[ed. note: updated September 17, 2011]
A search of Blackbird on YouTube turns up a lot of covers. Every day there are more. One singer prefaced his cover with an apology: There are more versions of “Blackbird” on YouTube than grains of sand on the beach, but he was going to sing it anyway.
I always liked “Blackbird,” but recent events make it even more relevant. Paul McCartney wrote the song in his kitchen in Scotland while watching racial tensions erupt in America. “Blackbird” was recorded just two months after Martin Luther King was killed.
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