Golden Bird – Levon Helm
One of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. Penned by Happy Traum and beautifully covered by Levon Helm on his last studio album Electric Dirt.
C Am F6 C Walking along on a path in the mountains C Am C G I saw a bird flying way up high C Am F C Gold were it's wings in that time of the morning Bb C Bb F C Flashing at me as they flew through the sky Its beauty was such that I felt I must have it Chased it all day, nearly entered the night Finally angered that I couldn't catch it, Determined I would stop it in flight I found a stone by a mountain stream flowing rounded and smooth by the waters fast flow It felt so warm and alive in my hand It was an arrow, my arm was the bow. Then a flashing of wings and a cry pierced the air It fluttered and it fell on the rocks at my feet Weeping It left it, the thing that had fallen Blood stained my hands and tears wet my cheeks Later that night as I lay in my bed I heard the sound of wings in the air The room became bathed in a warm golden glow I opened my eyes and a woman stood there Didn't you know when you hurt me so cruelly I was your love, I was your friend You couldn't stand it that I was so free Now you will never see me again Transcribed by Dawidsu (Dave)