Mr. Mister’s “Broken Wings” Lyrics Meaning
On the surface Mr. Mister’s “Broken Wings” has an universally-inspiring message, encouraging the addressee to “learn to live” and “love so free”. And accordingly people may choose to apply it in different ways (such as on the soundtrack of the airplane-based movie Top Gun).
However, what the track is referring to in particular is a troubled romance the singer is going through. And the titular “broken wings” seems to actually reference something tantamount to the broken hearts and dreams of him and his partner, with this emotional discontent being caused via their romance to each other. Thus when the singer states that she should “take these broken wings and learn to fly again”, he is actually referring to the two of them mending their relationship and regaining a carefree, loving spirit. This is made more evident in a succeeding line, where he states the desired result is that “the book of love will open up and let (them) in”.
So all things considered, this is actually a love song more than an exercise in positivity thinker. The sentiment that comes across the clearest via its lyrics is that the singer is deeply in love and appreciates his lady. In his appreciation of her, he even goes as far as referring to her as “half of the flesh and blood that makes (him) whole”. But he is in fear that their relationship may be coming to an end. And as such, he is entreating – you may even say begging – her to work with him towards the resolution of their discord in expectation that their romance will rekindle.
Writing of “Broken Wings”
“Broken Wings” was written by two members of Mr. Mister (Steve George and Richard Page) along with songwriter John Lang.
Lang seems to be the one who actually originated it, as the title is based on him being inspired to pen the song by the early-20th century novel “The Broken Wings” by Khalil Gibran.
Though in recounting the writing of “Broken Wings”, Richard Page stated that the three of them created it concurrently at his house within a time span of 20 minutes.
Release Date of “Broken Wings”
“Broken Wings” was released as the lead single from Mr. Mister’s second album, “Welcome to the Real World“, on 25 September 1985. FYI, the aforenamed album was also supported by international hit “Kyrie“.
A truly successful song
This classic happens to be one of the most-recognizable songs of the 1980s. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 and also scored Mr. Mister a record-peak position of number 4 on the UK Singles Chart.
It also reached number-one in Canada and broke the top 10 in the following countries:
- The Netherlands
Sampled in Tupac’s “Until the End of Time”
This song was heavily sampled on one of Tupac Shakur’s posthumous singles entitled “Until the End of Time” (2001). As such the writers of “Broken Wings” are also credited on that song.