Before Nelly Furtado became rather annoying, she was just trying to promote her first single, “I’m Like A Bird” back in 2001, even going so far as to make a cameo singing at “Las Cruces University” on Roswell (kind of like how Christina Aguilera had to make an appearance on a life supported era of Beverly Hills 90210 in 1999 to sing “Genie in a Bottle”). In any case, this song offers a surprising amount of profundity with regard to how most “men” see themselves.
As Furtado laments, “You’re lovely, but it’s not for sure,” she sets the tone for describing a skittish “man” who could fly off of his perch at any moment to pursue something potentially better or simply because it strikes his fancy in that moment. His shrug-it-off excuse, “I don’t know where my soul is, I don’t know where my home is,” means he can deny any sense of accountability for leaving you in the lurch without warning. Like a bird, he’ll only fly away because it’s much easier than sticking around to hear a woman squawk.