Anne Murray: Snowbird

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Snowbird

Beneath this snowy mantle cold and clean
The unborn grass lies waiting for its coat to turn to green
The snowbird sings the song he always sings
And speaks to me of flowers that will bloom again in spring

When I was young, my heart was young then too
And anything that it would tell me
That's the thing that I would do
And now I feel such happiness within
For the thing I want most in life's the thing that I can't win

CHORUS: Spread your tiny wings and fly away
And take the snow back with you where it came from on that day
The one I love forever is untrue
And if I could, you know that I would fly away with you

The breeze along the river seems to say
That he'll only break my heart again should I decide to stay
So little snowbird take me with you when you go
To that land of gentle breezes where the peaceful waters flow

CHORUS: Spread your tiny wings and fly away
And take the snow back with you where it came from on that day
The one I love forever is untrue
And if I could, you know that I would fly away with you.
Yeah, if I could, I know that I would fly away with you









songwriter: Gene MacLellan

performed by: Anne Murray

date released: 1970 by Anne Murray

Anne Murray was born on June 20, 1945, in the small, coal-mining town of Springhill, Nova Scotia. Her father was the town doctor, and her mother, a registered nurse. Recognizing her love of music early, Murray studied the piano for six years and by the age of fifteen, Murray was taking classical voice lessons.

Following high school, Murray enrolled at the University of New Brunswick majoring in Physical Education. Soon after, she was teaching her specialty in Summerside, Prince Edward Island and continuing in her passion for singing.

After a year of teaching, the call to music pushed her to audition for a music show for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Her performance springboarded her to record her first solo album in 1968, "What About Me".

Then, came her second album in 1970 containing the sleeper hit, "Snowbird." The song indelibly defined her image which she has kept to this day--the sweet small-town Canadian girl, flying into the States from the frozen north. The real bird was actually a snow bunting. In its habits of migration, a new expression was born into the Canadian vernacular---"a snowbird" which describes the flight of a well-off Canadian who can afford to spend winters in Florida.

"Snowbird" soared up the international music charts bringing our Canadian songbird to instant celebrity and appearances on a variety of television shows in the U.S.

The daughter of Eugene MacLellan, the songwriter, would later go on to muse that the melody touches every part of the scale sweeping up and down as in the flight of a bird. The lyrics summon the desire to flee when the heart is broken and further, the indecision that comes in deciding to stay or go. Perhaps it was this effect which gripped Elvis Presley who also made an international hit of it.

During her long career, Anne Murray dominated the Adult Contemporary, Pop and Country music charts. Many were her hits and many her awards: 4 Grammy Awards, 20 Juno Awards, 3 Canadian Music Awards and countless other national and international music awards. Her highest accolade was being made a Companion in the Order of Canada in 1984. Anne Murray's singular success paved the way for other Canadian divas such as Celine Dion, Shania Twain and Sarah McLachlan.



















Snowbird

Beneath this snowy mantle cold and clean
The unborn grass lies waiting for its coat to turn to green
The snowbird sings the song he always sings
And speaks to me of flowers that will bloom again in spring

When I was young, my heart was young then too
And anything that it would tell me
That's the thing that I would do
And now I feel such happiness within
For the thing I want most in life's the thing that I can't win

CHORUS: Spread your tiny wings and fly away
And take the snow back with you where it came from on that day
The one I love forever is untrue
And if I could, you know that I would fly away with you

The breeze along the river seems to say
That he'll only break my heart again should I decide to stay
So little snowbird take me with you when you go
To that land of gentle breezes where the peaceful waters flow

CHORUS: Spread your tiny wings and fly away
And take the snow back with you where it came from on that day
The one I love forever is untrue
And if I could, you know that I would fly away with you.
Yeah, if I could, I know that I would fly away with you









songwriter: Gene MacLellan

performed by: Anne Murray

date released: 1970 by Anne Murray

Anne Murray was born on June 20, 1945, in the small, coal-mining town of Springhill, Nova Scotia. Her father was the town doctor, and her mother, a registered nurse. Recognizing her love of music early, Murray studied the piano for six years and by the age of fifteen, Murray was taking classical voice lessons.

Following high school, Murray enrolled at the University of New Brunswick majoring in Physical Education. Soon after, she was teaching her specialty in Summerside, Prince Edward Island and continuing in her passion for singing.

After a year of teaching, the call to music pushed her to audition for a music show for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Her performance springboarded her to record her first solo album in 1968, "What About Me".

Then, came her second album in 1970 containing the sleeper hit, "Snowbird." The song indelibly defined her image which she has kept to this day--the sweet small-town Canadian girl, flying into the States from the frozen north. The real bird was actually a snow bunting. In its habits of migration, a new expression was born into the Canadian vernacular---"a snowbird" which describes the flight of a well-off Canadian who can afford to spend winters in Florida.

"Snowbird" soared up the international music charts bringing our Canadian songbird to instant celebrity and appearances on a variety of television shows in the U.S.

The daughter of Eugene MacLellan, the songwriter, would later go on to muse that the melody touches every part of the scale sweeping up and down as in the flight of a bird. The lyrics summon the desire to flee when the heart is broken and further, the indecision that comes in deciding to stay or go. Perhaps it was this effect which gripped Elvis Presley who also made an international hit of it.

During her long career, Anne Murray dominated the Adult Contemporary, Pop and Country music charts. Many were her hits and many her awards: 4 Grammy Awards, 20 Juno Awards, 3 Canadian Music Awards and countless other national and international music awards. Her highest accolade was being made a Companion in the Order of Canada in 1984. Anne Murray's singular success paved the way for other Canadian divas such as Celine Dion, Shania Twain and Sarah McLachlan.



















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Quiz #: 2945
Nova Scotia's songbird, Anne Murray, soars to the top of the charts with "Snowbird"
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
Low Intermediate

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