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White bird,
in a golden cage,
on a winter's day,
in the rain.

White bird,
in a golden cage,
alone.

The leaves blow,
Across the long black road.
To the darkened skies,
in its rage

But the white bird just sits in her cage,
unknown.

White bird must fly
Or she will die

White bird,
dreams of the aspen trees,
with their dying leaves,
turning gold.

But the white bird just sits in her cage,
growing old.

White bird must fly or she will die.
White bird must fly or she will die.

The sunsets come, the sunsets go.
The clouds roll by,and the earth turns old.
And the young bird's eyes do always glow.

She must fly,
She must fly,
She must fly.

White bird,
In a golden cage,
On a winter's day, in the rain.

White bird,
In a golden cage alone.

White bird must fly or she will die.
White bird must fly or she will die.
White bird must fly or she will die.
White bird must fly



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    UnregisteredJun 24, 2012 at 7:43 am
    White bird is the person who always dreamed of flying. He feels the passion of flight as a plane flies overhead, a sparrow lands on his front lawn, in the beauty of a moth's wings. His passion remains, but the majority of his years on this earth have passed. As he looks out the front window of his house(cage), he knows that one day he will die, but asks himself will he ever take that step, to learn to fly.
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    UnregisteredMay 1, 2012 at 2:14 am
    White bird is a free spirit trapped in a situation, such as a relationship that doesn't work. She will die regardless--all living things do. However, if she remains in her golden cage--her situation--she will die of having never flown as high as she might have nor as far. If she escapes her cage, she will be free to soar but will have to find shelter and forage for food. It's one of those eternal conflicts that life is fraught with. It is the meaning of the phrase: "better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. "
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    UnregisteredApr 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm
    This song has many meanings in my eyes and heart, all of the above. However, since it was released in 1968 it could have other meanings as well. The viet nam conflict was going on and the world was a mess as it still is so therefore this meaning could still be the same therefore it could be about peace. It could be about a child or wife/mother/girlfriend being abused in any way shape or form. I prefer it as a song of peace though.
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    UnregisteredSep 23, 2011 at 4:33 am
    White bird represents your soul and the golden cage is your body. Standing in the rain represents all of lifes challenges that pour down on us continuosly. White bird alone is how sometimes while going through the trials of life we feel alone. But we can choose to end it all at any point. You dream of perfect days but you get caught in the groove of surviving to provide for your family but neglecing to make time to share with your loved ones until you grow to old and all you have on this earth you must leave behind and set the dove 'your spirit' free of the golden cage 'your body' to move on to heaven you must go or the white bird 'your spirit' will die if you refuse to let your earthly body go.
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    HURRICANEPAULJul 21, 2011 at 2:34 am
    This song means that you have the choice to remain in your cage. You have the freedom. Or you can break free. You have the freedom. To set yourself free.
    If you choose to remain in your cage. Knowing that you have the power to fly away any time you want. Well then. What can anyone say that will save you?
    You must flap your own wings because nobody else can.

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