Birdie

No. 10 in Top 50 Bee Gees’ Songs 1966-72

By Barry, Maurice & Robin Gibb
Lead Vocal: Barry
Album Horizontal 1968


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“I think about her in my time, know in my mind it’s over”

One of the Bee Gees’ loveliest songs thanks to deployment of lush 7th and 9th chords over a winsome but never trying melody.  Vince’s liquid guitar adds splashes of colour.  There are some interesting key changes.

And now I find that lovely line ‘lavender traces memory’ is actually ‘loving the traces left for me’ if numerous lyric sites are to be believed.

The wistful romanticism of the verses gives way to a more realistic assessment with ‘But it’s hopeless to say…’  Birdie ends with a sigh over ‘you’ and a half comforting/half gently ironic woodwind coda.

No 9 Red Chair Fade Away
No 11 Day Time Girl

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