Blackbird Video Inspiration
 
During his 2002 tour, Paul McCartney gave some insight into the meaning of the lyrics to Blackbird: Take these broken wings and learn to fly All your life You were only waiting for this moment to arise. "I wrote it in the '60s, when the civil rights movement was at its height," he said. "I liked to think of a blackbird as being a kind of symbol for a black woman."

McCartney wrote the song after hearing about the Race Riots that had occurred in the US after a school in Little Rock was desegregated. The Little Rock Nine, as they would later be known, are the embodiment of the lyric “Take these broken wings and learn to fly All your life You were only waiting for this moment to arise.”

We chose September 24th 2017 as the public release date of this video because it is the 60th anniversary of the events that inspired the song: the Little Rock Nine bravely entering the desegregated school for the first time. And also because sixty years later, we still have work to do.

In the midst of continuing political and racial turmoil, we dedicate this video to all those with broken wings who have been waiting to arise.