The phrase 'Broken Wings' have been used by several songwriters to describe somebody who is wounded either physically or emotionally. Often, they are urged in the song to pick up the pieces of their life and fly away. The original 'Broken Wings' was a poetic novel written by the Lebanese poet-philosopher Kahlil Gibran. First published in Arabic in 1912, it is a tragic story of a love that is doomed by social convention, set in turn-of-the-century Beirut.
Other artists that have recorded songs about broken wings include Bleed The Dream
and most famously Mr. Mister
. The lyric, "Take these broken wings and learn to fly" also features in The Beatles 1968 track "Blackbird