The term yellow bird has negative connotation, meaning bad luck, or misfortune, as used in Bright Eyes lyrics.
The song, "Poison Oak" is about their ex-keyboard player Ian Mcelroy's Brother Collin, who committed suicide after battling meth addiction and sexuality issues.

"And I'm glad you got away but I'm still stuck out here
My clothes are soaking wet from your brother's tears

And I never thought this life was possible
You're the yellow bird that I've been waiting for

The end of paralysis, I was a statuette
Now I'm drunk as hell on a piano bench
And when I press the keys it all gets reversed
The sound of loneliness makes me happier."

Conor Oberst often exresses his pessimistic view of life in his lyrics. To say that he'd been waiting for a yellow bird implies he'd been awaiting catastrophe.
by sly1988 February 15, 2009
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a person's true love; the one person they are both externally and internally, both consciously and subconsciously attached to with the realization that those feelings will never die; the one person that they know they can't live without

if they find this person, they are the luckiest in the world. if not, they are eternally screwed.
"i never thought this life was possible, you're the yellow bird that i've been waiting for"
by mish. June 26, 2006
1.The term yellow bird represents not only your true love but also love in general. In this sense of the term you shouldn't forget about the yellow bird, or true love, as when you stop believing in love you end up hurting those around you.

2.The yellow bird represents both the person you were with and the connection that you felt with them.

3.The warm yellow light, the happiness, between two people in love.

4.A common reference in Bright Eyes songs based off of a song by the folk artist Simon Joyner. This song speaks about how when you have this connection with your yellow bird your actions hurt them even when you aren't together.
"Don't forget that yellow bird"
by Ryan Fin February 25, 2007
A signal or warning. Miners used to bring yellow birds (canaries) in the mines with them to detect poisonous gases. The birds had more delicate systems than the miners so when the birds got sick or died the miners knew there were poisonous gasses and they had to get out of there.
The Bright Eyes song "you're the yellow bird that I've been waiting for".
by jenga10 July 11, 2011
a symbol for good luck or hope, seen in many Bright Eyes songs.
"you're the yellow bird that I've been waiting for"

"did you forget that yellow bird? How could you forget your yellow bird?"
by purebliss February 11, 2006
The unwitting Victim of a vig. An easy con.
I left him with nothing. He was a real yellowbird.
via giphy
by Holla@yomayor June 25, 2016
Yellow Bird is the name of a popular school bus company and is used as a metaphor for rescue or escape.
Yellow Bird is referenced in Bright Eyes songs
such as Poison Oak: "You're the yellow bird that I've been

waiting for."
by Occupist January 23, 2014
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