Icarus

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about

I first heard this song while revising for a horrible exam, and then decided that I needed to learn it instead of actually revising. So I did, and then passed the exam. Sort of.

Tuning: CGCGCD, Capo 3

lyrics

I never wanted to fly higher
I was too fond of walking
So when you said you'd touch the sky
I thought it was your way of talking
And then you said you'd build some wings
You'd found out how it could be done
But I was doubtful of everything
I never thought you'd reach the sun

And you were so clever with your hands
I'd watch you for hours
With the paint and the rubber band
The feathers and the lace and flower
And the finish wings they glowed so bright
Like some bird of glory
I began to envy you your flight
Like some old hero's story

You tried to get me to go with you
You tried all ways to dare me
But I looked at the sky so blue
I thought the heights would scare me
But I carried your wings for you
Up the path and to the cliffface
Kissed you goodbye and watched your eyes
Already bright with sunlight

And it was so grand at the start
To watch you soaring higher
There was a pain deep in my heart
Your wings seemed tipped with fire
Like some eagle or a lark
Soaring forever
Like some ember or a spark
Rising from earth to heaven

Then I believed all that you said
I believed all that you told me
You'd do a think no man had ever done
You'd touch the stars to please me
And then I saw your white wings fail
I saw your feathers faulter
And watched you drop like a ball of gold
Into the wide green water

Some are born to fly higher
Some are born to follow
Some are born to touch the sky
While some walk deep in the hollow
And as I watched your body fall
I knew really you had won
For your grave was not the earth
But a reflection of the sun

credits

from Paradise Square, released November 1, 2012
Words/Music: Anne Lister
Arrangement: Patrick Rose

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Patrick Rose Sheffield, UK

Patrick Rose does folk style acoustic music in between learning about Computer Science and Maths, and occasionally running How To Play

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