky is your blue kingdom
You neglect your wings like you don't need them

City bird maybe these hands that feed you need you
Maybe you understand that city bird


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  • +2
    General Commenti once heard some one give thsi song major shit, saying it worse the worst of montreal song.

    that makes me really mad.
    beucase this song is amazing.
    JACKIE THE HOBOon January 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSuch a beautiful person stuck in the monotony of office jobs. Our bodies and our brains provide so much freedom and creation, how can one deny that to themselves.
    goeataclamon February 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti can't believe no one has taken the song literally...

    what if it is just about a tiny, hopeless bird that has grown up on the streets of a major city, learning not how to fly like it should but learning to toil on the barren cement wastelands that is New York or Toronto or Chicago?

    the narrator presses the bird to fly away, and escape to his vast kingdom in the sky, but he refuses, choosing instead to take crumbs from city dwellers

    and then, the narrator's revelation at the end reveals that maybe the city bird can fly, it just chooses not to because of the happiness it knows it brings to the innocent yet dreary city dwellers, spending day and night without seeing nature
    pavement33on March 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think its about someone who spends their life living the same way every day and they have so much more potential its almost limitless
    The Fighteron March 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its about being confined and being afraid or not wanting to leave confinement. Its also about dependancy.
    testemunhaon May 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like. reminds me of someone.

    "you neglect your wings like you don't need them"
    redandbluejeanson May 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think that one day this song will remind me of home, and make me want to come back to it. and i guess to me its a plea that the person from the song get out of this place and find where they belong, and also is a call for home, bc its such welcoming and open armed song i think
    armsaimedatthe_sunon February 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is amazing
    PrEsLeYsBiGsIsTaon March 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinitly my favorite OM song.
    flyingwon May 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this writer see's a friend/lover with great potential and wants them to know how much they are capable of even though the friend doesn't see it because they've lived a pretty shelterd life so far and hasn't tried to expand/try new things. Also, I think the writer wants his friend to expand but at the same time he wants his friend to stay because it is someone who they love and need, "maybe these hands that feed you need you, Maybe you understand that, city bird." And maybe the reason the "city bird" has stuck around so long is because they know that they are needed where they are.
    mfiggeon November 28, 2007   Link

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