"Bird" as written by Karin Elizabeth Dreijer Andersson and Olof Bjorn Dreijer....
If I was a bird
I would fly high over the world
Come home at night to your garden
Build a nest among the branches
And I'll comb your hair with my beak

If I was a bird
I would count my time in pearls
Under my wings you'll find shelter
You'll breed bugs and keep me well fed
And I proclaim the reason why I'll have to fly

But you wanted me to be a girl
Without feathers without urge
Then my wings quick disappeared
And left was only fear
And I proclaim the reason why I'll have to fly

Proclaim the reason why I'll have to fly
I'll have to fly



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"Bird" as written by Olof Bjorn Dreijer Karin Elizabeth Dreijer Andersson

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  • +2
    General Commentit's about a girl who finds herself in a controlling relationship; she wanted to do anything she could to please the man, + wanted to feel safe + loved. But in the end the man wants her to be a "housewife" type, as portrayed in One Hit One Kiss, with no urges + no freedom.
    linalkaon February 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song so much because well.. in my idea of the song, I relate to it very much. Perphaps this is one of their more obvious songs (if there is a such thing with) but yeah.

    I think she's talking about how she would do anything and go anywhere for this person, and do whatever to keep him happy, and he would do his part to keep her happy ("well fed").

    But he wanted something else that she couldn't be. Whether it's related to sex ("without feathers without urge(?)" it just reminds me of a mindless sex slave. And she felt trapped and had to leave. And it seems to have a tone that indicates that he would be upset. I dunno. That's what it reminds me of.

    I just love the mood and courage to it.
    gateway2013on January 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about society's idea of what it means to be a woman in a relationship. She wanted to be free, like a bird - instead, he wanted her to be a girl.. the housewive, demure, etc. with no urges to do great things... so she proclaims she has to fly - away.

    I don't think it's about sex really, though I like your idea of mindless sex slave - it correlates to what some men think women should be.
    XOGirlyieon June 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful song
    Katatoniaon February 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song.
    I mean, every song with The knife is good,
    but this song is very .. I don't know what to say.
    I just love it, and I love Karins voice .
    LJUDTAPETon April 11, 2007   Link

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