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The Poignant & Epic Saga Of Featherhead And Lucky Lack
Lyrics: John Popper
Music: Chan Kinchla

I remember hearing a story
About a girl who wanted to fly
Something about dreams as fragile as bubbles
Well perhaps it won't apply
It seems she'd flap her arms every day and every night
As hard and as long as she could
She knew her dream needed all the love she could give it
For it to do her any good

One night her heart spoke in a dream
It told her if you really love this believe, because

It takes the guiltiest of eyes
To condemn the man who dies
It takes a thousand of his best spies
To expose as many lies
It could take weeks for me to say
How it'll take forever to go away
And it takes everything you have
Everything to be in love

Well across the street there lived a little boy
Sad disfigured child with two humps on his back
Pitiful autistic little mess in a wheelchair
The other kids all named him Lack
But Lack started to take an interest
In that girl across the way
He'd watch in amazement from his window
While she flapped her arms
And that's how they'd spend their days
She'd soon inspire him to stand
That girl everyone called Featherhead
Made him clearly understand
That

It takes the guiltiest of eyes
To condemn the man who dies
It takes a thousand of his best spies
To expose as many lies
It could take weeks for me to say
How it'll take forever to go away
And it takes everything you have
Everything to be in love

Soon Lack could walk and talk and hide his humps
And people realized how clever he could be
Feather still dreaming about the skies
Unaware of how in love Lack was with she
One day she quit flapping her arms at last
Convinced that she'd accomplished nothing at all
When Lack heard this he ran, not walked to her house
And he begged her, yes he begged her not to let Rome fall

He said "Everything I am now is for and because of you
You see I understand your secret and I swear to God it's all true"

It takes the guiltiest of eyes
To condemn the man who dies
It takes a thousand of his best spies
To finally realize
That it takes the strength of Samson's hair
To enter if you dare
And it takes Icarus in flight
To provoke the gods to fight
It could take weeks for me to say
And it'll take forever to go away
And it takes everything you have
Everything to be in love

Well time wears on, and soon Featherhead and Lack had to grow up
Featherhead didn't quit and would be finishing flight school soon
She works for NASA exploring space
Flying regularly to Jupiter's seventh moon
Lack defying all laws of gravity and otherwise flew away
You see those humps on his back grew into great big gossamer wings
He changed his name to Luck because he had so much
He still flies where he's needed, doing all sorts of nifty and amazing things
From time to time they meet up in the sky to celebrate
Tax dollars and miracles can let the weirdest people date

It takes the guiltiest of eyes
To condemn the man who dies
It takes a thousand of his best spies
To expose as many lies
It could take weeks for me to say
How it'll take forever to go away
And it takes everything you have
Everything to be in love

I remember hearing a story...

1994 Blues Traveler

First release: Defense & Desire/Lucky Lack
Released: 12/01/1993
Earliest time played: 04/10/1992
Last time played: 02/26/2012
Playing frequency:
  91 plays (see all shows)
  4.90% of shows in the database
  5.75% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Song information:
  This song won the Chant Poll in 2004; it was brought back on 07/04/2004 after a six-year absence.

Other recordings of "The Poignant & Epic Saga Of Featherhead And Lucky Lack":
  When the Lights Go Down, 1994
  Run-Around, 1995
  Sweet Pain and...Blues, 1995
  North Hollywood Shootout, 2008
  25, 2012


he begged her not to let Rome fall
The "fall of Rome" refers to the decline of the Roman empire, i.e. the death of something beautiful.
it takes the strength of Samson's hair
The story of Samson comes from the Bible and is described in the book of Judges. Samson is born to a family who is instructed by an angel to raise him under a Nazarite vow, saying he will do great things. This vow prohibited him from cutting his hair, among other things, and as a result he grew up with extraordinary strength.
And it takes Icarus in flight
Icarus is a figure from Roman mythology who escaped from imprisonment in Crete by making wings out of feathers and wax and flying out - very relevant to the theme of this song. However, he later flew too close to the sun, causing the wax to melt, which made him fall to his death.
NASA
NASA, or the National Aeronautical and Space Administration, is responsible for all US exploration of outer space.
Jupiter's seventh moon
Ganymede is the seventh moon out from Jupiter and is the largest moon in the solar system. It actually has oxygen in its atmosphere, a rarity.