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Pink Floyd Learning to fly Lyrics

Last updated: 06/11/2014 08:13:43 PM

Into the distance, a ribbon of black
Stretched to the point of no turning back
A flight of fancy on a windswept field
Standing alone my senses reeled
A fatal attraction is holding me fast
How can I escape this irresistible grasp?

Can't keep my eyes from the circling sky
Tongue-tied and twisted just an earthbound misfit, I

Ice is forming on the tips of my wings
Unheeded warnings, I thought I'd thought of everything
No navigator to find my way home
Unladened, empty and turned to stone

A soul in tension that's learning to fly
Condition grounded but determined to try
Can't keep my eyes from the circling skies
Tongue-tied and twisted just an earthbound misfit, I

Friction lock... Set... Mixture... Rich propellers... Fully forward flaps... Set... Ten degrees...
Full gauges and suction - check
Gas set to maximum percent - recheck
Flight instruments...
Altimeters - check both
Navigation lights - on
Pitot heater - on
Strobes on
Confirm 3-8 Echo ready for departure
Hello again, this is now 129 decimal 4
129 decimal 4, its to go.
You make commence your take-off, winds over 10 knots.
Easy on the brakes. Take it easy, it's gonna roll this time: just hand the power gradually, and it...

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 skies
Tongue-tied and twisted just an earthbound misfit, I

Thanks to Mike Banahan for submitting Learning to fly Lyrics.

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Seems pretty clesr to me. | Reviewer: Nymeria | 6/11/14

This is the description qf a pilot's final thoughts right before his plane crashes. There are plenty of references any pilot should get. I love this song. Beautiful and sad

are you still learning? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/17/11

this song is even better performed live with guitar in rehab... where many people are learning to fly again and they dont understand the lyrics but it has an effect on them and one can interpret other meanings.

It really doesn't matter, or maybe it does? | Reviewer: Greg Murphy | 6/11/11

Whatever the original intent and insperation of the song was, It fits into one's own expererience for them, thats the great thing about music, it could be written about a particular thing or several things into one, but in the end, to quote Roger Waters " in the final analasis The only thing that matters is if it moves you or not, there nothing more important"

82nd Airborne pilot wannabee | Reviewer: kay dubya em | 5/17/11

This song was played a lot by my roommate while I was stationed at Fort Bragg in the 82nd Airborne. It was cool then and to me, even cooler now. I will probably enjoy it even more if I too, ever learn to fly- aircraft that is. I've always wanted to be a pilot.

A Floydian Chimes In | Reviewer: Stephen | 3/2/11

OK, guys, really. If you achieve a feeling of flying from heroin or 'shrooms, great for you. It doesn't change the meaning of the song overall..just alters your interpretation of it.

To me, "Learning to Fly" is a song about someone who has a goal just out of reach ("condition grounded but determined to try"). I came across this song at a very dark part in my life and it really exemplified how I was at that moment.

One thing I want to add here is a change I make in the lyrics when I play this song. Instead of singing "just an earthbound misfit, I", I add "am I". It just seems to work better for me.

Also, for those who don't believe that this song has anything to do with the whole Native American connection, just go check out the music video. You'll understand.

Art | Reviewer: HiLLBuNNaY | 9/9/10

Art is subjective in every way. It is never "supposed" to be about one thing, nor should you make it about one thing. If art invokes an emotion, the emotion is real and that validates that person's opinion on something's meaning. TRUTH is only true to those who consider it so. If it is about drugs to you, that is true. If it is about flying, that is also true. Things are like a lot of things in life that they don't see to be like. Analogies are pretty complex within life experience. It is the bond between people living different lives to be able to relate to each other with same feelings through different experiences and views. This song is about me finding my place with one Navigator back to our home we have made, how scary it is to be in a dangerous situation of losing all you have at the moment, and trusting the other person to love you when the only constant reassurance in the world is the reminder of Chaos.
The author however, did write this song when he was getting his pilot license and he was inspired. Maybe he was also inspired by parallels of things in his life that gave him a similar feeling to learning to fly.
Enjoy being humans having the same emotional connections and stop fighting about how you came to them and which way is the right way. There are as many ways to come to things as there are people in the world.

oh boy... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/22/10

you are all wrong...well right...the song is about whatever you want it to be about, that is the beautiful thing about music, if it reminds you of feelings you got when you were actually learning to fly in an airplane or para sailing good for you, if it reminds you of doing drugs...good for you.. if it reminds you of "flying" figuratively as in getting your life off the ground and experiencing new things. if anything that is what it is mostly about, experiencing new things.

It's about flying, mushrooms, and Roger you wish it to be... | Reviewer: Mushroom Paraglider | 4/16/10

I am a Paragliding Student and I've known this song for 15 years, it was one of the first contact with Pink Floyd. I didn't pay much attention to the lyrics but now that I am flying for over a year, I started to listen to this song in a much deeper way.

I also have tried mushrooms with Huichol Indians and have taken some courses of Shamanism so for me this video has a very spiritual meaning as well. Everytime I take off and watch the birds circle around the mountain I make myself one with them (spiritually) as a Shaman would do, as the main character does...I recommend for those arguing if its about drugs, or Roger or anything...LIVE THE EXPERIENCE OF FLYING...then LIVE IT AGAIN ON MUSHROOMS if you like, FLY listening to this song.
This is the Best Flight Song out there...

Thanks for reading...

The Mushroom Paraglider

Why always drugs? | Reviewer: angelo roberson | 4/6/10

Heroin, schrooms?? Please! The inspiration for the song came from his desire to become a "flyer" and get his pilots license. The artistic content is about the Native American Indian Experience and it could have so many other meanings such as learning to play without Rogers Waters. Self expression for most "spiritual" people is not one dimensional. The poem/song will often take on a lifetime of deeply felt emotion and experience. Or its just load of crap spewed out to make money. Guess it depends on the individual.

David Gilmour's song | Reviewer: Ray | 3/15/10

This song was written by David Gilmour and another lyricist. David took up the hobby of flying many years ago and is still an avid aviator. This song represented his initial apprehension to flying and the sense of escape it provided nothing more. It isn't native isn't isn't about drugs or anything more than face value. I truly wish people would pay attention to books, interviews, published media and many other sources which easily explain this song.

Pilots get this song - no drugs required | Reviewer: Daniel | 2/22/10

Why can't it just be about learning to fly? As a student pilot myself once, this song captures the feeling of flight and your own mixed emotions during that experience perfectly.

If you don't think flying can cause these feelings - thats ok and a good reason why you have never felt the need to be a pilot. Doesn't mean others haven't.

Learning to Fly....Without A Pilot | Reviewer: Richard | 12/7/09

I forget who it was in the group, but they were quoted as saying that the song is about them going forward without Roger Waters being in the group.

And in response to "Who is Nick Mason?" If a Pink Floyd fan asks that question, then they are not a fan.

No offence | Reviewer: my name | 10/25/09

No offence but you all have it wrong… the song is about a thing named ‘Astral Travailing’
The Native Americans beloved that they tern into that took the form of animals when they did it, just to try understand it but there is no need.
In the Astral plane time dose not exist “A dream unthreatened by the morning light”. I mean come on, “Could blow this soul right through the roof of the Night”.

No offence | Reviewer: Several Species of Small Fury Animals Gathered | 10/22/09

No offence but you all have it wrong… the song is about a thing named ‘Astral Travailing’
The Native Americans beloved that they tern into that took the form of animals when they did it, just to try understand it but there is no need.
In the Astral plane time dose not exist “A dream unthreatened by the morning light”. I mean come on, “Could blow this soul right through the roof of the Night”.
send your e-males to

Are you kidding me? | Reviewer: Pete | 10/7/09

Ok... someone in here called everyone a bunch of 'idiots' and then said that Learning to Fly came from the album 'A Momentary Lapse IN Reason'??

It's 'A Momentary Lapse OF Reason'

'Learning to Fly' was indeed written by David Gilmour and he wrote the tune while he was in the process of obtaining his pilots license.


No - but nice try!

I've got a great idea... READ! And I don't mean silly inaccuracies and distortions.

Interested in Floyd facts?

Check out 'Inside Out' by Nick Mason

Who's Nick Mason??

If you love Floyd but you're asking this question, you owe it to yourself to go out and buy that book. He's the DRUMMER and the very ORIGINAL and FOUNDING member of Pink Floyd.

Don't believe me?

Get the book... and read it!

I couldn't put it down!