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The bird having flown is an allusion to the marijuana smoke having floated away, so he lights another joint.
Also the line "she once had me" means "she had him at hello", as one might say, and also that she cheated or deceived him (to be had) -- he thought he was going to have sex with her.
Join her in her flat, "sit anywhere" would be an invitation to the bed since there's no other furniture as her laughing points out, but he's too shy, too married, or something.
I agree, this is about as straight-forward a little tale as could be.For John, this is how he could best exorcise his demons.Then he could confess, without having to really confess, relieve some of his guilt, and still be able to say, "oh, it's just a song"! I think the "I once had a girl, or should I say she once had me? It depends on your point of view." "She showed me her room." That's what girls do when they are interested in a guy. " I believe is just John commenting on the decor, probably (cheap) wood panelling on the walls, very common in those days.In 1987 on a work trip to Norway, I cut a small branch off a tree stripped the bark. The best comment on this entire was by Andrew from Philadelphia, who advises everyone to listen to the lyrics more closely.Still have it as an ornament and conversation piece. Bernard 'Buddy' Rich passed away on April 2nd, 1987 at the age of 69... The line, as sung, is "So, I lit the fire..." It is not "So, I lit a fire..." All the controversy about this song comes from mis-hearing one little word.