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It's A Beautiful Day — White Bird
Album: It's A Beautiful Day
Avg rating:
6.8

Your rating:
Total ratings: 2095









Released: 1968
Length: 6:04
Plays (last 30 days): 1
White bird
In a golden cage
On a winter's day
In the rain

White bird
In a golden cage
Alone

The leaves blow
Across the long black road
To the darkened skies
In its rage

But the white bird
Just sits in her cage
Unknown

White bird must fly
Or she will die

White bird
Dreams of the aspen trees
With their dying leaves
Turning gold

But the white bird
Just sits in her cage
Growing old

White bird must fly
Or she will die
White bird must fly
Or she will die

The sunsets come, the sunsets go
The clouds roll by, and the earth turns old
And the young bird's eyes do always glow

And she must fly
She must fly
She must fly

White bird
In a golden cage
On a winter's day
In the rain

White bird
In a golden cage
Alone

White bird must fly
Or she will die
White bird must fly
Or she will die
White bird must fly!
Comments (502)add comment
 (Banned) wrote:
I love this song.  I don't care what anyone has ever said.  I don't even need to read your comments.  This song is Godlike.  
 
Agree 100%. pxd
 Proclivities wrote:

Not that it matters, but at present "Deacon Blues" is rated at "6.9", this is at "6.8".

 
Yeah, not a statistic, but how ridiculous, I agree.  This one is hardly distinguishable from the one created by JA.
They may as well just chant "I'M A HIPPIE" over and over.  Not a fan.  Far better songs from that era, IMHO.  It's a 5 from me.
 rjyasko wrote:
Yeah, I agree with the majority this time. This cut def strives for mediocrity.  Sad that SD's "Deacon Blues" rates LOWER on RP listener reviews. No accounting for taste.  Hated this drivel from the first time I heard it, as a Jr. in HS.
 
Not that it matters, but at present "Deacon Blues" is rated at "6.9", this is at "6.8".
Yeah, I agree with the majority this time. This cut def strives for mediocrity.  Sad that SD's "Deacon Blues" rates LOWER on RP listener reviews. No accounting for taste.  Hated this drivel from the first time I heard it, as a Jr. in HS.
this song played more than once in the last 30 days.  It's written once but I very well remember listening to it a few weeks ago. I even rated it. It play too often to my liking.
PSD

 jukes1 wrote:
I think we need a 0 rating option for this one.

Get on that Bill.
 
Go back to hole you crawled out from.
 scottbolten wrote:
This is one of the worst songs I ever heard, even for its time.
 

Loser.
I haven't heard this song in ages. Wow. Brings back awesome memories. What a beautiful song.
Great Song
Tree Huggers Rock
Buy some SHMP and TSLA and SAVE THE WORLD 
I think we need a 0 rating option for this one.

Get on that Bill.
This is one of the worst songs I ever heard, even for its time.
Do we need to hear it twice in a week.  Thank you skip button
 On_The_Beach wrote:
https://imagecache5.art.com/p/LRG/6/672/F3LC000Z/maxfield-parrish-mountain-ecstasy.jpg
 

 

Please.This is torture. Whatever value this song ever had has eroded with time.

Another of the tracks from the Soundtrack Of My Life--"White Bird" is one of the most evocative songs from my college years. Decades later, when my suitemates & I gather for our biennial reunions, we play this and are immediately 18 again, with all the promise of life ahead of us. Ahhhh; sweetness.
 ciarataylor wrote:
Compared to today ,well no comparison.  Harmony is not important anymore.  Music had elements of Moorish & Spanish influence, and contralto voices sound very dramatic together. Loved it in the 70's too. 

 There are plenty of contemporary artists to whom vocal harmony is very important; maybe you're just not listening in the right places.
 I'm with you. stellar times in music. we're not old, we're experienced! 

Lyndont wrote:
1968 is only just 2nd to 1967 as the best music year ever in my view. Probably something to do with my age!

 


1968 is only just 2nd to 1967 as the best music year ever in my view. Probably something to do with my age!
I still remember seeing them at Berkeley Community Theater back in the day, they put on a great show, those electric violins were pretty unique at the time.
It had to do with San Fran in 1968—and thats all I remember..lots of v good happening I think  lol!
 lizardking wrote:

I made a comment on this one about 10 years ago, which happened to start a friendship with a fellow RPster...music is AWESOME as a way to get to know someone, as well as a memory conjuring device.  Since I was not born when this record came out I had to enjoy playing it and thinking about how much fun my mom and dad had back in the 60's.  Nonetheless, this track (and "Hot Summer's Day") still garner 10 ratings from me.

LONG LIVE RP!



 
Also, shortly after 9/11 happened, when I lived in Seattle's University District, I found this LP at one of the several (now all gone) used record shops.  We hosted MANY parties at this house and my "man cave" was a single car garage setup as my office/video game area/music area/smoke-out room/love-pad; and who would have known that other 20-something year olds would also enjoy this song/album?  Shout out to Bailey for making that early autumn memorable!  PEACE and Long Live RP!!
That's the kind of rubbish that would get music banned.
 chinaski wrote:
Highlowsel...then along came WGTB and WHFS and the rest is history...like WGTB and WHFS

 
Nothing more sad than the day I returned home and WHFS was no more.  But there is a bio of the Wheez out there on the interwebs to refresh my memories!


Yes!  This summer I am feeling the old sixties psychedelic and this fits right in.  Solid 9!  Thanks RP!
Highlowsel...then along came WGTB and WHFS and the rest is history...like WGTB and WHFS
Oh man does this blow me back.  Waaaaay back. 

Univ of Maryland, College Park campus, circa.....well...I won't go there but let's just say this tune was about 5 years old then.  I'm interviewing for a DJ position for the campus radio station.  It was an itty bitty station...something like a watt or two (heh)...and the campus sat (still sits) on the northern DC, Maryland border.  I'm sitting there in all my "long hair" finery being interviewed by the mgr....

"So...," he says somewhat snarkily...."If I was to tell you give me a tune involving birds and lots of air what would you pick."  

"White Bird," says me.  I get the job, first on the very late night "follow the earlier guy who's spent most of the time interviewing local musicians," stage, then better air time later.  And need I say there was always a certain kind of smelly cloud aroma in the air whenever I'd come in?  Hey...it was College...anyone (else) still have brain-cells and remember those days?  Probably not all that much different from today.  

Anyway...this tune paved the way for my college DJ career for the next couple of years.  The career didn't take as I went a different way from there with my life.  But this pulls me back to those times.  Ahhh White Bird, them's were very good days indeed.  

Highlow
American Net'Zen
Once saw this band open for Nazareth.  They got booed and only played a short set. RnR crowds can be mean.

"Now your're messing with a son of b...".

I made a comment on this one about 10 years ago, which happened to start a friendship with a fellow RPster...music is AWESOME as a way to get to know someone, as well as a memory conjuring device.  Since I was not born when this record came out I had to enjoy playing it and thinking about how much fun my mom and dad had back in the 60's.  Nonetheless, this track (and "Hot Summer's Day") still garner 10 ratings from me.

LONG LIVE RP!


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Just as lovely today as years ago.
Compared to today ,well no comparison.  Harmony is not important anymore.  Music had elements of Moorish & Spanish influence, and contralto voices sound very dramatic together. Loved it in the 70's too.
Chilling, classic 70's

 
Wow, she's hot!{#Dancingbanana}{#Hug}
 BBoyes wrote:
Great to hear this again. Love the doubled violin and organ, drums, David and Linda's vocals. I cannot imagine how to make this any more perfect. yeah, it was overplayed "back in the day" but now after some years giving it a rest, it still wears well. Was lucky enough to hear them play live together eons ago and then to hear David solo years later. He can make the violin do improbable things in his sleep. Then the history of the rights to this album, the cover artwork, etc, and the conflict with former band manager Matthew Katz. What a crazy time! Why can't we all get along?

It's a Beautiful Day in 1974

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_a_Beautiful_Day

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_a_Beautiful_Day_(album)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B7TE6O8?ie=UTF8&keywords=It%27s%20a%20Beautiful%20Day&qid=1458079528&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

eponymous album cover

From the Wikipedia entry for David LaFlamme: Gary Posie changed his name to his stage name David LaFlamme so to protect his Symphony Orchestra reputation. Symphony Orchestras at that time often did not think much of Rock music.

 
David was solo violinist for the Utah Symphony Orchestra—pretty impressive. 

My friends and brothers and I used to make fun of this song back in the day (mid-late 70s) but time mellows you. I'm glad RP plays this. It seemed pretty cheesy when I was a kid (still kinda does now) but the band was pretty talented. 

Hasn't dated too well. In fact, it's bloody awful. Re-rated.
Good stuff Radio Paradise.  Good stuff.
All-time favorite and my very first album at the impressionable age of 10 in 1968! Thanks to my 18 year old sister who turned me on to music and other things back in the day...
 AzRunner wrote:
I first heard this tune in grad school in Champaign-Urbana. I invited a gal I knew to listen with me. We have been married for 41 years.

 
That is so awesome!  What a great blast from the past - and best album cover of all time!
I always thought this was Jefferson Airplane!
Courted by David Ratliff to this song, so so long ago!  Beautiful memory! {#Daisy}
I always stop to listen to this when it comes on.  Old, old favourite!
 AzRunner wrote:
I first heard this tune in grad school in Champaign-Urbana. I invited a gal I knew to listen with me. We have been married for 41 years.

 
BEST COMMENT I HAVE READ IN 7 YEARS ON RP!!!
Great to hear this again. Love the doubled violin and organ, drums, David and Linda's vocals. I cannot imagine how to make this any more perfect. yeah, it was overplayed "back in the day" but now after some years giving it a rest, it still wears well. Was lucky enough to hear them play live together eons ago and then to hear David solo years later. He can make the violin do improbable things in his sleep. Then the history of the rights to this album, the cover artwork, etc, and the conflict with former band manager Matthew Katz. What a crazy time! Why can't we all get along?

It's a Beautiful Day in 1974

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_a_Beautiful_Day

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_a_Beautiful_Day_(album)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B7TE6O8?ie=UTF8&keywords=It%27s%20a%20Beautiful%20Day&qid=1458079528&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

eponymous album cover

From the Wikipedia entry for David LaFlamme: Gary Posie changed his name to his stage name David LaFlamme so to protect his Symphony Orchestra reputation. Symphony Orchestras at that time often did not think much of Rock music.
This made me stop to check who it is. A band I'd heard of but didn't know. Thanks for once again expanding my musical horizons.
The lyrics are spectacularly gorgeous, and timeless as well.
I first heard this tune in grad school in Champaign-Urbana. I invited a gal I knew to listen with me. We have been married for 41 years.
Fantastic follow-up to Jimmie Spheeris The Nest.  Unfortunately, both It's a Beautiful Day and Jimmie Spheeris have too many low ratings, glad that doesn't prevent you from playing anyway, Bill {#Yes}
Bet they couldn't even see each other through the smoke in the recording studio.
I love catching on to Bill's lists...

Vienna Teng - Feather Moon
Jimmie Spheeris - The Nest
It's A Beautiful Day - White Bird

... and they sound good together, to boot! {#Clap}
I'm with you. Right time, right music.
This song was part of a unique and beautiful era for me. {#Good-vibes} {#Daisy}

 


A nice cousin to "Get Together"
This song was part of a unique and beautiful era for me. {#Good-vibes} {#Daisy}
A song for the Christmas Goose...
This obsession with white birds surely is not a good thing, and doesn't make for a good song either
If I never heard this song again I'm fairly confident the rest of my life would be better somehow because for it! 
Still love this song. And such a nice set - to follow Jimmie Spheeris with this.
Cages are NOT for Animals
 Jamus wrote:
Takes me back to a time when folk music was authentic, not a prepared mashup resembling American cheese.{#Laughing}

 
"Processed folk flavored music product prepared with real folk and other ingredients"
 Jamus wrote:
Takes me back to a time when folk music was authentic, not a prepared mashup resembling American cheese.{#Laughing}

 
Absolutely outstanding! What a time to grow up in.........so happy for that time!{#Boohoo}
Takes me back to a time when folk music was authentic, not a prepared mashup resembling American cheese.{#Laughing}
Outstanding  
Wow!
15 years old in 1969 and heard this on FM underground radio a lot,....love it.
 
Tree Huggers ROCK
Always one of my most favorites.  Maybe it was the windowpane.
 WonderLizard wrote:

I agree. The Haight for all of its mythic stature was equal measure flower power and a drug addled sewer. For as many kids I met who brought with them bona fide talents for music, poetry, woodworking, metal working, play acting and so on, there were as many who had simply fled from badly broken homes in search of simple things like love, affection, and friendship. Too many succumbed to easily acquired and ubiquitous drugs of varying promise and quality. Still, the summer of '67 was in many ways magical. For all its warts, and there were more than a few, its aura of something, anything better was palpable. You came for the myth, stayed for the party, and went on.

 
I lived right across the Bay during that era.....there was a very short time frame....like maybe one summer as mentioned.....where the Haight was extremely cool and hip but it went downhill fast when undesirables and harder drugs made there way in. But that was a very tiny area and took nothing away from the city itself being extremely hip for a long time. We used to go to the Fillmore West (Carousel Ballroom) and get around 6 hrs of music for between 2.50 and 3.50 depending on what night you went. In the summer they had shows Thu-Sun. Saw this band several times.
Thanks Bill - a nice gem
 ThePoose wrote:
A fellow named George Harrison had the same notion—but back in the 1960s.
Upon arriving in San Fran, he went straight to Haight-Ashbury. 
He was mightily disillusioned about the "magical, hip flower children,"
who did not exist—only disaffected, sad teenagers with no direction home. 

ScottishWillie wrote:

If I had a time machine I think I'd like to visit San Francisco in the 60’s

 
 
I agree. The Haight for all of its mythic stature was equal measure flower power and a drug addled sewer. For as many kids I met who brought with them bona fide talents for music, poetry, woodworking, metal working, play acting and so on, there were as many who had simply fled from badly broken homes in search of simple things like love, affection, and friendship. Too many succumbed to easily acquired and ubiquitous drugs of varying promise and quality. Still, the summer of '67 was in many ways magical. For all its warts, and there were more than a few, its aura of something, anything better was palpable. You came for the myth, stayed for the party, and went on.
 slr242 wrote:
Some pretty iconic harmonies here, strongly evoking images of late '60 San Francisco pop music. If the rest of their music sounded like this track, then I'm surprised that they didn't gain more traction. But perhaps sharing a small town with the Dead and Jefferson Airplane, there wasn't any bandwidth to spare. Too bad.

 
Jefferson Airplane, the Dead...and Quicksilver, Country Joe, the Youngbloods, Santana, Loading Zone, Electric Flag, Paul Butterfield, Big Brother (and Janis!), the Charlatans, Steve Miller, Tower of Power, Creedence, and a host of "lesser" bands. I'm not sure that San Francisco was as much a small town (it wasn't and isn't) as one isolated in a certain space and a certain time that spawned this incredible outburst of rock'n'roll. IABD suffered more from David and Linda LaFlamme's separation than anything else. She wrote; he arranged and played. The band sans Linda soldiered on for another very good album, but there wasn't much left after.
 Dog_breath wrote:

I'm there with you!
loved the song then and sounds just as good today.
Doubt if you would here this anywhere else except RP 
 
We are dancing 
 Roonie wrote:
I liked this version but then again I'm a throwback from the 60's
 
I'm there with you!
loved the song then and sounds just as good today.
Doubt if you would here this anywhere else except RP 

I liked this version but then again I'm a throwback from the 60's
Was there Political Correctness about in the 60's I know of a B...k bird but not its cousin...
{#Hug}{#Kiss}{#Daisy}{#Sunny}Says it all...have a geat day
Always loved this cover.  Very Maxfield Parrish.
It was almost tolerable until the screechy violin solo
 
 Stranded in the 60's? I can think of worse fates. Like being stranded in this benighted age. I guess quite a few of us didn't age well. Too bad.


Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
Wow, this song sounds like it is stranded in the 1960s. On a particularly bad Star Trek episode or something. It did not age well!

 


 Lauriea wrote:
this song is seriously dated and thats not a good thing

and it's really long or it seems that way

 
Yes, it sounds quite 'dated', but I'm not so sure that automatically makes a song 'bad'.  Almost all music is 'dated' to the time it came out and immediately recognizable to that era.  However, this song has such an ample supply of that "flower child" sound to it, that it's almost comical, or sounds like a parody.
Wow, this song sounds like it is stranded in the 1960s. On a particularly bad Star Trek episode or something. It did not age well!
 Well I went in '68 = got fish & chips and sat on the curb to eat it.  Offered some to a guy who fit the description "emaciated".  And he declined. Not Impressed with Haight-Ashbury.

9;  


kaybee wrote:
Wow, I didn't know that, Poose.  It's fascinating.

As for this lovely song, I am shocked and somewhat disillusioned that it only has a 6.4 rating.  I guess mostly young people listening lately and not enough of us old fogeys.

 


ThePoose wrote:
A fellow named George Harrison had the same notion—but back in the 1960s.
Upon arriving in San Fran, he went straight to Haight-Ashbury. 
He was mightily disillusioned about the "magical, hip flower children,"
who did not exist—only disaffected, sad teenagers with no direction home. 

ScottishWillie wrote:

If I had a time machine I think I'd like to visit San Francisco in the 60’s

 


 




 


I love this song.  I don't care what anyone has ever said.  I don't even need to read your comments.  This song is Godlike.  
 Lauriea wrote:
this song is seriously dated and thats not a good thing

and it's really long or it seems that way

 
...said the teenage girl.
OK, so it sounds 'dated' to some people.....so does everything....eventually.  This song is of its time, and what is wrong with that?  I think it is fabulous:  beautiful melody, clean and clear vocals, lifting violin.....it is simply beautiful and is in my personal top ten of all time, in part because it reminds me of a wonderfully free time in my life.  But that's just my personal view, and I'm very glad to have the opportunity to express it here.  By the way, this is the first time I have commented on any of the excellent music on Radio Paradise, but the negative comments about White Bird somehow fired me up this morning.  Enjoying the music, in bed, in England  :- )
who cares about the age of a song if it touches you...... good art is timeless, in fact that is the test

not saying this is 'great art' (the organ solo is a bit irritating) but the sentiment is timeless.  {#Daisy}{#Meditate}
this song is seriously dated and thats not a good thing

and it's really long or it seems that way
Sam Bush does a great version of this song.
SPELLBINDING..{#Music}
Wow, I didn't know that, Poose.  It's fascinating.

As for this lovely song, I am shocked and somewhat disillusioned that it only has a 6.4 rating.  I guess mostly young people listening lately and not enough of us old fogeys.

 


ThePoose wrote:
A fellow named George Harrison had the same notion—but back in the 1960s.
Upon arriving in San Fran, he went straight to Haight-Ashbury. 
He was mightily disillusioned about the "magical, hip flower children,"
who did not exist—only disaffected, sad teenagers with no direction home. 

ScottishWillie wrote:

If I had a time machine I think I'd like to visit San Francisco in the 60’s

 


 



Seminal song from the ‘60s or overwrought piece of crap … either way, it’s getting played much too often! I heard it last week (which was quite enough for quite a while).


Properly cooked?  I seldom rate songs low--why bother?  But this has earned a 2.  I have no 1's. Thank FSM for PSD.
{#No}
So conflicted on this song...I both loathe it and love it.
{#Eek}
Please! Put this song out of its misery. And ours.
A seminal song in the ancestry of rock and roll and the SF Hippie movement. respect your elders... lol Never thought I would be saying that...
 Grammarcop wrote:
This is 1960s folk at its cliched worst.

 
which is a good thing, or not?
I think it's groovy It Illustrates the purity of the hippie movement the mid late 60's
Overplayed. Forty years ago.
This is 1960s folk at its cliched worst.
A fellow named George Harrison had the same notion—but back in the 1960s.
Upon arriving in San Fran, he went straight to Haight-Ashbury. 
He was mightily disillusioned about the "magical, hip flower children,"
who did not exist—only disaffected, sad teenagers with no direction home. 

ScottishWillie wrote:

If I had a time machine I think I'd like to visit San Francisco in the 60’s

 

And thank you Jean-Luc Ponty for delivering the violin in rock and roll at the same time.

unclehud wrote:
Yes, It's a Beautiful Day, but there will be snow instead of rain on this (not quite) winter's day.  Thank you, David LaFlamme for imagining a violin in 'rock and roll'.
 


 Highlowsel wrote:

And to think they're now probably sumbody's Grandparents.  {#Yes}

Highlow
American Net'Zen

 
We--ll....people like the four in the pic. Pretty sure that shot's from the 21st century, not the '60s. Apparently it's on Shutterstock.com, so yeah I doubt it's contemporary with "White Bird." 

Still--good point.  Still love this song even though my brothers and I made fun of it as teenagers.  
Yes, It's a Beautiful Day, but there will be snow instead of rain on this (not quite) winter's day.  Thank you, David LaFlamme for imagining a violin in 'rock and roll'.
This group HAD to have inspired this on SNL...
 

This really should have stayed in 1968.
 Tippster wrote:


 
And to think they're now probably sumbody's Grandparents.  {#Yes}

Highlow
American Net'Zen
 ScottishWillie wrote:

If I had a time machine I think I'd like to visit San Francisco in the 60’s



 

I've heard it described for Americans as the 'decade when people thought things could be perfected'...

"That postmodernism is indefinable is a truism. However, it can be described as a set of critical, strategic and rhetorical practices employing concepts such as difference, repetition, the trace, the simulacrum, and hyperreality to destabilize other concepts such as presence, identity, historical progress, epistemic certainty, and the univocity of meaning."  From: Aylesworth, Gary, "Postmodernism", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2013 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/sum2013/entries/postmodernism/>.
 
Now what the hell does Postmodernism have to do with the history of Rock & Roll, of which, "White Bird" is a part of that history. For some of us 1968 had tough times, spiritually, financially and politically. It's still an un-cheesy 9.
 ScottishWillie wrote:

If I had a time machine I think I'd like to visit San Francisco in the 60’s



 
Then there's a great book you might want to read: "Summer of Love," by Lisa Mason. It's about that very thing.
 boober wrote:
good ANALogy

For those of us old enough to remember the relevance of this song and how it felt to hear it on the radio this song was powerful.Calling a classic like this "cheese" is F'ud Up my little rodent. 

 
i also called it academic, older than dirt and wholly irrelevant in a post modern world. the cheesy part was all that bothered you, ..boober?
 slr242 wrote:
Some pretty iconic harmonies here, strongly evoking images of late '60 San Francisco pop music. If the rest of their music sounded like this track, then I'm surprised that they didn't gain more traction. But perhaps sharing a small town with the Dead and Jefferson Airplane, there wasn't any bandwidth to spare. Too bad.

 

If I had a time machine I think I'd like to visit San Francisco in the 60’s


Better examples of this era, very generic copy-cat stuff. Terrible lyrics.  
Some pretty iconic harmonies here, strongly evoking images of late '60 San Francisco pop music. If the rest of their music sounded like this track, then I'm surprised that they didn't gain more traction. But perhaps sharing a small town with the Dead and Jefferson Airplane, there wasn't any bandwidth to spare. Too bad.
White bird must fly or it will die. No gray areas there!

Im on a dairy free diet and this is cheezy!

Classic song from a different era!  Good stuff..........


Barfo!