'Broken wings' was written by Mr. Mister band members Richard Page and Steve George with lyricist John Lang, who was inspired by a book called 'Broken Wings' written by Kahlil Gibran. The lyrics 'Take these broken wings and learn to fly again' may be a reference to The Beatles' song "Blackbird."
The song's hissing intro was an effect created by the sound of crash cymbal played in reverse. There is a distinct guitar sound in this track thanks to Steve Farris' innovation of the electric guitar, managing to extract a delay effect at an odd timing to create a contrast to the steadiness of the bass and beat. The outro to the song features Page singing very high and lengthy falsetto notes.
The single reached number 1 in the US Billboard Hot 100 in December 1985 and number 3 in the Dutch Top 40 in January 1986.
My collection: 7" single no. 387
Found: Free Record Shop, Den Haag, 1986
Cost: 6 guilders
Tracks: 'Broken wings' / 'Uniform of youth'