From Lena in Hawaii:
Hello! Allow me to begin by saying that I absolutely love the lyrics to The Scarlet
Pimpernel (The Creation of Man is so funny!), and one of my favorite songs is Chauvelin's
Falcon in the Dive.
It's this song I have a question about -- the lyrics seem to center around getting old, and
it seems to me that he is trying to prove to...someone...that he truly is strong and perhaps
still with vitality, not a weakling. Is there some sort of meaning to this that I'm not
understanding, or am I just trying to overanalyze? ^_^
Also, the lyric "I am not a man to hunger for blood, but the spirit can cry to be younger and
fiercer..."; that kind of illustrates what I'm trying to say about his...something of
desperation for youth, strength and respect, maybe? I don't know; maybe I am overanalyzing, but
could you possibly explain the lyrics?
Thursday, 14 July 2005
You are absolutely dead on about the meaning of the lyrics. This is Chauvelin's "motivation"
song, as it were - a way to gear himself up for the fight ahead. Not only is he aging, but his
original vision of the revolution has become tarnished and confused. He needs to make himself
believe that his cause is still a just one and that he's able to fight with the same strength
and vitality he had as a younger man. The lyric line "I am not a man to hunger for blood, but
the spirit can cry to be younger and fiercer" is along the same thought lines, but it includes
his need to justify how violent and vicious both he and the revolution have become. In truth, he
has now become a man who hungers for blood, but he will not be able to go on and fight
his fight unless he can delude himself into believing that he is still vital and able and
fighting for a just cause. Hope this answers your question, and by the way, I don't think
there's anything wrong at all with overanalyzing - especially when it comes to Chauvelin! Thanks