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Fodder in Her Wings
1981 Nina Simone
It's about a bird that fell to earth and was crippled when it landed in fodder and other human debris. Altough it as able to survive, it couldn't fly. So it walks from country to country to see if people had forgotten how to live, how to give. As it went, the bird found that most of the people had forgotten.
-Nina Simone

Recording sessions
1982 January: Paris (FR) Studios Davout
A bird fell to earth
Reincarnated from her birth
She had a fodder in her brain
Dust inside her wings

She flitted here and there
United States everywhere
With fodder in her wings
And dust inside her brain
Oh how sad oh how sad oh how sad

She watched the people how they lived
They had forgotten how to give
They had fodder in their brains
Dust inside their wing

She watched them how they tried to live
They had forgotten how to give
They had fodder in their wing
And dust inside their brain

Quel pays quel pays quel pays

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)
 
 
1984 November 17: London (UK) Ronnie Scott's
A bird fell to earth
Reincarnated from her birth
She had fodder in her brain
 
 
1985: Hollywood (US-CA) Rock Steady Studio guitar solo from Arthur Adams
A bird fell to earth
Reincarnated from her birth
She had fodder in her wings
 
 
1987: Hollywood (US-CA) Vine Street Bar and Grill
A bird fell to earth
Reincarnated from her birth
She had fodder in her wings
 
 
1988 May 6: Hamburg (DE) Fabrik
 
Unknown recording session
2000 [5:07] CD 17 The Essential Metro METRCD010 (UK)