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Learn How to Love Willingly in “Give Me Wings” By Michael Johnson


In 1986, American country pop singer Michael Johnson released another timeless hit, “Give Me Wings,” as part of his album, Wings. 

Right after it was released, “Give Me Wings” immediately climbed up the charts, landing at no. 1 on the “US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)” and no. 3 on the “Canadian RPM Country Tracks.”

The song was such a hit that it ended up becoming Johnson’s third country hit. Over the coming years, “Give Me Wings” has continuously become a staple cover song for big artists like Wim Sengers and The Haley Sisters. 

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The charming melody and Johnson’s gentle yet powerful vocals are what drew listeners and artists into listening to it. 

Apart from that, though, the heartfelt meaning of the song’s poignant lyrics is what made it so successful. Now, let’s explore the timeless wisdom found in Michael Johnson’s classic, “Give Me Wings.”

Meaning Behind the Song

Composed by Kye Fleming and Don Schlitz, the song narrates a story of a couple’s personal development and desire for freedom.

Freedom, in the sense that they are able to pursue their passions while preserving their love for one another. It is a song that could be considered a hymn of liberation, as it expresses the want to be freed from the bonds of love that prevent us from reaching our goals.

Sometimes, when a person is in love, they tend to forget that they also have a life to live. That is why the song simply suggests giving your partners the wings they deserve to have. As it will greatly help them become independent and discover their true selves.

Consequently, it will provide you the bravery to accept change and maintain your optimistic view on life when the moment comes that you have both encountered adversities. 

After all, a partner ought to be someone who would unwaveringly encourage and support us as we venture beyond our comfort zones, confront our fears, and follow our aspirations. 

The freedom you have always desired may become yours with the help of this timeless Michael Johnson song, “Give Me Wings.” You can watch his performance below. 

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