"Little Bird" as written by and Ed Sheeran....
If we take this bird in, with it's broken leg,
We can nurse it, she said,
Come inside for a little lie down with me,
And if you fall asleep, it wouldn't be the worse thing.

But when I wake up, and your make up is on my shoulder,
And tell me if I lie down, would you stay now?
And let me hold you, oh.

But if I kiss you will your mouth read this truth,
Darling how I miss you, strawberries taste how lips do,
And it's not complete yet, mustn't get our feet wet,
'Cause that leads to regret, diving in too soon,
And I'll owe it all to you, oh, my little bird,
My little bird.

If we take a walk out, in the morning dew,
We can lie down, so I'm next to you,
Come inside for a little home made tea,
And if you fall asleep, at least you're next to me,
And if I wake up, say it's late love, go back to sleep,
I'm covered by nature, and I'm safe now,
Underneath this oak tree, with you beside me.

But if I kiss you will your mouth read this truth,
Darling how I miss you, strawberries taste how lips do,
And it's not complete yet, mustn't get our feet wet,
'Cause that leads to regret, diving in too soon,
And I'll owe it all to you, oh, my little bird,
My little bird,
My little bird,
My little bird.

And of all these things I'm sure of, I'm not quite certain of your love,
You make me scream, then I made you cry,
When I left that little bird with its broken leg to die.

But if I kiss you will your mouth read this truth,
Darling how I miss you, strawberries taste how lips do,
And it's not complete yet, mustn't get our feet wet,
'Cause that leads to regret, diving in too soon,
But I'll owe it all to you, oh, my little bird,
My little bird, whoa, oh, oh, oh, whoa,
My little bird,
My little bird,
You're my little bird.


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"Little Bird" as written by Ed Sheeran

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    General CommentThis song is so catchy! And it's more upbeat than some of Ed Sheeran's more popular songs but I like it just the same.
    Okay so as far as meaning goes let's assume he's talking about a girl (seems pretty obvious) and it seems like they've sort of had a relationship before and maybe it didn't work out and now he's contemplating giving it another go.
    I think the 'little bird' is a metaphor for their relationship. It has a "broken leg", so their relationship is 'injured' or 'damaged' and just isn't going to get better. So she suggests that they try to fix it. But at the end of the song he said he "left that little bird with it's broken leg to die" so I guess he chose not to continue the relationship, and yet because he plays the chorus again straight after I think he's still not sure whether he made the right choice because he still wants her but thinks it would be a mistake to jump straight back in.

    This is the first time I've tried to figure out the meaning of the song and write it down so it could be that none of that makes sense or is completely wrong but that's just what I get from the song.
    amyfidon May 19, 2012   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaninglol u wanna know what it means? its about a chicken named eric

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    lololwhaatton June 22, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's about a chicken. Funny story actually.
    MaddyFudgeon June 06, 2013   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningHmm, well I came here to clarify what I thought it meant and I didn't find anything I agreed with, so here's what I think, because of the way it relates to me and I my life.
    So he's interested in a girl (my little bird) that is going through some tough times, possible with family, and ex, is dying (what I think), or what have you. First of all he's talking about taking a "little bird" in and nursing it, and then telling (presumably the girl) to come in and lie down. In the chorus he talks about how he's really scared to jump into anything with her "And it's not complete yet, mustn't get our feet wet, 'Cause that leads to regret, diving in too soon," and he really wants to, but he doesn't want to ruin any chance they might have by rushing what he thinks he wants right now.
    The first verse is why I think it's about a girl he's in love with that's dying. Now, he's obviously not talking about taking care of a bird, but her at this point "If we take a walk out, in the morning dew, We can lie down, so I'm next to you, Come inside for a little home made tea," now here's what leads me to think she's dying "And if you fall asleep, at least you're next to me, And if I wake up, say it's late love, go back to sleep, I'm covered by nature, and I'm safe now, Underneath this oak tree, with you beside me." he's talking about laying with her, for eternity, being with her until she's dead, which to me is the purest form of love, but it eats him up inside, so he cant help but sing about it.

    The ending I'm little unsure of, because it seems up to this point he either is going to be with her until she dies, or was with her until she dies, until the final verse where he says "And of all these things I'm sure of, I'm not quite certain of your love,You make me scream, then I made you cry,When I left that little bird with its broken leg to die" Now, all this says to me, is he was with her, trying to help fix her, doing everything in his power to help her get better (no matter what it was, I personally think dying, but there's a million other things it could be) and they didn't work out, and so he feels guilty leaving her in the mess he found her, and his presence just making it worse, but he wants her to know that in the moment though, when they were together, he did love her deeply, and wanted to fix everything and make the world shine for her.
    !,,!_need_any_wordson December 21, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTrue it's about an ACTUAL bird, kinda sounds like its about more than that to me. At least I like to tell myself that. :)
    dancing13on February 03, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe actually explains it himself! look for ustream gig (part 1) on youtube, minute 11:50 ;)
    and yes, there was actually a chicken :D (or rather ;( for the chicken...)
    Plinuson April 30, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationYeah, It's about a chicken...... .___________.
    Nadia569806179on April 10, 2014   Link

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