Beatles – And Your Bird Can Sing

Some songs I have to listen to a few times to like and some the first time. This one was love at first listen. It’s not a masterpiece by the Beatles but if you like catchy guitar riff driven songs then you can’t go wrong with this one. The song was written primarily by John. He described it as “a horror” and “throwaway.” I disagree with John…

The song was released on the UK version of Revolver and the “Yesterday and Today” compilation in America in 1966.

George Harrison said  “I think it was Paul and me, or maybe John and me, playing in harmony,” it’s “quite a complicated little line that goes through the middle-eight.” Most people agree that it is George and Paul playing the riff together.

The song was never released as a single. I think it perfectly encapsulates the mid-sixties sound.

John or Paul never said what the song was really about or what inspired it. Fans have speculated that the “bird” was Mick Jagger’s then-girlfriend Mariane Faithful…but unless Paul opens up about it…even if he knows… we will never know.

I’ve always remembered the Joe Walsh story about this song…He said he worked for weeks to master this solo by himself. Only to find out later that it was two guitars playing the riff, not one after Ringo told him.

The dual guitar solo rates in at #69 on the “100 Greatest Guitar Solos” list done by Rolling Stone magazine.

And Can Your Bird Can See

You say you’ve got everything you want
And your bird can sing
But you don’t get me
You don’t get me

You say you’ve seen the seven wonders
And you bird is green
But you can’t see me
You can’t see me

When your prized possessions
Start to weigh you down
Look in my direction
I’ll be round, I’ll be round

When your bird is broken
Will it bring you down
You may be awoken
I’ll be round, I’ll be round

You tell me that you’ve heard every sound there is
And your bird can swing
But you can’t hear me
You can’t hear me



Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

18 thoughts on “Beatles – And Your Bird Can Sing”

  1. A good tune I think I only became aware of about a decade back when I heard the Matthew Sweet/Susanna Hoffs cover of it. Certainly not an overplayed one from the Beatles catalog

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  2. John said a lot of foolish things without thinking- this is a great song. How many Beatles songs did it take you a couple listens to like? Most of their stuff I loved immediately. Strawberry Fields Forever took a few times though- there is so much in that song to absorb- after three listens I loved it. Maybe I Am The Walrus too…. I am still waiting for Maxwell’s Silver Hammer to kick in..

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    1. Just a few took me more than one listen… and because I was younger… Happiness is a Warm Gun, She’s Leaving Home and I Am the Walrus… like you said a lot to absorb… after a few listens… I was hooked….
      Maxwell may take a lifetime!

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  3. Maxwell silver Hammer went in reverse for me…loved it back in the day (when it was on radio & I was about 3 or4) , don’ t think it stands the test of time too well though

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  4. I just popped out to the kitchen where Mrs Wdeod and both daughters were. “What do you think of the phrase ‘bird’ for a woman” I said.
    Mrs Wdeod glared at me and Daughter no 2 is still, five minutes later, railing. ‘Do I have a beak? Do I lay eggs?’ Her boyfriend apparently uses it frequently and she is most vocally annoyed about that.
    We’ve brought her up well.

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    1. Isn’t it? Some Beatle fans kinda scoff at the song…I love it. That riff should be included in the riff hall of fame…complicated little riff


      1. I’ve never tackled this one. You have to play it with two strings right?…well unless you have a doubling effect?


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