"Caged Bird" as written by and Alicia J / Augello-cook....
Right now I feel like a bird
caged without a key
Ev'ryone comes to stare at me
with so much joy and reverie
They don't know how I feel inside
Through my smile I cry

They don't know what they're doing to me
keeping me from flying
That's why I say that I know why
the caged bird sings
Only joy comes from song

She's so rare and beautiful to others
Why not just set her free
so she can fly, fly, fly
spreading her wings and her song?
Let her fly, fly, fly
the whole world to see

She's like a caged bird
Fly, fly, ooh, just let her fly
just let her fly, just let her fly
spread her wings
spread beauty, mm


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"Caged Bird" as written by Alicia J Augello-cook Alicia Augello-cook

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    General Commentthis song is pure beauty. this is akin to maya angelou's writing.
    CanDee02on April 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is absolutely my favourite song!
    I just feel happy after hearing it.
    Evaaaon May 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about someone who is going through rough times, but keeps it inside, and they feel like no one understands them. They just wanna get away from everything ("Why not just set her free? So she can fly...") I love this song. There's been a couple times that I could really relate to this song, and just listening to it would help me cope with what I was going through.
    Sweetie2004on June 03, 2002   Link
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    General Comment*sigh* this song rox. I just want to cry when i hear it. Even though she seems to mostly be singing about her in her life of fame. I feel so connected to this song in so many ways. This is by far my favorite song on her CD (songs in A minor). I love singing this song. when i'm sad i could listen to this song for hours (although I could listen to it anytime)--I think this song in general is about someone, who feels so trapped, and confused. And there's is one thing that brings them joy ("only joy comes from song"). They fake being happy b/c they don't know what else to do,("through my smile, I cry")...maybe she's incredible to others, but she doesn't see it. And they don't understand that they have problems that they can't let out...The world is keeping her from what she wants, ("keepin' me from flyin").--I love this song.
    someGirl3on October 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is one of the reasons I respect some musicians. It's pure, heartfelt and unpretentious. Very Alicia.
    sarahmansouron October 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I feel like this sometimes too.I love the way Alicia can relate to human emotions and express it with her eloquent writng and talented voice.

    *Alicia Keys for life*
    key_deepon December 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so beautiful. My favorite line is "They don't know how I feel inside, through my smile, I cry, they don't know what they're doin’ to me, keeping me from flyin’".

    I think it's about feeling trapped and having people think you're happy and beautiful, but really you just want to be free.
    fivergirlon April 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentone of her best
    songs in A minor was her best album
    Danielistheincrowd19on May 04, 2010   Link
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    General Comment“Caged Bird” is a song written by American song writer, musician and actress, Alicia Auguello Cook, better known as Alicia Keys off her debut CD “Songs in A Minor”.

    The song describes and compares an individual to, “a bird caged without a key”. The individual is crying out for help, but no one knows and understands how she feels on the inside. She pretends to be happy amongst the people around her, but in fact she is hurting from tremendous amounts of pain and suffering

    The individual knows she has the potential to do well, but does not see herself true yet, because of the limits of her confinement. She feels the need to blossom and evolve, but is being held back from the world, showing her true beauty and talent.

    “Only joy comes from song” (quoted from the song itself), relates to the individual’s desperate situation, in the sense that she feels trapped and lost within her confinement. She has begun to see herself as having nothing to lose by doing what she loves to do, by bringing about the only joy and happiness to her heart. The caged bird sings because; only joy comes from song and that song is the only joyful feeling the individual is left with, in light of her situation.

    The individual’s hopes ride in search of freedom, and is left with no choice but to accept her fate. The artist creates a strong impression of utmost desperation and it strikes to me, as a heart rendering cry for someone’s help;, who is willing enough to care and to understand the individual’s crisis at hand.


    Summarized and written by Chad-wick Smith.

    10/8/10
    cwickon October 08, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretationto me this song is about a person who canoot be herself because the world sees her as different and they all try to make her into what they want her to be. whether its more pretty, more organized, more perfectionistic, and the list goes on on. Its really relatable to me because i have ADD which the world see as somewhat abnormal and different.
    jonker1458230on December 04, 2011   Link

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