Malvina Reynolds: Song Lyrics and Poems  

Never Touch a Singing Bird

Notes: words and music by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1972 Schroder Music Company, renewed 2000.

Never touch a singing bird, a wild bird.
Never move or say a word,
But sit and listen quietly,
Underneath the forest tree.
You cannot catch and hold its song,
For if it's tame, it's not the same.
The singing bird does not belong
To you or me or anyone, or anyone.
This bird won't sing unless it's free.

Malvina Reynolds songbook(s) in which the music to this song appears:
---- There's Music in the Air: Songs for the Middle-Young

Malvina Reynolds recording(s) on which this song is performed:
---- Magical Songs

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