"Icarus - Born On Wings Of Steel" as written by and Kerry A Livgren....
Early in the morning sunlight
Soaring on the wings of dawn
Here I'll live and die with my wings in the sky
And I won't come down no more

Higher than a bird, I'm flying
Crimson skies of ice and fire
Borne on wings of steel, I have so much to feel
And I won't come down no more

Sail on, sail on
I will rise each day to meet the dawn
So high, so high

I've climbed the mountains of the sky
Without my wings, you know, I'd surely die
I found my freedom flyin' high
I've climbed the mountains of the sky

Floating on a cloud of amber
Searching for the rainbow's end
Earth so far below me, I'm here alone, free
I can't come down no more

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"Icarus (Born on Wings of Steel)" as written by Kerry Livgren

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    General CommentIt seems to me that it's not exactly about flying in its most literal sense, but rather, it's using wings and flying as symbolism for something that makes the singer feel free. Possibly its his feeling of freedom itself. And "without my wings you know I'd surely die" means that his life would not be worth living without freedom. That's just what it means to me.

    It's an awesome song, probably the best one on the Masque album.
    Pippin the Mercuryon July 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo comments? why not?! this song is awesome!
    What it's about, I couldn't tell you. I think alot of Kansas songs are hard to Interpret, especially on the Masque Album. But the song is still awesome!
    WYWHon March 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is pretty simple. In Greek mythology, Icarus's father, Daedalus, along with Theseus had slain the Minotaur in the labyrinth on Knossos. However, Icarus was a prisoner in the labyrinth. Thus, Daedalus had constructed wings made of feathers and wax so he and Icarus could fly away. Unfortunately, Icarus flew too close to the sun, as his father had warned him, so the max melted, and he perished in the ocean. The song describes his bravado. Kansas made so many good songs besides "Carry on My Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind" - this is one of them.
    kashmir91086on May 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentoh yeah, kansas has been my favorite band since i was a kid, and i get sick of the people that have only heard those two and point of know return...quite unfortunate, but indeed this song is probably one of my favorites of Kansas'
    GeneSpliceon May 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about someone who enjoys flying a plane :)

    the song is just called icarus in tribute to him, borne on wings of steel - well just look up the word borne
    scarroll9on July 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it is most definitely about flying, literally, in a plane, but he is using to show that he is free from the people telling him what to do, because he is so high up, no one can talk to him. He is free. If you listen to Icarus II (not a great song...) it talks about a guy who loves to fly planes, but now is in war because of his talent and was chosen to do what he is good at and he dies for it.
    Mindbreaker4228on August 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song and Icarus II are two parts of a story. The definition of borne is technically not birth, but being concieved by other means. He was not literally borne of wings of steel, but he feels that way because flying makes him feel so free. Obviously, if he were flying and lost his wings, he'd die, but in another sense, if he lost his plane or means of flying, he'd die of the feeling of being lost. Icarus II Is where he is drafted into the airforce to fight in a war. He wishes he were back home, but cant go back, because he must focus on his task that was set for him. He ends up getting shot down while trying to help his friends escape. He sacrifices himself for them.

    This also could be referring to God, who lives in Heaven. God is higher than anyone on Earth. But in Icarus II, Jesus is sent to the Earth to save people from their sins by sacrificing himself for them. The enemy planes could be sin, and the friends going down in flames could be his disciple who lose faith and fall away. Listen to the two song in a row again, and youll catch my drift.
    eugeniuson June 22, 2011   Link
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    General CommentSeems obvious to me that wings of steel refer to the steel strings of Kerry Livgren's guitar. That when he plays his spirit soars into the stratosphere. But there is also a danger that he can be so taken up my his music, that if he ignores some realities, he will come crashing back to earth.
    WillMc7on October 23, 2012   Link
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    My OpinionIcarus is simply about freedom. Kerry Livgren was searching for God. The flying high is the attempt to get closer to God. If you listen closely to most of Kerry's songs, they are all about his search! There is true genius in his music and that is why it resonates to this very day!
    DannyKepharton August 21, 2015   Link

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