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We belonged to a bird
Who cast his shadow on this world
You were a blessing and I was a curse
I did my best not to make things worse, for you
It isn't true

I always knew this would be our fate
This is what happens when we separate
This happens all dead weight, eventually

We may as well be made of stone

We can't be formed

One wing will never ever fly
Neither yours nor mine

One wing will never ever fly
Dear, neither yours nor mine
I fear we can only wave goodbye

One wing will never ever fly ,dear
Neither yours nor mine
I fear we can only wave goodbye
Goodbye
Goodbye
Bye, bye
Bye, bye



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"One Wing" as written by Jeff Tweedy

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  • +2
    General Comment:We once belonged to a bird
    We cast a shadow on this world
    You were a blessing, and I was a curse
    I did my best not to make things worse
    For you

    That isn't true
    I always knew this would be your fate
    This is what happens when wings separate
    This happens to all dead weight
    Eventually

    We may as well be made of stone
    We can't be flown
    One wing will never fly
    Neither yours nor mine, I fear
    We can only wave goodbye

    One wing will never ever fly
    Neither yours nor mine
    One wing will never ever fly, dear
    Neither yours nor mine, I fear
    We can only wave goodbye

    One wing will never ever fly, dear
    Neither yours nor mine, I fear
    We can only wave goodbye

    Bye, bye
    Bye, bye
    Bye, bye
    Bye, bye


    those are the correct lyrics :)
    darkglobe2008on July 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:I believe this (phenomenal) song alludes to a possible crumbling dichotomy of American Democracy and capitalism. Maybe Wilco is not political and I am reading too much into the song... To me, it is perfectly reasonable.

    We once belonged to a bird
    * U.S. of A. belonged to the bald eagle
    That cast a shadow on this world
    * U.S. involvement in worldly affairs
    You were a blessing and I was a curse. I did my best not to make things worse for you... that isn't true.
    * This is America talking to the other countries/ethnicities, and implying that the reasoning behind the involvement was really different than stated initially
    I always knew this would be our fate. This is was happens when we separate.
    * Karl Marx warned that Capitalism would eventually destroy itself... Nothing man is involved with is pure. He just can't let it alone. He has to tinker.

    And the beat goes on. observe the rest of the song and, with your own perspective, digest it yourself. All this babble is what I see with my mind's eye... and it's honest with me.
    All this aside, I completely agree with "carrot rope jive" as this ad bull black nova are the two most epic songs on the album.
    Hands down.
    Hands back up... okay... hands back down.
    kook27on April 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:favorite song on the new album <3
    icrmbw0hon May 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I don't think they should've put the two most epic songs back-to-back on the new album. I like all the other songs but it just seems like this one and bull black nova stand out to me more than others. And that's not normally what people want to expect from a Wilco album... Of course, all of their albums require a little more listening to really appreciate, I guess
    carrot rope jiveon June 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaning:He tried to satisfy his mate by doing what she wanted or copying her. Thus, they acted as one instead of as a pair. While this unity is often held up as an ideal to which a couple should aspire, being too close can cripple as relationship. The metaphor of a bird being unable to fly with only one wing illustrates the point that two distinct, complementary and even sometimes opposing, individuals are necessary for a relationship to take off.
    lwbaumon February 04, 2012   Link
  • -1
    Song Meaning:My interpretation of this song is that to be happy, to be free, to be successful, you need somebody. The other half of your body, of your soul. From what I get, he's saying that he know's that his other half, or "wing", is out there somewhere, but you're not who it is. I's kind of like a breakup song. I have way more to add to this, and to back up my point, but I'm supposed to be doing homework right now
    ZaWahHuhon June 13, 2011   Link

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