Stepson

Album: Holy Fire (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • Singer Yannis Philippakis told NME the song's lyrics, "are from a father to a son. It's like Icarus. The father can't help the son."

    Yannis is referencing the classic Greek myth of Icarus' flight, whereby having been imprisoned by King Minos and exiled to the great Labyrinth, Deadallus and his teenage son Icarus escape by building wings made of wax and feathers and flying away on them. Deadallus warns his son not to go too high, but he ignores his father's advice, goes too close to the Sun and his wings melt, sending him plummeting to his death in the sea.

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