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Liv Warfield's 'Blackbird' calls out Paul McCartney in defiance to Beatles' song

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R&B singer, Liv Warfield, performed Friday night on "The Late Show with David Letterman" singing her high-intensity song called "Blackbird." The original song written by guitarist Ryan Waters is a defiant response to The Beatles' song of the same name from the "White Album" which came out in 1968 and was written and sung by Paul McCartney.

The lyrics sung by Warfield start out like this:

Paul McCartney got it wrong
I ain't never want no song
I ain't special, I ain't strong
Black... bird

One and One is never Three
Sunken eyes can never see
I ain't waitin' to be free
I'm just a Black... bird

They may try to break my wings
They only love me when I sing
I ain't no slave, I ain't no queen
I'm just a Black... bird

Warfield's song "Blackbird" was released on her album, The Unexpected, executive produced by Prince which came out in February. Warfield started touring with Prince as part of his band, The New Power Generation, in 2009 and quickly became a featured performer. Warfield says Prince was a "true source of inspiration and motivation" for this album.

Paul McCartney has performed "Blackbird" frequently during live concerts in the past 10-12 years. He says the song is about the 1960s civil rights movement with lyrics like:

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free

With her song "Blackbird", Warfield "takes the somewhat patronizing tone of Paul’s track and turns it upside down letting us know that 'these broken wings can learn to fly,'" according to a Now It's On contributor.

After Warfield's electrifying Late Show performance of "Blackbird" backed up by a 10-piece horn section, David Letterman remarked, "Cancel show business. It's over! This is it! This is all you want! No more show business. We have it. It's right here."

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