Starset – “Halo”


Lyrics

I can see you running, running
Every night from the same darkness
It’s coming, coming
But you are not along
If you just say the word I’ll be there by your side
You make me more, you make me superhuman
And if you need me to
I will save you

Send out the signal and I’ll fly low
If it means the death of me
I won’t let go
And if I’m lost in the world’s shadows
I’ll use the light that comes to me
From your halo (You’re halo)
(Halo)

When you’re backed against the wall
I could be the one who’s always there to break your fall
You are not alone
You’re the sun
You’re the day
The light that guides me through
Never run
Run away
I will save you

Send out the signal and I’ll fly low
If it means the death of me
I won’t let go
And if I’m lost in the world’s shadows
I’ll use the light that comes to me
From your halo

Send out the signal and I’ll fly low
If it means the death of me
I won’t let go
And if I’m lost in the world’s shadows
I’ll use the light that comes to me
From your halo

And if I’m lost in the world’s shadows
I’ll use the light that comes to me
From your halo
Your halo
I won’t let go (Your halo)
I won’t let go (Your halo)
I won’t let go (Won’t let go)
And if I’m lost in the world’s shadows
I’ll use the light that comes to me
From your halo
You’re halo
You’re halo

Thoughts

Halo is one of my favorite songs. Like many albums that have a place in my heart, Starset’s debut album Transmissions dropped into my lap at just the right time in my life. I was in my last year and a half of college and plugging away at school and work while trying to keep my head above water to be a decent husband, father, and friend. The album itself was unique from most other albums that I’ve listened to. It was thematic, almost like a space odyssey rock opera with it’s combination of rock guitar and symphonic strings added to a healthy dose of synth and old fashioned broadcasting voice overs. Each song lead into the next instilling a feeling of early scientific discovery and an epic voyage into the unknown.

While different songs from the album have different meanings to me, Halo has been my favorite since I discovered the album. The music video is well suited to the lyrics. It visualizes a search and rescue on a distant and harsh world. The captive, a young female researcher who appears to have been abducted by someone or something is trying to escape from a mysterious facility while her lover is trying to find her. As the young man traverses the planet he finds the facility and the two finally reconnect and embrace as the bridge reaches it’s pinnacle.

I suppose you could say that the appeal of Halo, in my eyes is not just one single aspect. I love the music. I love the lyrics. I love the story being told by the music video, and it appeals to the natural desire within every man’s heart (especially the Christian man) to be a hero and to rescue the the one we love from some form of evil or injustice. It’s the reason we have countless books, fairy tales, movies, and video games with that exact plot line. It’s the reason we feel a sense outrage and anger at injustice and someone mistreats the people we care about. We have that desire because we are made in God’s image. He loved us enough to come to a hostile world, to search us out and to rescue us from the one holding us hostage. He instructed us to care for the orphan and the widow and led by example. He cleansed the temple of the merchants and money changers that were ripping people off who were trying to worship the God of Israel. He brought (and still brings) hope to generations of people of every tribe, every tongue, and every nation. And because we are made to be like Him, we have the same desires.

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