Little Bird

Album: Diva (1992)
Charted: 3 49

Songfacts®:

  • In this song, the little bird has fallen from the nest, and now it's time to see if she can fly. For Lennox, it was a matter of taking flight as a solo artist after a decade in the Eurythmics with her musical (and sometimes romantic) partner, Dave Stewart.

    When Eurythmics wrapped up their Revival tour in January 1990, Lennox was exhausted and ready to enter another phase in her life. In February, she collected her fourth Brit Award for Best Female Artist and announced that she would be taking a two-month sabbatical. It wasn't long before she had some demos in place, a manager (Simon Fuller) and a deal with RCA Records. Despite the support and her unimpeachable reputation as one of the greatest vocalists of her time, she doubted herself. "I never believed I could work with anyone but Dave," she told Q in 1992. "I'd never had the guts. Or even the inclination."

    Fuller helped her put a team in place that worked with her to craft the Diva album, often working out of her home studio so Lennox could spend time with her daughter, born in December 1990. She gradually found her confidence and developed a chemistry with these new musicians, including the keyboard player/computer genius Marius De Vries, who did a lot of work assembling the tracks. The little bird did indeed fly: Diva was embraced by fans and (most) critics. In America, it sold 2 million copies and earned a Grammy nomination for Album Of The Year. In Lennox' native UK, it went to #1 and took home the Brit for Best British Album. She also collected her fifth Best Female Artist trophy at the ceremony.
  • In the video, a pregnant Lennox serves as master of ceremonies as various actress show up in the different looks that she used in previous videos. Lennox recalled in a blog promoting The Annie Lennox Collection: "When I was about to make the video with Sophie Muller I was seven months pregnant, so for that reason I came up with the idea of finding look-alikes to represent some of my different 'personas,' so I wouldn't exhaust myself by having to perform the entire thing by myself. We held this audition that was probably one of the most surreal experiences of my life. Sophie and I were in the darkness of a theatre, while people queued up to present their version of what they thought could be a potential 'Annie Lennox' performance. It was the maddest thing. I was literally curled up in a ball with stifled hysterics on the floor of the theatre."
  • This was released as a single paired with "Love Song For A Vampire" from the Bram Stoker's Dracula soundtrack. It was modestly successful in America, but went all the way to #3 in the UK.
  • Demi Moore dances to this in the 1996 movie Striptease. It also appears in these TV series:

    Ugly Betty ("The Butterfly Effect: Part 2" - 2009)
    Big Love ("Good Guys and Bad Guys" - 2007)
    The Sopranos ("Eloise" - 2002)

Comments: 1

  • Mike from Santa Barbara, CaThis is Annie Lennox's best solo single. In it, she shows not only great talent, but a sense of humor and even self-parody. Her willingness to send up her image made this video one of the most clever ever.
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