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Birds are not only wonderful companions, they have come to symbolize many things in different forms of art. From the dawn of human history, and indeed until today, references to birds have been found in virtually every art form -- from theatre, to paintings, to literature, and especially music. Here we take a look at ten popular modern songs about birds. Some are silly, some are serious, but they each reveal a little bit about how we relate birds' traits qualities to ourselves and different facets of our daily lives.

"Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley

This happy, upbeat tune tells the tale of three birds who help remind Bob Marley that "every little thing is gonna be alright." Cute and catchy, chances are that your feathered friend will enjoy listening to it as well.

"Songbird" by Oasis

Birds are often seen as symbolic of beauty and grace, so it's no surprise that the songbird that Liam Gallagher is singing about in this song is really his girlfriend. Short but sweet, it's an easygoing tune full of metaphorical references to our feathered friends.

"Blackbird" by The Beatles

History hasn't been all too kind to blackbirds. Throughout much of our folklore and literature, they've often been portrayed negatively, even though they really are just as beautiful and intelligent as other species. Paul McCartney spins this symbolism into a message of hope in this 1968 Beatles hit.

"Surfin' Bird (Bird is the Word)" by The Trashmen

Reminding us all that "bird is the word", this silly but fun song has delighted children and adults alike for decades. Aside from the infectious lyrics, the funniest thing about the song is that it seems to appeal to actual birds, as well!

"Freebird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Birds are often seen as symbolic of freedom and independance, and the southern rock classic "Freebird" uses this association as its main theme. Full of musical highs and lows, it's a great expression of the fact that much like free, wild birds, some people can never be changed.

"Little Bird" by Annie Lennox

Achieving flight was a struggle for the human race, so it's no wonder that we admire the way that it comes so naturally to birds. In this song, Annie Lennox illustrates how we can sometimes be envious of a bird's ability to fly away from negative situations, in her own unique style.

"Rockin' Robin" by Bobby Day

This familiar oldie but goodie has been a favorite of all ages since its release in 1958. Lighthearted and fun, it makes for a nice listen that will have your whole family (birds included) singing along.

"Bird Song" by The Grateful Dead

This nice little tune makes reference to the beauty of a bird's song, and uses that imagery to add meaning to the lyrics.

"Yellow Bird" by Chris Isaak

Once again referring to a bird's ability to seemingly fly away from their problems, Chris Isaak's "Yellow Bird" is a soft, wistful tune about trouble in paradise.

"Free as a Bird" by The Beatles

Touching on the symbolism of both a bird's freedom and flight ability, The Beatles song "Free as a Bird" was an instant hit. This song packs a lot of emotion into just a few verses, and the references to birds help make that possible.
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