"Bird Song" as written by Devonte Hynes and Florence Leontine Mary Welch....
Well I didn't tell anyone, but a bird flew by
Saw what I'd done he set up a nest outside,
And he sang about what I'd become
He sang so loud, sang so clear
I was afraid all the neighbours would hear,
So I invited him in, just to reason with him
I promised I wouldn't do it again

But he sang louder and louder inside the house,
And no I couldn't get him out
So I trapped him under a cardboard box
Stood on it to make him stop
I picked up the bird and above the din I said
That's the last song you'll ever sing
Held him down, broke his neck,
Taught him a lesson he wouldn't forget

But in my dreams began to creep
That old familiar tweet tweet tweet

I opened my mouth to scream and shout,
I waved my arms and flapped about
But I couldn't scream and I couldn't shout,
Couldn't scream and I couldn't shout

I opened my mouth to scream and shout
Waved my arms and flapped about
But I couldn't scream I couldn't shout,
The song was coming from my mouth
From my mouth
From my mouth
From my mouth

From my mouth
From my mouth
From my mouth
From my mouth

From my mouth
From my mouth
From my mouth
From my mouth

From my mouth
From my mouth
From my mouth
From my mouth


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"Bird Song" as written by Florence Leontine Mary Welch Devonte Hynes

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  • +4
    My InterpretationThis song means something completely different to me, and it seems very different to the accapella version. To me it's about a girl who doesn't want to love because she's cold and can't love for whatever reason (perhaps hurt in the past, perhaps she just doesn't believe in love)

    "Well, I didn't tell anyone
    But a bird flew by,
    Saw what I'd done.
    He set up a nest outside
    And he sang about what I'd become."

    [He saw her, fell for her and knew she was so closed-off but wouldn't stop trying to get through to her.]

    "He sang so loud, sang so clear.
    I was afraid all the neighbors would hear,
    So I invited him in just to reason with him.
    I promised I wouldn't do it again."

    [He was persistent, wouldn't let her go, so she tried to reason with him, tell him she couldn't be with him.]

    "But he sang louder and
    Louder inside the house
    And now I couldn't
    get him out.
    I trapped him under a cardboard box
    Stood on it to make him stop.
    Picked up the bird and battled with him
    I said, "That's the last song you'll ever sing."
    Held him down, broke his neck,
    Taught him a lesson he wouldn't forget.
    But in my dreams began to creep
    that old familiar, "Tweet, tweet, tweet."

    [She pushed him away as much as possible, she didn't want anyone to know about how much he loved her. She tried to fight it as much as she could. But soon she realised she was thinking of him more often, she'd hear him everywhere, she starts falling for him.]


    "I opened my mouth to scream and shout.
    I waved my arms and flapped about,
    But i couldn't scream and I couldn't shout,
    Couldn't scream and I couldn't shout.
    The song was coming from my mouth.
    From my mouth..."

    [She tried to do the usual and fight it all again, by 'screaming and shouting' and pushing him away as always, but instead she heard a 'tweet tweet' from her own mouth, because she was singing the birdsong back. She was falling for him even though she never thought she would fall for anyone.]

    Beautiful song.
    sylviwooon June 12, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentjust a thought..could the bird be a reference to her conscious. she feels guilty about something and just cant forget about it and instead feels guiltier("But he sang louder and Louder inside the house And now I couldn't get him out.")

    anyone else agree?
    blueeyes218on July 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAm I a fool for taking this completely literally?

    That she killed the bird but it sang inside her guilt to make her scream the story out. Which is what the song is - the song the bird made her sing.

    (( Reminds me of that story about the kings with big ears, and only one servant knows. He can't keep the secret so he whispers it to a tree. Years later that tree is made into muscial instruments and when they play them the music is saying 'the king's got big ears!' ))
    horrorshockon February 04, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me the bird represents paranoia - " i was afraid all the neighbors would here"
    the paranoia came from taking drugs, and while she was high promised herself or her paranoia (the bird) she would stop taking drugs.
    As she starts to become clean from her addiction she begins to crave again - But in my dreams began to creep
    that old familiar, "Tweet, tweet, tweet."-
    "Old familiar" - not a new feeling, she is used those cravings
    "tweet, tweet, tweet " - That incessant need to have drugs
    "i opened my mouth to scream and shout, waved my arms and flapped about" - She tried to fight the cravings and not to give in.
    "but i couldn't scream, i couldn't shout" - She couldn't fight it and gave in
    "the song was coming from my mouth, from my mouth, from my mouth, from my mouth..." - Falling deeper and deeper into addiction and there's also a sense of relief from having fulfilled her craving.
    lc102on October 30, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about you doing something terrible to the one you love and wanting no one to know, but someone found out what you did and your worried that they are going to tell everyone including the person you love, so you do everything you can to make that person keep their mouth shut, but the guilt drives you so mad you cant help but blurt out everything you never wanted to tell.
    LaRouxLoveron May 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is talking about when you do something horrible that you couldn't stand if the world knew and you're so nervous that someone else will find out that you are so suspicious and nervous you end up spilling the beans yourself
    Mondoredon August 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me of Bukowski's poem called Bluebird.
    Buffaluvon October 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
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    florencefan2on March 12, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis reminds me of Edgar Allen Poe's Tell Tale Heart, when she says
    "Held him down, broke his neck,
    Taught him a lesson he wouldn't forget.
    But in my dreams began to creep
    that old familiar, "Tweet, tweet, tweet."
    xGothicxLolitaxon April 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI immediately thought of both "Tell Tale Heart" and "Bluebird" by Poe and Bukowski, respectively. They coincide nicely, especially based on most of the interpretations here. In Poe's short story, a murder has committed and the guilty is all-consuming. In Bukowski's poem, there is an intense reluctance at showing any sort of "soft-side." Hmm.
    lindsayh423on October 20, 2011   Link

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