"Black Swan Song" as written by and Steven Alexander Roberts Timothy John Wanstall....
I waded through the darkest fields you'd imagine
Your pretty face sketched on the barrel of my gun
And I know you'll be the first to welcome me
When I climb into eternity
Oh, oh

The forest always kept us warm
But it doesn't feel like home anymore
And I know there's bigger mountains where you are
And a better climate for my heart
Oh, oh

I've been racing the clock
And I've run out of steam
I am ready for my final symphony
Oh my body is weak
But my soul is still strong
I am ready to rest in your arms

Though many battles I have won
I lost too many friends I could count on
And I know they'll be the first to welcome me
When I parachute into eternity
Oh, oh

I've been racing the clock
And I've run out of steam
I am ready for my final symphony
Oh my body is weak
But my soul is still strong
I am ready to rest in your arms

And the rain beat down on the rooftops
But there was no sound
There was no sound
And all my friends and family carried me
They carried me home
Carried me home

I've been racing the clock
And I've run out of steam
I am ready for my final symphony
Oh my body is weak
But my soul is still strong
I am ready to rest in your arms
I've been racing the clock
And I've run out of steam
I am ready for my final symphony
Oh my body is weak
But my soul is still strong
I am ready to rest in your arms
Oh, oh


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"Black Swan Song" as written by Joel Laslett Pott Carey Suthon Willetts

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    General CommentBlack Swan Song’ is a powerful and moving song about the death of Joel’s grandfather. Joel picks up the story here, “September 1944 in the woods near Arnhem, Holland, my grandfather lay alone and badly wounded struggling to write a farewell letter to his new wife.

    My grandfather Major John Pott died in 2005 at the age of eighty four in Lewisham Hospital London (the same hospital my daughter was born in, an experience that inspired the song 'Wires'). After suffering a heart attack he had felt it time to leave his home in Speyside, Scotland and go on farewell jaunt around the UK. He was very weak, but insisted upon travelling alone.

    After a day sightseeing in London with my father, he collapsed and was taken to the hospital where I was able to see him and say goodbye. He held my hand and said "goodbye old chap!" and "bless you". He died later that night with my father by his side. My dad said it was like watching a soldier fight his last battle - there was some struggle but it was a triumphant end.
    His death had such a big impact on us as a family and even though we were sad to say goodbye we all felt inspired by his amazing life and death.

    The funeral was a very moving celebration of an incredible man. Swallows flew overhead as bagpipes played and comrades in uniform took it in turn to stand at the foot of his grave and salute him.

    After his death I knew I wanted to pay tribute to him in some way but nothing came to me for three years. I was at our barn in Wales sitting outside looking over the hills playing the guitar. I started singing the lines "all my friends and family carried me, they carried me home, carried me home" and I instantly knew where the song was coming from. I wrote from my grandpa's perspective. I wrote about his early battles, but mainly about his last one and his longing to go to be with his wife (Anna Pott, who died a few years previously) in heaven. It was my grandpa's symphony, Black Swan Song.

    Joel and his father David recently paid an emotionally-charged visit to Arnhem to mark the anniversary of the battle there in which Joel’s grandfather — a paratrooper - was severely injured. After lying in the woods for nearly twenty hours he was taken to a German military hospital and after a heroic, but thwarted attempt to escape on crutches, he remained in a POW camp until released by the Americans in April 1945.
    worrobakkaon March 30, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI saw Athlete live recently and the lead singer Joel said that this song was about his grandfather. A very emotional and moving song, stunning to hear it played live.
    secondalibion September 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBrilliant song, I think the meaning is pretty obvious, a soldier meeting his death.
    Cyberghoston August 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlthough I do wonder how it came to be called "Black Swan Song"
    Cyberghoston August 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell there's a thing called the Black Swan Theory, which refers to hard to explain, rare event beyond the realm of normal expectation. Which is named after the Black Swan because it is an extreme outlier amongst the Swan species, so it could be a referal to the strength and determination of the soldier to fight for his lover, which was beyond the realm of normallity?
    Hardimenton September 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentBeatiful song.
    tmaloneyon September 08, 2009   Link

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