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Broken Wings

by

Mr. Mister



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This mainstream classic Pop song was inspired by a book the lyricist John Lang read called Broken Wings, which was written by the Lebanese poet-philosopher Kahlil Gibran. The book is about picking up the pieces of your life and moving on.
The line, "Take these broken wings and learn to fly" appears in The Beatles song "Blackbird." Paul McCartney and John Lennon both drew from the work of Kahlil Gibran, as the first 2 lines of The Beatles "Julia" came from Gibran's 1926 poem Sand And Foam: "Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it just to reach you, Julia."
The book The Broken Wings, which was written in 1912 is a story of a love that is doomed by oriental social convention.
Clay Aiken covered this on his 2006 album A Thousand Different Ways, adding an original poem spoken by Erin Taylor. Richard Page of Mr. Mister was very complimentary of Aiken's version of the song.
In 2001, this song was sampled for a posthumous Tupac Shakur song "Until The End Of Time," which featured Richard Page. It only reached #52 in the US but peaked at #4 in the UK. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
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Comments (9):

On December 7th 1985, Mr. Mister performed "Broken Wings" and "Kyrie" on the NBC-TV program 'Saturday Night Live'...
Both records peaked for 2 weeks each at #1 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart ("Broken Wings" on Dec. 1st, 1985 and "Kyrie" on Mar. 23rd, 1986).
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
"Broken Wings" peaked at #1 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's Hot Top 100; it had entered the chart on September 21st at position #84 and spent 20 weeks on the Top 100 (eight weeks on the Top 10).
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
When a song takes me to another place, it's a heart keeper. This one does, and therefore. is. With what facts I've just read, I think the lyrics imply a very "high" love; even spiritual. No one can "love" like this song resonates, therefore, it has to be above the earth.
- MDianne, Evansville, IN
Buffalo took those broken wings and started a snack sensation.
- esskayess, Dallas, TX
Love the ethereal undercurrents to this one.
- Chris, South Surrey, BC
It took a while, but this one grew on me. The lead singer's voice is similar to Justin Heywood's. In fact, it could almost be a Moody Blues song. Anybody agree?
- Paul, Washington DC, DC
Miles Davis.. did a nice version of this as well around the time he put out Tutu.. This is a great pop song..
- Jeff, Atlanta, GA
Heard this song when Mister Mister opened for Tina Turner. Have to admit it is catchy.
- Lars Ulrich, Copenhagen
Mr. Mister was originally known as "Pages" a West Coast duo composed of Richard Page and Steve George. The two sang backing vocals on many artists albums including Al Jarreau, Kenny Loggins, Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, Marc Jordan, Peter Allen and Engelbert Humperdnick.
- Sara, Silver Spring, MD
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The "Midnight At The Oasis" singer is an Old Time gal.
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The man behind Brotherhood of Man is one of the most prolific and successful songwriters in the UK.
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Danny played guitar on Sweet Baby James, Tapestry, and Running On Empty. He also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Dirty Laundry," "Sunset Grill" and "Tender Is The Night."