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The Music Of Poligraf : The Winged Life

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("The Winged Man" by Odilon Redon)

"The Winged Life" takes its name from the following verse by William Blake :


He who binds himself to a joy

Does the winged life destroy

But he who kisses the joy as it flies

Lives in eternity's sunrise

This piece is a singularity as far as the poligrafic repertoire is concerned. I didn't aim for innovation or cleverness as I usually do because I felt that the best way to let the message through was to keep the music simple. Thus the song is about 4 minutes long and stays within a fairly standard structure.

The song starts in a negative, finger-pointing, minor mode, progressively evolves to a positive, hope-fostering mood, and ends on the instrumental section harmonized to an uplifting variation of the original chord progression.

The lyrics are at the almost-done-yet-still-tentative status :


1st Verse

I remember quite well, seems not so long ago

You had to face a choice, at last you had your chance to go


You said you would I can recall, your mind made up, you couldn't fall

But when came time to break the news, you clearly showed you were confused


2nd Verse

We took some time apart, and let the dust settle

But you let your fear build up, a pressure that you could not handle


I faced your flames, I played your games, you said that I should take the blame

And after all this much abuse, I thought for sure there was no use, in going on


1st Chorus

Because you didn't believe in us

You're not one of the team - oh believe that

Because you linger from faith to fear

You're not part of the dream


1st Bridge

We have wings, when we refuse to cry

We have wings, when we refuse to lie

We have wings, none of us can deny

We have wings, but were afraid to fly


2nd Chorus

Believe, you have to believe in us

Play your part in the team - oh believe

Believe, of faith and fear one is clear

Be your part of the dream


2nd Bridge

We have wings, when we refuse to die

We have wings, when we stand up and try

Grow your wings, and stop to ask why

You have wings

Just jump up and fly


The Music Of Poligraf series are reposts of writings and audio clips that have been originally published on The Goal Was So Near from November 2008 to April 2009, made available for those who missed the original Clip Of The Day series.


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