Ten Favorite High or Low Songs: High Flying Bird (#4)
By Four Walls
April 21, 2017 8:14am CST
Time to keep soaring with my favorite songs that have "high" or "low" in the title. A spoiler alert: no more "low" songs, so all of you who were looking for "Friends in Low Places" to be #1...well, maybe the countdown of songs with "in" in the title. Meanwhile, here's an old favorite to sing today's song. #4: High Flying Bird - Elton John And I do mean "old." Sir Elton just turned 70. Dang, how'd he get so old? I won't rehash my appreciation for this truly legendary name in music. I'll just blab for a moment about this lovely ballad that closed out the Don't Shoot Me album. It's a song about a love that just cannot be because of the personality differences ("I thought myself her keeper, she though I meant her harm"). The free spirit, portrayed as the bird ("I could never shoot down my high flying bird"), has to move on ("you never closed your eyes at night or learned to love daylight, instead you moved away"). Dang, what a great song. High Flying Bird Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin Recorded by Elton John From Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player, 1972 Here's Sir Elton at his 60th birthday party performing the song:
Sir Elton John performing "High Flying Bird" on his 60th birthday, live at Madison Square Garden in New York, 2007.
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