We've come to bring you home
Haven't we, Cassiel?

To cast aside your loss and all of your sadness
And shuffle off that mortal coil and mortal madness
For we're here to pick you up and bring you home
Aren't we, Cassiel?

It's a place where you did not belong
Where time itself was mad and far too strong
Where life leapt up laughing and hit you hear on and hurt you
Didn't it hurt you, Cassiel?

While time outran you and trouble flew toward you
And you were there to greet it
Weren't you, foolish Cassiel?

But here we are, we've come to call you home
And here you'll stay, never more to stray
Where you can kick off your boots of clay
Can't you, Cassiel?

For death and you did recklessly collide
And time ran out of you, and you ran out of time
Didn't you, Cassiel?

And all the clocks in all the world
May this once just skip a beat in memory of you
But then again those damn clocks, they probably won't
Will they, Cassiel?

One moment you are there
Then strangely you are gone
But on behalf of us all here
We're glad to have you home
Aren't we, dear Cassiel?

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    General CommentI wonder why no one has commented on this song yet - such a beautiful, deep song. It is clearly referring to the (equally wonderful) film "Wings of Desire", a film that revolves around an angel, Damiel, becoming a mortal for the love of a woman. Cassiel is Damiels closest friend, and it remains unclear whether he is giving up his immortality as well.
    What makes the song particularly remarkable is the fact that at the time, Caves songs were predominately sinister and gloomy, and only their sarcasm saved them from appearing kitschy to me. Cassiel's song is therefore even more remarkable, as in this song Cave unveils the lyrical side of his voice; I don't recall Cave being that compassionate (and therefore vulnerable) before. The end of the song is very comforting - recommended for dreadful moments.
    charmson January 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentErratum: the song is in fact written for the sequel of the mentioned film - "In weiter Ferne, so nah". Thanks to Hans for the correction.!
    charmson February 03, 2008   Link

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