Feather
Nujabes Feat. Cise Starr & Akin Lyrics


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Light as a feather when I'm floating through
Reading through the daily news
Measuring the hurt within the golden rule
Centimeters in ether I'm heatin' the speaker
Motivational teacher with words that burn people
Seeing the headlines lined with discord
It's either genocide or the planet in uproar
Never good, the rules of paradise are never nice
The best laid plans of mice and men are never right
I'm just a vagabond with flowers for Algernon
An average joe who knows what the fuck is goin' on
Its the hope of my thoughts that I travel upon
Fly like an arrow of God until I'm gone so

Driftin' away like a feather in air
Lettin' my words take me away from the hurt and despair
So I'm keepin' it vertical forever elevator
Riding an escalator to a somethin' that is greater so I'm

Driftin' away like a feather in air
Lettin' my soul take me away from the hurt and despair
So I'm keepin' it vertical forever elevator
Riding an escalator to a somethin' that is greater

Taking chances word tap dancing with wolves
In an ice arena out there deep in the woods of Arizona
The sun be high life's ironic
Ain't I tryin' to be Dali when I write
Surreal life I paint it vivid
Habitat, crazy, insane
Watchin' propaganda six o' clock news that are sayin
Cultures clash, poor black folk and white trash
They rebel in the cyberspace that might crash, dash
To millennium a million miles of runnin
At the speed of now back,no return gunnin
Rambo style gun-ho child gunning
Ammo blaow two times loud stunnin, stunning
When it hit ya, lift ya off the earth like
Ayo take you right back to birth, and
Niggas wonder why
They might wonder why this shit might happen but it does, it goes

Driftin' away like a feather in air
Lettin' my words take me away from the hurt and despair
So I'm keepin' it vertical forever elevator
Riding the escalator to a somethin' that is greater so I'm

Driftin' away like a feather in air
Lettin' my soul take me away from the hurt and despair
So I'm keepin' it vertical forever elevator
Riding the escalator to a somethin' that is greater

Treat you, better than me 'cause that's the heavenly key
To unlock the inner strength where my essence will be
It's the knowledge of self, understanding of the things around me
That becomes the wisdom that I need,
Livin' this life to the best of my ability
Channelin' energy to my thoughts attain symmetry
Remember me, because my prose remain gold
I got the gift of gab like them pimps in Kangols
It never ends, I keep it rollin' like a cypher,
The first cave man bringing fire, innovating it higher
To blast mistakes I raise the stakes
It's double or nothing in this vacuum of space
I will, survive, divine, the time to cry
Fuck a hold or hide I'm alive with pride




And I drove the chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
Singing "this will be the day that I die"

Overall Meaning

The song "Feather" by Nujabes featuring Cise Starr & Akin is a beautiful piece that speaks of the human experience and the struggle of living in this world. The first verse talks about one's consciousness, being as light as a feather, and floating through life. The singer reads the daily news and measures the hurt within the golden rule, implying that they are aware of the problems that surround us. They see the headlines lined with discord, but they choose to be a motivational teacher with words that can burn people, encouraging them to rise above their struggles. The singer recognizes that the rules of paradise are never nice, and the best-laid plans of mice and men are never right. They are an average joe who knows what's going on, and it's the hope of their thoughts that they travel upon. They aspire to fly like an arrow of God until they're gone.


The second verse speaks of the singer's desire to escape the hurt and despair of life, drifting away like a feather in the air, letting their words and soul take them away. They envision themselves riding an elevator and escalator to something greater, a life that's outside of their current reality. The singer takes chances and word tap dances with wolves, perhaps taking unnecessary risks or seeking something more profound in life. They recognize the irony of life when the sun is high, and they try to be like Dali when writing, painting surreal life. They are aware of the propaganda that they are fed via the news and media, saying that cultures clash, and people rebel in cyberspace that might crash. The final message of the song talks about the hope that the singer has, that they may drive the Chevy to the levee, but it may be dry. They sing that this may be the day that they die, but they continue surviving and striving to live their lives to the best of their ability, channeling energy to their thoughts to achieve symmetry.


Line by Line Meaning

Light as a feather when I'm floating through
I feel weightless as I move through life


Reading through the daily news
I keep up with current events


Measuring the hurt within the golden rule
I try to understand the impact of my actions on others


Centimeters in ether I'm heatin' the speaker
My words are powerful and impactful


Motivational teacher with words that burn people
I use my words to inspire and challenge others


Seeing the headlines lined with discord
The news is filled with conflict and strife


It's either genocide or the planet in uproar
The world is full of catastrophic events


Never good, the rules of paradise are never nice
Good things don't come easily


The best laid plans of mice and men are never right
Even the most well thought-out plans can fall apart


I'm just a vagabond with flowers for Algernon
I am a wanderer, with a love for beauty and nature


An average joe who knows what the fuck is goin' on
Despite my humble status, I am aware of the world around me


Its the hope of my thoughts that I travel upon
I am guided by my optimistic mindset


Fly like an arrow of God until I'm gone so
I have a strong sense of purpose and direction, guided by my faith


Driftin' away like a feather in air
I let go of my worries and allow myself to be carried by the wind


Lettin' my words take me away from the hurt and despair
I find solace and comfort in expressing myself through writing


So I'm keepin' it vertical forever elevator
I am committed to always moving forward and upward in life


Riding an escalator to a somethin' that is greater so I'm
I am constantly striving for something better in life


Taking chances word tap dancing with wolves
I am open to taking risks in life and facing challenges head on


In an ice arena out there deep in the woods of Arizona
I am in a remote, isolated place, facing harsh conditions


The sun be high life's ironic
Life can be full of unexpected twists and turns


Ain't I tryin' to be Dali when I write
I aspire to be creative and innovative in my writing style


Surreal life I paint it vivid
I try to capture the essence of life through vivid imagery


Habitat, crazy, insane
Life can be unpredictable and chaotic


Watchin' propaganda six o' clock news that are sayin
The news media can manipulate and control public opinion


Cultures clash, poor black folk and white trash
There are deep-rooted social and racial divides in society


They rebel in the cyberspace that might crash, dash
People use technology and social media to express their discontent


To millennium a million miles of runnin
It feels like we have been running for eternity towards the future


At the speed of now back,no return gunnin
We are moving rapidly towards the future, with no turning back


Rambo style gun-ho child gunning
There is a sense of aggression and militarism in society


Ammo blaow two times loud stunnin, stunning
The impact of violence and conflict can be staggering


When it hit ya, lift ya off the earth like
Violence can be disorienting and overwhelming


Ayo take you right back to birth, and
The impact of violence can be traumatic, taking you back to your earliest memories


Niggas wonder why
People often question why violence and conflict occur


Treat you, better than me 'cause that's the heavenly key
We should treat others with kindness and compassion, as taught by religion


To unlock the inner strength where my essence will be
By being kind and compassionate, we can tap into our true selves


It's the knowledge of self, understanding of the things around me
Self-awareness and understanding of the world around us is key to personal growth


That becomes the wisdom that I need,
By reflecting on our experiences, we can gain wisdom and insight


Livin' this life to the best of my ability
I strive to make the most of my life, given my limitations


Channelin' energy to my thoughts attain symmetry
I try to find balance and harmony in my emotions and thoughts


Remember me, because my prose remain gold
I hope to be remembered for my writing, which I consider valuable


I got the gift of gab like them pimps in Kangols
I have a talent for speaking and writing in a persuasive manner


It never ends, I keep it rollin' like a cypher,
My creativity and inspiration are ongoing and infinite


The first cave man bringing fire, innovating it higher
I aspire to be innovative and bring new ideas to the world


To blast mistakes I raise the stakes
I learn from my mistakes and aim to improve upon them


It's double or nothing in this vacuum of space
In a world of zero-sum games, we must take risks to succeed


I will, survive, divine, the time to cry
I will persevere through tough times, but also allow myself to feel pain


Fuck a hold or hide I'm alive with pride
I am unafraid to take risks and stand up for myself


And I drove the chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
I attempted something, but it did not have the desired outcome


Singing "this will be the day that I die"
I am reconciling with the possibility of failure or death




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LYRICS:

Light as a feather when I'm floatin' through
Readin' through the daily news
Measuring the hurt within the golden rule
Centimetres of ether I'm heatin' the speaker
Motivational teacher with words that burn people
Seeing the headlines lined with discord
It's either genocide, all the planet in uproar
Never good but rules of paradise are never nice
The best laid plan of mice and men are never right
I'm just a vagabond with flowers for Algernon
The average Joe who knows what the fuck is goin' on
It's the hope of my thoughts that I travelled upon
Fly like an arrow of god until I'm gone
So I'm driftin' away like a feather in air
Lettin' my words take me away from the hurt and despair
So I'm keepin' it vertical forever elevator
Ridin' the escalator to the somethin' that is greater
So I'm driftin' away like a feather in air
Lettin' my words take me away from the hurt and despair
So I'm keepin' it vertical forever elevator
Ridin' the escalator to the somethin' that is greater
Taking chances, word tap dancing with wolves
In an ice arena out there, deep in the woods of Arizona
The sun be high, life's ironic
Ain't tryin' to be Talib when I write
Surreal life I paint it vivid habitat crazy insane
Watch the propaganda six o'clock news that are saying
Cultures clash for black folk and white trash
They revel in the cyberspace that might crash
Dash to millineum a million miles of runnin'
At the speed of now back don't return gunnin'
Rambo style gunho child gunnin'
Ammo blao two times loud stunnin'
Stunnin' when I hit ya lift you off the earth like
Ayo, take you right back to birth
And niggaz wonder why they might wonder why
This shit might happen but it does, they go
Driftin' away like a feather in air
Lettin' my words take me away from the hurt and despair
So I'm keepin' it vertical forever elevator
Ridin' the escalator to the somethin' that is greater
So I'm driftin' away like a feather in air
Lettin' my words take me away from the hurt and despair
So I'm keepin' it vertical forever elevator
Ridin' the escalator to the somethin' that is greater
Treat you better than me because that's the heavenly key
To unlock the inner strength where my essence will be
It's the knowledge of self understanding of the things around me
That becomes the wisdom that I need
Living this life to the best of my ability
Channelling energy to my thoughts into your symmetry
Remember me because my clothes remain gold
I got the gift of gab like them pimps in Kangols
It never ends I keep it rulin' like a cypher
The first caveman bringin' fire
Innovating and higher to blast mistakes I raise the stakes
It's double or nothing in this vacuumless space
I will survive, divine the time to cry
Fuck a hold or hide I'm alive with pride
And I drove the Chevy to the levy
But the levy was dry singin', "This will be the day that I die"



All comments from YouTube:

@QuietEscapism

The fact that this album was made in 2005 is mind-blowing. The whole record was so ahead of its time

@elijahreynolds1064

It wasn't we are just so out of touch we repeat the past but it was very good and still is

@neighborhoodturnt

@@elijahreynolds1064I would almost argue we’re going in the wrong direction now modern music just isn’t the same sadly

@milesrichardson1500

Music has no time... nujabes is whenever you play his stuff

@Kansaidorifuto_

​@@neighborhoodturnt You compare non mainstream music from before to nowadays mainstream music. The comparison is not fair. We have amazing artists you just don't know about.

@neighborhoodturnt

@@Kansaidorifuto_ true but the hay day of hip hop and Memphis horrorcore is long past the era I’m most fond of to each is own and yes their is still great artist but tbh I prefer my old music sorry you got so offended lol

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@Xrossbot

Feather is undoubtedly one of the top 3 songs of this album. Amazing poetic song

@17-.

Absolutely agree. This one always speaks to me.

My top three are definitely Luv(sic) pt3, Feather, and Eclipse

@FukUrUsernameRules

In my opinion it's one of the top 20 best chill-out hip hop tracks ever produced.

@JMLsMUSIC

@@FukUrUsernameRules 100% every thing he made was authentic

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