Take These Wings
lyrics and melody by Cat Faber 2012
Dm C Bb The Fledging came by ones and sevens C Dm Gm A scourge we might hope to escape Bb Gm But over time we all grew feathers C Bb Though never flight, whatever shape. C Bb Though never flight, whatever shape-- Dm F C Take these wings; they're just a burden Bb Gm C That are no key to open sky F Am Dm That mark and mock, that hint and hinder C Dm That all may see and wonder why. C Dm That all may see and wonder why. The wings of doves, mark Norman children The wings of crows the Crow attire A favored few bear wings of cardinals That mark the holy all admire That mark the holy all admire-- So some are blessed by confirmation Of family pride in ancient tales And some are torn by refutation Where memory's guide to lineage fails. Where memory's guide to lineage fails-- Some bear wings of birds before us No living soul has heard their call But bitter sings a different chorus For some are feathered not at all For some are feathered not at all-- Now some suspect my every kindness Is just a mask for evil things What can I do? Where can I shelter? I did not ask for leather wings I did not ask for leather wings--As is mostly the case, this new song is available at my website, www.hwaet.org. If you like my music and would like to support it, I have an album, The King's Lute, available at Bandcamp. If you are choosing a gift for a friend you think might like my music, I hope you will keep me in mind.