"Atticus" as written by and Shingai Elizabeth Maria/smith Shoniwa....
To kill a mockingbird
Is to silence the song
That seduces you
Why?
'cause you need that desire in your heart to survive
And you need that burning fire in your soul to know
You're still alive
So catch me when I fall
Or did I dive at your delight?

In my heart I can fly
And I cannot disguise my love
There is no time
And I wouldn't know how
Constellations tonight
Are so fiercesomely bright, my love
I have no fear
I am Atticus now

Remember what I lost like hot coals in my hand from days gone by
Like Pandora adored the euphoria as her heart raced
Like love lost you've got to try even in vain
Feels like you'll go insane
But you're the hardest instrument that I've ever had to play

In my heart I can fly
And I cannot disguise my love
There is no time to
And I wouldn't know how to
Constellations tonight
Are so fiercesomely bright, my love
I have no fear
I am Atticus now

So why don't we fall into the waves?
Can't you see how my heart yearns to mis-behave?

In my heart I can fly
And I cannot disguise my love
There is no time to
And I wouldn't know how
The constellations tonight
Are so fiercesomely bright, my love
I have no fear left
Cause I am Atticus now

So why don't we fall into the waves?
Can't you see how my heart yearns to mis-behave?


Lyrics submitted by Spartan3500

"Atticus" as written by James Ross Morrison Daniel John Montagu Smith

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +2
    General CommentPretty sure that "but your heart is instrument that I've ever had to play" is actually "but you're the hardest instrument that I've ever had to play"
    willhirschon May 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThe song is in reference to the novel by Harper Lee called 'To Kill A Mockingbird' (which is referenced in the 1st line of the song) where Atticus plays the role of the protagonist (Scout)'s father.
    xziareon June 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that the song is about the immense happiness and sense of power that can be achieved through freedom, and about having no fear.
    It is obviously, as xziar has already said, inspired by Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, in which the lawyer, Atticus Finch, defends a black man accused of raping a white girl. I think that his character is used because he stood up against an issue that normally would have been simply accepted, and then moved along, which makes him brave and fearless, the feelings that I am getting from this song.
    ButchCassidy7on November 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about the excitement/desire of a forbidden love that has become so strong that you no longer care about/are fearless of other's opinion of it. Atticus is used as a metaphor here as he was a character who was fearless about acting in a way that everyone else was either too prejudiced or too afraid to. The other reference to To Kill A Mockingbird at the beginning of the song along with "Pandora's Euphoria" are basically saying being naughty is exciting!

    The whole message of the song is summarised pretty nicely in the final lines of the song: "why don't we fall into the waves, can't you see how my heart yearns to misbehave".
    MIS55BHLon November 27, 2013   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite line: "Can't you see how my heart yearns to misbehave?"
    v8pluveron February 05, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General Commentwhich atticus do they refer to? does anyone know?
    onetwofoldon June 10, 2009   Link

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