A Broken Wing

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"A Broken Wing"
Single by Martina McBride
from the album Evolution
B-side"Valentine"[1]
ReleasedSeptember 8, 1997
FormatCD single
GenreCountry
Length3:35
LabelRCA
Writer(s)Phil Barnhart, Sam Hogin, James House
ProducerPaul Worley, Ed Seay
Martina McBride singles chronology
"Still Holding On"
(1997)
"A Broken Wing"
(1997)
"Valentine"
(1997)
Music video
"A Broken Wing" at CMT.com
 
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"A Broken Wing"
Single by Martina McBride
from the album Evolution
B-side"Valentine"[1]
ReleasedSeptember 8, 1997
FormatCD single
GenreCountry
Length3:35
LabelRCA
Writer(s)Phil Barnhart, Sam Hogin, James House
ProducerPaul Worley, Ed Seay
Martina McBride singles chronology
"Still Holding On"
(1997)
"A Broken Wing"
(1997)
"Valentine"
(1997)
Music video
"A Broken Wing" at CMT.com

"A Broken Wing" is a song recorded by American country music singer Martina McBride, written by Phil Barnhart, Sam Hogin and James House. It appears on McBride's 1997 album Evolution, from which it was released as the second single. In January 1998, "A Broken Wing" became McBride's second Number One single.

Contents

Content

"A Broken Wing" is set at a moderate tempo, in the key of B major and a 12/8 time signature.[2] The verses use a chord pattern of B-C♯m7-E-B three times, followed by B-C♯m7-E-F♯-B; the refrain uses G♯m-D♯m7-C♯m7-B followed by B-C♯m7-E-F♯-B.[2] McBride's vocal ranges two octaves, from F♯3 to F♯5.[2]

In the storyline, a female character escapes from an emotionally abusive relationship.[3] Regarding the second verse, wherein the husband finds "a note by the window / and the curtains blowin' in the breeze," the authors of the book My Country Roots wrote that the song's conclusion could be interpreted to indicate that the woman has committed suicide or that she has escaped.[4]

Paul Worley told Billboard magazine in 1998 that the entirety of the track, except for the backing vocals, was recorded in one day, while other tracks on the album were recorded in pieces over time.[5]

Music video

Deaton-Flanigen Productions directed the song's music video. It was nominated for Music Video of the Year at the 1998 Country Music Association awards.[6]

Other versions

Jordin Sparks covered the song on her 2007 EP Jordin Sparks. Her version of the song made number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Chart positions

"A Broken Wing" debuted on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts dated for September 13, 1997. The song spent twenty-five weeks on that chart,[1] peaking at number one on the charts dated for January 10, 1998.

Chart (1997–1998)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks1
U.S. Billboard Hot 10061
Canadian RPM Country Tracks17
Preceded by
"Longneck Bottle"
by Garth Brooks
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number one single

January 10, 1998
Succeeded by
"Just to See You Smile"
by Tim McGraw

References

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 262. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ a b c Contemporary Country (1 ed.). Hal Leonard Corporation. 1999. pp. 26–30. ISBN 0-634-01594-X. The sheet music is in C major, with a note that the song is recorded a semitone lower than written.
  3. ^ Fillingim, David (2003). Redneck liberation: country music as theology. Mercer University Press. pp. 129. ISBN 0-86554-841-2. http://books.google.com/books?id=M0HCuH9vVzUC&pg=PA129&dq=%22martina+mcbride%22+%22a+broken+wing&lr=&cd=12#v=onepage&q=%22martina%20mcbride%22%20%22a%20broken%20wing&f=false.
  4. ^ Randall, Alice; Carter Little, Courtney Little (2006). My Country Roots: The Ultimate MP3 Guide to America's Original Outsider Music. Thomas Nelson, Inc.. pp. 92. ISBN 1-59555-860-8.
  5. ^ Cromer, Ben (18 April 1998). "Of His Many Hats, Producer/Exec Paul Worley Prefers His Guitarist Cap". Billboard. http://books.google.com/books?id=mQ4EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA33&dq=%22martina+mcbride%22+%22a+broken+wing&cd=1#v=onepage&q=%22martina%20mcbride%22%20%22a%20broken%20wing&f=false.
  6. ^ Hurst, Jack (21 September 1998). "COUNTRY PICKS PREDICTING THE OUTCOME OF WEDNESDAY NIGHT'S CMA AWARD". Chicago Tribune. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/chicagotribune/access/34423591.html?dids=34423591:34423591&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Sep+21%2C+1998&author=Jack+Hurst%2C+Tribune+Country+Music+Writer.&pub=Chicago+Tribune&desc=COUNTRY+PICKS+PREDICTING+THE+OUTCOME+OF+WEDNESDAY+NIGHT%27S+CMA+AWARDS&pqatl=google. Retrieved 13 April 2010.

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