Chris Cornell - Scar On The Sky

I love how Chris Cornell sings Scar On The Sky, very emotional and passionate. Which may lead you to forget about the lyrical content and just sing along with him. The first time I heard the song immediately caught my ear and heart. I knew there is something behind the lyrics so I decided deciphering the meaning of it.



The first point you can apply the song is in the point of view of Superman. Scar On The Sky may mean that Superman is planning to abandon the task of being a sky-patrol (leaving a scar on the sky) because he is tired of saving people with it's endless crime. He draws his strength from Lois Lane to give humanity another try (this may explain the first stanza, where Superman leaves a note to Lois Lane about his dilemma whether to continue saving people. The reply of Lois Lane to help Superman's personal problem can give another strength and will to the hero) The chorus can be applied to Superman and Lois Lane having a date on a night sky, flying over the city while holding hands or Superman holding Lois Lane in his arms. During those moments, Superman can draw another strength and will to fight evil people and give the humanity another chance by fighting evil folks.



The second point you can apply the song is to another flying creature, the wizard Howl (of the Anime movie HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE-you should watch it!!!). There are scenes in the movie that the wizard Howl transforms into a bird-like creature to interfere in a war probably driving away missiles or detonating missiles in the air that will harm people. Each time Howl transform into a bird makes it even harder for him to return back into human form. There are some scenes that shows that Howl is really really tired after returning back from a bird into human again. Howl's love to Sophie drives him to interfere in the war to save humans. In the latter part of the movie, Howl completely transform into a bird. Sophie helped Howl to transform back into human form with the help of the fire demon Calcifer. I think the song Scar On The Sky fits more to Howl than Superman. But the lyrics can be applied to both Superman and Howl.



The second stanza (the paragraph after the first chorus) can represent a secret hiding place for heroes whenever they are tired of their heroic tasks. It is a place where these super-strength creatures find solace and wishing to be saved or be helped with their personal problem. I mean, thousands of heroes have been created already but it seems antagonists for happy endings are always there. Even Superman and Spiderman gets tired.

In these hills they wash the gold and graves away
To the valley under all of this I lay
And the you dig me out un-earthed and saved


The third point you can apply the song Scar On the Sky is on our everyday heroes let's say our father. It's a reality that kids love and respect their father with the highest mark inside their comfortable home. It's also a reality that fathers sometimes receives disrespect from their boss at work. Which may include fathers being scolded by their stupid boss at work (You should watch a Wonder Year episode about this one). Fathers sometimes losses the will to continue because of depression and/or during recession-time or after losing a job. After these terrible things at work, the father may ask for a night-out with his wife (or with children) to drive away problems and at least enjoy a night and hoping that wonderful night will never end. After having a wonderful date with a wife and coming home to/with the children is a wonderful way of driving away negative feelings.

"We can rip the night out of the arms of the sun"



Scar On The Sky - Chris Cornell

As I fall I leave a scar upon the sky
A simple note for you I wait for your reply
And in your answer I'll regain my will to to try

So hover in the diving light
We will rip the night
Out of the arms of the sun
One More time
Close your eyes and we will fly
Above the crowded sky
And over the dumbstruck world we will run

In these hills they wash the gold and graves away
To the valley under all of this I lay
And there you dig me out un-earthed and saved

So hover in the diving light
We will rip the night
Out of the arms of the sun
One More time
Close your eyes and we will fly
Above the crowded sky
And over the dumbstruck world we will run

We can rip the night out od the arms of the sun

A blood red feather leaves a scar upon my hand
No longer stranded like a painted bird on a fan

So hover in the diving light
We will rip the nightOut of the arms of the sun
One More time
Close your eyes and we will fly
Above the crowded sky
And over the dumbstruck world we will run

We can rip the night out of the arms of the sun

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