"Shrike" as written by and Andrew Hozier-byrne....
I couldn't utter my love when it counted
Ah, but I'm singing like a bird, 'bout it now
I couldn't whisper when you needed it shouted
Ah, but I'm singing like a bird, 'bout it now

The bite on above
But never would fall in
Like a crane at the final breath that is drawn
Remember me, love when everyone
Is a shrike to your sharp and glorious thorn

And I had no idea on what ground I was found in
All that goodness is gone with you now
There when I met you my virtues uncounted
All of my goodness is gone with you now

Driving alone, following your form
Hung like the pearl of some prey you had worn
Remember me love, when everyone
Is the shrike to your sharp and glorious thorn

I fled to the city with so much discounted
Ah, but I'm flying like a bird to you now
Back to the hedgerows where bodies are mounted
Ah, but I'm flying like a bird to you now

I was highest by your warmth
And I was transformed
But your gounded and giving
And darkening scorn
Remember me, love when I'm reborn
As the shrike to your sharp and glorious thorn


Lyrics submitted by Mellow_Harsher, edited by HoeForHozier, acadianaviator

"Shrike" as written by Andrew Hozier-byrne

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    General CommentTotally not sure but I see this song talking about the relationship between a mother/father and Child “hatched by your warmth” and “ah, but I’m flying like a bird to you now” references him growing up and flying from his mother/Father.
    Jacob1212on September 09, 2018   Link
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    General CommentI personally think it's about one of the lovers (the singer) on their death bed and singing to the other that he couldn't do anything he should've done before when it actually mattered, he only took it all for granted so he needs the other to remember him whenever he comes back in the form of a shrike to their sharp and glorious thorn and this metaphor probably speaks as a soul(shrike) that sort of depends on the other soul(thorn) because shrikes use thorns or barbed wires to stab their insects on it so that they get smaller bites to feed on. Also, the line "then when I met you my virtues uncounted" could mean that when he met the other, he sort of already started another life, more like a new chapter, where he forgets about all the past good deeds to make room for the new ones. And now that he's going, all of his good deeds stay with the other.
    HoeForHozieron September 15, 2018   Link
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    My OpinionI hear this as the singer asking for a past lover to take them back. They recognize the mistakes they made, have bettered themselves since and just want them to see the changes. For me, the line "as a shrike to your sharp and glorious thorn" is a metaphor about how they are throwing themselves at their lover's mercy, opened themselves up and are now vulnerable in a way they wouldn't allow themself to be in the past. It is an absolutely deep and beautiful plea.
    pocodoton October 19, 2018   Link

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