I fashioned you wings out of feathers and wax.
We would fly ‘cross the sea and we’d never look back.
And no eyes but the sea’s would e’er witness our act.
O, no eyes but the sea’s.
We flew past the people who once held us down,
And we laughed to ourselves how they won’t catch us now.
But your dreams took you further than fate would allow,
And fate took you from me.
So maybe we flew much too close to the sun.
In the midst of our longing, our dreams were undone.
Still I’d rather be in the sky falling with you
Than standing down here on my own.
Maybe our wings were wax, feathers, and clay,
But they seemed so invincible until that day.
Now the sun, it illumines my far-away pain
As I stand on the earth all alone.
We fluttered on over their walls and their rules,
We laughed at the looks on the faces of fools,
And the king in his counting house, counting his jewels
Could ne’er rival our glee.
We danced across treetops with clouds at our toes.
While the gulls flew above and the waves crashed below.
Sweet Zephyrus carried us hither and fro
Towards the sea,’ cross the sea!
You opened your wings and you took to the sky.
I tried to call out, but you flew much too high
To respond to the call of a mortal like I…
Then a raindrop of honey-hued wax prophecied
The shower of tears that now falls from my eyes.
It all happened too quickly to say our goodbyes.
In the sea, now you lie.
Dear Icarus, now you have traveled so far
Not even my wings can take me where you are,
But your dreams never carried you far from my heart,
And my dreams are all of you.