The Beatles
Beatles 1968 White Album LP

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life, you were only waiting
For this moment to arise

Peak Chart Position
  • the song was not released as a single - no chart rank
  • from the album The Beatles (1968)
  • written by Paul McCartney, credited to Lennon/McCartney; McCartney wrote the song on his farm in Scotland
  • McCartney has said in interviews that the guitar accompaniment for "Blackbird" was inspired by J.S. Bach's "Bourrée in E minor", a well known lute piece that is often played on the classical guitar
  • McCartney recorded the track solo playing a Martin D-28 acoustic guitar and singing; recordings of a bird singing were added to the track later
  • there were 32 takes of the recording before McCartney settled on the one that appears on the record
  • produced by George Martin
  • recorded June 11, 1968 at Abbey Road Studios, London, England
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