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The Man Who Learned To Fly

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The man who learned to fly didn’t always have success

He’s broke a bone a time or two jumping from his nest
But every time he comes out with his feathers and his wings
He looks resolved to try again,
He looks at peace with things

Line ‘em up
Gathered here to watch him fail to fly
Instead you’ll see him soar into the sky.

The man who learned to fly has an attic where he lives
He dreams of birds and shooting stars and all the sky can give.
A history of failed attempts
A fool that they forgive.
They fool him every time he heads down to the cliff.


from Spinning The Compass (2016 remaster), released February 3, 2016


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A latter-day Victorian street-theatre barker with a guitar promising tales of mystery, imagination, ‘orrible murders and bloody great waving tentacles’ is how Tom Slatter has been described. Since 2010 he has been scaring audiences with five albums and numerous EPs of storytelling songs. ... more

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