Treetop Flyer Lyrics - Stephen Stills



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I could be a rambler from the seven dials
I don't pay taxes 'cause I never file
I don't do business that don't make me smile
I love my aeroplane 'cause she's got style
I'm a treetop flyer

I'll fly any cargo, that you can pay to run the bush league pilots, they just can't get the job done
Got to fly down into the canyon, ya' don't ever see the sun
There's no such thing as an easy run
For a treetop flyer

I'm flyin' low, I'm in high demand
Go fifteen feet over the Rio Grande
I'll blow the mesquite right up off the sand
Seldom seen, especially when I land
I'm a treetop flyer
Born Survivor

People been asking me, "Where'd you learn to fly that way?"
It was over in Vietnam, chasin' NVA
The government taught me, and they taught me right,
Stay down, under the treeline, you might be alright
Treetop flyer

So I'm comin' home, I'm runnin' low and fast
I promised my woman this is gonna be my last
I get the ship down, I tie her fast
then some old boy walks up, and he says "Hey son" wanna' make some fast cash?
I'm a treetop flyer

Well there's things I am, and there's things I'm not
I am a smuggler and I could get shot
I aint going to die, I ain't goin' to get caught,
See I'm a flyin' fool, in an aeroplane that's just too hot
I'm a treetop flyer
Born survivor


I usually work alone




Writer: STILLS
Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC



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oh please STFU re jimmy buffetts version | Reviewer: prutt | 1/6/13

hey buffett fan ....thats only your opinion! Heres mine! Buffett covers this yes but he didnt write it , doing a cover is easy and his version is nice but boring as hell compared to Stills. Everything's a "son of a son of a sailor" with buffett he just doesn't have 10% the character of Steven.

Treetop Flier | Reviewer: Jack Fernandez | 12/29/12

I was an F-14 pilot riding the USS Kennedy to NCY for the Statue of Liberty rededication by Ronald Reagan. Steven Stills rode up with us, don't remember why. He played an impromptu concert on the flight deck and did this song. Was Awesome! Anyone know what a Seven Dial is?

jimmy buffett | Reviewer: blake harvey | 7/4/12

one of my favorite buffett songs is his cover of this song, as a hidden track, on my favorite album, banana wind. im not too fond of the original, the lyrics are great of coarse, but buffett takes it to the next level. its a shame his isnt as popular. as me and my dad are having to figure out how to play it buffett style on our own. only tabs out there i can find are for stills.

Treetop Flyer | Reviewer: Mark | 5/15/11

Well folks I was a 19 when I first worked and flew with these Vets in Alaska after the war. It's a clean song, I don't read the dope thing into it because it does'nt say it. The song does catch the hotdoging free spirit of the heli and fixed wing drivers of that era. (Helicopters are called "ships") They were all very happy to be flying in the absence of high speed lead and getting paid for it, that's what treetop catches. A number of them I knew had pieces shot out of them and had lost a pile of friends. They also got a "women" as soon as they got home and settled down. God Bless them all - treetop brings back great memories of that bunch for me.

Treetop Flyer | Reviewer: Dan | 2/10/11

This song inspired Ray LaMontagne to become a singer/songwriter. I've been listening to the Pariah Dogs a little bit, looked Ray up on Wiki, and saw it mentioned. When I listened to it I knew I loved it. I heard the lyrics about being a bush pilot I just about died. My roommate and I have been semi-joking about quitting school to become pilots in Alaska.

Tree top Flyer | Reviewer: Corianman | 8/31/08

Awesome song, my fav Stills song..besides the newer just roll tape CD the very rare album ( CD)....Stills Alone ....which is an awesome CD has track 10 ..Tree Top Flyer.
If you find a copy cheap GRAB it they are going crazy in most stores 80-100 duckets..Yikes.

Good luck
Cheers

where to find this song | Reviewer: david u | 11/7/07

this song is on a new cd stills released over the summer (2007), i believe, called "just roll tape", which was a cd he recorded in 1968 that never was distributed

What style picking | Reviewer: Rod Boyette | 7/20/07

Can someone tell me what style of picking Stephen Stills uses on Tree Top Flyer? Absolutely great song and I want to learn how to pick it like Mr. Stills does.

WHERE I FIRST HEARD THIS SONG. | Reviewer: JOE WOOD | 5/14/07

IN 1990 ONE OF MY ENTERTAINERS FOR MY BAR PLAYED TREE TOP FLYER. I LOVED THE SONG. HE PLAYED IT I D TUNING.

HE LEARNED IT FROM A VIDEO TAPE OF A STEVEN STILLS LIVE SHOW. AT THE TIME IT WASN'T ON ANY ALBUM THAT I COULD FIND.

I PLAY A LITTLE AND TURNED A BUNCH OF MY FRIENDS ON TO IT JUST LAST NIGHT AT SNEAKY PETE'S IN LOVELY ANTIGUA WEST INDIES.

JIMMY BUFFET HAS IT ON A CD. DOES STEVEN STILLS HAVE IT ANYWHERE?

PEACE,

JOE WOOD


Treetop Flyer | Reviewer: Steve | 4/3/06

Where too Can I buy this Song Really liked it
Heard it on the radio last night
Great Guitar too!

Treetop Flyer | Reviewer: Rod Boyette | 7/17/05

I really enjoyed this song and I want to know where I can buy it.



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