Song of the Day #4,042: ‘High Flying Bird’ – Elton John

Jumping back into the lesser-known tracks on my personal Elton John playlist, my next song is another from 1973’s Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player.

‘High Flying Bird’ is the final track on the album and an appropriately sweeping ballad to close out the record. John says he was trying to evoke the music of Van Morrison with this song, which has become one of his favorites.

This song should not be confused with the folk rock song ‘High Flying Bird’ recorded in 1963 by Judy Henske and later by Jefferson Airplane, nor with the film High Flying Bird released by director Steven Soderbergh earlier this year.

[Verse 1]
You wore a little cross of gold around your neck
I saw it as you flew between my reason
Like a raven in the night time when you left
I wear a chain upon my wrist that bears no name
You touched it and you wore it
And you kept it in your pillow all the same

[Chorus]
My high-flying bird has flown from out my arms
I thought myself her keeper
She thought I meant her harm
She thought I was the archer
A weather man of words
But I could never shoot down
My high-flying bird

[Verse 2]
The white walls of your dressing room are stained in scarlet red
You bled upon the cold stone like a young man
In the foreign field of death
Wouldn’t it be wonderful is all I heard you say
You never closed your eyes at night and learned to love daylight
Instead you moved away

[Chorus]
My high-flying bird has flown from out my arms
I thought myself her keeper
She thought I meant her harm
She thought I was the archer
A weather man of words
But I could never shoot down
My high-flying bird has flown from out my arms
I thought myself her keeper
She thought I meant her harm
She thought I was the archer
A weather man of words
But I could never shoot down
My high-flying bird

[Outro]
My high-flying, high-flying bird
My high-flying, high-flying bird
My high-flying, high-flying bird
My high-flying, high-flying bird

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,042: ‘High Flying Bird’ – Elton John

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    As I’m not familiar with this song nor the other High Flying Birds, I am in no danger of being confused.😊

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