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Pink Floyd – Learning To Fly lyrics

Into the distance, a ribbon of black
Stretched to the point of no turning back
Flight of fancy on a windswept field
Standing alone, my senses reel
Fatal attraction that's holding me fast
Now, can't escape this irresistible grasp
Can't keep my eyes from the circling sky
Tongue-tied and twisted; just an earth-bound misfit, I
Ice is forming on the tips of my wings
Unheeded warnings, I thought I thought of everything
No navigator to find my way home
Unladen, empty, and turned to stone
A soul in tension that's learning to fly
Condition: grounded - determined to try
Can't keep my eyes from the circling skies
Tongue-tied and twisted; just an earth-bound misfit, I
Above the planet on a wing and a prayer,
My grubby halo, a vapour trail in the empty air,
Across the clouds I see my shadow fly
Out of the corner of my watering eye
A dream unthreatened by the morning light
Could blow this soul right through the roof of the night
There's no sensation to compare with this
Suspended animation - a state of bliss
Can't keep my mind from the circling sky
Tongue-tied and twisted just an earth-bound misfit, I

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    This song has nothing to do with lsd. In a one hour documentary with David Gilmore and Nick Mason, they talked about the song and chuckled about all of the different meanings this song is supposed to have. Actually Nick had always wanted to get his pilots license and helped write this song while taking the classes to get it. The talking part in the middle of the song is actually recordings of Nick and his instructor while in flight. Come on not everything is about taking drugs.
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    None of the above are right. This song is from "A Momentary Lapse of Reason", the first album released after Roger Waters' departure from Pink Floyd and the first one with David Gilmour as the band leader. This song is about how Gilmour felt afraid as being the new band leader (as something new). Nick Mason, as a certified pilot, provided some help with the analogy and the song serves as a metaphor of this new moment in the Pink Floyd's biography.
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    Randy Hicks
    The lyrics describe Gilmour's thoughts on flying, for which he has a passion (being a licensed pilot with multiple ratings), though it has also been interpreted as a metaphor for beginning something new, experiencing a radical change in life, or, more specifically, Gilmour's feelings about striking out as the new leader of Pink Floyd after the departure of Roger Waters. Gilmour confirmed the latter interpretation on the Pink Floyd 25th Anniversary Special in May 1992. Also an avid pilot, drummer Nick Mason's voice can be heard at around the middle of the song. "Learning to Fly" was included on Pink Floyd's greatest hits collection "Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd".
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    Ganjamon been smoking too much ganja mon. Its about nick mason wanting to get his pilots license and finding it a similar feeling to the rhythm of the song and the idea of the song they were trying to record. That is the beauty of pink floyd is the openness that they give for their fans to discover or interpret to what aspect in their life it may pertain to.
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