Why you wanna fly Blackbird, You aint ever gonna fly Blackbird
No place big enough for holding, all the tears you’re gonna cry
‘Cause your mama’s name was ‘lonely’, And your daddy’s name was ‘pain’
And they call you little sorrow, cos you never loved again
So why you wanna fly Blackbird you ain’t ever gonna fly
You ain’t got no one to hold you, you aint got no one to care
If you’d only understand dear, nobody wants you anywhere
So why you wanna fly Blackbird, you ain’t ever gonna fly
Blackbird – The Amazing Nina Simone
I watched a movie during the weekend, ‘Beyond the lights’, a black American movie, I’m not going to do review for it other than to say it’s a thoroughly enjoyable movie. What stuck with me from the movie till now is the lead actress doing a cover of the Blackbird song, twice, both as a kid and as a star. The song in itself is great but what left a lasting impression on me were the lyrics, which I’ve written above.
It’s a pessimistic view of the future of the black man, which in itself is astonishing seeing as those views still ring true even decades after she wrote this song. Just like the movie, I won’t be talking about the black man in general, a lot of people are doing that, I’m just here to appreciate the black women in all our lives.
This goes out to all the black women out there, you are beautiful, yes you are and I see what you go through.
It’s a poem in which I reworked the lyrics of Blackbird to give it a positive spin, I know Nina Simone’s version is perfect and I have no right to touch it so I apologize in advance.
PS: If you think the poem sucks, it’s because I suck at writing poems
among other things.
Do you wanna fly Blackbird
Do you wanna touch the sky Blackbird
‘Cause your mother’s name was hope
And her mother’s name was dream
So they both strove to give you wings
Even if you never get to fly Blackbird
And you never did touch the sky
Make sure you strive to make your daughters fly
So spread your wings and fly Blackbird
And don’t stop till you touch the sky, Blackbird