I was 16 when I first listened and watched Massive Attack's "Teardrop" video. What was very mesmerising about it was that the bass beat was reminiscent of a heartbeat, and that it showed a foetus floating in a womb, singing along to the song. It was very surreal experience.
Part of the lyrics, "feathers on my breath", may have been inspired from a poem by Hildegard von Bingen, an early 12th-century female theologist, poet, herbalist, and composer. She wrote: "Listen: there was once a king sitting on his throne. Around him stood great and wonderfully beautiful columns ornamented with ivory, bearing the banners of the king with great honor. Then it pleased the king to raise a small feather from the ground, and he commanded it to fly. The feather flew, not because of anything in itself but because the air bore it along. Thus am I, a feather on the breath of God."
When I discovered this paragraph, it was very spiritually enlightening. My representation of this song and the video drawn on the vinyl records, is my take of how we are no different at the moment of conception till the day we die in this circle of life, that we move and love not in the will of others or kings but of God and perhaps other natural forces. I used the hamsa and cross together to represent different beliefs but both are submitting themselves to their own gods, or one, we never know. The minute we can humble ourselves and become more accepting of our failures that is when we can be completely free.