Behind The Song: Thunderbird Angel

The different interpretations of my song 'Thunderbird Angel' has been pretty interesting. Obviously art is subjective and can always be formed to fit whatever meaning each individual desires for it to be, but I thought a quick explanation of where the inspiration came from might be nice!

I have no idea when or where I read it and I'm paraphrasing, but the legend of the thunderbird is that it would beat its wings so hard and fierce the sound of thunder, even storms, would follow.

I watched Thelma and Louise for the first time last year and that sleek, cool car is so iconic.

People make fun of me because since I didn't like the ending I made up my own. I like to think that there was ground underneath that cliff that we couldn't see, but they just kept on driving and lived happily ever after ...yes I know thats not as cool as a "ride or die" kinda thing but it makes me happy.

I love angels, the biblical descriptions and the pictures in my imagination of such majestic beauty and incomparable strength is awesome to me. I don't collect angel wings or anything, but I do have quite a few. I have wood ones and metal ones, painted ones and rusty ones inside and outside my house and I have lots of jewelry pieces with them.

So all of those elements were pieced together mixed with some thoughts, feelings and imagination of beauty and strength in the midst of weakness. This painted a picture for me that something that is relatively weak and small could be so fierce and stir stuff up, but look sleek and classy doing it while still being majestic and awesome.

I questioned several times about recording it at all because it is so open for interpretation, but several other songwriters encouraged me to see it through. I have been pleasantly surprised how many have liked it and related to it.

I'm not much of a poet, sometimes I do better than others, but certainly not in proper form. This is the poem I wrote before I actually wrote the song then brought on the co-writers to help smooth some of the edges....

Thunderbird Angel

POEM

What is a thunderbird angel?

Some one who is sleek and fast as a classy slick car

Open and accessible like the top down on a convertible

Free to let her hair blow in the wind and the sunshine tickle her skin

She is strong.

She is brave.

She is fierce.

When she sits people notice.

When she speaks people focus.

When she begins to rise

Deciding it's time to relocate

Her very dainty footsteps

leave permanent markings

on the hearts

In the path she makes

As she goes on her journey the very motion of her actions

Send a rumble and a ruckus the whole world notices

The harder she pushes to pick herself up from lying down

the more gravity tries to weigh her down

But as she wakes ohhhh the ground shakes

as she moves Gravity is no more

the weight can not hold her

The stress crumbles

as she begins to soar

Suddenly this fierce warrior

reveals the mystery that is beauty

Pretty is as pretty does

And this is her to the core

Tho the world is enthralled

with her beauty and charm

it is the sincere angelic heart

that powers her flight

it's the sweet spirit

that thunders through the universe

as she makes her mark

changing the world around her.

What is a thunderbird angel?

No, the question is who is a thunderbird angel

Thunderbird Angel

Lyrics

Casey Kearney

Tim Jackson and Doug Kahan

Verse 1

Why oh why you try

to hold me down

Make me believe

I couldnt make it on my own

I used my wings to cover up my eyes

I forgot, I forgot how to fly

no more of your lying

hear the roar of me rising

this is me

determined to keep fighting

CHORUS

Thunderbird Angels fly high

Beat their wings

so hard that the whole world feels

the lighting in their veins

Blows in like a midnight storm

sweeter than a summer wind

I will never be knocked down

like that again

Here I am

a thunderbird angel

VERSE 2

Battles lost and scars Ive worn

I cowered down but not anymore

Pink sunset

in my rearview

is the only past, only past I'll hold onto

no more of your lying

hear the roar of me rising

this is me

determined to keep fighting

CHORUS

Thunderbird Angels fly high

Beat their wings

so hard that the whole world feels

the lighting in their veins

Blows in like a midnight storm

sweeter than a summer wind

I will never be knocked down

like that again

Here I am

a thunderbird angel

BRIDGE

Someday I will change the world

Someday I will change the world

Someday I will change the world

I'll soar that high again

CHORUS

Thunderbird Angels fly high

Beat their wings

so hard that the whole world feels

the lighting in their veins

Blows in like a midnight storm

sweeter than a summer wind

I will never be knocked down

like that again

Now I know exactly

who I am

A thunderbird angel

thunderbird angel

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