Song of the Day #1,582: ‘Stork & Owl’ – TV On the Radio

Here’s a song from TV On the Radio’s great album Dear Science that tends to get lost in the mix.

‘Stork & Owl’ doesn’t have an easy groove like many of its counterparts. While most of the album is avant garde poetry that passes for dance music, this is avant garde poetry that sounds like exactly that.

I don’t pretend to know exactly what these lyrics mean, but I do love the imagery. The surreal conversation between the stork and the owl. Candle of life lights the blights and bruises. The soft open petals of a Jessica rose.

Faceless fall from this life and ah
If you can’t see the stars
You’ve probably gone too far
Like the voice that cried
On the lonesome tide
Like the wave was
the only love it ever saw

“What’s this dying for?”
Asks the Stork that soars
With the Owl high above
Canyons mighty walls
Owl said “Death’s a door
That love walks through
In and out, in and out
Back and forth, back and forth”

Turn from the fear
Of the storms that might be
Oh let it free
That caged on fire thing
Oh hold its hands
It’ll feel like lightening
Oh in your arms safe
From the storms

Sky bends, the moon’s dress’s slung low,
slung low.
Dogstar taught a dance
It goes, it goes, it goes, it goes
Arms out knees bend
The motion flows
Like the soft open petals
Of a Jessica Rose

So Sirius.
So it falls apart
It just reveals the perfect nothing.
Of everything you are
Of everything we are

Candle of life
Lights the blights and bruises
Oh lay it down
In the night
Let it soothe this
Oh hold its hands
And we’ll know what truth is
Oh in its arms safe from the storms

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,582: ‘Stork & Owl’ – TV On the Radio

  1. Amy says:

    Every time you post a song from this group, I want to watch Rachel Getting Married again. 🙂 This song screams to be analyzed… maybe after a second cup of coffee!

  2. Dana says:

    I know this band is critically acclaimed and you seem to like them a great deal, but I have yet to hear a song from them that makes me want to hear more, and this song, interesting lyrics aside, is no exception.

  3. Andrea Katz says:

    Random question…Clay, do you use any headphones you’d recommend that do not cost a fortune?

  4. Clay says:

    I recently bought this pair at Best Buy for $20 and they work just fine for my needs:

  5. Shawn says:

    How do I go about getting a record made? I come up with stuff like this everyday in the shower. Geez, was that too harsh? Is there one “real” instrument on the track?

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