"Two Hungry Blackbirds" as written by and Samuel Ervin Beam....
Lovers accustomed to tragedy
See every kiss in the window across the street
Breezes and blessings passing by, ah ooh-oh

I'm in the shade of the dogwood tree
Not the one where you told your name to me
Two hungry blackbirds land near by, ah ooh-oh

If I could be over you when the sky starts falling
Would you be happy under me?
If I could be under you if the earth was burning
Could you be trusted over me?

Spoke to a mother whose baby drowned
Gave me advice, or a rumor she once heard:
“Heaven's a distance, not a place,” ah ooh-oh

Gave her an ear from the corn we grew
You were away but she gave her thanks to you
That was a year ago come May, ah ooh-oh

If I could be over you when the sky starts falling
Would you be smothered under me?
If I could be under you if the earth was burning
Would you be crying over me?

I could hear kids in the yard next door
Cats in the brush when the calendar fell down
Wait by the shade-tree one more year, ah ooh-oh

Poetry tempered with tragedy
Tempted and pulled when you cry upon my sleeve
Two flocks of blackbirds meet the air, ah ooh-oh


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    General CommentThis song is magical, it doesn't matter what it means, it matters how it makes you feel.
    AnHonestLivingon September 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI get the greatest feeling when I listen to this song. It's almost like I dont even want to think too much about what the song probably means..I love just focusing on the image that the chorus gives. Really gorgeous.
    Wilsongon November 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always thought myself as a bad ass guy... but ever since I Started listening to sam's music... it just mesmerizes the fuck out of me... sam you son of a bitch what the fuck is in your brain... this is truly beautiful music...it makes me wanna vomit when I hear any of the other shit that people listen to...
    manuelturcioson January 26, 2008   Link
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    General Commentive heard the 'heavens a distance not a place' line in a carissa's wierd song, i dont remember which song though
    blankets_stareon January 27, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyeah I guess it makes kinda sense since the drummer of carissa's weird is friends with sam... in fact I think it was him that introduced sam to sub pop records... so that may be one reason
    manuelturcioson January 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhere can I get this song??? I have all three albums and The Woman King EP, but where is this song hiding???
    wanderloveon February 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI found a video of this song just now and I've played it over and over and over for the last hour and it mesmerizes the fuck out of me, too.

    Maybe after another hundred listens I'll be able to say what this song means to me but I am making no promises.
    ABookOnAShelfon May 29, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationBear with me with this one. It sounds absolutely ludicrous to anyone who listens to Sam, but just hear me out.

    Seeing as how he wrote this in early 2002 (I think), I believe this song is about 9/11. Now before you roll your eyes, think of these lines:

    "Two hungry blackbirds land near by, ah ooh-oh"
    - Two planes hit the towers.

    "If I could be over you when the sky starts falling"
    "If I could be under you if the earth was burning"

    - Both lines depicting the fall of the towers.

    - The entire section about the mother talks about dealing with the tragic loss of a loved one.

    "Would you be smothered under me?"
    "Would you be crying over me?"

    - More descriptive terms, and conveying a bit more panic and immediate danger than the previous chorus.

    "I could hear kids in the yard next door
    Cats in the brush when the calendar fell down"

    - Kids next door since they were never able to have kids of their own. The calendar falling was noticed by him because the day had meaning. Any other day, and the calendar falling wouldn't be worth noting.

    "Wait by the shade tree one more year"

    - Presumably, she's buried at this tree he's mentioned a couple times.

    "Two flocks of blackbirds meet the air, ah ooh-oh"

    - Probably my least favorite line of this analogy, since it would probably imply the people jumping out of each plane and falling/flying to their deaths.



    I didn't listen to the song with anything in mind, and in fact it was my mom who first thought of the analogy when I played it for her.

    Thoughts?
    Reaseon April 29, 2011   Link

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