ice is forming on the tips of my wings
unheeded warnings, i thought i thought of everything
no navigator to find my way home
unladen, empty and turned to stone
a soul in tension, that’s learning to fly
condition grounded but determined to try
can’t keep my eyes from the circling skies
tongue-tied and twisted just an earthbound misfit, i…..
one of my favorite songs from david gilmour of pink floyd.
one reason is its nod to the story of icarus, in which the son of daedalus was too anxious to fly with his wings made of feathers and wax. ignoring the warning from his father, icarus approached the sun which melted the wax and destroyed his wings, so he fell into the sea (the icarian sea, off the coast of icaria near turkey).
i don’t know quite what it is about this song.. i can put on some headphones and listen to it on repeat at full volume and i won’t get tired of it or get a headache. it just works.
(image: daedalus and icarus, fredric lord leighton)