Jump to content
Doug

New Song: If I Were a Bird

Recommended Posts

Doug    12

Here's a work in progress. I'm thinking about setting it to some Appalachian type music - I hear mandolins, harmonies and maybe a banjo ;).

Any suggestions for improvements would be appreciated. I know the "Hamlet's soliloquy is weird, but I like it ;).

If I Were a Bird...

If I were a bird, I'd fly through the treetops

and I'd sing my song while the sun set down on me

I'd fly south for the winter, north in the spring

I'd live my life like I was free

When I got home last evening,

I found a note sittin' there waitin' for me

She said, "Sorry babe, for leaving,

sorry babe, I had to be free."

went outside, sat down with a bottle

thinking lines from Hamlet's soliloquy

pondering the meaning of freedom

while the sun set down on me

If I were a bird, I'd fly through the treetops

and I'd sing my song while the sun set down on me

I'd fly south for the winter, north in the spring

I'd live my like like I was free

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
carol m    64

You have to tell us what the lines are! Slings and arrows? It looks good to me - are you going to tow the line and have a chorus or bridge, or be the rebel you know you really are deep down ? :laughingg:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Doug    12

Hi Carol,

The Hamlet thing is just referring to thinking about whether life is worth living in general. Just the "To be or...".

I think maybe the first and last verses can be seen as a chorus especially if there are harmonies in the "south for the winter, north for the spring" line. Of course, people in Oz can reverse that direction if you want. Do any of your birds migrate?

-Doug

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
carol m    64

. Do any of your birds migrate?

-Doug

Quite a lot go to Europe for a while but they usually come back and settle here. A few go to New Zealand or the States, but then realise there's no place like home, and come back to their homeland. Mostly they come here from other places and then stay here for the rest of their lives.

You're right, those lines are a perfect chorus - I can almost hear it. Do you plan to do your own harmony vocals? :whistling

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
starsailor    20

Hi Carol,

The Hamlet thing is just referring to thinking about whether life is worth living in general. Just the "To be or...".

I think maybe the first and last verses can be seen as a chorus especially if there are harmonies in the "south for the winter, north for the spring" line. Of course, people in Oz can reverse that direction if you want. Do any of your birds migrate?

-Doug

Nice one Doug, I had an idea using those verses as a chorus, no worries if it doesn't work, just throwing ideas out there :)

If I Were a Bird...

When I got home last evening,

I found a note waitin' for me

It said, "Sorry babe" but I have to leave

I've told you before I have to be free.

As free as the birds in the trees

As free as the birds in the trees

If I were a bird, I'd fly through the treetops

and I'd sing my song while the sun set down on me

I'd fly south for the winter, north in the spring

I'd live my life like a bird flying free

Went outside, sat down with a bottle

thinking lines from Hamlet's soliloquy

pondered the meaning of freedom

And I thought to myself how it would be to be

As free as the birds in the trees

As free as the birds in the trees

If I were a bird, I'd fly through the treetops

and I'd sing my song while the sun set down on me

I'd fly south for the winter, north in the spring

I'd live my life like a bird flying free

Be as free as the birds in the trees

Be as free as the birds in the trees

Chris

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
carol m    64

I can almost hear it in a Crosby Stills Nash +/- Young in the Find the Cost of Freedom style - not sure if that's the title.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Doug    12

Thanks, Paul, Chris, Carol and Eddie. Good ideas, Chris. I'll try to get some time this weekend to record something. It's Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and lots of family stuff going on so might not get the chance.

Carol - you know I meant the other kind of bird... ;) you silly goose.

-Doug

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
carol m    64

It's always puzzled me why owls are usually shown as cute and wise in children's stories when they are really lethal predators - I suppose there must have been an original folk tale or fable that started that idea.

BB must have wondered about that too (I'm glad that vid was short :laughingg: )

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×