"Sweet Bird [Instrumental]" as written by and Joni Mitchell....
Out on some borderline
Some mark of inbetween
I lay down golden-in time
And woke up vanishing

Sweet bird you are
Briefer than a falling star
All these vain promises on beauty jars
Somewhere with your wings on time
You must be laughing
Behind our eyes
Calendars of our lives
Circled with compromise
Sweet bird of time and change
You must be laughing
Up on your feathers laughing

Golden in time
Cities under the sand
Power, ideals and beauty
Fading in everyone's hand

Give me some time
I feel like I'm losing mine
Out here on this horizon line
With the earth spinning
And the sky forever rushing
No one knows
They can never get that close
Guesses at most

Guesses based on what each set of time and change is touching
Guesses based on what each set of time and change is touching
Guesses based on what each set of time and change is touching


Lyrics submitted by SongMeanings

"Sweet Bird" as written by Joni Mitchell

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Crazy Crow Music / Siquomb Music Publishing

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Sweet Bird [Instrumental] song meanings
Add your thoughts

1 Comment

sort form View by:
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is instrumental because it was written during the american revolution.

    Herbie Hancock was a great patriot and great instrumentalist.

    Legend has it he was with Jefferson when Jefferson played his violin for inspiration for the Declaration of Independence.

    It is no legend he signed his name so large King George could read it without his glasses. He signed it with watermelon juice.
    bkabbotton December 31, 2013   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain