Why Does the Caged Bird Sing?

One of my earliest songs – inspired by Maya Angelou’s first book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. It’s easy and quick to learn – written for women’s voices originally but would work for a mixed group too.

The sound files for this song will be sent separately when you buy this song. The pdf is available for immediate download.

Example of lyrics

WHy does the caged bird sing?
She sings to keep her spirit strong
She sings to keep from crying and to keep her soul from dying
And her dreams are measured in her song
So take your courage and fly away: open the door and be gone
Fly through the sky and soar to the sun, leaving an echo of song…

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Song information

  • Mood:


  • Technical:

    3 and sometimes 4 part harmony, 3 verse and chorus song

  • In this download:

    pdf full score
    sound files available on request

  • Level:

    ☆ Easy and straightforward