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Take These Wings
Lyrics and melody by Cat Faber 2012

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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--
 
This song was inspired by Elizabeth Barrette's poem series "Fledgling Grace" Her series page is here: she is very prolific and you will have to scroll down a bit to get to Fledgling Grace.