" is a Beatles
song from the double-disc album The Beatles
(also known as The White Album
). Blackbird was written by Paul McCartney
, but credited to Lennon/McCartney
McCartney explained on PBS's Great Performances (Paul McCartney: Chaos and Creation at Abbey Road)
, aired in 2006, that the guitar accompaniment for "Blackbird" was inspired by J.S. Bach
's Bourrée in E minor
, a well known lute piece, often played on the classical guitar. As children, he and George Harrison
tried to learn Bourrée
as a "show off" piece. Bourrée
is distinguished by melody and bass notes played simultaneously on the upper and lower strings. McCartney adapted a segment of Bourrée
as the opening of "Blackbird," and carried the musical idea throughout the song.
The first night his future wife Linda Eastman
stayed at his home, McCartney played "Blackbird" for the fans camped outside his house.
McCartney was inspired to write it while in Scotland
as a reaction to racial tensions escalating in the United States in the spring of 1968.
In May 2002, during a show at the Reunion Arena
in Dallas, Texas
as part of the Driving USA Tour
supporting the Driving Rain
album, McCartney spoke on stage about the meaning of the song. KCRW
DJ Chris Douridas
interviewed McCartney backstage afterwards for his radio show "New Ground", and the meaning of the song was discussed.KCRW, "New Ground" with Chris... Read More