|"I wanted my freedom ... like everybody else did."~D Bryant|
The story behind the song crosses water to fly from the heart of Scotland to the depths of the American South in response to the Civil Rights Movement. In an interview with Dallas, Texas's KCRW Radio, Paul McCartney stated that the song was inspired by "the black people's struggle in the southern states."He would go on to state at another time that "bird" is slang for "girl," making the title "Blackbird" symbolic of the image of a "Black woman" "waiting for [her] moment to arise" in the face of racial prejudice in America.
Enjoy the Beatle's simple yet powerful recording: