Bird Without Wings

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about

This is the third song in my "Trump Trilogy" ("Time Will Tell" and "Snake Oil" being the other two) and the last song for my fifth album. I've been really enjoying the feel on this one, which is good as I've been working on it for a while now.
The title is based on a phrase in (and the title of) a book I've been struggling with by Louis de Bernieres. The full quote is "Man is a bird without wings, a bird is a man without sorrow" - it struck a chord (E minor in fact) with me. Salvador Dali also used the phrase in "intelligence without ambition is like a bird without wings" - in Trump's case perhaps some of the words could be switched ;)
I had hoped to do this with the guys and gals from PBGB, but alas, that didn't work out, so it's a solo song from me.

lyrics

Bird Without Wings
2016 Neil Porter
84bpm

Intro: | Em | Bm7 | x4

Em B7
Man is a bird without any wings
CM7 Em
Bird is a man without sorrow
Em B7
I just don’t know what makes me think of these things
CM7 Em
There’ll be some more news tomorrow

Seems like we’re losing sight of the light
We often misread the meaning
Shifting the picture off to the right
Makes it somehow less appealing

Esus4
Its gonna be a long night
A7sus4
Its feeling like a bad dream
Csus4
Its gonna take a long fight
Dsus4
Its gonna be a bad scene
Esus4 A7sus4
We’re just birds
Csus4 Dsus4
Without wings

Up on a wire and out on a limb
Maybe you feel the connection
Caught in a cage and your chances look slim
You might want to change your direction

High and the low, black and the white
We’re all together now, we’re altogether now
Midnight wisdom and eagle sight
Man is a bird without wings

Its gonna be a long night
Its feeling like a bad dream
Its gonna take a long fight
Its gonna be a bad scene
We’re just birds
Without wings

SOLO:
| Em | B7 | CM7 | Em | x2

High as a kite looking down on it all
What will it look like tomorrow?
Man is a bird without any wings
Bird is a man without sorrow

Its gonna be a long night
Its feeling like a bad dream
Its gonna take a long fight
Its gonna be a bad scene
We’re just birds
Without wings
Esus4 A7sus4
We’re just birds
Csus4 Dsus4
Without wings
Esus4 A7sus4
We’re just birds
Csus4 Dsus4
Without wings

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from Looking Like The Real Thing, released January 1, 2017
Neil Porter: vocals, guitars (forward and backward), bass, drum and percussion programming, production.

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