„In Malta, catch a swallow,
For all of the guilty — to set them free.
Wings fill the window,
And they beat and bleed.“

—  Kate Bush, Song lyrics, The Dreaming (1982), Context: In Malta, catch a swallow, For all of the guilty — to set them free. Wings fill the window, And they beat and bleed. They hold the sky on the other side Of borderlines.
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