Tuesday, June 19, 2012

"Blackbird"


My dad informed me yesterday that Paul McCartney's song "Blackbird" was written in honor of the United States Civil Rights Movement.

The first six years of my adult life have been in cities haunted by lingering ghosts of racism.  Montgomery was home to Rosa Parks and the bus boycott, Martin Luther King's church, and where the marches from Selma ended.

Mobile, I've recently learned, also has quite a past.  As recently as 1981, the KKK here selected a black teenager at random and lynched him.  And I don't even know how to describe the kidnapped and illegal beginnings of Africatown in Mobile.  (I need a separate post if I ever write about that.  Click here for a fascinating overview.)  Or simply watch the 2007 documentary Order of the Myths, which is all about current racial and social tension in Mobile, especially surrounding Mardi Gras.

I don't mean to make my two most recent homes look bad.  I am falling in love with Mobile and deeply love Montgomery.  Amelia has been welcomed in each place.  But as the mother of a black child, my eyes see the need for further racial reconciliation more clearly than they used to.

And so, I'm moved that Paul McCartney wrote a song to champion this movement.
I pray we continue to move forward in love and unity.


Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free

Blackbird fly
Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night

Blackbird fly
Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise



1 comment:

Jessica Whatley said...

Didn't know that is why he wrote that song- learn something new everyday!