"One For The Mockingbirds" as written by and Eede....
I have learnt through all my past mistakes
Not to let the hurdles sap my energy
Time will tell and time is all it takes
You won't see the bastards knock the running out of me

And the band, they played one more song
One for the mocking bird, they played one more song
All the tears, they fell one by one
All for the mocking-bird, they fell one by one

Don't be fooled by those who feed you words
They just twist and tighten up the tourniquet
But the sweetest song of all the mocking-birds
Couldn't hope to match one note of any song we played

And the band, they played one more song
One for the mocking bird, they played one more song
All the dreams, they broke one by one
All for the mocking-bird, they broke one by one

What are you hiding from?
Why do you lock the door?
Open up the door!

And the band, they played

I have learnt, time will tell, years will pass, tears will fall,
Don't be fooled, fed by words, their sweet songs,
Mocking-birds!


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"One for the Mockingbird" as written by Nicholas Eede

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    My InterpretationThis song, from the mid 1980's, is still relevant today and is slam on critics like Simon Cowell (X-Factor; Idol).

    This song is probably about when the songwriter was a struggling musician and got cut down by music critics (the mocking birds). Perhaps he had people saying his band would fail. He made the "past mistakes" of paying attention to them (now he knows better). Other musicians had their hearts and careers broken by mocking birds ("tears" and "dreams, they broke one-by-one, all for the mocking bird."). Yet his band "played one more song," despite the nay-sayers, until they made it.

    "But the sweetest sound of all the mockingbirds / Couldn't hope to match one note of any song we played" brings up that while music critics may play instruments, they are mostly not performing musicians. As the lyrics say, after years pass that "time will tell" ... not any music critic.
    lyricalONEon July 20, 2012   Link

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