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Barbra Streisand SONGBIRD Lyrics

Last updated: 10/19/2013 07:43:58 AM

Songbird sings from the heart
Each word can tear you apart
I sing - you sing along
You find your life in my song
When you need the strength to carry on
You've got me to turn to
With the songs that I sing
And the magic they bring
They've helped you be strong now
The song sets you free
But who sings to me
I'm all alone now
Who sings for songbird
When I'm all alone
I sing my saddest song
Lonely, and no one can see
This time the song is for me
I can touch your secret place inside
And still you don't know me
With the songs that I sing
And the magic they bring
You've learned to be strong now
My song sets you free
But who sings to me
I'm all alone now
Where is my songbird
Who sings his song for me

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Evocative and Timely | Reviewer: realangst | 10/19/13

At this particular time in Ms. Streisand's career, she was fighting critics and grocery store rags about all the lies they created about her. Along comes SONGBIRD. A lot of Streisand's songs were about pain and people took them to heart for themselves and almost forgot who was singing their songs. She simply asks, if I sing for you, who sings for me? Over time, this song seems to have gotten lost in the repeated greatest hits cds released. All of us wonder, at some point, where are our friends when we need them? Confused, because we feel that we are always there for our friends.

This song comes from the album of the same name which included her singular version of "You Don't Bring Me Flowers". As the story goes, both she and Neil Diamond recorded this song, written by Mr. Diamond, for their current albums. A Chicago DJ, recognizing this, decided to mix them together and played it on the air much to the delight of listeners. That version started playing on radio stations across the country and music enthusiasts wanted to know where to get the song. Both Ms. Streisand and Mr. Diamond, both on the same label, Columbia Records, went into the studio and recorded their infamous duet, leading to a number one song that was then released on Ms. Streisand's Greatest Hits, Volume Two.

Of note about the SONGBIRD album were the tracks "Tomorrow," a very popular song from a successful Broadway musical, Annie. In addition, it included "Love Breakdown" which was released as a 12" maxi-single, which now is very rare because the pressing was so limited. The remainging tracks were in the vein of heartbreak, common theme throughout all of her recorded music. But many at the time could not believe that she would record a song with a silly title and equally silly premise. In our love lives, we often find ourselves becoming attached to personal elements of our partners. The most common being their smell. It is in our pillows, on our sheets, on their clothes. "Honey Can I Put On Your Clothes" touched upon this but it was dismissed in the late 70s as just more of the same "get in touch with one's self" philosophy. People actually laughed at the title and the premise. Today, we recognize it's meaning and see it as an old, accepted idea.

SONGBIRD was a great album, made more beautiful because we had a chance to take look inside Ms. Streisand. We knew she sang for us but we couldn't provide her with the answer she wanted. Who will sing for her. Fast forward to the mid-90s when she met, fell in love with and married James Brolin, most well known for his roll as a fellow doctor on the popular TV show, "Marcus Welby, M.D." He has been singing her song ever since.

wonderfully sweet and romantic !! | Reviewer: geenie | 12/25/10

I absolutely adore this song !! I was only 16 when this song came out and I instantly fell in love with it and it has ALWAYS been of of my top 5 favorite songs by Barbra !!!