10 Cheerful Songs that Mean Something Horrible

10. Blackbird. Beatles

“Blackbird”’s famous lyrics, “Take these broken wings and learn to fly/ All your life / You were only waiting for this moment to arise,” seem to indicate a bird learning to fly for the first time. However, it’s completely the opposite. In an interview with Diane Sawyer, Paul McCartney revealed the lyrics were actually in reference to African American women in the 1960’s and their struggles with the Jim Crow laws.

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