Song of the Day #3,575: ‘Feather’ – William Wild

Ty Sheridan, the Oscar-nominated writer of 2016’s Hell or High Water, made his debut as a writer-director last year with the underseen and underrated Wind River.

Inspired by the alarming rate of sexual assault on Native American women on reservations. the film follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) and Fish and Wildlife hunter (Jeremy Renner) as they investigate the rape and eventual death of a young woman in the frigid hills of Wyoming.

As in Hell or High Water, Sheridan does a masterful job dropping the viewer into a very specific setting, creating characters we believe have lived there all their lives. Though this is ostensibly a murder mystery, Sheridan is refreshingly less interested in the twists and turns of the whodunit than in documenting the effects of violence on those who remain.

Wind River popped up on NetFlix this month, and I encourage anybody who missed it in theaters to give it a shot.

I’ve been traveling
Flying on south again
How, how could it be
It seems as though a moment ago
I was reaping the seeds that I’d sewn

Now morning blows quickly through
Afternoon follows suit
How am I to get these things done?
Well time stays uncounted by days
A looming and ominous shade

Worry been breaking and bringing me down
And counting all the times that I fall
But when my time comes I won’t be counting at all
I feel all my filth when I look in your eyes
But it falls as light as a feather in the night

Man you said meet me there
How do get from here to where I belong?
It ain’t just like finding a sign to get home
It’s building your house on the stone

Worry been breaking and bringing me down
And counting all the times that I fall
But when my time comes I won’t be counting at all
I feel all my filth when I look in your eyes
But it falls as light as a feather in the night

Your house it will cover you
But the rain still falls outside
And your light it don’t shine cause it’s hidden under a bed
Why do you hide under a bed?

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,575: ‘Feather’ – William Wild

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    This is one of the movies I never got around to seeing, so its good to know it’s available on Netflix. The song, by the way, is quite beautiful.

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    Love this movie!

  3. Maddie says:

    Really beautiful song and definitely one of the best films of last year.

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