You there on the bridge, where have you been? What's your name?
And you there on the wall, where will you go to once you fall?
You lost at sea, do you need me, do need directions?
Hey, put down the gun. What are you thinking? You were someone's son.

The taste of tears, the sting of pain,
The smell of fear, the sounds of crying now.

A long, long time ago I fell to this place from another dimension,
And thrust amongst the beasts and the way they behave borders on dementia.
And now through all these years I can barely take it, I don't think I can make it.
Take me away from here, I want to go home...I'm so sick and tired of

The taste of tears, the sting of pain,
The smell of fear, the sounds of crying.
Now, as you stand around the edge of your life
What do you remember, was it all you wanted ?
I'm trying to earn a set of feathery wings
I wish I could protect you here
Oh please don't cry now, smile
As you stand around the edge of your life
You're troubles are over, mine are just beginning.
I'm trying to earn a set of feathery wings to take me away from here.
It's me you leave behind.

Oh, if only I could have been there, I'd be a hand for the sinking.
If only I could have been there, I'd be a prayer for the dying.
See the pain etched in my face...oh, I'm so sick and tried of

The taste of tears, the sting of pain
The smell of fear, the sounds of crying
Now, as you stand around the edge of your life,
what do you remember, was it all you wanted?
I'm trying to earn a set of feathery wings
I wish I could protect you here
Oh please don't cry now, smile
As you stand around the edge of your life
You're troubles are over, mine are just beginning
I'm trying earn a set of feathery wings to take me away from here

It's me you leave...
You're gone from here,
Don't leave from here,
Don't leave me here,
I hate it here,
You're gone from here,
Don't leave me here,
I need you here,
I need to see you smile.


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Feathery Wings song meanings
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    General CommentI always thought this song was about the loved one of someone who has or is going to commit suicide, and the pain the act puts that loved one through.

    Although at ne point, on Voltaire's own Mailing list he describes this song as written in the point of view of the angel of death, and how it's painful for him to transport all these souls...

    I really don't see it.
    thepokeduckon August 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this song was about a Guardian Angel who just wasn't very good at his job, and it makes him depressed because he can't seem to save anyone.

    Like someone mentioned, the "earn a set of feathery wings" always seemed to me like a reference to "It's a Wonderful Life" wherein an Guardian Angel earns his wings to return to heaven when he/she helps a human save their life.

    ...Or something to that effect. It's a beautiful song.
    Zekon January 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love Voltaire's vocals on this one... He really sounds like a fallen angel.
    freakishfaeon April 17, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agwee. I love this song!!!!!! I think Voltaire's songs all sound the same intro-wise, but it's his lyrics you have to listen to. I emailed Voltaire, but no replies. Poo. Why can't he reply to every single email?! *sob* anyway yeah I like Voltaire cuz his songs have cool messages. and also he expresses things other artists wouldn't dare. Like the desire to kill. I know how that goes.
    Prophet01on June 25, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt's "thrust amongst the beasts," not "crossed the monster beast." And it's "hand for the sinking," not "handful of singing." Jeebus.
    Empress Sunon February 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe line "I tried hard to save the feathery wings" should be "I'm trying to earn a set of feathery wings." And onward..

    I love this song. I always thought of it as a man trying to stop a loved on from killing themselves. In thepokeduck's post, where Voltaire says it's from the angel of death's point of view, I could see that. Anyways, this is a beautiful song.
    Mechanismus.on December 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentVoltaire may mean the lyrics to be interpreted that way, but people interpret it in their own way. This song makes me feel the same as thepokeduck. It makes me think of a person who's loved one has coped with suicide for a long time, has contemplated it, thought about it, kept it on their mind, and finally attempted it. Maybe the loved one is reflecting on it.
    But you can also see what he is talking about for example, "as you stand there at the edge of your light
    what do you remember, was it all you wanted?
    i tried hard to save the feathery wings."
    This is a beautiful song...
    Nishie900on October 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentUnlike everyone else, I could easily see the meaning of this song.
    It's not about coping with a loved one commiting suicide, as one of the lines are:

    "You lost at sea, Do you need me? Do you need direction?"

    Obviously by that line you can tell it isn't suicide.
    No one can purposely get lost at see.
    It was an accident, and now it is the Angel of Death's duty to take care of his soul when he passes.

    I must agree with everyone else, though, that this is a beautiful song.
    Most of his other songs have a touch of macabre or humour in them, and this is one of his more serious songs.
    It's excellent how he has done such a good job on it.
    hyzenthlayon December 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't think that line means someone is lost at sea literally.
    I think he's saying that metaphorically, like they feel lost within themselves and in life, and they don't know how to get back
    jfoxroxyoursoxon January 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHaha, wow. That seems like a really obvious meaning now you say it.
    I must have been having a really ignorant day...
    But yeah, the lyrics make a lot more sense now.
    hyzenthlayon April 11, 2007   Link

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