The Mocking Bird
The Four Lads Lyrics


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The Mocking Bird sang his song
By the break of morn
The Mocking Bird sang his song
Then a song was born

Well, the Mocking bird
Mocking Bird, Mocking Bird
Well, the Mocking Bird

Well, the Lord looked down
To see what he heard
The Lord put the voice in
The Mocking Bird

A song was born
He liked what he heard
The song was sung by
The Mocking Bird
Singing, Lord, hear me

Well, the Lord looked down
And he blessed the bird
He gave it the power
To sing his word

To sing bout the joy
Of his heavenly land
where none but the good
And right shall stand

Well, his voice did rumble
His voice did rock
The earth was shaken
By the mighty shock
Singing, whoa, oh...

Oh, sing
Little Mocking Bird
Sing your song

Well, he sang and sang
His voice was heard
His tune was carried
By every bird

To the ends of the earth
This warning rang out
Sinner, when the fire burns
You'll wanna shout





That's how a song was born

Overall Meaning

The Four Lads's song "The Mocking Bird" is a religious song with an underlying message about the consequences of sin. The song begins by describing the Mocking Bird singing his song in the early morning, which leads to the birth of a new song. The Lord hears the Mocking Bird's song and gives it the power to sing his word. The song expresses the joy of the Lord's heavenly land where only the good and right can stand.


The Mocking Bird's voice is powerful enough to shake the earth where it can be heard by every bird, and the message of the song is to warn sinners about the fire that burns in the afterlife. Therefore, the song implies that the Mocking Bird's voice is an instrument of the Lord to spread his message to the world. The song reminds people of the importance of leading a good life and being righteous to avoid the punishment of the fire in the afterlife.


Line by Line Meaning

The Mocking Bird sang his song
The bird sang its song.


By the break of morn
In the early morning.


The Mocking Bird sang his song
The bird sang its song again.


Then a song was born
A new song was created by the bird's singing.


Well, the Mocking bird
Referring to the same bird as before.


Mocking Bird, Mocking Bird
Repeating the bird's name twice for emphasis.


Well, the Mocking Bird
Referring to the same bird as before.


Well, the Lord looked down
God noticed the bird's singing.


To see what he heard
God wanted to investigate the source of the music.


The Lord put the voice in
God gave the bird its singing voice.


The Mocking Bird
Referring to the bird again.


A song was born
Another song was created by the bird's singing.


He liked what he heard
God enjoyed listening to the bird's song.


The song was sung by
The bird was the one singing the song.


The Mocking Bird
Referring to the bird again.


Singing, Lord, hear me
The bird's song contained the words 'Lord, hear me.'


Well, the Lord looked down
God noticed the bird's singing again.


And he blessed the bird
God gave the bird his favor.


He gave it the power
God granted the bird the ability to sing with great strength.


To sing bout the joy
The bird's song was about happiness.


Of his heavenly land
The song was about heaven.


where none but the good
Good people were the only ones allowed in heaven according to the song.


And right shall stand
Only those who are righteous will be permitted to enter heaven.


Well, his voice did rumble
The bird's singing was powerful and deep.


His voice did rock
The bird's singing shook everything around it.


The earth was shaken
The planet was impacted by the bird's singing.


By the mighty shock
The power of the bird's singing was immense.


Singing, whoa, oh...
The bird's song included the sounds 'whoa, oh...'


Oh, sing
Encouraging the bird to continue singing.


Little Mocking Bird
Referring to the bird affectionately.


Sing your song
Encouraging the bird to continue singing.


Well, he sang and sang
The bird kept singing.


His voice was heard
The bird's singing could be heard by others.


His tune was carried
The bird's melody was spread far and wide.


By every bird
Other birds helped to spread the song.


To the ends of the earth
The song was heard everywhere on the planet.


This warning rang out
The song contained a message of caution.


Sinner, when the fire burns
The song warned that sinners would suffer in the afterlife.


You'll wanna shout
Sinners would want to cry out in pain.


That's how a song was born
The song was created by the bird's singing and spreading the melody.




Writer(s): D. Jordan;

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Terry Moore

I was considered a good little boy, very cute with fat, dimpled rosy cheeks and curley light brown hair and perfect blue eyes.
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I would visit our next door neighbor, the Hamiltons, often.
This neighbor had a pretty daughter, her name was Jackie.
Jackie was in high school and a member of the Major Ettes. The Major Ettes were a dancing, singing baton twerling, drill and marching group.
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Jackie would set me in the middle of the her living room floor and practice dancing, baton twerling and singing to my astonished delight.
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Our favorite song was 'The Mocking Bird' by the Four Lads.
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That year Jackie was marching in the Lilac Parade in Spokane.
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It began raining, Jackie got chilled and caught pneumonia which manifest itself into Polio.
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The city health department quarantined Jackie's home with yellow tape completly surrounding her home.
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I was told to keep away, which I did.
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I was too young and busy growing up playing with Jackie's cocker spaniel, Oakie and keeping our dog, 'Champy' from fighting. I was told "don't think of Jackie" as the truth was withheld from me.
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I found out years later Jackie died of Polio that year.
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This song is special.
Signed,
The Feeble Rat
Chief of Nothing



All comments from YouTube:

oldyeller1938

I was a teenager in the 50's & thought this group was fabulous; one of the best tenors in Bernie" Toorish. Of course the 4 Aces had a great tenor to. Those were the days of fabulous singing groups, both girls & guys.

Ruth Cooper

So nice to hear this song again and be able to share.

pringles

im 16 and i enjoy 50s music so much thank you for this

Manuel Affonso

smart guy

Ron Wilbanks

I love it!

Francis Alan Wormald

I 14 ...They a revalation !!! I get chills to this day...

Jay G

We Texans have a very special affinity for that bird...why else would we name it our State Bird! I think we made the right decision! Would consider it my favorite bird in any case....God really is one incredible creator. Thank you, Dear God for this great singer of so many melodies we can not count!

Ruth Cooper

I think of this song so often. glad I could find it here.

Niki de Brun

I can't thank you enough for this

Anthony Clarke

Yes, a great song and a good performance, but I much prefer their original mono version.

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