"Snowbird" as written by and Gene Mac Lellan....
Beneath this snowy mantle cold and clean
The unborn grass lies waiting
For its coat to turn to green
The snowbird sings the song he always sings
And speaks to me of flowers
That will bloom again in spring

When I was young my heart was young then too
Anything that it would tell me
That's the thing that I would do
But now I feel such emptiness within
For the thing that I want most in life's
The thing thing that I can't win

Spread your tiny wings and fly away
And take the snow back with you
Where it came from on that day
The one I love forever is untrue
And if I could you know that I would
Fly away with you

The breeze along the river seems to say
That he'll only break me heart again
Should I decide to stay
So little snowbird take me with you
When you go
To that land of gentle breezes
Where the peaceful waters flow

Spread your tiny wings and fly away
And take the snow back with you
Where it came from on that day
The one I love forever is untrue
And if I could you know that I would
Fly away with you, yeah if I could, you know that I would, fly away with you

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"Snowbird" as written by Gene Mac Lellan

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    General CommentI heard the song when I was barely in my twenties that was the 1970s, it was a little frightening for old age
    and death would!

    And yet it had its allure, which has stayed with me and I guess it will stay with me.
    Shikastaon February 15, 2012   Link
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    General CommentSorry this is what happens when your fingers start jumping on the keyboard.

    What I meant was that when I first heard the song I was young and the loss of a lover, and of youth was not
    my experience!

    The song however had its fascination for me that has stayed with me.

    Sorry for the glitch!
    Shikastaon February 15, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationFirst time giving my interpretation and based on my own personal thoughts, also based on what i think the true writer may have thought, being a rather unhappy man. so here goes: (By each section of the song) i believe the first paragraph of the song describes an individual who's been told all his life ( and is continually told) by others who have it that "love will find you." With faith that this would be true, this person has waited for what seems like a good portion of his/her life, through good times and bad.

    2nd: Now i believe it's a bit of a fast-forward. It's been ages of holding onto this hope, they're getting older and still nothing has come to reinforce what so many others claim(ed) to be true. the younger years have come and gone, the chances of having that young or passionate love are gone forever, at least they so desperately fear. Something they've faithfully longed for and have tried to have, has eluded them for all this time. Begins to wonder and believe it's just something they cant win/doesnt exist for them. Have they foolishly believed in some unrealistic ideal all this time? been seeing relationships incorrectly? or was it that they were correct, its just that a "right/fitting person" has never come along? Asking these questions and more to yourself would (to me) make you feel empty and drained.

    3: The chorus, is telling the snow bird to leave. The same snowbird who has been chirping and trying give the singer hope that "spring" will come, eventually*. It cant promise a thing to the singer. Based on the history/mentality of the singer at this point: they just have a hard time holding onto this so self-convincingly empty hope. They're jaded, perhaps even cynical about the concept. They wish they could be able to fly and be carefree, not have to worry about it anymore, however they are reminded/grounded and boy do they know it.

    Finally, looking at they're own state. they know they are going to really break their heart/themselves if they stay in this frozen tundra for much longer. And they plead the snowbird to take them to the land it (the others) speak of since they know where it is. Where they can be happy and flourish. Yet at the same time the snowbird can't help them when it comes to their own heart, it cant tell them who they can love or how they do it. Perhaps the singer knows this and again tells the bird to be on his way, since its well-intended chirps are just a reminder of something they never really had nor looks like they can* have.

    Hahaha, Sorry for the read if this seems dark, edgy, or angsty. Well, no matter how you spin it, it is a sad and rather bleak song so i guess i revoke that statement
    Ideofmarchon July 18, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationIt seems to me that she just wants to be free to go and do what she wants. Maybe I am just to simplistic but the song words "fly away with you" is saying FREEDOM!
    spunkysdreamon July 27, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI always thought it was about a person who goes somewhere south for the winter if they're from the north.
    seeingon November 30, 2014   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to me about someone who fell deeply in love and trusted that person. That trust was broken and while the innocent partner wants to get back together, they realise it will only happen again if they do.

    They now feel such emptiness inside now they are apart because the love and faithfulness they crave so much from that person will never happen. They just wish they could fly away with a carefree bird and put this sadness behind them.
    RayCeeon November 11, 2017   Link

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