Blackbird Chain
By: Beck Hansen
Written by: Beck Hansen

Version Of: Blackbird Chain

This Version:
  • Blackbird Chain (4:26)
    Available on Morning Phase.
    Credits
    Justin Meldal-Johnsen: Bass (Electric)
    Beck Hansen: Celeste, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Producer, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
    Roger Joseph Manning Jr.: Clavinet, Piano, Vocals (Background)
    David Campbell: Conductor
    Matt Sherrod: Drums
    Jason Falkner: Guitar (Electric)
    Smokey Hormel: Guitar (Electric)
    Greg Leisz: Guitar (Pedal Steel)
    Ben Baptie: Mix
    Tom Elmhirst: Mix
    Matt Mahaffey: Organ
    Joey Waronker: Percussion
 
Lyrics:
Give me traces of your lifeblood flowing in a loving cup
And tell me I'm dream dream dream dreaming and I'll never wake up
A keepsake in a dresser drawer from who-knows-where
A symbol of your exegesis and a full-length mirror

I'll never never never never never never refuse you
I'll never never never never never never refuse you
My blackbird chain, my blackbird chain
My blackbird chain, my blackbird chain

An SOS from an outpost there on a common air
I could read you a brief account of a last frontier
We could come to understand what's wrong as right as rain
At rock bottom of a hollowed ground, we stake your claim

I'll never never never never never never refuse you
I'll never never never never never never refuse you
A blackbird chain, blackbird chain
A blackbird chain, a blackbird chain

I'll never never never never never never refuse you
I'll never never never never never never refuse you
My blackbird chain, a blackbird chain
A blackbird chain, a blackbird chain
 
Live:

Played live 48 times:
Earliest known live version: April 9, 2014
Latest known live version: October 12, 2017