Damages define our border
Wall and manner forged in flame
Knowing little of your wounding
Share our mending all the same

Weight of words and wars we carry
I'm like you, just like you
Eyes of secret, storm and story
Show and tell, we'll make it through

Sadness like a pendulum
Pulls us round and to and fro
Onus Fate and Undue Odium
Armor, anchor, lead and stone

By the telling will they become,
Will they all be feathers?

Eyes of secret, storm and story
Show and tell, we'll make it through
Onus Fate and Undue Odium
Armor, anchor, lead and stone

By the telling may they become
May they all be feathers


Lyrics submitted by EternalTearsOfSorrow, edited by mael15

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  • +5
    General CommentDefinitely one of my favorite songs on their new album. Took me a while to figure this one out, but i think its pretty clear to me now. To me, this song seems to be about the importance of creating meaningful connections and letting go of things we tend to want to carry around with us. The opening lines paint the picture of what its like to experience pain and sadness and how this can shape us and create our "borders". But it also gives us a clue as to how to deal with experiences like this, and turn them into something positive instead of just carrying them around as baggage. This, to me, is the whole point the song is trying to make...when we share these experiences with someone, we can form important connections with others, and at the same time be able to let go of some of the weight that can hold us back. "Armour, anchor, lead, and stone"...instead of using these problems as armour and becoming weighted down and closed off, we should remain open and let them go like "feathers". My favorite line of the song..."sadness, like a pendulum pulls us round and to and from".....really reinforces the central theme here, which is that pain and sadness will control us if we hang on to it. Really beautifully written, complex lyrics and a top notch vocal performance make this an instant MJK classic.
    Unbeliever21on May 06, 2018   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationTo me this song is about an a lot of things having to do with war, political unrest and oppression and seems to be very timely with how our nation is a mess at this time.

    ::::Wall and anger, armor, stone
    By the telling may they become
    May they all be feathers:::::

    this chorus sums it all up to me, basically as a nation, as a whole
    we are angry and the anger is like armor or stone and we need to find a way to come to some form of peace so if we communicate (by the telling) and find a way to take some meaningful action we can find peace (feathers), in all this unrest and terrorism our world currently is drowning in
    EternalTearsOfSorrowon October 18, 2017   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningTherapeutic talking, getting rid of things that pull you down, transforming them into light things (feathers).
    mael15on May 07, 2018   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI picture it as AA/NA meetings, and the variety of people that attend. Each telling their experiences. Hoping to relieve some of the weight and turn it feathers.
    Bowmanon May 09, 2018   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI see this song as a blueprint on how to use things you've acquired to benefit others. The culmination of your experience means nothing unless you are able to use it somehow--to move through, to turn it into something useful, to help others. And in doing so you help yourself, and you earn another feather in your cap. Share your experiences, good and bad, so that others may learn.
    lateralundertowon November 06, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHere is a possible interpretation, although there could be so much more behind it...

    "Damages define our border
    Wall and manner forged in flame"
    Our negative experiences close us off.
    Our character is formed by these negative experience.

    "Knowing little of your wounding
    Share our mending all the same"
    Although we do not know the specifics of others negative experiences, we all heal the same way.

    "Weight of words and wars we carry
    I'm like you, just like you"
    We hang on and dwell on these experiences - we all do it, we are all human.

    "Eyes of secret, storm and story
    Show and tell, we'll make it through"
    We have burdens that we keep to ourselves. When we share our experiences, struggle - we realize we're not alone, others have had almost the exact same thoughts and experiences. And by understanding that others go through the same thing and have made it out, we can too.

    "Sadness like a pendulum
    Pulls us round and to and fro"
    When I typically think of the symbolism behind pendulum, I think of extremes, like sadness contrasted with extreme happiness. I don't think this is the case here. I think pendulum represents the constant, unrelenting sadness that takes time and moments away from your life, while simultaneously controlling you.

    "Onus Fate and Undue Odium
    Armor, anchor, lead and stone"
    Hm not sure what to make of this. I think he is saying take responsibility for your destiny. Your loathing, hatred and proverbial "stone" you're hanging on to is contributing to your fate; it's unnecessary and harmful to your well-being.

    "By the telling will they become,
    Will they all be feathers?"
    By expressing yourself / communicating with others, will we be able to let go of these experiences that burden us?

    I also think another meaning in this song is that you can change your perception of anger and intolerance. Yet we hang on to it. We LET ourselves become shaped by the negative and its not important, especially given the weight it has over our lives when we hang on to it. He says "I'm like you, just like you". A lot of our anger, sadness and intolerance is due to the judgement we pass. But we are really all the same.

    Such a beautiful song..
    di0timaon May 28, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the meaning of this song is pretty clear; and I think that a couple of the existing comments have pretty much nailed it. I just wanted to address the one line that I think a lot of people are struggling with:
    "Onus fate and undue odium"
    I think if we simply add a comma after "Onus" and treat this line as a list of three things: "Onus, fate, and undue odium," it becomes more clear.
    Then the line can basically be translated to, "Onus (our burdens and responsibilities) fate (the way things will play out no matter our actions) and undue odium (undeserved and unfounded hatred).
    The next line is another list of four things:
    "Amour, anchor, led, and stone"
    MJK is simply listing things that we should, through communication, let go, let them become feathers.
    Swahnon June 18, 2018   Link

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