Blackbird is a song from the 1968 double album The Beatles (also known as “the White Album”).
The song may have been inspired by hearing the call of a blackbird one morning when the Beatles were studying Transcendental Meditation in India.
Adding to the song’s mythology, Paul also claimed to have been woken up, the morning after the song was recorded, by the singing of an actual blackbird outside his window, singing a melody very like that of his tune
It may also represent a response to racial tensions escalating in the United States during the spring of 1968.
McCartney said “ … this whole idea of you were only waiting for this moment to arisewas about the black people’s struggle in the southern states, and I was using the symbolism of a blackbird. The lyrics to the song were inspired by the unfortunate state of race relations in the United States, not long after an incident in Little Rock, when the federal courts forced the racial desegregation of the Arkansas capital’s school system.
He also explained that “bird” is British slang for girl, making “blackbird” a synonym for “black girl”.
The guitar accompaniment for this song was inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach’s Bourrée in E minor, a well-known lute piece, he often played on the classical guitar.
Blackbird Singing is the title of a book of poems McCartney wrote.