“This delicate melody underscored no less subtle lyrics. Paul confided in Barry Miles that he had in mind a black woman, rather than a bird. Feeling concerned about the issue of the civil rights in the United States - especially since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in April 1968, and more specifically by the struggle of black American women - Paul wanted to support them in their struggle against all the inequality they suffered, “Let me encourage you to keep trying, to keep your faith, there is hope.” It is possible that Angela Davis inspired him, but he mainly wanted to make “Blackbird” a symbol “so you could apply it to your particular problem”.
“ I had in mind a black woman, rather than a bird. Those were the days of the civil rights movement, which all of us cared passionately about, so this was really a song from me to a black woman, experiencing these problems in the States: 'Let me encourage you to keep trying, to keep your faith, there is hope.' As is often the case with my things, a veiling took place so, rather than say 'Black woman living in Little Rock' and be very specific, she became a bird, became symbolic, so you could apply it to your particular problem.” - Paul McCartney
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles
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