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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
[BRIDGE]
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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    pooster11Nov 27, 2008 at 5:23 pm
    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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    UnregisteredMar 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm
    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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    AjaxFeb 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm
    Wow...for some reason I had always taken the song to be symbolic of achieving independence upon reaching adulthood...I figured it was talking about the struggles we face when we first become adults and leave our parents to live on our own...but it's actually just about what it says, huh? Wow...
    Thanks for the heads-up, pooster11... ;)
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    ganjamonAug 28, 2008 at 1:29 pm
    It speaks to the joys and cautions of taking LSD, and tells the tale of Syd Barrett. Syd was one of Pink Floyd's founding members and took a bit more LSD than he should have.

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