Danny Welbeck, chief composer, songwriter and lyricist with the band gave me some insight into the song “Icarus Phoenix” from the Welbeck Group’s second album. Let’s take a look at the lyrics first:
My brother I flew
beneath your shadow
Upon wings of hunger for learning
How I envied
The heights you achieved
And my heart, like the sun, was burning
But then too high
You skimmed the sun
And fell earthward with fiery wings
I could not hold you
I could not save you
The memory- such pain it brings
Fly again my brother
Write in the sky our names;
Icarus and Deadalus, together
Each a phoenix from the flames
“I was always interested ine legend of Icarus and Deadalus, and used it to represent, very loosely, a period when Robby (Welbeck) and I were drifting apart” said Danny Welbeck. “The Welbeck Band was going through difficult times, and I felt that Robby seemed to have a humger for success that might burn him if he pushed it too far, hance the references to Icarus flying too close to the sun. I then used the image of burnt wings (actually the sun melted the wax that held the feathers on Icarus’ wings in the legend- the wings themselves didn’t catch fire) to bring forth the mythical bird, the phoenix, which was said to be able to rise, reincarnated from a fire.” I realised that the relationship was father/son in the legend, but in a way, that was the sort of relationship Ronny Welbeck and I had for a while.”
I looked up the legend of Icarus and Deadalus, and here’s a potted version:
Icarus’s father, Daedalus, was an Athenian craftsman, imprisoned by King Minos of Crete. Deadalus attempted to escape from his exile in the palace of Knossos.
Daedalus fashioned two pairs of wings out of wax and feathers for himself and his son, Icarus.
Trying his wings firstly, Daedalus before taking off from the island,warns his son not to fly too close to the sun, nor too close to the sea, but to follow his path of flight.
Overcome by the euphoria that flying lent him, Icarus soared through the sky, but in the process he came too close to the sun, which melted the wax. The wings fell apart and Icarus fell into the sea and drowned.
Here’s a famous painting of the fallen Icarus: