i was a cloud
i was a cloud looking down;
your frantic waving did not provoke feeling.

but this little one
steady your wings, now, sparrow
i remembered him
steady your wings, now, sparrow

and in the dark,
from the sea marbled and moon-blue
into the burning eye of the sun
without feeling

my end was imminent
steady your course now, sparrow
but i remembered him
fear for your home life, sparrow
fear for your home life.


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    General CommentI think this is my favorite song on the record. Just so melodic and so touching. The hushed "steady your wings now sparrow" gave me chills.
    zoolahon August 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI feel like I'm constantly thinking: The name of this website is song mmmmeanings; but no one really cares I huh. Well Shearwater anyway is a project I think demands immediate analysis. Few songwriters are as cryptic or as pithy.
    bohemiandonuton January 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSuch a haunting song. As with all Shearwater songs meanings are crptic, to me it seems like someone remebering the warnings given to them by someone in their past - the sparrow lines, I feel like they're the voice or the advisor. But the character singing the song, they were too much of a free spirit, or too close-minded to listen, and the tone of the song suggests perhaps they are now regretful of this?

    Who knows, it's fun hypothesizing though.
    wuwahgahhahon February 05, 2009   Link

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