Caged BirdBy Maya Angelou
The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky.
But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.
The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom
The free bird thinks of another breeze and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own.
But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing
The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.
Justin Bieber has new music on the way. On Friday, the 26-year-old singer announced on Instagram that he’s releasing his sixth studio album, Justice, on March 19. A full tracklist for the record has yet to be announced, but the project will include Bieber’s “Holy” collaboration with Chance the Rapper, as well his songs “Lonely” with Benny Blanco and “Anyone.”
“In a time when there’s so much wrong with this broken planet, we all crave healing — and justice — for humanity,” Bieber said in a statement. “In creating this album, my goal is to make music that will provide comfort; to make songs that people can relate to, and connect to, so they feel less alone. Suffering, injustice, and pain can leave people feeling helpless. Music is a great way of reminding each other that we aren’t alone. Music can be a way to relate to one another and connect with one another. I know that I cannot simply solve injustice by making music, but I do know that if we all do our part by using our gifts to serve this planet, and each other, that we are that much closer to being united. This is me doing a small part. My part. I want to continue the conversation of what justice looks like so we can continue to heal.”
Bieber dropped his last album, Changes, back in February 2020, and it earned him three nods at this year’s Grammys, including one for best pop vocal album. Despite the nominations, however, Bieber expressed his confusion over the project being categorized as pop when he’d “unmistakably” created an R&B album. The singer’s complaint came across as tone deaf, given the fact that several stars like The Weeknd and Alicia Keys were snubbed by the award show when they more than deserved to be nominated.
Justice is available to preorder and will follow Bieber’s 2020 LP, Changes. Earlier this week, Bieber performed a three-song set during Spotify’s virtual Stream On event, where he played a revamped version of “Lonely,” as well as “Holy” and “Anyone.”