Sunday, November 30, 2008

Poetry Train Monday - 77 - Little Bird


For today's Poetry Train, I'm offering a song by one of my favorite singers - Annie Lennox, which speaks for those whose spirit feels crushed. The main character in the novel I'll be reviewing this week for Thursday Thirteen is one of those, who endured abuse at the hands of many during his young life.

Judith James' debut novel Broken Wing features a hero who endured a childhood shattered by sexual and physical abuse. Her novel takes place in the early 1800's, and Gabriel St. Croix's youth was spent as the highly-sought-after prize at a Paris brothel.

Annie Lennox's song is narrated by a someone who longs to escape the torment of emotional pain. These feelings are shared by Judith's Gabriel. In his case, there's a sinister twist to a demented relationship with an older man who wields a master/servant relationship over Gabriel's wounded heart. Dealing with the fall-out from this abuse is key to Gabriel ever having a chance at love.


Little Bird

I look up to the little bird
That glides across the sky
He sings the clearest melody
It makes me want to cry
It makes me want to sit right down
And cry, cry, cry

I walk along the city streets
So dark with rage and fear
And I, I wish that I could be that bird
And fly away from here
I wish I had the wings to fly away from here

But Mama I feel so low
Mama where do I go?
Mama what do I know?
Mama we reap what we sow

They always said that you knew best but
This little bird's fallen out of that nest now
I've got a feeling that I might have been blessed so
I've just got to put these wings to test

For I am just a troubled soul
Who's weighted...
Weighted to the ground
Give me the strength to carry on
Till I can lay my burden down
Give me the strength to lay this burden down
Down, down, yeah
Give me the strength to lay it down

But Mama I feel so low
Mama where do I go?
Mama what do I know?
Mama we reap what we sow
They always said that you knew best but
This little bird's fallen out of that nest now
I've got a feeling that I might have been blessed so
I've just got to put these wings to test

- Annie Lennox, 1992


Click Little Bird to hear the song.

7 comments:

AnnaChronism said...

Hi Julia

I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and loved the song you posted. Thanks for giving me the strength to carry on despite the bad times we're facing here in India because of the terror attacks.

Cheers!

Thomma Lyn said...

What a poignant song. The lyrics really touch me. Thanks for sharing! :)

Toni said...

The words are very telling. I don't know what I was thinking, as I am somewhat familiar with Annie Lennox's music. But I expected more of a ballad so I almost fell off my chair when the video started (leave it to me!) Thanks for sharing. The album cover is gorgeous, btw.
Blessings,
~Toni~

Shelley Munro said...

I 'haven't heard this Annie Lennox song before. I almost fell off my chair when the song blasted through my speakers. It wasn't what I was expecting either.

Julia Smith said...

Toni and Shelley - sorry about the falling-off-the-chair thing! Things I love about the song and video:

- I'm attracted to songs that sound light and upbeat but when you listen to the lyrics, they're dark.

- I love how all of her alter egos from past Eurythmics videos are fighting for supremacy.

- I love the fact that she's very, very pregnant and did the video anyway!

Julia Smith said...

AnnaChronism - Any relief my blog post gave you, I wish you 100x more than that.

Amy Ruttan said...

Oh man, yeah my spirits have so been down. Not for the same reason as abuse but, just in a funk. :)