Saturday, December 20, 2008

EAGLE THEMED SONGS: From John Denver's : The Eagle and the Hawk to EAGLE CRYS

It's interesting how many songs deal with eagles as a metaphor. Both famous singers and local groups around the world have used Eagles as the basis for their metaphorical songs. One can say that people use every animal in song- but there are hundreds of animals and birds and yet only a handful have truly been so inspirational for singers.
I've included here a few of the many songs. I wanted to show the range and how this bird is inspirational both for country and for heavy metal groups. One band in Florida even used the Eagle as a metaphor for the US of A post 911.
To show the range I've started with John Denver and ended with a heavy metal song post 911...

The John Denver song, the Eagle and the Hawk appears on twelve albums, and was first released on the aerie album, and has also been released on the greatest hits vol 1, earth songs, the very best of john denver (single cd), voice
Merica and the rocky mountain collection albums. live versions also appear on the an evening with john denver, live in london, thank God Im a country boy, greatest hits, country classics and lT the sydney opera house albums.
I've included a few videos people have done to this song. It's always interesting to see what youtube users do to famous songs.

I am the eagle, I live in high country
In rocky cathedrals that reach to the sky
I am the hawk and theres blood on my feathers
But time is still turning they soon will be dry
And all of those who see me, all who believe in me
Share in the freedom I feel when I fly

Come dance with the west wind and touch on the mountain tops
Sail oer the canyons and up to the stars
And reach for the heavens and hope for the future
And all that we can be and not what we are
Words and music by john denver and mike taylor There are three different music videos with the same song. It's interesting the different POV on the same song:

This song couldn'g be embedded so to hear it and see the lovely and talented Dolly Parton do go to the direct link:
I've included a music video someone did to his mom with the same song. It's interesting to watch the low budget animation made for this video. The clip is composed of simple still shots of eagles flying over water. Only the water moves. The rest of the image is frozen which gives the entire song an eerie effect. This song actually has a lot of different variations on youtube including someone cutting it to images of Hillary Clinton.


Another eagle themed song which I thought might be of interest is EAGLE ROCK

Daddy Cool - The classic music video for Eagle Rock. Made in 1971 by Chris Lofven.

Helloween's EAGLE FLY FREE
The German heavy metal band Helloween performing with Shaaman their song Eagle Fly free. (There are a lot of additional versions of the song on Youtube)

Russell Morris sings one of his hits at Capers in Melbourne, Australia, Sept 2007. Another Aussie rock legend!See more at

A song that doesn't need much explanation what the metaphor is about. This one's from a local heavy metal band in Florida.
The interesting thing is that Eagle worded songs work both for John Denver country songs, pop songs and heavy metal songs...

The last song is not about eagles, but by THE band : THE EAGLES:

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