"Birds" as written by and Adam R. Young....
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    General CommentI agree with most of these comments, but this song has always meant (to me) to be about someone (the singer) leaving his lover ("It's over"),who he has fallen out of love with, but still cares about, & is telling her, as mentioned by coolnuts5, that she will find someone else. The twice-repeated line: "Tomorrow, see the things that never come today" means to me that he's telling his partner that she will someday find someone to give her the love that he no longer can give her. Whatever the exact meaning, like SO many Neil songs, the beauty & bittersweetness is overwhelming.
    eddiejk1on September 26, 2008   Link
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    MemoryI have a memory burn of this song.

    Released in September 1970, and I had the album since it's release. This song never really touched me (though I loved it) until in April 1971 when I signed the adoption papers to surrender my only child (a son), and returned home to put the album on (again) one day.

    I'm sure it doesn't match Neil's intention, but forever after, this song for me, is about walking away from my son after signing the adoption papers (I was 16 at the time). "It's all over...." :/
    hannah50on June 26, 2016   Link
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    General CommentOf course it's metaphorical, pretty much all Neil's songs are. This one is about Canada Geese, however. I heard him refer to it in a concert many years ago. Good stuff.
    ttingon January 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure but i think maybe its about how he has to leave someone he loves, because he feels like he's not the right person for her, and he's saying someone better will come and take his place.
    coolnuts5on June 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCould it be about death?
    Neiltoneon July 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this is a beautiful song, although so sad... I always think this will be the one I'll have played at my funeral! The song is definitely about loss - I agree with Neiltone though - and think it is about losing someone through death. It seems to me to be about a guy saying goodbye to his lover - but the song is so full of love for that person - how could it be someone just splitting up? It seems to be saying there will be a tomorrow - a sun to shine through the shadows of today... I've always thought of the "feathers fall around you" line as feathers from an angels wings... hey - perhaps I'm being too sentimental - just the way I've always interpreted this lovely song.
    j-j-xon July 20, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningI think the song can mean alot of things, as most Neil Young songs can be pretty deep. It could be about a man that suffered the loss of a family memeber or lover ect.

    My opinion when I hear this great song titled "Birds" with lyrics like "fly away with out you" and "feathers fall around you and show you the way to go..." I mean if you look at the name of the song and he mentions flying and feathers a few times in the song. I am thinking about a baby bird coming of age and his mother can no longer raise and its time for him to fend for himself and grow up and eventually meet a female partner and starting a family. "Its over" meaning the mother and baby bird relationship, now the mother bird has to move on. At least thats what I think about when I hear this lol.
    astromikeon December 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's totally about, well, birds without a doubt, but the magic is the mood of the song.. This is the saddest thing Ive heard in a long time, man. Makes me miss my ex-girlfriend so much.
    DCBA25on September 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe song is fundamentally about acceptance!! Soothing the one you have to walk away from. Acceptance of a loss and moving on but not in a maternal sense.
    About moving on, as though it is bittersweet to the writer/singer but tragic for the person they're walking away from and so they are trying to give them hope.
    It can't be about baby birds leaving the nest when the opening line is "Lover"!
    It's about a person leaving someone and trying to comfort them at the same time, which is in itself self absorbing to the writer and even harder for the person it's directed to.
    There is an anger in the writers tone if you listen to the words and melody. They're also wanting to be free. "When you see me fly away without you" He sings about freedom so well needed. So there for it can't be a mother. It's about grievance alright, but definitely a breakup grievance.
    unes79on September 14, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think the first verse is about the writer leaving someone he's no longer in love with, but I think the second verse refers to having left her with a child. "Nestled in your wings my little one This special morning brings another sun". A new life for her with his child. Very sad indeed.
    thehighwaygirlon July 03, 2013   Link

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