Jenny Wren — Paul McCartney
Like so many girls, Jenny Wren could sing
But a broken heart took her soul away
Like the other girls, Jenny Wren took wing
She could see the world, and it's foolish ways
How we spend our days, casting love aside
Loosing site of life day by day
She saw poverty, breaking all the home
Wounded warriors took her song away
But the day will come, Jenny Wren will sing
When this broken world mends its foolish ways
Now we spend our days catching up on life
All because of you, Jenny Wren
«Jenny Wren» was written in Los Angeles, and is about a character of the same name from Charles Dickens' 1865 novel «Our Mutual Friend». It also refers to a bird known as the wren, which is reported to be McCartney's favourite.
The word wren comes from the Middle English word wrenne meaning little tail. Many refer to the bird by giving it a feminine gender, calling it Jenny Wren and remarking on how sweetly “she” sings.