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Icarus was the son of Daedalus who created the labyrinth that housed the Minotaur. However, for advising Ariadne to give Theseus the thread that helped him escape the Labyrinth, after killing the Minotaur, Daedalus and his son were imprisoned in a tall tower. Being, it seems, the MacGyver of his day, Daedalus built wings from the feathers birds dropped when coming to be fed bread and the wax of a beehive in the tower. Then he and Icarus flew from the prison over the sea. Icarus, however, overstepped the boundaries, despite his father’s warnings thus committing the sin of hubris or trying to be a “god.” In the song the verses (except the last one) and the first chorus are Daedalus to Icarus.
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ICARUS

So flee the fretful hour,
Escape the prison tower;
Take to the sky's free power.

Don't rise up ever higher,
Don't soar to kingdom come;
Don't fly too near the fire,
Don't sail too near the sun;
Icarus, Icarus___

We cross the lashing sea,
We ride the winds so free,
Escaping joyfully.

Don't push beyond your part,
Don't force your rising flight;
Don't seek the sun's bright heart,
Don't reach beyond your right;
Icarus, Icarus __

The sun is warm on wings,
On wings of wax and strings;
Pay heed unto these things,

Don't try to touch the sun,
Don't go beyond your need;
Don't tease the shining one,
Don't grasp with boundless greed;
Icarus, Icarus____

Drunk on the fresh, free air,
All filled with joy he'd dare
To taunt the sun up there.

Don't press beyond your power,
Don't try to steal the light;
You can't pick heaven's flower,
You can't have endless sight;
Icarus, Icarus____

The wings melt in the glow,
And down and down he goes,
Drowns in the sea below.

Don't puff up with false pride,
Don't boast you are the best;
Don't take greed as your guide,
Don't put it to the test;
Icarus, Icarus___

So heed the story's call,
You just can't have it all,
Or else you're bound to fall.

Don't rise up ever higher,
Don't soar to kingdom come;
Don't fly too near the fire,
Don't sail too near the sun.

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Uploaded: Nov 28, 2010 - 08:36:07 AM
Last Updated: Nov 28, 2010 - 08:36:07 AM Last Played: Apr 19, 2019 - 08:20:06 AM
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Comments
Loob said 3152 days ago (November 28th, 2010)
Interesting story telling!
I really like this, but in my speakers the picking might be competing with the story teller maybe just a little. The story is important so you want it to be in top of the mix. Other than that me likes! Nice!
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alfredthepelican said 3152 days ago (November 28th, 2010)
thanks for comments
yes, balance is always a tricky thin- maybe the guitar is a bit in front. When I record I have only one mike and go for it with guitar and vocals together. However, the guitar needs to be closer or else the vocals drown it out, so it's a bit of a tricky balance- this sounded ok on my system (but it's nothing marvellous speaker-wise)
Cheers
Mark
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tf10music said 3152 days ago (November 28th, 2010)
I grew up
with this story -- thanks for bringing me back. Nice work!
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alfredthepelican said 3152 days ago (November 28th, 2010)
thanks tf
Yes, it's a great universal image of over-reachng in a way. Perhaps revelant in these days of boundless greed followed by catastrophic crashes.
Cheers
Mark
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PeterB7858 said 3152 days ago (November 28th, 2010)
Ye Olde...
Hi Mark, this had a real old English feel to it. The guitar tone, the vocal style and the song had me thinking of huge open fires, court jesters, irish wolfhounds and bawdy kings. Thanks for the posting. Peter
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alfredthepelican said 3152 days ago (November 28th, 2010)
Hi Peter
Yes, that's me I guess. SERIOUSLY backdated lol. see post Minstrel's Prayer. More seriously it is partly musical influences which are mainly classical and classical guitar (in a weak amateur way), celtic whistle tunes, and English and Irish folk, both traditional and singersongwriter. Mind you, there's clawhammer in this piece which came from US originally but being on nylon strings it sounds a bit different.
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MarkHolbrook said 3151 days ago (November 29th, 2010)
sounds
great raw! A great story indeed.
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alfredthepelican said 3151 days ago (November 30th, 2010)
Thanks Mark
For dropping by and commenting. Many, many years ago I'd heard a guy perform his own song on the Minotaur. So many years later I too tried to write a song using a Greek myth- I think storywise the Icarus thing worked quite well for me, perhaps not too long and complicated to get into a song.
Cheers
Mark
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michaeljayklein said 3151 days ago (November 29th, 2010)
Soaring
The musical tableau set forth here almost doesn't need the story to be written in narrative form--very good work on this! Thank you!
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alfredthepelican said 3151 days ago (November 30th, 2010)
Thanks Michael
for your comments. It's really great to be able to get feedback. i agree it doesn't necessarily need explantion though I felt it might make it wasier to get what I was trying to do with the lyric on a first hearing (myths being not as well known perhaps as they once were)
Cheers
Mark
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magnatone said 3147 days ago (December 3rd, 2010)
Icarus
Hi Mark - love this story - you've done a great job of setting it to music. your vocals seem a bit too far back, or the guitar a bit too far forward whichever way you want to look at it - lol - anyway - great job!
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alfredthepelican said 3147 days ago (December 4th, 2010)
Thanks Karen
Yes, it's tricky at times- me and the mike. I had another version where the vocals were way out front but you could hardly hear the guitar lol. O well, keep on trying
Cheers
Mark
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Catalina22 said 3144 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
Icarus
Beautiful chord at :19. This is such an interesting and enjoyable hybrid of mythical storytelling and very down-to-earth, beautiful folk music. A seemingly unlikely pairing, perhaps, but it really works here!
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alfredthepelican said 3144 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
Thans Cort
For your perceptive comments. Though based on the old D A7 G thing- the harmonies have a few little extras in them. Also the verse is in 4/4 but the chrorus in 3/4- that's why the picking pattern changes. Yes, lyrically the trick is to get a complex myth into a simple-enough lyric without losing all the point which is what I tried to do- whether i succeeded is up to others to decide, of course. (lol)
Cheers
Mark
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jodyrush said 3138 days ago (December 13th, 2010)
Hi Mark
This is a great story. Thanks for bringing it to us.
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alfredthepelican said 3136 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
Thanks Jody
For your comments.
Cheers
Mark
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