Songbird (Fleetwood Mac song)

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Song by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Rumours
Released February 1977
Recorded March 3, 1976, Zellerbach Auditorium, Berkeley, California
Genre Easy Listening
Length 3:20
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Christine McVie
Producer(s) Fleetwood Mac, Ken Caillat, Richard Dashut
Rumours track listing

"Songbird" is a popular song by Fleetwood Mac. It first appeared on the 1977 album Rumours and was released as the B-side of the single "Dreams". It is one of four songs written solely by Christine McVie on the album. She would frequently sing the song at concerts.


Bernard Fanning version[edit]

Single by Bernard Fanning
from the album Tea & Sympathy
Released 2005
Format Digital download
Recorded Real World Studios
Genre Rock
Length 2:36
Label Dew Process
Songwriter(s) Christine McVie
Producer(s) Tchad Blake & Bernard Fanning
Bernard Fanning singles chronology
"Wish You Well"
"Watch Over Me"
"Wish You Well"
"Watch Over Me"

"Songbird" is the second single from Bernard Fanning's solo debut album Tea & Sympathy, released in 2005. It reached #11 on National Airplay Charts in January 2006,[1] and was #14 on Triple J Hottest 100 in 2005. The single was not released as a CD single, alike Fanning's prior single "Wish You Well."


The song was recorded in the first set of sessions for Tea & Sympathy in Peter Gabriel's Bath studio Real World Studios in mid-2005. The song features multi-instrumentalist John Bedggood on violin.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Songbird" was filmed by Head Pictures who previously worked with Fanning on his prior single "Wish You Well" .

Set in a grand Queensland house, the music clip features Fanning playing an acoustic guitar and singing the song facing the camera. Fanning spins on the spot while the camera films the song, however there are several cuts of him doing this in differently coloured rooms with Fanning wearing different clothing in each cut, however assuming the same position from the prior shot, blending each shot seamlessly. Each shot usually lasts about 1–5 seconds, though there are some faster transitions providing a speedy shutter effect.[2]

Other cover versions[edit]

Eva Cassidy's version was released in 1998 on her posthumous compilation album of the same name Songbird. Despite being released two years after her death from melanoma, the album eventually reached number 1 in the UK in 2001.[3] "Songbird" finally charted in the UK in September 2009 at number 56, after a contestant (Shanna Goodhead) performed the song on The X Factor.

Willie Nelson covered "Songbird" on his own 2006 album Songbird, making it the second album to be named after the song. The album peaked at #87 on the Billboard 200.

Canadian singer-songwriter Melanie Doane covered "Songbird" as a duet with Jim Cuddy (of Blue Rodeo) on her 2008 album "A Thousand Nights".

In 2011, the song was also covered on the popular FOX TV show, Glee, by Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez when she's expressing her romantic feelings to Heather Morris as Brittany S. Pierce.

The song was included in the 2016 CD "Side Orders" by Circe Link and Christian Nesmith.


  1. ^ reports on "Songbird"'s success.
  2. ^ "Bernard Fanning - "Songbird" Video". Take 40. 
  3. ^ The Official UK Albums Chart Top 75, August 25, 2001. Retrieved May 8, 2011.

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