"Birds flew backwards" as written by Jez Williams, Jimi Goodwin and Andy 178189915 Williams....
The car zoomed past, I watched the passersby
Birds flew backwards
Yet still arrived
Winter seemed to linger
But now the swallows have arrived
Won't be long, 'til summertime

Walked through woods, to the power lines
Saw birds fly backwards in perfect line
Oh, winter seemed to melt now
Now the swallows have arrived
Can't be long, 'til summertime, summertime

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"Birds Flew Backwards" as written by Jez Williams Andy Williams

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    My InterpretationThis song has a lot of depth to the lyrics. "Birds flew backwards" refers to the narrator's perspective as he is moving faster than the birds in the same direction, possibly from a train window or the back seat of a cab. Seeing the birds, presumably swallows, he anticipates the end of winter and beginning of summer. The specific grammar used between the two verses implies a sense of urgency by the end of the song. Saying "won't be long" seems as though a casual observation, then later "can't be long" delivers an impatience that summer hasn't yet arrived.

    I imagined this, myself, to be a person who's had a really bad winter (when it rains, it pours, right?), and is looking for any sign to believe that things will improve. Hence the urgency to see summer begin. Taken more simply, it could be a child or teenager sitting in class waiting for summer holiday.
    Phoenix10kon September 12, 2009   Link

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