• Oscar Brown, Jr.

BIRD TO WORD

(Appreciated when listening to Ornithology, by Charlie Parker)


A word about "The Bird," Charlie Parker

A musical phenomenon that occurred

To carry the world on a trip

Creating music that was truly hip

Sounds that nobody ever heard before

Notes upon which "Bird" would soar

Too many for any to set into words

Too many for any to set into words


He first became "The Bird", Charlie Parker

Because somebody said he was a yardbird

But were they aware of his flight?

How he had carried music out of sight

Taking it off into his atmosphere

To the sounds he had us hear

Too many for any to set into words

Too many for any to set into words


Does ornithology study Parker?

Does ornithology the study of bird

Explain the way he came to fly?

How he was able to remain so high

Borne on the melodies his horn could swing

Notes upon which "Bird" took wing

Too many for any to set into words

Too many for any to set into words


You were too much for words, Charlie Parker

You were too clever ever to set to word

You always had so much to say

Put so much feeling into what you'd play

I might write lyrics that a singer quotes

But you made too many notes

Too many for any to set into words

Too many for any to set into words


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