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​Birdman

This song is by Ralph McTell and appears on the album Not Till Tomorrow (1972).

You can kill me if you can
But the last thing you need's another dead man.
Writing with black ink on your page
And I swear that death won't kill my rage.

For it'll take more to hold my tongue
Than your prison and your knives and your clubs and your guns.

I don't want no peace prize
I will not do what you say's wise
I'm a birdman but there's no cage
That's strong enough to hold my rage.

I don't want no peace prize
I will not do what you say's wise
I'm a birdman but there's no cage
That's strong enough to hold my rage.

Now John Henry told his captain,
That a man ain't nothing but a man
But before I let this machine grind me down
I'll die with my hammer in my hand.

So the birdman told his jailor
A man ain't nothing but a man
But before I let your system grind me down
I'll die with my gun in my hand.

I don't want no peace prize
I will not do what you say's wise
I'm a birdman but there's no cage
That's strong enough to hold my rage.

Those bells do ring, ding dong ding
And I don't fear no guard.
When freedom come maybe with a gun
Outside in the prison yard.

I'm a birdman, oh watch me fly.
I'm a birdman, death, sweet death,
She can't hold me.