♫ Broken Wings ♫ (Redux)

I know, I know … I’ve been redux-ing a lot lately.  A number of reasons, but this one is by special request, indirectly.  And it’s been 9 months, since last April, that I last played it, so you’ve likely forgotten (except Ellen … Ellen never forgets anything!).  I promise something new tomorrow!


All it takes sometimes is a single word to put a song into my head … are you guys that way?  Anyway, last night I heard mention of a bird with a broken wing, and that was it … immediately this song jumped into my head and refuses to leave until I share it.

Released in 1985, this song was inspired by a book the lyricist John Lang read called The Broken Wings, by the Lebanese poet-philosopher Kahlil Gibran. The book, which was written in 1912, is a story of a love that is doomed by social convention.

Its theme is echoed in this song: picking up the pieces of your life and moving on. There is a note of heartbreak, however, as the singer is asking the girl to spread her wings and fly away, hoping that love will bring her back.

The line, “Take these broken wings and learn to fly” also appears in The Beatles song Blackbird, another of my favourites.

John Lang wrote this song with Mr. Mister frontman Richard Page and guitarist Steve George. According to Page, they were at his home in California when the three of them came up with the song in about 20 minutes and recorded it on Page’s tape machine.  The band, Mr. Mister, is another that I am not very familiar with, couldn’t name another song they have done, but I’ve always liked this one for some reason.

Broken Wings
Mr. Mister

Baby, I don’t understand
Why we can’t just hold on
To each other’s hands
This time will be the last
I fear unless I make it all too clear
I need you so

Take these broken wings
And learn to fly again
And learn to live so free
When we hear the voices sing
The book of love will open up
And let us in
Take these broken wings

Baby, I think tonight
We can take what was wrong
And make it right
Baby, it’s all I know
That you’re half of the flesh
And blood makes me whole
I need you so

So take these broken wings
And learn to fly again
Learn to live so free
When we hear the voices sing
The book of love will open up
And let us in
Take these broken wings

You’ve got to learn to fly, learn to live, love so free
When we hear the voices sing
The book of love will open up and let us in yeah, yeah

Let us in
Let us in

Baby, it’s all I know that you’re half of the flesh
And blood that makes me whole
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah

So take these broken wings
And learn to fly again, learn to live so free
And when we hear the voices sing
The book of love will open up and let us in

Take these broken wings
You got to learn to fly, learn to live and love so free
When we hear the voices sing
The book of love will open up for us and let us in
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Songwriters: John Ross Lang / Richard James Page / Steve George
Broken Wings lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

17 thoughts on “♫ Broken Wings ♫ (Redux)

  1. In view of this redux, I suppose I should simply redux my comment too. If memory serves me correctly, it included trivia and most likely a quote from Kahlil Gibran. I have not forgotten that you posted this song, but I would not have remembered the exact date. Whilst not my favorite Mr. Mister song, but I’m sure that was already said too…refer to the reduxed comment. Given the amount of time that you must be investing every day in your other posts I find no fault with reduxing the music. As a matter of fact, I will encourage you to do so tomorrow…I will even give you a suggestion or two! Being that tomorrow, January 16th, is the annual “Appreciate A Dragon Day” or more simply “AADD” there are two songs that come to mind. The first is REO Speedwagon’s “I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore”, but the adorable John Lewis & Partners video with the Dragon must be used. Why would anyone not enjoy that redux from Jan. 9, 2020? In the event that is too re-reduxy to be acceptable, there is another option that will fill the need perfectly! Peter, Paul and Mary’s “Puff the Magic Dragon”!! In all honesty, I’m not 100% positive that this song was a previously featured selection by you…we’ve discussed the traumatic injury to my memory 😉 right? In the event that you haven’t, then it is long overdue and what better day to rectify the oversight !?! Should you decide to use the PPM song, don’t concern yourself with the trivia surrounding either the song or the day’s celebration…I’ll be more than happy to provide that and mayhaps a fitting quote too! Thank-you!

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    • I knew you wouldn’t have forgotten, but I’m only surprised you didn’t remember the exact date! You are a walking encyclopedia! I had already started on my music post when I read this and changed paths, based on AaDD! I didn’t think I could get by with reduxing the John Lewis version of “I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore” just a few days after playing it, so I opted for Puff! I did put some trivia in, for otherwise it would have looked as if I did nothing but embed he song, but I’m certain you can add much more fascinating info, so I shall be looking forward to it! Thanks, my friend!

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  2. Put it on the stereo,turn it up and just keep it going,. I might bore of it in a few days but I don’t think so. It moves me, I’m just not sure where to.. Some music cheers me and some depresses me but this one moves me like the Four Tops do. I swear,, most music outside the 60’s or 80’s is just not memorable but who could forget some of the gems you;ve played recently.
    Cwtch

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    • I had a funny feeling you might like this one 😉 Could be that I sensed you were ready to cry when I told you I had already played it. I’m glad if this got your ol’ toes to tapping and brought a hint of a smile to your face.

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