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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Learning To Fly lyrics

Well I started out down a dirty road
Started out all alone
And the sun went down as I crossed the hill
And the town lit up, the world got still
I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing
Well the good ol' days may not return
And the rocks might melt and the sea may burn
Well some say life will beat you down
Break your heart, steal your crown
So I've started out for God knows where
I guess I'll know when I get there

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    Love this song and I am not trying to be rude JoeSchmo but just bcuz u took flying lessons doesn't mean ur right. Everybody has there own opinion and toms is that landing a plane is hardest . And how do u know what type of plane he ia talking about eh? Any way if u don't lik Yom Petty ur missing out his music is beast . I am not even a teen yet and I love his music. Some good songs of his r Running down a dream, Free fallun, and a lot more just can't think of them right now. Alsi if u like Tom Be sure to check out Bob Dylan, Conway Twitty, Dwight Yoakam, Stevie Wonder and Emmy Lou Harris. There r a lot of othergreat ones but like I siad I am not thinking right today lol!!!!
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  • j
    Don't get me wrong, I love Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I've been a big fan for a long, long time. But I do have some issues with this song. Yeah, I have definitely have to disagree with Tom on this one. Coming down is not the hardest part of the flying process.
    I received my pilots license 4 years ago from a prominent aviation school here in Connecticut after months and months of training. From all of that experience, I can honestly say, the hardest part is setting the plane to "Auto-Pilot" and getting that coffee pot going in that small compartment behind the cockpit.
    If Tom could somehow fit that into the song lyrically. Maybe something like "I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings, Auto-Pilot control setting, is the hardest thing". Boy, that would be great! Not to mention 100% accurate.
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