We're living in the land of make-believe
And trying not to let it show.
Maybe in that land of make-believe
Heartaches can turn into joy.
We're breathing in the smoke of high and low;
We're taking up a lot of room.
Somewhere in the dark and silent night
Our prayer will be heard. Make it soon.

So fly little bird
Up into the clear blue sky
And carry the word
Love's the only reason why, why.

Open up the shutters on your windows;
Unlock all the locks upon your door.
Brush away the cobwebs from your daydreams,
No secrets come between us any more.

Oh say it's true.
Only love will see you through,
You know what love can do to you.

We're living in the land of make-believe
And trying not to let it show.
Maybe in that land of make-believe
Heartaches can turn into joy.

We're breathing in the smoke of high and low;
We're taking up a lot of room.
Somewhere in the dark and lonely night
Our prayer will be heard. Make it soon.

So fly little bird
Up into the clear blue sky
And carry the word
Love's the only reason why, why.

Open up the shutters on your windows;
Unlock all the locks upon your door.
Brush away the cobwebs from your daydream,
No secrets come between us any more.

Oh say it's true.
Only love will see you through,
You know what love can do to you.


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    General CommentWhy nobody commented on thid song?It's beautiful, one of my favorites.They are so underrated, I don't know anyone who listens to them.I don't know why, but this album have something that touches deep inside me like no band can do. Probaly it's the mellotron, hehe.

    It sounds like people who have a feeling of happiness, are very optimistic and only see the good things in life. Still, it feels a bit sad for me. The part that he sings " So fly little bird..." combined with Justin's guitar and Pinder's mellotron, always makes me shiver and (almost) cry, just like some other songs of them.
    Well, if I'm already like this at 17, I fear when get to the 20s and 30s if I don't get to love someone haha.

    Please, someone that likes MB comment here too, show to me that I'm not the only one in the world.Sorry for my english, I'm from Brazil.
    CoimbraCaioon March 10, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI've always loved this song and found it inspiring, but now that I listen to it carefully, it becomes distinctly fragmented, and the fragments each seem to tell a different story.

    First, there are the "we" sections. Either the singer is singing to the loved one, or the singer is telling the audience about how he and the loved one feels. In both cases, he's not very sure; love has fooled him / them so many times before. It is a kind of faith that maybe this time it will work out, even considering all the failures before. It's better to not let it show, since it is so fragile. Even calling it love or showing that it is love might be enough to break it.

    Then there's the section where the singer is singing to a bird, telling it to fly etc. This is also quite beautiful, but it reminds me of 2 related stories. One is from the Bible, where each day a bird is released by Noah. If I recall that story correctly, it was the return of the bird that gave the true message - whether the waters had receded. The other bird story is more of an image: birds released to symbolize a hero's death.

    Finally, there are the "you" sections of the song. There is no mystery to these: the singer is directly advising us, the audience, to open ourselves up to love, and to clean out the cobwebs in our daydreams, for instance. He reminds us that we know the benefits of this, and that it is the only way. He wants us to explicitly agree.

    Altogether, the song should seem somewhat fragmented, but it all holds together remarkably well, I suppose due to the fantastic artistry of the Moodies.
    briandashhansenon May 25, 2015   Link

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