Bird with a Broken Wing

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"Bird with a Broken Wing"
Bird with a Broken Wing cover
Album track by Weezer
Album OK Human
Released January 29, 2021
Recorded 2020
Length 3:51
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Producer Jake Sinclair
Status Released
OK Human track listing
"Screens"
(7)
"Bird with a Broken Wing"
(8)
"Dead Roses"
(9)
This song is part of the "Bird with a Broken Wing" lineage of songs

"Bird with a Broken Wing" is the eighth track from OK Human.

Appearances

Overview

"Bird with a Broken Wing" was mentioned by Rivers Cuomo to members of Riverchat in September of 2020.

When asked about the song's origins in an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music[1][2], Cuomo said of the song, "I think I was just feeling pretty irrelevant and passed over, and past my prime, I guess. I was feeling pretty sorry about myself." In an interview with Rick Rubin for the Broken Record Podcast[3], Cuomo mentioned that it was likely one of the first songs written for the album.

The bridge of the song was reappropriated from a demo written by Cuomo (likely in 1998 or 1999) titled "Nothing Matters in the World and Everyone Is Free," released in November of 2020 as part of the digital compilation Alone VI: The Black Room.

Audio

Lyrics

Long ago, I was flying in the air
Looking at the sea below
I was hunting krill
Diving down in a flash I'd scoop them up
Thrashing in my mandible
It was such a thrill
Me and my friends, we were killers

Now I'm just a bird with a broken wing
But I still have a song to sing
Turning night to day
Warbling clouds away
I'm just a bird with a broken wing
And this beautiful song to sing
Don't feel sad for me
I'm right where I want to be

This stupid cat, always sneaking up on me
Thinking I would be his meal
'Til I slipped up and away
Singing out, the melody came endlessly
High or low, I felt so free
I had something to say

But he'll never catch my melody

Though I'm just a bird with a broken wing
And I still have a song to sing
Turning night to day
Warbling clouds away
I'm just a bird with a broken wing
And a beautiful song to sing
Don't feel sad for me
I'm right where I want to be

Nothing matters in the world
And everyone is free
But I'll belong to you
If you believe in me
Nothing matters in the world
And everyone is free
But I'll belong to you
If you believe in me

I'm just a bird with a broken wing
And I still have a song to sing
Turning night to day
Warbling clouds away
I'm just a bird with a broken wing
And a beautiful song to sing
Don't feel sad for me
I'm right where I want to be

See also

References

  1. Lowe, Zane "Weezer: The OK Human Interview." YouTube, 28 January 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVsTtPSv-yw
  2. Lowe, Zane "Weezer: The OK Human Interview." Apple Music, 27 January 2021. https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/weezer-the-ok-human-interview/pl.2b67d12686224245ac1bbbbfa7fb4aa8
  3. Rubin, Rick "Rivers Cuomo on Weezer's New Album and a Nirvana Conspiracy" Broken Record Podcast 2 February 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5TW0FHEC94