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“Son,” Daedalus said, “be sure that your wings carry you steadily.
Drift neither too low, nor high in the sky. Follow and stay with me.
Don’t go near the sea: you’ll dampen your plumes.
Close to the searing sun, wax weakens and feathers fall.”

Hands trembling with fear, his face wet with tears, Daedalus kissed the boy.
Hope for their escape lay only in flight: Minos watched land and sea.
Birds fly, but can Man? With luck they would soar,
Gaining their liberty. Such hubris the gods abhor.

Soon father and son leapt into the air, gliding so naturally.
Some watched from below, declaring them gods. Mortals they could not be.
Young Icarus climbed, ascending great heights,
Reaching such solar stings, fire melted his waxen wings.

Fast plummeting down, the boy disappeared into his watery grave.
“No!”, Daedalus cried, at seeing his craft bring on his son’s demise,
Left wondering why he’d urged him to fly,
Knowing his willful mind. Yet surely, our dreams will die,
Wasted, if we never try. So, shouldn’t we dare to fly?


from The Other Side, released January 6, 2013
Music/Arrangement : Loïs Le Van
Lyrics : Laura Karst

Voice : Loïs Le Van
Trumpet : Thomas Mayade
French Horn/Mellophone : Manu Domergue
Piano : Sandrine Marchetti
Bass : Leïla Renault
Drums : Roland Merlinc


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