Anne Murray is one of the first Canadian artists to achieve global success. With some of her hits like “Snowbird,” the singer solidified her name in the country and pop music scene.

Born in a family of doctor and nurse, Anne Murray developed a different interest. She started to gravitate towards music at a very young age and grew up loving music.

This led her to have a great career in the country music scene.

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Anne Murray’s First Hit “Snowbird”

The song was penned by Gene MacLellan. Anne Murray was inspired to do her version of the song when she watched Gene perform it in a Canadian TV show. She loved it so much that she decided to record the song.

MacLellan is an amazing songwriter since he wrote it in under 25 minutes and this was only his second song.

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Gene MacLellan had this to say about the song:

“The legend of Snowbird is huge. Every third person on PEI has a version of how and where the song was written. While there are similarities between the stories, the one thing they have in common is that the teller believes that their version is the truth.” 

The song was a massive hit so other country artists noticed it. Country musicians like Lynn Anderson, Loretta Lynn, Elvis Presley, and Andy Williams did their cover of the song.

Lyrics Breakdown

When I was young my heart was young then too
Anything that it would tell me
That’s the thing that I would do

This lyrics right here talk about the innocence of the young. The words were used as a metaphor for wanting freedom, but freedom will cause you to go out of your comfort zone.

There is definitely a struggle between the decisions you make as an adult compared to the choices you make when you were young.

Back then, you can do what you like and not think of the consequences. But now that you are an adult, you have to take full responsibility for everything that you do.

Listen to the song here: