Bird and Bear: An Analysis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLvrku8obZ4

I played a coffee house for my school’s preview last Friday.  I played a song by Seabird called Bird and Bear.  I fell in love with this song last summer.  It’s a metaphor for a relationship, because it’s a love song about a bird and a bear.  After the show a few people asked me what it means, because they were worried the bear ate the bird; he didn’t.  So this is my analysis.

The lyrics are:

Big old bear and little bird,
How could they survive?
This love of theirs,
When big old bear
Looks at her with hunger in his eyes?

Like a badger the bird don’t care
She loves him just the same
She makes her nest
In his furry chest
And takes the bear’s last name

So fly bird, fly
As if your little winged life was on the line
High into the sky
Until the bear can calm his wild appetite

So bird and bear set off to share
A life filled with honey and filled with yummy seeds
That’s what every bird and bear should eat

They did what bird and bear do best
And loved each other like no other could
Until the bear started to think
I bet that little bird would taste so good
I bet that little bird would taste so good

And he said, “Fly bird, fly
As if your little winged life was on the line!
High into the sky until I can calm my wild appetite.
I can find a tree and steal some honey from the bees
If you would fly on home to me”
And you only said it once,
And once is quite enough
But I remember what I heard.
You said, “Bear belongs to bird.”
You said, “Bear belongs to bird.”

The bear and the bird are in love.  I think the bear believes he is toxic, and he loves the bird but is afraid to hurt her.  He tells her to leave, because he doesn’t want to break her heart or hurt her.  But the bird knows that the bear loves her and doesn’t believe he will hurt her, so she stays with him.  I don’t think he eats her.  I think it’s an amazing example of sacrificial love.

I may have my analysis wrong, I don’t know.  Let me know if you have a better one.  Maybe a more detailed analysis.  I’m rushed a little busy.

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